Food · Travel

Cebu travelog

Ya girl needed some sanity time so one day when my friend and I had a rough day, we had an impulsive decision to book a ticket going to the queen city of the South, Cebu.

Before anything else, shout out to Ven for going to Cebu with me despite me being crazy and to T. Tinie for touring us around. 😘

Our ticket costed around less than 4000 for ven and I. I can’t remember the exact price but I think we got it on a seat sale.

First day.

Our flight was 10:00am and we landed in cebu around 11 or 11:30. I noticed that in Cebu, they have mybus, their version of p2p but we weren’t able to try it. T. Tinie picked us up and we went straight to 10 000 roses cafe.

It’s 30-45 minutes away from the airport (lapu lapu city). We paid 20 pesos as the entrance fee.

So this is what it looks like, however, instagram photos are deceiving. It is very small and I don’t think it’s worth the long travel to get here.

They also had a cafe where they served meals but it was a bit pricey. I was expecting rose inspired menu but it was just some regular cafe menu. The food was good though.

(in the photo: bacon rice meal)

After that we settled in our place and called it a night.

Second day.

Second day was our city tour day. Our first stop was Temple of Leah.

Leah is the grandmother of an actress here in the Philippines, Ellen Adarna. They have multiple businesses in Cebu.

This temple was built (and is still being built) as a sign of her husband’s love for her. This temple will house all of their pieces from around the world. I was joking that Leah had a bit of hoarding problem.

At present, only the plaza and the main entrance are opened to the public but you can peek through the windows to see some of her antiques.

(sneaky photo of the inside)

The area was build with lots of statues. It had a view of Cebu City.

By the way, there is a 50 pesos entrance fee and 20 pesos parking fee.

After that we dropped by house of lechon for our lechon takeout.

The famous Cebu lechon . In house of lechon (which has a lot of branches around cebu), a kilo costs 700 pesos. They have it in regular and spicy variants.

This one has a sauce to have the distinct cebu lechon taste. I was kinda disappointed with the lechon skin though because it wasn’t as crispy anymore but the meat tasted good.

This ice candy tree also caught our attention.

After our lunch and siesta time, we went around the city to check the famous Magellan’s cross and Sto. Nino.

(photo above: magellan’s cross)

At night we also tried their food park: sugbo mercado.

Sugbo mercado is a night weekend food park located in Cebu IT park.

There were lots of food choices from grilled seafood to ramen to desserts.

They also had live music to serenade you while you eat and bond with your friends and family.

The Pyramid also caught our attention.

It’s actually a cafe that’s shaped like a pyramid. In all fairness, they serve good food and drinks. We didn’t drink there but their cocktails and local beers look interesting.

(photo above: cheesecake and coffee)

Third day.

My favorite day! This is the day that we went to the beach.

We rented a boat for 1500, plus we gave the bankeros 200 as tip. We went island hopping around mactan.

The water wasn’t as calm but it wasn’t scary as well. I was just nervous that my phone might get wet from the splash of water.

We finally went to Sulpa island and decided not to transfer anymore. There was a 200 peso entrance and we paid 400 for the cottage.

We were welcomed with seashells to eat. We bought uni for 300 (8pcs)

They grilled some for us and it’s actually good.

We chilled and talked here for a couple of hours.

I suggest you bring snacks or meals when you go island hopping. The locals can grill food for you for a price (I think).

But please be mindful of your trash. If you can, please bring reusable items and avoid using single use utensils.

Fourth day.

This was our last hurrah and our friend brought us to a complete game changer.

We woke up early and drove for about an hour and a half or two to get to Carcar. (Riding a bus going there is also an option)

Carcar is famous for their lechon and chicharon. I never understood why cebu lechon is special…

That is until I ate carcar lechon.

It was a wet market for lechon. You might think, meh it’s just that lechon but boy oh boy.

It was seasoned and marinated well. The skin was crispy. It didn’t even need sauce! I even brought some home to manila because I wanted my family to taste it.

I bet my mom will love it had she been here.

Lechon in carcar costs 400 pesos per kilo.

After that we bought chicharon from luis and matmat. 1/4 kilo costs 150 pesos.

After that we drove back to the city to buy the famous danggit and cebu chorizo.

We went to tabo-an market to buy the perishable pasalubongs.

Cebu chorizo has sweet and spicy variety. I forgot how much it costs but it is less than 300 pesos a kilo.

We bought dried fish (danggit) for about 280 pesos for 1/4 kilo.

You can also buy the famous dried mangoes and otap here in tabo-an market.

Just be prepared to smell after shopping here. Hehehe.

And that concludes our Cebu trip. It was a much needed detox from work and people and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Again special thanks to Ven, t. Tinie, tita and tito for accomodating us and being with me on this trip.

Where to next? Hmmm.

