Alyshia Macaysa


One sentence to describe yourself: I am a Native Hawaiian/Filipina Queer Femme born on the Big Island of Hawai'i, raised near the Mexican-American border in South East San Diego, brought up into political consciousness in the Bay Area, and is currently understanding her ties to the Filipina struggle/revolution in the Pacific Northwest.

What will you be presenting on? Shoyu Ahi Tuna Poke, Spam Musubi or Lumpia!

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: My dad always said that your spam should be crispy and thin and if your food doesn't taste good you can always add more shoyu (soy sauce).

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Spam and rice with tabasco sauce and a side of lumpia with vinegar

Favorite food: Meat and rice in all honesty but growing up in a food desert I often found myself indulging in hot dogs or carne asada fries from the taco shop.

Recommended reading: Go Tell It On The Mountain - James Baldwin; Redefining Realness - Janet Mock  

Best meals: The best meal I ever had was when I was back home in Hawai'i eating local plate food in all my feels. I had a loco moco plate (mixed green miso dressed salad, fluffy white rice, ground beef patty with gravy on top) and afterwards indulged in some malasadas.

Food you’d like to try: I recently got to experience Burmese Food and would love to try it again.