Mang Tootz’s Banana-rhuma

Mang Tootz Food House Banana-rhuma

Passed by the University of Santo Tomas on my way home to the apartment and made an impulse swing to P. Noval for the celebrated Mang Tootz Food House banana-rhuma. Here’s another traditional Filipino snack made more fascinating with the addition of innovative twists.

Mang Tootz

Mang Tootz Vergara’s combined culinary experience and stint as a bartender at the old Silahis Hotel Playboy Club helped him concoct his signature banana-rhuma, a kind of mini banana turon bongga-fied (amplified) with ingredients such as Tanduay White Premium Rhum, sesame seeds, cinnamon powder and Milk Boy (the skimmed milk powder for ice crumble).

Judging by the 180 bottles of rhum he consumes every week, we can tell that his turo-turo restaurant is well-loved by students because he doesn’t cheat on quality. One piece of banana-rhuma costs only 3 pesos and 50 centavos and viands are tagged fairly.


This place might not be new to my Ilocano readers since I know a lot of Ilocanos live in Sampaloc or are usually in the area where several Ilocos-bound buses are stationed. In fact, I am so familiar with the neighborhood since my family maintained an apartment two blocks away from Mang Tootz’s when we were younger. However, this is my first time to go back to the UST area and it was quite with a bit of nostalgia.

A zesty little piece of the banana-rhuma and getting to know the very friendly Mang Tootz and his accommodating dentist wife, Ms. Luchi, were worth the segue.

MAng Tootz Food HouseMAng Tootz Food House
Photographed by Alma and Blauearth
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Rainy Sunday Indoor Picnic

Blooms in the Rain

Who says rain dampens the appetite for a picnic? Not Alain and Marianne, friends who just arrived from a 3-week European holiday. The first thing Alain did as soon as he got back in Ilocos was to completely lose himself in Dawang’s best in the world paksiw.

Indoor Picnic

Yesterday wasn’t exactly a picnic potluck. Shared Lynne’s newly perfected diok pit he, some Chinese-style stuffed prawns inspired by Diao Eng Chai’s, while Marianne served swaje, polonchai, pasta, grilled ribeye steak, unnok and pancit with chicharon aka lechon de carajay from La Moda Panciteria.

Filipino readers abroad will agree with me that taste buds won’t forget.


Abraw a unnok! Don’t you miss this?

SwajeLa Moda Panciteria Pancit with Ilocos Chicharon

La Moda pancit with Ilocos chicharon.

Diok pit he

Talented Lynne’s diok pit he.


The blauearth in me was jealous about their food adventure. Cheese fondue, Ladurée macarons, fish and chips, all the Italian pizzas and pastas, gelato, cappuccino, Swiss chocolates and what-not.

TripThe Mona LisaMona Lisa

The Mona Lisa. by Leonardo da Vinci,  “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.”

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A good week ahead, loves!

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