Friday, April 24, 2009

About Us: Foodie Finder

Hi, We're Marc and Joce and we started Foodie Finder as a source for great food finds for individuals looking for new places to eat or curious at what happens at those 'fancy-schmancy' places.

Our full-time jobs allows us to travel extensively and eat where ever we want. We're based in San Diego, CA but due to San Diego's conservative cuisine, we're forced to search for great food digs across the country. Follow us on our food adventures and find out what city we end up next.

To contact us, please email: foodiefinder@gmail.com.

Additional info (for curious minds):

What do you do (aka full-time jobs)?
  • Marc is a engineering architect for a security software company as well as a real-life MarcGuyver. He can fix anything.
  • Joce is a market research manager for a medical device company and is known to be the walking 'single-source of truth'. Think human-Google and kgb.com on steroids.
What nationality are you?
  • We're both Filipino, Ilocano to be exact.
  • For the record, we do eat 'chocolate-meat' but we don't cook it at home. We leave that to the relatives.
How often do you travel?
  • Frequently. Sometimes we're both in different cities for work. At minimum we're away at least once a month.
Happiest foodie experience?
  • Our wedding reception at the Bellagio. It was all about the food. We spared no expense.
Do you pay for your meals?
  • Majority of the time yes unless we're on business travel then we expense it to a certain degree. We're not in media so we don't get PR people calling us to dine at their places. That's why we have 'the list'. Real places that we want to go to, not because someone asks us to.
  • The only exception is Las Vegas. We have somewhat high roller status and receive the typical perks (e.g. suites, meals, gambling credits, etc.).
What are your plans for future destinations?
  • International travel in 2011. France, UK, Spain, Italy, etc.
  • We will also take shorter, weekender trips to New York, New Orleans, Chicago, Seattle, etc.
Any food allergies?
  • Him: None. Dislikes sea urchin.
  • Her: None. Also dislikes sea urchin but will eat it anyway.
Most expensive meal out of pocket?
  • Him: Joel Robuchon at the Mansion in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Her: Alinea in Chicago, IL.
Favorite cuisine?
  • Him: Filipino, Southern, creole/cajun.
  • Her: Filipino, French, avant-garde.
I will always order...
  • Him: A steak, specifically a rib eye prepared medium rare and seafood gumbo.
  • Her: Foie Gras and a mojito.
I will not eat...
  • Him: Foie Gras or any type of game meat (e.g. rabbit, venison, goose, etc).
  • Her: Anything that is still alive or premature (e.g. balut - premature duck egg). It's gotta be dead and cooked somewhat before I'll eat it.
A food request...
  • For someone to make a Filipino hot dog famous. For example, take longaniza stick it in a pandesal roll/bun and market it as the next best food craze.
Worst time to eat...
  • During a Manny Pacquiao fight.

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