Summer is a time not only for visiting new or favorite places but also discovering a sense of locality through the food they serve. Eating local food is not only a delicious experience but also a way of getting to know the people and the culture in the area. A vacation is more fun when we don’t just enjoy the local food but also take pictures of these dishes—along with ourselves enjoying them. Thanks to our smartphones and mobile Internet, we become instant foodie trippers just by clicking that camera phone and sharing on social media like Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
How do we make our food trips even more enjoyable? Well, first of all, it’s better to do research. For example, when you’ve picked a place to go to, do a Google search on the local cuisine. From then on, the rest is up to your taste. However, this leads us to our second “Food Trippers’ Essential”.
Have a sense of adventure. If you’re in a new place and have an appetite for discovery, why stick to the familiar? This applies as much to destinations as well as food. There are places that have distinctive dishes that are not usually found in other places. Some dishes are more exotic than others. For example, Pampanga is famous for making meals from kamaru (crickets), frogs, and even field rats. Field rats, by the way, subsist solely on a diet of rice.
Discover the original. More and more food from our regions and provinces are being offered in Metro Manila—so you can reason out, what’s the use of going out-of-town to enjoy them?
Sure, there are chicken inasal restaurants in Metro Manila… but it’s still quite a different experience to try the version in Bacolod and Ilo-ilo. As for Cebu-style lechon, where else but in Cebu is the best? And in Vigan, their distinct empanada and longaniza are worth the trip.
Finally, here’s the Food Trippers’ Essential that brings all of the above together: having a good smartphone and a mobile Internet connection. As the saying goes in the Internet Age: “Post a photo (or video) or it didn’t happen.” Nowadays, it’s no longer enough to comment about your foodie experience in words—you have to show what the dish looks like. Since we see food before we even taste it, an image of a particular dish already shares your foodie experience in a powerful way. And, of course, it’s a proof of your food trip.
According to Maureen Gallant, Marketing Head of Allphones, the Philippines’ fastest-growing mobile phone retail chain with more than 50 stores nationwide, their outlets make food tripping, especially this summer, even easier by making sure foodies get the best smartphones for taking photos, videos, and surfing the Internet. Even better, these smartphones are available either at huge discounts or even for free when availed of through a postpaid plan.
This summer, enjoy food tripping with the entire family even more when you avail of exclusive postpaid plans from Allphones, which include the following smartphone-and-tablet bundles: the Cloudfone 403D plus the Cloudfone 706W Tab at Plan 499; the Lenovo A680 plus A1000 Tab at Plan 999; and the LG L3 II plus LG G Pad at Plan 1799.
You also have the option of making outright purchases of the following smartphones at huge discounts: the LG G2; the Nokia 1320; and the Alcatel Magic.
“Allphones stores make sure that mobile phone shopping is fun, easy, and convenient. Customers get to try live demo units hands-on. They enjoy affordable, value- for-money deals on postpaid plans. These postpaid plan deals are exclusive to Allphones and include options like unlimited voice calls, unlimited texting, and unlimited mobile Internet. These value-for-money features will give foodies what they need to post and share about the delicious dishes from their travels,” says Gallant.
Don’t go on your food trip without your smartphone and/or tablet and mobile Internet connection. Find out how you can get fantastic mobile phone deals and the latest smartphones at affordable prices or even for free by going to www.allphones.com.ph.