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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

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 Filipino dishes, both common and uncommon, ranging from the 16th-19th century. The menu will showcase traditions, the bounty and cultural influences in Filipino food through time. A brief tour of the house and its collection of folk, antique and contemporary art works will be offered to work up an appetite or wind down a hearty meal. Conversations about Filipino food in culture, a little music appreciation perhaps and a taste of the much vaunted Filipino hospitality.

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 or a tomato-olive salsa, chicken relleno (roasted chicken with ham and Edam cheese which takes two days to prepare), or her 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.

Traveler reviews

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

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Giney

$62-$76 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $76 $62
Alcohol
$4 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $76 $62
Alcohol
$4 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:00pm-7:00pm

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 Filipino dishes, both common and uncommon, ranging from the 16th-19th century. The menu will showcase traditions, the bounty and cultural influences in Filipino food through time. A brief tour of the house and its collection of folk, antique and contemporary art works will be offered to work up an appetite or wind down a hearty meal. Conversations about Filipino food in culture, a little music appreciation perhaps and a taste of the much vaunted Filipino hospitality.

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 or a tomato-olive salsa, chicken relleno (roasted chicken with ham and Edam cheese which takes two days to prepare), or her 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.

Traveler reviews

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

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $76 $62
Alcohol
$4 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $76 $62
Alcohol
$4 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:00pm-7:00pm
Host Contact
  • You can message your host directly once you've made your booking
  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation
FAQ

    You can cancel your experience 48 hours or more before your experience date and receive a full refund. To request a cancellation once you have made a booking simply log in and click the "Request Cancellation" link from the bottom of your booking. Your refund will be processed immediately (note it can take up to 10 business days for this refund to post to your credit card statement). Please note that for cancellations within 48 hours of your experience we unfortunately cannot offer a refund; this is because our hosts typically purchase food and begin their preparations up to 48 hours before the experience.

    Most of our hosts are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, including vegetarian and gluten free options. For vegetarian travelers, we have an icon on each host profile to indicate whether that host can also offer a fully vegetarian menu. There is a section in the booking form to note any allergies or dietary restrictions which will be sent directly to your host.

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