Cebu City

Guining Falls, Cebu City

It may not be as majestic as Kawasan in Badian or as mesmerizing as Dao in Samboan but Guining Falls treats its guests with a scenic trek in the Tabonan Forest, a cool intimate private pool and it’s just within Cebu City!

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The trek from Tabunan Barangay Hall to Guining Falls takes about 25 minutes, passing through a coconut plantation and into the inner section of Tabunan forest. Tabonan came from the word “tabon”  or scrubfowl, a bird specie which used to live in concentration in the area. But sadly today, there’s no more sightings of scrubfowls or tabon in Tabonan Forest.

Tabunan/Tabonan is 1 of the 31 barangays comprising the Cebu City Highlands.

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How to get to Guining Falls: 

From Cebu City V-hire Terminal (now located at the back of Compania Maritima Building, SRP), ride a van bound for Balamban. Tell the driver to drop you off at “iskina Barangay Cantipla and Barangay Tabunan/Tabonan” (corner of Barangay Barangay Cantipla and Barangay Tabunan/Tabonan). From there, ride a habal-habal (motorcycle for hire) to Tabunan/Tabonan Barangay Hall.

Be sure to let your habal-habal driver wait for you until you are done trekking, because he’ll be your only way to get back to the main road. Then instruct your driver to drop you off in Busay, just at the foot of Mountain View Resort/ Lantaw Restaurant. From there, you can ride a jeepney or another habal-habal to JY Square.

Note: Before hopping on to a Habal-habal, be sure that you have negotiated the fare for the trip. The trip is from the corner of Barangay Cantipla/ Barangay Tabunan to Tabunan Barangay Hall in Tabunan, then to Busay. Habal-habal fare for this trip starts at 500php for 2 people.

Before heading to Guining Falls, you can call Cebu City Tourism Commission at (63) (32) 412-4355 to ask for the phone number for Tabunan Barangay Hall to hire a guide for the trek towards falls.

You can also drop by at Betty’s Botanical Garden in Barangay Cantipla before heading back to the city.

NOTE: The Habal-habal ride to Tabunan is a bit challenging and steep, so for adventure newbies you might want to save this trip for later. 🙂

If you plan in driving to Guining, there are parking spaces available at the barangay multi purpose hall. Vans and 4X4 cars are recommended for this trip. Cars and lowered vehicles are not advisable to drive through the terrain.

For all weekends of September 2015, Cebu City Tourism Commission has set special Cebu City Highland Tours. Read more about it here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/cebu-city-tourism-launches-highlands-adventure/

Temple of Leah, Cebu City

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The temple was built as a symbol of Mr. Teodorico Adarna’s undying love and ceaseless devotion to his wife, Leah. Temple of Leah became an instant domestic tourist attraction as it interestingly resembles ancient pantheons. The spot also gives a great view of Metro Cebu – overlooking the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-lapu. On the west balcony of Temple of Leah, you can get  a glimpse of Cebu City’s highlands. The view and the ala ancient feel of Temple of Leah are the reasons why tourists drop by the attraction.

The construction of Temple of Leah started in 2012 and to this date, the estate is still undergoing development.  As of August 7, 2015, Temple of Leah management charges 50PhP entrance fee per guest and 2,500PhP venue fee for professional photography for wedding and events.

The best time to visit is at around 3PM-4PM, when its not that scorching hot anymore. And then after, you can have dinner at Lantaw Busay. 🙂

And yes, restrooms are found on the lower flow of the west wing or the left side of the building (your right side when your facing the structure.)  Teehee,

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How to get to Temple of Leah Cebu?

Temple of Leah Address: Roosevelt Street Busay Cebu City 6000, Cebu Philippines (near Lantaw Restaurant Busay & Mountain View Busay)

Publicly Communting:

One can ride a habal-habal from JY Square or at the foot of Veteran’s Drive to Temple of Leah. Be sure that you and the driver have come to an agreement on how much the fare is before hopping on for the trip.

You can also ride a taxi but the trip won’t be metered, but “pakyaw.”  Most cab drivers who agree on going up the highlands would ask for fixed fare of around 800Php roundtrip.

Private Cars:

If you are driving to Temple of Leah, you can drive up to Busay and go inside Roosevelt Street (same road leading up to Mountain view and Lantaw Restaurant Busay). Street Side parking situated outside the temple is your only option.Parking barkers will assist drivers on where to park.

 

Betty’s Botanical Garden, Cebu City

Betty's Garden

Been to several botanical gardens abroad and neighboring islands and am quite thrilled to have discovered that we also have one within the metro’s  highlands.  Part of the Cebu City Highlands Tour we did last week with Cebu City Tourism Commission was a visit at the beautiful Betty’s Botanical Garden. The visit was just a stopover where the group anticipated to partake on light snacks as per the itinerary, but each had a full meal – for 2 (teehee). Thanks to our kind hostess Ms. Betty Abellana, who by the way manages the land as well.

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Betty’s Botanical Garden is  6-hectare enhanced highland landscape which grows organic produce and plants zealously. The garden is also a conservator for endangered indigenous plants and wildflowers. The land even seeds down floral species that can’t be seen in our hilly lands no more.

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Ms. Abellana mentioned that on the highest point of the property will  grant  a great view of the Tabunan forest and spot the shorline of Camotes Island.

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Soon Betty’s Botanical Garden would be installing a pool filled with natural mountain water and cabins to accommodate guests.

How to get to Betty’s Botanical Garden: 

Public Transportation: 

From Cebu City V-hire Terminal (now located at the back of Compania Maritima Building, SRP), ride a van bound for Balamban. Tell the driver to drop you off at “iskina Barangay Cantipla” (corner of Barangay Cantipla). From there, ride a habal-habal (motorcycle for hire) to Betty’s Botanical Garden.

