Man Eats: Zapata’s

“You’re gonna drive an hour and a half just to eat?!?” – my Dad when he found out that we were traveling all the way to Pampanga to have lunch.

Oh Dad, its as if you don’t even know me.

The many times I’ve gone to Pampanga, C’s Italian Dining was almost always the destination (best Panizza evaaaarrr!). This time around we decided to try Zapata’s, a Mexican restaurant that many of my friends have been raving about. Also, since the Hermano’s Taco Shop experience, we badly needed to have some good Mexican food and we hoped that this would do the trick.

Zapata’s was pretty easy to find since its located at the same strip as C’s. For the guys who still don’t know where that is, Zapata’s is located at the same strip as strippers. Got it? Good.

Given the long drive, I was hungry. And I don’t just mean “I could eat a horse” hungry — I mean “I could eat a house” hungry. Good thing the tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole didn’t take long.

Holy Guacamole, Batman!

Now’s about a good time to order a Grande Combination Plate. “What’s that,” you say? Good you asked.

Burrito + Beans + Enchilada

Taco + Chili con Carne

Soft Taco

The Zapata’s Grande Combination plate is a hefty order of a Taco, a Burrito, an Enchilada, a bowl of Chili con Carne, a bowl of Mayan Bean Soup, Borracho Beans, and Mexican Rice. According to the waitress, the order was good for about 2-3 people.

Or maybe 1 fat boy.

Aside from the so-so enchilada, everything else was really good. The Chili con Carne, most especially. I just dumped the whole ramekins of shredded cheddar cheese and onions and it was good to go.

Since it was my first time to eat in Zapata’s, I couldn’t pass on dessert.

I should have.

It glows!

Much the opposite of their entrées, Zapata’s Key Lime Pie was a let down. Not only did it taste nothing like Key Lime Pie, it looked a little something like what gave Donatello and the gang their awesome ninja powers.

Overall, Zapata’s was definitely worth the day trip. Next time, I’m just gonna stick to Razon’s Halo-Halo for dessert.

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What’s up, Sorsogon?

Sorsogon, one of the six Bikol provinces, has become a destination for many tourist attractions. Activities that first come to mind when talking about Sorsogon include:

• Swimming with the Whale Sharks or Butandings in Donsol
• Trekking in Bulusan Natural Park
• Wading in Mateo Hot and Cold Springs, Mascarot Springs, Mapaso Springs, and Palogtok Falls
• Spelunking in Nagsurok and Prieto-Diaz Caves
• Visiting the century-old Barcelona Church and Ruins and the Ruins of Panlatuan
• Hanging out in the many beach resorts around the province

However, not many know about Sorsogon Province’s hidden gem.

Bacon.

Hello there, Bacon!

Bacon is ALWAYS proper.

(Photo credit: sorsogoncity.wordpress.com)

Yes, my friends, there is actually a district in Sorsogon City named Bacon.

While I haven’t been to Bacon (I just chanced upon the place when Googling “Bacon.” Yes, I Google “Bacon.” That is why I’m fat.), I can just imagine the many wonderful sights and activities in Bacon.

Pork belly-flopping on the beach, trekking the Honey-Cured Hills, making 3 wishes at the Santuario de Prosciutto and Capela de Pancetta, swimming with the endangered Liempos…haaaaay, one can dream.

For more (and real) info about Bacon in Sorsogon check out the links below:

Photo Journal of Tolonggapo Beach
Beaches of Bacon
Satellite View of Bacon Community Airport
Boanerges Hideaway
Places to visit in Sorsogon City

Huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling Bacon.

Man Drinks: Happy Lemon

I wasn't so happy, lemon.

Sorry to all the hardcore Happy Lemon fans, but I just don’t get it.

Yes, I am a coffee drinker first and foremost but I do enjoy the occasional mixed tea/bubble tea drink. In fact, I was a big fan of Serenita up until I found my new favorite, Tokyo Bubble Tea along Wilson St.

After hearing You HAVE to try Happy Lemon! so many times, I finally did last night right before watching Thor (awesome sauce!!!). That being my first time, I tried the house specialty…Green Tea with Rock Salt and Cheese.

Remember the last time you craved for some flowery, salty, milky/cheesy drink? I didn’t think so. There’s a reason for that.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that it was gross. It was interesting but it just didn’t work. At least not for me.

I don’t want to write-off Happy Lemon just yet, though. Maybe I should give it another shot one of these days.

Given that I order the Hokkaido Milk Tea in Serenitea and the Coffee Milk Tea in Tokyo Bubble Tea, what should I get next time?

Nothing with cheese, please. Thanks.