On this trip we were joining a group of other Royal Enfield bike owners on a foodie trip to San Pablo Laguna, a city south of Manila and one of the Philippines' oldest cities.
|And we're off!|
|Nice ride, not too busy early in the morning.|
|Are we there yet?|
|After 4 butt-wrenching hours of a ride (apparently we took the long scenic route), we finally arrived at Sulyap Gallery Cafe and Restaurant.|
|The white building across is where the restaurant's owners keep their collection of antiques. More on that later.|
|The big K and I loved the restaurant's old soda ads. For the Pinoys out there, can you guess who the lady is in the Coke ad?|
Time for lunch! I was only able to take pictures of some of the food we had since we were too hungry plus we had company.
|Ensaladang Pako made from fiddlehead fern with green mango, onions, tomatoes and salted duck eggs (itlog maalat). This salad was so good, just the right tanginess.|
|Fried Bangus Belly, fried milkfish sauteed in minced garlic. They cooked their fish well. I loved the fried minced garlic!|
|Pansit Bihon Guisado, sauteed rice noodles with shrimps, vegetables and served with garlic bread. Not too impressive in taste but big in serving.|
The owners of Sulyap are also collectors of antique items and they are housed in two floors of a former liquor warehouse. The big K and I decided to check them out after lunch.
I was tempted to do a Narnia when I saw these armoires.
|A typical Filipino turn of the century child's bedroom. The kid must be from a well off family to afford these furnishings.|
|"Hello, operator?" Back in the day when human intervention was needed to connect to another human being.|
|Voila! The lovely telephone operator.|
|A Singer sewing machine.|
|I love these old oil lamps!|
|The building housing the collection was a former warehouse for the Torres Vina Sol wines.|
|Brass fire extinguishers. No idea though what those three small containers were.|
|Antique brass coffee urn. Talking of coffee, it was about time for a merienda.|