As we continue to push our advocacy to create meaningful experiences that are Filipiniana-centric may it be through food, travel, and activities— Fat Girls Day Out Curated Crawls is delighted to kick off a new one of a kind regional food crawl experience— This is the Bicolandia Food Tales! As curated and hosted by a true local, The Domestic Diva of C.O.P. Pili Sweets and Pastries.
Discover your way through Albay in the best way possible—through food! Albay is not only known for its spicy and coconut milk-based dishes; it is also a melting pot of flavors that are yet to be celebrated. Hosted by a resident foodie, get ready to embark on a flavorful five-stop tour as you go around towns and cities in Albay to taste what Bicolano flavors are yet to be experienced. From market day staples, a wide range of regional style meals, reliable roadside snacks, to polished, innovative, Bicol-inspired dishes, get ready to taste and get a glimpse of Bicolano cuisine through taste and hands-on experiences.
The Bicolandia Food Crawl guarantees you to see Albay through a gastronomical journey.
Proceed to a dreamy state of contemplation and get to know about all the diverse flavors that you can partake in this rich land where mother nature is generous in her blessing by making the land so bountiful.
Last month, we showed around the awesome team of Toyo Eatery as they went to the southern tip of Luzon for a gastronomic immersion with the local purveyors of homegrown staples and family heirloom dishes.
Meeting The Purveyors
It was conditioned to most people that a restaurant visit is all about just the food, but to seek beyond what makes a dish remarkable extends deeply to its core makeup; sourcing of local ingredients, thoughtful preparation, its history, and of course the people behind it.
Immersive food experiences and creative restaurant concepts are a great source of inspiration for us and we could really take cues from the world of food and drink when creating food crawls as an experience. A multi-sensorial experience is much more likely to create lasting memories, resulting in sparking that attachment towards the local artisans.
Get to know Pinangat on a more personal level
Pinangat ng Bicol ( Tilmok, Tinulmok or Tinuktuk) is the Bicolano local language for coconut meat. Spices are added after your choice of proteins. Bicol region is abundant with taro leaves, so it is unsurprising that taro is a key ingredient in many Bicolano delicacies. Pinangat is served with a variety of toppings and is usually ladled over rice.
Pili Farm Tour
Next stop, we went to a Pili farm to understand to better understand how these nuts are being cultivated, harvested, and processed.
When you think about Bicol, Pili is quickly associated with it. Pili nuts are tear-shaped nuts that come from a tropical tree called Canarium ovatum. The tree is grown in the Philippines. The leading producers of this nut-bearing tree are the provinces of Camarines Sur, Albay, and Sorsogon.
Try cracking pili nuts –the traditional way!
Fruits are then de-pulped, cleaned and dried.
Pili as a Super Food
***One ounce (28g) of pili nuts contains[*]:
- Calories: 201
- Total carbohydrate: 1.1g
- Total fat: 22.3g (34%)
- Saturated fat: 8.7g (44%)
- Monounsaturated fat: 10.4g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
- Protein: 3g (6%)
- Magnesium: 84.5mg (21%)
- Potassium: 142mg (4%)
- Calcium: 40.6mg (4%)
- Phosphorus: 161mg (16%)
Local Bicol Delicacies at The Ligao Stretch
There’s a stretch of street in Ligao where stalls are lined up, local purveyors selling different kinds of Bicol delicacies that you won’t usually see in a standard restaurant setting.
Make road trips sweeter and filling with Ligao City’s Rice Puto sa Bao
Next delicacy is the Nilupak is a native kakanin made of either a banana or cassava base, cooked until tender then pounded by a lusong until glutinous, mixed with margarine and sugar, then garnished with young coconut shreds or toasted peanuts for additional contrast. Ben’s version is made with a cassava base, finished off with morsels of toasted, lightly salted peanuts
Another staple is Sinapot, which is very similar to the Maruya —What makes it different is that it has less flour and sugar.
The Biniribid uses coconut milk and rice flour, and then is deep-fried and doused in sugar.
The Best Local Food Stops
- C.O.P. Pili Sweets and Pastries: Wrapsody Pili Nut-Filled Pastries
- Noveno’s Pili Nut Candies: Crispy Pili, Mazapan de Pili
- 1st Colonial Grill: Sili Ice Cream, Latik Ice Cream, Carmellado Ice Cream
- Ligao National Highway: Rice Puto sa Bao
- Rose’s Kinalas: Kinalas
- Ben’s Bakers: Nilupak, Kinunot
- Balay Cena Una: Tinutungan na Manok, Crispy Bicol Express, Sinantolan
Ben’s Bakers is one of Bicol’s known local bakeries that provide Bicolanos freshly baked loaves of bread and other local treats daily. Truly no-frills, all flavor, Ben’s offers more than just their baked treats. They have one specific branch conspicuously tucked in Legazpi City that offers affordable, home-cooked meals that makes their patrons keep coming back.
Albay is beyond spicy food and coconut milk-based dishes; it is also a melting pot of flavors that are yet to be celebrated. Hosted by a resident food connoisseur and trueborn Bicolana, get ready to embark on a flavorful five-stop tour as you go around towns and cities in Albay to taste what Bicolano flavors are yet to be experienced.
From market day staples, a wide range of regional style meals, reliable roadside snacks, to polished, innovative, Bicol-inspired dishes, get ready to taste and get a glimpse of Bicolano cuisine through taste and hands-on experiences. Startup your day with Bicol-style breakfast with creamy Binutong, paired with sundried, salt-cured abo, experience Pagtilad, Pinangat making, and other local crafts, enjoy lunch overlooking the majestic Mount Mayon at Socorro’s Lakeside Grill, snack on local treats that are proudly Bicolano like Puto sa Bao and Biniribid, enjoy a piping hot bowl of Kinalas, and a lot more! Prepare to circle around Mayon and eat your way through Albay.
What to Expect
- 5-6 stops
- Local Guide
- Van transfers
- All fees covered
- Savory, spicy, or sweet, you’re definitely in for a treat! Explore Albay through food in this specially-curated crawl.
- Not everything you’ll be having has gata and sili. Bicolano food may be known for that, but it is not the only ingredients this food trip has in store.
- Learn as you dine – learn the history, heritage, and methods behind how some Bicolano food came to be.
- How to Book? Please fill out the Inquiry Form below to express your interest. We’ll soon make this tour available to our partner-exclusive Booking Sites (to be announced)
- Contact # +63998 5448140 or e-mail us at email@example.com
Book Your Slots NOW! (fill out this form)
- Official Facebook Page
- Official Instagram Page
- Official YouTube Page
- Official Spotify Page- Curated MixTapes/Playlist
- Zomato Reviewer Profile
- TripAdvisor Top 2% Contributor