To the north, to the north

Pasuquin Bakery

Going up north, north of Laoag, translates to photo vomit. It starts with fresh biscocho from the Pasuquin Bakery and ends with “tres dulces” at Bergblick where you can savor bagnet prepared the professional Bavarian way by Chef Detlev Cotte. In between munches and de rigueur explication through the 7-hour northern exposure, at least if you’re with me, you will experience the highlights of the northern Ilocos coastline, yet there is more to thread — the max you can have due to time constraint.

Bakery TinapayPan de Mongo

-Pan de mongo

Pasuquin Biscocho

-A Manileño tourist discovers Pasuquin’s famous biscocho.

Pasuquin Bakery Soft BiscochoBurgos Coastline

-From the Cape Bojeador lighthouse, it is the Burgos coastline that beams at daylight.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, BurgosManuever: The spontaneity of Joshua Zamora

-Stumbling upon tall, lean and goodlooking Manuever, Joshua Zamora… spontaneity.

Manuever: In the frame with Joshua Zamora

-PGIN Tourism aide Arnel, who was with Joshua, was hesitant to disturb the dancer, but took the photo just the same when I wouldn’t settle for a paparazzi shot. (Thanks, Arnel!)

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

-My cool pack at the cultural heritage lighthouse, perched high on the Vigia de Nagparitan hill, first lit in March 30, 1892.

Red BrickVintage GateVerandahTerracottaWritings on the wallHoneymooners

-31st anniversary honeymooners on an Ilocos escapade.

Beyond the high voltage…

Restricted AreaTsika minute sa blogger

Tsika minute with tourists chilling around.

PeaceA rock beyond the thorns

  -The shrinking Kapurpurawan Rock Formation beyond the thorns.

5-Paysos Viewdeck

-5 pay-soses view deck for those who can’t hike to the white rock.

Framed Beach Scene

-At the Bangui Windmills area, cutting on a clean view.

Tilting at WindmillSunny Pagudpud

-Pagudpud white sand on my toes.

Pagudpud Sand

-China goes to Pagudpud:)

Bergblick  Deutsches RestaurantBergblick Deutsches Restaurant

– roadside Bergblick Deutsches Restaurant, Burayoc Point, Pagudpud.

Sauerkraut Platter

-The bomb! My sauerkraut platter, topped with homemade extrayummy-saltyish ham and Chef Detlev-sausage for the pack to share.

Three-Color PastaTuna PlatterBagnet prepared the Bavarian way

German bagnet for a change:)

Porkloin in Beer SauceThai Curry Chicken

-The awesomest, subtlest curried chicken I’ve had since a Bangkok tour.

Bergblick Pan

-The specialty of the house among other fine specialties — Bergblick Pan with cabbage roll, breaded pork, potatoes and sausage bathed in a special sauce!

And then the OMG butterscotch cake, creme brulee and crepe!!! Om nom nom nom.

Tres DulcesPhoto op with the Bergblick Couple

-The pack with the Cotte power couple of the house, Maritess and Chef Detlev.

Some photos by Marianne, Mike,  Peewee, Arnel and Reny
Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

BergBlick, a mountain view restaurant in Burayoc, Pagudpud

On my most recent trip to Pagudpud, I purposely sought this German restaurant in Burayoc, the buzz among tourism insiders. New-found friend, Hanna, introduced me to Detlev and Maritess Cotte, owners of the BergBlick Deutsches Restaurant. Detlev is German, while Tess is Filipino with roots in Pangasinan, and they met in the Republic of Maldives, got married, then decided to settle in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, a place they now call home.

Bergblick is German for mountain view. Their 3 month-old restaurant is charmingly situated in Burayoc, where the view is provincial with verdant fields and a refreshing mountainscape.

The restaurant itself is airy, neat and clean and cushy. I was excited about their menu. I spotted so many intriguing German and Filipino dishes. Among the recommendations were lemon pepper or garlic chili bagnet variations. Thinking I only had a less than a thousand pesos in my wallet and we were, all in all, three, I chose the house specialties for us to share. I ordered a BergBlick Pan, with bread crumbed pork chops, sausage, pork roast, cabbage roll-pan-fried potatoes and mixed salsa. It came with greens and a great French dressing. I also had to try their crème brûlée, flamed by Chef Detlev himself. Oh, wow, I almost forgot I was in Pagudpud!

BTW, I have a story to share. Before ordering food in any restaurant, please check if you have your wallet with you. Boy, I was so embarassed that I did check my purse, but only after I had already ordered food. I asked to cancel the order, but the friendly and unassuming couple insisted that they treat us to lunch. Good heavens!

Crème brûlée is akin to our very own leche flan. It is less sweet and BergBlick’s version with oranges over cocoa powder blends beautitifully with the caramelized custard.

Overall, the gastronomic experience was bliss! The food was first-rate, but the price, pretty affordable. They have budget meals too. They have wines and fruit juices with sparkling water.

Richard, my famished driver, and Hanna both agreed that the food we had was superb.

*Many thanks, Detlev and Tess, for the awesome lunch. Hope to be back over the weekend.
Sitio Salucag, Brgy. Burayoc, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines CP #s: (63) 9394581642, (63) 9219547747 Open Tuesdays to Sundays 8am-10pm
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