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…

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…

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.…

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…

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.…

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…

Bigby’s brings back old favorites as it opens at The Terraces

Ribs, chops and calamares in Bigby's Family Platter.

Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant features new dishes and brings back old favorites as it opens at a more visible location on the second level of The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu. Although smaller, the new spot beside BonChon Chicken provides better access to guests and can operate for longer hours because it’s no longer inside…

Affordable, satisfying buffet at Quest’s Puso Bar and Bistro

Puso Bistro and Bar is located at the ground floor of Quest Hotel.

Buffets are a great dining experience in Cebu and one of my favorites is that of Quest Hotel’s Puso Bistro and Bar. Quest’s Puso Restaurant has a mid-size buffet spread that costs P700 during lunch and P850 at dinnertime, exclusive of drinks and fees like local tax as well as service charge. The restaurant has…

Bubble Bee Tea House opens at Cebu IT Park

Roomy and comfortable interior of Bubble Bee Tea House at Skyrise 3 in Cebu IT Park.

Though the drinks are a teeny bit pricier, the Bubble Bee Tea House at Cebu IT Park makes up for it by the spacious layout and accessible location. My friend and I chanced upon this new branch while we were whiling our time waiting for the lunch buffet at Cafe Marco to open. It’s at…

Cebu delicacies sold in one place during August

These radishes are among the fresh produce being sold at the Capitol Agro-Trade Fair 2014 in Cebu City.

Craving any of Cebu delicacies like the Argao torta, Bogo pintos, or Carcar chicharon? For the whole month of August, you don’t need to travel two to three hours to buy Cebu specialty products as countryside cottage industries have come to sell these in the ongoing Agro-Trade Fair 2014 at the Capitol compound along Osmeña…

Pepper Lunch Ayala introduces new dining concept in Cebu

Chef Jeoren van Straten of Benmark Group Holdings, Inc. pours Pepper Lunch's signature sauce on its bestseller dish beef pepper rice.

My first time at Pepper Lunch soon after it opened in Ayala Center Cebu, they brought my beef still very red and looking raw. When I told the waiter I wanted my steak well done, he explained I was still supposed to cook it on the hot plate. This “zizzle-it-your-way” serving style is a distinctive…

Cafe Namoo provides different cafe experience

Cafe Namoo in City Time Square, Mandaue City is filled to the rafters with messages on post-it notes by customers.

If you want a place where you can drink coffee and do some work or business on the side, then Cafe Namoo is not for you. Cafe Namoo, which labels itself as a dessert cafe and bistro, is more for lounging around or hanging out with family and friends. My son describes it the coolest…

5 Carcar delicacies you shouldn’t fail to try

Carcar Chicharon

From food to dry goods, Carcar delicacies and specialties are created with the Carcaranon values of hard work and creativity. Take for example the Carcar lechon. While it is roasted the traditional Cebuano way, the Carcar version comes with a strange and delicious twist – its own special sauce. This special mix of ingredients –…

Just Wine Cebu serves affordable, quality wines

Just Wine is the perfect place to chill out with friends over a bottle of red or white wine.

It goes by Just Wine but don’t let the seeming simplicity of the name deceive you. Cebu’s newest wine and tapas bar is cozy and comfortable and provides the perfect place for Cebuanos to hang out and bond with friends over a glass (or glasses) of red or white. Just Wine sells a bottle of…

Argao torta is best made using traditional methods

Argao torta is best paired with the town's signature sikwate (hot choco).

Argao torta is delicious but I have my favorites from among the town’s many bakers. If you want to know who makes the best torta de Argao, you need to find out what the bakers use when they create this Cebu delicacy that is a popular pasalubong or take-home gift of town visitors. One of…

Jessie shares secrets to delicious Argao torta

At Jessie's, torta is baked in the hurno or clay oven and tuba (coconut wine) is used as leavening.

Baking the perfect Argao torta requires a confluence of several things, revealed one of the town’s top makers Jessie Magallones. The tuba (coconut wine) must be fresh and fermented just right so it is neither too sweet or sour. A clay oven or what Cebuanos call the “hurno” gives the best Argao torta results. Cooking…

Blue Bell Ice Cream launches in Cebu

SCOOPING STATION. Blue Bell Ice Cream is opening a scooping station in Cebu that will be able to carry all flavors, including seasonal ones. (Photo by Marlen Limpag)

First, I had some of the homemade vanilla because this was cited as the bestseller of the Blue Bell Ice Cream flavors by Andrew Evans in an article that came out on the Digital Nomad section of National Geographic. Since I’m not a fan of vanilla flavored ice cream products, or at least the ones…

Blue Bell Ice Cream introduces products in Cebu

Blue Bell Ice Cream comes in Krazy Kookie Dough flavor. (Contributed photo)

One thing I’m looking forward to this week is Saturday’s Discover Blue Bell Ice Cream event that will serve to introduce the brand in Cebu. The Blue Bell Ice Cream is exclusively distributed in the Visayas by Visfood Corporation and it has organized a country fair-themed ice cream-tasting party at the Ayala Center Cebu Activity…