I’ve ALWAYS loved to cook…my grandpa, a native Filipino who cooked on a Navy ship for many years, is an excellent chef. I grew up amidst the aromas of his kitchen, grabbing whatever “samples” I could off of his coveted butcher block table and watching him cook every chance I got. Everything he made was absolutely mouth-watering and I noticed how much enjoyment he got out of making everyone so happy with his food. In addition, my grandma - an outstanding baker who makes all her own jellies and jams - complements his cooking perfectly. I'm Filipina/Hawaiian/Chinese on my mother's side, Irish/Italian on my biological father's and my dad who raised me is 100% Japanese...needless to say I can eat like a demon in at least 6 languages!!!