For me, travel also equates to good food. When you go to a certain place, it is imperative that you try the best delicacies that it offers. La Union, aside from its surf-friendly waves, is also home to a number of good restaurants that any person visiting there must try.
And since I suck at water activities, the next best thing for me to do was enjoy eating (which is basically what I also do every day of my life whether I am in vacation or not).
Halo Halo De Iloko
One of La Union’s best, Halo Halo De Iloko is a quaint little restaurant inside the streets of San Fernando City. It will remind you of Quezon City’s Maguinhawa street or Parañaque’s Aguirre.
The place serves Pinoy food with a northern Luzon Twist. Plus, it has the famous Filipino dessert – the Halo Halo. It usually gets crowded during the weekend, so we were lucky to have arrived there early.
Weird interiors, something that’s a combination of gypsy and witchy lol.
The restaurant also displays a number of woodcrafts, masks, old stuff like charcoal iron and lamps – this gives the place an artistic feel.
Squid in Chili Garlic Sauce – love ’em. Whatever mixture of chili garlic sauce they’ve put on this works, and it was very tasty. I only wish the serving was bigger
I forgot what this was called, but I remember that this was the North’s answer to the South’s Bicol Express. I am not a fan of spicy food, but this one is surprisingly good. The veggies are ❤️❤️❤️
And the restaurant’s specialty – the Halo Halo. It can belong to the best ones I’ve tasted, and it’s really a must try, after all you didn’t travel all the way from Manila just to get a McFlurry or KitKat for dessert, Right?
This deserves a 4.5/5
Flotsam and Jetsam
(Photo from their website)
One of the more popular places to stay in La Union is the Flotsam and Jetsam hostel. It has that free spirit surfer vibe that will make you feel one with nature together with everyone else. Artsy, as they call it, Flotsam and Jetsam even inspired a filmmaker to create a movie set in the hostel.
Aside from the accommodation, the hostel also prides itself with a very eclectic bar/restaurant that not only serves good food but also feeds your eyes and ears with the
beautiful sights and sounds that will accompany your dining experience.
Chill vibe 🙂
Squid again!!! This time fried! I’m in love with these green things (not a veggie master so I don’t know what they’re called, basil leaves?)
Bagnet with Rice
Ilocos (a province near La Union) is actually the home of the Bagnet. That’s why we had to try this one too.
Overall, the experience in F&J was fun but they could have done something about the ventilation (well it’s open air, so maybe that’s why they’re dependent upon the weather).
So this would be 3/5 for now
Coast Call Kitchen and Bar
Inside the San Juan Surf Resort is their Coast Call Kitchen and Bar. If you’re checked in the hotel, this is where you can get your free breakfast. I wasn’t able to take photos of the breakfast, but I assure you, it’s good. I had vigan longganisa (again since La Union is just near Vigan so you know it’s the real deal).
Later, I will post a diagram of the different longganisas in the Philippines (as promised in a post early this year).
Lunch Set 1
Lunch Set 2
And we devoured all of this! So much win!
The staff were very friendly and a lot of them were super cute / hot too. So I give the hotel’s resto a perfect score!!
Bonus : Philippine Longganisas
I’m not sure it it was @calvinjunichiro who asked me about the different types of Longganisa, but here’s a quick guide that I found on Facebook.
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