Hello everybody! I stumbled upon Chef Talk while doing some research on how to prepare couscous. The feedback from various chefs and culinary enthusiasts was very helpful, and as I browsed through the site, I decided to join. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumb.gif Though am not a professionally trained cook, I come from a family of "home cooks" and hail from what is considered the culinary capital of the Philippines --- a province named "Pampanga", well-known for its rich culinary heritage with a mix of Spanish, Chinese, Malaysian and American influences. In filling out the form, I had to click on "I like food" or something to that effect. I was actually looking for "I really love food" )) Anyway, I love food and cooking, and am also a writer. I write about all sorts of things, mainly feature stories / fiction / poetry. I also have a personal blog. I currently work for a very popular English medium newspaper in the UAE. I can't wait to be part of a discussion thread here. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif Cheers!