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Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion - MAX SANGIL

LET’S for­get for a mo­ment the trou­ble the world faces. The word war be­tween US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korea Pres­i­dent Kim Jong Un. The feud with the known ath­letes in the US vs Trump again. Duterte vs. Tril­lanes. Se­na­tor Ping Lac­son vs. for­mer Cus­toms Com­mis­sioner Ni­canor Fael­don. DOJ Sec­re­tary Vi­tal­iano Aguirre vs. Se­na­tor Risa Hon­tiveros. Com­elec Chair­man Andy Bautista vs. wife Pa­tri­cia. Ang gugulo ninyo. Let’s talk about food in Clark, An­ge­les City and the many nice smelling and tasty food in land of the gourmet, which is Pam­panga.

To start with, it was the late Ka Blas Ople who once told me about the study made by em­i­nent writer Ros­alinda Orosa that the Ka­pam­pan­gans are not only ar­ti­sans but are ex­cel­lent cooks, male and fe­male. If com­pared to other eth­nic groups in the coun­try.

Very true in­deed. The num­ber of restau­rants in Pam­panga are good ba­sis for that claim. Retro: In our youth there was the pop­u­lar Ev­ery­body’s Cafe by the San­toses in San Fer­nando. While in An­ge­les City there was the Ini­ang’s Place of the Flore­ses which served the best Jam­bal­aya in this part of the world. The food prepa­ra­tion was mostly likely a com­bi­na­tion of Span­ish ar­roz va­len­ciana, bringhe style with Filipino touch.

Today, there are now the high end food des­ti­na­tion like Den­lims and Rain­for­est Kitchen in San Fer­nando. The Abe’s Farm in Ma­galang and many oth­ers. Any evening you stroll down along the Fields Av­enue or any of its spine roads, you can make a lot of choices among the clus­tered restau­rants there that mush­roomed over the years. My Wed­nes­day’s group fa­vorite is Pi­colo Padre, an Ital­ian res­tau­rant where you can sa­vor the best ragu de mare cou­pled with their well pre­pared steak with fresh oys­ters as an aper­i­tif while hav­ing your red Montes de Alfa.

I re­mem­ber my for­mer col­leagues from Bases Con­ver­sion Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, par­tic­u­larly Mel Alonzo, Boots Gar­cia and Toto Golez “will kill me” if I won’t treat them with the Filipino cook­ing of Bin­ulo, a res­tau­rant in­side the Clark Freeport run by Maricar An­ge­les. Be­side is the Seafood Shack, where din­ing plea­sure is an ex­pe­ri­ence. It is sug­gested that you bring the fam­ily or barkada when din­ing there.

In Bin­ulo the home­made pitit­san, rice cooked in bam­boo, asado and bu­langlang are the most or­dered dishes. Gourmet Rico Guilas served as the qual­ity con­trol man­ager. Then there’s Marami-ih of TJ Ro­driguez, where au­then­tic Ka­pam­pan­gan cui­sine is served.

Metro Manila and lo­cal of­fi­cials and ex­ec­u­tives of in­dus­tries in­side the freeport are reg­u­lar pa­trons of Cafe Mesa not only be­cause it of­fer the best sumiyaki cof­fee but long legged young girls with their fit­ting pants serve it with a smile. The cafe is owned by Ari­take, a for­mer UPS coun­try man­ager.

The baked sal­mon served at Rib­eye resto and shrimp salad are the main fa­vorites by mem­bers of Mon­day Club. There’s also the sal­mon salad, steak diana and the crispy chicken in the bas­ket. Cot­tage Kitchen along the perime­ter road at nearby Clark is good choice. In the Nepo Mall area is one of the new des­ti­na­tions for food trip­ping.

Be­sides Rib­eye is the Ning­nan­gan of Sto. To­mas Mayor Na­guit. It is pat­terned af­ter the fa­mous Aboys of Ba­colod City, where you make your choices of un­cooked items and cooked and serve fresh in your ta­ble. It branched out now in the City of San Fer­nando. And if you have lik­ing for Korean, Ja­panese and Viet­namese food, the place is the Korean town in An­ge­les City. Avoid pol­i­tics and let us en­joy life. Tweets: - Good news. Both the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Se­nate will pass the Med­i­cal Mar­i­juana bill. In many coun­tries tak­ing mar­i­juana is le­gal.

- In Am­s­ter­dam, my trav­el­ing com­pan­ions were sur­prised to see in the res­tau­rant menu mar­i­juana as an item. You can smoke it freely and not vi­o­lat­ing any­thing.

- I am just won­der­ing if malls have CCTV in­stalled in their park­ing areas.

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