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Where and What to Eat

  • CREM Shawarma NOW OPEN at Robinson’s Triangle
    Posted in: Budget Eats, Where and What to Eat

    If you or your kids are students at St John’s Institute (HuaMing) here in Bacolod, you may already know this lady who is mostly known as “Manang CREM” or “Mommy CREM”. Her real name is Malou, just in case you were wondering, and she’s just been blessed with a new stand that you can find at the Robinson’s Triangle Plaza. CREM Shawarma, your favorite palamahawan, is now accessible to people in the shopping and east area.

    Opening Hours: 10:30am until 3pm or 4pm

    For Lunch and Snacks


    From the front, you can’t clearly see where CREM Shawarma is, but if you move towards the Super Batchoy House and see a stand facing towards the tables, that’s it!

    Crem Shawarma at Robinsons Triangle

    Foods You Can Try

    Here are some dishes that CREM Shawarma serves at their Robinson’s Triangle stand:

    1. Shawarma Rice

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    2. Sisig

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    3. CREM Shawarma’s Nachos

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    4. Bomb!

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    These are great! I don’t know if you still need to put sauce on a bomb!, but it’s basically a ball of mashed potatoes. It’s as big as a golf ball, but it’s really packed.

    5. The CREM Shawarma Wrap

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    7. Siomai

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     8. Various Desserts

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    Both of these are really moist on the inside. When I was there, I was told that most students mistake the brownie for the one KFC sells.

    Interesting Information About CREM Shawarma

    Did you know that you can actually order in volume from Manang CREM? Not only do students, their parents and other patrons come here because of the great food and affordability, businesses like Security Bank also order in volume for events and parties. If you’re looking to order in volume, there might be other menus available so it’s best to ask from Manang CREM herself. Whether it be birthdays, team meetings, basketball games, or Christmas parties, contact manang CREM to see what she can do for you.

    So diin ka mamahaw today?

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    Contact number: 0908-715-4505
    CREM Shawarma Facebook Page
    Mea in Bacolod Facebook Page
  • Choobi Choobi Bacolod: Maka Lingaw sa pag Kaon
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Choobi Choobi Bacolod is now open at the SM City Mall, located at the ground floor, near Cabalen and Chika-an. It was the first time that I’ve heard about the restaurant, but I’m glad that they invited me and my fellow Negros Bloggers over as they have an inspiring story behind their success.

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    The restaurant basically had humble beginnings in Cebu City. Today, however, Choobi Choobi Bacolod is just one of the many branches the restaurant has nationwide. With its tag line “Lingaw lingaw kaon”, Choobi Choobi mostly concentrates on Filipino comfort food at an affordable price.

    Choobi Choobi Menu

    1. Shrimp in a Bag

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    Shrimp in a Bag – Butter Garlic

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    Shrimp in a Bag – Seafood Barkada Bag

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    2. Shrimps that are not in a Bag

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    Shrimps Sauteed in Garlic

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    3. Choobi Pata – My Favorite

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    There’s a secret to this Crispy Pata which I, of course, do not know. It’s unlike any Cripsy Pata I’ve tasted anywhere though because it just slides off the bone and the taste kind of reminds me of Bacolod’s lechon.

    4. Pork BBQ

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    5. Stuffed Grilled Squid

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    Choobi Choobi Bacolod has a lot more goodies to serve. Below is their menu and I’d like you to pay close attention to the prices.

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    This restaurant is definitely group-friendly, budget-friendly and pinoy-friendly (because of the favorite pinoy tastes being offered). Don’t forget to visit their:

    Facebook Page and Website

    Also, don’t forget to LIKE Mea in Bacolod on Facebook to get the latest updates on the City of Smiles.

  • Merkado Cafe: Fresh, Organic and All Natural
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Is it just me or has Bacolod had a lot of organic restaurant openings over the past year? It’s probably just me because I’m at an age (I’m 29) where you come to your senses and realize that your indestructibility, more commonly known as youth, is slowly leaving your body year after year.

    Whatever the case, I’m all for eating healthy at any age.

    One cafe in the city that embodies the very idea of healthy eating is Merkado (ni Maria) Cafe. They invited me, along with fellow Negros Bloggers, over for some fresh, all natural, sumptuous lunch. The invite was very much appreciated as I have been eyeing to visit this place ever since a good friend of mine told me about it.

    Merkado (ni Maria) Cafe Location

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    You can find the cafe at the Art District along the Mandalagan area. You can’t miss it if you enter through the main entrance. It’s right beside Chicken House and it’s visible from Select which is right across the street.

    Cafe Details

    • Opening hours: 6AM – 10PM
    • Serves: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Dishes: Mostly Filipino
    • Nice to know facts about the cafe:
      • A believer in the farm-to-table concept
      • Slowfood cooking process (this is not to be mistaken for slow service ladies and gents, it just means they cook food in a more traditional way)
      • Ingredients are organic and, mostly, whenever possible, locally sourced

    Inside and Ambiance

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    The inside of the cafe is very homey. You’ll see a lot of nature-elements in their design and decor, like wood, without sacrificing its chic vibe. Merkado Cafe is comfortable to eat at & the ambiance is pretty relaxed. It’s pretty much casual dining for this cafe.


    Merkado Cafe Menu

    Pica-picks Beer Match

    1. Chicken Tenders & Lumpia Prito

    Merkado Cafe Menu - Chicken Tenders and Lumpia Prito

    Chicken Tenders P135; Lumpia Priot P105

    The chili sauce is so good. The rest of the bloggers thought so too and so we asked if they sold this in bottles. The answer? No, but they’re working on it. Watch out for this chili sauce guys.

    2. Camote Chips

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    This is crisp fried in virgin coconut oil, by the way.


    All-Day Breakfast

    1. Pan Kick – Highly Recommended



    The best thing about this breakfast dish is the maple syrup. It’s pure organic maple syrup and not just sugar and water. It goes very well with the pancakes. It’s really called Pan Kick, I didn’t misspell it.

    2. Chicken Galantina

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    Chicken Galantina is chicken that’s been stuffed with beef and organic vegetables. This is one of Merkado Cafe’s best sellers.

    3. Beef Tapa



    4. Prito Nga Bangrus

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    It’s wonderful that all breakfast items come with your choice of organic black, brown or white rice, scrambled or sunny side up, free-range egg, and whatever fruit that’s in season.


    Lunch & Dinner

    1. Kare Kare



    You can add extra ginamos for P10. This dish has ox tail and leg, peanut sauce, pechay na bisaya, eggplant, puso sang saging, string beans and, of course, ginamos.

    2. Beef Curry – Highly Recommended

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    The beef was really tender and the sauce was, for lack of a better term, “nanam“. I’m sure ya’ll know what this word means.

    3. Pochero – Highly Recommended

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    Aside from this dish being my favorite, the Pochero that Merkado Cafe serves just tastes like old school, memory-inducing, good ol’ pochero from my younger years.

    4. Bakes Bangus Belly – Highly Recommended

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    The Bangus Belly is another one of the cafe’s best sellers. It’s topped with tomatoes, garlic and onion.

    5. Fish Tinola



    The tinola is NEW on their menu. This traditional dish comes with the basic ingredients of red onions, tomatoes, balatong and talong with either Sea-Bass, Red Snapper or Lison.



    1. Spaghetti with Fresh Organic Tomatoes

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    2. Spaghetti with CLAMS

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    Both pastas are NON-GMO, with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), garlic, tomatoes, basil/parsley, and Pecorino Romano cheese. The difference is one has wild-caught nylon shells and the other doesn’t.



    J’s Greens – Highly Recommended

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    This can only be found in Merkado Cafe. J’s Greens was one of my favorites. The entire plate is good for two, but you can have it yourself if you love veggies and you don’t like sharing. I would recommend this for lunch or merienda. It’s so healthy and the calamansi vinaigrette is simply amazing with the greens.






    CB&C stands for cheese burger & chips. There’s only one burger per serving, please take note. The buns are whole wheat, the patty is pan-grilled local ground beef and the dressing is Merkado Cafe’s own.



    1. Calamansi Slush & BaNanANana Smoothie – Highly Recommended

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    Both of these drinks get a thumbs up from me. Both are equally refreshing, but what’s great to know is the Calamnsi Slush can actually be spiked with Tanduay Rum which makes it a Calamansi Slush Punch.

    2. Merkado Iced Coffee – Highly Recommended



    All you need is one cup of this. If you’re a beginner coffee drinker, maybe you can take half. That’s all I’m going to say. Because its Kanlaon coffee, you know that it’ll be one of the best iced cups you’ll ever have in your life.



    Creme Brulee



    One of my favorite desserts has made it into Merkado Cafe’s menu. Creme brulee, in general, tastes like yema and heavenly clouds. I’m guessing because the ingredients of the creme brulee Merkado serves is local and natural, the taste becomes more like what angels in heaven have for dessert.

    So that’s a wrap for Merkado Cafe. Don’t forget to follow them on their social media accounts. I highly recommend that you visit the cafe one of these days. Bring your friends! If they’re not from Bacolod, all the more that you should share Merkado Cafe’s goodness with them.

