Dinagat island food trip: Mabuhay Dina Gat Restaurant, Denor Restaurant and balut in pretty glass enclosures.
My brief weekend in Metro Manila a few weeks ago was very memorable for at least three reasons: a very delayed return flight, watching Les Miserables and a food trip around the city.
There’s a lesson or two here of course. That I have consumed more calories than what’s necessary. And that there’s certainly more to Mandaue, a city in Cebu that seems to be plagued with EDSA-esque traffic woes lately.
The boneless lechon belly wasn't exactly invented in Cebu. But in recent years, it has taken the Philippines' lechon capital by storm.
These downtown establishments have been facing that delicate balance between that stubbornness to stick to their long-standing legacy and that urge to make bold steps into the future.
I played the accidental tourist guide when two of my good friends and I sneaked in to Cebu almost a year ago. It was not a role that I wanted to play at the onset, since these are very voracious foodies.
From the get-go, this eatery looks like most karenderyas in the Philippines, the beloved ones where ambiance and sanitation are not necessary.
For such a small town, Coron, in the island of Busuanga, provides a variety of food choices - from the beloved eateries to slightly pricey restaurants.
While Baler is still on its way to become a foodie destination, there are still many surprising food hunts that can be had there.
To some extent, these humble karenderyas also contribute in preserving the memory of a city and of a bygone era that has not yet seen big air-conditioned supermalls with fastfood franchises.