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The New Filipino Kitchen: A Story that Almost Wasn’t

It was about a week before my 2016 birthday when I got an e-mail from a certain Ms. Jacqueline Chio-Lauri with the subject line: “2nd Try: An Invite to a Filipino Food Anthology”:

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A Message almost Lost…

That second e-mail – apparently I missed the first – listed Filipin@ contributors-to-be who represented a whole slew of countries.  It’s been more than two years since that e-mail which at the time, was met with skepticism.  As if anyone would actually think the writings in my ill-designed, rarely updated food blog could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Cris Comerford’s, the White House Executive Chef who was named as one of the contributors among other critically-acclaimed heavy hitters.  Ha!

Faint memories of a similar situation arose, however, in which an interview offer at the company I work for today sat in my Spam Folder and a “2nd Try” e-mail was all that stood between me and near Death-by-Accounting-Job.  I shuddered at the thought, submitted my recipe, and didn’t think much of it for a while since there was probably a chance mine wouldn’t make the cut.  But it did.

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