Baristas spend years perfecting their latte art. Tons of milk and espresso has been spent so as to achieve a beautiful design. But when you visit Celia’s Café in Alaminos City in Pangasinan, they actually have a machine that can actually have your favorite selfie photo be printed on your coffee.
I don’t know of a café in Manila that offered this same cool feature and going to Singapore or Hongkong would be too expensive if I wish to have my photo printed on my coffee. That is why I did not missed my chance of having this coffee experience when I last visited Celia’s Café, my family’s favorite café in the northern part of the country.
Celia’s Café is located at SSS Building Marcos Avenue, Palamis Alaminos City, Pangasinan
It is starting to become a habit that every time I and my colleagues got to spend an overnight weekend adventure out-of-town, we would first have to dine in a well-liked or budding restaurant or coffee shop. Part of the adventure is to scout and google the nicest food joint that our destination can brag about. And when we have chosen one, we would agree that before proceeding to our final destination to check-in we would have a detour by having either a breakfast, a brunch or a lunch in our chosen eatery.
On our way to Las Casas De Filipinas De Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan for an overnight weekend, I and my colleagues stopped over the agricultural city of Balanga in Bataan. We had lunch at Stregato Geleteria, a cute and charming Italian-inspired diner right in the middle of the city (right beside The Plaza Hotel and at the ground floor of Galeria Victoria Mall).
Stregato Gelateria was one surprising restaurant. First timers like us easily fell in love with the interiors and ambiance of the place. And surprisingly, the service was pretty quick and the food were superb!
I particularly ordered the Slow-Cooked Roasted Pork Belly. And that was indeed a winner!
All of us agree that another impressive thing about the food is that the serving-size were just perfect. The portion was not too much neither too little for its reasonable price. Their prices were actually not reasonable because it’s unreasonably low! With an endearing ambiance and flavorful food, Stregato Gelateria is definitely comparable and in the level of pricey diners and coffee shops here in Manila.
And since our tummy were not too full nor felt shortchanged we decided to order two slices of cakes – the mindboggling Ferrero cake and the marvelous Mango Crème Brulee cake. One Tagalog word for their desserts… sarap!
All of us further agreed that Stregato Gelateria is a gem of a restaurant in Balanga, Bataan. If given the chance to be back in this beautiful old province, I will definitely not miss eating at Sregator Gelateria.