The Global Carinderia

carinderia (karɪnˈdɛrɪə) noun

1. a casual eatery in the Philippines, serving affordable, home-cooked meals for all strata of society — from jeepney drivers to professors, rag-pickers to presidents.

2. a similar eatery outside of the Philippines, connecting Filipino immigrants, their friends, and open-minded eaters to the food and culture of the homeland.


I'm working on a journalistic project that profiles the Filipino diaspora through the restaurants they run — both underground and above-board. All articles are available for free at and at the websites of magazines I write for. I'd love to have your help seeing this project through to the end. 

I've reported on this subject for magazines including San Francisco's Positively Filipino andThe Reykjavik Grapevine, Iceland’s main alt weekly. My reporting has received a Plaridel Award from the Philippine-American Press Club, a Migration Advocacy and Media Award from the Philippine Government's Commission on Filipinos Overseas, but it's a labor of love; all expenses, including flights, stays, and the food itself (I don't accept free meals) are up to me. 

So far, I've written about Filipino restaurants in Iceland, Hungary, Austria, and the Republic of Georgia, and I'm currently working on articles set in the Faroe Islands and Greenland. With your support, I can find and showcase the most inspiring carinderias in even more distant locales.

About me: I am an American freelance food journalist of mixed Filipino-Nordic descent. I have written for a number of California-based and international publications, detailed on my portfolio website:


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