PatisTito Garden Café

285 Brgy. Sta Cruz (Putol), San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines, +63(927)308-5339, +63(906)443-9092, (049)543-5971, patistito@gmail.com

PatisTito Garden Café is your destination for a memorable encounter with Philippine culture through Filipino food in our unique version of a Filipino home. Using only fresh and locally sourced ingredients, we serve slow-cooked meals within a verdant garden nurtured for almost 25 years. 

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The First Philippine Embroidery Exchange

Zita Agaid, Tinggian weaver from Namarrabar, Abra and Alida Tagorda, piña embroiderer from Lumban, Laguna join Patis Tesoro during her talk on national identity through textile during National Arts' Month last Feb 21 & 22, 2016 in San Pablo, Laguna. 

Zita Agaid, Tinggian weaver from Namarrabar, Abra and Alida Tagorda, piña embroiderer from Lumban, Laguna join Patis Tesoro during her talk on national identity through textile during National Arts' Month last Feb 21 & 22, 2016 in San Pablo, Laguna. 

The #EmbroideryExchange last 20-21 February 2016 at PatisTito Garden Café coincided with National Art's Month, where Patis Tesoro imprinted the importance of national identity on textile through: A talk on the piña process: From plant to finished product, and a presentation of indigenous artisans from Northern and Central Luzon, collaborating for the first time in Philippine history. 

Book signing. Patis signs her book 'The Art of Philippine Embellishment' brought by students from Philippine High School for the Arts. 

Book signing. Patis signs her book 'The Art of Philippine Embellishment' brought by students from Philippine High School for the Arts. 

The 2-day cultural fair was well-attended by students of life and lovers of art from all-over the country. Booths displayed Patis Tesoro dresses, designs on textile & drawings, her antique collection, handicraft products from Mindanao brought by Menor Usman, handwoven textile from Abra, hand-embroidered pina textile from Lumban, organic herbs, local delicacies, natural remedies and fresh fruits & vegetables. 

After the talk on the piña process in the morning, followed by a buffet of home-cooked native dishes, the Agaid clan of Tinggian artisans gave a colorful performance appreciated by the guests who came for merienda. 

The Embroidery Exchange was the first of its kind in the Philippines.

We are honored and humbled with how this cultural fair turned out and that is thanks to everyone who supported us:

Inquirer Lifestyle's Marge Enriquez and Angel Guerrero's Adobo Magazine team led by Irma Mutuc and Anna Gamboa were also in attendance who interviewed Patis, thanks to Susan Claire Agbayani's article in BusinessWorld. Artists At Maculangan of artbooks.ph, Tess Pettyjohn, Annatha Lilo Gutierez, Tony Mariño, artist Cristina Grisar Brias from Chile, retired and former first counselor of the French Embassy Hugues-Antoine and wife Janet Suin, Metropolitan Museum of Manila's President, Tina Colayco and staff Etsy Bagos & Desi Tolentino, artist Florencia Guillen from Mexico, Tweetums Gonzales, Nanette Medina, Becka & Dado Jose, Jun Valeña, Maribel Tesoro, Dara Villonco, Ixi Mapua, Paula Anntoneth O, Jean Dee and Chase of jaddstudio.com, Tim Dacanay, Alodia Cecilia, Tim Dacanay, Moira Lang, Michael Kipping, Bob and Mila Lane of Silahis Arts & Artifacts, Ann Mercado of Casa San Pablo, Rosalie Blume, Mela Balcazar, Ixi Mapua, Joe Geronimo, Noemi Marasigan, Theresa Dizon-de Vega, Camille Mamaril, Irene Javier, Herminio Eguia, Elaine Monasterial, Lanie Tigas who came all the way from Bataan, Mariel Lim, Danielle Guillen,Gaile Guevarra, Willhelmina Garcia,  

 

 

The New Year in Philippine Textile

Ending 2015 in style to prepare for the New Year, we began our trip from San Pablo, Laguna in Central Luzon to Currimao, Ilocos Norte in Northern Luzon. The start of 2016 will truly become an exciting beginning of appreciation for Philippine tradition  and culture!  Read more...