    Merkado ni Maria Cafe Bacolod - Mea in Bacolod - Social Accounts

    Merkado (ni Maria) Cafe on Facebook
    Mea in Bacolod on Facebook (with more HD pictures of Merkado cafe dishes)



  • Ginger Lime Diner: Affordable, Delicious, God-Given
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    There are a lot of places to eat at in Bacolod City. Ginger Lime Diner, located along Lopez Jaena Street, was recently added to this list. I personally added it on my list of places to eat at again. This place is a small diner owned and managed by Johanna and Citoy Taño. I, along with Sigrid Says, came over to witness their opening and blessing. Before we get to the good part (the food), I’d like to thank the couple and extend my congratulations to them for having a place of their own.

    The Taño Family

    The Taño Family

    The Name Ginger Lime

    Let me take that back. They actually do not consider the place theirs because they have dedicated it to God. It was a joy hearing their testimony on how the diner came to be: they’ve been mentioning and praying for years for the Man upstairs to give them a place of their own where friends and family can often gather. The Lord answered their prayers with Ginger Lime Diner. The name came about because the couple often drink ginger and lime tea or brew to remedy their sickness and tiredness. They thought that the name would be very appropriate.

    Ginger Lime Menu

    Ginger Lime Bacolod Menu Board

    The menu is very student-friendly price-wise, but anyone who loves Ms Jo’s cooking and is looking for a place to “tambay” and eat can just drop by. Here are a few things we tasted:

    Creamy Spanish

    Ginger Lime Bacolod Menu - Creamy Spanish Pasta

    This pasta from Ginger Lime Diner is a little bit spicy. Sigrid Says said that it was probably because of the sardines. The taste is similar to pesto pasta but with the added punch of Spanish sardines.

    Ginger Lime Double Sauce

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    This is definitely my favorite between the two pastas that were served. I can’t pinpoint what specific taste I experienced with this one but it’s really good. I’m thinking that the taste is a little sweeter than the regular spaghetti we usually have and it’s creamier too.

    Ginger Lime Bacolod Menu - Nachos

    I probably ate most of this. They’re really good! I can’t exactly identify what the chips are made of (this is probably because I do not cook at all) but whatever it is, it goes well with the toppings and the sauce.

    Tuna Melt

    Ginger Lime Bacolod Menu - Tuna Melt

    I love sandwiches that taste like the ingredients have not been budgeted. This is because simple dishes like a tuna melt sandwich can have that extra something in the taste, making it more appealing. The price for this one is not bad. This is definitely a great snack to try when visiting the Ginger Lime Diner.

    Ginger Lime Chicken Sisig

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    This has to be my favorite aside from the double sauce pasta! I regretted not eating more of this, to be honest. Because Ginger Lime’s sisig is chicken, it’s not too oily like the usual pork sisig. I can’t be specific with the taste but all I know is that you’d have to try to know how “off the hook” this sisig is.

    Ginger Lime Burger

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    I’m not really a burger fan. I never have been. But, anyone who enjoys a nice burger at an affordable price, you can head over to Lopez Jaena Street to find Ginger Lime Diner.

    Fruit Punch

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    Of course, I had to down it all down with the help of my fruit punch. This drink has a lot of fruits and you’ll never guess that it’s only P50.00. Yes only P50.00.

    Open for Orders

    Aside from their diner orders you can actually contact Ginger Lime on Facebook to order pans of food for your party or gathering. I recommend that you drop by the diner, order something (anything because everything is worth a try) from the menu, experience the Ginger Lime taste and then decide when you’d like to order for your get-together.

    Ginger Lime Bacolod Menu - Cover

    Summer is coming up and this is a great place for students to hang out at, study at, eat snacks at and so on. This doesn’t look great for me as I am a fan of their food and I might drop by often for the fruit punch and the chicken sisig with 3 rice. Ms Johanna is indeed a great cook 😉 and maybe Sir Citoy contributed a few things too? I’ll drop by from time to time for sure.



  • Lebanon in Bacolod: The Kabbara Cafe, Inc
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Despite Bacolod being a fairly small city, you’ll be surprised at how diverse the food choices here are. One good example of a cafe that’s offering diversity is Kabbara Cafe. It’s definitely a cafe that’s on my radar and it should be in yours too. The Kabbara Cafe is over at the newly opened The BillboardsBS Aquino Drive Corner Avenue, Lacson Street. Your landmark is the new Outdoor Master.

    Lebanon in Bacolod

    Kabbara Cafe Bacolod Inside of the Cafe

    I refer to it as the Lebanon in Bacolod because it offers Lebanese and as well as other Middle Eastern dishes. I was talking to one owner (Ms. Hope Kabbara who was very kind and accommodating) and she hinted that there will be more food choices soon. It’s a new taste for most Bacolodnons but, having experienced the different dishes from this establishment, I can say that this is a place worth visiting.

    FYI: I brought along a taste tester who has first-hand experience with Arabic flavors – my husband.

    What to try?

    Recommended – Warak Inab

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    Warak Inab – 4 pcs – P125.00

    Warak Inab is a leaf-wrap with a stuffing of rice, tomatoes, onion, herbs and spices. This particular one is grape. The serving comes with 4pcs of Warak Inab and here’s what it looks in the inside:

    Kabbara Cafe Bacolod - Warak Inab Stuffing

    This will serve as your appetizer. The taste is a little sour and I can’t liken it to any Filipino food I’ve tasted. It’s different but if you’re palette is more adventurous than mine (which it probably is), try the Warak Inab as a starter.

    Recommended – Falafel

    Kabbara Cafe Bacolod - Falafel Sandwich

    Falafel Sandwich – P75.00

    I think of Falafel as the shawarma for vegetarians. The round piece with sesame seeds is a mixture of ground chick peas, broad beans, garlic, onion and Lebanese spices. We had the sandwich version but there’s also a Falafel plate which is P195.00, 6 pcs of falafel with hummus and pita bread.

    Highly Recommended – Kabbara Cafe’s Shawarma

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    Medium Beef Shawarma – P75.00

    Hold up! Why does this shawarma have fries in it? According to my husband, who’s been to Saudi Arabia, this is how the shawarma over there is enjoyed – with fries.

    This just goes to show that the cafe is really sticking to authenticity in the presentation and flavor of their dishes. Ms. Hope mentioned that some of their ingredients come from the Middle East. That’s why some of their dishes are unavailable sometimes because of the delay in shipment with the ingredients. This seldom happens, however, because of how well the cafe is managed.

    They have different sizes and options for the shawarma:

    • Medium – P75.00 (this is what we ordered)
    • Large – P135.00
    • All meat medium – P110.00
    • All meat large – P195.00

    Recommended – Kapsa Chicken Biryani

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    Kapsa Chicken Biryani Single – P175.00

    My husband insisted that we order this. This is one reason why I wanted to visit Kabbara Cafe so much: this is the only place where my husband can eat Kapsa (or Kabsa in Arabic). He misses the taste and he misses how he would eat Kapsa with his bare hands. The taste is very close to the ones he would eat in Saudi, he said. The dish we got was a single but, in my opinion, the kapsa (or rice) is good for 2 people who eat moderately. There’s also a double option which is P300.00.

    Highly, Highly Recommended – Kapsa Lamb Biryani

    Kabbara Cafe Bacolod - Kapsa Lamb Biryani

    Kapsa Lamb Biryani – P425.00 good for 2 persons

    This has biryani rice, lamb meat, peanuts, parsley, Arabic and Lebanese pepper, and special sauce. The photo I took seriously doesn’t do the colors of this dish justice. I highly recommend this dish because the lamb is so soft it’s insane. Some of the lamb I’ve tasted in other places have a distinct after-taste but this one is different. It’s simply cooked to perfection.

    Menu Items to Look Forward to

    Kabbara Cafe Bacolod - Rose Drink

    I don’t know the official name of this drink but it’s made of rose water, rose extract (I think) and then pomegranate juice or syrup. I think I need Ms. Hope’s help on this one, but nonetheless, the taste is refreshing and divergent with regular juices we have. This is NON-ALCOHOLIC by the way.

    Kabbara Cafe Bacolod - Date Bars

    If you’re an avid follower of my blog, you’ll know that I always make a face whenever I taste something soooooo good. Upon tasting these date bars, I made “the face”. I ended up not sharing this with my husband (#takaw).

    Kabbara Cafe Bacolod - Change box

    Our change came in this adorable box from Lebanon.

    These dishes are just something that you can look forward to. Here are other things you need to know about Kabbara Cafe:

    • They have a shisha service.
    • They do not serve alcoholic drinks. But, you can order from other nearby establishments and just order food from the cafe.
    • They serve iced coffee in mason jars! <<< I have to try this one soon!

    Kabbara Cafe

    Facebook Page

    Contact no: 0949 763 5377

    Open from Monday to Sunday for lunch until dinner

    Do you have a hankering for Mediterranean food tonight? You know where to go. And, don’t forget to share this post.

  • Vikings Bacolod Valentine’s Day Dishes
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Vikings Bacolod is also celebrating this year’s Valentine’s day by presenting 10 sumptuous dishes that everyone can enjoy. These 10 dishes were specifically created for this year’s Valentine’s Day, so yes, you could say that it’s going to be a very special Sunday at Vikings Bacolod tomorrow. Love will definitely be celebrated – mostly the love for food – with the following special dishes:

    Chicken Piccata with Light Caper Sauce

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    Piccata is actually an adjective for the way that something is cooked. So if it’s chicken piccata, it means that the chicken was cooked in a sauce of lemon, parsley and butter.

