In a writers’ gathering in Ballesteros, Cagayan, besides the comfy tilapia sinigang, we were feted with these sumptuous dishes…
The obligatory beef kappukan, spiced with green chili:
And this mouth-watering beef “steak”:
The best seller was easily this one, sweet chicken gizzard adobo:
In the morning, we enjoyed these with newly steamed rice–red egg, fried smoked fish and sliced tomatoes with patis:
And all these while we have in mind the patupat that waits us, that Ballesteros pride…
It was a sweltering day in November on our way to a writers’ meet up in the Ilocos, it’s almost midday when we passed by the town of Pamplona in Cagayan and we stopped over for a gracious lunch at the home of a colleague writer in Balingit, a farming barangay cooled by a thick foliage of coconuts and trees screaming in green in the noonday sun.
Hungry and dizzy, we are greeted with this:
Tinola a native a manok with green papaya and bulong ti sili–so savory, tasty and comforting:
This a runaway winner: thinly sliced and perfectly spiced ginisa a rabong:
And this is kinirog a kappi:
We “graced” the meal with this inevitable “table wine”:
Filled and holding our burps, we went on our journey to the Ilocos still with the hearty launch in our palate.