CEBU -- Mactan, made up of Lapu-Lapu City and the municipality of Cordova, is one of the main tourist islands of Cebu, offering some of the best diving, snorkeling, island-hopping, and other leisure activities. It’s also where the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the second busiest international airport in the Philippines, is located. If you’ve ever been on a long layover or stayed in one of the beach resorts located on Mactan, you’ll know that traffic getting into the main Cebu City proper and downtown area can eat up a lot of time getting around. Thankfully, there are a lot of restaurants to choose from in Mactan alone, ranging from hole-in-the-wall type haunts to fine dining establishments. Here are five different restaurants with something unique to offer that you can check out while in Mactan. 1. Fiesta Bay Asian Seafood Restaurant Fiesta Bay Asian Seafood Restaurant is a homey and festive restaurant in Punta Engano that offers casual Filipino, … [Read more...] about Cebu eats: 5 unique dining destinations in Mactan
Cebu mangoes festival
Ah, lechon! That all-too-familiar crackle from its skin is enough to send pleasurable chills down one’s spine. Whether it’s a whole roast, baked pork belly, lechon kawali, minced for sisig or a taco filling, food-loving Pinoys will never grow tired of this cracking dish simply because — as Anthony Bourdain declared — it’s “the best pig ever!” And the rock-star chef made it clear he was referring to Cebu’s variety. The now world-famous Cebu lechon, along with the rich history, artistry and skills that go into preparing this beloved dish, is showcased in this year’s “Cebu Lechon Festival,” which is ongoing until Aug. 11 at The Mactan Newtown, Mactan Island, Cebu. Spearheaded by The Mactan Newtown, in partnership with the City Government of Lapu-Lapu and the Department of Tourism, the festival features 10 homegrown lechon-makers from different parts of Cebu province and their own takes on … [Read more...] about It’s raining lechon at the Mactan Newtown?
MANILA, Philippines — The rains may pour, but even that could not stop a true foodie to explore! From hole-in-the-wall to watering holes, here are some new hangouts and flavors to try for those looking for comfort food (and not just mere “comfort”) for the rainy season. Calabarzon food tour For those who only have a weekend to spare and do not want to go far from Metro Manila, the Department of Tourism’s Region IV-A recommends the following Calabarzon Culinary Tour itinerary: Day 1 7:30-9:00 a.m.: Breakfast at Asiong’s Cavite with “Pansit Pusit” demo 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Tour Casa De Segunda Katigbak Ancestral House in Lipa, Batangas (Reliving Jose Rizal’s love story when coffee bloomed in Lipa) 11:30-1:00 p.m.: Boodle lunch at San Juan Boodle House 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Snack in Earthkeepers Garden Day 2 6:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast at Grandma’s Kitchen 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch in Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Tayabas City 2:30-4:00 pm: … [Read more...] about LIST: New food, drinks to try in July
MANILA, Philippines — In what is touted to be the biggest Mango Sago ever made, roughly 150 kilos of ripe mangoes were used to make this record-breaking sweet and tangy, creamy dessert. “We removed and balled the flesh at the center of the fruit,” said chef Richard Hao, who, together with his culinary students from the University of San Jose-Recoletos, prepared the popular summer cooler. “We scraped the pulp from the seed, pureed and mixed this with condensed milk, all-purpose cream and powdered sugar. We then added big balls of sago to the mix, which looked better in the kawa than the usual tiny tapioca pearls.” The kawa, or large cauldron that they used, was four feet deep and six feet in diameter. Megaworld Cebu Properties president Noli Hernandez (center) with (from left) Gelena Asis-Dimpas of the Department of Tourism and Marina Hermoso of the Department of Agriculture This was one of the highlights of the first-ever Cebu Mangoes Festival, which was … [Read more...] about The biggest Mango Sago ever!