Ilocandia’s Biggest Burger For The Fun Of It

Ilocandia's Biggest Burger

Some things in life are not cheap, hahah, they cost time and calories. Like Leehua and Marion love to say, live a little, and so we traveled to Vigan to examine closely the biggest burger north of Manila.

The monstrous R12 Burger, measuring 11 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall, is the attraction of Kusina de Kenyong, owned by Kenley Rodillas Filarca, although the restobar is also known for its Ilocano fusion pastas, highlighting the Vigan longaniza.

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The hamburger can feed the whole tourist bus! It’s stuffed with a 1-kilo beef patty that tastes like a flattened meatball. The bread is kinda massive and overwhelms. They grill the bread and meat, so it’s not really soggy. The burger we had is not the biggest burger on the menu.  They also have another one with a 2-kilo beef patty.

You will also see on the menu the tiniest burgers. Hahah, I’m still on the edge. Can’t type much.

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We browsed and picked some things at the MC3 store. It’s actually a cool place for fun fashion items.


Kusina de Kenyong Calle Salcedo, Vigan City, Philippines Tel. No.: (77)259 9359 CP No.: 017 558 5256

Photographed by Marion and Blauearth
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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.

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Photographed by Alma and Blauearth
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Finally, an Estrel’s Caramel Cake!

Estrel's Caramel Cakes

Friday was a break from the FoodPrints shoot. The whole day was spent with very good friends. It was not a break in the true sense of the word. I overate from morning til evening, capping the night with Hatch 22’s pan de month (some kind of stylized Filipino bread you’ll see in a future post, heheh).

First stop was Estrel’s Caramel Cakes. I’ve been running after the much talked about caramel cake for exactly one year. Through friend Alma’s powers, I was able to land my hands on an elusive cake.

Estrel's Caramel Cake

Chiffon cakes are covered in silky caramel frosting and decorated with buttercream flowers.

The caramel cake is an original recipe of Estrella Ylagan, hence the name. Today, her nieces, the Navarro siblings, continue the 68 year-old tradition.

My cake was from the extra cakes they make daily I think. The flowers were dainty sampaguitas.

At last!My Cake

I was imagining a toffee kind of caramel, but it was better. Light with subdued sweetness. The buttercream just melts in the mouth, also not too sweet. I  can probably eat the whole cake, but I didn’t ‘coz I shared it with my sis-in-law who was just as thrilled as any fan of Estrel’s caramel cake.

As for me, as of now, the final word on made-to-order all-occasion cakes. I can’t compare it to anything ‘coz the others I’ve tried are, on average, the same.


I was also tempted to buy a box of food for the gods. Like the name suggests, they are buttery, rich and divine.

Estrel’s Caramel Cakes 54 Sct. Tobias, Quezon City Tel No.: (02) 372 2965

Photographed by Alma and Blauearth
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