|Photo courtesy The Ensaymada Project|
Born and raised in the Bay Area, we grew up as "an American of Filipino descent." At least, that's how our Dad explained it. While our heritage was Pacific Islander (or 'Asian', as we usually checked off), we immersed ourselves in American culture. This resulted in a love/hate relationship with ethnic food-- specifically Filipino cuisine. It took longer for us to appreciate certain tastes beyond lumpia and pancit. However, one of our fondest memories was choosing dessert from the local bakery after Sunday mass. Ensaymadas in particular were our weakness. Creamy frosting, salty cheese and bits of ham incorporated into a doughy mass turned any "No" into an "Okay!".
When we heard about Bill Bracken, our initial thought was his departure from DivBar in Newport Beach. Besides his non-profit, Bracken's Kitchen, he's been working on something delicious in the kitchen. Collaborating with his wife, Molly, Ramon and Ramon's wife, Chari, they conceptualized The Ensaymada Project. As the token Filipina in this Forker family, we became obsessed with learning more.More »