ON COMING HOME
Welcome to the very first out-of-town special of Let’s Eat! It took almost five years, but we’ve finally found our way to the province that’s regarded as one of the culinary capitals of the Philippines: Pampanga. Personally, since I’m a (very) proud Cabalen, I would have loved to declare it as THE Culinary Capital of our country; but to be completely objective and absolutely fair, there’s such an abundance of diverse richness in our archipelago, that to honor just one place would be a great disservice to Cavite, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao… well, the list goes on.
Pampanga’s popular reputation, and its proximity to Manila, however, makes it the quickest, easiest, and most convenient destination for a day-long food tour: all that’s needed is a guide to some of its must visit restaurants. And that’s what we hope this issue accomplishes: a handy and helpful reference when you plan your own D-I-Y- food trip to the cities of San Fernando and Angeles. We’re only scratching the surface of course, the proverbial tip of the culinary iceberg, since there are so many more delights and delicacies to discover down in Masantol up to Mabalacat and from Lubao to Candaba. Consider this as an appetizer, a teaser to all the feasts that await you in my home province…