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A newsletter exploring the complexities of Philippine culture and diasporic food ways
Created 29 Mar 2021
  • What’s a Meal Without Rice?
    27 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 6 0
    As the months go by, we’re constantly exploring how we can extend perspective. While we may be running the platform, we also want to reiterate how meryenda is meant to be a space for all of us. That s...
  • Drinks, Among Other Things - Part II
    13 Sep 2021 • 17 min read
    Magandang umaga! Welcome to part two of the beverage issue. Currently, I’m sitting in an airstream trailer at a small town at the base of the Topatopa Mountains on what’s supposed to be my mini holida...
  • Drinks, Among Other Things
    30 Aug 2021 • 12 min read • 3 0
    We’re lightening up this Monday’s issue to talk about something we’ve yet to cover: unexpected explorations and celebrations in Filipino food and culture. The first issues leaned heavily on research a...
  • Finding Home Through Kare Kare
    09 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 4 0
    We’re excited to try something new! At the end of this piece, we invite you to answer a survey about the different ingredients you use when cooking, and have grown up eating in kare kare. You can also...
  • What Will Become of Adobo?
    26 Jul 2021 • 10 min read • 6 8
    Writing this issue comes from a place of privilege. Some countries have re-entered lockdown. Vaccination rollouts have surfaced bigger inequities in our systems. Extreme weather is devastating many pa...
  • On the Manila Galleon Trade
    12 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 5 4
    Is it me or is our connection to Mexico such an overlooked portion of our history? Trade between Philippines and Mexico (of course under the watchful Spanish eye) existed for 250 years. While you let ...
  • The Canned Food Conundrum
    28 Jun 2021 • 6 min read • 5 2
    Welcome to another issue of meryenda monday. Since our first piece, we’ve welcomed over 100+ new subscribers 🤯 To think, these conversations would happen in a hushed oscillation of rage and enlighten...
  • Where Does Ube Really Come From?
    14 Jun 2021 • 6 min read • 8 0
    Welcome to the first issue of meryenda Monday. For the sake of this newsletter, ube and ubi are used interchangeably. Ube, the viral trend that peaked amidst the summer of 2020, propelled partly by it...
  • Why meryenda?
    13 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    Jess and Cassandra here. Thank you so much for signing up! First of all, why meryenda? Meryenda, also spelled merienda, is simply snack time in the Philippines. We hope the content we provide becomes ...
  • Make Mondays more interesting
    12 Jun 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    Welcome to meryenda, a newsletter exploring the complexities of Philippine culture and diasporic food ways. The content we aim to share in our infancy can be summarized as follows: Perspectives on Fil...
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