Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Ading's Pick Quick

Off The Beaten Path

Ading’s is one of those little spots you would never find on your own. Located far from the Boulevard in Barangay Taclobo, Ading’s offers a unique combination of native and international flair. Ading’s started as a small sari sari store. Sari sari loosely means a little bit of everything. Normally this would refer to various dry goods, snacks, drinks, and candy, all displayed hanging on wires and hooks. Ading has since expanded to a sort of Sari sari, karinderya(cafeteria style native food), karaoke, and watering hole for both in the know Filipinos and foreigners. Quaintly designed in the native style, Ading’s will accommodate only about 30 customers at a time. From the outside the look is unremarkable, but once inside the atmosphere changes. Ading’s bubbly personality and the friendly staff makes you immediately feel at home.

The walls are lined with artfully framed local photography. This sampling from Dumaguete and surrounding area was part of an exhibit at the Maharlika Festival in 2005 right here in Dumaguete. The music playing is always an eclectic mix of old rock, alternative, blues, jazz, and even the local favorite dance sounds.
Drinks include Ice cold beer, and soft drinks at very reasonable prices. Snacks are always available and if your timing is right, you might just be able to sample some native cooking. The Chicken curry is awesome. Since at this point the food service is karinderya (cafeteria) style, the earlier in the day you get there the more likely you are to get a choice. Ading says she would like to eventually offer a small menu from which items could be selected. Even now if there is something you would like, Ading might just prepare it for you if there are ingredients on hand. She is like that.
If you are looking for an authentic native style experience with a twist, Ading’s offers the alternative to the tourist oriented establishments. To find Ading’s, travel west away from the BVLD on Locsin street (the one that Unitop is on). Cross the National highway, keep going past ACSAT College on the right. The road will curve and you will come to a Y. Go to the right (now Larena Dr.), take the first right which is Ceriaco Espina Street (also known locally as Bag-ong dalan). Ading’s is only a few hundred meters on the Left. If you take a tricycle, just tell the driver “Bag-ong Dalan”. It's only about one kilometer from downtown.

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