Be sure to let your habal-habal driver wait for you until you are done touring the garden, because it’ll be your only way to get back to the main road. Then instruct your driver to drop you off in Busay, just at the foot of Mountain View Resort/ Lantaw Restaurant. From there, you can ride a jeepney to JY Square.

Note: Before hopping on to a Habal-habal, be sure that you have negotiated the fare for the trip. The trip is from the corner of Barangay Cantipla to Betty’s Botanical Garden, then to Busay. Habal-habal fare for this trip starts at 500php for 2 people.

Contact Betty’s Botanical Garden to let them know you are coming by texting 09158943466.

For all weekends of September, Cebu City Tourism Commission has set special Cebu City Highland Tours to Betty’s Botanical Garden and a trek to Guining Falls in Baranggay Tabunan within Cebu City! Read more about it here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/cebu-city-tourism-launches-highlands-adventure/. Call Cebu City Tourism Commission at (63) (32) 412-4355 to book your tours.

Sun Life execs, Piolo Pascual lead Sun Life Tri Team

Sun Life will be represented in the Ironman race by the Sun Life Tri Team, which will be led by the company’s executives together with brand ambassador Piolo Pascual.

Sun Life President and CEO Riza Mantaring, a seasoned marathoner, is the designated runner for the mixed relay team. With her are Toots Malapad (swim) and Gerald Custodia (bike).

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One of the two all-male teams consists of Sun Life Chief Investments Officer Michael Enriquez (bike), Jan Michael Chiu (swim), and Don Gutierrez(run).

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Piolo Pascual will be cycling for the other all-male team. Racing with him are Larry Medenilla (swim) and Toniel Ty (run).

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Incidentally,  multi-awarded industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue designed the medal for the winning competitors, who is also a Sun Life Brand Ambassador.

Succeeding in any endeavor like sports, design, or even finances takes a great amount of discipline and commitment. We hope Sun Life Tri Team can be an inspiration to those working towards reaching their goals and achieving their own definition of freedom,” said Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa.

Catch them compete tomorrow, August 2, 2015 for the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Triathlon happening in Cebu.

Cafe Racer Cebu

Cafe Racer Diner | Car Wash and Detailing

Address: North Reclamation Area Mandaue City Cebu

Contact Number: (032) 511 7798

Operating Hours: 11:00AM -2:00AM Daily

Parking: Yes

Mode of Payment: Cash/ Card

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I bet almost everyone have heard  or even dined at this automobile concept diner in North Reclamation Area. Introducing a new blueprint for a restaurant and executing it well are two good reasons why Cebuanos have embraced the concept with open arms, drawing in automobile enthusiasts, bike aficionados, foodies and well, basically everyone who loves eating to Cafe Racer.

It was a Sinulog weekend and the place was packed as we tried to grab dinner, but luckily we were seated immediately. It’s not hard to decipher why Cafe Racer has been a hit just after a few months from opening. The indoor and the al fresco dining areas are so photogenic, that when a guest posts a photo on any of  his/her social media account, it would entice his/her friends to visit the diner.

Oil drums made into chairs, a Volkswagen Van as a makeshift counter, an automobile tool drawer turned utensil keeper and a vintage motorcycle are a few of the interesting elements you’ll find  at the indoor dining area.

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And at the Al fresco area, you’d find a Volswagen Beetle turned into a griller and a gas pump machine that pumps beer by the liter. Pretty cool!

 

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Yes, the place is pretty but how’s the food? The team tried 4 dishes which our friendly waitress suggested.  She proposed the Baby Back Ribs but did mention that the rib recipe is the same with Mooon (also belonging to Pages Group of restaurants.) The group ordered the Kansi, Osso Buco,  Grilled Porkchop and the Breaded Porkchop. Kansi is served on a sizzling plate with chunks of tender meat and a pre cracked bone so it’s easier to scoop out the bone marrow. Love the creaminess but thought it was a bit salty. The Osso Buco serving came with 3 round slices of beef with a buttery gravy sauce.  The Grilled Porkchop is smothered with sweet barbecue sauce, pretty much the same taste with Mooon’s  Baby Back Rib sauce. It gets a bit dry in the middle though. The Breaded Porkchop would be my favorite among the 4 dishes we ordered. It was seasoned well (even without the gravy) yet not too salty. Taste wise – Cafe Racer does serve good food and we can’t wait to try their other dishes! Maybe next time, we’d try to have our car washed too! ^_^

So have you dined at Cafe Racer? Tell us what you think, we’d love to hear from you!

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Everything Yummy IT Park Cebu

Everything Yummy Food + Love

Branch Address: EBloc 2 Asiatown I.T. Park Lahug Cebu City

Contact Number: 032-406 5678

Operating Hours: 9:00am -11:00pm everyday

Free WiFi:  Yes

Parking:   Street Parking I.T. Park

Everything Yummy

Everything Yummy

Everything Yummy‘s menu is a list of food the owners love, prepared with passion from a cook’s heart. Everything Yummy is all about good food bringing people closer together.

Everything Yummy was born from home and out of the desire, joy and delight of Christmas gift giving. It was in December 2010 when their  first signature dish, the barbecued ribs, was crafted. They wanted to give something unique, something that can be shared by the family, and something that will be remembered.  And their friends loved the ribs! The next month, they got their first bulk order of what was to become item #1, the barbecued ribs, on the Everything Yummy menu.

The restaurant opened their first store in Piazza Elesia in October 2011  (more about the branch here:http://www.iluvcebu.com/everything-yummy/) and  just recently expanded its reach by opening a branch at Ebloc I.T Park.

Their I.T. Park branch brings their select delectable menu much closer to the heart of the city. A more convenient location to enjoy Everything Yummy’s signature dishes like Barbecued Ribs, Singaporean Pepper Prawns, Spanish Chorizo and some new additions like French Cut Porkchops and Ribeye Steak!

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A plate of Basmati Rice topped with tender Chicken Curry. This dish is lightly spicy, just a hint of curry to flavor the tender chicken strips.

