9 Foods and Places to Eat in Tuguegarao

Tuguegarao is such a fascinating place to stay and eat. In our short stay in the city. We were able to eat and dine at the famous delicacies of the city. Although we lack time exploring the city our group made a short list or guide.


Cagayan peanut candy

9 Foods and Places to Eat in Tuguegarao

9.) Tuguegarao or Ybanag Longganisa – It is made with coarsely ground pork, black pepper, garlic, coarse salt. This is best paired with local cane vinegar or sukang iloko. some longganisa are dyed with achuete sold per dozen in market, hotels and pasalubong center.


8.) Kakanins– Tuguegarao is also known for their different kakanins. Among their famous kakains are made from sticky rice, tinupig, corn.


Alcala milk candy – Php 35 per small pack or 3 for Php 100

7.) Milk Candy– There are different kinds of milk candies made from carabao’s milk. One product that stands out is Alcala. It was hard for us to find a decent pasalubong center during our last night in the city. We have to visit a bus station where we bought some milk candies.


chicharabao – chicharon from carabao skin

6.) Chicharabao– This is one of the most common peddled snack in the city. We were lucky to taste the chicharon in small packs which cost Php 25 with home made vinegar. We also bought a generic sopas chicharon which is also common snack item in Metro Manila.


sopas chicharon

5.) Josh Papaitan and Laoya – When you are in Tuguegarao city, try to visit Josh Papitan and try to order their Laoya.


Laoya is carabao meat and bones, innards which is slowly cooked with broth with spices. It is offered in many karinderia, eatery or even in some hotel establishments.  Some establishment would also offer unlimited rice meal along with Laoya.

Address : 152 Lecaros Street, Tuguegarao City

Contact: 0955 497 1238




Jacob Mami House menu board

4.) Jacob Mami House – This is an affordable eatery which specializes on mami, lugao, pares, barbecue, lomi and tapsilog meals.


Address: Stall #3 Joaquin Lim building, Diversion Road, Pengue Ruyu, Tuguegarao City


Billy Jacks -Pancit Batil Patung ( special with chorizo, carabeef and longganisa)

3.) Billy Jacks Panciteria – Although their version of Pancit Batil-Patung caters to the eclectic taste . Try to visit this place for a sample of their pancit.


chopped onions and calamansi

Address: Buntun, Santiago- Tuguegarao road, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan province


supreme pizza

2.) Hotel Carmelita – Culinare restaurant is a fusion of Filipino and Italian cuisines. Their pizza was a fave among the locals. Becoming the number one pizza and pasta restaurant in Tuguegarao. Its unique brick oven-cooked chewy pizza is the pride of the town.

Address:  # 9 Diversion Road Balzain, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan 3500

Contact : 0917 572 2777 / (078) 844-1024


1.) Boy Kanin (Tuguegarao) – All new 24/7 restaurant which offers well-loved meals like crispy pata, barbecue, silog among others.


Boy Kanin – Tuguegarao restaurant was designed and build by Architect Cenon Cesar M. Lumor of Tier One Architects. The 6 red tubular pillars symbolize the number of years of Boy Kanin in the business.

One can also play the three types of board games such as Chess or Dama Board, Snake and Ladders, and Maze.

Address: # 9 Diversion Road Balzain, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan 3500

Filipino and Asian Home Style Dishes at Fely J’s Kitchen in Uptown Mall

 The group were hungry after an event at the Grand Hyatt hotel.  It was past 12:30 pm when we went to the Uptown mall within Bonifacio Global City or simply called (BCG) in Taguig.
Fely J’s Kitchen restaurant

We were craving for something Filipino and home cooked dishes. Fely J’s Kitchen is just located near the escalator of the mall. We decided to eat at the restaurant without thinking of other restaurants within the mall.

Fely J’s Kitchen menu board ( set meals for group )

Some of the bloggers/ vloggers are in such a hurry covering another event that they wanted to eat. Mommy Lariza lost no time in ordering set meals ( Set C) which we saw at the menu board.

Fely J’s Kitchen

Fely J’s Kitchen menu board

Fely J’s Kitchen is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Felicidad de Jesus-Cruz, mother of LJC Group founder Larry J. Cruz, features Fely J’s treasured recipes. This is the second restaurant which opened within Metro Manila, the first one was in Greenbelt 5, Makati.


The restaurant had quite a big sitting capacity ( indoor had about 100 ) while outdoor patio area had another ( 50  patio area) with total sitting capacity of about 150 at any given time.

figurines on display

The place had a homey ambiance with several old photographs of old Manila like Binondo church, treasured family photos, books and figurines are found within the restaurant.

