Celeste presented at Tender Table on January 13, 2018 at People's Food Co-Op.
One sentence to describe yourself and where you came from: I'm a photographer from California, trying to make a home wherever I go.
What will you be presenting on? I’d like to talk about "pasalubong," which translates to "souvenir" but carries more weight in the Philippines (imo). Whereas the American idea of souvenirs is often a way to remember a place visited, the Filipino idea of pasalubong is to let someone know you were thinking of them while you were away. While it can be trinkets or any kind of small thing, most often it's food. Pasalubong isn't just bringing something home for your friends and family, it's also sharing a piece of home whenever someone else welcomes you into theirs.
Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: "Watch at the kitchen"
If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: My mom's tortilla with white rice and ketchup.
Favorite food: This is kind of a rude question, tbh
Recommended reading: An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
Best meals: Literally anything my mom makes including but not limited to paella, Filipino spaghetti, pancit palabok, and sinigang.
Food you’d like to try: I'm curious about more culinary traditions that suggest eating with your hands (like Filipino kamayan)