    Baltimore Style Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce

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    Why is it Baltimore style Crab Cakes and not Bacolod style? Well, one reason is because it is served with a lemon wedge – very popular among restaurants in Baltimore. It was delightful to find out that the lemon wedge wasn’t actually full lemon. The pulpy part was replaced with frozen juice or jello.

    Spicy Balot ala Pobre

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    I love balot! My favorite has always been the white part even though people would tell me that it’s hard to chew. I digress. Anyway, I was thinking that this dish is on the menu tomorrow because many say that it’s a potent aphrodisiac. If you add the spicy factor in, you might just have an extra good time tomorrow (wink*) when you experience this dish.

    Apple Waldorf and Mixed Greens in Grape Vinaigrette

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    Who doesn’t love a good Waldorf salad? I and my family definitely do. Apart from eye-catching presentation, the taste and feel was delicate and light. Start with this one when you visit tomorrow! It tastes as good as it looks.

    Sexy Desserts

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    These two have to be the sexiest desserts in the Vikings menu (possibly ever). You will get to spoon-feed your husband, your wife or your lover with either a caramel machiato parfait or a strawberry jello with panacotta shots.

    Triple Chocolate Brownie with Walnuts

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    Valentine’s wouldn’t be complete without chocolate, don’t you agree? Vikings definitely does because they’re going to serve triple chocolate brownies. Let me just repeat this one more time: TRIPLE chocolate brownies. You know that this dish is going to be a highlight!

    Chili Roasted Ginger Salmon Belly Teriyaki
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    This salmon was a little spicy but hey, I have never backed down from anything that made my palette heat up. The outside is actually chili and roasted ginger. It looks burnt but it’s not. It’s cooked just right when you open it up and it tastes so good too.

    Oyster Cake

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    You betcha! It’s another aphrodisiac on the menu. This dish is like an omelette but instead of vegies or ham inside, you’ll find a lot of oysters cooked to perfection.

    Sweet Lover’s Shrimp

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    For tomorrow, most of the special dishes are made of seafood. Did you notice that? Anyway, the next special dish found only at Vikings Bacolod is the sweet lover’s shrimp where you have battered shrimp on one side and a shrimp with tangy sauce on the other.

    Baby Back Ribs in Spicy Orange Chocolate Sauce

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    What can make a rack of ribs taste even better? A sexy dollop of spicy orange chocolate sauce, of course. As Bacolodnons, I know that you love eating ribs. Taste some in a whole new way at Vikings Bacolod.

    Hurry and Reserve a Table

    Please remember that these dishes will only be served tomorrow. Because these are Valentine’s-specific, you’re not going to be able to experience them on the next day. Also, you know how popular Vikings is so, if you want to sample any of the 10 dishes with your special someone, it’s best to make a reservation now or early tomorrow.

    The best way to make a reservation is through their Facebook page which you can go to here. You may also call ahead of time to make a reservation: (034) 431-3888, (034) 431-4888, (0998) 988-3888, (0917) 846-6888.


  • Quino’s: New Hot Dogs and a FREE Card
    Posted in: Services, Where and What to Eat

    I have always wanted to taste some of Quino’s hot dogs and finally, one Sunday afternoon at the District North Point, I and my family visited the cafe to snack on some.

    Quino's menu and hot dog photos

    The hot dogs and the outside menu.

     The Cafe at Ayala

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    First off, I have always liked hanging out at Quino’s when we are at The District North, otherwise known as Ayala, because they have a kid’s section. When you have children that can be left alone to play, you can just sit peacefully, enjoying your meal while your children sit in this corner of the cafe. The great thing is that the tables are not too close together to hinder you from seeing what your children are doing while playing at the corner.

    Small kids love to visit Quino's Ayala.

    Mommies will also be glad to know that the corner isn’t just for big kids. It’s also for little kids who cannot keep their hands to themselves. Soft toys are available at the corner for everyone to borrow.

    Afternoon Snacks

    The famous puffyani from Quinos.

    These are Puffyanis. One can’t really say that they’ve experienced Quino’s when they haven’t tasted the puffyani yet. It is Quino’s signature pastry. It’s the cafe’s own version of a cream puff – a MUST TRY.

    My son loves Quino's puffyani!

    My son just loves these! We ordered two plates of threes and he probably ate 4. He almost didn’t leave any for the rest.

    Did you know that Quino's has french fries?

    We brought the kids along so they had to have fries. Fries being available on the menu tells me that the cafe is diversifying its menu which is a great thing. Quino’s is not just focused on pastries and coffees. Recently, the Chicken Finger Rive Meal became available at the Mandalagan and Ayala branch.

    The Dogs and New Sandwiches

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    NEW – the Breakfast Hungarian

    Two new sandwiches were introduced to the menu. We got to have both that Sunday afternoon we visited. My sister had both the sandwiches, though not at the same time. She loves the Breakfast Hungarian so much.

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    NEW – the Chicken Fillet Sandwich

    I have yet to hear what she thought about the chicken fillet (because she had this to go) but the sandwich looks so yummy from the photo. I will update the article once I get a reply from her (promise).

    Sprinkled with love and Bacon.

    Husband had this. What man doesn’t love a hot dog with cheesy sauce, sprinkled with bacon? A non-existent man, that’s what. He recommends that the lot of you order this on your next visit.

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    I had me some Seattles Hot Dog. This dog has cream cheese and caramelized onions. I love anything with caramelized onions on it. The new menu items are definitely a great addition and you have to try them for a new taste experience. Don’t just go for the obvious right away. Try something unexpected once in a while.

    How to Get a Quino’s VIP Card

    Quino’s recently released a renewable VIP card which entitles the holder to a 5% discount on dine in and take out orders. The holder is also entitled to special discounts and promos posted every month. Currently, the discounts are exclusive to the Ayala branch. You may also get your VIP card there.

    For you to get one for FREE, all you have to do is visit Quino’s Ayala, have snacks and chill out there. It’s that simple. The FREE card offer is limited so, as early as now, plan to visit and chill out at Quino’s Ayala this coming weekend. Don’t forget to LIKE their Facebook Page for updates about new menu items, current promos and special deals.


    The District North Point

    Centro Ascalon Bldg., Mandalagan

    888 Premier Mall

    Contact number:


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  • Kuya J Bacolod: Favorites ni Kuya plus Jericho Rosales
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    About a week ago, Kuya J invited the Negros Bloggers to dine and meet Jericho Rosales. As the restaurant is new in the city, I was looking forward to experiencing Filipino food, the Kuya J way. It was also during this rare time that I wore full coverage foundation – para presentable man mag tubang kay Echo.

    Kuya J Bacolod - View outside the restaurant before Jericho Rosales arrived.

    Anyway, back to Kuya J. Contrary to popular belief, Jericho Rosales doesn’t own Kuya J. His name starts with J but he is the restaurant’s endorser. Kuya J is actually a restaurant franchise that first started in Cebu. Kuya J serves familiar Filipino dishes that have the taste of home, love and family in it. As Filipinos, we may all know the dishes the restaurant serves, but one would really need to dine here to experience the Kuya J signature taste in each dish.

    Ka-on first before meeting Jericho at Kuya J Bacolod.

    The inside of the restaurant filled with media partners.

    In case you were interested, Kuya J started out as a humble eatery along the streets of Cebu. WOW. There are also a lot of Kuya Js in the Filipino community – your neighbor, your brother, your cousin, the manong selling bbq sa inyo subdivision – hence the name. In my case, Kuya J is my husband’s former basketball coach.

    Dining while Waiting for Echo

    Serving at Kuya J

    This is what Kuya J served each table during the event.

    Appetizers (Favorites ni Kuya)

    Kuya J grilled scallops

    Kuya J’s grilled scallops! Bacolodnons love scallops. All the more that locals will love this because of the cheesy buttery topping! Highly Recommended.Lumpia preska from Kuya J arranged beautifully

    Kuya J’s Lumpia Presko has sauteed crabmeat and bamboo shoots filling – an interesting combination that works. The wrapper is malunggay-infused and is partnered with sweet garlic sauce. Highly Recommended.


    The Kuya J Danggit Rice

    This is the Danggit Rice – fried rice with danggit bits, oil, chives and fried danggit. Danggit is one of my favorites so I definitely enjoyed eating this one. Highly recommended.

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    The next rice dish is the Humbinagoongan Rice – another kind of fried rice with bagoong. Humba meat, green mangoes, bell peppers and red onions sit atop the pile of rice. Another highly recommended rice dish. Conclusion? Kabalo si Kuya J magluto namit nga rice.


    Kuya J serves Mango shake.

    The restaurant offers different kinds of drinks. I had the mango shake. In the near future, I want to try the Kuya J fruit shake which is a combination of, I think, two or three fruits.

    Main Dishes

    Kuya J Relyenong Talong - Photo Credits Dha Dha Garcia

    a Photo by DhaDha Garcia (www.blueink.com)

    I wasn’t able to take a picture of the Relyenong Talong so I grabbed a picture taken by fellow Negros Blogger, Dhadha Garcia. This is a Filipino-style omelette with inihaw na talong, ground pork and egg.

    Kuya’s Favorite Main Dishes

    Battered, deep-fried catfish ni Kuya J

    This is the restaurant’s battered deep-fried catfish, seasoned with spices and served with chili tuba sauce and bagoong mayo. I didn’t get to try the mayo dip but the chili tuba sauce goes very well with the catfish. The Crispy Catfish is a Must-Try.

    My favorite! You have to try this one. It's soooooo goood!

    This is Kuya’s favorote as well as mine. This Kare-kare has been reinvented with peanut sauce. I can’t really put the taste into words so all I can say is: ay ambot kanamit sing Kare-kare ni Kuya J.

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    The Crispy Pata that’s so good, it deserves its own hashtag: #crispypataislove. This the dish with the perfectly deep-fried pork skin and juicy pata meat. Highly Recommended.


    Kuya J Mango Pandan and Tablea Coffee Flan

    I only had the Table Coffee Flan but the Kuya J Mango Pandan looks really nice and delicious with its golden strands of mystery.

    Meeting Jericho, Finally

    When Jericho arrived, the crowd outside the restaurant began to gather for a chance to meet him face to face. Lucky us in the inside because we got to meet him first. Thank goodness I wore full-coverage foundation because I was about a stride away to where he was sitting. When time came for each table to take a photo with Jericho, it wasn’t my “full-coveraged” face he noticed but fellow Negros Blogger, Dhadha Garcia’s new fujifilm camera.

    Whatever the case, Kuya J is a good restaurant option for when you want to taste foods close to home. They’re located at SM City Bacolod’s Annex building so drop by anytime for lunch, snacks or dinner.

  • Chifa Comida Latino: Peruvian and Chinese Fusion in Bacolod
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Chifa Comida Latino is probably the only Peruvian restaurant in the City of Smiles (I could be wrong, though). So, since Peruvian dishes are served in the fairly new restaurant, you’re probably wondering why my title involves “Chinese”. Well, as explained by the owners Luis Kilayko and Paolo Consing, Chifa is actually a term used in Peru which refers to Chinese cooking.

    FACT: In the late 19th and early 20th century, a lot of immigrants from the southern province of Guangdong and Guangzhou came to Peru, bringing oriental influences that birthed Chinese-Peruvian dishes.


    This is how Chifa looks from the outside.Chifa is located at the 17th Lacson Street. I am not very good with street names nor am I good with directions but as long as you stick to 17th street, you cannot miss it.

    Inside Chifa

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    I love how everything is so colorful in the inside. The chairs I love to bits because they are steel drum containers fashioned into seats. The paintings on the wall also go with the entire Latino theme of the restaurant. The atmosphere was very comfortable and casual, making it a great place for that much needed weekend dinner with friends or family.

    Chifa Dishes


    Ala Tequenos from Chifa Bacolod

    Gutom na kami when I and my company arrived so we first ordered something to kick start our dinner. This is Chifa’s Ala Tequeños which is crispy wanton with spicy creamy chicken dip.

    Thoughts: Highly Recommended

    I am not an expert dissector of food tastes, but to me this tasted cheesy but not the usual american kind of cheesy. Maybe it was the cream. I loved that it had chicken bits and that the spiciness was not over the top. You could really taste the flavor despite the spiciness which I think is also a characteristic of Chifa’s other spicy dishes.


    Chifa Comida Latino serves Arroz Chaufa

    This dish is called the Arroz Chaufa – Chifa’s best seller when it came to rice. The whole bowl is good for 2-3 persons but if you were hungry, you might need two of these in one sitting.

    Thoughts: Highly Recommended

    This rice dish has bits of Chorizo in it. It looks like your usual fried rice but it has a Peruvian twist which makes it taste a tad different.

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    Diba hambal ko gutom kami? So we had a second serving of rice and since I wanted to try them all, we went for Arroz Con Pollo which was spicy. It had chicken bits in it!


    This rice dish has a different taste and different texture than the Arroz Chaufa. If you want your palette to experience something new, you can go for this one instead of Arroz Chaufa. Did I mention that this one is a little spicy?


    Chifa Feature - Mea in Bacolod - 4PThis is Chifa’s Karne Con Tamarindo which is soft, short ribs, cured in tamarind sauce. I think this is also one of the restaurant’s best sellers.


    When we Bacolodnons see “ribs” on the menu, we instantly think of a rack of juicy ribs sitting on top of a grill, bbq-ed to perfection. Nope. The Karne Con Tamarindo is not this kind of ribs as you can see in the picture. Because it has been cured in tamarind sauce, you can taste the sourness but it’s not overpowering at all. The beef was tender (very tender) and the dish had a hint of sweetness to it.

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    Chifa’s Pollo Con Colla was probably my favorite. I love coke, I love chicken and the fact that the chicken in this dish was braised with Coco-cola gives me joy.

    Thoughts: Highly Recommended

    I have to admit that my taste buds are not very sophisticated and, like any other Bacolodnon, I usually search for the “sweet” in the viands I eat. Bacolodnons will definitely love this dish. Too bad I had to share it.


    Chifa's toarta de chocolate.

    The waiter brought out this ball of heaven for me and my companions to share. Torta de Chocolate is basically a chocolate cake rolled into a ball.

    Thoughts: Highly Recommended

    If you’re an avid reader of my blog, you’ll know that I make faces whenever I taste something I like. I made a face with the first bite of this Torta goodness. The cake is not too sweet, moist on the inside and oozing with fudge on the outside (*makes face while typing*).

    Menu Tips and Service Comments

    Three Chifa dishes I recommend that you try.

    Chifa Comida Latino’s menu is in Spanish and English. The dishes are in Spanish but, not to worry, they have English translations of what they are. It’s also fun reading the menu because you’ll see fun facts about Peru and it’s cuisine on there.

    Also, 3 icons can be found right next to dish names: a chef hat (chef’s recommendation), a chili pepper (indicates that a dish is spicy) and a leaf (meaning that it is vegetarian). Watch out for these icons when ordering.

    If you’re not a fan of hot food, you can always request for the spiciness to be toned down. You can also just ask for more water from manong waiter who is prompt at refilling half empty glasses of water on the table. Let me just say this though: there’s Korean spicy which is level hell and then there’s Chifa spicy which is a kind of spicy that doesn’t sacrifice the flavor of the dish.

    Nice to Know Tit Bits about Chifa Comida Latino

    It was nice to see both Luis and Paolo present when I visited. I got the chance to ask them a few questions about their restaurant:

    Why Peruvian?

    Luis explained that it’s something new to bring to the people of Bacolod. Also, Paolo (in charge of the kitchen) has had cooking experience with these types of dishes so it made sense to go with Peruvian or Chifa.

    Can you tell me anything about Peruvian dishes and Chifa dishes?

    Paolo told me that Peruvians always have this pattern to their meals: 2 carbs + 1 sud-an (viand). There’s also quite a bit of lime and cilantro involved when making Peruvian food.

    The two owners said that they went for Chifa because they wanted the food as well as the ingredients to be versatile. They fashioned the menu to have every type of protein. They explained that dishes are cooked fresh and that there’s no freezing or marinating involved because they follow a first in-first out rule.

    Ready for Some Chifa?

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    Contact number: (034) 431 4607

     Opening hours:



    11:00 am – 2:00 pm

    6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


    11:00 am – 2:00 pm

    6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    If you want to take a sneak peak at Chifa’s menu and prices, check out Mea in Bacolod on Facebook. Don’t forget to LIKE Chifa’s page on Facebook as well.

  • RIBS and MORE at the Negros Weekend Farmer’s Market
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    I always look forward to Saturdays and Sundays because, apart from the usual family activities we have, I get to visit RIBS and MORE at the Negros Farmer’s Weekend Market. The stand is owned by the Aves family. They’re right next to our juice stand which makes their delicious menus easily accessible. Tulok pa lang sa display, ga ragu-ok na ang tyan ko (Just the sight of their food makes my stomach growl).

    Here are a few of my favorites from RIBS and MORE:

    Tacos and Nachos

    Tacos and Nachos, Nachos and Tacos from RIBS and MORE

    P50 per dish

    I cant count how many times I’ve had the nachos. It’s almost always a staple food item for when I visit the Negros Farmer’s Weekend Market.

    Nachos anyone?

    P50 ONLY

    A close up of the nachos will be more than enough to convince you to try a plate. The serving is probably good for two but honestly, I can finish one all by myself.

    Deep Fried Goodies

    Fish fingers come with sour cream suace

    P60 with no rice (Additions: P10 – plain rice; P15 sate rice)

    Who doesn’t love a good deep fried viand? I know I can’t resist one! At RIBS and MORE, they have two different deep-fried goodies I’ve already tried: the fish fingers and the shrimp tempura. These dishes have sauces that go with them. My personal favorite, and my son’s as well, is the shrimp.

    Tempura shrimp comes with tempura sauce

    P60 with no rice (Additions: P10 – plain rice; P15 sate rice)

    My son doesn’t usually dip his shrimps in the sauce it comes with so more for mom!


