Carne Asada Burrito only at Tacos del Norte

Carne Asada Burrito

What did the burrito say after eating?

I’m stuffed.

Tacos del Norte

Hahah, forever the quesadillas girl, Alexa is the perfect eating buddy at Tacos del Norte in the La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center. Tacos del Norte is the only place in Laoag for Mexican cuisine. It’s got to be decadent carne asada burrito with marinated beef and beans for me. ‘Coz avocados are not in season, I got an Ilocano-Mexican amigo. To think that we’re in the northern tip of the Philippines, my burrito and Alexa’s quesadillas were gratifying nonetheless!

I like dawdling at the taco stand, the piped music surely always makes me feel like I’m somewhere in California. BTW, Ericke has found work in LA. She’s starting another chapter in marketing. Oh, how the family miss her much! Before finding work, she thought of joining the US Army. Sharing her latest pics.

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Share Tea one drink a day challenge: Passionfruit, orange and grapefruit tea

Passionfruit, Orange and Grapefruit Tea

My eating buddies Marianne and Joan picked me up for a Share Tea date, but I took them first to the now open Tacos del Norte (check out photos below). I got passionfruit, orange and grapefruit tea to go with the soft taco and burrito. The fruity tea was a perfect choice. It is a crisp mix of bold passionfruit, and citrus notes, topped off with a subtle salty plum twist. Slightly buttery, yet delightfully thirst-quenching. One of Share Tea’s better teas.

We got to chat with Hanson Chua and it’s nice to know that Share Tea brews their own tea leaves and never use powdered mixes unlike other teashops.


The dried plum which I didn’t notice while sipping my tea.

Tacos del Nortetacos del norte collage

Marianne and Joan had beef soft tacos while I had fish, and we got one more fish burrito to sample. They use cabbage for the tacos while Iceberg lettuce is used for the burrito. Both were good. The rice mix was flavorful and I got excited seeing guacamole, making it authentic Mexican. Happy tres amigas.

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Tacos del Norte teaser and Cheesecake Etc.

Tacos del Norte

Got a peek into the Oidas’ latest project. The name Tacos del Norte itself is a dead giveaway. By the looks of things, it’s more than a taco stand. Mike and Alma were so kind to let me sample fish tacos… so very Baja, SoCal, complete with pickled jalapeños and a good hot sauce homemade from organic chili peppers grown in the couple’s garden at Kapuluan Vista Resort.  Exactly how Mike puts it. “It’s the authenticity!” adds Alma, referring to the Tacos del Norte eats. They lived in San Diego, California, before finally settling down in Pagudpud.

Tacos del Norte

It’s opening soon, hopefully within the week, says Mike. For those who cannot wait, however, the good news is tacos and burritos are now available. Try the yummy fish specialties with hot fish that melts in your mouth. Tacos Del Norte is at the La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center right beside the Museo Ilocos Norte.

Cake Porn

The dad puts a twinkle in Alexa’s eyes…. cheesecake night for the foodies! Within a stone’s throw from Tacos del Norte is Cheesecake Etc..

I noticed the Choco True Fire only after I was stuffed with storemade langka (jackfruit) ice cream and White Chocolate Pistachio Cheesecake, which I shared with Brandon. I would have loved to dip my fork into it had I seen it right away. It reminds me of Bizu’s devilish Fire macarons , which I don’t get to see on their shelves these days.

Choco True Fire

Ghirardelli hot chocolate in Ilocos:)

White Chocolate Pistachio CheesecakeJackfruit Ice Cream

The langka ice cream was fine, but I would have preferred the cream on top, so that it doesn’t debase the ice cream flavor near the bottom.

I need to bike to Share Tea first thing in the morning:)

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