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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Olongapo Resto in Vegetarians' top 10 faves

A Hapi meal at Hapilife Healthy Food Corner in Olongapo City consists of yummy mock-meat treats and dairy-free versions of Filipino fare.

Vegetarians' top 10 faves
LIFE'S A STRETCH By Raya Mananquil (The Philippine Star)

Not too long ago, vegetarian options in the Philippines were limited. When I was in college (again, not too long ago — ha!), my selection for meatless dishes in the cafeteria was narrowed down to the indulgent yet noxious french fries. And so, I found myself having to trek across the road to a then-existing Subway and order my six-inch veggie delite sandwich.

Today, many things have changed in the country’s culinary scene. More and more vegetarian restaurants are cropping up, and most restaurants now have vegetarian options on their menu. Gone are the days when I’d lament over dismal side vegetable dishes in restaurants — dining out has once again become a pleasurable experience for me. I share many of my food-tasting adventures with my veggie BFF Isabel Roces and our friends from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Just because we don’t eat meat doesn’t mean we don’t take our food seriously.

Whether you’re a vegetarian who wants to try new and exciting meat-free dishes, or someone who’s been wanting to eat a healthier diet, look no further. PETA has put together a list of restaurants that are sure to rock your taste buds.

1. HAPILIFE HEALTHY FOOD CORNER, West Tapinac, Olongapo City

Tucked away in the quiet streets of Olongapo is a little gem of a restaurant combining great food and great service, all at very reasonable prices.

The range of tempting options includes vegetarian “steak,” “tuna,” “drumstick,” and “roast duck” mock-meat combo meals; meat- and dairy-free versions of traditional Filipino fare, including adobo, sisig, pancit miki, and misua soup; and detoxifying fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

2. GREENS CAFÉ AND RESTAURANT, Scout Castor, Quezon City

3. MANDALA SPA, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan

4. BLISS CAFÉ, Baguio City

5. DAILY VEGGIE N’ CAFE, Quezon City

6. THE FARM, San Benito, Batangas

7. IMA’S GULAY BAR, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

8. CORNER TREE CAFÉ, Jupiter Street, Makati

9. AZOTEA GREENS, Baguio City

For more information on PETA, go to www.PETAAsiaPacific.com.

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