Do you like snacking on nuts? Nuts are known to provide vitamins and minerals essential in organ function. They are also a good source of protein and fiber.
Found nuts from Bicol at Marsha’s Delicacies, the famous pasalubong center of Marsha Navarro-Chua along the national highway in the Vigan area. They are made by her sister Vicky’s growing food processing company in their home province of Bicol. Vicky’s Pili and Food Products, currently under the helm of daughter Zandra, make traditional honeyed crispy pili and mazapan, but I got more interested in trying the lightly salted pili and savory adobo cashew nuts. Whatever special quality Himalayan salt imparts, I find salted pili can be as irresistible as other salted nuts. I was stuck on thinking pili can only be good when combined with something sugary. On the other hand, adobo flavor gives an interesting twist to the more common plainly roasted cashew nuts. The nuts were fresh tasting and good quality, an important thing to remember when eating nuts as rancid nuts can be dangerous to health.
Find Vicky’s Pili and Food Products next to Ilocano chichacorn and Marsha’s famous native cakes at Marsha’s Delicacies in Ilocos Sur.
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In business, always at the center of entrepreneur Marsha Navarro Chua’s mind is comfort and convenience (especially for the tired traveler to the North). A pleasurable pasalubong store and rest area, her well-loved Marsha’s Delicacies, which prides of its royal bibingka and other quality delicacies, (along the National Highway in Bantay, only a few kilometers away from world-famous historic Vigan), is complemented by the One Vittoria Hotel, a new place to stay in Ilocos, affording modern amenities for bakasyonistas and travelers alike.
According to locals, from Marsha’s former employee I met in Vigan down to the tricycle driver who brought me to One Vittoria Hotel, Marsha’s middle name is nice. I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting one of my most admired, hardworking women entrepreneurs in Ilocos at the FoodPrints Ilocos Sur shoot. Marsha, originally from the land of pili and sili, is married to a Bigueño.
Marsha’s royal bibingka goes by the tagline, “taste and compare the big difference .”
Sharing a few photos I took of One Vittoria Hotel while waiting for the team.
One Vittotia Hotel National Highway, Cabalanggan, Bantay, Ilocos Sur, Philippines Contact Nos.: +63 77 604 0054 (landline) / +63 925 318 8885 (Sun) / +63 998 984 5101 (Smart) / +63 917 5784728 (Globe) Website: onevittoriahotel.com
Photos with Ms. Marsha Navarro Chua by Melanie de Leon
Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2015