I always associate eating at hotels with special occasions. It could be a birthday, anniversary, or to celebrate milestones and achievements. Looking back, I would probably say that Cebu City Marriott Hotel is one of the hotels that has witnessed some of the best of moments of my life. My wedding reception was actually held at this hotel several years ago. When I got an invite to try out their Sunday International Buffet, my heart definitely skipped a bit. The international buffet at the hotel has always been a favorite for decades and it is a big privilege to be asked to eat it for free. The privilege is not limited to me as you will find something to cheer about if you read up until the end of this post.
I love street food. I have been eating it since I was in elementary school days. From fishballs to peanuts to pungko-pungko. One of the newest street food favorites is the Proben or Chicken Proven. This fried chicken part is one of my favorite snacks when I was still working at Robinsons Cybergate and I would love to eat it when I get the chance. Have you tried this one?
Kalami Cebu Food Wars #LechonWars debuted last week and the first match-up ended in a rout as Rico's Lechon handily beat Zubuchon, 10-3. Many Cebuano foodies in social media said it was going to be a mismatch and they were right. Most tasters preferred the saltier flavor of Rico's Lechon while Zubuchon got some points from their skin and the meat quality. Check out our video for what transpired in this episode.
Chinese New Year festivities were at a full swing last week with Cebu hotels. After sampling the Yee Sang sets at Tin Gow, I was able to listen to Feng Shui Expert Marites Allen courtesy of Montebello Villa Hotel. Everyone wants to be lucky and the famed Cebuano feng shui expert has some great tips for everyone.
There was a social media firestorm yesterday when an article came out at the ABS-CBN website telling the public that Cebu Favorite Lechon Zubuchon is coming to Manila. I know Cebuanos love lechon and as a Cebuano, I consider it as a heritage dish. I did not expect, though, the extreme reactions that the article generated from my fellow Cebuanos. Are we going to destroy friendships over lechon? Well, here is my take.
Even if I am not Chinese, I can always feel the Chinese influence in our country especially here in Cebu. This influence is so strong in me that I love watching dragon and lion dances, and the fireworks. I even eat tikoy and wear red during Chinese New Year. I also read my Chinese horoscope. I am definitely not Chinese but I love celebrating the Lunar New Year with them. This year, I will be celebrating the start of the Year of the Rooster at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. I recently previewed the Chinese New Year Menu at the hotel's Tin Gow Palace that featured Yee Sang or Prosperity Toss and I learned something that might just make me luckier in 2017.
Before the year ended, I was able to check out Sugbo Mercado at the SRP with some of my blogger friends. We enjoyed some egg waffles from Eggcloud by SG and I also got to taste the Pinacoolada. Sugbo Mercado SRP is definitely a food destination that my friends from the southern part of Metro Cebu should check out.