F1 Hotel’s LUZVIMINDA 2: A Filipino Culinary Feast from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao
The Philippines has just celebrated its 116th year of Independence. Ever since our independence, we Filipinos have enjoyed our freedom to express the beautiful culture that is unique to all of our 7,107 islands. Since our country is an archipelago, we have so many diverse customs and traditions ranging from clothing to festivals to food on offer.
F1 Hotel’s LUZVIMINDA 2: A Filipino Culinary Feast
F1 Hotel Manila has put together a team of very talented chefs to create a buffet that captures the unparalleled taste of Filipino cuisine from the different regions of the Philippines. They divided the categories of their menu into Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, aptly naming this event “LuzViMinda – Where Food Meets Art”.
I may have been a resident of Luzon my whole life, but I have to admit that I still need to explore more of what my home island has to offer. With a wide spread choices from the Luzon buffet area during the Luzviminda event spearheaded by Chef Tristan Encarnacion, what captured the interest of my tastebuds was the Seafood Kare-Kareng Pampanga, brimming with vast seafoods complemented very well with creamy peanut sauce.
I can’t forget how their quintessential Filipino pulutan plate of Pork Sisig hit the spot so much that I almost ordered a beer to match it! Another eye-catcher from the spread was the colorful Maya-Maya Mayonesa. I didn’t dare place my fork on it at first because of how artsy it looked, but it tasted great! And who would ever miss out on lechon? Chef Tristan’s Linunok na Manok ni Baboy made me forget how sinfully this pork dish actually is!
Linunok na Manok ni Baboy
Seafood Kare-Kareng Pampanga
I have never chartered the Visayas region before, but I sure felt like I was traveling there by having a taste of what this beautiful region has to offer. Headed by Chef Edith Singian, the Visayan taste of the Luzviminda event truly captured my senses. Some of the dishes prepared included Bam-I, a Visayan pancit and Balbacua, which is really good and one of our favorites! She also served one of the best tasting dessert I’ve tasted, the Ube Otap Tiramisu with Mangoes – a perfect sweet dessert to cap off a great dining experience!
Ube Otap Tiramisu with Mangoes
They may be the farthest from my home island and most of their dishes are still a mystery to me, but during at F1 Hotel that night, they won my heart with the help of Chef Victor Barangan. I love how Mindanao prepares such fine foods that entice the mind from start to finish. One of the reasons why I kept going back to F1 Hotel’s buffet area was the Sauteed Crabs in Alavar Sauce – rich, creamy, flavorful. The perfect sauce to match with the crabs. Some of the other dishes prepared included the Kanding sa Nangka and Adobong Bihod.
Kanding sa Nangka
Sauteed Crabs in Alavar Sauce
Durian Panna Cota
Enjoy a Filipino culinary feast from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao all in one place until June 26, 2014! Experience this at F1 Hotel for only Php1,700 net! I am proud that although our country is divided by large bodies of water, Filipinos are still bound by one thing: the love and passion for our beautiful nation! What’s the most popular dish in your region?
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