If the only time you ever set foot in Pampanga is to hit 7107 and the annual hot air balloon fests, then that's a shame because the province is known for its gastronomy. If you’re G to brave NLEX (it’s only a little over an hour from Manila), we implore you: head out for a food trip this weekend! Take it from Divine Lee who brandished Young Star with a list of Kapampangan hot spots that make her mouth water. Hey, underneath her abs is a fashionable foodie—why else would she name her pups Liempo and Pritchon?
Here's her weekend eating itinerary, as told to the Star:
Breakfast: Lewis Grand Hotel
“This place is known for all the “silogs” — tocilog, longsilog etc.”
Lunch: Aling Lucing in Hensonville
“Order grilled native ikabud. It’s the Pampanga-style steakhouse where the concept of sisig originated.”
“For dinner, you can go to Mexico… well, Mexico, Pampanga. Famous for burritos and tequila, try out Zapatas at Don Juico avenue.”
Breakfast: Marquee Mall
“Check out Marquee Mall for breakfast. They have a terrace à la Greenbelt.”
Lunch: C’ Italian Dining
“For lunch, the best place would be C’s Italian cuisine! Must be the best Italian place in the whole country.”
[Ed: They’re now open in Salcedo!]
Dinner: Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar
“Lastly, I would recommend a late dinner at Yats, a great end to your weekend.”
Divine even suggests squeezing in a dip in the pools of classic resorts Fontana, Enclave, or Mimosa, a morning ride at Deca Wakeboard park, quick shopping at Duty Free, and our favorite, halo-halo at Razon's.
Photos via the restaurants' official sites and @divinemlee on Instagram
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