Jak Roberto, Barbie Forteza, and how to cook adobo | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Reports say Jak Roberto and Barbie Forteza are now Instagram-official and it’s all because of adobo.

Let me explain: For less than two months, a guy named Jak wooed a girl named Barbie, and what sealed the deal was Jak’s “spicy adobo” dish.


You might be wondering, two maybe-famous lovebirds getting together through the power of one of the most familiar soul foods known to us is what I’m here for? Not quite.

Just in case your love life might also benefit from it, I’m here to point you to an adobo recipe of another famous person, whom in this case is Erwan Heussaff.

Or so I thought I would. Alas, I can’t find the recipe online. (I saw it when TVs still existed, you see.) I do remember, however, the secret ingredient: oregano.

Yes, oregano, aka Sbarro pizza sprinkles, which you will use to flavor the sauce during its stewing process.

The oregano adds a surprisingly unobtrusive layer of grassy undernotes to your adobo’s familiar salty and sour profile.

I’ve also tried it with pineapples, after seeing a TV commercial for canned pineapples. It works like a charm on adobo using tuna, which also comes from a can. Believe me, Big Can ain’t paying me enough say this.

If unfortunately you can’t function without full recipes, I did manage to find more of Erwan’s other adobos, like one that uses coconut milk, and another that has steel-cut oats, apples, and nut butter.

TBQH I might just be too ring-wing for such intrepid pro moves and I did mumble WTF every so slightly after reading oats, but I know for a fact that you, dear reader, who fearlessly clicked on this article’s headline, are up for a challenge or two.

So, try it! Take a girl or guy out! Good luck! —JG

Header image via @barabaraforteza on Instagram

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