At first glance, Golden Cowrie's buffet spread at their AS Fortuna branch is a bit underwhelming. I could easily count the number of dishes placed at one corner of this new 50-seater restaurant.
I wanted to wait for my good friend Virgil to arrive, but since the aroma of freshly baked pastries was already difficult to resist, I eventually gave in. I was then comfortably seated at a corner table at Abaca Baking Company, a new bakery/cafe at Crossroads in Banilad, Cebu.
Gerry's Grill recently opened their 3rd Cebu branch at Lightsite Parc along AS Fortuna in Mandaue. This newest addition to their family caters to its growing clientele in Cebu, especially the gated communities and various educational institutions within the vicinity.
Apart from its national flag, I simply know nothing about Lebanon, its complicated history, even its place in the world map and most especially its cuisine.
Someone tipped me that there is this karenderya somewhere in Naga, a third class city in the province of Cebu, that serves very affordable seafood. When I heard about it, I wanted to pay it a visit immediately.
Sioplets are in fact, miniature versions of the siopao or steamed meat buns. But what it may lack in terms of size, it has more than made up with its big flavors.
So did I become a snobbish wine connoisseur or an expert sommelier after 7 different glasses? Far from it of course. But it was an extremely satisfying learning experience, something that I'd like to do again in the company of friends, especially on a perfectly lazy Saturday night.
Maybe one of these days, I will get to enjoy this burger all by myself. By then, I'll finally attain that ultimate burger sensation, a sensation that hovers somewhere between a near death experience and a religious conversion.
Although it's not necessarily my favorite shawarma in the world, Jafar's huge portions and better flavors (and in that order) present the best bang-for-buck among its kind in the metropolis.
Cadi Shack Diner is tucked somewhere in Mabolo, in a village where I least expected to find a good restaurant, or even a restaurant to begin with.