About

imageWelcome to the San Francisco Bay Area! Welcome to my Bay Kitchen!

Growing up in Baguio City, Philippines, I learned most of my cooking from my late mother,  just watching her in the kitchen.  She had no recipe books or cheat sheets, just the skills and knowledge  gained from my grandmother and great grandmother. I honestly believe that the best dishes are probably the ones that are passed on by word of mouth and practice, perfected not by measuring cups or kitchen timers, but by intuition and the pouring of one’s heart into the cooking.

This food blog is about recipes, but it is also about memories of my homeland, travels and more … seen through the confines of the kitchen and in the context of food.

I have personally tried each of the recipes in this blog,  injecting my own tweaks to make them more healthy and easy to prepare. For example, I always suggest olive oil for frying or sauteing or brown rice for the carbs. Many of the meat ingredients can also be substituted with vegetables or protein alternatives like tofu.

Enjoy!

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14 thoughts on “About

  1. Pingback: WELCOME! « my bay kitchen

  2. Hi Rene,

    Thanks for sharing your website, particularly your recipes. I tried a couple of them, hope you don’t mind my copying your recipe. Now, I know the other side of you – a good chef! Aside from being a singer and a musician, to mention a few. BTW, where is restaurant located?

    Have a nice week!
    Beng Timbang Howard

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  5. Hello. Your mom, Walde, was a friend of my mom, Josie. I usually go up to Baguio when I’m in Manila, and I was wondering what you think is the best longazina in Baguio. I like the ones they serve at Star Cafe. Are there better? Thanks.

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    • Yes, I remember your mom! I remember my momm preparing some of her best recipes whenever your mom would come visit us. I may have stayed at (or visited ) your house in Manila when I was a young boy. The best longganizas are simply called Baguio longganizas. They’re short, about half the size of the regular sausages. I believe they come either sweet or spicy. Not sure which longganizas they serve at Star Cafe. I was just there in Janury with my U.S.-based siblings and every morning we’d have the Baguio longganizas for breakfast!

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      • Me again, preparing for my next trip to Baguio. There’s supposed to be a very good hole-in-the-wall restaurant right beside Country Club. Have you heard of it, and if so, do you know the name?

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  6. Hello!
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