    Home made burgers on a Sunday

    P99 (already with cheese); P120 with chips

    I don’t know why, but eating home made burgers are always better when it’s a Sunday. This is just in my opinion, but having a RIBS and MORE burger at the alfresco-esque ambiance of the Farmer’s Market makes the sandwich taste better. Makes you feel like you’re at a barbecue too.

    Rice Meals

    RIBS and MORE also has rice meals. The shrimps earlier usually come with yellow rice but you can still order it without.
    Ribs 5 And, last but never the least, is the back ribs. It isn’t called RIBS and MORE for nothing. Take a look at this rack of ribs and tell me that you don’t want to sink your teeth into it.

    A good looking rack of baby back ribs with extra bbq sauce

    P115 big ribs without rice; P85 small ribs without rice; Addition: P10 – plain rice, P15 – sate rice

    NEW on the Menu

    Shrimp Toast for P70 (4 pieces)

    Visit RIBS and MORE at the Negros Farmer’s Weekend Market

    If my food photos captivated you in a way that no one can explain, tomorrow is your chance to get a taste of the real thing. Drop by for breakfast or for lunch on Saturday and on Sunday for ribs and more!

  • Burger King: A HIT in the City of Smiles
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    I’m not sure if it’s out of pure curiosity or out of the pure love for eating burgers but no matter what the reason is, Burger King is a HIT with Bacolodnons. I know this because I attended the opening of the store and went back a couple of times after that. During the opening, onlookers where already rearing to go in and during the few times I revisited the store, I couldn’t get seats because the place was packed!

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    Inside the Burger King store during the opening.

    The store is located at SM City Bacolod‘s ground floor near BonChon Chicken. It is the popular burger chain’s 53rd store (imagine that!). Well, it’s actually no surprise since the name “Burger King” is part of pop culture in most parts of the world.

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    Check out the Burger King menu.

    About a month ago, when I went back to the store for the second time, they didn’t have all the items on their menu ready yet. I was hoping to take a picture of the Hershey’s Sunday Mud Pie but it wasn’t available. When I went back the third time, the store had already gotten their footing and more menu items have become available.

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    Whopper, coke and onion rings served during opening.

    Always go for any kind of Whopper! If you feel like you cannot finish one, go for the junior version instead. Burger King Bacolod does have rice meal options but, as the name suggests, nobody goes to Burger King to eat rice. C’mon!

    A closer look at the Whopper and the onion rings.

    A closer look at the Whopper and the onion rings.

    My favorite is the Cheese Whopper which looks like a burger that vomited cheese. That’s not a very pretty description but wait until you take a bite off of it. You’ll know why it’s my favorite at first taste (wink)!

    If you’re free for lunch today, head over to SM City Bacolod and search for the famous burger chain’s Bacolod store. There are still a lot more items on the menu so choose your pick.

  • Welcome Home Foundation Cafe: Yummy, Healthy, Inspiring
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    I must admit that with my 28 years of living in Bacolod City, there’s still a lot of experiences I haven’t tried before. It was, however, during the last few months of 2015 that I crossed off one of the items on my “must visit” list. The Welcome Home Foundation Cafe invited me over for a healthful lunch.

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    Signs you see right before entering the garden.

    Welcome Home Foundation, Inc.

    I think not a lot of people in the city know about the Welcome Home Foundation yet. It’s basically a non-profit, non-governmental organization that focuses on serving the deaf people of the Philippines. The organization supports the deaf and the mute in Mindanao and Visayas through outreach, education and ministry.

    Welcome Home Garden Cafe

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    The garden and the menu will greet you as you walk in.

    Location: Villa Valderama Subdivision before the entrance
    Contact no: (034) 441-2031
    Opening hours: M-F, 12 noon to 5PM


    The Welcome Home Garden Cafe is one of the organization’s ways of supporting and training the mute and deaf in the city. I think it’s great, what they’re doing, because they’re creating and providing opportunity for deaf and mute individuals – for them to become independent and employable.

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    Walk straight ahead, go passed the garden.

    I was with Claire, a fellow blogger, when I visited and we were greeted by Ms. Lourdes (General & Press) and we chatted for a while about the accomplishments the foundation has achieved. She mentioned that she’s been with the foundation, I think, ever since it started and she spoke with so much pride and passion about how Welcome Home Foundation, Inc. has contributed to the lives of hundreds of families in and outside the city.

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    The seating area of the cafe.

    We were later on joined by Aj Patil, a Peace Corps volunteer who helps out with the foundation’s marketing, website and social media activities. It was inspiring to meet people like Ms. Lourdes and Aj because they’re truly making a difference in the world without expecting much in return.

    We chatted a little bit about the cafe and the menu. I was surprised to know the following:

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    Take a close look at the board. This is the trick to ordering at the Welcome Home Garden Cafe.

    1. The board contains signs that you can do so the servers (deaf and mute) will know what you’d like to order.
    2. The menu was developed by a German Chef (April, I think?) who meticulously formulated the recipes as well as calculated the calories for each dish.
    3. The menu really targets the concept of eating healthy.
    4. Some of the ingredients come straight from the foundation’s garden.
    5. The cafe feels like home to the foundation’s students. I know this because Ms. Lourdes and Aj mentioned that they just like to hang around, sometimes.
    6. The menu changes every day to keep things interesting. I know I’m interested. Access the full menu here. Access the cake menu here.
    7. Deliveries are possible for 10 or more orders.
    8. The cafe can host special events like meetings, presentations, birthdays, field trips and the like.

    Healthy Eats from the Healthy Menu

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    P50 for the meal; P30 for the smoothie

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    P50 for the wrap



    P20 for the coffee

    P20 for the coffee

    The best thing is, even if you order everything on the menu, your bill won’t surprise you. Or maybe it will because it probably won’t reach P150. Most places with affordable menu items end up being disappointing because of the lack of taste. This won’t happen in the Welcome Home Cafe though. The flavor is there, the ingredients are fresh and the food, you can really tell that it, is made from love.

    I’ll be dropping by again soon to have me some of that healthy love again and you should too!

    P.S. for you to know how you can help out the foundation, visit their website. You might be able to help out in your own way. Also, send them messages of encouragement and don’t forget to follow them on social media:

    Location: Villa Valderama Subdivision before the entrance
    Contact no: (034) 441-2031
    Opening hours: M-F, 12 noon to 5PM

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  • Vikings Bacolod: 17 Different Foods I Consumed
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    At Vikings Bacolod, I ate 17 different things – first of all, don’t judge me. As a Bacolodnon, I have an innate desire of tasting and experiencing every type of food you serve in front of me. Naturally, when I saw how vast the Vikings Bacolod spread was, I immediately formulated a technique in my head on how I can taste everything. I’ll tell you my techniques as we go through the list of 17 foods I consumed.

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    Although this spells out more bad news for my diet (as the City of Smiles is already filled with places that offer a fantastic gastronomic experience), I am thankful that people need not go to different places to savor international dishes. So let’s get to the list! I’ll be rating the taste of each dish from 1-10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest.

    Warning: Do not view if you’re hungry.
    Disclaimer: I am not a connoisseur of food. My ratings will be based on how my taste buds interpret the taste. They have a mind of their own.

    The List of the 17

    1 – Deviled Eggs

    These tasted a little spicy but overall, they made good appetizers. I think I had one or two pieces.

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    Rating: 7

    2 – Bruschetta

    Because I focus more on the eating rather than the researching and learning of food, I have to ask, are there different kinds of bruschetta’s? I could sort of distinguish different ingredients used in the toppings but the cheese…it was the cheese that made me grab one.

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    Rating: 8

    3 – Pomela & Shrimp Cocktail

    This one is for the adventurous. If you like tasting new things, try this one out. It was a bit bitter and the taste was really new and different.

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    Rating: 6

    4 – Lamb Souvlaki and Roasted Potatoes

    Imagine how this tastes like based on the picture. If this photo brings about salivation and hunger pains, then you know that this will bring you to cloud 9. The chef will ask if you want your portion rare, medium rare or well done.

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    Rating: 9

    Eating tip #1: Because meat is heavy, make sure that you only get a small serving of this. Skip the roasted potatoes.

    5 – Pizza Ala Vikings

    Let me just reiterate that my ratings are very subjective. To me the pizza was delicious – the taste is slightly above average compared to the other pizzas I’ve tasted in the city.

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    Rating: 7

    6 – Crunchy Seafood Thermidor

    I Googled “Thermidor” and I found out that the word is French, referring to the 11th month of the French Republican Calendar. Not sure if it has anything to do with the dish. Nevertheless, the taste of this one was A+.

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    Rating: 8

    7 & 8 – Bakes Scallops & Crispy Lapu-Lapu

    I’m a chubby girl who likes scallops, no big deal. I ate a lot of scallops when I visited Vikings Bacolod, ok? I admit it. I also ate a few slices of the deep fried, crispy lapu-lapu found in the picture. I had choices of wasabi mayo, peanut chili and cucumber mango sauces. The scallops, to me, were a lite bland but I didn’t mind.

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    Scallops rating: 7 Lapu-Lapu rating: 8

    Eating tip #2: It’s tempting to stuff yourself with your favorite food but remember that you won’t have any room to taste other menus if you do this. Exercise self-control (ironic because you’re at a buffet but you know what I mean).

