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 I am not really into sweets but I recently tried SnowVinz Snoball and I was pretty much happy with my experience there.  Going to a good dessert place like Snow Vinz is indeed one of best ways to bond with friends on a lazy weekend.

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The first food all foodies loved is most likely breast milk.  For babies, there is no substitute for human breast milk.  Unfortunately, there are some mothers who are not capable of giving milk to their children or their milk production is not enough resulting to problems like malnutrition.  A couple of days ago, I had a chit chat with some ladies from Aboitiz Land over delicious Italian food at Pigafetta.  They told me about "Dagan Para sa Gatas ni Nanay" and the foodie in me was really compelled to support the event.

Peri-Peri Chicken Cebu, Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar, Peri-Peri Chicken, Sauces, Meerea High Street, Big Seed PR and Events, Brian Tiu, Eric Ng Mendoza, New restaurants in Cebu,

If I am asked to declare a favorite restaurant in the past 8 weeks then I would say it is the Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar.   I have been to this new grilled chicken place four times already in that period. This new dining place is making Meerea High Street one of the up and coming dining hot spots in Cebu City and Mandaue City.
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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.
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I love street food.  I have been eating it since I was in elementary school.  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?
Lechon, Rico's Lechon, Zubuchon, Lechon War, Kalami Cebu Food Wars, Best Lechon in Cebu, Best lechon restaurants, Lechon Cebu, Rico's Lechon vs. Zubuchon
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.

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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.

12 Tips for the New Year by Feng Shui Master Marites Allen

  1. Wear red on New Year's Day.  Do not wear black! 
  2. Only eat sweet food like Tikoy. 
  3. Get up early and be beautiful.
  4. Start your new year with a meal with your loved ones.
  5. Do not clean the house on New Year's Day.
  6. Do not fight with anyone.
  7. Serve a tray of fruits and it would be great to have a mirror near the dining table.
  8. Cleanse the house (by Dragon dance for example).
  9. Eat fish for prosperity.
  10. Eat noodles for longevity.
  11. Avoid eating chicken.
  12. Throw away chipped plates and cups.

Check out the video for more tips from our very own Feng Shui expert.

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Kalami Cebu's 2017 Outlook

I really think that the food industry will thrive in 2017.  Cebu will probably see many excellent restaurants open in the next 12 months. It will definitely be a good year in the restaurant industry but it will also be very challenging.  Cebu is one of the hardest to please in the country and having too many choices could dilute income from many businesses.  The Year of the Rooster is not going to be a good year for imitation.  This is a great year for the innovative ones.  Each restaurant is advised to improve the quality of their dishes and make sure they have a specialty. 

It is going to be a year full of food trips but most probably healthier ones at the later part of the year. I am betting on companies helping people make healthier choices.  It is time for companies and blogs to spread a message on healthier and better food.

Enjoy the New Year! Gon Xi Fa Cai!!!

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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.