Megaworld opens al fresco foodstrip at Mactan Newtown

SHELLFISH served by Choobi-Choobi.

Cebu lechon belly, seafood like shrimps and shellfish, native chicken, and pork barbecue are just among the Cebuano dishes you can have at Mactan Alfresco, a newly-opened foodstrip at the Megaworld township development Mactan Newtown. The foodstrip is a covered, circular kiosk that offers open-air dining. Seven of its 14 tenants started operations over the… Continue reading Megaworld opens al fresco foodstrip at Mactan Newtown

Tapas, paella, delicious Spanish dishes on the menu in Sabores de España at Cafe Marco

Marco Polo also served paella during the event.

The Cafe Marco buffet at five-star hotel Marco Polo Plaza Cebu will feature a section devoted to tapas and carry Spanish recipes on top of its usual international spread of dishes until April 30. Marco Polo’s “Sabores de España, Viva Madrid!” is in support of the Madrid Fusion event that is currently ongoing in Manila,… Continue reading Tapas, paella, delicious Spanish dishes on the menu in Sabores de España at Cafe Marco

Marco Polo ushers in Chinese New Year with Yee Sang, Chinese buffet

HAINANESE CHICKEN. This dish is among the many Chine food specialties on the menu as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu celebrates the Chinese New Year. (Photo provided by Marco Polo Plaza Cebu)

It began with an eye dotting ceremony for the guests of honor, was followed by the lion dance and firecrackers, moved on to the Yee Sang or Prosperity Toss, and ended with the dragon dance as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu welcomed the Chinese New Year in lively ceremonies last Wednesday, February 18, 2015. These are… Continue reading Marco Polo ushers in Chinese New Year with Yee Sang, Chinese buffet

Maria’s in Dalaguete serves delicious pancit

PANCIT CANTON SPECIALTY. Maria’s Batchoy in Dalaguete is known for its delicious pancit canton. It makes its own noodles.

On our way to Santander, Cebu, we looked for and dropped by Maria’s Batchoy in the town of Dalaguete after hearing from friends and acquaintances that it serves exceptional pancit canton. We found it easily enough in the town center, and what we heard about the pancit canton was true. The dish – which you… Continue reading Maria’s in Dalaguete serves delicious pancit

Orange Karenderia serves popular, exotic Cebuano dishes

SINUGLAW. An evil combination of sinugba and kinilaw or roast pork and ceviche. As I said, evil.

I’ve always associated eatery menu with ordinary food so I stayed away from Orange Karenderia even after hearing people rave about it. When a close friend invited us there, I resigned myself to a night of unsatisfying dinner. I changed my mind soon enough, however, after tasting dish after dish at Orange Karenderia and finding… Continue reading Orange Karenderia serves popular, exotic Cebuano dishes

My type of rosquillos is ‘pagod’ or rosquillos brown

Rosquillos brown has a distinct taste. It’s sold in only 3 places in Cebu.

It started out as an accident. Someone left a batch of rosquillos in the oven longer than usual and it got burnt. “Upon tasting it, everyone in the family liked this version because of its unique flavor,” a Titay’s representative told us in a Facebook interview. Corazon “Mama Azon” Frasco then started to bake Rosquillos… Continue reading My type of rosquillos is ‘pagod’ or rosquillos brown

Yolk is all-day breakfast and good coffee

In Yolk, you can have your eggs steamed, poached, as an omelette, and paired with a combination of bacon, ham, chorizo, corned beef, kesong puti (native cheese), spinach, tomatoes, or pesto.

A group of friends with a love for good food decided to share their passion with others and came up with Yolk, a restaurant that serves all-day breakfast in Cebu. It’s easy enough to see why they picked this name. All but a few dishes in the Yolk menu come with eggs. You can have… Continue reading Yolk is all-day breakfast and good coffee

From humba to kan-on mais and saang, Cafe Marco buffet features Cebuano fiesta fare in Sugbusog 2015

Grilled saang.

More than 60 mostly local Cebuano dishes are featured on top of the regular buffet spread of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco up to January 21, 2015. Cafe Marco is holding Sugbusog 2015 to feature Pagkaong Inato, well-loved local recipes, in a five-star restaurant setting and amid the festive atmosphere of the Sinulog Festival… Continue reading From humba to kan-on mais and saang, Cafe Marco buffet features Cebuano fiesta fare in Sugbusog 2015

Photo diary: From puto sikwate to banana cue, a culinary trip to Carbon

Many see Carbon Public Market as dirty or unsafe, but it is actually a haven for people shopping for cheap finds. From flowers to fruits and vegetables, Carbon has a lot to offer anyone. When it comes to food, the options are varied for the hungry Cebuano. I often eat in Carbon, especially when budget is… Continue reading Photo diary: From puto sikwate to banana cue, a culinary trip to Carbon

Delicacies, specialty items on sale at Sinulog Trade Fair in SM City Cebu

Delicious, delicious, delicious chicharon.

