One Rainy Night at Farinas Ilocos Empanada

The first branch of Farinas Ilocos Empanada opened last December of 2011 in a 5 sqm food stall.  Almost two years later, it now has 10 branches all over the metro.  That's not such a bad accomplishment for a food place that started out selling only empanadas.  99% of their products is from Ilocos and the 1% that is not happens to be the eggs even though I joked it was the softdrinks.

Me and a few bloggers were fortunate enough to meet up with owners Brian Farinas and wife Hazel thanks to her sister Bobbie.  It was a dark rainy night but we still pushed through with the small meet and greet.  The owners were very friendly and they entertained all our questions throughout the night.  I am actually always in this Visayas Ave branch since the company I am currently in is just across the street.

We started out with the Xtra Special empanada (P65) which had 2 longganisa,1 egg, papaya and monggo.  Hazel revealed to us that all empanadas have papaya and vegetables.  They all just differ in the amount of egg, longganisa and cheese.  Customers also have the option to have more cheese added to the empanada.  

Like what I told the owners, I love their empanadas because they are a very healthy alternative to rice meals.  It get rids of your hunger without the guilt of eating rice. The fact that their longganisa has 0% cholesterol also helps.

Their Pancit Bagnet (P125) is an exclusive to their restaurant.  I am an addict to pancit and I love the fact that  there is finally a version that has bagnet bits.  It is truly a winner and it was the best out of all that was served to us.  I can't wait to come back to Farinas and eat this again.

We also had the Special Ilocos Miki (P115).  It contains bagnet, toasted garlic, egg in chicken soup.  Hazel then revealed to us that toasted garlic is the specialty ingredient of their restaurant and all of their items have it.  It is perfect for the cold weather in the country right now.

For dessert, their kamote chips is a must try.  Mayor Echiverri himself would order a lot of it in one transaction because it is indeed very addicting.  I had some of it and it truly is a great way to end a sumptuous meal at Farina's.

Hazel asked the Chinese bloggers what we thought of Ilokano food.  We told them their food was awesome and I can't wait to take that small walk from the office to here over and over again.

Farinas Ilocos Empanada
36 Visayas Ave
Project 6, Quezon City

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atty. stacy ayon kay ...

Is it scientifically possible for meat to be cholesterol-free? The empanada looks exactly like our Batac's and our neigbor in Ilocos Sur's empanada. =D I'll try and compare it when I have the time.

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