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Holiday Foodie Destinations

by Khate Sabado & Jaimee Faustino

As the yuletide season sets in, people look forward to the food festivities during the holidays.  Despite social distancing restrictions, one’s gastronomic appetite will surely be whetted when reminiscing the memories treasured in these food havens. Here are some of the best restaurants recommended by fellow NLEX employees especially this Christmas time.

Café Lidia. 64 Calderon Street, Calumpang, Marikina City. 

“My family and I go often to Café Lidia.  Aside from its delicious food offerings, the prices are reasonable and very affordable.  From the outside, it looks like an expensive restaurant that boasts an Italian ambiance.  The menu is jam-packed with Italian dishes and the crowd’s favorites are lasagna and house pizza.”

– Kris Niko Reyes, LTO Office Assistant, Traffic Operations

Carinderia ni Ka Enteng.  Lumbac, Pulilan, Bulacan. 

“When craving for native food, we go to Carinderia ni Ka Enteng.  They are known for their fried itik and halo-halo with turon.  They also offer putok-batok recipes like Chicharong Bulaklak, Beef Pares with Bone Marrow, Lechong Kawali, and Sisig.  It tastes and feels like there is always a feast but is still very budget-friendly.  They serve food for take-out and delivery but has recently brought back their dine-in service.”

– Nikki Suzeth Quilao, Clearance Assistant, Traffic Operations.

Lamarang Restaurant.  Circumferential Road, Cabanatuan City. 

“Going home back to the province during the holidays, we look forward to our dine-in at Lamarang Restaurant.  They serve native dishes that taste like home-cooked meals.  Truly a value for your money!”

– Joeven Cesar Ramos, Patrol Crew / Rider, Traffic Operations

My Lola Nor’s Meryendahan. 181 McArthur Highway, Poblacion, Mabalacat, Pampanga. 

“Be it a simple snack or a special occasion, Lola Nor’s is the place to be in Mabalacat.  It has a homey ambiance like you just walked into your grandmother’s place.  They transformed their main house to a large dining area, and if you want a more intimate feel, they have an open dining area by the garden in their backyard. The food choices vary from sweet treats to Filipino favorite dishes like kare-kare and steamed vegetables with buro, to the hardcore exotic Cabalen dishes like ‘Kamaru’ (mole crickets) and ‘batute’ (stuffed frog) .  Prices are reasonable and within budget.”

– Kathleen Sabado, Investigator, Traffic Operations

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