I was gone for the weekend… where: Cauayan City. It was my first time in this flourishing city in the middle of the province of Isabela, known as the rice and corn granary of Luzon, where 68.71 percent of the population are Ilocanos and the rest is comprised of Tagalogs, Ibanags, Gaddang, Paranan, Yogad, and other ethnic groups. The El Niño heat didn’t prevent me from tagging along with the Laoag Off-Roaders, who competed in the latest NAsFOR event for the GAWAGAWAY-YAN Festival 2010. I’m the tough group’s official media outfit LOL. After an epic travel to the race track with no sleep and real rest, it was difficult to keep up with the intense atmosphere of the 2-day 4×4 race. In a place where you feel like a complete alien… it always pays to have good contacts. In our case, a family friend saved our day… Edwin Uy was generous enough to treat us to a hearty home-cooked lunch at his place then give us a quick tour around the city during the lunch break. After a long day, we were treated, again, to a sumptuous dinner at the Kapangpangan-owned Kabayan’s Grill (where the calorie-laden sisig was crispy and wickedly good), and after-dinner coffee at this cool coffee shop named in honor of the province. Thanks, Edwin!
Café Isabela’s frothy Caramel Macchiato Espresso and Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie were soo good I had to go back the following day… made my eyes wide awake for the camera 🙂 The Cookie Monster would have gone mad! The menu is eclectic. I saw gourmet sandwiches like turkey breast sandwich and nouvelle pasta dishes… something to look forward to on my next visit.
NAsFOR Off-Roading for Real Men event in Cauayan, Isabela next on deck.