These are just a sample of the dishes you can try if you go on a culinary journey in Cebu. Which of these dishes have you tried? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
While Cebu is known for its beaches, it is also a good place for anyone looking to go on a culinary journey. Since Cebuanos are known to be picky when it comes to food, it is not surprising that Cebu offers a good number of dishes that can tickle the taste buds of foodies who were lucky enough to set their food on the island. The following are some food options food lovers can consider if they want to go on a culinary journey in Cebu.
Similar to many places in the country, Cebu also has its share of delicacies that tourists can bring home with them after their visit. One of these delicacies is the Peanut Browas. The Peanut Browas are bite-size peanut-flavored delicacies that were conceptualized during the time when Cebu had a flour shortage. Its rich peanut flavor can easily catch anyone’s fancy. Sold in boxes consisting of packs of the delicacy, the Peanut Browas has consistently titillated the senses of both residents and visitors to the island.
When it comes to the main dish, the first thing that comes to mind is the Cebu lechon. Cebuanos take pride in the lechon that they would say of the lechon needs lechon sauce, it is not Cebu lechon. The Cebu version of this sinfully-delicious dish is already tasty that you do not need lechon sauce when you eat it.
Aside from the Cebu lechon, another dish you may want to try while in Cebu is the bisnok of Dumanjug. Bisnok comes from “Bisaya,” which is the language spoken in Cebu, and “Manok,” which means chicken. The bisnok of Dumanjug has a distinctive taste due to the special spices used in cooking it. A purely organic native chicken is also used for the dish, which is fried before any seasoning is added.
The danggit is a dish that has a special place on the breakfast table of many Cebuano households. The danggit of Cebu has also become one of the pasalubong items many visitors to Cebu take home with them. While it is mainly eaten during breakfast, it can be eaten at any time of the day. The term “danggit” is actually the method of preserving the fish, which is either spinefoot fish or rabbitfish. Some Cebuanos also use the danggit to spice up some dishes they are cooking.
While these dishes can be paired with a plate of rice, when you are in Cebu the puso is the way to go. The puso or hanging rice can be considered as one of the icons in the food landscape of Cebu. This humble dish makes it easy to eat rice without using any utensils. Wrapped in coconut leaves or “lukay,” the puso are sold in places where the Cebu lechon, lechon manok, and any other Cebuano finger food are sold.
Cebu is also known for exporting dried mangoes to different parts of the world. The dried mangoes of Cebu are sweet to the taste with a hint of sourness in them. This unique combination makes the dried mangoes of Cebu among the popular pasalubong items from Cebu, aside from the Peanut Browas, Toasted Mini Mamons, and Butterscotch. Aside from the dried mango, the mangoes of Cebu can also be made into a deliciously-fruity Mango Float. You
These are just a sample of the dishes you can try if you go on a culinary journey in Cebu. Which of these dishes have you tried? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
A date on Valentine’s Day does not always mean you have to splurge in order to make it romantic. While eating out on the day of hearts may be a nice, but a tight budget does not mean you cannot spend quality time with your loved one. Here are some places where you can have a romantic evening without having to spend too much.
Walk in the Park
Cebu may not have as many parks as the capital, but there are some places that have gone through a facelift to make them a good place to visit during Valentine’s Day. One of the places these places is Plaza Independencia. In the past, the park was a haven for bad elements before the city government decided to restore it and make it safer for residents and visitors. You do not have to spend anything other than fare to spend some quality time with your loved one at the park. You may also want to bring some food and have a small picnic at the park while enjoying each other’s company.
Date with History
Couples who love history and culture may want to visit some of the museums and cultural sites in the Queen City of the South. While you may have to pay for the entrance fee for these museums, it will be minimal. You can also take a one-day tour of some of the tourist spots in Cebu starting from Fort San Pedro and gradually work your way to Casa Gorordo.
SRP Beach Side
If you have a vehicle, you may want to drive to the South Road Properties and spend the day at the SRP beach side. You can sit on the benches and simply hang out amid the cool sea breeze. The waves also have a calming effect, which makes it conducive to talk about life or anything under the sun.
Getting Physical at Mount Babag
For adventure lovers, hiking up Mount Babag to the RCPI towers is a good way to spend some quality time together. Aside from exercising your muscles, you will also get the chance to motivate each other in attaining your goal of reaching the top, which is something couples should do to keep the love alive. You may also want to bring food and have a picnic on your way to the top.
