Unless you’ve been living under a rock (no offense to anyone who actually lives under a rock) and you’re a vegan you’ve heard the continuous buzz about a VEGAN Filipino restaurant opening up in the East Bay. Well… HERE IT IS! Friday, October 1st is soft opening for the restaurant. The spot will open up around 11:30am. Come out and get some awesome Filipino vegan grub!
I’m going to be working in the back during dinner, so wave hello at me if you happen to catch a glimpse of me chopping veggies in the kitchen.
Vegan Filipino Cuisine Comes to Downtown Oakland
Food Madeleine Bair — Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 2:21 PM
There’s a good reason you don’t see vegetarians flock to Filipino joints as they do Indian, Thai, and other ethnic restaurants. If there’s no whole roast pig in the window to scare them away, a menu of sausages, cured beef, pork belly, and crispy pig legs usually does the trick. The cuisine is not only heavy on the meat, but heavy period, contributing to higher rates of obesity and heart disease in the Philippines than in other Asian countries.
Jay-Ar Isagani Pugao was a teenager when he learned this firsthand. His mom had a heart attack and had to eliminate all that red meat and cholesterol from her diet to stay alive. To help her out, “I went vegetarian, so she didn’t have to worry about cooking a healthy meal for herself and another dish for the rest of us.” Together, they experimented with cooking dishes like adobo, lumpia, and apritada without all the unhealthy stuff.
It was the first of many unexpected events in the course of Pugao’s life that have added up to the downtown Oakland restaurant he plans to open next week, No Worries Filipino Vegan Cuisine.
Read the rest of the article from the East Bay Express here.
No Worries Filipino Vegan Cuisine
1442 Franklin Street Oakland, CA 94607
Jay-Ar Isagani Pugao | 510.444.4466 | firstname.lastname@example.org