April showers

Red Velvet Cake

Sorry for not having posted about food the past few weeks. I was really busy, I even failed to eat at times. So last night, the girls and I had a night out to celebrate Ericke’s birthday. The boys were in La Union for Brandon’s first downhill competition, where he placed 12th.

Saramsam was Ericke’s choice. We got our favorite ukoy with sukang Iloko dip and tunaquitos. The three had chicken creamy pesto pasta with thyme bread and olive oil-balsamic vinegar and Parmesan dip, while I had minestrone Milanese soup and caldereta Spañola with turmeric rice. It felt so good to be back. Even if the place was fully packed, the service was excellent as usual. The food, yummy as ever, especially the tunaquitos!

Happy Birthday, Ericke!

wearing macarons:)

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Fiery Tunaquitos

Just a quick post. In reality, I ordered and ate sans rival first. Then I remembered I haven’t tasted the tunaquitos yet. A stroke of luck, Saramsam had them that evening. Mini taco shells loaded with tuna kilaw (ceviche) and a jolt of wasabi. Just so damn provocative!! My friend and blog reader Tricia was so right. (Thanks, dear, for the tip.)

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A slice of the pie

There are a million things I’m thankful for and one of them is having angels. After receiving her paycheck, Ericke treated the entire family to a longaniza pizza night out at Saramsam. (I thought I’d finally be able to try the Tunaquitos, but they were unavailable.)
When grown-up children are starting to build a life of their own, it feels so good to know that you’re part of that life.

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New Addition to the Saramsam Menu

A childhood friend who resides in the UK is home for something of vital significance. I knew she’d be coming, but didn’t know when. The funny thing is we ran across each other at the mall and I thought she was still emailing from the UK just a little earlier. Anyway, we went out the next night. Where else to go, but Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant. Air con on a very humid evening and Norah Jones type of music is conducive for a pleasant chat  over Saramsam’s winning food. Oh, wow, we closed the restaurant!

Complimentary house baked thyme flat bread (imo, a cross between bagel and focaccia) with a dip made of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese.

Okoy, an Ilocano delicacy, with sukang Iloko, but of course.

New at Saramsam – Ipon Tepenade, an Ilocano-French fusion dish. Ipon is actually baby fish and tepenade is a mixture of finely chopped olives, capers and spices.

My friend’s main course, Chicken Basil Penne.
I had Caldereta Spañola with herb rice, a mingling of delicate flavors, also among the new Saramsam Spanish and Italian dishes with an Ilocano twist.

Besides the new addition to Saramsam’s eclectic menu, they also have a weekend (Friday and Saturday evenings) Italian and Spanish buffet for only 300 Php.  The ongoing event is up ’til the 28th of August, says the amiable Mr. Arnel Condeza, the new Operations Manager of Saramsam and Balay da Blas. Btw, Arnel also mentioned basic and advanced digital photography workshops at the Balay da Blas Pensionne this month. Basic photography is scheduled for the 9th-10th and advanced, the 23rd-24th. To those interested, you may contact 0917-570-2110.

We had a great time at Saramsam! Special thanks to Dennis for taking photos of us.

Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant and Bar and Consignment Shop Rizal St., Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines Tel. No.:(077) 771-5825

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Pasta Mulatta for long life

Pasta Mulatta was served at Bernard Macaraeg’s post-birthday dinner at their new home. The full course dinner,  prepared by Saramsam, consisted of appetizing ipon and capers sauteed in olive oil, shrimps with fresh greens topped with honey mustard dressing, cold mango soup, the  lip-smacking Pasta Mulatta with squid ink which gave its dark hue, tender roast turkey with gravy, and malunggay ice cream. Not just a retinal delight, Sammy’s creative cooking satisfies the soul.

Red Dot’s hardworking owners, Mary Ann and Bernard Macaraeg, deserve their modern minimalist home. The size is just right for a working couple with three growing children. Perhaps, I could take shots of their urbane kitchen sometime.

Happy Birthday, Bernard!

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Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant and Bar is also a Consignment Shop

poque-poque pizza

Dining at Saramsam is an epicurean delight. They serve traditional Ilocano dishes with a modern flair. Poque-poque salad, made from grilled eggplants, tomatoes and native onions, comes alive when used as topping for pizza. Same is true with dinardaraan (chocolate meat). Their original Saramsam Pasta I’ve been raving about just tops.

I know I haven’t shown you the other half of the Saramsam equation. If you’re  a tourist and pressed for time sourcing for pasalubong, or goodwill gifts, Saramsam has an array of local food items, bric-à-brac, abel Iloco products, souvenir tees, paintings and antique stuff.

A look into the Saramsam shelves…

local tote bags and abel Iloco products

banig bags

Ilocos sugacane wine, or basi

rice coffee from the town of Banna

Ilocano sarsramsam — taro chips, cornik, marunggay pastillas, etc.

sukang Iloco comes in plain and with sili (chili)


abel Iloco table runners

locally made fans

hand-painted souvenir t-shirts

Address: N. Corpuz Building, Rizal Street corner Hizon St., Barangay 7-A, Laoag City
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