“Filipino and Vegetarian Cuisine in Oakland!”
The only filipino vegetarian restaurant in the nation, No Worries Filipino Vegan Cuisine No Worries started off as a business proposal project in 1998 at Oakland High School. After being awarded with a small grant to fund basic cooking equipment, plus having a solid foundation to the newly found cooking technique, No Worries made its way from small family gatherings to large events and received high praises from its customers. No Worries has consistently provided Filipino vegan food like no other, because there is no other! No Worries is committed to minimizing its impact on the environment by fully supporting the vegan diet. Since a meatless diet can have tremendous benefits on the environment by lessening the use of natural resources to raise animals, No Worries intends to give light to the possibility of a more conscientious eating habit by providing healthy and delicious vegan food for people to enjoy. Traditional recipes are used only as a guideline for the innovative chef of No Worries. Jay-Ar Isagani Pugao, a 15 year culinary extraordinaire of Filipino vegan food, took his mother’s original cooking methods and has taken it a step further. Instead of using meat for a predominantly meat based food culture, he uses an array of substitutes, ranging from soy protein to wheat gluten to tofu and seitan. However, he loves to balance his dishes with colorful, fresh vegetables which bring life to the plate. Jay-Ar Isagani has been a pioneer in Filipino vegan cuisine and continues to innovate many traditional appetizers, desserts and entrees into vegan cuisine with origins from the Philippines.
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