I first learned about Kanto Freestyle Breakfast which serves affordable gourmet breakfast in the blog post of Mike Laagan and was intrigued of the food. However, studying the map in its Mandaluyong branch was quite a disappointment for someone whose mode of transportation is via commuting (mrt, bus, jeep) and not fond of riding tricycles in Metro Manila. So the said plan to try the restaurant was put on the side for the meantime.
Then, before 2013 year ends, Pinas Muna posted that the Kapitolyo branch is now open. There is hope now! Having Kapitolyo as one of my food destinations in 2013 (had 3 series of Kapitolyo Food trip), it would be easier to reach.
Pampanga is known as the culinary capital of the Philippines. With this, it should be as well part of my food exploration in the country. The plan came about with Marquee Mall’s event called Big Bite whereby they will feature the food of the Northern provinces in one venue. Adding to this is the Puregold Duty Free’s sale happening on the same day as well.
So the search was on for the restaurants and the route to take. Blog reviews and Google Maps were my tools for this. There were supposedly 9 of us in this trip, however one backed out due to health reasons.
We left our house at 5:00 in the morning, and fetched the rest of the group. We then started our journey to Pampanga with our first stop at LA Bakeshop and Deli for breakfast.
BREAKFAST: LA BAKESHOP & DELI
They are known as the home of the original cheesebread since 1985. The cheesebread are indeed delicious! The price is Php5/pc which you may say quite expensive compared to the Php2/pc in bakeries but it was worth it. We were able to buy the freshly baked cheesebreads. To extend the life of the cheesebread, they can be refrigerated and just use an oven toaster to heat.
In Part I of our Kapitolyo Food Trip, we managed to try 5 restaurants. In case you were unable to read it, you can check it here: Kapitolyo Foodtrip Part I.
Since we’re unable to finish all the restaurants in one day in Kapitolyo due to limited space in our tummies, we decided to have Part II for the restaurants we missed previously. We tried another 5 restaurants but however skipped Eleven Tables as it was still closed when we arrived. (So there could be a Kapitolyo Part III?)
FIRST STOP – IKO’S BREADS AND CAKES (East Capitol Drive)
Curiousity got into us and so we went in and asked for their bestseller, the “Chocolate Cake”. So we ordered the smallest slice they have. Iko’s is known customize their cakes as per customer’s want. Other products are pastries, breads, pastas, cupcakes as well as coffee.