Food Trippin’ in Bicol

Pampanga, my hometown, is known as the culinary capital of the country. I have to agree that the food in Pampanga is undoubtedly tasty and delicious. But for a local of the town, you can’t stop me in searching for an alternate culinary capital– and that is Bicol. I am a bit bias because I am a quarter Bicolano. And here’s my Anthony Bourdain slash Biyahe ni Drew culinary experience in Bicol:

Biggs Diner is the largest fast food chain in the Bicol Region. They are everywhere. I love 50s themed diners as much as I love pubs so Bicol is basically heaven for me. During my 4-day stay in Bicol, I had the chance to try 3 branches– Naga City, Albay and Embarcadero. I also had the chance to enjoy the experience with amazing people I met along the way. Vintage cameras are everywhere as well..

BIGG’S NAGA (with Kuya Jeson)

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BIGG’S OLD ALBAY (with Ate Jules and Jopz)

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BIGG’S EMBARCADERO (with Ate Thet)

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When you are in Naga, don’t miss the Laing Pizza at Camsur Watersports Complex. Spicy. Tasty. Heavenly. Crunchy. A bit Fishy.

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My host, Kuya Jeson bought some rice-based delicacies well known in Naga.

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I also had a love affair with the famous soup dish in Naga…the Kinalas.

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Bicol is the spice hub of the country. You should definitely try the Sili Ice Cream here:

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“Cherry on top” is for babies…

…and the Rice Coffee Ice Cream..

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and the Pili Ice Cream.

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Our lunch in Let’s Pinangat is also an unforgettable one..

INGAT PINANGAT!

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Street foods in Legazpi, Albay.. “The Hepa Lane” haha

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There you have it… and I repeat.. Bicol is my alternate culinary capital!

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