Tacos del Norte teaser and Cheesecake Etc.

Tacos del Norte

Got a peek into the Oidas’ latest project. The name Tacos del Norte itself is a dead giveaway. By the looks of things, it’s more than a taco stand. Mike and Alma were so kind to let me sample fish tacos… so very Baja, SoCal, complete with pickled jalapeños and a good hot sauce homemade from organic chili peppers grown in the couple’s garden at Kapuluan Vista Resort.  Exactly how Mike puts it. “It’s the authenticity!” adds Alma, referring to the Tacos del Norte eats. They lived in San Diego, California, before finally settling down in Pagudpud.

Tacos del Norte

It’s opening soon, hopefully within the week, says Mike. For those who cannot wait, however, the good news is tacos and burritos are now available. Try the yummy fish specialties with hot fish that melts in your mouth. Tacos Del Norte is at the La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center right beside the Museo Ilocos Norte.

Cake Porn

The dad puts a twinkle in Alexa’s eyes…. cheesecake night for the foodies! Within a stone’s throw from Tacos del Norte is Cheesecake Etc..

I noticed the Choco True Fire only after I was stuffed with storemade langka (jackfruit) ice cream and White Chocolate Pistachio Cheesecake, which I shared with Brandon. I would have loved to dip my fork into it had I seen it right away. It reminds me of Bizu’s devilish Fire macarons , which I don’t get to see on their shelves these days.

Choco True Fire

Ghirardelli hot chocolate in Ilocos:)

White Chocolate Pistachio CheesecakeJackfruit Ice Cream

The langka ice cream was fine, but I would have preferred the cream on top, so that it doesn’t debase the ice cream flavor near the bottom.

I need to bike to Share Tea first thing in the morning:)

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Sweet Stop: Dulcelise

Sunday is reserved for the family. It’s the day of the week when the dad has a half-day off from work. We cruised to Vigan. Updates, banter, good food, strolls, photos… chillax time.

Dulcelise was the first thing I saw from where we parked. Roxy, my friend in Vigan, has repeatedly tweeted about their delicious cakes. After two Vigan jaunts, I finally found it. I instinctively crossed the street and took a peek through the door. Wow, give me some swank! I entered and scrutinized the cake counter. The strawberry cheesecake was smiling at me. I had to catch the rest of the foodie gang who went in the opposite direction. I told them about the modern vintage glam interiors of this dessert shop and the good-looking confections I just discovered. We trooped down to decadence. Oh, yes, the chandeliers, damask wallpaper and satin seats, everything in French gold and white, remind me of the line, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche [let them eat cake],” supposedly said by the often misconceived Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France, to the peasants during a time of famine.

[Strawberry cheesecake for me, Ericke had Reese’s peanut butter cheesecake and Bran picked sans rival. Unlucky Alexa was looking for, well, a chocolate cake. She ate a bit of Ericke’s, though.]

*cute burps*

Nothing above 110 pesos for a personal size cake. Winner!

Love the cakes to bits! My cheesecake was almost like my favorite Cheesecake Factory glazed fresh strawberry cheesecake. Just the right size. Trying to consume a huge slice of cheesecake could turn into agony. The textures were awesome, not too dense, and even the crust was kinda thin, perfect for me, neither dull nor overly sweet. I had a piece of Bran’s sans rival. No ifs, ands or buts about it, a killer!

According to the waitress, the dessert place is owned by Patch Savellano-Singson, the lovely wife of Vigan Vice Mayor Ryan Singson. She bakes herself. I read somewhere that their firstborn’s name is Elise, which justifies Dulcelise.

In addition to the cakes, scones, ice cream sandwiches, yogurt desserts, cookies and drinks in the shop, they also customize cupcakes, cakes and frosted sugar cookies for any occasion.

The location is inconspicuous that’s why I had a hard time tracking it down since last summer.  It looked more like a part of the Vigan Plaza Hotel. It’s a great thing my eyes zeroed in on the sign as soon as I got off the parked truck. If I were on the opposite side, I really wouldn’t have noticed it again.

I’m posting more photos taken in Vigan next time. Look where I found the three after a bento box dinner at Café Leona. They’re back in Dulcelise for dessert.

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