Travel Duo Christmas Special: Pampanga
What to do?
Pampanga province is known for one big thing: food. Of course we did not miss out on in! In fact, every day we were there we tried a new place to eat. Here are some of our favourites:
Cool environment, clean interiors — Everybody’s Café has the classic look of a bar… until you take a look at their counter of ulam or viands. The exotic food this resto serves would make it one of the places we would not easily forget. If you read our adventure in Binondo, you may remember that we ate frogs. This is our second time to have frogs, but this one had an extra punch. Another exotic favourite is cricket grub! You read that right! It looked gross and we couldn’t quite get over the fact that we ate it. But it was delicious especially with vinegar!
Jun-Jun’s is a bit obscure in San Fernando, it’s not one of the restaurants a lot of people outside of the city know about. But we loved it because of the sisig and the secret sauce they use for their barbecues. If you haven’t tried sisig yet you’re missing half your life! Sisig is made up of pork parts, served with sunny side-up egg and little lemons or calamansi in a sizzling plate. The generous barbecue was kind of tough, but it was juicy and the sauce was a savoury secret weapon.
If you’re looking for desserts, Aurely’s shouldn’t be missed. We went there just to take a sample of their hit: the Aurely’s Special. Placed in a box and covered with simple plastic, Aurely’s Special is a bite of heaven we did not expect. It’s a kind of brazo de Mercedes, only it doesn’t look like one. The little cupcakes are delicious and light… so light we bought 1 box to share!
We have tried eating halo-halo in Metro Manila when it was still hot there. Halo-halo is a dessert with many ingredients like fruits and jellies, ice and milk that you have to halo or mix before eating. The ones we had in Razon’s were miles away from the ones we tried in Manila! The sweetness was not overpowering and the ingredients blended well. There are many Razon’s outlets in Manila, but we found the original still the best.
How to go to San Fernando City
Like Tagaytay and Baguio, getting to San Fernando City in Pampanga is a pretty straightforward business. There are plenty of buses that constantly leave Manila for Pampanga and it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to get there. If you’re going by car, the route to take is NLEX and the exit to take is San Fernando City.
We never failed to pass by Robinson’s Starmills to see the lights in all the nights we stayed in San Fernando. That’s how much we loved it. We think showing Pampanga is a great way to cap off our Christmas special. This is because we learned that the city has also said they will help those areas in Visayas that were affected by the typhoon. They also dedicated this year’s competition to the survivors. They said they hoped that their lanterns will serve as a symbol of strength and hope for the survivors of the typhoon and Filipinos. It’s a beautiful message, don’t you think so?
Maligayang Pasko! Frohe Weihnachten! Merry Christmas!