Two Different Animals: My Filipina Girlfriend

Annie won’t touch beef.

Our island of Leyte has some righteous mussels, if you’re into that sort of thing.

“I don’t like the smell,” she said, handing me a plate of breakfast. Two eggs, always perfectly cooked, rice (hell yes, rice, every meal), and, at least twice a week, a half dozen fried, dried fish. The odor is evident long before the meal is served; as soon as those puppies begin to sizzle, the entire apartment oozes thick with a long-dead, decaying stench of…



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