One of the best things about the Fiesta Señor is the opening early in January of the Sinulog Trade Fair where you get to buy Cebuano specialty products without needing to travel far. This year, the Sinulog Trade Fair in SM City Cebu features popular local products like ukulele and guitars; accessories and home furnishings… Continue reading Delicacies, specialty items on sale at Sinulog Trade Fair in SM City Cebu

Cafe Racer offers hip dining, drinking experience

CAFE RACER is located at the North Reclamation Area before the Jollibee and 7 Eleven branches there, if you're coming from Cebu City and headed to Mandaue. (Photo by Max Limpag)

An old Volkswagen camper van serves as the cashier’s section, oil barrels are turned into seats, car tools decorate the walls, while a gas pump spews out beer at Cafe Racer, one of the newest and probably the hippest theme restaurants in Cebu. Cafe Racer is inspired by a racing lifestyle in the United Kingdom… Continue reading Cafe Racer offers hip dining, drinking experience

Top 6 pasalubong or bring-home gifts from Cebu

Philippine Brand. This brand of dried mangoes is among the most popular in the market.

Are you travelling to Cebu for the Sinulog Festival 2015 celebration? It’s never too early to be on the lookout for the best pasalubong to bring home to relatives and friends. Cebu is known for such native delicacies as dried mangoes, otap, rosquillos, and masareal. Many tourists consider them the best bring-home gifts. The secret to… Continue reading Top 6 pasalubong or bring-home gifts from Cebu

Bella’s Bites serves tasty Italian dishes

PANZANELLA. Tuscan Bread and Tomato Salad "combines juicy tomatoes and crisp cucumbers with bread and herbs in a red wine vinaigrette."

We stumbled upon Bella’s Bites Soups and Salads along a line of clothing shops in Marina Mall, Lapu-Lapu City. Doubling as a cafe and restaurant, Bella’s Bites Soups and Salads is small but clean and comfortable. It carries Italian dishes – soups, salads, pastas, risottos, quiches – and serves fruit juice and shakes as well… Continue reading Bella’s Bites serves tasty Italian dishes

Cafe Marco features Christmas favorites in festive season buffet

Marco Polo chef shows off the dessert station's new dishes.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu brings the Christmas cheer with its festive season buffet that features favorites like the Christmas ham, chicken relleno, and the German version of the fruitcake called stollen bread.

Lunch at Bodos Bamboo Bar Resort, Alcoy

View from the Bodos Bamboo Bar Restaurant in Alcoy.

Once upon a long drive to Cebu’s southernmost towns of Santander and Samboan, we found ourselves stopping for lunch at the Bodos Bamboo Bar Resort in Alcoy. The BBB Resort in Alcoy has a restaurant on top of a hill that offers a panorama of sea, sky, and mountain. Since it is made of wooden… Continue reading Lunch at Bodos Bamboo Bar Resort, Alcoy

Pizza Republic Cebu offers Pick + Mix options

Pizza Republic Cebu Pick + Mix counter features rows of toppings.

That particular night we decided to have pizza at the Pizza Republic Cebu branch along Salinas Drive, the place was crowded, loud, and chaotic. I don’t know if it was just because we picked a particularly busy time, 7 p.m. on a Friday, or this place really draws a big crowd, especially the younger population.… Continue reading Pizza Republic Cebu offers Pick + Mix options

Pancake House brings high-end resto Maple to Cebu

The Salmon Catch dish at Maple. It can be grilled, pan-seared, or blackened and comes with orzo pasta and Texas summer veggies.

With the number of Cebuanos who dine out growing fast, the Max’s Group, Inc. believes the Cebu market is ready for its upscale American restaurant Maple. Maple serves American comfort food and its dishes are inspired by South American flavors which carry a lot of spices, said Bernadette Lee, chief operating officer of the Pancake… Continue reading Pancake House brings high-end resto Maple to Cebu

Grand Majestic offers buffet promo leading to grand launch

Roast beef. Period.

Good food at an affordable price is what Grand Majestic, one of three restaurants at the Grand Convention Center in Cebu City, aims to provide customers. With their selection of varied cuisine, iHoldings Inc. president Winglip Chang said they’re offering what Cebuanos are used to in a buffet without them having to pay a lot.… Continue reading Grand Majestic offers buffet promo leading to grand launch

Be Resorts Mactan introduces Boodle on the Boat

BOODLE FIGHT ON THE HIGH SEAS. Be Resorts Mactan brings the boodle fight dining experience to the seas off Mactan Island. The package combines 2 of the top things to do in Cebu: hit the beach and sample the delicious local fare. (Photo by Max Limpag)

Island visits, fish feeding and snorkeling, and food make up the fun experience called Boodle on the Boat that’s now being offered by Be Resorts Mactan. The sea off the island of Hilutungan is the best place to do the feeding and snorkeling since it has been declared a marine sanctuary and schools of fish… Continue reading Be Resorts Mactan introduces Boodle on the Boat