Top 5 Food Trip Destinations in and around Manila (2 of 5)
by Anton Diaz, Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com
Published in San Miguel Great Food Club Newsletter (November-December 2009).
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2. Pampanga, the Culinary Center of the Philippines
A Pampanga food trip is always good for a full day without the need to go on overnight because it is now one hour away and very accessible via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). A trip to the culinary capital is not complete without trying the best restaurants there.
Most people would go on a convoy or meet up at the last Caltex along Edsa before turning into NLEX. Others prefer to meet at the Total Gasoline Station, which is the last station before the San Fernando Exit.
Here is a good tip: Start with the best of San Fernando’s restaurants, then travel along MacArthur Highway to Angeles City’s foodie places. You can already exit Pampanga through the Angeles City NLEX Entrance going back to Manila.
Spanky once said to us that we need to experience the Cutud Crucifixions before we can be certified as adopted Kapampangans. Our family went to San Fernando, Pampanga on Good Friday to see the 50+-year old solemn tradition of crucifixions in San Pedro Cutud, Pampanga.
If you love Mcdonalds' McFlurry or Jollibee's Sundae, you will definitely love Cold Spoon Frozen Yogurt. It is a much healthier dessert alternative because it is Yogurt instead of Ice Cream. It is non-fat, low calories, with vitamin c, with calcium and live lactobacilli! I can't wait for the first franchise to open in Manila.
Thanks to Spanx for this Korean dessert discovery in Angeles, Pampanga.
Cold Spoon serves the best frozen yogurt! by Ivan Henares
The Best Little FROZEN YOGURT Shop in the Philippines by Spanx
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I Love Berries Frozen Yogurt -- The Best Froyo so far in Manila...
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The White Hat - Let the Fro-Yo Wars Begin in Manila!
The Buzz About Froyo's
California Berry Frozen Yogurt
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We are overwhelmed with the response from the tour and we got 35 reservations to date for the day tour. We are waiting for the payment to confirm their reservation. Also, we are opening up the overnight option so that you can witness the night glow of the balloons. At most, we would only accept 30 people maximum (for both day tour and overnight) because we want to continue to have quality interactions among the people joining the tour.
Well, not quite Manila but STILL close….
Really, another way to pump up your boring weekend and get your spirits soaring as we conquer the high and mighty in Pampanga! Gawk at the giant hot-air balloons at 12th Annual Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta while poking around Pampanga’s culinary secrets. Lounge away in a rustic, relaxing farm retreat while feasting over a sumptuous Kapampangan spread by one the country’s most artistic restaurateurs. A feast for the body, mind and soul!
12th Philippine Balloon Fiesta* VFW Outpost * Abe’s Farm* Nurture’s Spa*
*This tour leaves Makati at 3 a.m. (yes 3:00 AM!) and includes front-ticket seats to the 12th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, an authentic American Soldier’s breakfast at the VFW Outpost, an optional five-hour hike up Mt. Arayat and a soothing massage at Nurture’s Spa.
Date: February 10, 2008, Sunday
Time: 3:00 am - 4:00 pm (yes, 3:00 AM!) Times are approximate.
Tour Cost: P4,800.00/head (includes -transfers, meals, tour, massage and others)
Go the extra mile…start a step ahead, spend an overnight stay and catch the spectacular ‘Night Glow” (think GIANT light bulbs floating in the sky) . Dine at one of the most acclaimed Italian restaurants this side of the Pacific. And to top it off, a one-of-kind walking tour as we bare it all and take down one of the country’s most famous Red-Light districts!
*Balloon Fiesta ‘Night Glow’* C Italian Dining* Clark Red and Light District* 12th Philippine Balloon Fiesta* VFW Outpost * Abe’s Farm* Nurture’s Spa Pampanga
Date: February 9-10, 2008, Sunday
Time: February 09 at 3:00pm - February 10 at 4:00 pm
Tour Cost: P8,888.00/head (includes -transfers, hotels, meals, tour, massage, the works!)
This ADVENTURE tour is co-organized by:
Our Awesome Planet
Ivan About Town
Old Manila Walks.
After our first successful Ultimate Kapampangan Tour, we decided to create another Pampanga Tour experience on Feb 10, 2008, Sunday. This is the day tour package and we are finalizing an extended package for people who wants to stay overnight in Angeles on February 9. Let us know if you want to stay overnight instead of leaving as early as 3am in Manila. We are only targeting to get a maximum of 15 participants which is about the right size for a coaster including the four of us.
Up, Up and a Away!!!
Huffing, Puffing and Pumping in Pampanga
Sunday, February 10, 2008 | 3:00 am - 4:00 pn| Tour cost P4,800 (all in plus surprises)
by Our Awesome Planet, Ivan About Town, Old Manila Walks and Manila Boy.
We are starting to organize high-end Pampanga Tours for December. We will have a dry run with my Brother's friends this coming Saturday, November 3. I'm extending this invite to OAP readers who would like to join on Saturday. I know it is a short notice. In any case, if you are not doing anything on Saturday, come join us. The group is a mix group and I don't know most of the people joining so it would be a good bonding session.
The Package Tour would costs P3,500/ head which includes the transportation and meal for the entire trip. This would include Kapampangan breakfast at Everybody's Cafe and a Pampanga Heritage Tour by Ivan About Town! Ivan is a Director in the Heritage Conservation Society of the Philippines and is very proud of his Pampanga Heritage. There will be the tour of Betis Church, Bacolor Church and other heritage stop in San Fernando Pampanga.
The highlight of the Tour would be Lunch at Claude Tayag which is priced at P1,800/ head (included in the package tour). Claude Tayag's Bale Dutung is one of the Top 10 Awesome Restaurants of the Philippines! It is certainly one of the Best Kapampangan restaurant in the country today. Lunch @ Claude's could be as long as 3-4 hours and based on our last food trip, you won't have any space for dinner. So after Claude's, we plan to go back to Manila after buying pasalubong.
Meeting place on Saturday is 6.30am in Starbucks 6750 and we will be back at around 6.30pm.
Please text me and confirm if you plan to join us on Saturday. Anton @ +63928 xxx xxxx.