Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Northern Big Bites .. and boy did it bite me!
I was invited to be one of the media partners for the Big Bite Northern Food Festival. It was rare that I get to go to Pampanga so I took the chance and said yes. It was a decision I would not regret.
On the road, we were in a van with other bloggers and it was fun getting to know them. I'm glad my brother wasn't out of place at all.
Finally, we got to the venue and this is what happened. I took my usual shot at the photo wall.
RJ Ledesma was apparently the host for this press launch and what I really like about him is that he makes an effort to talk to the media and press. He also doesn't discriminate between the bloggers and the traditional press people.
Now, since this was a food festival, it was bound to happen. I wasn't prepared but since I'm a foodie, I said to myself I will go for it. So I did.
I had a go at the exotic foods being served and first on the list was the stuffed frog. Ick. I was so apprehensive trying this one out because it was a frog and it was shaped like one. It wasn't just legs but the actual body. Still, I did and I can say that yes, it does taste like chicken. So there.
The next one I tried was the Camaru or what is more commonly known as crickets. Yes, those tiny insects that make a lot of noise at night. It seems that it is fried and sauteed in garlic. I hoenstly did not want to eat it because this was an entire insect. Head, legs, body, et al were all there to be eaten.
I did and it was crunchy. If you actually can stop thinking about it, its pretty tasty and good. Still, I can't help but think the whole time, "its an insect I'm eating. It's an insect. Ick ick ick."
3rd of the exotic item I tried was the egg of the lizard. Now this is not just a lizard but a pretty big one. Click here to see what it looks like. This one was something that I actually really liked. It was creamy and tasty. It was like chicken egg but better.
The last one was grilled frogs. This one ... uhm ... it wasn't to my taste. It felt a bit oily. Thankfully, I just has to take a bite and not finish the entire thing.
There were a lot of other food featured but for now I just wanted to share the exotic ones. If you happen to be in Pampanga, do try these delicacies. It's worth the visit.
Every foodie will have to mark their calendars for “Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival” from October 18-20 at MarQuee Park, Angeles City, Pampanga. Get your gang ready, grab a date, bring the whole family along or have the office sign up for a road trip. Big Bite! is the glorious Filipino food celebration that promises to surpass all food fests before it.