Flipping Out Over Filipino Food at Akulturado: A Modern Filipino Pop-up Series

Somehow I stumbled onto this group called Luz Kitchen (pronounced “looz”) who are a group of cooks and chefs who put on Filipino-themed pop-ups, doing a modern take on Filipino cuisine. I haven’t had a ton of experience with Filipino cuisine, but I see it becoming a larger part of the landscape here. Take the area around Joyce Station as an example, and also pockets along Fraser St. Of the little that I’ve tried, I absolutely LOVE crispy pata (deep fried pork hock):

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I'd love for #porkhock 🐷 to become the new pork belly, but that would *never* happen. Plus hock prices would probably skyrocket, and I wouldn't be able to enjoy this #crispypata as often. $13 for a medium order at @hapaggrill (#hapagihawihaw). Hock meat is so delicious cuz it gets lots of exercise, and when you cook it right, the meat becomes tender and the connective tissues gelatinize. The skin becomes these sheets of glass that shatter in your mouth. If you're Canadian, please go out and vote today. ☑ If you work, you are entitled to 3 consecutive hours to vote, so you might even get out early! Then go treat yourself to the fruits of a multicultural society, like this Crispy Pata! 👌

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Lunch Quickie: Non-Donut Food from Duffin’s Donuts & Getting Crunk with Crown Royal vs Glenfiddich vs Glenlivet Whiskey

Duffin’s Donuts has been a divey institution for ages. In the 90s, they used to be located on Main and 33rd where they did the same combination of donuts and Mexican torta sandwiches. A failed attempt at trying the newish TK Sub Cafe (which apparently was opened up by an ex-employee of Duffin’s) resulted in a trip down to the truck-stop vibe of Duffin’s Donuts at Knight and 41st to try the original taste of Vancouver tortas.

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First Look: Juicy, Delicately-Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken at Freebird Chicken Shack in New West

As you might know, I wear my love for Longtail Kitchen on my sleeve. It’s the more casual and affordable version of Maenam (who still have an awful Flash-based website). I was less enthralled with Fat Mao, their other restaurant. But on December 1, after several months of gestation, Angus & Co. opened up Freebird Chicken Shack at River Market in New West. It’s the same mini-Granville Island market that houses Longtail Kitchen and Re-Up BBQ. With a tight, focused menu, does Freebird bring my dreams of hawker stall-style eating to the Lower Mainland?

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