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Host: Greg

Manila, Philippines

USD
$22-$54 per person

Authentic Filipino cuisine in a Manila heritage home

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Greg

Although originally from the US, Greg has lived in Manila for over 28 years, speaks Tagalog fluently and is passionate about sharing the history and culture of the Philippines. He is a wealth of knowledge about the country he has adopted as his home. Greg and his Filipino partner Jorge live in a traditional American colonial home surrounded by trees and filled with beautiful antique Filipino narra (hardwood) furniture. Whenever he gets the chance, Greg prefers to travel within the Philippines to discover new beaches, explore architectural styles adapted to the tropics, and meet the friendly and welcoming Filipino people. He has been to 65 of the 81 provinces - and counting!

Greg says he didn't appreciate how good Filipino cuisine could be until his partner Jorge started cooking. Jorge is a professional tango instructor and competitor who cooks the food of the central Visayas region which is known for its cuisine. Greg's friend Oscar, with whom he sometimes hosts when Jorge is traveling, cooks Ilocano style (Northern Filipino cuisine) which is known for its meat and vegetable dishes and use of sugarcane vinegar.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) You will be greeted at the entrance to Greg and Jorge's home before walking upstairs to the living room. Sip on refreshing buko (coconut water) as you learn about local Filipino culture and cuisine from Greg. You will share a traditional Filipino meal with Greg and Jorge at their dining table. Your menu might include dishes such as pinakbet (an indigenous mixed vegetable and pork dish), fish paksiw (local white fish in a vinegar reduction), pechay (chinese cabbage and shrimp in a light sauce), bicol express (sliced vegetables, pork and chili peppers in a coconut milk sauce) followed by suman and mangos for dessert. Menu may vary based on the season.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Greg and Jorge in the kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson. They will teach you to prepare a few dishes that might be accompanied additional food they prepared in advance. You can expect to spend about 1.5 hours in the kitchen together before you sit down to eat.

Notes: Greg's home does not have air conditioning and may get warm. They use fans to stay cool. Greg's home is also a homestay so you may meet other guests during your visit.
Jorge may not always be in town in which case one of Greg's friends, Oscar, an equally talented home cook, will teach you his family recipes.

Traveler reviews

Greg is a friendly and gracious host. And Oscar is a fabulous cook. He taught us a few delicious recipes which I look forward to replicating at home
- Dawn August 07, 2017

Meeting Greg, Jorge and Oscar was a delightful surprise. Their house was really beautiful and their food and prep were phenomenal.
- Jimmy, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

It was a great experience at Greg's place in Manila. I absolutely loved his home!!! Oscar was a great chef and it was a lot of fun to help him prepare the food we were going to eat. The food was tasty and very flavourful! We chatted and had drinks after for quite some time and had lively conversation. We got to meet some people that were staying there - as Greg hosts a B&B as well! We got to know more about Manila and the Philippines and were provided with information for our day of sightseeing the next day. Thanks for a wonderful time, Greg!
- "Expat and the City"

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Greg

$22-$54 USD

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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$44 $28 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $36 $28
Alcohol
$4 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$44 $28 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $36 $28
Alcohol
$4 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Greg

Although originally from the US, Greg has lived in Manila for over 28 years, speaks Tagalog fluently and is passionate about sharing the history and culture of the Philippines. He is a wealth of knowledge about the country he has adopted as his home. Greg and his Filipino partner Jorge live in a traditional American colonial home surrounded by trees and filled with beautiful antique Filipino narra (hardwood) furniture. Whenever he gets the chance, Greg prefers to travel within the Philippines to discover new beaches, explore architectural styles adapted to the tropics, and meet the friendly and welcoming Filipino people. He has been to 65 of the 81 provinces - and counting!

Greg says he didn't appreciate how good Filipino cuisine could be until his partner Jorge started cooking. Jorge is a professional tango instructor and competitor who cooks the food of the central Visayas region which is known for its cuisine. Greg's friend Oscar, with whom he sometimes hosts when Jorge is traveling, cooks Ilocano style (Northern Filipino cuisine) which is known for its meat and vegetable dishes and use of sugarcane vinegar.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) You will be greeted at the entrance to Greg and Jorge's home before walking upstairs to the living room. Sip on refreshing buko (coconut water) as you learn about local Filipino culture and cuisine from Greg. You will share a traditional Filipino meal with Greg and Jorge at their dining table. Your menu might include dishes such as pinakbet (an indigenous mixed vegetable and pork dish), fish paksiw (local white fish in a vinegar reduction), pechay (chinese cabbage and shrimp in a light sauce), bicol express (sliced vegetables, pork and chili peppers in a coconut milk sauce) followed by suman and mangos for dessert. Menu may vary based on the season.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Greg and Jorge in the kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson. They will teach you to prepare a few dishes that might be accompanied additional food they prepared in advance. You can expect to spend about 1.5 hours in the kitchen together before you sit down to eat.

Notes: Greg's home does not have air conditioning and may get warm. They use fans to stay cool. Greg's home is also a homestay so you may meet other guests during your visit.
Jorge may not always be in town in which case one of Greg's friends, Oscar, an equally talented home cook, will teach you his family recipes.

Traveler reviews

Greg is a friendly and gracious host. And Oscar is a fabulous cook. He taught us a few delicious recipes which I look forward to replicating at home
- Dawn August 07, 2017

Meeting Greg, Jorge and Oscar was a delightful surprise. Their house was really beautiful and their food and prep were phenomenal.
- Jimmy, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

It was a great experience at Greg's place in Manila. I absolutely loved his home!!! Oscar was a great chef and it was a lot of fun to help him prepare the food we were going to eat. The food was tasty and very flavourful! We chatted and had drinks after for quite some time and had lively conversation. We got to meet some people that were staying there - as Greg hosts a B&B as well! We got to know more about Manila and the Philippines and were provided with information for our day of sightseeing the next day. Thanks for a wonderful time, Greg!
- "Expat and the City"

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$44 $28 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $36 $28
Alcohol
$4 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$44 $28 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $36 $28
Alcohol
$4 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
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