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‘The Sarap Shop’ promotes conviviality with enjoyable Filipino flavors


SAN FRANCISCO — For Bay Area couple Kristen Brillantes and JP Reyes, food is a love language. So instead of throwing a big wedding to celebrate their relationship, the duo bought a food truck to share their favorite Filipino flavors and encourage community solidarity.

“We got the truck instead of getting married, it was the same cost,” the co-founder and CEO Brillantes said. “Now we have our second location inside the Chase Center and have expanded into catering.”

The popular food truck serves up Filipino-American comfort food, including lumpia, noodles, adobo, sisig, and more. The shop also bottles its 100% plant-based and gluten-free sauces, as well as its acclaimed Halo Halo Milktea.

At the heart of the business is the idea of ​​co-creation rather than competition, with the aim of contributing to the growth and well-being of the community.

“What I’ve found unique about us as first-generation business owners is that we actively try to help each other out,” Brillantes said. “When we host food festivals, we make sure our menus don’t overlap or, if they do, we encourage everyone to try each other’s dishes.”

Through their unique and tasty offerings, the couple continues to grow a business that encourages community togetherness.

“Our ultimate goal is to work with each other, just to be with each other and vibrate with each other’s energy,” Reyes said.

“It was a very nice experience of togetherness which gives the impression that we are also returning to a community and that we are creating new memories together”, adds Brillantes.

For more information, visit thesarapshop.com and follow @thesarapshop on Instagram.



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