The Food Project: Newest Food Park in La Union

Inside The Food Project.
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The surfing capital of the Philippines just kept on surprising its tourist, whether its opening a new hotel or place to stay in the area, or much better, a place where everyone can go for a grub and get overstuffed. Not being exaggerated though, this La Union trip with the RCL Properties and bloggers can be considered as one of my most serendipitous trips I’ve ever experienced.

Inside The Food Project.
Inside The Food Project. Photo via Florian Villanueva
The Food Project in La Union. Photo via Florian Villanueva.
The Food Project in La Union. Photo via Florian Villanueva.

Visiting different food spots in La Union was never a hassle – thanks to our Foton van service provided by RCL Properties, and our very kind driver.

Artistic nook inside the food park.
Artistic nook inside the food park. Photo via Florian Villanueva
With CEO Chairman and CEO Mr. Fausto Liriano, PR and Marketing Consultant Ms. Aphrodite Cruz, and RCL Director Yessina Liriano.
With RCL Realty & Consulting Services CEO Chairman and CEO Mr. Fausto Liriano, PR and Marketing Consultant Ms. Aphrodite Cruz, and RCL Director Yessina Liriano.
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During our first night with the other bloggers in La Union, the team and bosses of RCL Properties invited us on a special preview of the newest and hippiest food park in town – The Food Project. 

Like the food park we commonly see in Manila, the space at The Food Project was huge, and has really maximized the space for gastronomes to choose and wander freely around the place.

Here at The Food Project, you’ll never ran out of choices because it has plenty of food stalls offering diverse food choices from Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese dishes, pastas, shrimp buckets, kebabs, beverage stalls, and more food stalls opening on March.

Complimentary stubs care of the Tan Brothers.
Complimentary stubs care of the Tan Brothers.

The Food Project is the brainchild Tan brothers; Khenrik and Kelwyn. They were so generous enough that they have given us some complimentary stubs – 2 for meals, 1 for the beverage, and 1 for the spa.

The huge bench with a writing that says “People who love to eat are always the best people.”
The huge bench with a writing that says “People who love to eat are always the best people.”

Before we responded on our insatiable appetites after visiting watching the sunset in Flotsam and Jetsam, we roamed around the area and I might say, it’s a feast in the eyes. Its impressive interiors are surrounded with cool junkyard design, recycled seats made with car tires of different sizes, and even a huge bench with a writing that says “People who love to eat are always the best people.”

There is also a huge wooden trash bin on the back part with a witty line saying “Sorry I remind you of your ex”

The witty trash bin inside the food park.
The witty trash bin inside the food park.
Old tires turned into furniture.
Old tires turned into furniture.

If you could see in the photo above, the Food Project have turned the dullest materials into objects of real beauty. Look how lovely those patterns complement each other.

Each corner in the food park is definitely insta-worthy, so make sure you charged your phones and take endless photo until you got the perfect shot for your Instagram feed.

What’s Inside The Food Project

The place offers an indoor-garden feel with its wooden tables. Its roofs provided a hole for the trees, giving the place breezier air for diners.

Once you step foot in the food park, choices are endless. On the right side, you can find the Café Latino which offers the perfect bend of iced and hot coffees in the food park. According to one of the owner, Mr. Fausto – the Café Latino is a brainchild of 3 latinos, himself, Francisco Custodio, and her wife’s cousin Robert Pujols.

“We wanted to bring in some coffee that we experience in Latin America to the Philippines” Mr. Fausto said.

If anyone who wanted to follow the footsteps of a successful businessman, take his advice that “At the end of the day, anything you do with passion and love would make a difference, so I believed anyone can do the same.” He also own the Tacotitas Casa Mexicana, and Liriano Empanada which dishes are a must-try here at The Food Project.

Vietnamese food stall in The Food Project.
Vietnamese food stall in The Food Project.
Whole Garlic Shrimp
Whole Garlic Shrimp
Combined dinner of my meal choice and Florian's.
Combined dinner of my meal choice and Florian’s.

Since I’m having this gnawing hunger for seafood, first thing I ordered was the whole shrimp at The Shrimp Muscle. This business is owned by siblings Carlo Fontanilla and Francse Fontanilla-Martinez. It was said that even its sauce was first made at Melrose in Los Angeles, California. And my oh my, the taste did not disappoint. I have peeled plenty of shrimps that night and I still got too much on my plate. When you order a whole plate, it comes in 2 corn cobs, chopped cucumber, slice of lemon, rice with fried garlic bits on top. They also have a Calamares if you’re not into shrimps.

Kimbap Rolls in Kim & Chi.
Kimbap Rolls in Kim & Chi.

Next thing I ate was the Beef Bulgogi at Kim & Chi for only Php 220. They also have Ramyeon for Php 90 and Fire Noodles for Php 140. If you want to release you inner Kim Bok Joo, then go try ahead their Korean Fried Chicken: Yangnyeom for Php 270 and Dakgangjeong Php 280.

My friend had her ribs cravings fixed at RIBBED which you can order for only Php 220 and comes with mashed potato. Her next meal was from an Italian food stall where she ordered some chicken fingers served slide of mayo and mustard sauce for Php 119. Diners could also choose from their pastas like the Tuna Pesto Pasta for Php 135, Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Pasta for Php 189, and Vegan Pasta for Php 140.

If you wanted to get pampered, there is also a spa called Reveal, where we availed our free foot spa after eating.

So what are you waiting for, get first dibs on the newest food park in La Union, and taste the flavors of the world.

Full Information:

Address: Brgy Lingsat, San Fernando, La Union

Facebook page: /thefoodprojectlu/ | Instagram: @thefoodprojectlu

 

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