Fun at the Mall
The love month normally sees malls normally holding shows to entertain shoppers. These shows are typically free of charge, but you have to contend with a huge crowd waiting to see their idols live. If you don’t mind mixing up with the crowd to catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two with your loved one, you can head on over to the nearest mall and watch them perform live.
Valentine’s Day does not always mean you have to make your wallet lighter just to have some quality time with your partner. All you need to do is to be creative and think out of the box. Simply look for something the two of you love to do, and plan the day well. What is important is that you spend time together on this special day of the year.
Flowers and chocolates are the most popular gifts you can give your loved one. But have you considered looking for an unconventional gift that may be practical or fun to use? We came up with a list of delicacies you can give for Valentine’s Day, this list will feature some out of the ordinary gift ideas you may want to give your special someone to make the day of hearts memorable.
Technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade. This growth resulted to an increasing volume of information we can use for everyday lives. Due to this, a flash drive is quite a practical gift for your loved one. It can be used to store information, be it movies, music, and other things your partner may need or want for everyday tasks. You may even find heart-shaped flash drives to make it more memorable for him or her.
Another practical gift you can give is a power bank. While the latest smartphones have long standby time, you will never know when your battery will lose power due to heavy usage. This is especially true if your partner loves playing mobile games. These games typically use up a lot of juice in the smartphone. So, a power bank is a very practical gift to give on the day of hearts.
Coupons are very useful especially when you are tight on your budget. Aside from saving money, your loved one will also get to do fun things when the coupon becomes redeemable. You can compile the coupons and let your creativity work by putting them into a colorful folder and decorate it with stickers.
Poetry on a Plate
If you are good in making poems, you may want to consider having your poems engraved into a plate. You can simply write the poem on a white plate. You can also have it engraved if you have the budget. This way each time your loved one has a meal at home, he or she will recall the day you gave the gift.
A ukulele is another gift you may want to consider giving a ukulele. You may also want to include ukulele lessons so he or she will learn how to play this musical instrument. We will never know, your significant other will compose a song for you for the next Valentine’s Day.
Outdoor Survival Bracelet
If your loved one loves the outdoors, an outdoor survival bracelet is a practical gift to give. These survival bracelets are useful for outdoor and adventure activities. These five-in-one bracelets feature a paracord where you can find a compass, whistle, scraper, and a fire starter rod.
For people who travel out of the country often, a passport cover made of premium synthetic leather is a very useful gift. It protects their passport from wear and tear to ensure they do not have issues when they travel. You may even have it personalized by engraving the initials of your loved one on the cover.
Gone are the days when chocolates and flowers are the only gifts you should give your significant other. These are just some practical gifts you can give your special someone for Valentine’s Day. You can simply let your imagination fly when thinking of something to give on this special day of the year.
Valentine’s Day is a special day for couples who would spend some time together even for an hour or two. While couples should spend quality time together every day, February 14 has always been special for people with a significant other. People normally have a special lunch or dinner with their loved one on Valentine’s Day. But, you can be creative and have a unique celebration on the day of hearts with your loved one.
Watch the Sun Set at Tops Lookout
If you want to watch the sun setting over the horizon while hugging your loved one tightly in your arms, Tops Lookout is the best place to go. The place has always been one of the go-to places for couples who want to spend a lazy afternoon up in the mountains without having to spend too much. The entrance fee of the place is PHP100. If you do not have your own vehicle, you can hire a motorcycle to bring you up to the place. Rates start at PHP150, depending on your negotiation skills.
Celebrate Love at the Temple of Leah
When you think about love, the Temple of Leah stands out among the different tourist sites in the Queen City of the South. The Temple of Leah was built in 2012 as a symbol of the undying love of Teodorico Adarna for his wife, Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. It is but a fitting place for couples to visit the place to renew their love for each other on Valentine’s Day. Entrance fee to the Temple of Leah is at PHP50. They have a parking fee of PHP100 if your vehicle is parked within the premises of the temple. A shuttle service is available for those who do not have vehicles. Round-trip fare is PHP120. It normally parks at the Dessert Factory across JY Square Discovery Mall.