Everything Yummy Chicken Curry

Everything Yummy Chicken Curry

Still my favorite on Everything Yummy’s menu, the Lemongrass Chicken. Love how the skin and outer layer is peppery crispy and flavorfully tender on the inside.

Lemongrass Chicken

Lemongrass Chicken

 

Kudos to the restaurant for being thoughtful enough to always serve the best part of the rib. Their Barbecued Ribs is honey sweet with a lightly smokey flavor and the best part is the tender, fall off the bone meat! Yum!

Everything Yummy Barbecued Ribs

Everything Yummy Barbecued Ribs

 

And if these two dishes don’t make you drool, then you must be out of your mind. The Rib Eye and French Cut Porkchop are addition to my EY favorites. The Rib Eye is rubbed with herbs and spices, grilled and done to your liking.

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A pint of ice cream for sharing is definitely a perfect way to end a great meal! Good thing that Everything Yummy carries select flavors of Carmen’s Best Ice Cream. Try the Salted Caramel, it’s so far the best one I’ve tried.

 

The feast didn’t end that day for I brought home a box of ribs for my dad and brothers. And very timely for Christmas, The Barbecued Ribs is a great gift for family and friends which comes wrapped and ready to give as presents. The ribs lasts for two weeks when stored in the freezer. Just microwave it or oven heat it and serve. 🙂 250php and Carmen’s Best Ice Cream Gift Certificates are also available at their branches.

 

Have you dined at Everything Yummy? Tell us what you think? We’d love to hear from our readers!

Road trip – Food trip to South of Cebu: Favorite Food Stops and Scenes

I did not know

   that it was love

  until I knew.

 

There was never 

  another to compare

 with you.

 

But every time I travel,

each new city I visit,

 will always have you

 to compete. 

 

Cebu is <3.

 

Reading Love’s Inception on Lang Leav’s latest book  Lullabies reminded me of how I feel every time I leave Cebu and travel a new city or country. I started this blog with  an excerpt from the book and tweaked the first two lines of the third verse just to perfectly fit my feeling about my most favorite place in the world, my home Cebu.

Reminiscing and a bit sentimental, I decided  to go on a road trip the next morning to the South and get reacquainted with the simple things why I fell in love with Cebu. The food, the people, the culture.

The next morning.

Pardo –> Naga —> San Fernando —> Carcar —-> Sibonga —> Argao . Estimating my driving speed and my planned stops, I tabbed Argao to be my concluding municipality for this trip before I drive back to the city of Cebu. I am quite familiar with the roads in southeast Cebu for I have drove to this part plenty of times already. Though I have a clear Southeast Cebu mental map, I still would glance at stores and establishments, trying to read the addresses on signboards,  just to make sure am on the right direction.

 

Three of my favorite Food Stops:

Driving to the South of Cebu is never complete without pigging out. My first favorite food stop serves a dessert that is a constant craving specially on a hot humid day – Melton’s Halo-halo in Pardo Cebu.  Made with simple ingredients, this would remind you of  hearty desserts made by your lolos and lolas. Nangka (jackfruit), coconut , peanut, banana and the coconut milk are my favorite hints on Melton’s halo-halo. They also have a newly opened branch in Talisay but I still prefer getting a bowl of Melton’s Special Halo-halo from the original branch, where it’s a bit more relaxed and folksy.

Melton's Halo-halo

Melton’s Halo-halo

 

Carcar City is  40 kilometers from the city of Cebu and is home of one of the best lechon recipes in the region.  Carcar is one of the cities in Cebu that has a unique lechon recipe that has been loved by many Cebuanos and tourists – roasted pig made more flavorful with pig broth and roasted pig drippings.  (Read more about Carcar Lechon here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/carcar-cebu-lechon/)

Undoubtedly the title holder for the best chicharon (pig crackling) in Cebu, Carcar Chicharon starts with a crunchy bite then finishes with a soft gradual melt of fat and rind. Best paired with native vinegar! Yum!

 

Carcar Lechon

Carcar Lechon

 

Chitang’s Torta Argao.  So what makes Chitang’s Torta the best in Argao? It’s these two ingredients and the way they bake it! Early morning tuba or locally called lina and lard from the preparation of the humba are mixed into the batter. It is then cooked in an improvised oven, called hudno, using coconut husks as charcoal. Torta de Argao is best paired with a hot chocolate cup made from  100% Argao Tablea .

The original Chitang's Torta

The original Chitang’s Torta

 

Favorite Scenes

1. Churches . From Naga’s St. Francis of Assisi Church to Sibonga’s Castle Church –  Simala Shrine to St. Michael The Archangel Parish in Argao, churches in the south are stunning. Look for candle vendors and buy a few for lighting and offering a prayer. Don’t forget to smile and say thank you as most candle vendors are the sweetest. Also, most of them had been around long enough and know many things about the church they are stationed at, so don’t miss the chance to ask them information about the church. Start by asking “Kanus-a ang pista sa patron?”  trans. “When is the Patron Saint’s fiesta?”

 

St. Francis of Assisi Church , Naga

St. Francis of Assisi Church , Naga

 

St. Isidore Church, San Fernando

St. Isidore Church, San Fernando

St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, Carcar

St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, Carcar

Simala Shrine, Sibonga

Simala Shrine, Sibonga

Our Lady of Pilar Parish, Sibonga

Our Lady of Pilar Parish, Sibonga

St. Michael The Archangel Parish, Argao

St. Michael The Archangel Parish, Argao

St. Michael The Archangel Parish, Argao

St. Michael The Archangel Parish, Argao

2. Town Centers, Municipal Parks and Museums. Municipal parks are really serene and calm. I can imagine myself  setting up a picnic mat under a tree, enjoying a good book while sipping on fresh coconut. Municipal town centers and museums give you a glimpse of the old Cebu.

