Today I pay my respects to the 44 fallen heroes who died in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.  I pray for the families that they left behind and hope their death will not end up as an insignificant footnote in the history of our country. I salute the bravery of the SAF.  

Because of social media sites like Instagram or Facebook and the affordability of camera phones, a lot of Cebuanos are fast becoming social media foodies. Hashtags like #foodporn and #happytummy has become one of top hashtags in Instagram and Twitter. Another food requirement I think to make a Cebuano or Cebuana a certified foodie aside from pungko-pungko is to have a favorite ngohiong place. Ngohiong is Cebu's answer to spring rolls. It is a cheap food item that is a big hit to true blue Cebuanos.

I asked a few of my friends about their favourite places to eat ngohiong.  The answer is not really unanimous but a couple answered Carlos Ngohiong. Some also said Doming's in Guadalupe, Atik's in Mabolo, and Chinese Ngohiong near USC Main. 

One time I ended up in Mambaling with a friend and I told her that I want to have ngohiong lunch at Carlos Special Ngohiong.  It has been quite a while since I went there.  I almost got lost but thanks to a friendly trisikad driver, I ended up parking beside what seemingly a big house with a green gate.

Best of Cebu Ngohiong Places
This is Carlos Special Ngohiong in Mambaling.  It's just an ordinary looking house and there is no signage that in this house, you can enjoy arguably the best ngohiong in Cebu. We immediately ordered several pieces of ngohiong, puso, fried chicken bisaya (local chicken), and fried atay and batikolon (liver and gizzard). It was still like 11 AM so we have the place all by ourselves.

Best places to eat ngohiong

For 2 people we ordered 10 pcs of ngohiong, 2 fried chicken thighs, 4 liver and gizzard, and 8 puso or hanging rice. It's a special meal.  It's a feast!
Carnivore Cebu
If you love meat and you are willing to spend money for good food, you should have a meal at Carnivore Cebu.  This restaurant in The Gallery, Mabolo has a perfect name for the type of person who would surely be happy devouring any of their tasty creations.

interior of Yolk Cebu

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  I agree and breakfast is actually my favorite meal on a regular day.  One time, I was not able to eat my typical breakfast and ended up looking for a place to eat brunch.  Lo and behold, a new breakfast place had opened near our house. I did not expect much because the place is beside a popular men's massage place with an unusual name.

It's another day in the 2015 Sinulog week and to avoid the traffic, I went to the North Reclamation Area and then I saw this diner.  I decided to check it out and maybe have some decent snack.  

I did not expect much of this place.  The outside looks like an refurbished abandoned gasoline station and there is a car wash for people who wants to have their car cleaned while enjoying some good food. When I got inside of the main diner, I was blown away. There are so many Instagram worthy areas in Cafe Racer Diner.  And it starts with the cashier's area.

VW van at a diner in Cebu
VW Van inside Cafe Racer!?
There was a time last year that my friend +Nezte Virtudazo  became a Yakiniku addict.  Ever since he ate at Yaki House Yakiniku, he practically wanted to eat there every day. I can't blame him.  Yaki House has one of the most affordable All You Can Eat Yakiniku in Cebu.

Affordabe Yakiniku at Yaki House, A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City
Yakiniku House is located at A.S. Fortuna Street, Banilad, Mandaue City.  Last year, for only 299 pesos during lunch and 399 pesos during dinner, you can stuff yourself with grilled meat goodness until you get your fill. The nicest thing about Yakiniku is the cook-it-yourself experience.  A lot of diners go to a Yakiniku and just be busy "cooking" for their friends. It is so much fun that sometimes you forget to eat.
Affordabe Yakiniku at Yaki House, A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City
Affordabe Yakiniku at Yaki House, A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City
Yaki House has a wide selection of meat.  They have chicken, pork, beef, sausages, scallops, and many more.