Food

Ilonggo Food Company

I recently attended a convention in BGC where we had to rent an airbnb so save travel time. Our place was right in front of ilonggo food company and we were hungry for good food.

I’m personally not a fan of filipino food restaurants because I believe my mom’s cooking is the best. However, there are always exceptions.

Restaurant details

Address: Commercenter BGC, Ground, 4th cor 31st St, Taguig, Metro Manila

Contact number: 09178274264

Opening hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm

Ambiance

The place is very cozy and it offers tables for small groups and big groups. Somewhat like a family dining area where people share food. The interior looks homey and is best for dining out with friends and/or family.

It also has a tindahan feel for the cashier and kitchen area. I wasn’t able to take photos of the seats since I was already hungry.

Price

Price ranges from 200 above which is affordable given that the food is for sharing. Servings are mostly good for 2-3 people. However this will become costly if you’re dining alone.

Taste

We asked what the best sellers were and of course inasal would be one of them.

Their inasal is good for 1-2 people. It’s good. It has the distinct inasal taste without being too oily. Best paired with soy sauce, calamansi and chili.

I have a thing for lemongrass tea and I was happy to see this in their menu. Their version has a sweetness to it but you can still taste the lemongrass. Bonus points for using bamboo straw 🤩

We also got pinakbet topped with lechon kawali. They did not skimp on the vegetables. It was cooked perfectly, not too mushy and soft but not undercooked.

Another best seller that they recommended is the kansi. This is my first time trying kansi and this probably raised the bar high. To me it felt like a hybrid of filipino signature dishes: bulalo and sinigang. It had bone marrow with a sour broth. It may look boring but each bite was amazing. They also served this with a lot of meat. The soup was refillable too!

This is their chicharon rice which can stand on its own. It’s possible to be meal on itself. Highly recommended. 👍

Service

The servers were attentive and accomodating without being intrusive.

Overall thoughts

This is a good restaurant for family bonding. The food might be a little above the affordable side but you get what you pay for. Would definitely come back to try more dishes. I heard that even people who doesn’t like lumpia enjoyed their lumpiang shanghai.

Food

Nomi Matcha & Acai

I’m personally not a fan of matcha and matcha flavored things but I’m willing to try it especially when packed in a unique way.

My friends and I tried this matcha cafe and BGC and I might say, it did not disappoint.

Restaurant details

Ambiance

I wasn’t able to take photos of the place but I’ll try to be as descriptive as I can.

The place is dainty, walls were painted with a light millenial pink with green accents. Comfortable couches were placed although there are still some wooden chairs. On the table that we sat on, we sat on a small sofa instead of separate chairs. There were also cubicles that let’s you have more privacy, I noticed that people staying there usually have their laptops on, probably working or whatever. But on these places, matcha puns were written on thought bubbles. Very instagram friendly.

I also noticed that they put in details that people will not easily notice like the fake grass enclosed in their long glass tables. They also had matcha facts around the place.

The place was very cozy and quiet, it would allow you to focus on your work or just have your relaxation time.

Price/Serving

The food is pricey. I was shocked that a piece of smore (literally one marshmallow about 1-2 inches) costs around 250 pesos. The serving was too small for the price but you’re also paying for the ambiance.

Presentation

I might say, hands down to the presentation. Everything looks pretty, as millenials would say, instagram worthy.

Photo above: matcha mix platter (legendary greenies, matcha churros, tea-ramisu dream and green cookie monster)

The smores was kinda underwhelming but it was a blessing in disguise that the smore wasn’t that frozen so they torched it in front of us.

They’re drinks are also dainty, it’s my first time to see a restaurant serve a drink with bamboo straws.

If I’m not mistaken, it’s the banana tropics drink.

Taste

Their desserts vary in terms of how strong the matcha flavor is. Personally, I don’t like how it tastes. I feel that I’m eating grass, (I know people would react violently to this) but some of their desserts are good.

The frozen smores were good, the earthy taste of the matcha ice cream compliments the sweetness of the torched marshmallow. The irony of hot and cold got me too.

The mix platter was a good deal, I suggest you get that if it’s your first time to try the place.

Out of the four desserts, I liked the churros most and the tiramisu least.

The churros was crisp (not crunchy) and the matcha cream filling blends with the cocoa-ey taste of the churro itself.

The cookie was okay, it’ s a cookie with a hint of matcha.

The legendary greenies (brownies but it’s green) and tiramisu was too overpowering for me. It had the most matcha powder and the flavor was too intense for me. My friends liked it though.

Service

Service was quite good, not annoyingly too much but they still cater to your needs. 4/5 for service.

Overall thoughts

It’s a dainty and cute cafe. The menu was interesting and true to it’s theme. The desserts were well thought of. I would suggest it to a friend.

