If you missed SALO Project creator and traveling pop-up chef Yana Gilbuena's dinner at Portland's O'Maine Studios this past Monday — her biggest to date with 150 seated guests — all is not lost. You have another chance to catch her impressive work on Labor Day when chef Dave Mallari hosts her for a Filipino pop-up brunch at The Sinful Kitchen.
For $30 you can savor classic Filipino breakfast items like tocino (heritage pork marinated in pineapple, sweet soy, maple syrup, and star anise liquor) and tapa (beef marinated in soy, sugar, and garlic, pan-fried, served with eggs, topped with garlic chips), served with coconut garlic fried rice and eggs and eaten kamayan style, meaning without utensils. The brunch is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, September 7; reserve seats online then call to book a reservation.
Gilbuena last came to Maine in June 2014, in the early days of her SALO Series, during which she hosted Filipino pop-ups in all 50 states. She told Eater that being back in Portland "feels good, kind of like being at home. Which is a very relative term at the moment." She recently finished touring the SALO Project around Canada, and will head to Cuba then Central and South America next.
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