Marco Polo Plaza Cebu offers culinary treats at Cafe Marco

CAFE MARCO has been named one of the top 5 restaurants in the Philippines by Miele Guide, a guide to Asia's best eateries. (Photo by Max Limpag)

When they served my buko shake in its original green shell, I knew I would enjoy my lunch at Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Anyone who spends extra effort on such details as presentation would pay even more attention to taste as well. I was right. I’m not that into food so it…

Treasured recipes from Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

As one of the highlights of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Culinary Journey, the hotel asked two of Cebu’s culinary icons, Cristina “Tina” Ebrada and Señorita Teresin Mendezona, to share their treasured recipes. The recipes have been compiled into an e-booklet for smartphones, tablets and E-readers. To download the recipes for free, click on the book…

Cordova’s bakasi and other bounties from the sea

Text and Photos by Boboi Costas The bakasi (saltwater eel) thrives abundantly in the town of Cordova, Mactan Island, a 45-minute drive from the city of Cebu. In taxonomic classification, eels belong to the Muranidae family which includes 200 species in 15 genera. In Buwagsong, Cordova, a local fishing community; the bakasi is a prized…

Oven fresh pretzels at Auntie Anne’s in SM Cebu

They shape the dough right in front of your eyes into a symmetrical loop shaped like a knot and bake it in the oven while you wait. As a result, you get your pretzels at Auntie Anne‘s in SM City Cebu fresh and hot. They’re crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and, in…

Wellness in a Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt cup

Frozen yogurt dispensers at the Tutti Frutti self-service store in SM City, Cebu.

It has impressive health benefits, but yogurt’s natural sourness can turn off some people. If you’re like me who can stand only a few mouthfuls of the regular stuff, you can get your daily dose of healthy from frozen yogurt. Aside from frozen product being smoother in texture, it also only has a little of…

Taboan buwad (dried fish)

Nothing compares to the danggit (salted dried fish) produced in Cebu, and the Taboan market is the cheapest source of this specialty food in Cebu City. Danggit is just one of the many kinds of buwad (dried fish) sold in Taboan. A kilo of danggit in Taboan ranges from 400 pesos to 500 pesos, depending…

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