ED­I­TOR'S NOTE

Let’s Eat - - NEWS -

The 1980s were the ge­n­e­sis of our coun­try’s fast food rev­o­lu­tion. One af­ter the other, in quick suc­ces­sion dur­ing that decade, the most pop­u­lar for­eign fran­chises opened shop here, be­gin­ning with Mc­Don­ald’s very first store. It was lo­cated, in of all places, deep in the Univer­sity Belt on Mo­rayta, di­rectly across FEU. That his­toric first branch is still open to­day, a tes­ta­ment to the Filipinos’ en­dur­ing af­fec­tion for all kinds of fare, and how quickly we as­sim­i­late the new and in­ter­est­ing in our daily choices.

Flash for­ward to 2018. Decades from to­day, we’ll fondly look back on this as the year when the Philip­pine Cui­sine truly came into its own. Year One of the Filipino Res­tau­rant boom, when many restau­ra­teurs and food en­trepreneurs, in­stead of look­ing out­wards for in­spi­ra­tion, re­turned home to their culi­nary roots, and rein­vented, re­booted, rev­o­lu­tion­ized our lo­cal dishes --- not only for the new gen­er­a­tion of deeply In­sta­gram-in­flu­enced din­ers, but more im­por­tantly, for the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

Our beloved Filipino fare has never been this in­ter­est­ing, this col­or­ful, this com­pelling, and yes, this de­li­cious. We ded­i­cate this is­sue, where we honor the Best of 2018, to all the cooks and chefs, from hole-in-the wall carinde­rias to the toni­est es­tab­lish­ments--- all of them, con­tribut­ing to make our cher­ished child­hood Pi­noy fa­vorites--- into a global phe­nom­e­non.

Let’s Eat!!!

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