The Adobo Road Cookbook Tour made a stop in New York at the end of May, where I met a number of incredible chefs, and even more incredible Filipino food friends. As with the San Francisco stop, a good time was had by all.
First up in New York was a visit to Purple Yam in Brooklyn–the Filipino restaurant owned and operated by Filipino food icons Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan (authors of Memories of Philippine Kitchens). I was honored and humbled that Amy and Romy invited me and hosted my cookbook signing at their fantastic restaurant.
We began the night with cocktails courtesy of the ladies from Shoots and Roots Bitters, who mixed some great drinks based on their own homemade bitters made from Filipino plants and herbs. As cocktails flowed, Amy led a Q&A where we fielded Filipino food questions from the packed house. Then for dinner, Chef Romy actually prepared a special prix fixe menu for the night composed of four dishes from my cookbook! Needless to say, Chef Romy worked his magic and made my recipes that much better. Here is a slideshow from that night at Purple Yam:
The next day, the fine folks at Jeepney Filipino Gastropub in the East Village hosted a book signing for me as well. Jeepney’s Chef Miguel Trinidad prepared my Turkey Inasal Burgers from the Adobo Road Cookbook, but in slider form, and they were a hit with guests that night. Thanks Chef Miguel!
The booksigning at Jeepney was a big success as well. People trickled into the restaurant at a good clip until the house was finally packed. I had a great time at Jeepney, especially since some old friends popped by as well. Here is a slideshow from my booksigning at Jeepney: