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Love, devotion and sacrifice (and food) in Pampanga

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Love, devotion and sacrifice (and food) in Pampanga 
By Walter Ang
Jan. 5, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Love, devotion and sacrifice are needed in making San Nicolas cookies, so explained Lilian Borromeo, the culinary maven popularly known as the Mother of Pampangueno Cuisine.

Inquirer Lifestyle had been invited to a day-long food safari of Pampanga courtesy of Tour Flair, a bespoke tour operator managed by sisters Teresa "Dinty" Barredo-Keating and Mindy Barredo Perez-Rubio (siblings of Repertory Philippines' artistic director Carmen "Baby" Barredo) with their childhood friend Lory Vi Valdes.

The main draw of the tour is, of course, the food, but it also has digestible amounts of history, resulting in a hearty bite of the culture of Pampanga. An appealing option for a quick weekday getaway.

After a short car ride from Makati, the first stop was to Borromeo's open-air kitchen in Mexico, Pampanga, where the contingent was greeted with cold pandan juice and …