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Do You Know the History of Halo-Halo?

Do You Know the History of Halo-Halo? Halo-Halo, the Filipino word which means “mix-mix,” is a popular dessert in the Philippines. More than popular, it is THE dessert of the Philippines. Summertime is when the competition gets fierce and every sari-sari store, street-side stand, and fast food chain will offer their own version of the sweet specialty. One of my favorites can be found at Mang Inasal because they serve their halo-halo in wide clear bowls that not only makes it…

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Tiny Teaser – What is a “Filipino American?”

Right now I’m supposed to be writing a research paper, not writing on my blog. You can see where my priorities lie… Anyways, it’s Tiny Teaser time with a new excerpt from my Philippines Peace Corps memoir. This time the book teaser theme is: “Filipino American Identity.” When I was living in the Philippines I found that I usually presented a confusing puzzle to most Filipinos. I didn’t fit into the typical mold of what an American looked like. I…

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Coffee Oasis in the North – Mostra Coffee

Yesterday I went with the San Diego Coffee Questers to a cold brew release party at Mostra Coffee, located in Rancho Bernardo. It’s in North County? I thought as I googled directions. “The North,” tends to be a land of suburban neighborhoods filled with chain restaurants and chain coffee shops. Don’t get me wrong, I still drink Starbucks. But I love craft coffee too. I don’t consider myself a coffee snob, but I do enjoy seeing local businesses who take…

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