Carcar Museum

Carcar Museum

Carcar Rotunda

Carcar Rotunda

 

Cabecera de Argao

Cabecera de Argao

 

3.  Hispanic houses and more vintage stuff. You’ll see lots of ’em on the trip. :). If you love hispanic houses and vintage stuff, you’d find oodles of them along the road, museums, churches and even on sari-sari stores.

Carcar Cebu

Carcar Cebu

Carcar

Carcar

 

A door behind Our lady of Pilar Parish, Sibonga

An old door behind Our lady of Pilar Parish, Sibonga

 

4. Acacia Coves. One of the best parts of road trips to the south is passing through coves of century old Acacia trees. But the current road widening projects in the south may have these trees be cut down. 🙁 I guess we will soon be saying goodbye to these Acacia coves?

Acacia Coves

Acacia Coves

Acacia Coves

Acacia Coves

This spontaneous road trip – food trip was a relighting adventure, creating an even more appreciation for Cebu. And these on the list are personal favorites and I would love to read about yours! Let us know, we’d love to check them out soon. 🙂 So what food spots and places would you recommend when on a road trip – food trip to Cebu South? Do tell us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

iLuvCebu’s The List: 25 Must-eat Desserts in Cebu

1. Marco Polo’s Malicious Cookies

Malicious Cookies are insanely chocolatey and are incredibly good, specially when fresh from the oven. So why are they called malicious cookies? Because they’re maliciously addictive!

Malicious Cookies are sold at Marco Polo Plaza’s hotel lobby lounge and Cafe Marco.

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2. Brioche’s Red Velvet Cake

Am not a real fan of red velvets until I got to taste Brioche’s Red Velvet Cake. The tarty cream cheese frosting make each slice a winner! (100php per slice) Love their Carrot cake too!

Brioche is located at Escario Central.

Brioche Red Velvet Cake

3. East West’s Mango Sushi 

This is one of my very personal favorites! When I have guests dropping by the metro, I bring them at East West for Mango Sushi and never fails to impress. Slices of sweet mangoes wrapped with a thin crepe in a bed of sweet mango syrup and topped with vanilla ice cream. (Price 135php per serving) 

Visit East West at The Walk Asiatown IT Park Lahug Cebu City.

East West's Mango Sushi

4. La Maison’s Chocolate Coulant

The awesomely perfect chocolate lava! Dense crust, soft under layer and slice even deeper and chocolate will come oozing out. La Maison’s Chocolate Coulant is immaculately rich and chocolatey ! A perfect way to end your French dinner.

Read more about La Maison Rose here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/la-maison-rose-cebu/

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5. Tea of Spring’s Mango Mochi

Tea of Spring home made mochi with chilled mango puree with pomelo and sago, one of my favorite dessert combos at Shangri-La’s Mactan and Resort and Spa’s Chinese Restaurant. I love biting into the light mochi and ends up with a creamy mango filling which melts in your mouth beautifully.

Location: Tea of Spring  Shangri-La’s Mactan Spa and Resort in Punta Engano Lapu-lapu City, Cebu.

Tea of Spring home made mochi with chilled mango puree with pomelo and sago

Tea of Spring home made mochi with chilled mango puree with pomelo and sago

Ribpublic Cebu

Ribpublic Cebu

Address: Gov. M. Roa St. Capitol Site Cebu City 6000

Mode of Payment: Cash only

Operating Hours:  11:00AM-2:00PM | 5:00PM -10:00PM

Parking: Road Parking

Ripbulic Cebu

Ripbulic Cebu

I was feeling a bit homesick after two weeks of vacationing, and dining at a new resto here in the metro would be the right way to welcome me back. It was a random dinner with my blogger friends Marco, Jeemah and Atty. Ethelbert and we had been talking about visiting this new rib place and twas about time we did.

Ribpublic is located at the road behind Coco Mall and is on your left when driving along the one way street. We tried 4 of 6 offerings on the menu. The Ribpublic, Wild West Wings, Space Shrimps and Pop! Fish and Chips.

Attentive and friendly staff is  always a plus to any restaurant and Ribpublic didn’t fall short in this area, smiling waiter and cashier just set the mood that its going to be a good dinner. 🙂

 

We started the meal with Ribpublic’s Pop! Fish and Chips (138php). 3 battered fish fillet with fries on the side and tartar sauce. I personally find both the fries and fish too oily than the usual. The fish could use a bit of a lemon slice and pepper to taste too.

Ripbulic Cebu

Ripbulic Cebu

Butter Garlic Space Shrimps (168php). The serving came with 12 pieces of shrimps in butter and garlic. Tasted good but this should not be served on wax paper, for the paper tends to soften as the oil sips in, and bits of wax paper mix with the butter oil as you scoop in.

Ribpublic Cebu

Ribpublic Cebu

 

Buffalo Wild West Wing (158php). This one would be my favorite at Ribpublic. 6 pieces of chicken wings with chili sweet sauce. Warning, at first bite, the spice might be a bit strong, but fades away very quickly and mellows down to sweetness. Also available in garlic parmesan.

Ribpublic Cebu

Ribpublic Cebu

And finally, The Ribpublic (188.00ph)! Smoky sweet ribs with rice and corn kernels on the side. Though its not the ‘meat falls off the rib’ kind, its serving size would give you a big burp.And  the smoky sweet flavor didn’t get through the the inside layer of the meat, so better ask for extra sauce.

Ribpublic Cebu

Ribpublic Cebu

 

Another thing I’ve noticed is that Ribpublic had chairs and tables set up on the sidewalk. I hope they can take it out, and let the sidewalk be used as a sidewalk. Plus it is a bit appalling, for the stench from the drainage can be smelled when seated at the sidewalk set up.

