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“when I was a child, I dreamt of putting up a restaurant with my mom’s name on it. so this is it…”

– Melissa ‘Mel’ Galvez-Borja

Owner of Muchas Gracias restaurant

On February 14, 2012, Mel realized her dream and opened Muchas Gracias in the City of San Fernando at La Union. What drawn me to check out this new place, was not only of their unique menu selection(s) but the owner is one of the primary “Chef”! Mel definitely cooks and rest assured that each bite will satisfy your palette (even make you crave for more!)

Here are a few selection at Muchas Gracias –

Halo Halo (with home made pastillas bits) – ang sarap!

dinuguan and cheese quesadilla

vigan sausage and cheese quesadilla

Okoy – masarap na pulutan!

Pancit Bihon – best seller for meryenda!

Grilled Tuna sandwich

Hawaiian/Korean Barbeque (on stick) served with country style fries, rice, green salad and iced tea

Grilled Fillet of Tuna served with country style fries, rice, green salad and iced tea

Grilled Tuna Belly – my personal favorite! the taste was distinct!

Bibingkang Galapong – In classic, blueberry and halo-halo flavor!

Mel honed her cooking skills by attending cooking classes, seminars (including training sessions at Mandarin Oriental, Makati) locally and abroad.  She’s a former owner (part owner) of Halo-Halo De Iloko in its early years.

Muchas Gracias currently has a summer promo (until May 2012), Halo-Halo all you can for P75.00!

Look at what I did for my personalized halo-halo (Had 3 rounds! hehehe)


How to get to there: You may drop of at the plaza (highlighted in green) and take a trike to Muchas Gracias (P. Burgos St. corner Zandueta St.)

Muchas Gracias also does catering services for all occasions

You may also contact Mel for any inquires at (072) 607-8613 or 09206544497

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 We were able to see the Holy Week procession/ celebration in Pampanga enroute to La Union.

A stop over at Luisita, led us to view a carriage driven by a goat.  (P20-P40 round trip along Luisita Mall)

~ fiesta halo-halo ~ Halo Halo de Iloko

~ Emperedados ~ Halo Halo de Iloko

We stayed at Tita Jen’s Ocean Edge for the last time. They closed on 1st of May.

It was fun and relaxing!

 shrimps, chicken, bangus bought at the local wet market. Yummy!

The Promiseful Farm / Muchas Gracias Restaurant is located at Bacnotan, La Union

The atmosphere at San Juan’s night life was relaxed (compared to last year) and it was a reunion of sorts on tita Jen’s resort.  4.22-24.11

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when the sun sets… the nightlife begins! ^_^

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PIPA the resident dog puppy @ Ocean Edge, San Juan, La Union ^_^

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