90th Anniversary of Dizon Bakery in Cavite City

Dizon Bakery celebrates their 90th anniversary with a big blast in 2020.

Dizon Bakery

Back then the iconic Dizon bakery started, They were only supplying bread to the U.S. Naval station in Sangley. Dizon Bakery were not only able to grow our products but we also grew connections from our beloved customers as well.

The bakery had several customers who have been coming to Dizon Bakery since they were children. Now, they bring their children and their grandchildren to our bakery. The bakery has served generation after generation after generation.

Dizon bakery exist because of the support these people have been giving us for 90 years (and counting). We want nothing but to bring out the smiles on their face.

It is an honor to share their food and our love with the public . In everything that they do, They will always aim to bring more quality products to you.

Heirloom Culinary Delights at Bernie’s Kitchenette in Cavite City

Exploring Cavite City is fun and exciting when one visits Bernie’s Kitchenette. The home- cooked style dishes were the specialties of Ms. Bernadita Rojas-Fontanilla, She is called Bernie. She believes that one does not have to be a trained chef or a good cook just to present good food.

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Bernie’s Kitchenette dishes

We met Tita Bernadita Rojas- Fontanilla few years ago during an organized tour of the city by Mr. Jhon Gorme in October 2016.  Whenever have a chance to visit the city. We always make a stopover at this place.

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She was the granddaughter of Leopoldo Salcedo, who is famous Filipino celebrity and had been cooking traditional dishes for over 30 years.

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l-r Mr. Philip Reyes, Ms.Vonnette Fernandez, Mr. Paulo Ortega and Ms. Lin Deres

Most of which are heirloom family recipes and popular dishes. They opened the place in 2015.

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Manila Standard article, newspaper clippings and photo gallery

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Dishes at Bernie’s Kitchenette

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popular tourist spots in Cavite

The restaurant had a sitting capacity of between 100 to 120 people at any given time.

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popular meal combination were the TAPSILOG meals, which never fails to satisfy one’s palate.

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different kind of dishes

Another plus point were historical photos , batibot chairs and large wooden tables.

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The atmosphere is like a fiesta with festive buntings which decorates the dining area.

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restaurant interiors

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menu board

The restaurant also sells Sukang Cavite ( Cavite vinegar), coffee and other specialties

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heritage advocates, culinary walkers, bloggers and friends

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Pancit Pusit or sometimes called Pancit Choco en su Tinta, Pancit Negra, Pancit Itim

Among the popular dishes served at the restaurant includes, Pansit (noodle dishes): Pansit Pusit, which includes rice vermicelli / cellophane noodles which incorporates squid ink in its savory sauce. There are bits of squid and it is topped with crushed chicharon (pork rind), kinchay (coriander), diced mangoes and deep fried garlic. (completing the terno-terno [matching] concept of mixing food of the same color). ( Php 250 good for sharing between 3 to 4 people).

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deep fried lao-lao

These were complemented with crispy lao-lao (fried fish) best dipped in Cavite vinegar or Sukang Cavite. (Php 80 per order) Morcon (a savory meat roll), Bacalao (sautéed salt cod), a dish that is usually served on Good Friday or during fridays.

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Beef Kaldereta with a lot of sauce is only Php 80 per serving . The meat is tender and mildly spiced.

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Pork Asado is well seasoned and the meat is tender. It is also best paired with white rice . The serving only cost Php 80.

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Bernie’s Kitchenette facade

For large group, it is wise to pre-order some of their well-loved dishes, since the dishes are limited. The place is also an ideal spot of events and venue place.

Bernie’s Kitchenette

Address: 843 Midtown Bldg., Molina Street, Caridad, Cavite City

Operations : 9:00am to 7:00pm Tuesday to Sunday. There were times that the restaurant will close a little bit early on Sunday.

Contact: (046) 431 2088

Culinary Treats in Cavite City Public Market

Culinary treats greeted our small group when we arrived in Cavite City. We visited the cityhall and rode a jeep going to the public market.

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chicken mami, tamales, pancit palabok and lumpiang sariwa at Aling Meling

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Cavite Cityhall

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Aling Meling Carinderia

It was past 7:30 am when we were able to reach the market and Aling Ika Carinderia was still close due to the extended holiday season.

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ube leche flan and leche flan

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Aling Meling Carinderia

We decided to eat the Aling Meling Carinderia which offer home-cooked meals and other specialties like chicken mami, palabok, lumpiang sariwa. They even serve Pancit Puso ng Saguing during fridays.

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Chicken Mami cost Php 35 per order which combines two kinds of noodles, chicken, baguio pechay, chopped spring onions and topped with chicharon bits.

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Pancit Palabok– Their pancit palabok is slightly different from the ones sold in Metro Manila. They use two kinds of noodles and the palabok sauce is thick with boiled chicken egg and calamansi. (Php 35 per order).

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Lumpiang Sariwa – The spring roll had vegetables and topped with crushed chicharon or pork rinds.  ( Php 35 per order).

The group paid a little over Php 390 which includes soft drinks.