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Regrowing Philippine Cotton

Dr. Edison Rinen is in the house! Well, actually at the farm of Patis Tesoro in Tesoro del Monte in Tiaong, Quezon.

Dr. Edison Rinen and members of Phil-FIDA (Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority) from the Philippines' Department of Agriculture (DOA) has visited Tesoro del Monte in Quezon Province once a month to facilitate a learning workshop on cotton production that began on November 24, 2014. 

In a land area of more than 500 square meters owned by Patis Tesoro, cotton was planted in varying soil conditions to assess which type of soil is suitable for the kind of cotton Patis wants to produce wherein organic cotton has never been planted before in the province of Quezon. 

With the help of the Department of Agriculture, farmers and land-owners learned the essential conditions of the cotton seed, soil and weather conditions and also learned the different types of pests that are harmful and helpful in the success of cotton cultivation. 

Harvested cotton worked on by mother and daughter in PatisTito Garden Café.

Harvested cotton worked on by mother and daughter in PatisTito Garden Café.

No pesticides used here but we have learned how to manage pests organically.

Although the targeted cotton yield of 10 kg was not met (only 2 kg was harvested within the 7-month training duration), it was determined that roughly 4,000 cotton seeds are to be planted to achieve the goal in the next period which will be compliant to the regulations of the Department of Agriculture in producing Philippine organic cotton. 

Ultimately, we are very happy with the fruitful turnout of this collaboration between our government and Patis Tesoro, which actively contributes to the sustained revival of Philippine Cotton.

Government Certified!

The heat is on and you must hydrate!

Plants, animals and people need to have more water now that summer is upon us.  

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Unless you have a fish, you need to make sure there is always clean drinking water for your pets. It would be nice to put a few ice cubes every now and then in their drinking bowls and naturally, they will drink more.

Whether it's just a hot day or a very hot day, humans should drink 2 glasses of water every hour. Dehydration is to be taken seriously. Drinking more than 2 glasses on an hourly basis would highly prevent heat stroke for both humans and animals. 

Trees and plants are another story but the idea is the same. Watering should be done anytime before 9:00AM and since the sun is almost always relentless nowadays, make sure that you water more than you should. There are plants that absorb more water from the soil compared to other plants. The rule of thumb is that the soil should be moist. 

Our gardener, Marlon, taking care of business. 

Our gardener, Marlon, taking care of business. 

Our gardener Marlon recommends to water 50% more than how watering was done for our garden last December to mid March. Watering from 10:00AM to 3:30PM will harm your plants and trees. Keeping your soil wet during this time period is not a good idea as well. If your plants missed out an early morning treat,  make up for it by watering late in the afternoon, around 4:00PM onwards. And should you have the urge to water your plants that have already been watered early in the morning, make sure not to overwater them. Check the soil condition of your plants and trees constantly as this is your determiner to make sure your plants are happy. 

Graduation to Easter Sunday Special - March 24 to April 5, 2015

View in a web browser Graduation to Easter Sunday Special! From March 24 to April 5, 2015 at PatisTito Garden Café Celebrate Graduation to Easter Sunday at PatisTito Garden Café from March 24 to April 5, 2015 and choose from our Special Family Meals! Chicken Asado Sinigang na Baboy Chicken Kinulob Your choice of Family Meal comes with an order of Ensaladang Pako, a Platter of Rice  and a FREE Combo Platter Appetizer Good for 8 persons For only P1,800 (Inclusive of VAT & Service Charge)! ORDER ONE DAY AHEAD! Call us at 0906 443-9092 for advanced orders or visit http://www.patistito.com/summer-promo   Chicken Asado Whole chicken marinated overnight with juices of pineapple and lemon mixed with different types of soy sauce and fried with garlic until the chicken is light golden brown.               Mailing address: PatisTito Garden Café, 285 Brgy Sta. Cruz (Putol), San Pablo City, Laguna, 4000, Philippines Unsubscribe from future emails.

