ABE’S NATURE FARM
Abé’s Nature Farm, nestled near the foot of Mt. Arayat in Magalang, Pampanga, is named after Emilio Aguilar Cruz, fondly called Abé, which is Kapampangan for “friend,” Abé—a writer, artist and food lover—is the father of Larry J. Cruz, the late founder of the LJC Restaurant group that gave us Café Adriatico, Café Havana, Bistro Remedios, Larry’s Cafe and Bar, Abé’s, Fely J’s Kitchen, Lorenzo’s Way, and LaMer. Abé’s Nature Farm houses a resort, a restaurant, a museum and a spa. Grassy hills and wide expanses are framed by trees, gardens, walkways, sports facilities, a pool, and real Ifugao huts transported from the Banaue that serve as guest houses. The ancestral home is reborn as the restaurant, which is walled by woven bamboo on three sides. One side is left open for an unrestricted view of the grounds. The resthouse has an idyllic loft draped in cotton fabric, as well as displays of Abé’s personal belongings. Some rooms are reserved for family. As expected, Abé’s Nature Farm graces us with the full menu of Kapampangan food and signature dishes from the LJC restaurant chain. The house specialties are a !eld of dreams: Arobung Kamaru (Farm Crickets), Spicy Sisig Pampanga, Chicharon Bulaklak, Sinigang Bangus Belly with Ripe Guava, Sinuam of Fresh Native Corn, Munggo Bean Soup with Smoked Fish (Tinapa) Flakes and Chicharon, Pinakbet Kapampangan, Gule Magalang, Paco Fern & Tomato Salad, Binukadkad na Pla-Pla with Balo-Balo and Mustasa, Tidtad, Knockout Knuckles, Crispy Tadyang “D Original,” Ube Jalea with Macapuno, Claude’s Dream (Pandan gelatin and young coconut on buffalo’s milk ice cream), and the mysterious Sikreto ni Maria. Plus points are the Abé’s Farm Spa Village, which promises renewal and relaxation for the body, and the E. Aguilar Cruz Museum, a feast for the mind with its history and narrative of Abé, his family, art, and lifestyle.
98 Livestock Village, Brgy. Ayala, Magalang, Pampanga
(045) 865 1930 0917 8085187
Mon to Sun: 10am to 8pm Except Tuesdays
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