Tuesday, July 29, 2014

There are a lot of interesting places to eat in Angeles City, Pampanga and one of those is SAB Bistro. It is located at Mac Arthur Highway conveniently located in the central business district of Angeles City. 

From Mother Cake House, we decided to just walk going to SAB Bistro. It was just around 15-minute walk and the weather was good so it was still convenient. Upon entering the restaurant, i immediately felt the good vibe. The interior was really nice and the place was cozy. The place makes you want to stay inside all day long. The lighting and the fixtures are just perfect and lovely.

I thought my appreciation would end there but it didn't. The moment they started serving the food, I knew right there that I will have a gastronomic satisfaction. The presentation was amazing and the taste was superb. I must say, this is a must-try restaurant in Angeles City, Pampanga. Good food, nice ambiance and affordable price.

Butternut Squash Soup (P95.00)
I like the sweet and savory taste of this soup. It's rich, creamy and the consistency of the soup was just right.

Salad Sabine (P160.00)
It's a combination of mixed greens, milk and cottage cheese, caramelized apple, and toasted walnuts. The dressing is raspberry vinaigrette - sweet and savory. 

Buffalo Wings & Vegetable Crudités With Blue Cheese Dip (P160.00)
It's deep-fried crispy chicken wings covered in sweet and chili sauce. It is served with a mixed of fresh slices of vegetables on the side with blue cheese dip. 

Baked Mussels (P190.00)
It's baked New Zealand Mussels topped with garlic cream sauce, generous amount of Mozzarella cheese and herbs & spices. If you love mussels, I'm sure you'll like this. 

Chicken Enchilada Casserole (PP145.00)
Layers of tortillas, beans, and chicken and covered with mozzarella cheese and enchilada sauce.

Chicken Pesto Sandwich (P140.00)
Grilled chicken with liberal amount of pesto, shiitake mushroom, and mozzarella cheese in Ciabatta bread. It's served with potato chips on the side.

Pasta La Mer (P170.00)
Penne in red sauce topped with prawns and Parmesan cheese. At first you'd think it's tomato-based but it's actually crab fat (aligue) sauce. It tastes heavenly, one of my favorites among the dishes served.

Seared Salmon with Spinacci (P295.00) 
I love salmon so this was an instant favorite. It's pan seared salmon with herbs and spices topped with a generous amount of Spinaci sauce. It is served with mashed potatoes and veggies on the side. It's really flavorful. 

Grilled Chicken Fillet with Lemon Butter Sauce (P210.00)
Charcoal-grilled chicken with herbs and spices served with veggies and lemon butter sauce. It tastes delicious and the lemon butter sauce complements the smokey flavor of the chicken.

Beef Salpicao (P220.00)
Made with 100% Pure and Tender Australian Beef, this is SAB Bistro's outstanding recipe and is one of their best-selling dishes. This is another favorite. It's so good you always want more. The salpicao sauce is perfect.

Prawn Thermidor (P310.00)
Butterflied Tiger Prawns topped with Chef's secret recipe topping and generous amount of Mozzarella cheese

Wagyu Ribeye (P450.00)
Charcoal grilled ribeye of Grade 4 Wagyu beef served with veggies on the side and red wine sauce. It was perfectly grilled and it was tender and juicy.

Cookie Surprise (P110.00)
Deep-fried oreos coated in batter served with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge topped with nuts.

Red Velvet Cheesecake (P145.00)
One of the best cheesecake I have tasted so far. It's a layer of red velvet and creamy cheesecake. 

Chocolate Heaven (P160.00)
Chef’s favorite inspired by Serendipity III’s Frozen Hot Chocolate TM in New York City. It's sinfully delicious. 

House Blend Iced Tea (P55.00)
Freshly brewed iced tea. It's a good thirst quencher. 

