Mention Albay in the Bicol Region and the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic and enchanting beauty of Mt. Mayon, the only volcano in the world with a near-perfect cone.
When it comes to Culinaria Albay, the province' campaign on culinary tourism, the key phrases are the sili-infused dishes, pili-inspired snacks, and the indigenous laing made from dried taro and coconut milk.
That's why it doesn't come as a surprise if these ingredients can also be found in their ice cream. Homegrown restaurant 1st Colonial Grill experimented with blending Albay's famous produce into the sweet treat. The result? A wide and colorful selection of mouthwatering ice cream with the fiery sili ice cream as its flag bearer.
Here are the 9 must-try ice cream flavors in Albay:
3) Tinutong na Bigas (Burnt Rice)
4) Taro (Coco Yam)
5) Tablea (Chocolate)
7) Pipino (cucumber)
9) Salabat (Ginger Powder)
What do you think will be your favorite? These flavors are available in small cups and in half-gallon containers if you wish to take them home with you.
1st Colonial Grill has branches in Legazpi City (Pacific Mall), Daraga (Rizal St., Brgy. Sagpan), and Naga City (Elia Angeles cor. Arana St. and SM Naga).
(All photos from Renatao Jao a.k.a. Bicolano Man. Photos used with permission from owner.)
How To Get There
By Air: There are six flights daily from Manila, and one flight daily from Cebu to Legazpi (the capital of Albay).
By Land: Buses depart daily from Cubao and Pasay to Legazpi. Travel time takes nine to 12 hours, depending on the traffic.