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Tamales

We also ate the tamales which cost Php 10.00 per order. It is nutty with savory taste and ideal companion for the soup or hot chocolate, coffee and tea.

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vendor selling kesong puti

There is also kesong puti or quesillo which cost Php 20.00. This is best paired with hot pandesal, bonete or salakot from nearby bakeries.

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kesong puti wrapped in banana leaves

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The market is alive with fresh produce and seafood is relatively a little cheaper compared to Metro Manila.

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suman

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Malagkit na Sampalok also called Kamalay na Sampalok is sold Php 20.00 per cup at the Cavite Public Market.

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Bibingkoy – This is another version with thick coconut creme at Php 24.00 per slice which also comes with thick ginataan.

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Bibingkoy

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Ginataan with bits of corn

There were a lot of fresh produce and native kakanins spotted within the Pamilihang Bayan ng Lunsod ng Cavite. Do not forget to be early when you come and visit the stalls selling these food.

Joyful FREE Ferry Ride from Lawton to Cavite City

We took a chance to take a leisurely ferry ride from Plaza Lawton/ Quezon bridge to Cavite City last January 4, 2020.

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Quezon bridge and Plaza Lawton Ferry terminal ( about 5:30 am)

There was already a sea route even before they have relaunched this program, But some commuters still prefer the land route. Buses which ply the route fare only cost Php 63 for the general public and Php 50.00 for students, people with disabilities (pwd) and senior citizens.
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FEATI University and LRT line 1

The Department of Transportation and Communication  (DOTR) announced that shipping companies Seaborne Shipping Company Inc. and Shogun Ships Co. Inc. agreed to have the Manila to Cavite ferry service.
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Quezon Bridge/ Plaza Lawton Ferry Terminal entrance

The schedule had changed since it was first posted last December 7, 2019. There were two ferry service ride station. Plaza Lawton and another one from Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP station)
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Island Water ferry

The original first trip from Plaza Lawton to Cavite City schedule of 5:15 am changed to 6:45am. We instead took the 6:45 am first trip. The shipping company which handles the service was Island Water and the sitting capacity of 54 passengers.

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Mr. Al De Vera – a fellow passenger

We met Mr. Al De Vera from Skynet Moonwalk , Las Piñas City and his family is in Sorsogon

Ferry Station FREE Ride Promo

There were only 10 passengers when we finally left Plaza Lawton terminal past 7:03 am then a mandatory 5 minutes safety video was shown inside the ferry before we left the terminal.
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Quezon bridge around past 6:50 am

It was fully air-conditioned, with nice seat, clean comfort rooms and life vest for every passenger.

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Ms. Lin Deres, Ms. Vonnette Fernandez, Mr. Paulo Ortega and Mr. Philip Reyes -fellow companion and bloggers

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custom warehouses along Pasig river

We pass several landmarks within Metro Manila and seascapes, The ferry boat finally reached Cavite City by 7:45 am. Travel time was reduced from the usual 1 hour and half to two hours during morning rush hour to just barely 40 minutes.

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staff and crew

The FREE ferry service will be until January 31, 2020 from Plaza Lawton / Quezon bridge terminal to Cavite City. The CCP terminal to Cavite city and vise versa will be FREE until January 9, 2020.

Ferry Rates

Regular fare is Php 200 for the general public while a discount for students, senior citizens, and children will be P160, P143, and P125 at the CCP terminal.

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safety video

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Cavite City ferry terminal

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Cavite Cityhall and terminal

Cavite City-Lawton route, which is operated by Shogun Ships, fares will be P160 for adults, P128 for students, P114 for senior citizens, and P80 for children (4-11 years old) starting February 1, 2020.

Savoring the Heirloom Dishes of Aling Ika’s Carinderia

A trip to Cavite City is incomplete without a stopover at Aling Ika’s Carinderia sometimes called Aling Ica Carihan which is located within Pamilihang Bayan ng Lunsod ng Cavite ( Cavite City Public Market).

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left to right- lumpiang shanghai, tortang alimasag, pancit puso ng saging, lumpiang sariwa

They would start the day at around 6:00 am and would remain open until past 2:00 pm. Most of the well-loved dishes and desserts would run out by 10:00 am.

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Cavite City Public Market ( Pamilihang Bayan ng Lunsod ng Cavite) early dawn

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Pamilihang Bayan ng Lunsod ng Cavite

I took a chance to travel and waited for at least 10 minutes at the Plaza Lawton Ferry Terminal in order to take the first ferry ride to Cavite City but unfortunately DOTR schedule had changed few days ago, the security guard manning the terminal told me that the first ferry ride to the city would be past 6:45 am, instead of what was originally posted ( 5:15 am).

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Aling Vherna busy taking orders and preparing pancit puso

Then rode the Saint Anthony bus bound for Cavite city at around past 5:15 am. I happened to meet a fellow passenger Kagawad Rogelio Cruz of Barangay 471 zone 46 of Sampaloc. He paid Php 50.00 ( senior citizen) and i paid Php 63.00 regular fare which ply the Lawton -Cavite city route. Traffic was surprisingly light and the leisurely ride only took less than 1 hour.

