For over 25 years, I have been cooking Filipino and Asian dishes almost every day. This blog is all about sharing with you what I’ve been cooking throughout my life.
When I moved to America over 20 years ago, my Dad worried a lot about my well-being in a foreign country.
My name is Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino and I live in the east coast with my husband and two sons. Before we moved, I assured my father I was going to be fine because Mom taught me how to cook. Cooking was what I knew best. It was one of my best coping mechanisms.
And this is what this blog is all about… to share with you my Filipino & Asian recipes and how I find a way to cook these dishes in my American kitchen everyday. Come on and grab a seat, and enjoy my gastronomic adventures!
I am Elizabeth “Betty Ann” or @Mango_Queen to the food world, food blogger of this site “ Asian In America”, a freelance journalist, food writer, social media influencer and former college instructor.
Through the years, spanning two continents, I have combined my passions, writing and cooking. I am a contributor to various publications : Positively Filipino, FOOD Magazine (by ABS-CBN Publishing Inc.), Sans Rival Magalogue, QuirkDIY (Quirk Books).
In between, I’ve managed to pick up some awards for my food writing:
Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World” (September 2013); First Prize, the Plaridel Awards II from the Philippine American Press Club in San Francisco, California (2013); and my essay “ A Hundred Mangoes In A Bottle” won in the Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Essay Awards (2012) in Manila and published in ‘Savor the Word’, a book of prize winning essays.
I’ve had a long career as a writer. I worked as a copywriter and creative director in advertising agencies. I’ve taught college courses in writing, advertising and marketing.
I learned how to cook as soon as I was tall enough to reach the kitchen counter from recipes my mom taught me, which came from generations before her. I grew up in Tarlac, right next to Pampanga, the culinary capital of the Philippines. Early on, my family’s love for Kapampangan cooking became the benchmark for me in the kitchen. In fact, I raised my children on Philippine home cooking, even after we moved to the United States over 20 years ago.
Currently, I am deep in the trenches, writing a cookbook on Philippine cooking which I will publish very soon.
I live in the east coast with my husband and family. We travel regularly between the USA and the Philippines in search of gastronomic adventures and I enthrall my readers with mouthwatering culinary stories and recipes.