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    Gil's Kesong Puti: Always Fresh Cottage Cheese

    by cyndymc Updated Nov 25, 2011

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    Cottage cheese made from carabao's milk is a specialty of Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Since "kesong puti" has now become so popular, they are easily sold out. Another reliable supplier of "kesong puti" that I can recommend is Gil. My childhood friends recommended him to me when they learned about our unpleasant experience with an unscrupulous supplier. (See my Tourist Trap Tip).

    I bought 2 bundles of large "kesong puti" for taste test. Everyone in the family liked Gil's
    "kesong puti" (though it is a tad salty than Flor's). Both bundles contained fresh cottage cheese, and they were really soft and large (though Flor's is a bit larger). They also put ice in the plastic bag to keep the cheese in good condition during travel.

    What to buy: Freshly made "kesong puti"

    What to pay: For large "kesong puti", pay P120/bundle. Each bundle consists of 2 pieces of cottage cheese. You can haggle for P100/bundle if you buy many.

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    Flor de Lima's Special Kesong Puti: Genuine Carabao's Milk "Kesong Puti"

    by cyndymc Updated Nov 18, 2010

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    An unattended small kiosk with a prototype of "kesong puti" and the name of vendor: that's how all the Sta. Cruz "kesong puti" vendors make known to the public that they sell "kesong puti". As you drive through the highway, look for Flor de Lima's Special Kesong Puti. They sell the best cottage cheese with pure carabao's milk. The unassuming proprietress, Flor de Lima has been making "kesong puti" since she was a child, having been trained at Puring's, the original maker of Sta. Cruz "kesong puti". She gives free ice to buyers to keep the cottage cheese fresh. In our case, we always bring a Coleman cooler with blue ice to keep the cottage cheese fresh, and so the "juices" from the cheese won't wet the car carpet.

    Take note of the time to make sure there's freshly prepared cottage cheese: 12noon and 5PM.
    Many vendors making house-to-house sales buy the "kesong puti" from her, so if you're in the area earlier, make your advance order to be picked up later at an agreed time.

    What to buy: We always buy the large size cottage cheese, 2 pieces per bundle.

    What to pay: P120 per bundle, but you can have a discount (haggle for P110) if you buy 5 bundles or more

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    Stall By The Railtracks (No Formal Structure/Name): Edible Fern

    by cyndymc Written Sep 26, 2010

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    Roadside makeshift stalls are a common sight in Laguna. One such makeshift stall that I frequent is the one near the railroad tracks in Calamba (at bypass road going to Sta. Cruz). What is so special about it that I stop by the road, risking the ire of other passing vehicle whn I cause slowdown in traffic? They sell fresh edible fern tops, a rare commodity!

    What to buy: Fresh edible ferns, anyone? Highly nutritious! Best eaten raw as ensalada with fresh tomatoes and onions, with freshly squeezed kalamansi (local lime) or virgin coconut oil. We also love to saute the fern tops with garlic, onion and tomatoes, then use it as omelette filling. Sometimes, we mix the fern tops with any "ginataan" or coconut cream-based fish meal.

    What to pay: Very cheap, only P10 per bundle, or 3 bundles for only P25!

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    Itlog ni Kuya: Organic Salted Eggs

    by cyndymc Written Sep 26, 2010

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    Itlog ni Kuya is the retail outlet of products from Leo Dator Duck Farm in Victoria, Laguna. I frequently pass by their Calamba outlet, which looks like a typical small sari-sari store sans the usual clutter in merchandising/display. The store opens daily from 10:00am - 9:00pm.

    What to buy: I often buy Itlog ni Kuya organic salted eggs, though in my recent visit, I bought frozen Pekin (yes, they spell it that way, not "Peking") duck. Their salted eggs are sometimes mistaken for fresh eggs because their shell is not painted with the usual red artificial color. They are sold in their natural shell appearance with a small Itlog ni Kuya sticker. These special salted eggs are processed in the usual traditional method, though in a more hygienic manner. The eggs are produced by healthy Pekin ducks, a US Breed grown locally (in Victoria, Laguna), and organically fed with sweet potatoes, rice bran, fresh water shells ("tulya") and fishes.

    Aside from salted duck eggs, they sell:

    * Litsong Kinulog na Itik (Native)
    * Kinulob na Pekin Duck ( US Breed Grown in Victoria, Laguna)
    * Karne ng Peking Duck
    * Balot at Penoy
    * Sariwang Itlog ng Itik
    * Itlog na Maalat
    * Adobong Itik / Adobong Laman Loob ng Itik
    * Kalderetang Itik
    * Hamonadong Itik
    * Leche Flan

    What to pay: Although the salted eggs are retailed (no minimum quantity required), they are sold at a wholesale price of only P100/piece.

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    Badong Footwear: Slippers, Shoes & Bags in Liliw

    by limledi Updated Apr 9, 2007

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    Badong Footwear is located along the main road of Liliw, Laguna where you can find shops selling slippers, shoes & bags which Liliw is famous for. The products are really cheap and of good quality. Men's leather shoes can be bought for only P600. There are also bags that are imitations but of good quality for sale. Walking distance from Liliw Church.

    What to buy: Slippers, shoes & bags which Liliw is famous for.

    What to pay: You can buy a small bag for a hundred pesos only.

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