    9 – Tofu Cubes

    I love tofu. I don’t know how they cooked this one but it the flavors were just right. You probably can’t even tell its tofu if it didn’t have a label.

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    Rating: 8

    10 – Lobster on a Stick

    Beat that! Vikings Bacolod even showcases some Japanese street food delicacies. I must go back to taste the rest!

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    Rating: 9

    11 – Seafood Teppan

    This was in the Japanese station. It looked pretty appetizing but the taste was so-so. Probably not my favorite but tasty nonetheless.

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    Rating: 6

    12 – Chicken Teriyaki

    This is how Chicken teriyaki should taste like. Delicious!

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    Rating: 8

    13 – Japanese Siomai

    I fell in love with the Siomai.

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    Rating: 9

    14 & 15 – Pineapple Roll and Mt Apo Roll

    My sister-in-law Gina knows how much I love rolls. Of course, I wasn’t ging to pass up the opportunity to eat some during my visit to Vikings Bacolod.

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    Rating: 8

    Eating tip #3: Don’t skip meals and then go to Vikings. It’s best that you’re not on the verge of dying of hunger when visiting there. You will binge eat and it’s not healthy if you binge eat on a very empty stomach.

    Rating: 8

    Rating: 8

    16, 17 & 18 – Banana Cake, Creme Brulee, and Bong-Bong’s Caramel Tart

    I actually ate 18 things! After everything I ate I still had room for dessert and coffee.

    Banana cake rating: 8 Bong-bong's tart rating: 7 Creme brulee rating: 9

    Banana cake rating: 8
    Bong-bong’s tart rating: 7
    Creme brulee rating: 9

    Eating tip #4: Huwag masyadong uminom ng drinks. They have unli coffee and beer. Retrain yourself so you get to taste everything – or at least most things.

    Rating: 7

    Rating: 7

    Eating tip #5: CONSIDER GOING TO VIKINGS BACOLOD ON YOUR BITHDAY. They have special surprises waiting for you and you get to eat for free as long as your with one full paying adult.

    Let me just extend this post a little and tell you what I like about Vikings:

    There toilets are very private. Because, well. I don’t need to expound on this but it’s still good to know.


    You get to dine with the site of the Manhattan skyline. They also have a Great Gatsby feel to the place with velvety blue couches and counter designs that will remind you of the movie.

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    They have several wine choices as well as seating in the waiting area.

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    Vikings Bacolod has function rooms that you can make use of. I think the deal is this: if the number of people you’re eating there with reaches the minimum needed to book the function room, you can reserve it with no extra charge.

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    Stations are clearly labelled and appropriately decorated. Food presentation is also amazing!

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    For Bacolod peeps, please LIKE the Vikings Page on Facebook to get updates on discounts and promos. The Facebook page, according to Ms Raquel Bartolome, Vikings Senior Manager, is also the best way to reserve a table.

    L-R: Exec. Corporate Chef of Vikings for Mindanao and the Visayas, Chef Anton Abad with Ms Raquel Bartolome, Senior Manager.

    L-R: Exec. Corporate Chef of Vikings for Mindanao and the Visayas, Chef Anton Abad with Ms Raquel Bartolome, Senior Manager.


  • Bacolod 18th Street Pala-Pala: 7 Dishes That Will Make You Remember Bacolod
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    I don’t know if people notice this about my city but there’s an abundance of places to eat that will make you say you’ve arrived in the City of Smiles. One such place is the well known 18th Street Pala-Pala. Bacolodnons know this restaurant for its seafood menus and it’s Tinola (a Filipino soup-based dish). Guests of the city are often familiar with the restaurant because of the same reasons.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - 1

    I, along with my fellow bloggers, was invited for lunch one day and we got to experience the restaurant’s Asian cuisine merged with the Bacolod flavor. Although I’ve been to the restaurant a couple of times, just like every other Bacolodnon, I was happy taking in each bite because it tasted just like home.

    Memorable Dishes You HAVE TO Try

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Grilled Blue Marlin - 2

    Grilled Blue Marlin – P640/Kilo or P.64/g

    Anything grilled – this is Bacolod’s signature cooking method. You should try at least one grilled something before leaving the city. Try this 18th Street Pala-Pala dish – grilled blue marlin with flakes of roasted garlic.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Lapu Lapu Fish Head in Bell Pepper Sauce - 3

    Lapu-Lapu Fish Head in Bell Pepper Sauce – P800/Kilo

    Every Pinoy knows that the best part of the fish may not always be the body (wink). Personally, I’m a picky eater but even picky eaters cannot resist the appetizing appearance and taste of this dish. I would highly recommend this to balik-bayans who miss eating savory fish heads. Try this if you want something totally different from the usual fish heads we prepare at home.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Steamed Shrimp in Lemon Butter Sauce

    Steamed Shrimp in Lemon Butter Sauce – P870/Kilo

    This one is a classic. Almost all Bacolodnons know how this dish tastes. Everytime Bacolodnons go to a restaurant that serves seafood, this menu is almost always ordered. I don’t know if the dish or the recipe is originally Bacolod, but it’s a must-try if you’re visiting the city.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Peppered Shrimp - 4

    Peppered Shrimp – P1070/Kilo

    This dish is a good alternative to the classic shrimp in lemon butter sauce. Some people prefer a shrimp dish that has more flavor and this is exactly what it is. With its piquant taste, this dish will leave you wanting more. It’s actually one of the restaurant’s popular menus.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Kinilaw na Tanguigue - 5

    Tanigue Kinilaw – P700/Kilo

    Most of the dishes here, including this one, are old Pinoy favorites. What’s a Pinoy feast without Kinilaw, right? This is another one of the restaurant’s famous dishes. If you try this once, you may never want to eat Tanigue Kinilaw anywhere else so eat at your own risk of “dimat” (a Hiligaynon expression which means craving for the taste of a certain food long after eating it).

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Squid Rings with Special Sauce - 7

    Squid Rings with Secret Sauce

    Just from looking at the picture of the dish, you can tell right off the bat how the squid rings will taste like but what makes this dish special is it’s tangy yet familiar secret sauce which is Japanese inspired. You’d have to taste it for yourself to really tell what dominant ingredient you can identify in the sauce. You’ll quickly be able to tell what it is if you’re a foodie.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Fishermans Delight - 6

    The Fisherman’s Delight – P750 per order good for 5-6 people

    This is more like Mea’s delight. This is my favorite among all the food I tasted at the Bacolod 18th Street Pala-Pala. It’s basically mixed seafood with gata or coconut milk. The sumptuosity of this dish was overflowing out of my ears, seriously. Here’s a GIF that best expresses how I feel about the Fisherman’s delight:

    18th Street Pala-Pala Food Will Make you Go


    Customizing Seafood Picks and Portions

    From the Grilled Marlin all the way down to the Fisherman’s delight, with the exception of the shrimps and squid rings, you can actually choose the kind of seafood you want. For example, if you’d prefer some other kind of grilled fish, it’s possible. Having learned this information, I asked if it was possible to have a Fisherman’s Delight that can be purely squid. The restaurant owners said it’s possible but not advisable as the flavors come from the variety of seafood in the dish. It won’t be called Fisherman’s Delight if it’s only squid, they said, which makes sense.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Fish Display - 8

    Because 18th Street Pala-Pala has fresh seafood coming in almost on a daily basis, you can customize the type of seafood you want (as mentioned earlier) as well as the amount of serving you want for each dish. The prices I posted may seem steep, but you can actually just order 250g or 300g so it actually saves you money and it allows you to taste whatever you want with smaller dish portions.

    Post Meal

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Coffee

    After all the good food we had, we were given coffee as well as desserts to cap off the experience.

    Other Details About the Bacolod 18th Street Pala-Pala

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Lunch is Served

    Turo-turo style lunch is served daily. You’ll be glad to know that their famous Tinola is one of the menus they serve during lunch time.

    Function Room Options (the restaurant currently has 3):

    • 20 pax – P8000
    • 40 pax – P14,000
    • 60 pax – P20,000

    EVENT TIP: The kitchen is willing to work with the budget you have as long as you agree on the dishes that will be served as well as the number of people attending. When inquiring about functions, ask the representative what they can do with the budget you have.

    For more updates, don’t forget to visit their Facebook Page.

    Contact No: (034) 4339153

    Also, don’t forger to LIKE Mea In Bacolod on Facebook.

    Twitter: @meainbacolod

    Instagram: krisotffandme

    Email: contact@meainbacolod.com


  • I Love Milk Tea Talisay: LOVE + MILK + TEA
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    I am not a fan of tea. Know this before you continue reading. I, generally, gag every time I take a whiff of newly brewed tea in a tea cup. It’s seriously that bad for me. However, an acceptable type of tea for me is Milk Tea. I love drinking it and all the more when it’s topped off with something complimenting.

    I Heart MilkTea Talisay - 8

    Bacolod does have a few Milk Tea joints I seldom visit, but I haven’t had the chance to visit one outside the City of Smiles until I and my fellow bloggers were invited to do a taste sampling over at Talisay, Negros Occidental.