A taste of Italy at PatisTito

A couple of years ago in Milan, Italy, Patis met Ana bel Mayo.  She was featured in a fashion show staged by I Colori Del Mondo, a non-profit association which promotes the appreciation of cultural diversity among ethnic minorities, of which Ana bel is founder.  After nine years, Ana bel came to the Philippines for a home visit and spent some time at Patis Tito Garden Cafe and soon-to-open Bed & Breakfast. 

One brisk Monday morning, Ana bel took our staff on a field trip to the San Pablo Public market. There she happily shared her expertise in purchasing quality fresh ingredients by giving tips on how to choose meat, fish, vegetables, and fruits—a trained eye she obtained by running a 200-capacity restaurant in Italy back in the day. 

How to know if meat is fresh
Good meat is identified by the fiber or lines on the sliced meat. The thinner the fiber, the better the cut. However, choosing quality meat is a bit tricky. Freshness cannot be based merely on color, as some sneaky vendors can enhance this to make it look pinker or redder. According to Ana bel, you need to find a trustworthy vendor who can consistently supply quality meat through trial and error.  

How to know if fish is fresh
One must inspect the scales and eyes of the fish, Ana bel points out. The eyes should be clear and the scales should be intact. To be more certain, smell the fish as it should not smell foul. This applies to prawns as well, as the prawn's head should still be connected to its body and not hanging loosely. 

How to know if vegetables and fruits are fresh
Vegetables are easy to choose based on appearance. These should look as if they were recently pulled out from the soil.  San Pablo is still a largely agricultural community, and with the growing number of organic farming, buying fresh and organic vegetables has become easier. 

As for fruits, mangoes are currently in season. The best way to know if the nice fresh mango you see is a sweet deal, is by holding it close to your nose and smelling it. If you cannot put the mango down due to excessive sniffing of its delicious aroma,  then you are certain of buying a delightfully sweet bunch!

Why is a Filipina-Italian immigrant so concerned with sharing her knowledge of Italian culture to fellow Filipinos? 
Ever since it opened as Kusina Salud in 2004, PatisTito Garden Cafe has been an advocate of the slow food movement which started in Italy in 1989. Ana bel is one such bagong bayani who generously shared her experience of a foreign land to her own countrymen.  This movement does not only contribute to the livelihood of local farmers of fresh produce but also ensures that the way of life of future generations is enhanced with the sustenance of rich gastronomic traditions closely tied with its local heritage.  

Salamat Ana bel Mayo! Hanggang sa muli! Ciao!

Chuck Wood and Baliwood Organic Farm

Last March 2nd, 2015, Chuck Wood of Baliwood Organic Farms and Gardens celebrated his 69th birthday in his freshly remodeled farm in Dagatan, Quezon.

Mr. Chuck Wood of Baliwood Organic Farms.

Mr. Chuck Wood of Baliwood Organic Farms.

Along with our friends and neighbors At Maculangan & Katya Guerrero, Dado Jose & Enzo Tesoro,  we listened to Chuck in his Baliwood farm as he spoke about his methods in raising organic fish and organic vegetable farming.

Listening to a talk on organic farming are Katya Guerrero, At Maculangan and their daughter Anika, Dado Jose and Enzo Tesoro. 

Listening to a talk on organic farming are Katya Guerrero, At Maculangan and their daughter Anika, Dado Jose and Enzo Tesoro. 

Baliwood Organic Farms and Gardens is less than 10 minutes away from PatisTito Garden Café and we are lucky to have fresh supply of a variety of organic tomatoes and other organic vegetables. We can't wait for the catfish to grow! 

Baliwood Organic Farm is just 10 minutes away and our source of organic fruits and vegetables!

From Seed To Show

PhilFIDA Director Dr. Edison Rinen of Region I and II gives his opening remarks at the Farmers' Field School on Cotton Production held in Tesoro del Monte, Quezon, Philippines.  He credited Patis Tesoro's invaluable contribution to the revival of cotton farming among other fibers.

