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Host: Giney

Manila, Philippines

USD
$62-$76 per person

Historical heritage and heirloom Filipino cuisine

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Giney

Giney is a chef and a restaurateur who specializes in historical, heritage and heirloom Filipino cuisine. Her cooking starts with exhaustive research – she describes herself as a culinary sleuth and is constantly hunting down heirloom family recipes that are at risk of being forgotten. She researches which ingredients would have been available at the time and imagines what was in the pantry as she perfects the recipe. She loves the way that food can connect you to the history and culture of a place, creating a visceral connection to the past and making it a continuing story, which includes you.

She and her partner Beth share a great interest in Philippine history, heritage conservation, arts and crafts. The exterior of their beautiful home is covered with greenery and vines, and the inside is filled to the brim with Filipino art and artifacts.

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: (2-5 guests) Arrive at Giney and Beth’s enchanting home in a gated suburb of Manila. Your meal will consist of a carefully curated menu of historic Filipino dishes (both common and uncommon!) from the 16th-19th centuries. The menu will showcase changing Filipino culinary traditions and cultural influences in Filipino food through time. Giney and Beth will also offer a brief tour of their home and its collection of folk, antique and contemporary art.

For your meal, you might taste dishes such as cocido (a hearty stew with beef, pork meatballs, chorizo, beans and vegetables) served with roasted eggplant in a peppery vinaigrette, chicken relleno (roasted chicken with ham and Edam cheese which takes two days to prepare), or Giney's crispy pata (pork leg) with spiced vinegar dip. Your meal will end with a typical Filipino dessert, perhaps a silky leche flan (milk custard with a caramelized top) and a cup of Barako coffee, the iconic coffee of the Philippines dating to the 1880s.

Languages spoken: English

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Giney’s home is majestic. It’s adorned with green and vines, like entering Alice in Wonderland. Hospitality is in Giney and Beth’s blood. I loved getting to know them and talking to them about so many things: food, politics, design, habits, activism, history. Giney has raised the bar high. She is the reason Traveling Spoon exists.

Jimmy, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Manila Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
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Giney

$62-$76 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $76 $62
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $76 $62
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Giney

Giney is a chef and a restaurateur who specializes in historical, heritage and heirloom Filipino cuisine. Her cooking starts with exhaustive research – she describes herself as a culinary sleuth and is constantly hunting down heirloom family recipes that are at risk of being forgotten. She researches which ingredients would have been available at the time and imagines what was in the pantry as she perfects the recipe. She loves the way that food can connect you to the history and culture of a place, creating a visceral connection to the past and making it a continuing story, which includes you.

She and her partner Beth share a great interest in Philippine history, heritage conservation, arts and crafts. The exterior of their beautiful home is covered with greenery and vines, and the inside is filled to the brim with Filipino art and artifacts.

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: (2-5 guests) Arrive at Giney and Beth’s enchanting home in a gated suburb of Manila. Your meal will consist of a carefully curated menu of historic Filipino dishes (both common and uncommon!) from the 16th-19th centuries. The menu will showcase changing Filipino culinary traditions and cultural influences in Filipino food through time. Giney and Beth will also offer a brief tour of their home and its collection of folk, antique and contemporary art.

For your meal, you might taste dishes such as cocido (a hearty stew with beef, pork meatballs, chorizo, beans and vegetables) served with roasted eggplant in a peppery vinaigrette, chicken relleno (roasted chicken with ham and Edam cheese which takes two days to prepare), or Giney's crispy pata (pork leg) with spiced vinegar dip. Your meal will end with a typical Filipino dessert, perhaps a silky leche flan (milk custard with a caramelized top) and a cup of Barako coffee, the iconic coffee of the Philippines dating to the 1880s.

Languages spoken: English

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Giney’s home is majestic. It’s adorned with green and vines, like entering Alice in Wonderland. Hospitality is in Giney and Beth’s blood. I loved getting to know them and talking to them about so many things: food, politics, design, habits, activism, history. Giney has raised the bar high. She is the reason Traveling Spoon exists.

Jimmy, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Manila Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $76 $62
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $76 $62
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:00pm-9:00pm
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