    I Heart MilkTea Talisay - 9

    The newly opened I Love Milk Tea branch is a perfect place to hang out in, suitable for students and people wanting to have high tea. The place is clean, comfortably cool and relaxingly green. I just love the shade of green painted on the wall (probably apple green). It’s a little-known fact that green is pleasing and soothing to the eyes. This makes me think that this place was made to be a chill “tambayan”.

    I Heart MilkTea Talisay - 6

    I Love Milk Tea Flavors to Fall in Love With

    We did not taste everything because I Love Milk Tea’s menu is extensive. Let me get to that later. Now, I’m going to tell you that you can actually bring aunts, uncles, and parental units with Diabetes to I Love Milk Tea Talisay because the crew can “customize” the sugar in the drinks. Also, just like the usual, you can choose to have the milk tea as is or you can add a topping that is complimenting.

    I Heart MilkTea Talisay - 10

    Now on to the taste test…

    I Heart MilkTea Talisay - 2

    Recommended: Wintermelon with Pearls

    If you were my husband, you’d know that I don’t like Wintermelon. For some odd but pleasant reason, my palate accepted this Wintermelon which is why I am recommending it. It might taste good alone, but it’s better with the pearls.

    I Heart MilkTea Talisay - 3

    L-R: Coffee with coffee jelly, Chocolate with hantien ( I think), Black Forrest, Lychee with nata.

    A cup of milk tea was served after the other and, being the coffee lover I am, I grabbed the one with coffee and coffee jelly (first one from the left). DELICIOUS!

    I Heart MilkTea Talisay - 4

    Then this came out: Taro with egg pudding. For me, it was a weird colored drink combined with a weird topping. It’s just me I think because I am a picky eater, but it made perfect sense when I tasted it. You may not picture the taste in your head because it is a bit different from the usual milk tea flavors (or I could be wrong) but it’s actually pretty good. Those who love “ube” will love this drink from egg yolk and beyond.

    I Heart MilkTea Talisay - 5

    The drinks with the KAPOW on top of it are my faves.

    From among all the flavors I tasted, and we tasted a lot if you saw my Instagram post on this, these are my favorites + reasons on why I would drink them every day if I could (L-R):

    • Coffee topped with Coffee Jelly because it’s coffee (the end). If you’re craving for a cup of coffee and if you’re in Talisay, why not try this for a change.
    • Apple (or green apple) and Lychee topped with Nata because even though they are tea-based, you cannot taste any hint of tea at all. This is a great alternative if you absolutely do not want to try other drinks. If you prefer the taste of juice, go for these ones. These are the next two drinks, by the way.
    • Wintermelon topped with pearls for the simple reason that it somehow unlocked my tongue’s affection for the flavor. I seriously thought it tasted like Kerson fruit (Sarisa if you’re ilonggo). It still does, but I don’t know what’s different. It could be the pearls or it could be magic.

    Whatever it is, you absolutely need to experience I Love Milk Tea Talisay’s serving of love in a cup of milk tea. I will be updating this post with contact details and the exact location so hang in there!

  • The Vikings are Coming! The Vikings are Coming!
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Vikings Logo 2Back then, when people yelled: “The Vikings are coming, the Vikings are coming!” everybody would get their weapons ready for battle, hide or just run away. These days, however, people act totally different when they hear “the Vikings are coming!” Instead of weapons for battle, spoons, forks and appetites are prepared for a battle of the delicious kind.

    Vikings – the luxury buffet restaurant – will open its doors to the public soon! There are 24 days of exciting promotions to look forward to:

    Day 1 – Day 3: The Mask of a Viking! (3 Days)

    1) During the first three days of the opening week, guests who bring a Viking themed mask will automatically get a 50% discount on his individual bill.

    2) Example requirements to qualify for the 50% discount: any hand-made mask with added elements of a Viking; a cut out of the Vikings logo used as a mask; or a Viking face painting.

    3) Each qualified guest will receive a discount coupon when seated; this coupon will be used to claim the 50% off discount.

    4) Coupons received on the day must be consumed also within the day and time chosen (lunch or dinner). Coupons cannot be saved and used for a different day.

    5) Guests availing the discount must wear the mask at all times until upon seating.

    6) If reservations are full, guests may choose to come in as “walk-in” guests for the discount; subject to table availability. Listing for lunch or dinner starts as early as 10 a.m. Guests may come at their most convenient time to have their names listed on the “walk-in” list for lunch or dinner. Lunch operation starts at 11:00 am, while dinner starts at 5:30 pm.

    7) Lost coupons will not be replaced.

    8) Discount is applicable on a per pax/individual basis.

    9) This promo can’t be used in conjunction with other in-house promotions or discounts.

    10) This promo only available in Vikings Bacolod.

    11) This promo is valid from (to be announced).

    12) Guests who have the best mask will win 2 weekday lunch Vikings Gift Certificates. One winner will be chosen every lunch and dinner. Guests will be judged before entering the store and prize will be given once inside the store.

    13) Guests who don’t wish to dress like a Viking will automatically receive a 20% discount instead.

    *This promo is open to reservation and walk-in guests.*

    Day 4 – 10: Facebook Promo 25% (7 Days)

    1) The Facebook fans of Vikings Bacolod are entitled to a 25% discount, whether paying in cash or card.

    2) Guest must present to our staff that he/she has indeed “Liked” our Facebook page either through the guest’s smartphones or on one of our branch’s iPad.

    3) This discount is only available between (to be announced).

    4) This discount can’t be used in conjunction with in-house promotions or discounts.

    5) This discount is available on a per pax/individual basis.

    6) This discount can only be used in Vikings Bacolod.

    Day 11 – 17: Instagram Promo 25% (7 Days)

    1) The Instagram followers of Vikings Luxury Buffet are entitled to a 25% discount, whether paying in cash or card.

    2) Guest must present to our staff that he/she has indeed followed our Instagram account either through the guest’s smartphones or on one of our branch’s iPad.

    3) This discount is only available between (to be announced).

    4) This discount can’t be used in conjunction with in-house promotions or discounts.

    5) This discount is available on a per pax/individual basis.

    6) This discount can only be used in Vikings Bacolod.

    Day 18 – 24 Bacolod City Promo 20% (7 Days)

    1) Employees, residents or students in the Bacolod City area will receive a 20% discount, cash or card, upon dining at Vikings Bacolod.

    2) For employees in the Bacolod City, he/she must present a corporate ID with their address on it. In case the office address is not on the I.D., he/she may supplement their corporate ID with a corporate calling card or a government issued I.D.

    3) For residents in the Bacolod City, he/she must present a valid and original government issued I.D.

    4) For students in the Bacolod City, he/she must present a valid and original student I.D.

    5) This discount applies on a per pax basis.

    6) This discount can’t be used in conjunction with in-house promotions or discounts.

    7) This discount is valid from (to be announced).

    8) This discount is available only in Bacolod City.

    Get Go – Cebu Pacific Loyalty Cardholders

    1) Cebu Pacific Get Go cardholders are entitled to a 15% discount on their total bill by presenting their card upon billing.

    2) Valid for the month from October until the end of November 2015.

    3) Only valid in Vikings Bacolod.

    4) Can’t be used in conjunction with other in house promotions or discounts.

    Ready to get your Viking on? See you there!

  • 5 Reasons to Eat at BonChon Chicken Bacolod Today
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat
    Here in Bacolod, we have a saying: “Food  that taste too good will make you forget your name”. Maybe you should write your name somewhere before visiting BonChon Chicken Bacolod. – Mea 🙂

    Last September 16, I was invited to the inauguration event of BonChon Bacolod at the SM City Bacolod Mall. The place was jam packed as family members, friends, media partners and guests try the infamous BonChon chicken for the first time.

    BonChon Bacolod Inauguration Event

    BonChon Bacolod Inauguration Event - the Inside

    I’ve tasted the chicken as well as other items on the BonChon Bacolod menu and I’ve formulated my recommendations for why you need to visit today:

    1. The Chicken

    BonChon Bacolod Chicken

    The whole point of going to BonChon is to taste its Korean-style fried chicken. I’ve personally tasted Korean-style fried chicken in Korean restaurants before, but I’d have to say that BonChon does it more distinctively. It’s a matter of taste, of course, but that’s just me. I can’t emphasize enough how tasty BonChon’s chicken really is. Give me a whole box of BonChon chicken and I’ll be happy for days – well, until it runs out.

    2. The Rest of the Food

    Other Items on the Menu

    Of course, it’s not just all about the chicken. There are several food items on the menu that can also tickle your taste buds. Here’s what I recommend:

    • Fish Taco – hubby’s personal fave
    • Seoul Fried Rice
    • Bulgogi Noodle Soup
    • Chapchae – which is basically the Korean version of our pancit

    3. The Bacolod Flavor

    Scott Tan Explaining the Bacolod Flavor

    This is Mr. Scott Tan, Managing Director of BonChon Philippines, explaining that it’s not just about one universal flavor for BonChon. He’s trying to incorporate the Bacolod flavor into the BonChon Bacolod menu to make a distinct taste signature. This, I thought, was a mark of dedication and I’m really rooting for their success in the city; it’s not just because their chicken is off the hook, just so you know.

    4. The Variety

    BonChon Bacolod Menu

    You get to choose from chicken meals, seafood meals, bulgogi meals and so on. There are also soups, sandwiches, sides and several snack options.

