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Where to eat when in Basco

Dorado served on Kabaya Leaf
Dorado served on Kabaya Leaf

“Where do we we eat?” Tired and famished from all the hiking and traveling, it’s a question we ourselves keep asking whenever we’re in Basco.  This capital of Batanes, is usually the jump-off point for visitors exploring the Philippines’ northernmost province.   Happyfoodies collates some noteworthy eating places to help out first-time or returning visitors.

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Hamming it up in CDO

SLERS Beef Pastrami Sandwich and Tsokolate
SLERS Beef Pastrami Sandwich and Tsokolate

Mention Cagayan de Oro and on top of the list associated with this City of Golden Smiles is its famous ham.  And when it comes to hams, the overwhelming favorite among the locals is SLERS Jamon Cagayan de Oro, which has been around since 1969.  What makes their ham different is the natural juiciness and tenderness of the meat.  This is due in large part to the fact that the swine from which they are made were fed with pineapple, a fruit laden with the enzyme papain, which has natural tenderizing properties. Over the years, SLERS hams have become a part of tradition among CDO locals as well as guests all-year round and especially during Christmas-time.   SLERS have also ventured into the quick-service restaurant and more recently, the café business.

We chanced upon the newly-opened SLERS Ham & Café while looking for somewhere to eat for lunch on our way back to Manila.  The small but charming café is warm and inviting, with a wall decked with goodies ready to tempt the diner.

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Turning Japanese at Banzai

Banzai Chicken Yakitori Bento (Php 95)
Banzai Chicken Yakitori Bento (Php 95)

The food court of a mall is normally NOT the place to look for decent Japanese food.  Almost always, the “food court pricing” automatically means that the food outlet would scrimp on ingredients or cut corners, ergo less satisfying Japanese fare.  But happily, we found an exception and it was literally right under our noses – Banzai Japanese Kitchen in the food court of Cash & Carry Mall.

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Savoring the flavors of Tasty Dumplings

Tasty Dumpling Noodle Soup
Tasty Dumpling Noodle Soup

Mention Binondo and one immediately conjures up images of crowded streets, Binondo church, Chinese herbal medicine stores, Eng Bee Tin hopia, and of course, the-hole-in-the-wall eateries. I used to live in Manila and Ongpin was a regular haunt but not anymore. Venturing to the Binondo Church one Sunday and the almost mandatory side trip to Eng Bee Tin, I chanced upon this seemingly small restaurant with the signage, “Tasty Dumplings”. And so started food trips to this eating place that yielded tasty surprises.

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Goodfood hunting

Hunters Lamb Chops (Php 345)
Hunter's Lamb Chops (Php 345)

22 years is a very long time for any restaurant to be around especially now that restaurants sprout one year and close shop the next.

Hunter’s could be commended for longevity alone if it weren’t for the wonderful food it offers.  Tucked in a rather non-descript part of Mile Long in Makati, Hunter’s carries on a tradition of exotic fare that harkens back to a time when game animals such as wild boar and deer were still plentiful and un-politically correct to serve.

What’s the secret ingredient for Hunter’s?  The good food, for sure.  Another is the impossible-to-not-like presence of its affable owner, Mila Fitz, who regales guests with stories that trace the history of the place back when most of Makati was still grassland.

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So why another food blog?

Ironwulf said: Food is very much part of travel and each destination offer its distinct food fares. As part of our contribution to a growing food community and as a means to share the rich food culture of different places we visited, we thought of creating a separate blog dedicated to food we stumbled upon which we found worth sharing.

We are neither culinary experts nor food gourmands. We are ordinary people who appreciate good food that simply makes our tummies happy. It doesn’t matter whether it’s from an upscale restaurant or a street vendor as long as it tastes good.

Lagal[og] said: As a Pinoy, food is part and parcel of our travel experience.   Apart from the wonderful scenery, the spirit of the place, its unique culture and people are defined and revealed by the food it offers.

As travelers, we feel it’s our obligation to share not just the wonderful landscapes but also the foodscapes.  Much as we appreciate the beautiful sceneries, we also derive great happiness in stumbling upon good food.   What will make us even happier is to share these finds with others so they, too, can explore the foodscape on their own.  I think this is what happyfoodies is all about.

Ironwulf said: I created a minimalist theme which I call Foodie Minimalist to focus more on the content and photography of the site. It’s a work in progress and as soon as the content grows, I’ll be adding the rest of the category links and pages of the site. Please support us in this new project and come back once in a while for new content. Or better yet, subscribe to our feed to get the latest content in your email.

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