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PINOY DINING GUIDE: Filipino Restaurants in the San Francisco Greater Bay Area (Some Recipes Included)

April 27, 2007: Tina Roth, one of my internet networking friends, shared Josie Agbayani’s PINOY DINING GUIDE with us recently. I asked Tina where Josie got the dining guide but she didn’t know the source. So, whoever you are, thank you for sharing this with us. This might be incomplete — so don’t kill the messenger! Always call up the restaurant before you make eating plans.

July 2007: Here’s another eclectic listing! A potpourri of “just as good as home cooking” and upscale restaurants serving elegant and fusion-infused versions of Filipino food that were featured by Contra Costa Times in the Food and Wine section, July 18, 2007 edition. I’ve also included some of the recipes found in the article. Thank you to Satur Respicio, Jr. for sharing the article with the filamvoters yahoo group.

January 2008: Although I’ve expanded the Pinoy Dining Guide to include Filipino-Fusion Cuisine, do let me know if some of the places found here have moved or closed shop. I haven’t been to all of them so if you’re not a blogger but would like to feature your food review here, please contact me. You’ll know when I update the list because I do put in the date when I add more places to go to.

Updates – January 2008:

Announcements and comments from my friends.

- Alex Viray: About the expansion of Kenkoy’s with a new branch close to the ballpark in San Francisco. Well, it looks like they took over Carmen’s at Pier 40.It’s now Carmen’s Adobo Joint.
- Jose Pecho: About Alido’s. I looked them up on the internet.
- Francesca Regala, yoga teacher: A Noe Valley resident, Francesca reminded me that Palencia is found in Noe and 17th Streets in San Francisco. If you’re looking for a San Francisco location, this is it!
- Lily Ann Villaraza: She reminded me about Mitchell’s Ice-Cream, a San Francisco landmark.
- Mona Lisa Yuchengco, Founding Publisher of Filipinas Magazine and informed me that Chef Anna Bautista of Nua Restaurant has left for the Philippines.
- Jonathan Sabolboro: He yahoo IM’d me that he had lunch at the Clamhouse in San Mateo, owned by Francis Espiritu.
- Manuel Ramirez, regional distributor: Chill! Berry Frozen Yogurt makes its debut in San Jose, CA at the Lollicup Tea Zone. A free coupon, valued at $1.00 is available until October 2008. Click here to get your coupon.

Updates – March 2008:

- Chito Desuasido announced the opening of Alimango Restaurant in San Mateo, CA.
- Thank you to the restaurants that contributed to Filipina Women’s Network’s pre- and post-performance parties for V-Day. The restaurants sponsoring the after-show parties are owned by Filipino entrepreneurs who continue to support of FWN’s Save A Filipina campaign and a violence-free community. Among them are:
Ramar Foods
Zebulon
Poleng Lounge
Carmen’s Adobo Joint

:D :-) 8)

Filipinas Magazine, in its August 2007 edition, featured some of our Filipino chefs who are making waves in the American culinary scene. Pages 38 to 41. For example, Chef Anna Bautista cooks her seasonal Mediterranean cuisine offerings at Nua Restaurant, 550 Green Street, San Francisco, CA (yes, North Beach!). Dinner is from 6pm-11pm, Tuesdays through Sundays. Call (415) 433-4000 for reservations. www.nuasf.com.

Thank you to Marylou “Dada” Tan for her e-mails to us about her food reviews.

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