Food Places to Check Out (When Self Goes to Manila in January)

The latest issue of Filipinas Magazine arrived in self’s mailbox ripped and torn (perhaps a neighbor’s dog got to it —  ha ha ha!).  Still, self was able to read most of the pages (except for the cover). Self’s been clipping articles and putting them aside for her upcoming trip.  On p. 9, she finds a list of food recommendations by Claude Tayag, who started out as a painter, who has built himself a stunning house — which self was fortunate enough to visit, with son, in 2004 —  filled with his artwork and handmade furniture, and who is now, according to Filipinas, “the Philippines’ most renowned food expert/restaurateur”.  Wow!  Talk about a fascinating career arc!

Now, Claude has drawn up a list of the best “hole-in-the-wall” food joints in the Philippines (Yum!  Yum!)

There are places in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan and Pampanga, Negros Oriental and Cebu.  But the places self is really interested in are the ones in Iloilo City (birthplace of self’s Dear Departed Lola, as well as self’s mother-in-law) and Negros Occidental (birthplace of self’s Dear Departed Dad).  Here are those places:

  • In Iloilo CityTatoy’s and Breakthrough, “a toss-up for the best seafood” (If only Claude had included street addresses, for it might be a tad difficult for self to find some of these places —  that is, if they are indeed true hole-in-the-wall eateries)
  • Again in Iloilo City:  Deko’s or Ted’s, another toss-up for the best batchoy (Hey, that’s self’s nickname!  What the @@##!!)
  • Bacolod City:  Enting’s Special, for its “several kinds of kinilaw” (our home-grown version of the Peruvian cebiche)

God, self’s mouth is watering, so great is her anticipation about sampling these places.  Only two more months to go!  Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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