But I love the chalk art and the space mural inside the resto! And they have a clean restroom too!  <3

Can’t wait to try their garlic parmesan Wild West Wings and Sweet and Spicy Shrimps. ‘Til we meet again Ribpublic. ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jollibee Kids Club Cebu Launch + Blog Giveaway

Jollibee Kids Club Cebu Launch

Jollibee Kids Club Cebu Launch

 

April 26, 2014,  Activity Center, Ayala Center Cebu. Jollibee Kids Club launched the JKC-happy plus card- the first electronic wallet and rewards earning membership cards for kids in the country.

Jollibee Kids Club members were treated to fun learning activities that put the kids’ creativity, stamina and reading skills in action. The kids decorated  their cupcakes  with colorful frosting and assorted candy toppings. Their pen and coloring skills were tested too at the Bookmark, Cool Art section.

The JKC Active Avenue featured motion games where kids danced and played their choice of sport. A reading lounge with selection of kids comics and books were also enjoyed by JKC members who love reading.

Among many other amusing activities, JKC members also participated in entertaining games where they got to win gift certificates and awesome prizes from Jollibee.

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Jollibee Kids Club Cebu Launch

Jollibee Kids Club Cebu Launch

Jollibee Kids Club Cebu Launch

Jollibee Kids Club Cebu Launch

Jollibee Kids Club Cebu Launch

Jollibee Kids Club Cebu Launch

Jollibee Kids Club Cebu Launch

Jollibee Kids Club Cebu Launch

 

Jollibee Kids Club, Cebu Launch

Jollibee Kids Club, Cebu Launch

 

For dads and moms who are wondering what JKC Happy Plus Card is, here are a few information, how the card works and the benefits and freebies that your kids will enjoy when they become JKC members.

Jollibee Kids Club is the country’s biggest club for kids, with more than 440,000 members. JKC promotes the development of a child multiple intelligence through variety of activities and workshops within the year.

So how to get a JKC Happy Plus Card?

1. JKC Happy Plus card cost 100php each and ia available in selected Jollibee stores for kids 12 years and below. It instantly entitles the bearer to a 3-year membership at Jollibee Kids Club/

2. Once loaded, the card can be used by the JKC member to pay for any Jollibee product. Earn 1 point for every 50php food purchase. 1 point is equivalent to 1php. Double points for Jollibee Kids Meal purchase.

Benefits and Freebies:

JKC Members instantly gets freebies and discounts upon purchase of card.

– 1 Free vanila Twirl coupon

– 250php worth of discount coupons redeemable at Jollibee, Greenwich, Chowking and Red Ribbon.

– A chance to win up to 100,000php in the monthly raffle. Additional raffle entries can be earned for every reload.

1 raffle entry for 100-200php load

5 raffle entries for 300-400php reload

10 raffle entries for 500-900php load

25 raffle entries for 1,000php reload

In excess of 1,000, every 100php is 5 raffle entries.

A chance to win one of JKC GCs worth 6,000php.

 

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Kadaugan Sa Mactan Food Festival 2014

With a spread of only the best dishes by the best chefs in the island, Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival has been a favorite yearly  destination among Oponganons. Held where our national hero Lapu-lapu won the fight over the Spaniards led by Magellan, the feast is not only a celebration of great eats but also a commemoration of Mactan’s freedom and bravery of its people.

 

Kadaugan Sa Mactan Food Festival 2014

Kadaugan Sa Mactan Food Festival 2014

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival

 

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Imperial Palace, Plantation Bay, Crimson, Moevenpick and other Mactan resorts and restaurants are giving everyone a big  treat with their line-up of their best dishes at unbelievably very affordable prices. All dishes priced at less than 100 bucks!

Here are a few of our our Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival 2014 recommendations.

Every year, I look forward to what Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa’s Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival spread. Today, they served Roasted Chicken, Pork Humba and Sautéed Beef with Vegetables in Oyster Sauce. My personal favorite dish at Shangri-La’s kiosk is the sautéed beef dish- quality tender beef with an awesome tasting sauce! All dishes priced at 85php per serving.

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival

Sotto Grande’s Chicken Buffalo Wings (50php per serving) seemed to be another favorite among this year’s diners.

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival 2014

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival 2014

There was also a good number of people lining up at Ku-Kai’s Japanese Restaurant’s kiosk for their tempura (40php each).

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival 2014

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival 2014

The very interesting Iba Pie (40php) at Alta Village’s kiosk is another best seller this year. Though I find it a bit sweet, the taste of the iba and the cinnamon did go well. If the Iba would had been tartier and was baked with less sugar to highlight the iba taste, then it would be perfect! Nonetheless it was intriguingly enough, so I recommend it for our readers to try. Then tell us what you think. 🙂

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival 2014

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival 2014

And if there’s an award for the best set-up, it’ll go to Moevenpick! Dropping by at their station, I felt like I was transported to Ibiza Beach Club. <3

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival 2014

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival 2014

 

And don’t forget to drop by the souvenirs section where you can get a personalized festival shirts below 200php, personalized Cebu keychains from 10-30php, ref magnets and more. 🙂

 

Kadaugan 5

Kadaugan sa Mactan Food Festival 2014 is happening until April 27, 2014 from 6PM to 9PM.

iLuvCebu’s Follow up Relief Distribution at Guinsolungan

This is how Guinsolungan Elementary School looked like when we visited the school last November 24, 2013.  2 weeks after getting hit by Typhoon Yolanda (internationally called typhoon Haiyan), the school’s roofing were opened and some flew due to the strong winds, The school’s stage which they were using as a makeshift classroom for the Elementary’s graduating class was totally destroyed. iLuvCebu Team together with iLearners, ACRE and JPNY visited the school to conduct a Play Therapy session with the students and distributed relief packs.

April 18, 2014, Good Friday. iLuvCebuTeam together with iLearners,  revisited the school for a follow up relief distribution, at the same time inspecting the school and students’ condition. Lively green colors from the trees gave us a sign that somehow they were recuperating from the devastation caused by the typhoon. The roofing of the school’s main structure was partially fixed and the school’s stage got a new roofing job as well.

