Pizza and Pasta with Pinoy Flair at Tuguegarao’s La Luna Grill

La Luna Grill Spaghetti

I love to hang out with locals because it is through them that you learn the ins and outs of a place. Choose well your local guide (there are always signs of a true foodista, hahah), go out with them and eat with them.

And so we had another beautiful merienda in Tuguegarao.

La Luna Grill

La Luna Grill has so much to offer — it’s a cafe and bistro and the larger space transforms into a KTV and live entertainment place by night. I enjoyed the afternoon ambiance. It’s the only place of its kind in Tuguegarao, says our two pretty guides.

Pasta and pizza were good. I should say the style is homey, like your mom cooked for you. The spaghetti brings to mind the spaghetti Manileña that has influenced the Pinoy taste for spaghetti. La Luna Grill’s twist was the Parmesan and pesto toasts. Pizza crust has so much to do with an overall pizza experience. Theirs was on the crunchy side.

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La Luna Grill North Diversion Rd., San Gabriel, Tuguegarao, Cagayan Tel. Nos.: 0783041384 / 0788440438 Open Daily 10 AM -2 PM

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Patung Batil?

Pancit Batil Patung

These are fresh photos of batil patung from my last visit in Tuguegarao. I have to thank insiders for taking the time to bring me and my good friend to Jovan’s. Like how it was described to me before we went to this panciteria, Jovan’s batil patung does not smell like nuang, even though it’s mixed with loads of carabeef. Not double dead meat I’m very sure.

They make their own noodles in their backyard. The diner is able to witness how the batil patung is being prepared. I was very happy with mine. Indigenous pancit at its best! Perfectly al dente, do you love those words?

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So that explains the Filipino terms batil and patung — mix and top. But I wonder when it should be patung batil?

Jovan's Panciteria

Jovan’s Panciteria Fermin St., Atulayan Norte, Tuguegarao City

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