After arriving at the intersection of P. Burgos corner Molina street. We took the Dalahican jeepney, took off near Dizon Bakery then walked a few meters towards the public market. We bid farewell and Kagawad Rogelio Cruz also told me that he had a relative who is also a kagawad of San Antonio.

Aling Ika’s Carinderia Dishes

Aling Teodorica Samson-Bautista more popularly known as Aling Ika was considered as a culinary icon of the city.  She was a pioneer woman during her days. Earn a living by selling lutong ulam/ bahay ( home cooked meal viand) during the early 1920’s. Unlike ordinary housewives who would rely on their husband earning, Aling Ika was a business minded person.

She was resourceful and use the local ingredients or what is available and abundant. The local workers or trabajador would knock at their house would buy the home cooked meals before going to work at the city or at the naval base.

She would wrapped the meals in banana leaves because banana was abundant within the province. The leaves would add additional flavors to the meal.

The family legacy was eventually passed to Mrs. Lolit Alejo, now 84 years-old who learned how to make Bibingkoy and other dishes that you can only find in Cavite City.

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Ms. Vherna B. Alejo a third generation descendant, would supervise the operation of the carinderia.

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Bibingkoy

Bibingkoy is like a combination of Japanese mochi, bibingka and ginataan sa sago. It is filled with sweetened boiled mung beans. The ingredient uses sticky rice.

Instead of being fried like the buchi, it is cooked pugon-style using the traditional charcoal which heat on top and at the bottom, much like a typical bibingka is cooked.

A thick coconut creme made with combination of coconut milk extract, langka/ nangka (jackfruit), and tapioca pearls (sago) is slowly simmered over low heat and is poured over the Bibingkoy before eating.

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Bibingkoy with gintaan

The best way to eat the Bibingkoy is hot with the sauce then best pair with tea, coffee or local chocolate. Php 50.00 per serving while a large bilao cost Php 550.00. 

I remembered that an uncle who used to live in Cavite City would bring Bibingkoy when he would come and visit our home before.

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Lumpiang Sariwa ala Aling Ika

Lumpiang Sariwa– Aling Ika’s version is wrapped with lumpia wrapper with fresh lettuce leaves, mung bean sprouts, carrots, pechay, cabbage,tofu, beans. However the vegetables were a little bit overcooked.

The annato or achuete adds flavor and color to the lumpiang sariwa. It is topped with crushed crushed peanuts, chicharon (crushed pork rinds) and minced garlic. It only cost Php 30.00 per order. Used to be lot cheaper few years back.

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Tortang Alimasag

Tortang Alimasag or Crab Omelette. They sell this at Php 50 per slice and this is best paired with tomato ketchup, vinegar or banana ketchup.

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Lumpiang Shanghai with special sauce

Lumpiang Shanghai – Deep fried spring rolls which is sold at Php 10.00, They also have Lumpiang Frito which spring roll filled in with vegetables then deep fried.

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Pancit Puso ng Saging

Pancit Puso ng Saging or Pancit Puso– This noodle dish combines two types of noodles; miki and bihon. It includes a generous mix of fishball, tofu, kikiam, shrimp, chicken meat, chopped carrots, chopped onion, beans, chorizo, chayote/ sayote, cabbage, coriander and pechay.

It is seasoned with shrimp stock, salt, black pepper and annatto / achuete. Aside from coloring, achuete would also add distinct flavor to the dish.

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miki, bihon and vegetables of lumpiang sariwa

The chopped banana blossom is prepared by boiling it in a combination of vinegar and salt. Banana blossom is cheaper compared to calamansi hence it was used by Aling Ica or Ika. It was used as a souring ingredient in the noodle dish.

The noodle is topped with crushed pork rinds, deep fried garlic and onions. It cost Php 30.00 per serving while a large one (bilao ) good for sharing between 30 to 35 people and cost Php 800.00.

Best way to eat the noodle dish is by mixing the noodles well before eating. It balances the flavors.

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Ube Kalamay

Ube Kalamay – This is another specialty of the carinderia and this is sold per slice. One can pre-order in advance for large orders.

The carinderia had more than two dozen dishes at any given time, worthwhile mention are adobong pusit, pancit pusit/ pancit choco en su tinta ( seasonal), pancit palabok, fried rice, beef kaldereta, pork barbecue among others.

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UNTV channel 37 staff and program producer

Met the staff and producer of UNTV channel 37 while they were filming at the carinderia / eatery. The station will be having a new travel and lifestyle program which will air on the early January of 2020.

Also met Professor Zarny Zarragoza of San Sebastian College -Recoletos de Cavite who hails from Cavite City, He bought some of the well-loved dishes before going to work.

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Those planning to order in bulk their Bibingkoy and other dishes, must order at least 1 to 2 days in advance and do not forget to bring plastic container. Cavite City Public Market had an ordinance of minimizing single use plastics.

Aling Ika’s Carinderia

Stall #9 Pamihilang Bayan ng Lunsod ng Cavite

Contact Person : Ms. Vherna B. Alejo (0916-679-5916)

Operations: Everyday from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm

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