Welcome back to Alternative Dining, a column by Jen Chiu that explores the unconventional dining and drinking scene in Seattle, whether that be pop-up, food truck, gastro-brewpub, or underground dinner…

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Hawai’i is where all my food memories begin.

I was 2 years old when my pops got stationed at Pearl Harbor. Before that, he worked at his auntie’s restaurant in the Philippines to help pay for school, and when he joined the Navy, he wanted to cook. But hearing how fucked up everyone treated…

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The Bar is Coming (To America). Repost it for your homie one time!

We’re playing in Honolulu (Hawaiian Brian’s) on June 7th!

Get tickets at About The Goods or In4mation or cop em online here.

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We’re going back to the Philippines again.

Well, not physically. But via the next best way to transport oneself to another place and time: through food and drink. This month’s Food & Sh*t pop-up dinner is an excursion outside the familiar dishes of the Filipino Cuisine metropolis and into the…

An Excerpt

I was about to leave when the Filipino Communist and Anna Dozier came to our apartment.

"You can’t establish a separate Filipino unit of the Party," she said. "Why, it is a divisionist tactic!"

"It is complete disobedience of the Party’s rules," the Filipino said. "Every action regarding the Party must come from me."

"But I’m not a member," I countered.

Anna was hesitant. Then she said, “Nevertheless.”

"The Party is a democratic organization," the Filipino said. "I didn’t say it was undemocratic," I answered. "And if it’s communism our countrymen want, let them have it. I think that is democracy."

"You talk like an intellectual," Anna said.

"You know well enough that I have washed dishes for a living," I said. "You know well enough that I have never made any pretensions to intellectualism."

"I don’t trust him," the Filipino said to Anna as he turned to leave the apartment.

I was naive. I wanted to be sure that communism was what Filipinos needed. I felt somehow that i needed it too. What was the nemesis of communism? Was it Trotskyism? Whatever it was that seemed relevant to the needs of the Filipinos in California, I knew that I must assimilate it.

I left the north in confusion. I knew that I would battle with myself for a decision. I rode the bus and watched familiar scenes that evoked poetry in me. When was it that I had first seen this broad land?

I trembled with joy passing the familiar scenes. It was where I belonged - here in the color of green, the bitter taste of lemon peels, the yellow of ripe peas; in the pleasure, the beauty, the fragrance.

- Carlos Bulosan
America is in the Heart (1946)
p. 269-270

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MITS feat. La & Kixxie Siete (Official Video)

The Bar is for raising the minimum wage. 

Cool things to note about this video:
- it was shot in one take
- Prometheus Brown, Bambu and DJ Nphared had just gotten back from a 24-hour trip to Manila
- Prometheus Brown was in the middle of preparing the kitchen for the pop-up restaurant (which is why he dashes off right after his verse)
- The woman in the beginning of the video is not Nphared’s Auntie
- The man with sticks uses MapQuest
- LA shot this on his actual lunch break
- Kixxie flew up to Seattle and mixed Flaming Hot Cheetos with Bangus Sisig
- DJ Nphared spent a portion of our video budget on walkie talkie’s to add authenticity to his role as a valet driver
- Bambu found a beer by the garbage and drank it
- DJ Nphared and Bambu did not coordinate the missed high-five
- Bambu got into a car accident a few hours before the shoot
- Prometheus Brown and his wife, Chera, do their “Food & Sh*t" pop-up restaurants regularly throughout Seattle and are looking to take it on the road soon
- DJ Nphared saw the movie Gravity twice
- Grynch did not know we were filming a video
- Our homeboy Nam made sure nobody walked through the ‘set.’
- Chel, who opens the door and calls us in at the end, is a family friend who loves this little girl: http://laylashlhfight.org/ - and so do we!
- Kizamu, The Bar’s manager, wore three different Seahawks tops throughout the day
- The Bar listened to Chip Fu the entire day

The In4mation X The Bar shirt is coming soon! Stay tuned tohttp://in4mants.com for release date!

Shot by Jerome Buenaventura during The Bar’s hosting of Food & Sh*t’s Pulutan Pop-Up Restaurant at Inay’s in Seattle.

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The big spoon and fork on the wall, found in many Filipino kitchens, are considered a source of tradition and pride, a symbol of health and prosperity, even the butt of earnest jokes about our love of food. But more than anything to anyone familiar with Philippine history, it is a reminder of…

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foodandsh-t:

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The big spoon and fork on the wall, found in many Filipino kitchens, are considered a source of tradition and pride, a symbol of health and prosperity, even the butt of earnest jokes about our love of food. But more than anything to anyone familiar with Philippine history, it is a reminder of…