I bake for smiles, the aroma, and for a little decadence in our
lives. As a self-taught pastry cook, I enjoy bringing community
together around food and utilizing our taste buds to express culture. My
family immigrated from the Philippines to the US when I was a young
child. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I found baking with tropical
flavors and incorporating them into popular American desserts was not
only an homage to my Filipino American identity, but made for a
memorable sweet experience.
In September 2013, my husband Geo and I started a monthly pop-up
restaurant titled Food & Sh*t showcasing modern Filipino cuisine.
It's been a playful journey since opening our doors, and a wonderful
outlet for culinary creativity which we enjoy sharing with our greater