Our group only waited for just few minutes, the first to be serve was the ice tea followed by tokwa at baboy ( fried tofu with pork, chop onions, chop banana chilies with soy sauce and vinegar).

tokwa at baboy

Tokwa at Baboy is just like the same as those cooked in other popular Filipino restaurants. They should have added bits of fresh cilantro leaves, Nothing fancy.

seafood kare-kare

crispy pata with fried garlic as toppings , atchara and soy sauce

grilled chicken inasal with soy sauce, calamansi, fresh chilies and radish

pork sinigang

One of the first dishes to be serve is the Crispy pata with atchara and dipping sauce. This is followed with white rice, pancit canton, pork and bangus sinigang, grilled chicken inasal , seafood kare-kare with bagoong and gising gising.

sinigang na bangus

gising gising

I liked all of their dishes particularly the gising-gising which had a balance of spice, sweetness ,nicely chopped kangkong stems and bits of pork meat.  However the coconut milk ( gata ) is a bit watered down for my taste.
turon with langka and ube

We also ordered fried turon with langka and ube for dessert.group photo

40th Anniversary

LJC group  of companies which also included Abe’s Farm in Pampanga, Lorenzo’s Way, Bistro Remedios, Cafe Adriatico, Cafe Havana, and Polka Dot Bakeshop to name a few celebrates their 40th anniversary.

set meal C

The staff were quite attentive, friendly,courteous when some of us, ask them for a quick group shots from our cameras.

I will surely come back to eat their other specialties, One of my friend told me that their temple crab, braised short ribs, lumpiang sariwa, lechon kawali, binagoongang baboy are worth ordering.

Address: 2nd Floor, Uptown Mall, 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City , Taguig City

Contact Details : 802-53-54 / 946-3676 / 0995-6539039

Operational Hours: Everyday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm,  During Friday, Saturday and Sunday-operation can be up to 12:00 midnight

Gastronomic Treat in Norzagaray , Bulacan

Norzagaray , Bulacan province -Philippines

Lakad Pamana dabarkats whenever we had provincial tour would sample local dishes and restaurants . Norzagaray is particularly rich in local foods and had its share of well-known restaurants and culinary heritage.

lunch buffet

After the hearty lunch buffet which consists of cripsy pata and crispy fried chicken with special soy sauce and atchara from JL Jamie’s Crispy Pata and Restaurant , fried dalagang bukid , munggo , rice and soft drink.  , We proceeded at the San Pedro’s pavilion for another round of food trip.

Seated: Mrs. Maricar San Pedro -Pelayo , Mayor Alfredo ” Fred”  Germar , Mr. Pelayo together with Lakad Pamana and the group

We were invited to the birthday party  of the local tourism officer and community affairs officer III   Ms. Maricar San Pedro husband held at the San Pedro’s residence . The hosts graciously “welcomed” the group despite last minute advisory .

Torres & Joaquin Catering Services

We took some time to sample sample food that the caterer served . Their specialties included  Arroz de Valenciana ,  vegetable chopseuy , steamed prawns, lengua estofado ( ox tongue ) , lumpiang ubod with sauce , spaghetti carbonara , sinampalukan manok ( chicken soup cooked with young tamarind leaves)  , lechon .  Desserts like serbert made from lychee and buko , coconut and beans  and fresh slices of watermelon .


Torres and Joaquin Catering Service ( since 2002)

Address: Km 40 Pulong Buhangin, Santa Maria , Bulacan

Contact : (044) 328-0179 Cellphone : (0917) 857-4587 (0917)808-38-48

Facebook Page: Torres and Joaquin Catering Services

San Pedro’s Pavilion signage 

San Pedro’s Pavilion is a private function area with the property of the parents of Ms. Maricar San Pedro -Pelayo .


The place is good for weddings, baptism or special event.  It can be rented for Php 6,000 during day time and Php 7,000 during nigh-time.

smaller gazebo

There are smaller gazebos within the property for smaller group – around 10 to 12 people. We finally took an opportunity to have our photo taken with the mayor together with the gracious host . Some  bloggers had an informal conversation with Ms. Maricar San Pedro-Pelayo about the role of tourism in their municipality .

small greenhouse with collection of Denrdobium orchid hybrids

We finally bid farewell to our gracious host and proceeded to the next destination for  food tasting .

