Last summer, I was able to taste some of the best local delicacies in the Bicol Region. Sampling various gastronomic delights were part of our itinerary. Since I did not have the luxury of buying anything I wanted. We managed to survive our trip by just chipping in just so we could taste the various local dishes in Bicol region.
One of the first food stop we visited was Graceland. Graceland has been in the food business for a while. It was just a small cafeteria with only four tables inside serving made to order meals like chopsuey, guisado, chicken and pork meals and later on added an ice cream parlor and refreshment areas which used to be the trend in the early 80’s.
Years passed by when the owners of Graceland started introducing burgers and produced breads and cakes too. It has grown big that people in the province totally patronizing it.
Graceland branch in Legazpi reminded me of Red Ribbon, Jollibee, Goldilocks and Bakers Fair. They serve everything from pizza, pasta to rice meals and refreshments like halo halo and ice cream too.
Bicol region is known for spicy food. You have to agree with me but real Bicolano’s are well known for their love of spicy food and delicacies so we wanted to try some of the tasty treats that will fulfill our hot and spicy cravings.
Cakes, pastries and breads were inviting us over. And we could not resist the temptation.
Believe me, I seriously don’t eat greens but this one here is delicious. This is a genuine Bicolano recipe for people who love vegetables. Their very own Laing or Pinangat is interesting . I found out that the leaves is gradually simmered in coconut cream and then served with chili pepper. I was told that this particular dish is common in Bicol since People in Bicol plant Taro in their backyard. This dish is affordable and can be found everywhere in the region.
We were on a very tight budget so we ordered the most reasonable food on their menu. Lumpiang Shanghai meal is Php50. Ketchup is free. *wink
I suddenly remembered 39’ers of Jollibee. Ito na kasi ang pinakamura – Sagot sa Kahirapan.
Spicy Barbeque is Php 50 too. ” As you can see may libreng Atsara san ka pa!” Sa gabi na kami magmamayaman dahil pupunta kami ng Embarcadero.
We were so excited to walk a longer distances as long as we are compensated with a beautiful and interesting sights around us. Cheers with our Mango Shakes and Super Halo Halo which was perfect for heat exhaustion.
It was such a memorable Legazpi experience. So when you are in Legazpi City. Make sure you drop by Graceland Bakers Plaza.
Now I am craving for some more Bicol Food. Bicol Express, Tilmok, Pili, Dinuguang Bicol, Pancit Bato. More Legazpi and Bicol posts will come your way shortly.