The opening message of Dr. Edison Rinen of the Department of Agriculture's Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (Phil-FIDA) at Tesoro del Monte, Quezon for the second session of the Farmers' Field School on Cotton Production enhanced the already positive morale of the participants last February 9, 2015.

The Phil-FIDA Director of Regions I and II stated that Patis Tesoro's enthusiasm in the revival of abaca, pinya and this time, Philippine cotton, further inspired Phil-FIDA to continue the Farmers' Field School which began last November 24, 2014. Watch the youtube video.

And as the revival of Philippine cotton continues, the fashion show of Patis Pamintuan Tesoro for Rustan's,  "La Collection Rouge" at the Sofitel Plaza last February 17, 2015, shows a promising future for the fashion industry in the Philippines where locally grown indigenous and organic raw material can create sophisticated yet self-sustainable works of fashionable clothing that the country can truly be proud of.

With Rustan's Marketing Head, Dina Tantoco and Tim Yap. 

With Yasmine Hidalgo, PR of Sofitel Plaza Manila. 

Being interviewed by Joseph Garcia of BusinessWorld. 

With Film Producer Moira Lang, Nina Tesoro Poblador and the husband and wife founders of OurAwesomePlanet.com, Anton and Rache Diaz.

Inspired by French Chinoiserie design, "La Collection Rouge" is Patis Pamintuan Tesoro's fashion collection for Rustan's.

Patis puts flavor to the 9th DLSU Global Business Conference 2015

On February 7, 2015, Patis Tesoro gave a talk on Sustainable Fashion Design at the 9th Global Business Conference at De La Salle University in Manila. 

The process of making pinya fabric projected silently in the background as Patis began by saying that truth be told on that Saturday morning, she should be gardening at PatisTito Garden Café in San Pablo, Laguna! She explained however that she wanted to seize the opportunity to speak to young minds on the importance of passion in entrepreneurship and commitment to heritage conservation. 

Patis candidly gave her life story peppered with tongue-in-cheek witticism which made many a young lass in the audience giggle and blush.  The narrative was told in remarkable detail likened to the intricate patterns seen on her designs for her upcoming fashion show for Rustan's at the Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza on 17 February 2015. 

Along with another speaker, Dr. Frank Wadsworth, Head of Division of Business, Indiana University - Purdue University Columbus, and DLSU College of Business Student Council President Juancho del Rosario (whose mother's wedding gown was made by Patis), she answered questions from DLSU students which made for quite a flavorful morning.

Along with another speaker, Dr. Frank Wadsworth, Head of Division of Business, Indiana University - Purdue University Columbus, and DLSU College of Business Student Council President Juancho del Rosario (whose mother's wedding gown was made by Patis), she answered questions from DLSU students which made for quite a flavorful morning.

Patis on Patis and the Salad Bowl of the Philippines

The La Trinidad Trading Post is the drop off point of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables grown in La Trinidad, Benguet. An early afternoon drive to the Trading Post can take an hour from Baguio City. As you are surrounded with maybe tons of different types of crops in a roofed area nearly the size of a football field, the interaction among traders murmur against the collective sound of sweeping footsteps, rustling sacks, cart wheels and warm chatter with faint laughter. 

You will pass through Binalonan, Pangasinan as you descend back to Manila before reaching TPLEX. On the side of the highway, locals vend fish sauce or patis that is properly prepared by fermenting fish using "banga" without using a drop of salt to create this delectable condiment incomparable to those manufactured commercially. This town does not only sell patis originating from neighboring towns in Pangasinan but also bagoong and vinegar.

Patis on patis.

This company's logo bears their process in making bagoong which is fermenting fish in a banga. 

Bottles and jugs of different types of vinegar are found along the highway in Binalonan, Pangasinan. 

From November 2017 until the first quarter of 2018, Patis Tito Garden Cafe will be undergoing some renovations. 
We are temporary close but please contact us with the numbers indicated to check if we can accomodate your group.

Patis Tito Garden Cafe is open for RESERVATIONS ONLY (Please call or text at least one day ahead) .
Email us at patistito@gmail.com or call/text us at +63927-308-5339, +63906-443-9092, (049) 543-5971
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