Family date night: Frontrow Fashion Café and Wellness (NEW in Laoag!)

Before I go to bed, just one more quick post before the news gets stale.

Though I was dog tired from tending my BlauEarth Community Ties spot at the eco-living bazaar ’til sundown, I hanged out with the kids at the most current coffee bar in town, the Frontrow. It’s a cushy café that offers hot and cold coffee and chocolate treats, fruit smoothies and healthy pastas. Oh, it has a little fashion nook, how so original?

The interiors are done in soothing colors. I personally love the apple green chairs.

Premium coffee blends from Switzerland.


Really nice people, Frontrow owner Precy Llanes  (also franchise co-owner of Chow King Laoag) with son Joshua and friends.

Heirloom artwork collection from Precy’s late mom, artist/painter Rosita C. Mallari of Baguio and Switzerland.

Unique art. Love ’em.

The bottle on the right is Precy’s favorite, a European landscape painting.

What was so funny, Ericke?

In this corner… hahah, the girls.

It’s not about the shoes, it’s the tale of the mottled skin… thank God, only in the cold; and it’s in the genes.

Goofing around for my camera.

Maybe, I could feature the pastas next time. I wanted the Pasta Janet with interesting kare-kare sauce, but, unfortunately, the pastas will be available on the grand opening. The café had a soft opening, I think, last Friday.

I had a slice of their mocha crema de fruta and it was good! The prices are really cool.

Frontrow is on the second floor of the M&P Bueno Bldg. along Panganiban St., Laoag
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A Pampanga food trip is spinning wildly in my head…

I lived in Angeles City for a month 2 decades ago. Back then, at first, I could hardly look at sisig, which my hubbie to be ate all the time. It didn’t look appetizing at all. The one he liked was not the sizzling kind. It looked like Ilocano dinakdakan minus the brain. In the middle of our stay, I was curious, I tried it, and it was love at first bite. Years after, we could no longer locate the same sisig and barbeque stall, ran by a middle-aged man, by the railroad crossing. This led us to Aling Lucing. Hers was sizzling, but just as wicked. Oh, gosh, a friend says that a tablespoonful is equivalent to 700 calories!  I think what makes her sisig different from everyone else’s is the suka. I’m not too sure, but it tastes like Lazatin’s. Every time we travel to Manila, we make it a point to visit the Sisig Queen’s. Aling Lucing’s sisig has become all the more popular after Anthony Bourdain featured it in No Reservations Philippines.

In Dau, there’s also this super palabok, which had bean sprouts, chicharon bits and a rich sauce made of I don’t know what. Shrimp paste or crab fat is just a guess. I never had it again.

After a sinful meal of sisig with piping hot rice, Ala Creme’s sansrival or Razon’s halo halo takes away that sisig aftertaste. Heaven forbid!

Talking about Razon’s, I wonder why their halo halo in faraway Guagua is still the best? I like the one at their North Expressway branch, though.

I heard from chef Claude Tayag, who visited Adams in Ilocos early last year, that  Arayat’s Kabigting halo halo with pastillas de leche, made of carabao’s milk,  is to die for. I have to have that!! And a gallon of Nathaniel’s buko pandan salad, to go, please. Just maybe, one of these days…