San Juan City is a burgeoning foodie mecca with several restaurants and eateries popping up. I’m not at all familiar with this area that when I got invited for a food tasting event at 5th Taste, a modern/fusion Japanese restaurant, I was having difficulty going to the place, and relied on Google Maps for directions. 5th Taste, Modern Japanese Cuisine bases it’s name from umami or savory, the fifth basic taste after sweet, sour, bitter and salty. It is located at the second floor of…Continue Reading “Interesting Japanese fusion cuisine at 5th Taste”

‘Tis the season for French Cuisine, for Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino in Mactan as it puts on Haute Crepe for the month of September. Freshly created crepes, both savory and sweet with a good selection of classical and Provencal French dishes from the well loved onion soup to quiches, salads and many more including a good selection of cheeses. But of course, the French is known for their cakes and pastries and sweets that I spent more time at the dessert section. The best…Continue Reading “Haute Crepe at Waterfront Mactan”

Yes, you need not wait till September ends but head up to Marco Polo Cebu and treat yourself to a slice (or two) of it’s latest Cake of the Month, Chilled Cheesecake with Rum Raisins that had me salivating. Pair it with their premium CaffĂ© Mauro brewed coffee and you would swear that it is the best cheesecake in the world. Promise. I just love its lightness, the velvety texture once it says hello to your tongue. The creaminess will just make you close your…Continue Reading “Of drunk raisins and cheesecake that’s light and smooth”

Why would you go with the crowd, fall in line or follow a long queue when you can do a self check-in at the airport? These self service check-in machines are a god send and whenever I’m at the airport, I usually use these for faster checkin. No queues, no lines. So far, I’ve tried Cebu Pacific Air’s (at all major airports around the country) and Air Asia (Terminal 4). But at the Mactan International Airport in Cebu, which is on a transition to a…Continue Reading “New self service check-in kiosks at Mactan Airport”

The sound of women chatting from the small structure selling food and trinkets got my attention as we were exploring the century old balete tree (banyan tree, Ficus sp.) which is a popular tourist spot in Maria Aurora in the province of Aurora. But to my surprise and delight, these women were preparing a native delicacy, suman, rice cakes wrapped longitudinally with steamed young coconut leaves. Suman is an ubiquitous native delicacy that is found in almost all provinces in the Philippines, and perhaps, in…Continue Reading “How suman de balete is prepared”