120 students from Grade 1-6 got relief packs with canned goods, toiletries and clothes from iLuvCebu Team, Mejia family and Almaden Country School students in San Jose, California. Guinsolungan Elementary School students were all smiles as they receive the small gifts we brought them. A message from the overjoyed and thankful  Guinsolungan Elementary School’s head teacher Mrs. Maria Victoria Gulbe, “Magpasalamat mi ug dako sa iLuvCebu, Mejia Family, sa mga estyudyante sa Almaden Country School ug sa tanan nihatag  ug hinabang ug pahalipay sa amo ug sa amo mga estudyante diri sa Guinsolungan, salamat gyud kaayo.” (Thank you very much to iLuvCebu, Mejia Family, students of Almaden Country School and everyone who gave help and gifts for all of us here in Guinsolungan. Thank you very much.) .

It was indeed a very meaningful and fulfilling Good Friday for the team.

To our friends in San Jose California and to everyone who supports iLuvCebu and iLearners literacy and charity works, the team sends our heartfelt gratitude.  We hope you continue supporting our cause.

 

 

Yolanda Relief Distribution 3

 

Yolanda Relief Distribution 1

 

Yolanda Relief Distribution 4

 

Yolanda Relief Distribution 5

 

Yolanda Relief Distribution 2

 

Yolanda Relief 7

Yolanda relief 6

 

Text by: Doyzkie Buenaviaje | Photos by: Reymond Buenaviaje

 

Fashion Council of Cebu Presents Summer Solstice

Fashion Council of Cebu Presents Summer Solstice

summer solstice poster-2

 

This April 11, Friday at 6:30pm, the Fashion Council of Cebu will be presenting their Summer 2014 collection for Summer Solstice with The Gallery transformed into a fun and playful runway full of bright colors, bold prints, and flattering silhouettes. Clear your wardrobe to make room for new styles this season and see a fresh take on trends dominating the catwalk by Cebu’s top fashion designers.

“It was inspired from the fiesta style wedding,” says Philip Rodriguez of his upcoming summer collection this year. “It is very Pinoy. Very Islander. Something that should remind the new generation who we are — especially those who are having cross culture marriages. It’s an option. If Indians can be so steep with their tradition, the least we can do is pay a little homage to our culture.”

 

Brace yourselves as Philip Rodriguez, Arcy Gayatin, Jun Escario, Edwin Ao, Oj Hofer, Philipp Tampus, Yvonne Quisumbing, Vania Romoff, Ditas Rodriguez, Albert Arriba and Cary Santiago will open new doors to an exciting level of design that the Fashion Council of Cebu is known for.

Taoist Temple Cebu

Taoist Temple Cebu

Taoist Temple Cebu

 

Open to even the non practitioners of Taoism, this temple is a famous attraction in Cebu. Non worshiping tourists visit Taoist temple for the towering temple, well maintained greens and structures,  the view overlooking Cebu City and maybe to take  a glimpse of the Taoism ritual.

Taoist temple is the center for Taoism in Cebu, the religion which follows the teachings of ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Zi.

Worshippers and devotees  of Taoism go to the temple  to pray to the gods to grant their wishes and perform Taoism rituals. Below are a few of them.

Wishing Ritual:

1. Wash hands

2. Go inside the chapel barefoot

3. Dropping two blocks of wood.

4. if both blocks are facing up, then one can make a wish.

 

Fortune Reading Ritual

1.  Climbing 81 steps representing the 81 chapters of Taoism scriptures

2.  Light Joss sticks

3. Have fortune read by monks.

 

Taoist Temple Cebu

Taoist Temple Cebu

 

Taoist Temple Cebu

Taoist Temple Cebu

Taoist Temple Cebu

Taoist Temple Cebu

Taoist Temple Cebu

Taoist Temple Cebu

 

 

Cebu Taoist temple is open everyday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM and is located at Beverly Hills Cebu City.

Reminders:

1. Do not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts and slippers when entering the temple’s altar.

2. Always observe silence. Remember this is a place where people pray and reflect.

3. Taking pictures of the altar is not allowed.

 

How to get there:

By Jeepney:  

From JY Square Mall: Ride a 04L  Jeepney and alight at corner Beverly Hills Subdivision. Then ride a habal-habal / motorcycle.

 

By Taxi:

Hail a taxi and give the address: 3rd Street Taoist Temple Beverly Hills Cebu City

 

Taoist Temple Cebu

Taoist Temple Cebu

Earth Hour Activities in Ayala Center Cebu

earth hour ayala

 

 

March 29, 2014 from 8;30PM -9:30PM, Ayala Center Cebu will turn off non-essential lights.

Activities:

Kids for Planet Fun Games and Activities for the Kids. Venue: Paseo Solana 2-4PM

Earth Hour Countdown begins at 730 PM

Folk for the Earth at  The Terraces 9:30PM

Hedgren Style Clinic

Hedgren Style Clinic

Hedgren Style Clinic

Hedgren Style Clinic – Master the Art of Sharp

Date: March 27, 2014 (Thursday)

Time: 4:00PM

Location: The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

 

Five-star Mediterranean-inspired Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu gives both leisure and business travelers a fun and fresh appeal. Since its grand reopening in December 2012, the multi-million dollar transformation incorporating newly designed rooms, out-of-the-box dining concepts and the unparalleled beach club facility, unique to the Philippines, Ibiza beach Club.

