Tuesday, March 20, 2012

When in Legazpi, Albay

When we talk of Bicol, particularly Legazpi, the first thing that comes to our mind would be the Majestic Mayon Volcano.

I remember the imposing mountain that follows us everywhere we go around the city.  Well, not during our last visit in March. Mayon shied away from us on our three-day stay. 

Actually, it was a cloudy weekend to start with.

So instead of going around the usual tourist destinations, we went on to explore the other attraction that Legazpi has, its food!

We stayed at Hotel St. Ellis near the downtown.  They have a good breakfast buffet, although the choices are not as many compared to the hotels here in Manila, but if you’re willing to shell out a few pesos, try their Angus beef tapa.

Also, they have a good selection of desserts and my favorite would be the Pili Nut Cheesecake.

Shuttle transfer to Embarcadero from the St. Ellis is free; just coordinate it with the front desk.  That was our lunch destination.

At Embarcadero, there are restaurants, Dampa style right along the bay.  On clear days, you have the Mayon as your backdrop.

For dinner, there’s Waway’s but during our visit, they ran out of their staples, instead, we moved to the restaurant right across, Sibid Sibid. Try their Pinangat and Sibid Express.

The following day, we went to Small Talk Cafe.  Its bicolano fuzion food.  Imagine a Laing Pizza, Bicol Express Pasta, and Mayon Ravioli.
Bicol Express Pasta

Laing Pizza

Mayon Ravioli

We also tried out Tago Tago Food Plaza for Dinner.  With what the name suggests, finding it is a challenge.  We were disappointed to find out that there's nothing special with their menu.  Its more of drinking place.

Never leave Legazpi without trying the Halo Halo at DJC and the Chili Ice Cream at 1st Colonnial.  If your adventurous, order the combo that includes the Malunggay and Tinutung flavor.

DJC Halo Halo
1st Colonnial Chili, Malunggay and Tinutung Ice Cream

We didnt see Mayon, but we came back a few pounds heavier!  

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