#Restaurants, Cebu

MATIAS BBQ: Cebu’s Favorite Barbecue Spot! (Review)

Matias BBQ

One favorite street food of Pinoys is barbecue–pork or chicken meat or giblets skewered on sticks and cooked over a charcoal grill.

For Cebuanos, the go-to place for barbecue is Matias in Mandaue City. Nestled under the shade of sweet star apple trees, this open-air eatery sells very affordable pork barbecue, chicken barbecue, chorizo, pork belly, balbacua, and other local dishes.

The secret to keep locals coming back is their delicious sweet red sauce and value-for-money dishes.

Here’s what we liked at Matias…

Matias BBQ
A. S. Fortuna Street, Banilad, Mandaue City
Telephone: (32) 3452164, (32) 3469123
Restaurant Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11:30 AM to 10 PM

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#Restaurants, Cebu

TYMAD BISTRO: Undoubtedly the Best French Breakfast in Cebu!

Tymad Bistro

Tymad Bistro is our go-to place for authentic French pastries and dishes in Cebu!

Owned by a French Chef, Philippe Estienne, who settled in Cebu with his Filipina wife, the bistro is popular for their perfectly buttery, light, and flaky croissants, chocolats, and kouign amann–all baked fresh daily.

Tymad means “good house” or “good restaurant” and comes from a Celtic language in the south of France.

Here’s what we liked at Tymad’s…

Maria Luisa Road Banilad, Cebu
Telephone: (032) 239 7385
Restaurant Hours:
• Monday – Closed
• Tuesday to Thursday – 7:00am-10:00pm
• Friday to Saturday – 10:00am-11:00pm
• Sunday – 10:00am-10:00pm
Facebook: @tymadbistro
E-mail: [email protected]

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#Restaurants, Cebu

The Original Balamban Liempo: Johnna’s Liempo in Balamban Market!

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Ask any of the locals for the original liempo in Balamban and they’ll direct you to Johnna’s Liempo Haus.

Balamban, located in the western part of Cebu, is known for its distinctive method of grilling Liempo using traditional herbs and spices, similar to how you would prepare Lechon Cebu.

Bebot Mapa, the creator of the original recipe of Balamban Liempo, rightfully deserves the “original” label. He is not affiliated with the Balamban Liempo brand you’ll find across Cebu. He sells his liempo at a humble take-out store near Balamban’s public market.

Johnna’s Liempo Haus
Balamban Public Market
Mobile: +639182065607

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#Restaurants, #Travel, Cebu

RICO’s LECHON: “Da Best Gyud” Most Awesome Lechon in Cebu!

Cebu: Rico's

Eating Lechon is central to your Cebu experience! Dubbed as the “Lechon Capital” of the Philippines, Cebu prides itself in having perfected the art of roasting pigs, and in the tastiness and crispiness its lechon is known for.

We asked locals where we could find the best lechon and they all pointed us to Rico’s Lechon, pioneer of the famous Spicy Lechon. Owner Enrico Dionson likes to keep things simple–his roasted lechon is only seasoned with traditional herbs and spices and has always been since he opened the business in 1997.

Their slogan, “Da Best Gyud”, lives up to our expectations. Indeed, it’s a lechon worthy of being called the best in Cebu. The restaurant also likes to stay ahead by adding Pinoy favorites to the menu other than lechon.

Here’s what we liked at Rico’s…

Rico’s Lechon – Mabolo Branch
F. Cabahug St, Cebu City, Cebu
Telephone: (032) 260-2443
Mobile: +63927-352-2078
Restaurant Hours:
• Monday- Sunday 10:00am-10:00pm
Facebook: @RicosLechonOFFICIAL
Instagram: @RicosLechonOfficial
Twitter: @dabestgyud
Email: [email protected]

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Our Best Mobile Photos of 2016! (as Shot by LG G5 & LG 360)

( Related Blog Post: Mobile Photography 2016: 20 Food & Travel Photos Shot Using LG G5 & LG 360! )

LG G5 Girona Txuleton
Txuleton (Girona, Spain)

The quality of mobile photography is amazing and I can’t travel now without my LG G5. I love the high resolution, the sharpness of the images, the wide angle lens, and the wacky 360 selfie.

Here are our favorite food and travel mobile photos in 2016 from our trips to Spain, Chiangmai, Dumaguete, Osaka and Kyoto …

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Chef Josean @NeruaGBilbao X Chef Chele @GalleryVask: Two Old Friends Cooking (A Photo Essay)

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Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao was the last restaurant Chef Chele worked for before coming to the Philippines, and he considers Chef Josean Alija as one of his mentors. Naturally, having these two old friends cooking together for the first time here in Manila was bound to result into something really special. 

Here’s a photo essay of  the 4 hands dinner by Chef Josean of Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao x Chef Chele of Gallery Vask… 

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THE TABLE by Golden Circle: @ShangrilaHotels Food & Beverage Loyalty Program! (Photo Essay)

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What happens when the best Shangri-La Chefs get together to launch a Loyalty Program not only for in-house hotel stays but also for all their dining outlets?

Introducing…THE TABLE by Golden Circle, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ new food and beverage loyalty programme that earns non-staying guests points when dining at any Shangri-La, Hotel Jen, or Kerry and Traders restaurant.  

This is good news for all foodies who love to eat in Shangri-La restaurants in Manila. You’ll get more rewards, instant indulgences, elite bonus points, and sweeter deals as you dine more at “Shang”.

The Table launch was awesome, set in 5 acts featuring the different dining moodsElegant, Intimate, Upbeat, Chill, and Adventurous–with different food and wine pairing in a Bea Valdes masterfully-designed setting.

Here’s a photo essay of the moments we love most from the event… 

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@Nigella_Lawson: The Face of Contadina in Manila! (Photo Essay) @DelMontePH

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CONTADINA is a high-quality line of Mediterranean cuisine essentials by Del Monte Foods, which include olive oils made from the fine olives of Andalusia, Spaincanned tomatoes made from Roma Tomatoes in Californiapasta made from 100% Canadian Drum Wheat Semolina, and pasta sauces made in Italy. 

The name is Italian for “woman of the fields” and symbolizes the care Italian women have in cooking home-cooked meals using only the finest and freshest ingredients available.

Nigella Lawson, known as the Domestic Goddess, embodies these Contadina qualities that align with her philosophy of cooking with Simplicity and Instinct. According to Nigella, there are no secret ingredients to delicious food, only good quality ingredients and maximizing flavor with minimal effort.

The Manila Food Community was so happy to meet Nigella in person, the face of Contadina products in the Philippines. 

Here’s a photo essay of the awesome launch experience for Contadina x Nigella…

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#Philippines, Attractions, Mystery Rooms

HUSH: Don’t Breathe Inspired Live Action Escape Room! @BreakoutPH

BreakoutPH: HushHUSH by Breakout PH is the new live action escape room game experience inspired by the new suspense thriller “Don’t Breathe“.

Just like the movie you and your friends break into the blind man’s house thinking you’ll get away with the perfect heist. But you are all wrong. So don’t make a sound. Don’t even breathe.

The escape room takes you to a whole new level of experience as the game flow is driven by a violent blind man and live actors. Players must carefully try to move around the rooms without getting caught.

Plus did we mention that this is the only escape room where players can die? Check out one of our favorite escape rooms HUSH….

HUSH by Breakout Philippines
Paragon Plaza Ground floor Reliance St., corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila 1550
Email[email protected]
FacebookBreakout Philippines

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