31 Aug 2013
Our 'Sunday habit' seems to be in full gear. This time, we went to have dinner at Maya, a Mexican restaurant located in Crossroad Banilad, Cebu.
We were greeted by smiling waitress when we arrived, and escorted us to our seats. I was a bit overwhelmed by the prices of their food when they handed out the menu. Not to mention all those Mexican terms they used to name their food. I'm glad they put descriptions underneath those names, or else we'll still be wondering what food to order an hour later.
I love seafood, most especially prawns and shrimps, but the prawns we ordered seems to lack of something. Although the prawns were juicy, it could have been great if the spices and herbs was absorbed by the prawn's meat.
This chicken seems a bit dry for me. I'm not really a big fan of chicken. Maybe that's a reason why I don't appreciate it that much.
From all the food we ordered, I like this the most. The fish was tender and not overcooked. I don't like the sauce, but my sister's partner seems to love it.
I love how they cook the baby back ribs. The meat was so tender that I don't even need to use my knife to cut it.
While we were dining, we saw a couple of celebrities (Kuya Kim and Coline) go out from Maya. I assume they also had their dinner at the restaurant. One thing I also observed was that their waitress and waiters speak English fluently.
I must say, this is the most expensive dinner I've ever paid so far. I can't say it was worth it, but base on the service they provide, and the elegant place they have... maybe.
MAYA Mexican Restaurant
Crossroads Banilad, Cebu
Telephone: +632 238-9552, 238-9618
Delivery Hotline: +632 416-2442
Mobile: +63 917 624-9185
23 Aug 2013
Casa Verde. This magnificent place is located just beside Casa Verde, Ramos branch. Although it is part of Casa Verde, this restaurant offers a different set of menu.
Pan-fried Salmon is another of my favorites on their menu. I love the sauce that comes with it. The salmon was tender, not overly cooked nor under cooked.
My sister's boyfriend ordered skewered surf and turf, and had it done medium well. I had a few bites, but I can't say I like it.
To be honest, there is nothing so great about it. Aside from the huge serving, I feel like there is some ingredient missing. The chicken tastes bland and dry. I have to give them credit for the gravy though. It was great.
Other things we ordered along with our food is...
Hope you'll enjoy their food as much as we do. :D
The Suite Room by Casa Verde
69 Lim Tian Teng Street
( Right beside CASA Verde )
Ramos, Cebu, Philippines 6000
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
For reservation 032 254 0508
13 Aug 2013
Lately, dinner after mass has become our Sunday habit. These past few weeks we had this habit of going to the cemetery to visit our mom, hear mass, and go out for dinner. We had this kind of tradition before when we were kids, minus the cemetery, but it suddenly stop. I guess we suddenly grew old of that tradition. You know how it is with teenagers. They love to spend more time with their friends. Anyway, I'm glad we're having this Sunday habit again. It gives me a reason to spend some quality time with my family, and eat delicious food.
We went to Pino restaurant for dinner one evening. The nearest branch of Pino from us is located in Gaisano Tabunok. So we decided to dine there instead of going to their main branch in Lahug.
I've been to this restaurant before with my father, so I know what food I want to order again. In this case, I ordered Letchon Kawali [Php180]. Although they have a small serving of this, it is still my favorite on their menu.
We love seafood so we ordered Camaron Rebosado [Php195].
My sister is a big fan of Calamares [Php180] so we also had a serving of those.
We had Sinigang na hipon [Php180] as our soup. This is my sister's all time favorite.
We also ordered one of their bestseller, Sizzling Tenderloin [Php280]. Wasn't the best for me though.
For our desserts and drinks, we ordered..... Fruit Salad [Php65]
Watermelon Shake [Php75]
Buko Juice [Php70]
If you want to try one dish in this restaurant, I suggest you try their letchon kawali. ",
Inasal and Filipino Cuisine
Gaisano Fiesta Mall Tabunok
Talisay City, Cebu
Operating Hours: 9:00AM-9:00PM
9 Jul 2013
After singing our heart out, we went to Dong Juan for dinner. Since it is father's day, my siblings and I agreed to pay the bill for this one.
