New in Laoag: Saramsam Nuevo (The New Saramsam)

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Saramsan Ylocano Restaurant on Rizal Street closes, Saramsam Nuevo in Balay da Blas opens; and we’re all loving the place! Such a tastefully  decorated 2-story affair. global eclectic like what my new friend Giselle describes it. All the brainchild of owner Sammy Blas, who has got that design gene. Saramsam Nuevo is in the new wing of Balay da Blas. It took Sam a year to complete the restaurant.

There are new additions to the old menu that we love like the refreshing pasta primavera with zucchini. Heavenly with indigenous bugguong!  The fresh take on poque-poque, meant to be mixed with herby Dijon mustard and rolled in lettuce leaf, is dang good! As usual, the assorted pizzetas are saliva-inducing.

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To be among his enviable vintage collection through the years is not in any way eerie. The subtle lighting and let-me-sink-in music add an air of contemporary sophistication.  It’s my current favorite chill place in Laoag,

Saramsan Nuevo at Balay da BlasSmoked Salmon on ToastsAssorted PizzetasPinakbet Pizzeta

Let your taste buds come alive with pinakbet pizzeta with Ilocano bugguong and chili oil.

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The inkalti (Ilocano fondue) that Saramsam repopularized,

Saramsam Nuevo Diners

Chanced upon this group from the Phiilippine Business Bank in Laoag.

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So please tell your friends the wonderful news! Saramsam Nuevo is now in Balay da Blas. It is one among the features in FoodPrints, debuting on the Lifestyle Network on September 7, 8:30 PM.

Saramsam Nuevo #10 Giron St. Brgy. 7-B Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013

Out of the Ordinary: Balay da Blas Function Room


Literally floored, I haven’t seen anything like it in Laoag — the 4th floor Function Room of Balay da Blas Pensionne House (the venue of the recent MUD class in Laoag). There’s that apparent Spanish-Ilocano influence in the older southern wing of the hotel, yet as soon as I walked through the gateway to the top floor, a feeling of Morocco fences in.

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The Ilocos-made shell lanterns and the Vigan tin latticework on the ceiling complement the neutral palette, with touches of terracotta and vintage-y tones. Sammy Blas, the owner, is a natural decorator. He outshines himself everytime.


Ain’t that pretty?

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013