Bettina Makalintal

Staff Writer — Food & Culture

bettina.makalintal@vice.com
CHEFS

Chef Diana Dávila Made Free Food for Families in Response to COVID-19

The Mi Tocaya Antojería chef explains how a neighborhood partnership reminded her and her staff what it means to be part of a community.
Diana Dávila
3 days ago
food-features

'Eat Bitter' Is a Zine About the Journey From Hardship to Sweetness

Lydia Pang's new collection of recipes and stories is a preservation of her family's Hakka culture, and a lesson in survival and adaptation.
Bettina Makalintal
9.14.20
Internet

A Deep Dive Into the 'Gentrification Font'

According to a popular Twitter meme, sleek sans serif numbers are now the official look of neighborhood change.
Bettina Makalintal
9.14.20
food-features

The Beautiful Chaos of Messy Instagram Cakes

Experimental cakes made by hobbyist bakers are freeing us from the perfection of "Instagram food."
Bettina Makalintal
9.3.20

Celebrities Ruin Every Platform

Forget Raya—I dream about an exclusive internet club only for unrecognizable nobodies.
Bettina Makalintal
9.2.20
Internet

The Handmade Rug Scene is Booming, Thanks to TikTok

Once thought of as a hobby for older women, rug making is cooler than ever as young makers on TikTok get creative with tufting guns.
Bettina Makalintal
8.22.20
Internet

How a Joke Twitter T-Shirt Exposes a Frustration Many Asian Women Share

Asian women are tired of hearing about your Asian wife—and a simple T-shirt design has made the discussion viral.
Bettina Makalintal
8.19.20
Internet

The Peculiar Pandemic Appeal of Fish Flip-Flops

Like tie-dye, roller skates, and the "strawberry dress," fish-shaped flip-flops have become an unexpected new shopping trend.
Bettina Makalintal
8.17.20
food-opinion

A Canadian Brewer Accidentally Named Their New Beer 'Pubic Hair' in Māori

Canada's Hell's Basement thought 'Huruhuru' was the te reo Māori word for "feather." Colloquially, the word means... pubes.
Bettina Makalintal
8.12.20
Internet

Browsing for Apartments I Don’t Need Is the Escapism I Look Forward To

In the middle of a pandemic, the weekly Listings Project newsletter gives me a reliable source of daydream fodder.
Bettina Makalintal
8.3.20
food-opinions

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-opinion

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
7.15.20
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