SAB Bistro 
Address: Mc Arthur Hi-way, Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga 
Store Hours: Mon to Sun - 11:00 AM - 12:00 MN 
Contact Numbers: (045) 304-0385 / 0917-5108618 
Facebook: SAB Bistro 
Instagram: @SabBistro 

Disclaimer: SAB Bistro is one of the partner-establishments of #MetroAngelesFoodTour
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Magat Dam is one of the largest dams in the Philippines, second only after San Roque Dam. It is located in the town of Ramon in Isabela. It is a large rock-fill dam and was constructed in 1975 and completed in 1982. It has two primary purposes: as a source of irrigation water and as a provider of hydroelectric power. It is one of the prominent tourist attractions in the province of Isabela.

Last May 2014, I visited Magat Dam and I was amazed how big it is. It was almost dark when I went there on my way back to Santiago City from Mayoyao in Ifugao. I informed the bus driver to drop me to the junction going to Magat Dam. 

I arrived in the junction in the town of Ramon, Isabela around 5PM. I chartered a tricycle for P250 (two-way) going to Magat Dam. The driver assured me that we will be able to get to Magat dam before it closes. After about 20 minutes, we arrived at Magat Dam and I immediately took my camera and started taking photos. 

There was not enough water when I went there. It was summer and it was not raining for the past weeks. The trike driver told me that it is better to come during rainy season as the water rises and it looks better. Probably, I should do it again soon. I'm coming back, Magat Dam.

How to Get To Magat Dam

From Santiago City take a jeep or van going to the town of Ramon. Tell the driver to drop you at the junction going to Magat Dam. From the junction, take a tricycle for P25/each or P125 if you charter a trike one-way.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mother's Cake House is more than just a cake shop. It also offers Filipino favorite dishes and desserts at very affordable prices. It is located along Marlim Avenue, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City. It's just few steps away from the famous Angeles Fried Chicken.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Mayoyao Rice Terraces are among the five clusters of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras included in the UNESCO World Heritage inscription. It is one of the least visited cluster due to its remote location. The most visited probably is the Batad cluster due to its accessibility and it is closer to popular tourists destinations like Sagada.

During my birthday week, I decided to pay a short visit at the Mayoyao Rice Terraces in the town of Mayoyao in the province of Ifugao. I didn't know how to get there so I did my research and I was already warned that the trip from Santiago, Isabela going to Mayoyao is butt-numbing not to mention it would take about six hours to reach the place. I looked at the map and it seemed like it was just close. I thought it would be crazy if it will take 6 hours to reach Mayoyao.

I arrived at the terminal very early in the morning from my Baler trip. Actually I came in straight from Baler. I only slept a bit in the bus and I decided to go straight to the Santiago City Bus Terminal instead of checking-in in a hotel. The first trip to Mayoyao was scheduled at 6AM. I was already at the terminal at around 4AM, it was quiet and there were only few people. 

At 6AM, I hopped on the bus. I was praying that it would leave soon. It did, and I was happy but after about an hour it stopped again somewhere in the town of Ramon in Isabela. The driver was waiting for passengers for around 2 hours. If it was a private car, it would have taken about 3 hours only. But, I had no choice but to be patient. 

We finally arrived in the town proper of Mayoyao around 12NN. I didn't have time to take lunch so I bought some bread from the nearby grocery store from the terminal and brought it with me while exploring the town. I was informed that the bus would leave around 2:30PM so I over two hours to explore the town. I hired a tricycle and the driver became my instant tour guide. He brought me to the municipal hall and the market and then later on we visited the Mayoyao Rice Terraces. The view was amazing. Going down was pretty much easy but of course going up was another story. It was hard especially for me.

After almost two hours of exploring the town, I decided to go back to the terminal so I wont miss the bus going back to Santiago. If I had enough time, I would have stayed overnight. Unfortunately, my scheduled was so tight so I had to leave on the same day. One day, I'll go back to Mayoyao and spend more time appreciate this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Where to Stay in Mayoyao?
Pfalay Ta-o’ Inn, Poblacion, Mayoyao (2-storey, 4-bedroom house) with hot shower, Php250/pax 
Milcah Lodge, Poblacion, Mayoyao (4 rooms share T&B, 1 room en-suite) no hot shower, Php250/pax

How to get to Mayoyao:
From Santiago City: Take a bus from Santiago City Integrated Bus Terminal, first trip is at 6AM and second trip at around 11AM. Travel time 6 hours

From Solano/Banaue: Buses from Solano to Mayoyao pass by Banaue between noon and 1PM just right in front of People’s Lodge. 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Angeles Fried Chicken (AFC) is probably one of Angelenos favorite places to eat. It has been in the business for several decades and it is considered as one of the oldest restaurants in Angeles City. Aside from their famous Angeles Fried Chicken, they also serve a variety of dishes that will surely capture one's taste. 