I love the glasses they use for their drinks. So cute! We order a couple of their best seller drink---the Kalamansi Blush (Php89). We also had a Tsokolatte for Php79, Lemon Iced tea at Php39, a couple of 7up (Php29) and a San Miguel Beer (Php69) for my dad.
This one is interesting. Gambas Al Alijo Pasta (Php229). I was so amazed by this pasta. See that brown toppings? Those things move with the flow of steam emitted by the pasta. So cool! The pasta was a bit bland though. I will pass ordering this if I happen to visit the place again.
This is one of my favorites. All Meat Pochero for only Php249. Pochero is my father's favorite that is why I ordered this. I was actually imagining the usual pochero with soup. I never expected to get this instead. I wasn't disappointed though. The meat was tender and the gravy.. So perfect. And the potato chips topping was a plus.
Dong Juan Fried Rice (Php349). I wanted to order a platter of plain rice but they don't have it on their menu, so I just ordered this instead. Rice mixed with pork, onions, carrots, and topped with scrambled eggs and green onions. I totally love it!
Baby Back Ribs in Barbecue Sauce (Php279). To be honest, I forgot how this one taste. But I'm pretty sure this isn't one of my favorites. And also not the kind of Baby back ribs my family adores, because we had few leftover of this.
We also had Burger Steak (Php119), which everyone loves. A mozzarella sticks (Php239), which made me realize that I don't like mozzarella cheese. And we also had Chicken Drumsticks (Php219), which my brother consumed all 3 drumstick and left us with nothing. I guess it was great.
11 May 2013
Palawan has always been my dream destination. I been looking forward for that day to come. And finally that day came. I bought the ticket three months before our scheduled trip, which means I had a lot of time to research. One thing that caught my interest was their famous tamilok. Like my father, I always wanted to try exotic food, even just a bite.
In Palawan and Aklan in the Philippines, the shipworm is called tamilok and is eaten as a delicacy there. Shipworms are not worms at all, but rather a group of unusual saltwater clams with long, soft, naked bodies; they are marine bivalve molluscs in the family Teredinidae. They are notorious for boring into (and commonly eventually destroying) wood that is immersed in sea water, including such structures as wooden piers, docks and ships; they drill passages by means of a pair of very small shells borne at one end, with which they rasp their way through. Sometimes called "termites of the sea", they also are known by the common name "Teredo worms" or simply "teredo", from the Greek language "τερηδων", via Latin. Eventually biologists adopted the common name Teredo as the name for the best-known genus.---WIKIPEDIA
I saw someone selling Tamilok at Baker's Hill during our City Tour, but I want to try the fresh one. Fresh from the mangrove. They said I could buy one in Sabang, and since Sabang is part of our itinerary, it wouldn't be a problem.
Underground river tour, as well as the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour is in Sabang. Some tourist went to experience the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour while waiting for their turn for the URT, or they do it after. Well, since we're not lucky enough to get a permit for the URT, we just enjoyed ourselves with the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour.
When our tour guide knew that I wanted to try the tamilok, she then went looking for dead mangrove branch which she thinks houses the tamilok. When she found a couple of big mangroves, she brought it with us to the receiving area. They cut open the mangrove, and there it was. The slimy and shiny tamilok.
I was so sure that I wanted to eat one, but when I saw it inside the mangrove, I had second thoughts. Why was it different from the picture?, I thought. Our guide reassured me that it's safe to eat it, and there were a lot of people did it before me. I then asked how the taste was. She said it tasted like an oyster. Ahh.. Oyster.
I love seafood, so this tamilok wouldn't make me back out especially when it tastes like an oyster. After our guide cleaned the Tamilok, it started to look exactly like the one I saw in the picture. She put it in a sauce pan and put some salt and vinegar. Parang kinilaw lang. And then serve it in front of me.
I trust what the guide told me about the tamilok and pick one from the sauce pan. Indeed it tastes like raw Oyster. I can't believe I love it, and actually go for a second round. Yup! I ate two tamilok. One is twice longer than a Mongol pencil.
I was really proud of myself for being able to do it. I convince my brother and cousin to try one. But they chickened out. Well, not my lost. They just missed one exciting exotic food in the Philippines.
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