By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 24, 2019 at 7:26 PM

More than a century after the United States Navy sailed into Manila Bay, sank the Spanish Armada and took control of The Philippines, Filipino fare is finally having its day in the U.S. But what comprises the cuisine of this diversely influenced archipelago?

We chat with Alexa and Matthew Alfaro of Meat on the Street about the unique flavors inherent to Filipino fare, the recipes they grew up eating and the challenges of introducing unfamiliar flavors and dishes to their customers. Along the way, we get to know more about these young entrepreneurs and their journey in sharing their family's rich and delicious cultural heritage.

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Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.