Tag: French Fries

Mad about Burgers at Mad Monkeys La Union

The burger stall at Urbiztondo, La Union

There’s a reason to be mad about Mad Monkeys in La Union — this small street corner stall sells only one dish – burgers!  But boy, are they so good at it.  Cue the funky jazz tunes, have a cold beer in hand and chomp on their Classic Burger (Php 180).  In between the burger buns are one-inch thick and juicy 180gm burger patties laced with melted cheese and smothered in beer sauce. Owner, Mateo, an avid traveler, got inspired by the Mad Monkey’s hostel in Cambodia and decided to bring its chill backpacker vibe to La Union. He originally came here to surf but fell in love with the place, eventually setting up shop in 2015 and overseeing operations since then.

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Sagada eats

Fried Chicken with Hash Browns and Vegetables at Rock Inn
Fried Chicken with Hash Browns and Vegetables at Rock Inn

We came to Sagada on a weekday to explore the foodscape as much as the landscape.  The weather, as always, was conducive not only for hiking but also for good eating.   In the limited time we stayed, we found either newer places or newer offerings from the old reliables.  Here we share some of our favorites.

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Spud Diner: More than just a slice of the ole Potato Corner

Baked Potato Lasagna
Baked Potato Lasagna, P90

We’re a rice-eating nation and even with the globalization of the Filipino taste buds, rice remains to be our main source of carbs.  But every once in a while, one just wants a break — maybe a pasta dish here or a sandwich there.  With the birth of The Spud Diner, you can add potato dishes to your list of options.  It used to be that potatoes are relegated to side dish status on the dinner table (mashed with gravy on top or sliced into strips, deep-fried and served as French fries).  Maybe, that’s because most of the potatoes that are served here are imported from the U.S. of A and saying “I’m a meat-and-potatoes person” sounds very colonial and un-Pinoy.  But Spud Diner, an offshoot of the flavored fries institution called Potato Corner, rises up to the challenge of giving potatoes its rightful place on the table by providing this staple with some surprising twists.

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