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By Kryssie Tinsay
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About

We want to raise funds for a live/work space where we can host popups on the ground level and also make it our home. It'll be like coming over to your Auntie's house for Sunday supper only you're being served liquid nitrogen halo-halo! It'll be a space where we bring in the community closer together through the arts and good food.

I know what you all are thinking, why not just open up my own restaurant, right? Well, as many of you know, the restaurant business is risky business. We have to really think about the logistics of owning, running, managing and staffing a restaurant. Not to mention the rent for the space in an ideal location can cost anywhere from $80k to $100k per year with a minimum lease of at least 5 years. 

With having our own live/work popup space, we are still able to provide everyone the restaurant ambiance people are looking for but in a far more unique setting. If you guys know me by now, then you'll know I am anything but typical! And that also speaks about my food. It's anything but traditional though I do inject subtle nuances of traditional Filipino flavors in my dishes. 

Sa Malamig dessert with liquid nitrogen cantaloupe ice cream
Sa Malamig dessert with liquid nitrogen cantaloupe ice cream

 

 

Halo-Halo [tapioca pearls, dragonfruit, sweet red beans, palm nuts, ube "pop rock" ice cream]
Halo-Halo [tapioca pearls, dragonfruit, sweet red beans, palm nuts, ube "pop rock" ice cream]

 

Mushroom Adobo
Mushroom Adobo

 

Kare-Kare Tostada [pulled oxtail, bagoong eggplant, green bean chimichurri, soy peanut dressing]
Kare-Kare Tostada [pulled oxtail, bagoong eggplant, green bean chimichurri, soy peanut dressing]

 

Sisig Tostada [pork ears, pork snout, pork belly, pork butt, lime crema, micro cilantro]
Sisig Tostada [pork ears, pork snout, pork belly, pork butt, lime crema, micro cilantro]

 

Tamarind Glazed Chicken
Tamarind Glazed Chicken

 

Pancit Molo [pork dumplings, ginger broth, scallions, chili oil]
Pancit Molo [pork dumplings, ginger broth, scallions, chili oil]

 

Beef Cheek Kare-Kare [roasted eggplant, charred baby bok choy, green bean chimichurri, peanut jus, sambal peanut crumbs]
Beef Cheek Kare-Kare [roasted eggplant, charred baby bok choy, green bean chimichurri, peanut jus, sambal peanut crumbs]

 

Pork Tamales [sticky rice, pickled mushrooms, chipotle crema, chicharron wrapped in banana leaves]
Pork Tamales [sticky rice, pickled mushrooms, chipotle crema, chicharron wrapped in banana leaves]

The ideal location for this space will be in Downtown Santa Ana. It's an up and coming neighborhood where there are some really solid dining establishments around. They also have Farmer's Markets weekly so I will also be able to sell my homemade flavored butters, pandesal and ube infused baked goods.  

Ube Bread Pudding with goat's milk dulce de leche and Ube ice cream
Ube Bread Pudding with goat's milk dulce de leche and Ube ice cream

Filipino food hasn't completely hit mainstream in Orange County yet and neither is a Filipino Female Chef who actually grew up in the Philippines. I would like to be the one to initiate that change! So I am asking for everyone's support...please, please like, share and donate!

Iloilo City, Philippines; Circa 1990s
Iloilo City, Philippines; Circa 1990s

 

 

If this project succeeds with everyone's generous contributions, the money will go towards paying the lease for the space for a year (to help us get our feet off the ground), designing the space, licensing fees, insurance, and purchasing of furnitures, fixtures and equipment.

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I am extremely passionate about this project and the food I make. If anyone can tell you one thing about me, it's that my passion overflows and I love, love, LOVE to feed people! So I would like to thank you all in advance for helping make this dream of mine a reality. Maraming, maraming salamat po!

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  • Frank Lazo | IG: @frank_j_fotography
  • Leslie Rodriguez | IG: @leslierodriguezphotography
  • Steven Suarez of New Age Productions |  IG: @steven_suarez_photo_video

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Risks and challenges

As with any business venture, it's risky business. But no risk, no rewards, right?

Some possible risks we are facing:

1. Timing.
If we don't manage our time appropriately, we could lose the ideal space we want therefore setting us back until we can find another ideal location.

2. Funding.
If we don't succeed and reach our goal, this project won't fully come to fruition which means we are back to square one.

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