With the exception of my well-spent reunion with the Lifestyle Network’s FoodPrints team and the amazing Manila traffic, it was as if I didn’t leave Ilocos at all. For the final part of the taping, we headed to Victorino’s in Quezon City to shoot Chef Heny Sison, an institution in the nation’s culinary scene.
Victorino’s is proudly Ilocano, down to the aesthetics. The restaurant happens to be owned by Deogracias Victor “DV” Savellano. If the name rings a bell, it is because DV is a public servant in his hometown of Ilocos Sur. You know when people from the same ground meet each other at a foreign place, the rapport is natural and genial (unless, of course, if frozen is your middle name).
Victorino’s is home to the Heny Sison Culinary School. Besides Vigan longaniza, bagnet and torta, you’d find sukang Iloco, ayukan, balicucha, sardines and many more items bearing the name of the celebrity chef. I’ll post more BTS photos in the days to come.
The menu is loaded with Ilocano favorites such as empanada, pinakbet and pipian. But we were also treated to excellent spagnola and four-cheese thin-crust pizza at the end of the shoot.
Victorino’s is a warm place to hang out. Find it on the corner of Scout Rallos and 11th Jamboree Streets, within the dynamic Morato area. Inkayon:)
Photographed by Iggy Bilbao, Jeng de Leon and Blauearth
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