JL Jamie’s Crispy Pata

JL Jamie’s Crispy Pata and Restaurant- This restaurant is one of the best places to dine whenever you are in Norzagaray , Bulacan. They also have a branch located in Santa Maria , Bulacan.  The restaurant is located  near the Norzagaray Municipal Hall grounds so almost every government employees had eaten at this place.

facade of the restaurant also have several succulents and cacti

The place is had an interesting nipa hut and tree house , The nipa hut is good for small group . We were met by the manager and daughter of the proprietor .

specialty foods

The Crispy Pata  price range Php 550 to Php 650. According to one of the staff, it take more than 4 hours to boil the crispy pata and deep fry  into perfection.

crispy pata

Other popular menus includes  Crispy Ulo Php 480 /Php 500 , Liempo ( Fried or Grilled)  Php 150  , Fried Chicken Php 300 , Chicharon Bituka Php 120 , Kambing Kaldereta Php 150 per order , Kambing Adobo Php 150 per order , Kilawin Php 150 per order , Papaitan Baka Php 130

They also have Sizzling Gambas Php 130 , Sizzling Mixed Seafood Php 150 , Sizzling Sisig Php 130 Kinilaw Tanigue at Php 150 and Kinilaw na Igat  at Php 130 ( prices quoted are based on our April 24 tour and is subject to change )

crispy bituka with vinegar

We also liked the crispy bituka with vinegar and chopped chillies and onions . There is no after taste or rancid smell coming from the pork intestines .

interior of the restaurant

The restaurant was featured in several television shows like Biyahe ni Drew Arellano which aired on September 2, 2013 , Day Off of QTV channel 11 which aired on June 28, 2014 and Ms. Doris Bigoria of ABS-CBN channel 2 visited the restaurant on December 30, 2015 .

palmera with native orchids like sanggumays

There are also a small pocket  garden are with native orchids and plants .are  several nipa huts and tree huts.

spiral staircase going up to the tree house

fish pond

Address : 0646 A. Payumo St. Municipal Access Road, Norzagaray


The restaurant opens daily from 7:00am until past 9:00pm

Telephone : (044) 815 8108

Facebook Page: JL Jamie’s Crispy Pata and Restaurant

There are a lot more local restaurants that we failed to visit during the tour ,  i am sure that there will still lot more restaurants to visit.

Note: all photos were taken by the author, any person who wish to grab the photos for personal use , please cite this blog as link .

The group would like to ” THANK” the local tourism officer Ms. Maricar San Pedro-Pelayo , Mayor Alfredo Germar , Mr. Roy Vincent Santigao and LJL Jamie’s Crispy Pata and restaurant for the invite .

Fun and Delightful Set Meals at Giligan’s Restaurant in SM North EDSA SkyDome

SM North EDSA Scenic Skywalk  , Quezon City- Philippines

Giligan’s Restaurant name was inspired by a popular US television series in the 1960’s . Hence the themed place is known for their  sea inspired or ship inspired interiors.

 Titanic memorabilia

This is not my first time to visit this place. In fact – Whenever , we have foreign guests or friends coming – We would always treat them to any branch that is near .


Their menu has wide choices of authentic Filipino all-time favorite. The price is just right and servings are quite huge , very fulfilling.

seafood fried rice

  For those planning to bring friends or family member, I suggest that you try to order set meals which cost 20% cheaper .  There are set meals which is good for 4 , 5 , 6 people. Thus, you have a choices of availing their unlimited rice or ice tea. The ordinary white rice which was included in the set meal was upgraded into seafood fried rice. We just add Php 79.00 . I am not a big fan of their fried rice as compared with other Fil-Chinese dishes. The rice is a little bit soggy .

crispy pata

We liked the way the crispy pata was cooked . The dish also comes with soy sauce dip . Ideal for 3 to 5 people sharing – Php 473.00

lechon kawali ala Cebu

We also liked their Lechon Kawali ala Cebu – They are sold at 100 grams, 200 grams – Php 218 per 200 grams – Ideal for 3 to 4 people sharing .

pancit canton -guisado

We also ordered Pancit Canton -Guisado . Since we got a birthday celebrant. The only downturn is that it is a little bit salty . An order cost Php 140.00 .  Our first option was the miki-bihon . This is a noodle dish which is mixed with 2 kinds of noodles.  egg noodles (thicker and yellow)  and rice noodles ( white and thin noodles) .  Unfortunately , It was out of stock .

garlic chicken

pork liempo with chopped kangkong ( water spinach ) stem

sinigang soup

We liked the set meal except for some which i have pointed out .

