Dinner for one
They say Mt. Mayon is too moody you can hardly see her full glory
Cebu Pacific flies to Legazpi
The rain began to patter, which stalled my plan of wandering around the city. Upstairs, the cold temperature of the room and the soft queen size bed beckoned me to retire. After setting my alarm to 3pm I dozed off with a fervent hope that by afternoon, the sky would be cloudless again. It was all I could do - just hope for a sunny weather that didn't happen.
A rather bland shrimp
2. Small Talk Cafe
I had a hard time looking for this cafe because I got its name incorrect. The tricycle driver I approached outside Pacific Mall got confused when I asked him if he knew 'Sweet Cafe'. Is it a new restaurant, sir? He asked help from his colleagues and after jumbling some words they were able to guess what the stupid tourist (that's me) was referring to. Ah, Small Talk Cafe, sir!
Small Talk Cafe is indeed a small restaurant located at Dona Aurora St along Rizal. Without the logo at the gate, you could easily mistake it as an ordinary residential house. Such is the charm of this cafe - an old house converted into a restaurant serving Bicol dishes. Its original fusion dish known as Pasta Pinangat has easily become a local favorite. I wasn't in the mood for pasta or pizza so I ordered spicy manok sa gata.
Spicy chicken in coconut milk
It's supposedly my last day in Legazpi and I wanted to make my lunch memorable so I looked for Cena Una. Unfortunately no one in Embarcadero knew its location so I decided to have my lunch at Bigg's Diner instead. Besides, it's getting late and I had a flight to catch.
Bigg's Diner is arguably the biggest food chain in Bicon region. It offers locals a taste of American fare, which is apparent in its food and design. Perhaps the infusion of local dishes in their servings such as laing and the fact that the chain originated in Bicol are few of the things that make it local. Both locals and travelers will enjoy the generous servings and its affordability.
Pinoy beef steak
4. Cisyd Bar and Resto
Cisyd (pronounced as 'seaside') is literally inches away from Gilian's. I even noticed a few waiters looking at me while I was waiting for my order at Cisyd. This resto, just like its neighbors, turns into a bar/watering hole come night time when people, both locals and tourists, looking for fun and respite flock at Embarcadero. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as drinks and cocktails. For my early dinner, I ordered Bicol Express.
5. La Mia Tazza Coffee
A coffee shop located at the second level of Embarcadero, La Mia Tazza Coffee seems to get its inspiration from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and, well, Starbucks - from the cozy interior to the array of drink and pastries.
Since I'm not a coffee guy, I decided to try out their tea and bought tuna sandwich for lunch. I could have sipped my frap while watching Mt. Mayon in the distance, but the hotel van was waiting downstairs.