I am from Davao so I haven't really heard about Angeles Fried Chicken. I didn't know what type of dishes they are serving. I was expecting of only eating their famous fried chicken but I was surprised as they served us with a lot more from their menu. Yeah, when I say a lot, I mean it. They served us with all their best-sellers. I'd say I liked almost all of them.

Crispy Chicken Salad (P135.00)
Our meal started with this appetizing salad. I must say I enjoyed it a lot. The ingredients were fresh and the dressing was just perfect. The salad is a mixture of fresh lettuce, carrots, water chestnuts, green capsicum, slices of orange and topped with crispy breaded chicken slices. It was really a perfect appetizer.

Chicharong Bulaklak (P175.00)
One of my favorites when I was not still on a diet. I liked its taste. It's not too salty and the sauce complements the crispy chicharon. It's good to be paired with beer but that night, I ate it with just the sauce. Yummy, indeed!

Sizzling Sisig (P175.00)
AFC's sizzling sisig is more meaty than the usual sisig that I have tried so far. It has the right amount of spices and it was sumptuous. 

Chicken Barbecue (P135.00)
AFC's charcoal-grilled chicken barbecue is juicy and tender. It is served with potato wedges on the side. It tasted good but not my favorite.

AFC Fried Rice (P120.00)
Their fried rice has generous amount of vegetables, eggs and shrimps. It's a good pair for their "heavenly tasting" fried chicken.

Shrimp with Cashew Nuts (P225.00)
I like the presentation of this dish. It is made up of shrimps, vegetables and cashew nuts in a creamy sauce. The taste is mild and the cashew nuts added texture and flavor to the rich sauce.

Shanghai Lumpia (P145.00)
There's nothing special in their lumpiang shanghai recipe but I still liked it. It is made up of the usual ground pork and spices, wrapped in lumpia wrapper and then deep fried. It was still hot and crispy when it was served to us so I was able to enjoy it.

Camaron Rebosado (P225.00)
It's the Filipino version of the famous Japanese tempura. It is shrimps dipped and coated in batter and then deep fried. It is served with sweet and sour sauce which made the dish delightful.

Pancit Canton (P145.00)
There is nothing special in their pancit canton. It's the usual stir-fried noodles that you can buy anywhere. 

Japanese Fried Chicken (P195.00)
It's deep fried chicken with generous amount of garlic. It is served with their in-house special sauce. A must-try dish at Angeles Fried Chicken Restaurant.

Angeles Fried Chicken, (Family Size / 9 pieces) – (P425.00)
The restaurant's very own delectable and tasty Angeles Fried Chicken. It's definitely the star of the night. It's juicy and tender and it has the right spices and seasoning. I'd definitely go back to Angeles for these fried chicken. It's a must-try when visiting Angeles City, Pampanga. It is served with bread or rice and coleslaw on the side and paired with their delicious gravy. 

It was definitely a delightful night at Angeles Fried Chicken Restaurant. The food were sumptuous and they are very affordable. So when you visit Angeles City, Pampanga, eat at Angeles Fried Chicken Restaurant.

Angeles Fried Chicken 
Address:1992 Marlim Boulevard, Diamond Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga 
Store Hours: Mon to Sun - 10:00 AM - 12:00 MN 
Contact Numbers: (045) 6257644 / (045) 3224448 / (Globe) 0927-616-0561 / (Sun) 0923-806-3061 / (Smart) 0919-960-3788 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/angelesfriedchicken 
Instagram: @angelesfriedchicken 

Disclaimer: AFC is one of the partner-restaurants of #MetroAngelesFoodTour2014
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