Website: http://giligansrestaurant.com/


Pork Madness at Livestock Restaurant and Bar in Sergeant Esguerra Avenue , Quezon City

34 Jardin De Zenaida Compound, Sergeant Esguerra Avenue, Near Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Quezon City-Philippines

facade of the restaurant and bar

The restaurant is called Livestock because they owned a piggery, the biggest one in Bulacan province. The place is near Will’s Tower Mall and Condominium around the vicinity of Barangay South Triangle.

second floor

The Restaurant had opened its door only last year , The dining area can accommodate about 75 people at any given date and its AL- Fresco dining area can sit around 40 people. When we wanted a place to hang-out or just to relax ,  Livestock is the answer ! It is a place for pork madness and a whole lot to offer to the visiting clientele.

dining area ground floor

The place had a function room which can accommodate 80 pax . The room  can be divided into 2 smaller room with a sitting capacity of 40 .

Ms. Rowena Abunda (team leader) , Ms. Ching Magdangal -Uy ( owner) and Ms. Moonu Magdangal – (manager)

We were met by Ms. Moonu Magdangal , Ms. Rowena Abunda and Ms. Ching Magdangal -Uy when we visited the place. This is not my first time to eat at the restaurant , one of my favorite menu is the livestock cracking pork and bacon ice cream sandwich .

photos of celebrities are posted in a portion of the restaurant wall

Celebrities includes Mr. Joem Bascon , Ms. Angel Locsin, Mr. Joey Marquez, Mr. JC De Vera , Mr. Kim Atienza,  Mr. Anthony Taberna ,Mr. Paolo Contis, Mr. Henry Omaga-Diaz  , Mr. Noli De Castro of ABS-CBN channel 2 among others.

Ice tea

The place is also known for their  refreshments such as imported wines, salabat  ( ginger ) tea and fruit  smoothies

spiced pig tail

This is one of the signature dish that the restaurant offers to their clientele , It is made from pig tail marinated with herbs and spices . It is crunchy and can be shared with 4 to 5 people. It is best accompanied with vinegar dip  – Php 280 per serving

Livestock pizza

Livestock Pizza  is a thin pizza dough with mozzarella cheese, urugula salad , quesong puti , cherry tomatoes, black olives , adobo chicken and pork flakes and tomato sauce. The combination of ingredients in this dish is fascinating. MUST TRY at Php 395 per order


seafood laksa

 Seafood Laksa-  I love how the chef had mixed all the ingredients from vermicelli noodles  , prawns,muscles , squid  coriander leaves , fresh mung bean sprouts and the spiciness . It is the only seafood dish of the restaurant .  Ideal for sharing with 4 to 5 people MUST TRY Php 290

livestock crackling pork belly

This is one of my favorite menu in the restaurant .  The pork is marinated with special sauces and spices stuffed with  fresh herbs like lemon grass .

It is then roasted until crispy , It is best accompanied with the special livestock’s liver sauce and vinegar.  It is a boneless and tender lechon! You can easily cut the pork belly into several bite sized portion without any hassle.

300 grams- Php 290, 500 grams- Php 490 , 1 kilo-Php 895

Melts in Your Mouth – Crispy Pata

The Crispy Pata or Deep- Fried Pork Knuckles is so soft you could cleave it with a Popsicle stick. The crispy pata is served in a wooden tray with condiments made from soy sauce and vinegar mixture together with chopped onions , garlic and chilies . 

popsicle stick used to cut the crispy pata into bite size bits

It literally melts in to your mouth !!! It was well-cooked that the inside meat was tender and so soft! It can be easily cut through by just using a single popsicle stick .  MUST TRY Php 590 per serving

mushroom pilaf rice

It is a rice with fresh button and shitake mushrooms simmered in chicken stock .

Petite- Php 130 ( ideal for 2 to 3 people)  Grande -Php 348 ( ideal for 4 to 6 people)

pork cheek bourguignon

Pork Cheek Bourguignon is braise in red wine sauce while the other is in creamy soup base.  The flavors of both dishes are distinct .  The dish is said to originate in Burgundy region of France.  The one in red wine or what is commonly known as bourguignon with sliced carrots and mushrooms .  Php 380 per serving.

kangkong sambal with pritchon lechon

Kangkong Sambal with Pritchon Lechon is a combination of two dishes. It also have fried chopped garlic as toppings.

bacon Ice cream sandwich

 Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich is plain vanilla ice cream on French Toast. It is sprinkled with bacon strips to blend a little saltiness to the sweet dessert taste and topped with mint leaves . Ideal for 1 to 3 people Php 180

I would give a thumbs -up for this restaurant , i liked the ” Pork Theme ” and their dishes. The restaurant is open to catering services and reservations.

Note: We would like to ” Thank” the manager and the owner for the warm accommodation 

How to Commute

The area is accessible from different mode of transportation. It is just a few blocks away from MRT Quezon Avenue station .

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LivestockMics

Landline : (02) 332 0409

Store Operation : 11:00am to 2:00am