University of the Philippines Los Baños

“Glocal,” is one of the pervasive new buzzwords.

A portmanteau of the words "globalization" and "localization," it is used to describe a product or service that is developed and distributed globally, but is also fashioned to accommodate the user or consumer in a local market.

Glocal cuisine are described as food that have their origins in a specific territory with which they still maintain a strong tie, but have now become part of the world’s global menu.

Perfect examples of low-cost, nourishing, flavourful street food, these dishes can also be transformed into refined and expensive dishes when interpreted by creative and talented chefs.

Dishes like pizza, kebab, pasta, bento, have reached an almost iconic status. UPLB and Los Baños have a number of diners and establishments which serve dishes that cater to a glocal palate.

Faustina’s Silindro ribs and Victorian decorations, Bonito’s Ravioli Lasagna, Eat Sumo Teri Haus’ kani salad and cheap bento meals, Auntie Pearl’s thin crust pizzas, Ashoka’s vegetarian Indian deli, Chubby Habi’s Mesala and Chicken Biryani, Dalcielo’s pasta and pastries are certainly worth checking out.

While homegrown establishments like Mang Toto’s Chicken Inasal, Bug-ong’s roasted chicken, Ellen’s Fried Chicken’s home-cooked meals have become synonymous with the town itself

For budget-conscious students, there are places Sulyaw, Relin’s, Tila Oink Moo, Papu’s Siomai and the food strips in the periphery of the campus to get their fix.

Of course, major food chains like Jollibee, McDonald’s, Chowking, Pizza Hut, and KFC, which have steadily grown over the years, will always have the following of the student population and residents of the town.