Pampanga Culinary Tour

Our first stop was, oddly enough, Starbucks for our daily dose of caffeine. It was followed by a very American lunch of hamburgers and steaks, and a quick duty-free shopping at Subic.

But despite the rather slow start and the quest to find the original Razon’s branch (which happened to be closed), the dinner made it so worth it.

Who’d have thought I’d eat crickets and ENJOY it?

Save for a field trip to Clark, an immersion with the Aetas in the mountains of Pampanga, covering an event in San Fernando (and witnessing a monkey masturbate. Damn, I didn’t know they do *that*), running around the looking for food as part of a challenge, I never really knew Pampanga. After this culinary tour, I’m now eager to learn and explore Pampanga more. And discover more food.

Want to see what we ate? Head on to Anton’s Awesome blog for the pictures!

P.s. Thanks so much for this tour, Anton and Spanx!

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 9 Comments
  1. Jojo says:

    Hi Nina,
    This is Jojo here from KL, Malaysia. Interesting to know you’ve been travelling quite a bit.

    I’ll be going to Manila in January next year. I was wondering if you could share with me, info about travelling within Manila. Example, hotel recommendation, places to visit, shopping and must-try food.

    You could email me at jojo_wm[at]

    Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.


    Nina’s note: I hope you don’t mind, I edited your e-mail address so the spammers won’t get you ;)

  2. bchai says:


    Hmmm…what’d they taste like? Do tell!

  3. nina says:

    Hi Jojo! I’m actually due to write a mini Manila guide. Hopefully, I’ll have it done by October or November.

    Do you already have an idea of what your itinerary would be? How long will you be here? Any particular place you want to visit or particular activity you want to do?

    I’ll e-mail you (btw, I edited your email address to prevent spam) with some suggestions. :)

    bchai: You’ve already read about it in my other blog, but I’ll answer this again for the other readers.

    Crickets, surprisingly, do not taste like chicken. They taste like bacon. :D

  4. bchai says:

    You know, they really don’t look that bad in your friend’s pictures. They actually look TASTY.

    Well, I’ve never been picky, but I’d give it a try.

    All his food pics look SO GOOOOOOD…!

  5. nina says:

    Did you look at the food pics in his other entries? Guaranteed to make you drool!

  6. REX says:

    hey, i am from Pampanga! =p

    so what foods were you able to taste? =p

  7. nina says:

    Hi Rex!

    We ate at Everybody’s Cafe:
    Fried Hito with Buro
    Fried Camaru
    Pindang Tapa
    Rellenong Palaka

    …with take away orders of:
    Pork Barbeque from Jun-Jun’s
    Sisig from Melly’s
    Brazo de Mercedes Bars from Aurely’s Chocolate Cake from Doren Tayag

    Gaah! Now I want to go back to Pampanga!

  8. […] whom I met over at BootsnAll, Rache, wife of Anton of Our Awesome Planet whom I met during the Pampanga Culinary Tour, and of course, Ajay, whom I met during the same tour. I was also able to meet Noemi of […]

  9. mga guys pasyal kayo minsan dito try nyo lang ang sisig at bbq dito sa brgy. quebiawan front ng school bka mabigla kayo try also my sisig pusit.

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