JOEL'S JOURNAL

Unfiltered, With Love
Feb 22, 2024
Some people are an acquired taste. Some people you can’t stand, or can only just bear, no matter how long you try to make it work. While some, you adore within a few meetings or minutes. Natural wine is like this.
Love Served on a Plate
Feb 15, 2024
Food is love made edible. From choosing and preparing, to serving and sharing, we explore how food goes beyond nourishing as a profound act of  love.
From the Table of the Gods
Feb 08, 2024
Once, honey was called ambrosia, the mythical food of the gods that granted immortality. Now we call it a superfood for the same healing qualities that made it precious and divine to our ancestors. 
Edible Memories at The Baker
Feb 08, 2024
For our bakers and chefs, tapping into one’s emotional connections with food is a good foundation for crafting varieties at The Baker. 
Lechon, Adobo, and the Taste of Home
Jan 25, 2024
Among the staples that grace Filipino tables, pork reigns supreme. Its significance in the local cuisine can be traced back centuries, entwined with rituals, celebrations, and everyday meals. 
A Nation's Remedy
Jan 18, 2024
With the discovery that fermenting fresh ingredients results in distinct flavors and significant health benefits, Koreans transformed adversity into an opportunity for culinary creativity.
My Spoonful of Dopamine
Jan 11, 2024
While taste undoubtedly plays a role in how food makes us feel, the power of comfort food sometimes lies in the associations woven around it.
The Hunt for Black Diamonds
Dec 01, 2023
Rare and elusive, the Greeks likened finding a truffle to receiving a gift of lightning from the gods.
At the Stroke of Midnight
Dec 01, 2023
To hope is human and we express this hope in our New Year eating customs. 
Meditations on Coffee
Dec 01, 2023
The pour-over method stands as one of the oldest ways to make coffee, and a valuable way for pause and introspection.
Of Life, Culture, and Dark Chocolate
Dec 01, 2023
Cultural and social ties underscore how dark chocolate represents connection, celebration, and the pursuit of a well-balanced life.
Cultured Tastes
Dec 01, 2023
The idea of eating moldy cheese can sound intimidating, but the unique flavor of blue cheese is worth the adventure.