Take a Dip at Mountain View Nature’s Park
If you have had your fill of the beaches in Cebu, you may want to try spending Valentine’s Day up in the mountains of Cebu. One of the best places you can visit is Mountain View Nature’s Park. After going through a facelift, the place already features an infinity pool that looks amazing at night. The park is perfect for picnics and bonding activities with your loved one. The entrance fee at the park is at PHP100. Mountain View Nature’s Park has its own shuttle service, but it costs PHP400 per person with a minimum of 10 persons riding the van. You may also hire a motorcycle, which is at PHP25 per head depending on how good you are at negotiating.
Disconnect at Bacalla Woods Campsite
If you go to the south, there is another place where you can disconnect from the world and spend some quality time with your loved one on Valentine’s Day. The Bacalla Woods Campsite is a mountain campsite located in San Fernando, Cebu where you get to commune with nature and simply while the time away. The campsite also offers a number of adventure activities that you can enjoy with your significant other. The overnight fee at the Bacalla Woods Campsite is at PHP150. Hammock rental is at PHP100 while a tent costs PHP300.
Fill Your Stomach to the Brim at Koa Tree House
For couples who love to eat, they may want to consider taking advantage of the lunch or dinner buffet at the Koa Tree House. The Koa Tree House is the hub for musicians and home for Cebuano comfort food. When it opened at the Rivergate Mall along Mango Avenue, the resto bar focused on offering good food at a reasonable cost. The lunch and dinner buffet without drinks start at PHP180. The buffet with crabs, shrimps, and drinks cost PHP300.
Valentine’s Day normally sees an increase in sales of chocolates. While there may be promotions offered by some shops, prices may also increase, particularly among imported chocolates. If you have a budget to follow, finding reasonably-priced chocolates to give to your loved one may be challenging, especially if you will pair it off with flowers or a stuffed toy. But fret not since there are a lot of delicacies in Cebu that you can give instead of chocolates.
The Peanut Browas is one of the many homegrown delicacies of Cebu. These popular treats are Cebu’s version of the Lady Fingers and are made using the same methods established by Lola Pureza. These peanut-flavored treats always evoke a feeling of Old Cebu. You can easily find Peanut Browas in pasalubong centers and groceries all over Cebu.
Toasted Mini Mamons
Another proudly Cebuano delicacy is the Toasted Mini Mamons. The crunchy texture of these delicacies is scrumptious to the taste. Similar to the Peanut Browas, the Toasted Mini Mamons are also made based on the strict standards set by Lola Pureza. They come in bite-sized pieces and are available in many pasalubong centers and supermarkets in Cebu.
The Butterscotch is a toffee-like confectionery made of sugar and butter. The distinctive taste of the Butterscotch of Lola Pureza comes from the molasses and muscovado sugar it uses. These two ingredients give it the right amount of sweetness and its chewy consistency, which enhances its already enjoyable taste. You can also find the Butterscotch in different pasalubong centers and groceries all over metro Cebu.
This sinfully scrumptious delicacy has tickled the taste buds of Cebuanos and visitors to Cebu for generations. While there are many versions of the chicharon, everyone agrees that the best one can be found in Carcar City. Made of pork rind boiled in water filled with salt and other spices, the Carcar chicharon can be eaten as a snack or as one of the viands in a meal. It is even being used to enhance the flavor of some Cebuano dishes. Even as the best place to buy the chicharon is in Carcar, you can still find them in many supermarkets and pasalubong centers in Cebu.
The masi is a homemade treat that has become one of the most sought-after treats from Liloan. It consists of glutinous rice with a filling made of sweet peanut paste. While it can be found anywhere in the country, the masi of Liloan is arguably among the best. You can find this treat being sold at the plaza of Liloan or along the road in the town. It can also be bought at a pasalubong center in Liloan.
Another Cebu delicacy you may want to give is the torta from Argao. This sweet and tangy pastry is one of the sources of pride for the people of this southern heritage town. Even as it uses the same basic ingredients as the torta in other places, the Argao torta uses tuba or fermented coconut rather than yeast. The tuba gives the torta of Argao its distinctive flavor that has captured the taste of many Cebuanos. The best place to buy the torta is in Argao, but it is also available in a number of supermarkets all over Cebu.
The bibingka is a native delicacy that is popular among Cebuanos and visitors to Cebu. There may be many versions of this delectable treat, but the bibingka from Mandaue is hands-down among the best Cebu can offer. Even longtime residents of Cebu, who are now living in other parts of the country and the world, still long to have a bite of the bibingka from Mandaue. You can easily find the Mandaue bibingka at stalls along the roads of Mandaue as well as some groceries and supermarkets in Cebu.
