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Zapata's Cantina Mexicana, Angeles City, Pampanga

Pampanga is famous in the Philippines for its cuisine. It's a stereotypical belief that people who hail from Pampanga are good cooks. I'm not sure how valid this generalization is, but many people swear that this is true. At the very least, the province is famous for its sisig (which supposedly originated from there), and people from all over the country visit the place for a taste of what they say is the real thing.

Well, I don't eat sisig (chopped pork ears and face), but the few times that I've gotten to dine in Pampanga, I haven't been disappointed. I recently went on a planning session with my officemates in Mimosa, and we decided to have dinner at a Mexican restaurant which one of my colleagues said she heard was good.

Mahimahi de Baja

After asking around, we found the restaurant, which was called Zapata's Cantina Mexicana. We were around twelve in our group, so our food took time to be served. I had their Mahimahi de Baja, which was grilled fish with garlic…

My favorite kinds of frozen yogurt

I love frozen yogurt, and I am very happy that the yogurt craze is still very much in Manila. That means more places to choose from. I've tried several stores selling this, and so far, I have two favorites. I like them because they are not as sweet as some others I've tried. The sweet ones taste too much like ice cream to me.

Frozen Yogurt Indulgence

I usually order plain yogurt with mango and almonds as toppings. I have these two almost always, and just add others when I'm in the mood. My alternative toppings are strawberry, kiwi, and all other nuts. I go most often to Frozen Yogurt Indulgence of FYI because there's one in Il Terrazzo, near my office. I also like the yogurt in Red Mango, but I only get to eat that when I find myself in Eastwood. I have yet to go to their Trinoma branch, which is closer to me.

Red Mango

I tried Frutti Froyo recently because they opened a branch in Tomas Morato. One of my reliable yogurt partners, Yeng, invited me to have an afternoon yogur…

Angelina Italian Restaurant, Malapascua, Cebu

The island of Malapascua is well-known for its scuba diving sites where you can get a glimpse of the endangered thresher shark. Malapascua is rather remote and not too heavily populated, so when I went there, I was pleasantly surprised to find a good Italian restaurant called Angelina, which is by the resort I stayed in, Tepanee Beach Resort. I enjoyed eating in this restaurant so much that I had most of my meals there.


I tried several dishes but I liked their Quattro Formaggio Pasta best, and I had it several times. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any photos of this dish. Maybe because in my rush to eat it, I would forget to take a photo of it before I dug in. They also served us free Bruschetta to start with. It was a good idea, because the food would take quite a while to arrive.

Bruschetta

I also had their Arugula Salad more than once. I really like this leaf, and I can't imagine how they managed to have a good stock of it, since it's not that easy to find in Manila. …

Cafea Restaurant, Quezon City

Cafea restaurant has been around for more than ten years, if memory serves me right. It's located across ABS-CBN, and at the time it opened, there were not too many restaurants in the area. It used to be a favorite place of my friends and I, and we often went there at that time, to have coffee, a meal, or even a drink or two. I believe someone even threw me a surprise birthday party there once upon a time. However, I stopped going to Cafea for a few years because of an argument with the restaurant manager (I forget now what it was about).

I revisited it recently for a couple of meetings held there, and I found that it looks pretty much the same (except older). They have free WiFi, but the P50 per hour charge for having your laptop plugged into their socket put me off a bit. (Hmmm... maybe I haven't gotten over that little altercation of years back.)

Anyway, I found that their menu had changed a bit, but my favorites are still there. They still had their pasta marinara, which I u…

C2 Classic Cuisine Philippines, Megamall

I wanted to have some quality me-time one lazy Sunday afternoon, and I decided to do this by doing some shopping (and some eating of course!) in SM Megamall. After doing a lot of walking and after checking off everything on my short shopping list, I decided to have a very very late lunch in C2, which is short for Classic Cuisine.

I've eaten in their Shangri-la branch, but I found that location a bit too busy and noisy. The outlet in Megamall was perfect for a relaxed solo lunch. I guess the place wasn't too busy also because of the rather odd hour I chose to eat. The restaurant serves Filipino dishes, and since I was in the mood for a lot of rice, it was perfect.

Tortang Alimasag

I decided to have their Tortang Alimasag, along with the Salted Egg Fried Rice. It turned out to be good combination, with the sweet sauce of the crab cakes complementing the salt of the rice. I kind of regretted though that I did not have their tilapia, which is one of my favorites in this restaurant. I…

Jozu Kin Japanese Restaurant

Jozu Japanese restaurant is near our office, and so I saw that for a few months, it underwent what appeared to be some major renovation. I never had a chance to eat in the restaurant before its makeover, so I can't really tell if there was an improvement after the process.

I finally went to the re-opened restaurant, and according to its menu, its name is now "Jozu Kin: The Japanese Gold". (Apparently, "Jozu Kin", literally means "skillful gold".) I did like the new interiors, which looked very modern, spare, and Zen. With the change of name, the restaurant became an upscale version of the original.


The restaurant is relatively expensive for the area (then again, its name is "Gold" after all). Despite its steeper prices, the restaurant was full, at least that time I first had lunch there. I was trying not to eat any carbs then, so I just had their Smoked Salmon and Arugula Salad. As I think I've mentioned, I don't see arugula too often,…