The sea breeze welcoming you to the hotel upon stepping in the lobby makes you giddy to throw in your bags in your hotel room, put on your swim wear and hit the beach or the pool. But with all the excitement rushing through me, can’t help but notice the elegant and stylish lobby, seamlessly  blending white  with  soft blue, green and gray accents, emanating sophisticated elegance and contemporary Mediterranean style.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

The check-in process was a breeze and you get the local Mactan hospitality as a bonus from the hotel staff. After we were settled in our two bedroom suite, it’s time for lunch! We headed down to Sails,  Moevenpick’s all-day dining restaurant serving a wide range of Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and other international dishes. Click here to know more about the Sails.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

After lunch, we went back to our suite to rest for a bit before going swimming. Here’s a quick tour of our two bedroom suite.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan‘s two bedroom suite comfortably accommodates 4 adults and 2 children in a spacious 105 sqm room. There are two separate bedrooms adjoining the living area and dining area. Bedrooms are furnished with 1 king-size bed and 2 single beds respectively. The room features a private balcony which allows you to enjoy the full ocean view of Mactan Island. The two bedrooms are equipped with 32″ LED TV and a 42″ LED TV in the living room. There are 2 bathrooms and a jacuzzi at the Master’s bathroom.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

With my excited nephew and niece, we hurried down to the pool for an afternoon dip. Kids just love the pool, don’t they? It’s where we spent all our afternoon and waited for the clock to turn 6pm and prepare for dinner at the famous Ibiza Beach Club.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

We had an awesome dinner, indulging in authentic Churrasco grill accompanied by world class entertainment. (Click here to know more about Ibiza Beach Club)

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Ibiza Beach Club, Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

With great company, time seems to go so fast. We ended dinner at around 10:30PM and the kids need to hit the sheets. My friends who were also checked in at the hotel, gathered at our suite’s living room and enjoyed chit chatting over tequila and chips. ^_^ Ended up sleeping at 1:30am. With the kids wanting to go swimming at 6:30am, I should now retire and go to bed as well. zzzzzzz.

7AM, Kriiiing, the alarm rang and the kids were the first ones to go out of bed and wake everybody up for breakfast. We had breakfast at Sails, where we enjoyed a wide array of local and international breakfast. Enjoyed the pancakes and cream very much and paired it with a cup of local chocolate drink. After breakfast, it’s now time to go to the beach!

And with white sandy beach between my toes, I know it’s going to be one fine day! We enjoyed a bit of snorkeling and swimming at the beach for about an hour and a half, just the right amount of time to get a good sun kissed skin. ^_^ A short swim at the pool then followed before heading to the room and to have a bubble bath at the jacuzzi before checking out.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

A wonderful overnight stay which I wish was longer. It was an enjoyable escape from everyday routine giving me a short breather from my usual daily program. Maybe a 3 day, 2 night stay would be more exciting? Next time. 😉

For more information about Moevenpick Hotel Mactan and for bookings, click here: http://www.moevenpick-hotels.com/en/asia/philippines/cebu/resort-cebu/overview/

Hotel: Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Address: Punta Engano Mactan Island, Cebu Philippines

Contact Number: +63 32 492 7777

Distance from sights and business spots:

– 900 meters to Mactan Shrine

– 6 KM to Mactan Export Processing Zone

– 18 KM to Cebu Asiatown IT Park

-15 KM to SM CIty Cebu

– 17 KM to Ayala Center Cebu

 

Delice Recipe, Busay Cebu

Restaurant: Delice Recipe

Address: Busay Cebu City 6000 (before you reach Tops)

Contact Number: 0906 425 8799

Temporary Operating Hours: 2pm-12Midnight everyday

Parking Space: Yes

Mode of Payment: Cash

Wifi: None

 

Delice Recipe

Delice Recipe

 

So it’s 3AM and I just finished packing for a trip to Shanghai later and can’t seem to doze off so I turned on my computer and blog about a series of unfortunate events turned awesome that happened earlier. Out of 6 things I was suppose to accomplish earlier, only half were completed. One important thing I didn’t get to do is get some Chinese moolah, which I was told by the very friendly people at the Southwinds Travel Agency to acquire before leaving (hello there Ms. Cookie ^_^) . Two of the money changers I went to had no Yuans, so decided to get dinner first and drop by Ayala to try my luck.

My friends Marco and Atty. Ethy had originally planned that we go to this two-week old Busay restaurant last Tuesday but everyone got tangled with work and all, so ’twas postponed this coming weekend. But since I will not be here this weekend and got some time to kill, headed to Busay and tried  Delice Recipes offerings.

The road  going up to Delice  was really  dark at that moment and was relieved as my car’s head lights caught the sign “Delice Parking Area.” I immediately made a right and parked. It was  just a yellow light across the street that seemed to give brightness in the area. Then Delice’s waiter walked towards me, informed me that there’s a power outage. “But there’s food right?,” I inquired hungrily. haha. And was glad when he replied, “Yes sir, we have!” Well, I took an effort of driving up to Busay so I better try the restaurant’s offerings out. 

All the waiters and waitresses were accommodating and welcoming.I was then escorted to my table and seated at the porch where I get to see a stunning view of Cebu lighted up for the night. And then it started to drizzle! Haha! And so I transferred to a table inside, near the bar.

The al fresco area/porch seats around 20, with  5  square tables (seats 4 each). And the function area has 2 long tables,  seating a total of 20 people. Then the bar area has several tables as well, and a staircase to the bed and breakfast rooms.

 

Delice Recipe- Asian Salad

Delice Recipe- Asian Salad

 

Ordered the Asian Salad and Chicken Parmigiana. Asian Salad (Price 260php). Mixed Greens, shredded carrots, sesame seeds, kani and nori in Asian dressing. Though I expected the asian dressing to be either a bit tangy or having a hint of sesame oil taste, but just  got a whiff of  sweet vinegar. The sesame seeds gave it a nutty taste and texture which I liked. The Chicken Parmigiana, 280php,  breaded chicken fillet with parmesan cheese, with the special Delice tomato sauce, topped with a blend of gruyere, cheddar and mozzarella cheese. It reminded me of  a four cheese pizza but with breaded chicken as the crust in a bed of garlic rice. Yum!

Delice Recipe

Delice Recipe

Buuurp! I enjoyed the Chicken Parmigiana and would  definitely go back to try out other stuff on the menu when I get back. And I promise to post some restaurant photos on our next visit.

