Prado Farm is a five-hectare property owned by Reimon Gutierrez. In 2001, Reimon started to restore his family's property and started his biodynamic organic farming. Prado Farm used to be a warehouse for LPG tanks. Reimon's first project was to make the leaking and rusted tanks useful again---- aesthetically. " My parents never threw anything away, so by the time I got here there was just so many things I could make useful again. Nothing really went to waste", Gutierrez said. He began tweaking the architecture of the buildings adding bright colors to them. Some of the houses in the farm are 41 years old and built in traditional Filipino style.
As I alighted from the van I was wondering why were there so many LPG gas tanks ??? If you can see the main gate, it was made out of propane tanks.. It looked weird. It felt like I was in a junk yard. As I walked around taking photos I saw more oddly designed structures and objects. Later, everything began to make sense--- the entire Prado Farm is a huge piece of junk art.
Reimon and his crew met us at the greeting hall. I was expecting to see an old man --- but to my surprise--- Reimon was young! We were offered welcome drinks of ice cold herbal tea which was very refreshing.
We sat down for our " midday MERIENDA ". Here was what we started with:
PISTO - This is one of the dishes cooked by the mother of Reimon who in turn is sharing it with us today. At first when I read the menu-- it said PISTO... I thought maybe wrong spelling... but that is how they spell the dish. It is made out of diced potatoes, ham, ground pork sauteed in beaten eggs, garlic and onions. It wasn't that picture pretty but let me tell you... This dish was so good!!! Most of the ladies in the group had to go for second servings.
HOMEMADE KESONG PUTI -- yes, Reimon makes his own Kesong Puti. I am a cheese lover-- and I enjoyed this... It was not as salty like all the other white cheeses I have tasted. This was paired off with tiny pan de sal ( sorry-- I was not able to take a photo of the pan de sal )... and more of his herbal tea which was made of lemon grass and muscovado sugar.
After having merienda we had our free time to roam around the 5 hectare property of Reimon.
Browsing through the photos I took --- you could easily tell that each piece was well thought out, carefully selected and designed with a flair of a young genius...I was able to go to the other houses inside the farm..... let my photos speak for itself. My camera was very happy taking so many photos here... Let me share them with you.
and here are some of Reimon's junk art pieces which I liked.. It is a wonderland of symmetry in colors and textures. If you need some inspiration and new ideas on what to do with your junk ...... you should come here.
After the mini tour around his farm..... I was ready for the lunch he prepared for all of us.
PRADO VEGETABLE SALAD -- people who know me well know that I do not like eating salads. I am carnivorous... but I could not help have a plate of Reimon's greens which he personally grows in his bio-dynamic farm behind his house. I loved the orange vinaigrette dressing he paired with his salad.
DEEP FRIED CAMOTE LUMPIA
ORGANIC LECHON which Reimon breeds in his farm. I loved it!! There was no fat in between the crsipy skin and the meat. Inside this lechon he cooked organic duck ( which was part of our merienda).
For dessert -- I had 2 kinds of suman with sliced mangoes and chocolate eh. This was so sinful!! a MUST TRY when you go to Prado Farm.
If you are planning to have a food trip adventure in the Philippines, do not forget to bookmark Pampanga in your food trip adventure. Pampanga is one of the best places in the Philippines in terms of real culinary cuisine. Remember if it's a Filipino dish that is so tasty, aromatic and appetizing...... it must be Kapampangan cuisine!!
MANGAN TAMU QENG PAMPANGA!!
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