A dose of nostalgia at the Laoag’s new City Cup Cafe

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Laoag’s got a new chill place! My congratulations to Pastor Brian Shah and Our Saviour’s Foundation on the opening of City Cup Cafe. Pastor Brian is looking cool and dandy. I like the new sparkle in his eyes. I always bump into him at restaurants around town, so I jokingly told him he now has a very convenient place to eat. The friendly pastor and his wife May love food, as in they cook good food! I remember, they once held a Singaporean food festival event at the old Villa Lydia, when they were starting to establish the ministry. The pastor says, they are slowly introducing more Asian dishes, like Thai, into the current menu. Right now, what City Cup offers are salads, pho, steaks, sandwiches, pastas, a few cakes and hot and iced coffee concoctions. If you loved Front Row before, well, the good news is that Precy Llanes manages City Cup!

I asked Pastor Brian if he sees himself getting old here. “Oh, yes.” We will be all old by then, I told him. Laughs.

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The whole block where it is located is quite close to my heart. My mom used to own a dress shoppe right below the Ranada Hospital which is only a couple of meters away from the coffee shop (the space used to be part of a movie house.). We didn’t have to go farther for medical attention when I accidentally ran a finger through the sewing machine. My ninang Nancy owned the hotel at the other corner and I would go “ballog” to see her adorable dogs and say hello to the fishes in her pond, hahah. Too many fond memories to mention.


Martine, LA and I had an eclectic merienda — a cray cray fusion of pho, lamb chop in mint sauce, waffle, mocha frappe. In the end, I also had to try Pastor Brian’s favorite — the bangus slider sandwich which is a nice ciabatta packed with marinated bangus, greens and black olives. Very delish! The ciabattas and cakes are ordered from a friend in Manila.

I promised Eugene to take him next time, so I can also try the malungay pasta and perhaps the ribeye steak and more pho. Prices are moderate, pretty affordable for students and office workers

Check out the cute baby. He has grown bigger, so cute!

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City Cup Cafe, Ranada Building, Rizal St., Laoag City 77 670 6820 Open Daily 10 am-12 midnight

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In the vicinity


Hi! Did you notice my new header? Something’s drifting away, but that basically sums up where I’m blogging from.

Oh, there’s a new tea place near my home. I had a nice toffee caramel. To the uninformed, Tea Generation is within the Print Hub Internet Cafe on F. R. Castro Ave. The owner, young entrepreneur Clarette, gave me a briefer. It’s one among the Tea Generation kiosks and stores around the country. I was flattered when she said she reads the blog.

In these parts, the weather’s subdued, but dry right now. Stay safe, Manila!

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Discovering the cooking of Lidamero’s (Jamiroze)


I have to confess to you, dear readers, I’ve been a biased blogger all these years. Out of my loyalty to the late Nana Carmen Dawang of Dawang’s Place, a favorite carinderia in Ilocos, I turned a blind eye to the other uber popular Lidamero’s on the same side of the road.

I met Jasper Pacapac Dawang of the Dawang’s clan and serendipity made its way. There is always a right time for anything.

After meeting with him at Lidamero’s (I paid my own food, btw), I can slap my own face with my own lechon lard-laden hand. Lidamero’s, or Jamiroze now, is a class of its own.


The Lidamero’s turo-turo (point-point) counter is fillled with very Ilocano dishes like monggo a ginisa, presko a baka (beef kilawen), igado, nateng, dinardaraan with crispy bagbagis, lechon and so much more. Tinuno a paltat (grilled catfish) and sinanglao (or paksiw) are the other bestsellers.

Their not too oily sinanglao is a different version, a very good version with very tender, tasty chunky beef. “Napalukneng a justo,” without the aid of pressure cooker, you’ll just know if you love eating.

I never knew there’s an everyday lechon place in town. That’s a big regret. I like Lidamero’s way of presenting the lechon which is cooked by them. The skin’s color and texture made me drool at first sight. The homemade Ilocano liver sauce and spoonful of lasona stuffing from the very roast pig are wonderful additions.

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Jasper’s mom, Milagros, a native of Abra province, is hands-on with the eatery. She’s there Mondays to Sundays. Dad Rommel is the Dawang. Their son says, “Lidamero’s is all about the merging of two worlds — the Abreño and Ilocano cultures. He adds, “We build good relations with our customers and try our best to be the best in Laoag.” Lidamero’s is located near the Laoag-San Nicolas boundary.

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I recommend Lidamero’s or Jamiroze for authentic Ilocano food. It’s been around for 19 years. You won’t be disappointed. I love their budget-friendly prices too.

Lidamero’s (Jamiroze Eatery) National Highway, Nangalisan-A, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

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