The buko pie may be available in a number of supermarkets and groceries in Cebu, but the buko pie of San Fernando is considered among the best in Cebu. The San Fernando buko pie makes use of young coconut meat and is typically sold hot and fresh. They may be smaller compared to the usual buko pie you find in a supermarket or grocery, but they taste better.
The pintos is a delicacy from the northern city of Bogo. It is made of ground milk that is mixed with butter and margarine. The special variant of this treat uses margarine instead of butter. It has become so popular in Bogo that the city named its annual festival the Pintos Festival. While it is only available in Bogo, there are instances when it is brought to the Queen City of the South through a food expo.
Another delicacy that originated from Mandaue City is the masareal. This sweet peanut delicacy is made of peanuts and sugar syrup. They are shaped like a rectangle and are enjoyed by both children and adults. These sweet, nutty treats are available in many groceries and pasalubong centers all over metro Cebu.
These are just some well-loved delicacies from Cebu that you can give to your loved one for Valentine’s Day in case your budget is tight. You can also give it if your significant other does not really like chocolates.
With a couple of days left before Valentine’s Day, people may be scrambling to find a good place to have lunch or dinner with the loved ones on this special day of the year. People living in Cebu are lucky to have a wide range of choices when it comes to places where they can spend this special day with their partners. We came up with another list of places you can have breakfast, lunch, or dinner with your loved one.
Delice Recipes is a good place to watch the city light up the sky as the sun sets over the horizon. Located in Busay, the restaurant is close to Tops Lookout. The restaurant has an alfresco area where you can have a romantic evening with your loved one. The bar is located in the indoor dining area where you can have a drink or two with some of your friends.
Delice Recipes has a good selection of dishes that can tickle the taste buds of its customers. These dishes include appetizers such as the Chicken Liver Pate and Homemade Spanish Chorizo & Mushrooms as well as their Roasted Pumpkin Soup. Salad options include Greek Salad, Asian Salad, and Nicoise Salad. Customers can also have Braised Lamb Shank or Peruvian Steak for dinner. The prices of the menu items start at PHP150 for the Roasted Pumpkin Soup up to PHP1,200 for the Angus Rib Eye Steak. Delice Recipes is located at the Tops Property, Busay, Cebu City.
Couples looking for a place far from the stress of life in the city even for one day may want to check out Dolce Café. The posh interiors of the café make it an ideal place for lovers to spend their Valentine’s Day afternoon. Similar to other places located on Nivel Hills, the café also offers a panoramic view of the city.
While Dolce Café offers a good selection of cakes and pastries, they also have a wide variety of snacks and meals for its customers. The buttercakes of the café are among their bestsellers, including the mango, ube, and classic buttercake. Snack and meal options include their Angus Cheese Burger, Pork Belly, Fish Burger, and Chicken Wings. Prices of their menu items are between PHP100 for their Chocolate Cake and PHP280 for the Angus Cheese Burger. Dolce Café is located in Panorama Heights, Nivel, Cebu City.
Bellini Champagne Bar
While the main draws of Bellini Champagne Bar are their drinks, they also offer a suitable variety of pizza, snack, and dinner items. Customers can also choose from a good variety of hors d’ oeuvres or bar snack items offered by the restaurant. Prices of the menu items offered at the Bellini Champagne Bar start at PHP200 for the Hot Crisp Calamari up to PHP850 for a double order of the Shrimp Cocktail. Bellini Champagne Bar is located in Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills, Cebu City.
Halo Restaurant is the in-house restaurant of St. Mark Hotel. Located in the heart of uptown Cebu, the restaurant offers home-cooked-style food items for its customers. The restaurant is ideal for couples looking to fill their stomachs to the brim due to the buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner offered at the place.
Halo Restaurant gives customers a taste of Cebu with its wide selection of food items, including the Lechon Kawali, Grilled Pork Belly, and the Bisayang Manok of Dumanjug. In addition, the place also has a suitable variety of other Filipino favorites, including the Pochero, Sizzling Sisig, and Fried Calamari. Prices of the menu items are between PHP160 for the Bird’s Nest Soup and PHP280 for the Grilled Pork Belly. Halo Restaurant is located on the second floor of St. Mark Hotel, Queen’s Road, Cebu City.
