Bettina Makalintal

Staff Writer — Food & Culture

bettina.makalintal@vice.com
Food

When It Comes to a Recipe, What’s in a Name?

What do we lose when paratha is called "flaky bread," or bibimbap a "rice bowl"? Recipe developers explain why names matter.
Bettina Makalintal
7.25.20
Food

I Want This TikTok Grandma to Teach Me Everything About Food

'Cooking With Lynja' is the best thing to come out of quarantine.
Bettina Makalintal
7.24.20
Food

The Last Good Thing About Offices Was the Free Food

The old days of eating free leftover pizza of unknown provenance are behind us. RIP.
Bettina Makalintal
7.18.20
TV

An Ode to Claudia Kishi, the Coolest Kid in 'The Baby-Sitters Club'

Decades after the release of the Ann M. Martin series, the Claudia Kishi fan club lives on through fan pages and a new Netflix documentary.
Bettina Makalintal
7.12.20
Food

These Savory Seasoning Packets Save Me From Quarantine Cooking Fatigue

Omsom's Filipino, Thai, and Vietnamese meal starters give me the taste of home with little to no effort.
Bettina Makalintal
7.7.20
TV

Reflections on the Gnarliest 'Unsolved Mysteries' Episode of All Time

A 1997 episode about spontaneous human combustion exposed a generation of young true crime lovers to a total nightmare.
Bettina Makalintal
7.6.20
Art

Let This Man Keep His Toilet Gardens

A man in Potsdam, New York has fought for years for his right to display toilets full of flowers on his properties.
Bettina Makalintal
7.5.20
Food

Does Food Actually Unite Us?

Padma Lakshmi's 'Taste the Nation' is the latest example of the hackneyed idea that food is the great unifier.
Bettina Makalintal
6.30.20
TV

Jo Koy's New Netflix Special Shows Off the Philippines to the World

The comedian told VICE about why going to Manila for 'In His Elements' was "a dream come true."
Bettina Makalintal
6.15.20
Internet

On Instagram, Artists Are Creating a Shareable Language of Protest

Through art, even people who don't "get political" on social media are getting engaged in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Bettina Makalintal
6.12.20
food-features

The 'Bon Appétit' Test Kitchen and the Myth of the Happy Workplace

As recent reports have made clear, the Test Kitchen's wholesome stan culture online overrode its reality as a toxic environment.
Bettina Makalintal
6.11.20
Film

Let's Revisit 'Sex and the City 2' for the Sake of Pure Masochism

For the 10-year anniversary of the iconic series' second film adaptation, it's time to revisit the most awful moments of 'Sex and the City 2.'
Bettina Makalintal
5.30.20
0113