In 2008, I opened Butter Tart, a café dedicated to my Filipino-Canadian roots. It was a beloved neighborhood spot that offered “delicious, not nutritious” tasty eats (spam breakfast sandwiches, coconut milk cupcakes, fresh coffee, butter tarts with bacon).We were well received by the community and media. Unfortunately, I had to make the difficult decision to close the business during “the great recession”. Fortunately, I kept ownership of the property and made lifelong friendships, particularly in the food world.
PIG PARTS & BEER
Blogging was a big deal a decade ago and I, like so many, decided to “blog”. I blogged about what I had seen and continued to see, an emerging, unapologetic, Filipino food and culture scene. I highlighted the people, places and products of Filipino Americans within food and drink spaces. We collaborated with another blog to host the first Filipino Food and Beer pairing event, The Pleasure of Pig Parts & Beer, in 2011.
Multicultural cake toppers/keepsakes, 2014. No Longer Available.