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Where to Grab Halo-Halo in San Diego - Snoice

Where to Grab Halo-Halo in San Diego

  Where to Grab Halo-Halo in San Diego If you love trying new trendy food spots in San Diego, add Snoice to your bucketlist for tasting the unique Filipino ice dessert halo-halo.   Halo-Halo - The Filipino word for “mix-mix”   What is Halo-Halo? Halo-halo is a delicious cold dessert for a hot summer day. In the Philippines, you can find halo-halo stands on almost every street!   Halo-halo, a Filipino ice dessert, consists of different toppings like jackfruit, sweet…

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How to Make Filipino Adobo

How to Make Filipino Adobo Hopefully you’ve had at least had one Filipino friend who has brightened your day by cooking pancit (noodles), lumpia (fried egg rolls), and the most common of Filipino dishes, adobo.   “You’re Filipino? I love that adobo you guys have.”   Yup! Adobo is like the king ulam dish of Filipinos. Think: steak and potatoes = adobo and rice.   "Ulam" - the Tagalog word for a main dish   Have you ever wanted to…

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This   Are You Filipino American, mestizo, mixed-race, ethnically ambiguous, or just interested in learning more about your self-identity?   This blog is for you!   I am Filipino American. I didn’t always associate myself with that identity. American, yes. Part Filipino was usually what I responded with if people ever asked me. I didn’t grow up learning a lot of Filipino culture. I couldn’t have really explained much about my…

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“Have You Eaten Yet?” and Other Ways to Say Hello in Filipino

“Have You Eaten Yet?” and Other Ways to Say Hello in Filipino There are many universal ways to greet someone abroad, and a simple smile or head-nod goes a long way. In the Philippines, even a cheery “hello” will be understood by everyone. But, if you want to impress the locals, learn these Filipino expressions to put yourself a cut above the rest. Whether formal, funny, or just plain silly, here are 5 ways to say hello in Filipino: 1.…

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Baguio City

Top 10 Places to Visit in Baguio City I lived in Baguio as a Peace Corps volunteer for three years and absolutely enjoyed my time there. I loved the creative vibe, the abundance of live music, and the unique restaurants and cafes that produced delicious local dishes. While the city has plenty to see and do, these are the top places to visit in Baguio that I recommend to get a flavor of the best that Baguio has to offer. Get…

what is the history of halo halo, a dessert in the Philippines

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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A Visitor’s Guide to the Baguio City Market

  A Visitor’s Guide to the Baguio City Market Markets are one of the best ways to immerse yourself in local culture, sample exotic food, and get a sense of the traditional handicrafts or goods of that particular country or region. For those of you who are lucky enough to soon be traveling to the Philippines, allow me to give you some insight into my favorite market of the Philippines, the Baguio City Market. I’ve traveled extensively around the country…

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10 Reasons Why You Should be at Panagbenga Festival this Year

10 Reasons Why You Should be at Panagbenga Festival this Year February is Panagbenga Flower Festival time! Panagbenga Festival is a must-see festival that happens annually in Baguio, Philippines. 10 Reasons Why You Should be at Panagbenga Festival this Year 1. The Flowers Panagbenga is a Kankana-ey word which means “the season for blooming.” Flowers are everywhere! Come be inspired by the beauty whether it’s the giant flower decorations hung up around town or real garden arrangements on display for…