Food

Backyard Kitchen + Brew

I rarely go to UPTown mall so we decided to eat in a restaurant that we haven’t tried. I searched up and there were a few recommendations but going through a mall can be confusing sometimes. So we landed here, and in all fairness, it wasn’t a bad idea.

Restaurant details:

Branches:

  • L2 UP Town Center, Katipunan Brgy UP Campus 961 5717
  • Lower Ground Floor, Circuit Lance, Brgy Carmona, Makati City 960 9629
  • GF, The Grove by Rockwell C5, Brgy Ugong, Pasig City 941 1895
  • 4F UPTown Mall, 9th Avenue 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 960 4148

Opening hours: Mall hours

Ambiance

I don’t know how to describe it but it has sort of cowboy-y but kinda rustic feel to it. The place feels like a barbecue in your backyard. That’s probably how I would describe it. I like that the place is not crowded and the couches and even the tables and chairs are ab bit apart so you feel that you have your privacy despite being in a mall.

Service

I like how they are attentive and yet they don’t mind you when you don’t want them to. They can respect privacy and not check up on you too much that it gets annoying. They serve fast and they get things right.

Price

I say for the type of food that they serve, it is a little bit pricey. Food ranges from P249 pesos upwards. Probably because we can say that they “bedazzle” common food. Not too much to complain.

Food

When they say that this is the food, they mean it. True to the description on their menu. However, I feel that there is nothing special about the menu, they just deliver what they have well. For example:

I ordered thrice- cooked crispy pork cheek which is essentially a fancy version of lechon kawali. They served it on top of brown/black rice with caramelized onions and cherry tomatoes.

It is crispy, yes, it tastes good, yes but I feel that there are other restaurants that can serve this the same way that they did. I do have to commend their plating, though. Slow clap for them.

My boyfriend ordered their version of pares (I can’t remember how they call it and zomato’s menu is not updated, I’m sorry). It tasted like pares, nothing special about it.

side note: what is PARES?

The term Pares commonly refers to Beef Pares, a braised beef meal served with rice and a bowl of soup that originates from the Philippines. (from google)

It had that distinct Chinese cuisine taste to it, which is common in pares. It’s fine.

Overall thoughts:

It’s an okay restaurant. I don’t think it’s anything that I would crave or go back to because I really want to but if I am within the vicinity, I probably would eat there again. three stars.

Food · Travel

Aguirre Foodtrip (this comes with a vlog)

Vlog link here

My friends and I went around Aguirre to try out different restaurants. I wasn’t able to take photos (mostly because I was busy eating) but I was able to make a short video about it. Excuse the low quality editing and my unpleasant voice.

For those who prefers to be saved from that shenanigans, here’s a written review.

Just a heads up that this won’t be containing as much photos as my usual posts would, everything will be shown on the link below.

Aguirre is a long street in BF Homes Paranaque which is popular to food enthusiasts. Restaurants are walking distance from each other. It has a wide variety of everything you might be looking for: different cuisines, different ambiance, affordable choices, expensive choices and a whole lot more.

For this particular food trip, I guess my friend just picked his favorites and let us try the best on the menu. Credits to Jeremy (please if you’re reading this, comment below) for arranging this.

1st STOP: Mensakaba Geishu

Address: Southland Apartelle, Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 5469302

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:30AM to 2:00PM, 5:00PM to 10:00PM

We ordered chashu ramen, tantanmen black and 2 servings of gyoza. This is actually the best ramen that I’ve tried so far. I can’t say if it’s comparable to those in Japan but this is the one that I can most tolerate since I am not a fan of ramen.

Tantanmen ramen was a bit spicy but it’s the kind of spice that you’d crave for. I’m actually craving for ramen at this very moment, something that hasn’t happened before.

For our total that is 800 pesos, we got 2 bowls of ramen and 2 servings of gyoza, I can say that it’s a reasonable amount.

4 out of 5 stars for mensakaba geishu

2nd STOP: Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub

Address: 98 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 5195162

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:30AM to 2:00AM

Uncle Moe’s specializes in Middle Eastern dishes which is dear to my heart. The place isn’t loaded up with fancy decoration. It feels raw and simple. No frills just like their menu.

We ordered Moussaka Melt, keema with pita bread and special beef shawarma. Among the three, the simplest is my favorite: Keema with pita bread. It had the right amount of everything for me which isn’t too complicated.

You also have to try their kebabs!

4 out of 5 stars

3rd STOP: La Chinesca

Address: 248 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 7380724

Opening Hours: Tuesday 5:00PM to 10:00PM

Wednesday to Sunday 11:00AM to 2:00PM, 5:00PM to 10:00PM

La chinesca is a little, unseen restaurant in BF that is starting to make a name for itself. Their tacos serve as their own advertisement. No huge banners, no sales no anything, just a little taco shop along Aguirre.

