Style Section LA
The Filipino Fashion Club
By Erin Weinger

A few weeks back, on a perfect Los Angeles day, a food truck parked in a West Hollywood alley at the height of lunch time. And as most food trucks at lunch time go, this one attracted a group of hungry friends eager to feast, catch up and gain a respite from their work days. Only this troop happened to be made of some of the most influential fashion and public relations personalities in Los Angeles.

And they’re all Filipino… more

LA Weekly
Taste of FPAC: The Oinkster + Manila Machine
By Amy Scattergood

Filipino cuisine is finally entering the mainstream, thanks to a handful of high profile chefs, the rise of food trucks, an interest in street food and ethnic home cooking, increased attention in the media, and, well, some really good food. So it’s probably fitting that the food from the Philippines has now gotten its own festival. Well, not exactly a festival, but the precursor to one, in which Manila Machine, the city’s first Filipino food truck, will be parked at The Oinkster, the Eagle Rock restaurant owned by Andre Guerrero, probably the city’s best-known Filipino chef, for an evening of lumpia and ube shakes… more

Asian Journal
FPAC kicks off in grand appetizing style
By Joseph Pimentel


FilAm Arts, the host of FPAC, held its first ever “Taste of FPAC” event on Thursday at The Oinkster restaurant in Eagle Rock with guests appetizing on contemporary Filipino American cuisine cooked by Oinkster owner Fil-Am Andre Guerrero and from The Manila Machine, Southern California’s first Filipino gourmet truck… more

NBC Los Angeles
Filipino Food, Officially Trendy
By Joshua Lurie

Filipino culture is the focus at the 19th annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture, but at Taste of FPAC, it’s all about the food. The Filipino festival’s kickoff reception takes place at The Oinkster on September 9, featuring a blizzard of bites from Filipino-American chef Andre Guerrero and from The Manila Machine food truck… more

LA Weekly
Test Kitchen: Never-Ending Experiment
By Jonathan Gold

You were probably not the last of your friends to contemplate the pork-belly adobo from the Manila Machine… more

Los Angeles Times: Daily Dish
My L.A. Street Food Fest regret
By Rene Lynch

There was a spirited debate about what constituted nouveau street food — as opposed to classic “old school” street food. I’ll spare you the details, but it’s a sign of L.A.’s diversity — and sophisticated tastes — that “old school” honors went to both the explosive Thai bites served up by chef Robert Danhi of Southeast Asian Flavors and the tamales from Tamales Elena. Nouveau honors went to both Sedthee Thai’s pork spareribs and the pork belly adobo served up by the Manila Machinemore

Asian Journal
Manila Machine Introduces Filipino Cuisine via Food Truck
By Joseph Pimentel


IT’S 10:30pm on a Friday, outside the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park, Dr. Kevin Cressey hovers in front of the bright sun-decorated, yellow and orange food truck parked along the curb… more

Los Angeles Times: Daily Dish
The Manila Machine rolls out at Art Walk
By Betty Hallock

Meanwhile, the Manila Machine is scheduled to (officially) start rolling on Thursday at downtown’s Art Walk. Food bloggers Nastassia Johnson (Let Me Eat Cake) and Marvin Gapultos (Burnt Lumpia) have joined forces to serve Filipino street food and home cooking… more

LA Weekly
The Manila Machine: Filipino Food Truck Rolls Out
By Amy Scattergood

The democratization of food, if you can call the evolution of the food truck such a thing, continues. And this time, instead of a rogue chef taking the wheel, it’s a pair of food bloggers. Noting the relative absence of Filipino food in Los Angeles in general, and in the fleet of food trucks in particular, the Filipino-American bloggers behind Burnt Lumpia and Let Me Eat Cake, Marvin Gapultos and Nastassia Johnson, are launching The Manila Machine, a food truck serving Filipino food… more

Eater LA
Food Bloggers Launch Filipino Food Truck
By Kat Odell

Despite a few recent shutters, the food truck revolution is nowhere near slowing down. In addition to Kitchen 24′s mobile vehicle, another newbie preparing to hit the road on June 10 is The Manila Machine. But, there’s a twist. This Filipino food truck is actually masterminded by food bloggers Marvin Gapultos of Burnt Lumpia and Nastassia Johnson of Let Me Eat Cakemore

OC Weekly
Food Blogger Starts Filipino Food Truck
By Edwin Goei

Food bloggers and food trucks form a symbiotic relationship. You’ll likely hear about a new food truck from a food blogger before anyone else. Nastassia Johnson and Marvin Gapultos are food bloggers. But they’re not content on just writing about food trucks anymore–so they’re starting their OWN! Theirs, called The Manila Machine, is an L.A. truck that serves Filipino food–a first, if I’m not mistaken… more