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    Angeles City Food Trip: Itinerary and Restaurants

    After all the hot air balloons were no longer visible on the horizon, Tutubi didn't bother to watch the skydiving, helicopter maneuvers and aerial acrobatics for they're already hungry and Tutubi's camera battery lost juice earlier than usual. Decided instead to go for an impromptu food trip of the city of Angels i.e. Angeles City.

    First stop: Razon's Halo-halo, not the original branch in Guagua and Angeles City, but a stall inside the grounds of the fiesta. Ordered the usual halo-halo, dinuguan and puto. The halo-halo was its usual sweet sensation but the dinuguan was disappointing.

    Next stop: Zapata's Cantina Mexicano, an authentic Mexican restaurant near Field's avenue, the (in)famous red light district of Angeles City. Ordered a simple nachos, a simple one sprinkled with jalapeno and black olives with cheese dip (it's simple and lacks the hot punch Tutubi is always looking for). The burrito filled with shredded beef and beans was great however. Didn't order pizza and pasta for there's a long list of other restaurants to "conquer."

    Third detour: the visit to Susie's Cuisine at Nepo Mart was interrupted by the magnetic charm of Fruits in Ice Cream (FIC) where delectable desserts of mango and pistachio ice cream.

    Near FIC and beside Nepo Mall, the ice cream was further "pushed" down by a sampler of Armando's Pizza at the Historic Old Camalig Restaurant, an old grains depot converted to a quiant restaurant with "old world" feel. The pizza, unique to Pampanga, features Kapampangan longganiza, salted duck eggs (ebun buru), onions and pickle relish and proclaims it as the "pambansang pizza (national pizza)." The pizza, when ordered for take use a native bilao which good for their environment advocacy.

    The pitstop: Susie's Cuisine, famous for the best kakanin of Pampanga particularly mochi (looks like japanese gyoza), tibok-tibok (akin to maja blanca). Tutubi also found out Aling Susie's embotido passed his exacting standard on this steamed pork delicacy. (You may also visit Colour Orange's take on Pampanga Food Trip: Susie's Cuisine for kakanin/pasalubong photos)

    At around 12noon and with tummies full of the samplings, headed home to chaotic Manila.


    Other Notable Angeles City Restaurants and Food Trip destinations:

    Near Nepo Mart is a branch of Everybody's Cafe, Halo-Halo sa Corazon (whose version of halo-halo consists of sweetened saba (a banana variety), macapuno (mutant coconut), halaya (purple yam jam), beans and cream corn. Also in Angeles City is the home of original sisig: Aling Lucing's Sisig who's branches now in Makati.

    Other Information:

    Historic Camalig Restaurant
    292 Sto. Rosario Street, Angeles City
    Location: Beside Nepo Mall

    You will not find information on girlie bars and hookers and stuff (like those on Fields Avenue, Barangay Balibago) for Tutubi doesn't advocate sex tourism-- please respect the Filipina and women in general.

    How to get to Angeles City, Pampanga:

    Commute by Bus to Angeles City by Philippine Rabbit with terminal on Rizal Avenue (near corner Recto Avenue). Nearest LRT station is Doroteo Jose and LRT 2's last station. Victory Liner buses bound for Dagupan can also be taken to get to Angeles City (alight at the terminal then board a jeep or tricylcle to your destination). You may refer to the bus companies' official websites for fares and updated schedules.

    Related Links:

    Razon's Halo-Halo

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 10:17 PM,


    At Feb 17, 2008, 10:43:00 AM, Blogger Sidney said...

    No photographic series about the red light district of Angeles City??? :-((

    At Feb 17, 2008, 11:19:00 AM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    sidney, i should have but as i said, my cam's battery ran out of juice during the hot air balloon fest. my spare batt is also already dead spent (need fresh ones) but as you know i'm saving instead for a shiny new cam :P

    At Feb 17, 2008, 5:27:00 PM, Blogger Sakai said...

    daming restos talaga dito,

    At Feb 17, 2008, 7:55:00 PM, Anonymous acey said...

    i'm in i'm in i'm in!!!!!! (lol, i love foodtrips!)

    *green with envy*

    At Mar 26, 2008, 2:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    tutubi please post naman on hold to commute going to angeles.. me and my friend are planning to go there this saturday para din magfood trip.. please! thanks!!

    At Apr 13, 2008, 8:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Visiting along Fields Ave, there are alot of great restuarant out there waiting to be explore.

    At Sep 19, 2008, 11:54:00 PM, OpenID tanivillamora said...

    When in Angeles City, Pls visit DULANG Lutong Kapampangan 99 pesos buffet located at Marlim Avenue Diamond Subd Main Gate, Balibago, Angeles (After Angeles Fried Chicken Restaurant). hahaha! It's my friend's resto. Eat-all-you-can for P99. San ka pa! ;)

    At Sep 20, 2008, 9:39:00 AM, Blogger tutubi said...

    tani, really? P99 buffet? will go there next time :P

    At Dec 12, 2008, 2:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ... pinatubo 4x4 ride.. rock and roll.. yeah!

    At Feb 6, 2009, 3:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    you forgot ning nangs in Nepo Mart, Plow and Harrow, for fine dining....There is a very good chinese resto in Dau,...ALING LUCINGS over by the railroad with the best Lechon Manok and sisig... plus Glorias for the best cup cakes specially the pandan cupcakes, Essel Park bake shop, The Chicharon Guagua is one of the most delicious, Man you left out a lot... there is a small resto near Jocson School that serves very good Papaitan... they didn't show you too much of Angeles and Dau.

    At Feb 6, 2009, 9:58:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    Anonymous, who are you referring to as they? :P I went to pampanga on my own info based on my personal knowledge. thanks for the tip, i have no idea of the places you mentioned except Aling Lucings :P

    At Apr 1, 2009, 7:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Tutubi,

    Any tour agencies to recommend to climb up mount pinatubo?

    At Apr 1, 2009, 9:06:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, you don't need travel agencies to climb up mt pinatubo. look at my post on it. if you have your own vehicle, you can hire the guides in Sta. Juliana in tarlac plus the 4x4 vehicles

    At Mar 11, 2010, 11:25:00 PM, Blogger itchie said...

    After photo shoot of Clark Hot Air Balloon 2010, I wanted to try Everybody's Cafe ( as seen in Bizarre Foods Philippines) but my buddy (Nonoy) who I rode with want some Mexican foods, so off we go to Zapata's (Nonoy owns the car, what else can I do). Although the food is good, it's not quite authentic. I've been to many Mexican restaurants, big, small and just hole in the wall were the cooks "No speek Ingles". By Philippine standard, Zapata is very expensive.

    At Nov 26, 2011, 6:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    If I was coming from the North, specifically Laoag/Vigan, How does one get to Everybody's Cafe, Angeles City? Thanks!


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