5th Stop – Guagua: La Moderna Café
With Melody and Joan
I got to try La Moderna’s famous ensaymada for Php15.00 each (oh wait, I think its Php17.00). Its your typical bakery ensaymada – uncomplicated, sugary and moist. I loved it. Just when I thought of taking a picture of it, the entire ensaymada was already inside my tummy. Sorry! But if you are in Guagua, make sure to drop by La Moderna and get yourselves some ensaymada.
6th Stop – Lubao: Prado Farms
The gate to the farm made from old and empty LPG tanks. Now THAT is being Creative!
Little did I know that there is a beautiful farm in Lubao. A place that is perfect for a much needed weekend getaway or a quick retreat from the hustle and bustle of the metro. Perfect also for company outings or team buildings.
Prado Farms is a 6-hectare biodynamic farm that has a hotel, pool, themed function rooms, mini theather and a chapel.
Beautiful shot of the pool by my husband using his iPhone 5 Ollo Clip Wide Angle lens.
Prado Farms’ Chapel, which according to them, accommodates all kinds of religion and is open any time of the day.
This is the Yellow House beside the mini theater that has a library on the second floor.
Cute bikes that can be used to go around the farm. These are also for sale if you want to take it home.
This is the Veranda Dining where we were served our afternoon snacks.
Pistou, Guagua Pan de Sal, Longganisa and homemade Kesong Puti.Pistou is made of ground meat with potatoes and sliced egg on top. It was simple but savory. The small piece of longganisa was very tasty, too. The Pan de Sal as I learned is Guagua’s very own local version. It’s bite-sized and quite crumbly, more like a biscuit but it actually really tastes like a regular Pan de Sal that goes well with their homemade Kesong Puti. A delightfully sweet and salty combination.
The Tsokalate Batirol is a combination of cocoa and peanuts thus giving it that chocnut-ish flavor. It’s like drinking liquified Chocnut in a cup topped with pinipig for added texture. The fried suman, on the other hand, reminds me of Suman ng Antipolo wrapped in yellow leaves but smaller. It tastes the same, too. This is a perfect rainy day snack!
7th Stop – Bacolor: Apag Marangle
This was our last stop and where we had our dinner.
Apag Marangle meaning “Hain Sa Bukid” is a Kapampangan restaurant that serves authentic Kapampangan dishes. The bamboo huts serve as dining areas and are positioned in the middle of a fish pond interconnected by walkways made of bamboo planks.
Al fresco set-up while hearing the fishes swim in the water underneath us.
They served us a variety of food offerings – appetizer, soup, chicken and pork dishes like Humba, Inihaw na Hito, and refreshing coconut pandan juice. It was all absolutely deeeelish!
I will just feature the dishes that I loved most and stood out during dinner.
Their Suam Mais is to die for! Corn kernels are grated until becomes puréed thus giving the soup a thick consistency. This is actually pretty hard to prepare. It’s pretty obvious that Kapampangans really take their time in preparing dishes.
The sweetness of the corn kernels match the saltiness of the chicharon. Perfect companion on a rainy weather.
For the main course, I loved their Chicken Asado.
This image may not be entirely photogenic but believe me when I say that this dish was spot on! The chicken was almost flaky with a very flavorful sauce that’s nice to mix (and mash) with your steamed rice. Good thing I came hungry! Haha!
But what made me go “gaga” the most was their Burong Hipon! I would eat this anytime of the day!
Made from fermented rice and shrimps, this side dish has a wonderfully sharp acidic taste that goes perfectly well with anything fried or grilled.
I loved Burong Hipon so much that I bought 2 bottles to take home!
Jose Abad Santos Avenue, Sta. Barbara, Bacolor, Pampanga
T: (045) 436 1600
Marquee Mall Branch:
T: (045) 304 0207
Facebook: Apag Marangle
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