TLC's Foodsteps (Gastronomic Tour following Anthony Bourdain)

A few Saturdays back, TLC and Sky Cable brought Deo and I to Pampanga to experience a gastronomical food trip. Since we are big foodies, we didn’t mind the early call time because we were bound to taste the best authentic Kapampangan dishes. Not to mention, our stops were part of the foodsteps of Anthony Bourdain!

Check out our first class ride courtesy of The Luxe Bus! We were treated like royalties with their VIP seating (huge leg rooms), equipped with a lavatory, kitchenette (with wine cooler, coffee, soda and bottled water), WiFi access, and outlets per row.

With us were trained attendants (they were very courteous) and an experienced chauffeur. The Luxe Bus values the passengers’ journey to the destination, and I felt that at 100%!

Back to the trip! We arrived at Pampanga around 8:00AM, and had a hearty breakfast at Kusina ni Atching Lilian. I didn’t consume that much since our day was packed with several restaurants, but what Atching Lilian prepared were really good!

Atching Lilian, or Lilian Borromeo, has been known in the local culinary scene for years, especially with her famous Saniculas Cookies. We got to witness her do the cookies live with her antique molds, as she shared her most-valued recipes and tips.

Hopped back on The Luxe Bus for our next stop: Bale Dutung, where we had Anthony Bourdain’s 10-course menu. 10. Course. Menu.

Chef Claude Tayag shared his culinary experiences and the stories behind each meal that were served to us.

Fresh melon shakes and frozen towels to keep us refreshed! Bale Dutung’s not an airconditioned restaurant, but they made sure we’re all comfortable while we enjoyed the dishes.

Ready for our 10-course lunch? Here we go!

Ensaladang Pako

Piniritong Lumpiang Ubod

Inasal na Manok at Claude 9 Talangka Sushi

Adobong Pugo

Hito at Balo-Balo Sushi

Fried Lechon Flakes binalot sa Tortilla at Claude 9 Oriental Sauce (Lechon Taco) - My favorite!

Bulanglang Kapampangan na may Tian ng Bangus, Ulang at Tadyang ng Baboy

Begucan Sisig Babi at Ensaladang Talong

Kare-kareng Laman Dagat


Didn’t mean to starve you! :p Anyway, if you guys wanna try out Anthony Bourdain’s 10-course meal, book for a reservation at Bale Dutung. They strictly don’t accept walk-ins. They have terms and conditions on their website which you can check out here.

Capped off the filling lunch with Sinaunang Kape! Deo’s not really into coffee but he loved this. I actually wanted to ask for the type of beans they used but we had to run back to the bus for the next destination.

Like we still weren’t in food coma, TLC and Sky Cable drove us to our last food crawl stop - CafĂ© Fleur. Chefs simultaneously cooked Pampanga’s mouthwatering dishes right in front of us. Irresistible!

Aside from good food, they’ve also got lovely spaces, perfect for Instagram freaks!

Back to The Luxe Bus, en route to Manila. A provincial trip’s never complete without pasalubong! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to shoot the loot, but heartfelt thanks to Susie’s Cuisine for giving us the best Pampanga Kakanin and other snacks! I remember munching on their cashew tarts all day. :p

Jam-packed but happy day! Thank you, TLC and Sky Cable, for satisfying our tummies and making us experience local cuisines in all possible angles. :) The experience was one for the books!

Catch Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown every Tuesday, 9PM at TLC (SKY Channel 62 and SKY Direct Channel 32). For more information, follow their social media accounts:

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