Simply J’s Café and Restaurant
Simply J’s Café and Restaurant is a cozy family-style restaurant offering Pinoy home-cooked meals along with Asian-inspired dishes. The name of the restaurant is based on the names of the members of the family that owns the place. All of their names start with the letter J. A part of the restaurant has a buffet layout, which has proven to be popular among its regal customers. The restaurant also has a cozy area for customers who want to order a la carte.
Simply J’s Café and Restaurant a variety of Filipino and Asian-inspired dishes, including the Chorizo, Crispy Pata, Crispy Calamares, and Asian Mandarin Salad. The menu items at the restaurant start at PHP99 for their Pork Barbecue up to PHP300 for the Caldereta. Simply J’s Café and Restaurant is located along Escario Street, Cebu City.
The day of hearts comes but once a year and people normally look for a place where they can celebrate with their loved ones. While there are many places in Cebu where you can have a special dinner on Valentine’s Day, many of these places will likely be fully-booked. So, we came up with another list of places you can consider spending having a romantic evening with the love of your life.
If you are thinking of having a romantic dinner up on a mountain, Fabio’s is a good option. This quaint little restaurant is located in the mountains of Busay, offering its customers the chance to get away from the pandemonium in the city. The ambiance of the place allows couples to enjoy a romantic evening amid the sounds and sights of nature.
Fabio’s offers a good mix of appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, sandwiches, and rice meals. But, their main crowd drawer is their pizza. Their food items are priced from PHP155 for the Cheesy Fries up to PHP285 for the Provence Special Pizza. Fabio’s is located along Veteran’s Drive, Busay, Cebu City. It is close to Crate Café.
For couples looking for a cozy place within the city to spend the day of hearts, Soho Park may be a place they can consider. Soho Park is a casual dining restaurant located in the Cebu IT Park. The simple interiors make the place where couples can have a relaxing lunch or dinner on Valentine’s Day.
The place has a suitable selection of soups, sandwiches, salads, pasta, and steaks. In addition, this restaurant also offers mouth-watering rice meals. The menu items at the place cost between PHP85 for the Pork Steamed Rice and PHP1,250 for the USDA New York Strip Steak. Soho Park is located at the ground floor of the Asia Premier Residences at the Cebu IT Park.
Couples looking to spend the afternoon together may want to visit Marisse Patisserie. Marisse Patisserie is a newly-opened pastry shop located at 32 Sanson by Rockwell. This Instagram-worthy pastry shop is a product of the passion of its owner, Marisse, who comes from a family of culinary enthusiasts.
A suitable variety of cakes, tartlets, rolls, and breads await couples looking for a quaint place to have afternoon snacks together. The prices of the menu items at the place start at PHP45 for the Ube Milk Bread up to PHP1,500 for the Cookie Dough Cheesecake. Marisse Patisserie is located at 32 Sanson Road, Lahug, Cebu City.
Kayu - Kitchen + Bar
If enjoying fusion dishes is your idea of spending Valentine’s Day for your loved one, you may want to consider Kayu - Kitchen + Bar. The dishes at the restaurant only use the finest and freshest ingredients available in the market. Owned by the son of Marisse of Marisse Patisserie, Izzy, Kayu - Kitchen + Bar gives its couples a place where they can spend the day of hearts away from the crowds while remaining within the city.
Kayu - Kitchen + Bar has a good selection of appetizers, entrées, desserts and breakfas items. The menu items at the place are priced between PHP170 for the Crab and Spinach Omelette and PHP1,390 for the Kayu Skillet. Kayu - Kitchen + Bar is located at 32 Sanson Road, Lahug, Cebu City. It is close to Marisse Patisserie.
Marble + Grain Steakhouse
Steak lovers may find comfort in the arms of their significant other while having a slab of mouthwatering steak at Marble + Grain Steakhouse. This is an upscale and stylish restaurant offering among the best steaks on the island. It is one of the restaurants of the newly-opened Bai Hotel.
Marble + Grain Steakhouse serves USDA prime beef, lamb, poultry, and pork dishes. The prices of the menu items at the place start at PHP1,450. While this may be quite heavy on the budget, the restaurant also conducts promotions where customers can have a good meal at a reasonable price. Marble + Grain Steakhouse is located at the Bai Hotel at the North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City.
While pizza is a traditional Italian dish, Cebuanos have taken to it like fish to water. You can see this all over the metro where pizza places of all shapes and sizes are popping up all over the place. While many of these pizza restaurants started in the nation’s capital, there are also some that were established by Cebuano residents. This is the second list of a series of pizza places you can fill your pizza cravings in Cebu.