Down side is that they have a small shop, a little too crowded for my own liking but their food makes up for it. You might need to wait a little to get a good spot but It’s worth it.

MUST TRY: TUNA TOSTADA (and check out their daily menu, you might find something interesting)

4 out of 5 stars

4th (and last) STOP: Larcy’s Cupcakery Cafe

Address: 178 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 4782849

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00AM to 11:00PM

Of course, the last stop should be dessert. Larcy’s cupcakery cafe is one of those feel good cafes because of the light and well decorated ambiance. It’s bright and the decorations aren’t over the top.

I can’t recommend anything since all their cupcakes are good. Coffee is also okay but it’s not the best. I have yet to try their meals.

3.5 out of 5 stars

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

With a 2,500 Peso budget, I can say we were able to make the most out of it. I can’t pick a favorite among the three main restaurants (mensakaba, la chinesca and uncle moe’s) because they have a unique thing which sets them apart.

Mensakaba is the go to ramen place. Something to hug your insides on a stressful day. Uncle Moe’s is when you want to chill with your friends over food. Easy, light but still filling. La Chinesca is for your intimate dates (or taco bonding) and tuna tostada cravings.

thumbs up for everything.

VLOG POST HEREEEEEE:

Aguirre Foodtrip Vlog

Food

Mr. Roboto

Chicken is my all time comfort food but sushi rolls are definitely a competition. I’ve tried a few japanese restaurants which quite frankly, does not inspire me to write reviews (hence, the lack of food posts lately). However, my friends and I met up and ate here in Mr. Roboto which sparked forgotten love for reviews.

Restaurant details

Address:
Ground floor, ATC Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Opening hours:

Sunday-Thursday 11am- 9pm

Friday- Saturday 11am- 10pm

Contact number:

(02) 2469072, 147

Ambiance

Mr. Roboto had a quirky and relaxed feel to it. It was quite small but the tables didn’t feel cramped. There were enough space for walking and you wouldn’t think that other people would eavesdrop in your conversations.

The restaurant had a nostalgic vibe to it with its design. The walls were filled with anime we loved as kids.

Spot the animes you watched before! The song Mr. Roboto even played in the background.

Price

The food was reasonable for their prices. It may be a little above average but I think the price is worth it.

Service

The staff were attentive but not annoying. They were able to answer our inquiries and was polite and patient. On top of that, Mr. Roboto provides an iPad for you to see photos of their products which is really helpful.

Food

Food was great. We were able to try 3 dishes and all of them did not disappoint.

Photo above: Mr. Roboto

This is one of those tuna on tuna kind of thing. Bottom layer is a cucumber roll, the second layer is negi tuna while the top layer is aburi (torched) tuna. This one was a bit spicy but was still tolerable even for me who has a low tolerance for spicy food.

Photo above: Voltron

This was their take on the classic california maki. It’s a cucumber roll topped with kani salad and crunchy maki. The crunchy maki was actually entertaining to eat. It’s one of the best california makis that I tried. Two thumbs up for this.

Photo above: Mazinger Z

It’s a radish roll topped with spicy salmon and negi salmon with cream cheese and crispy salmon skin. It’s one of those “it’s too spicy but I will keep on eating because it’s good” kind of dishes. It has all the things that I dont like, raw and slimy salmon and spice but I would order this again if a friend shares it with me. Another thumbs up for this.

Overall thoughts

I’m glad I was able to try Mr. Roboto. My friends and workmates have been recommending this to me and it really did not disappoint. I would definitely go back and recommend to my friends. I can’t wait to try their rice bowls next.

Food

Ribshack

Among the list of food that can make me happy, ribs would be included among the ones on top.

About the restaurant

Pilar, Las Pinas branch:

PDC Compound, Rose Ave cor Aguirre Ave, Almanza Uno, Las PiñasT-Su: 4PM-12MN
(0917) 887-4225

BF homes, paranaque branch
71c President’s Ave cor Rufino St, BF Homes, Parañaque

Ambience

Ribshack has a western, cowboy-ey feel to it. Interiors are wooden and the lights are dim. I think this place is good for group bondings and celebrations.

Price

Price range from 100-800 Php but the servings are big and filling.

Service

The waiters are attentive and were helpful. They also have complete amenities for your enjoyment and comfort.

Food

Although they have a limited menu, I can say that it is well thought of. We tried their ribs and crispy bacon. The ribs were tender and juicy and they were not skimping on the sauce.

The crispy bacon was okay, I prefer the bacon without breading and good thing that I asked before dipping in the sauce since apparently it was siracha and I have low tolerance for spicy.

Overall thoughts

I would go back for the ribs. I would also recommend this to my friends. Two thumbs up for this restaurant.