What could be more migraine-inducing on an early Sunday morning than a thunderous blast of Jessie J’s Price Tag and Beyoncé’s Run The World (Girls) from a loudspeaker on the street right in front of my home. To escape the city’s cacophony, I opted to spend the day with the mister and friends up north.
We made brief stopovers at the Ablan mangroves and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse before settling in for an Ilocano lunch at the KangKang Windmill Cafe.We visited Manang Yolly of the Mekeni Palutuan opposite the tranquil Blue Lagoon. She whips up the best seafood meals around Maira-ira Beach. We’ve been her sukis from way back before resorts, homestays and beach cottage rentals mushroomed in the area.Letting our friend from Fujian, China, experience the unique treats Pagudpud has to offer, we brought him to Bergblick Deutsches Restaurant for spaghetti al funghi, crème brûlée, banana crêpes and Italian espresso. Not surprising, Chef Detlev Cotte got a nod of approval from the Chinese restaurateur.Before returning home to Laoag, we checked out the catch of the day at Gao-oa. The ice chest at the back of Marianne’s SUV came in handy for some lobsters, spanner crabs, squid and groupers we purchased. We went straight to Joan’s Pamulinawen Fiesta Resto to cook the haul. Boiled in Sprite, the crustacean meat came out so well..The exchange of stories highlighted the day. I speak very little Chinese while our friend speaks only Chinese. But because there are tsinoys in the group, we all managed not to get lost in translation. At times, the conversations were animated, bringing us smiles that broke into laughter.
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