Pizzeria Michelangelo offers authentic Italian pizza prepared by Chef Massimo, a true-blue Italian. The restaurant uses high-quality ingredients and fresh produce for its pizza offerings, which is a part of the mission of Chef Massimo in introducing a taste of Italy to Cebuanos. Aside from pizza, the menu of Pizzeria Michelangelo also includes pasta, soups, and salads, among others. The prices of the menu items at Pizzeria Michelangelo are between PHP220 for the Aglio Olio e Peperoncino and PHP525 for the Hola Hola Pizza.
Ryan’s Pizzarelli House
Ryan’s Pizzarelli House is another homegrown pizza place offering this Italian dish. The restaurant is known for its R. Fratelli Pizza and Calzone, which piqued the interest of food lovers in Cebu. The place is located in the same area as a number of hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Cebu. The prices of the pizza offered at the restaurant start at PHP280 for the Gladiator Calzone up to PHP380 for the Ryan’s Pizzarelli Special Pizza.
If eating pizza while enjoying the view is your thing, you may want to check out Fabio’s Kitchen in Busay. Located close to Crate Café, the place offers a place where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of nature. Aside from pizza, Fabio’s Kitchen also offers pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, and rice dishes. The prices of the menu items at Fabio’s Kitchen are between PHP95 for the French Onion Soup and PHP295 for the Special Provence Pizza.
Cabanas Pizza and Barbecue Haus
Cabanas Pizza and Barbecue Haus is a newly-opened pizza place located along Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City. Despite being new, the place has already received rave reviews for the pizza they are offering to their guests. Aside from offering pizza, the restaurant also offers barbecue, beef and chicken dishes, as well as seafood and appetizers. The place also has a small stage where bands entertain customers while they have lunch or dinner. Prices of the items on the menu of Cabanas Pizza and Barbecue Haus start at PHP50 for their Peanuts up to PHP250 for the All Meat Pizza.
Craver’s Crib is a hole-in-the-wall pizza place located in Guadalupe, Cebu City. The restaurant was established in April 2016 and has built a good number of regular customers who considered their pizza as among the best homemade pizza in Cebu. The pizza offerings at the restaurant are priced between PHP130 for the Couple 9-inch Hawaiian thin crust pizza and PHP295 for the Mikee’s Meaty special thin crust pizza.
Where do you get your pizza fix in Cebu? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
A few days into the month of hearts and couples are likely looking for a place where they can have a special dinner on that special day. While Cebu has a good number of restaurants to choose from, these places are expected to be full on the 14th. This is particularly true with restaurants located within the city since the February 14 is not a legal holiday. Anyway, we came up with a list of new and relatively-new places you can consider spending Valentine's Day with your partner.
The Pyramid has gradually picked up a good following after it opened at the Cebu IT Park on March 17, 2017. Its Louvre-inspired design makes it stand out among all the structures in the area. The place offers a good selection of food and wine for its customers. You may think you will spend a fortune at The Pyramid, but the items on their menu are reasonably-priced. The place also offers promotions for special events and occasions, such as Valentine’s Day.
The Pyramid offers soups, salads, burgers, steaks, pasta, and pizza, among others. Prices of their food offerings start at PHP145 for the Perfectly Roasted Squash up to PHP630 for the Ostrich Steak. The Pyramid is located along West Geonzon Road, Cebu IT Park.
If your idea of a date on Valentine’s Day is eating authentic Indian food with your loved one, you may want to consider going to Bharat Spice. The place is unlike other places offering Indian food since it does not have the usual pictures of tourist spots in India or Bollywood tunes playing in the background. The food itself makes the place authentically Indian. They make use of ingredients similar to the ones you find in India.
Bharat Spice offers a number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, soups, kebabs, roti, rice, and biryani. The food items offered at the place are between PHP50 for the Roasted Papad and PHP550 for the Roasted Mutton. Bharat Spice is located along Jose Maria del Mar Street, Cebu IT Park.
Top of Cebu
Couples looking to spend a romantic evening with a panoramic view of the city, the Top of Cebu would be the place to spend Valentine’s Day. Located in the mountains of Busay, the Top of Cebu is ideal for watching the sun setting over the horizon while waiting for the lights of the city illuminate the night. The place features a multi-level dining area, which allows guests to have a romantic evening with their loved ones.
