Spending 12 days in Cebu may be a tad too long for regular tourists to this island province. But am not a tourist, am a Cebuana, and may I add a proud, beautiful one. Hahaha hirit pa dyud. =)
This was our first visit this year, my husband and I. 12 days is short but we’ll take it. Our next Cebu visit will be this December 31. Lol, hahabol lang sa New Year’s Eve hehe.
Visiting Cebu is always a happy occasion. I get to be with my family again, see my Lolo and Lola, explore new places, and of course, eat. Cebu food trip was one of our main goals for this post-summer trip, Titus and I.
**Gorging on yummy eats is something we look forward to with gusto wherever we are, no wonder, we’ve packed quite a few pounds. *ouch *grins hehe :). You only have to check old blog posts on Penfires written a couple of years ago, and spot the difference in the before and after pictures haha.
When we arrived home, papa has Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly on the table, waiting for us. The regular and spicy one. Plus there are buwad pinikas, my favorite. Awwww, a definite Cebuano ‘welcome home’ fare. 😉
*This buwad or dried fish usually use fresh maya-maya or bisugo, cut in half and then dried.
The day after we’ve landed was Father’s Day celebration, so the whole family – mom, dad, my sister Kenneth, brother Nicko and Lolo and Lola, Titus and I – went to SM City Cebu. After much deliberation which resto to go to, ala-carte or buffet fare, we’ve finally chosen to dine in a branch of one of Cebu’s oldest Chinese restaurant, the Grand Majestic Restaurant. I highly recommend their crispy pata, their birthday pancit, and beef mami. Lami! Prices are reasonable too, and best for group dine outs. They also have value meals merienda in case its snacks you are after.
Gahhhh, A Dental Emergency
Our trip also turns out to be a Dental Emergency trip. I’ve visited the dentist several times while in Cebu, and had several dental pasta done. Thank goodness no extraction! If you are looking for a good dentist in Mactan Island, I highly recommend you check-out Dr. Mona Rica Melecio Vicente. You can find her dental clinic in M.L. Quezon National Highway, Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City. The clinic is on the second floor of thesame building where Three Sixty Pharmacy is, almost adjacent to PNB Pajo, and maybe 500 meters before Super Metro Lapu-Lapu City. She’s gifted with ‘magaan na kamay’, not sure if “light handed” is a good Cebuano to English translation. She’s also very meticulous with her work, and was able to keep fear at bay of a ‘psychologically afraid of dentist patient’ like me by constantly asking what I’m feeling and taking extra efforts to make me comfortable throughout the dental procedures. One of the best dentist I’ve tried and so I’m recommending. Call her clinic first if you want to visit for a dental concern or consultation, as Dra Mona accepts patients by appointments only. Melecio-Vicente Dental Clinic telephone number (032) 3160655 or mobile at 0917 302 6229.
But you won’t believe it, despite my teeth emergencies, our food trip continues! I just had to eat slowly, and chew on one side. Lol.
Food trip in Cebu is love, love, love! <3 <3 <3!
Ngohiong Express for ngohiong at 6 pesos a piece! STK Ta Bai Paulito Food Haus for scallops, tinolangmanokbisaya and tuna panga, seafood paluto for our Virgin Island escapade including blue crabs, pitik pitik local lobster, pugita or octopus, Marina Lechon for lechon cebu, Casa Verde for Brian’s Ribs and buffalo wings, Dimsum Break for siomai, steam rice, and spare ribs, La Marea for classic warm brownie cup, puto maya with tsokolate from the public market, binignit by special request made by my dad. ALL Yummmm!
If you notice, all those restaurants above are proudly home-grown Cebuano places. Cebuanos are really proud people and equally proud in supporting local products and services. Hehehe.
This foodie exploration dented our pockets a bit but this is just a once-in-a-blue-moon thing since we are now based in Laguna, so it’s okay to splurge a bit on glorious food. And I am sharing, recommending the restaurants mentioned above simply because I love and crave these Cebuano food.
Try some or all of them on your next Cebu visit!
Seafood that is affordable in Bantayan Island, Cebu!
So you have an idea: Crabs and Pitik pitik local losbter is P2o0 per kilo. Fresh fish P170 a kilo. Octopus P90 per kilo. Sweet!
What we missed for this round of Cebuano Food Trip:
We also planned to dine at these other local restaurants like OSG Oriental Spice Gourmet, Rico’s Lechon, The Chocolate Chamber, Ten Dove’s Street, AA’s BBQ, Golden Cowrie, Tokyo Table and Radisson Blu for their buffet spreads (the latter two are the only non-Cebu based restaurants we wanted to visit again for this trip). But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe next time.
Til then Cebu, kitakits usab!
p.s. my whole family is coming over to Luzon this September to come visit us, and to go on a family adventure in Baguio, yeyyy! In December, my aunts will also invade Manila, and our home in Liliw. Lol. Excited to show them around. Yeba! 😀
p.p.s. we had a quick trip up north to Bantayan Island, and sailed to Virgin Island. I’ll be blogging about this post-summer escapade separately. Visit Penfires again! 😉