Well, I wasn’t able to get my money changed to  Yuans in Ayala, but found out that had some 100++ Yuans left from my last trip to Shenzhen. I guess I’ll  have to get the rest of the Chinese tender I need when in Shanghai. Wish me a safe trip and hope you enjoyed reading this post! 😉

 

UPDATE: March 30, 2014

Right after being treated like a royal at Cafe Tiala, I picked up my my blogger friends Marco and Jem at Asiatown IT Park and went joy riding to Busay which ended up with a carbo and sugar loading pre-dinner at Delice. As promised , I’d be back and post more photos  of Delice Recipes. Here’s the update! 🙂

 

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

 

Ordered the Pancake Set and Quattros Leches in a jar this time. The pancake set came with two thick, three strips of bacon, 2 sunny side ups, sided with jam and butter-tasting margarine. Thought the pancakes were too thick, that it was a bit dry on the inside. But the Quattros Leches we enjoyed so much. It was soft, rightfully sweet and creamy!

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

 

We suggest you go there at around 5PM and enjoy how the sky turns from sunshiny blue to dramatic rays of orange. Then at night, be stunned by the relaxing view of the city lights.

Delice Recipe Cebu

Delice Recipe Cebu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creperie Paris, Cebu

Restaurant: Creperie Paris

Address:  Unit 1 Sonrisa Suites, Juana Osmena St. Capitol 6000 Cebu City

Mode of Payment: Cash Only

Operating Hours: Monday- Thursday: 11:00am -10:00pm

Friday – Saturday : 11:00am-12Midnight

Closed on Sundays

 

Creperie Paris, Cebu

Creperie Paris, Cebu

 

After undergoing the Juicyfied 3 day detox program , I am on a hunt for light yet  gratifying meals to stay on track. Satisfied with the results, I plan to eat a bit healthy, well just a bit. hehe. Have been seeing some of my friends posting photos of this new creperie in Capitol Area on instagram and I just have to check it out for myself.

 

A mini replica of the Eiffel Tower  greets you just before you reach the restaurant’s glass door, which by the way, lights up during the night. The cozy restaurant seats about 30 people. Framed images of Paris are hanged on the walls , select choices of wine on the shelves, big and thick wooden furnitures add up to charm of the restaurant.

 

Creperie Paris, Cebu

Creperie Paris, Cebu

Creperie Paris, Cebu

Creperie Paris, Cebu

 

So here’s what I have tried so far.

1. La Cebuana (125php), sweet crepe with slices of sweet Cebu Mangoes drizzled with dark chocolate (or nutella)

2. La poulet-creme (165php), salted crepe made with buckwheat flour with chicken and onions in white cream.

3. La glace Caramel (135php),  sweet crepe with Vanilla Ice Cream, salted caramel and toasted almonds.

The sweet crepes are yellow with pale gold in color. Thin yet moist, it is cooked perfectly. The recommended toppings compliment well with the crepe and with just the right amount. I could use more of the roasted almonds on my La Glace Caramel though. 🙂

 

The salted crepe is brown and lacy but is moist and soft. The chicken is tender, the white onion gives a sweet kick to the crepe and the white cream made the chicken and the onion compliment each other yielding to one light satisfying meal. The espresso comes with a Creperie paris cookie.

 

And with the good crepes served in this restaurant, you’d wonder who made ’em. If you peep at the kitchen’s glass window, you’d see a French guy making the crepe!

La Cebuana - Creperie Paris, Cebu

La Cebuana – Creperie Paris, Cebu

 

La Poulet- Creme - Creperie Paris, Cebu

La Poulet- Creme – Creperie Paris, Cebu

 

La Glace Caramel- Creperie Paris, Cebu

La Glace Caramel- Creperie Paris, Cebu

Espresso - Creperie Paris

Espresso – Creperie Paris

 

Creperie Paris

Creperie Paris

 

 

 

David’s Tea House Cebu

Restaurant: David’s Tea House

Address: B 201-203 City Times Square, Mantawi Ave., Brgy.Subangdako, NRA, Mandaue City

Contact Numbers: (0917) 565-7889  | (0922) 896-7629

Mode of Payment: Cash / Card

Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11am to 12 midnight | Sundays 11am to 11pm

 

Browsing on some pictures from our recent trip in Hong Kong made me crave for some Asia’s World City cuisine. Gladly our  photographer friend and fellow foodie James Go recommended the newly opened branch of David’s Tea House here in Cebu. Nestled in a brand-new food haven in Mandaue, City Times Square, David’s Tea House offers a great spread of Hong Kong cuisine.

David's Tea House Cebu

David’s Tea House Cebu

 

I am a tea fan and the  complimentary pot of loose leaves house tea served upon ordering and waiting for our orders to be served is very much appreciated. ^_^

David's Tea House Cebu

David’s Tea House Cebu

Serving congees, dimsum specialties,soups,  noodles and many other Hong Kong and Chinese favorites,David’s Tea House is a nirvana for Hong Kong and Chinese food junkies.  Here are a few of our initial recommendations.

 

Chicken and Corn Soup ( 245php, serves around 4.)

David's Tea House Cebu

David’s Tea House Cebu

 

Lemon Chicken (240php, serves around 2). Love this dish! The chicken strips aren’t that thick, retains its crunchiness even with the sauce. And that tangy sweet sauce, yum!

David's Tea House Cebu

David’s Tea House Cebu

 

Well who doesn’t love Yang Chow Rice? ^_^ (195 php, serves around 4)

David's Tea House Cebu

David’s Tea House Cebu

Our all time favorite Hakaw Shrimp! (105php, serves 1).

David's Tea House Cebu

David’s Tea House Cebu

 

Good food at reasonable prices, great service and that pot of complimentary tea (teehee), will definitely be back to try their other dishes! So have you been to David’s Tea House? Share with us your recommendations! ^_^