Pista Sa Nayon, Vallejo, CA

Filipino American Jazz will be featured this year at the 24th annual Pista Sa Nayon Festival in Vallejo on Saturday, June 5, 2010. The celebration starts at 9:30 am with a parade, and the festival officially opens at 10 am. and runs until 6 pm. The event features 100 vendor booths with authentic Filipino food, clothing, books, music, artwork and handicrafts!

WHERE: Vallejo Waterfront, Mare Island Way, Vallejo, CA



Here’s the link to the festival’s official site.

Quote from the Official Announcement:

Coordinated by the Philippines Cultural Committee in collaboration with the City of Vallejo, the annual Pista sa Nayon has become one of Northern California’s largest Asian cultural events, with the crowd in 2009 numbering approximately 20,000.

“Boil cut-up chicken … “

Oh cookbook from that long-ago time when self was a grad student, when she was leaving Manila woefully ill-equipped to handle the challenges of boiling an egg, and when Dearest Mum enrolled her in Lorivi Reynoso’s International Cooking classes!

As a result of the cooking classes, self came to Stanford armed with recipes for making Boeuf Bourguignon and Salade Nicoise (Self never once tried this, not once in 25 years), and Scallops Parisian Style.

Her “go-to” recipe, however, turned out to be a hand-written recipe which kusinera of the moment (Vangie) scribbled on a note pad and handed to self. Here’s the recipe in its entirety (Self will italicize all the words that cook underlined in her note):

Boil cut-up chicken.
– chopped onions
– ginger
Mix into the boiling chicken/ the sauteed onions and ginger.
Add salt/pepper.
Boil until chicken is cooked well.
Add cut-up sukini just before dinner time.

The cook isn’t with us any longer, of course. In fact, self heard she lives in Queens with a sister and holds fabulous disco parties on weekends, when she is “off” from being a nanny to some rich person’s kids in Manhattan.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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