ILOCOS NORTE: LA PRECIOSA RESTAURANT

Still in Laoag.  It was almost noon when we left the market.  We decided to have lunch before going back to the hotel.  We drove around for a couple of minutes not knowing where we were going to eat.  We drove past the emapanada stalls in the city but everyone was still sweating after the... Continue Reading →

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ILOCOS NORTE: BERGBLICK RESTAURANT

Dead tired, sweating, aching limbs, sunburnt... we climb back to our vehicle and drove off somewhere for lunch -- rather late lunch.  I wasn't really hungry since I've been downing bottles after bottles of liquid after the trek from the rocks.  I was just happy to be enjoying the cool air conditioning inside car and... Continue Reading →

ILOCOS NORTE: HERENCIA RESTAURANT

Home of Pinakbet Pizza., it said on the signe.  We were not going to pass upon the chance to sample that.  My friends will not let me get away with this one either.  They all knew that I'm not fond of vegggies, so Pinakbet pizza it was.  Though we ordered half and half -- pinakbet... Continue Reading →

VIGAN: OKOY

Sold along side the popular Vigan empanada in the Empanadahan in the plaza area, Okoy is crispy shrimp fritter  and served with sukang (vinegar) Ilocos with garlic, onion and hot chili.  It's a popular snack or in some cases, viand consists of small fresh shrimps with shell,  glutinous rice batter and deep fried into a round form.  In Vigan, kutchay is... Continue Reading →

BACOLOD: COMFORT FOOD

Has the rainy season started? I doesn't matter... whether it's the changing of seasons or just summer rain, the respite from the heat of the past months is more than welcomed.  And there's nothing like a steaming bowl of batchoy to comfort one's soul during the rain filled afternoons.  What's in this Ilonggo noodle dish... Continue Reading →

PRE-CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER

Got together with some law school friends last night.  Everyone took some time off before the year ends to celebrate the holidays and friendships.  Had dinner and lots of laughs... and drinks for everyone.  Orange juice for Det who due to her delicate condition isn't allowed to have alcohol, softdrinks or coffee.  Regular coke for me with all... Continue Reading →

DUMAGUETE: CHICHARON BULAKLAK

While walking along Real Street from Robinsons Dumaguete, we were told that a particular area sells lechon along the road.  I saw from across the street, I small store with a couple glass casings displaying what I thought was chopped lechon.  When I got there, I found out it was deep fried pork intestines... that... Continue Reading →

DUMAGUETE: PUTO AND TSOKOLATE

All the stalls in the Painitan had the same menu,  at least those I have managed to read.  They all served Budbod, puto, pandesal, tsokolate (chocolate drink), and coffee (though we didn't find any brewed or native coffee)... maybe there were a few more that I forgot or not noticed.  But all the stalls also... Continue Reading →

DUMAGUETE: BUDBOD

Relatives who frequented the Oriental side of Negros often brought with them Budbod for pasalubong.  I never paid much attention to it for I always thought it was a local version of Suman and a very down-sized version at that.   Though what Suman is to the Tagalogs is actually "Ibos" and "But-ong" for us... Continue Reading →

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