Here are my initial thoughts after watching tonight's episode of No Reservations: Philippines:
- Even though I was born and raised in the U.S., I am very proud to be Filipino.
- On many levels, I can very much relate to Augusto's feelings as an outsider (though I'm not sure many other Fil-Ams would admit as much).
- Overall, it was a great episode, and I hope everyone learned some new things about Filipino food and culture.
- Marketman is a God among men (did you see those piggies?!!).
And thanks to Marketman's lechon, the Philippines has moved to the top of Anthony Bourdain's Hierarchy of Pork: check out Tony's blog post about the Philippines.
And if you are wondering more about what else Tony ate in Cebu, hop on over to Market Manila for a behind-the-scenes look at what Tony called "The best pig ever."
Also, here are some of my own recipes for a few of the dishes that were mentioned on No Reservations tonight. Are my versions as good as the real thing in the Philippines? Hell no. Of course not. But I hope they are at least a good introduction to anyone wondering about Filipino cuisine.
Also, congratulations to Nikki, who won the giveaway for the autographed picture of Anthony Bourdain, courtesy of the Travel Channel. Out of 100 comments, Nikki's comment was randomly chosen using the Random Number Generator. Congrats, Nikki! I'll get your info and send you the picture as soon as possible. And if for some reason, Nikki doesn't respond to my emails to her within, say a week, I'll randomly choose someone else.
And finally, what did everyone else think about this episode? Of course, Tony couldn't cover everything, but did he cover enough? What did you think of Tony's different hosts: Ivan Man Dy (Manila segment), Claude Tayag (Pampanga segment), Augusto (Cebu segment), and Marketman (Cebu segment)? What is everyone else's take on why Filipino cuisine remains marginalized among other SE Asian cuisines?
Let us know what you think.