The menu at the Top of Cebu offers a good selection of Filipino and international dishes, including Adobo Flakes, Spring Rolls, T-Bone Steak, and Osso Bucco ni Lola. Prices of these dishes start at PHP60 for the Balut ala Royale up to PHP1,200 for the Porterhouse Steak. The Top of Cebu is located in Busay, Cebu City. It is situated right beside Tops Lookout.
Couples looking to get away from the crowds in many restaurants without having to go far can consider spending Valentine’s Day at Providore Cebu. The restaurant is the in-house restaurant of the Summit Galleria Hotel, Cebu. Providore Cebu also provides for all the food and beverage needs of the hotel. The place also offers artisanal food items guests may want to bring home with them.
Providore Cebu offers a good selection of Filipino and international dishes, including salads, pasta, sandwiches, and grilled items. The place also has a buffet for couples who may want to fill their stomachs to the brim on this special day. The menu items at the restaurant are priced between PHP150 for the Bacon Clam Chowder Soup in Bread Bowl and PHP695 for the Decadent Bone Marrow Burger. Providore Cebu is located on the ground floor of Summit Galleria Hotel, Cebu.
Cocina de la Casa
Cocina de la Casa is an unassuming restaurant located close to the center of the city. Its homey ambiance belies the elegant culinary creations of Chef Stephen Aznar who brings a wealth of experience with him. The menu items at the restaurant are based on the age-old recipes of his first mentor, Nena Garcia. Aside from showcasing Cebuano heritage cuisine, the restaurant also serves as a mini-gallery featuring the artworks of a number of talented Cebuano artists.
Cocina de la Casa mainly offers Filipino cuisine, particularly Cebuano dishes. In addition, the flair of Chef Stephen also reveals itself on the dishes offered at the restaurant. Some of the dishes offered at the place include Local Cheese in Basil Infused Oil, Prawn and Pomelo Salad, Pan Seared Emperor Beam, and Nena’s Tripeless Callos. Prices of the items start at PHP125 for the Curried Squash Soup up to PHP695 for the Loma de Bacalao with Japanese Rice. Cocina de la Casa is located along A. Morales Street, Cebu City. This is the street behind Harold’s Hotel.
These are just five places you can consider spending a romantic lunch or dinner with your loved one during Valentine’s Day.
Long before smartphones, PCs, and video game consoles became a common sight in many Cebuano homes, children used their imagination to keep themselves occupied. The games they used to play allowed them to exercise and use their creativity to win. The following are more games Cebuanos used to play when they were kids.
The word “tabanog” simply means kite. It was one of the favorite pastimes of Cebuanos during summer. These kites or tabanogs came in different shapes and sizes. From a simple, diamond-shaped tabanog to a more complicated dragon-shaped tabanog, these were a common sight all over Cebu when summer vacation starts. While flying the tabanog was fun, Cebuano kids made it competitive by pitting their own kites with others.
Cebuano kids can be quite creative when it comes to keeping themselves occupied without having to spend too much. One of the results of this creativity is the luthang. The luthang is a toy gun made of bamboo. It consists of a barrel and a plunger and used wet balls of paper as their pellets. The pellets are fired through air pressure. This toy evolved when kids started using the tube of a pen instead of bamboo. Even as the game was fun, it was played during a time when small scrapes and scratches were merely shrugged off by kids, and parents considered these to be a part of growing up.
Chinese garter was a game played by elementary girls and used an ordinary garter that was around three yards long. The game required flexibility, coordination, and balance. At least three players were needed for the game. Two would be holding the garter horizontally while the third player would try to cross over the garter without tripping. The game starts with the garter held at a lower level and would gradually go higher as the game progressed.
While the girls have the Chinese garter, the boys have takyan. Takyan was a game where players would kick a shuttlecock for a specific number of times. The shuttlecock was made of a washer with feathers or plastic straw rope attached to it. There are times when a candy wrapper would be used instead of feathers or straw rope.
Pusil-pusil is the Cebuano version of cops and robbers. It is a very simple game where two teams would try to find the members of the opposing team and “shoot” them by shouting “bang.” Their “gun” was simply their fingers with the index finger or pointer finger acting as the barrel. Some would play the game using wooden “guns.” The game was played at a time when life was simple and kids were innocent and simply wanted to have fun with their friends.
If you are planning to teach your kids these games, you may want to prepare something for them to much on if they get hungry. You can consider giving them a pack or two of the Peanut Browas, Toasted Mini Mamons, or Butterscotch to tide them over until dinnertime.
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