    5. The Price

    The price is affordable. It’s just like most fast-food restaurants here in the city but I think the difference is that the quality and taste of the food is really something that everyone should experience.

    Mea Approved BonChon Chicken Bacolod

    So you think today might be the day you drop by for a visit?

  • Bacolod Diner: Review of Big Daddy’s Diner
    Posted in: Bacolod Reviews, Where and What to Eat

    It is exactly how a diner should be. I haven’t been to a lot in my city but if I was craving for that diner experience with a little hint of New York, amma go to Big Daddy’s.

    Location: Door 1 Eastwalk Extension, Circumferential Road, 6100 Bacolod City

    Hours: Tue-Sun, 10:00am-12:00am

    Contact: 09258000401

    I visited the place out of pure curiosity. If you’ve lived in my city long enough, you’ll know that that’s how Bacolodnons are when a new establishment opens up. Anyway, I went there an hour or so passed lunch time.


    You cannot miss the place. If you know where Dana’s Buko is (the old one), then you’ll definitely see Big Daddy’s Diner. I can say that it’s pretty accessible and easy to spot. It’s the first thing (Door 1) you see on your left if you’re facing the Eastwalk Extension’s entrance – the one farthest from the NGC.



    Big Daddys The Place

    Just my luck because people were getting ready to leave as soon as I arrived so I basically had the entire place to myself. I was sitting at the booth where the Negros Showroom bag is.

    Big Daddys View from the Booth

    First off, I really want to say: “Now, THIS is a diner”. I haven’t been to America before where there’s an abundance of diners but I have seen movies like Back to the Future, the Mighty Ducks, Pleasantville, the American Gangster, Pulp Fiction and so on so I know what a diner should look like. Big Daddy’s Diner, isn’t, however like the diners I see in movies because the owners (3 chefs) put a couple of other unrelated elements to make it different – the good kind of different.

    Big Daddys Old NY Setting

    New York or Bust

    You’ll be transported back to old New York and you’ll be accompanied by big stars while you’re eating – this is the old school, vintage element. They also have the striking red chairs (both table chairs and bar stools) with booths of the same color just with a white stripe in the middle of the back rest – characteristic of a diner, the original element.

    Hello Mr Charles

    Hello Mr Charles

    And, last but not the least, I picked up on a bit of industrial vibe which was probably because of the objects that are silver/grey colored. The unfinished feel of it –  the floor and the railings that separate the booths from the tables – adds to its modern industrial vibe as well. I am not an interior designer but, in my opinion, the fusion of all these things I mentioned makes customers feel like they’re in a chic yet laid-back restaurant.



    Big Daddys Bacolod Menu

    The Menu

    Upon checking their menu, I had trouble picking just one thing to eat. I was so hungry that I just randomly picked one out and ended up ordering backribs.

    Waiting time: 8-10mins


    Big Daddys Backribs

    Thoughts: The meat was soft, the sauce tangy, and the rice cooked well. What more could you ask for? There’s also no question with the taste as I consumed the entire plate in about 7mins (mind you, I take my time while eating). I would have liked the corn to just be kernels instead of a small piece of the ear but it doesn’t change the fact that I would eat the meat all day if I could (goodbye diet).

    Doesn't this just make you want to visit Big Daddy's everyday?

    Doesn’t this just make you want to visit Big Daddy’s everyday?

    My Experience at the Bacolod diner

    Big Daddys Diner Style Eating

    Let me just say that I didn’t ask the waitress to refill my water. She just did it on her own without me telling her to do so. It’s safe to say that the service here is pretty great.

    • Price: Affordable
    • Ambiance: Vintage, Industrial Chic
    • Food: Delicious (but only with a small serving of side dish)
    • Service: Excellent
    • Parking: Not difficult but may be limited
    • Location: Easily accessible, easy to spot

    Would I eat there again?


    disclaimer: post was NOT sponsored by the Diner


  • Bacolod Vietnamese Restaurant: Review of Rau-Ram Cafe
    Posted in: Bacolod Reviews, Where and What to Eat

    Where do you go when you’re craving for Pho in Bacolod? I can think of two Bacolod Vietnamese restaurants. One of them is Rau Ram Cafe.

    Location: Prk. Marapara 1 Zone 2, Brgy, Bata, Bacolod City

    Hours: Mon-Sun, 11:00AM – 9:00PM

    Contact: (034) 708-90-36

    We visited the restaurant a couple of nights ago to have dinner – I, my sister and my brother-in-law. They’ve already gone there once before but the visit we had was my first time.


    If you don’t have a private car, it might be a little difficult for you to get to the restaurant. It’s inside Marapara and I can’t really tell you exact directions because I’m direction-ally challenged – my brother-in-law did all the driving. What I do know, however, is that we had to pass by the new road to the airport.


    First Visit Rau Ram Cafe (2)

    The ambiance of the restaurant was definitely on-point – very clean with Vietnamese influences.

    First Visit Rau Ram Cafe (3)

    Instead of having glass walls (or any wall type for that matter), it was more open. They also had a raised roof, without any ceilings and with the roof supports showing. All these elements put together – the decorations, the structural design, the colors – gave the restaurant its classy yet comfortable ambiance.


    First Visit Rau Ram Cafe (4)

    The Menu

    They did not have regular menus. Instead they have this. When I saw that they had a chalkboard menu, it gave me the feeling that they probably add new things on the board every now and then which is a great way to mix things up, in my opinion.

    Waiting time: 10-12mins

    Pho Bo

    First Visit Rau Ram Cafe (5)

    Beef and Rice Noodle Soup

    You'd have to mix these into the Pho. I can identify mint, basil, red pepper paste (red sauce).

    You’d have to mix these into the Pho. I can identify mint, basil, chili pepper, calamansi and red pepper paste (red sauce).

    Thoughts: The Bacolod Vietnamese restaurant’s soup is wonderful. The taste is unique when you add the mint leaves but overall it’s just delicious. The beef is soft as heck too.

    Pork Belly + Plum Sauce

    First Visit Rau Ram Cafe (7)

    This did not have a Vietnamese name. Sweet and Spicy Pork Belly

    Thoughts: I love everything spicy so this, to me, was not spicy at all. The skin on the meat was chewy (just the way I like it), the meat soft and it had a bit of sweetness to it.

    Bun Thit Nuong Cha gio

    First Visit Rau Ram Cafe (8)

    Grilled pork, Spring rolls, Noodles

    Thoughts: The peanut sprinkles were yummy, the pork sweet and again, the mint made it taste interesting. Noodles were just the right kind of soft.

    Vietnamese Coffee

    First Visit Rau Ram Cafe (9)

    Coffee dripping goodness

    First Visit Rau Ram Cafe (10)

    First Visit Rau Ram Cafe (11)

    Thoughts: Rau-Ram Cafe only had 2 juice choices that night: one with lychee and I forgot the other one so we went for coffee and water. As usual, the Vietnamese coffee was delicious – a must try.

    My experience at the Bacolod Vietnamese Restaurant

    First Visit Rau Ram Cafe (12)

    Satisfied Customer with a Satisfied Tummy

    • Price: Affordable
    • Ambiance: Comfortable-classy
    • Food: Delicious (but limited drinks)
    • Service: Excellent
    • Parking: Not difficult
    • Location: Hard to get to but food is worth it

    Would I eat there again?


    disclaimer: post was NOT sponsored by the Cafe

  • 4 SM City Foodcourt Spots that Serve a lot of Asian Goodness
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat
    Media and Blogger Day at SM City Bacolod

    When you hunt for Asian food, where do you go?

    I personally go to Terra Dolce where that Korean place is (Do you know which place I’m talking about?), to Sodam (another Korean place) and to Pizzaro (yes, Pizzaro is also Korean). There are also a couple of places at the Central City Walk behind Robinson’s Place Bacolod and yes, they’re still, mostly, Korean. I’m a big fan of Korean food, if you can’t already tell.

    The Foodcourt Staff

    Yesterday, after attending the SM City Bacolod‘s Media and Blogger Day, I might have to add the SM City Foodcourt to my ever growing list of places to eat Asian food. I had the chance to sample a couple of Asian dishes being served by…

    Asian Goodness with 4 Foodcourt Restaurants

    Here are a couple of my recommended dishes plus my, hopefully witty and helpful, commentaries:

    Tokyo Joe – A Gyudon of Some Sort

    Gyu牛 means beef and don丼means rice bowl (with something on top). In other words, Beef Rice Bowl. (source)

    I have always loved a good bowl of Gyudon. Back when there was a buy 1 take 1 deal at L’Kaisei (SM groundfloor), I’d eat Gyudon every Thursday. I would have liked a sprinkle of sesame seeds on the one I ate from Tokyo Joe but, hey, a delicious bowl of Gyudon is a delicious bowl of Gyudon.
    Tokyo Joe – A Bento of Some Sort

    Bento (弁当, bentō ?) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. (source)

    Hello, bento from Tokyo Joe! There are 2 reasons why I love this bento: 1. the shrimp, 2. the sauce you dip the shrimp in. All the other food items on the tray are, of course, tasty, but ultimately if it was just shrimp and sauce, I’d still eat it. I’m a squid and shrimp girl, what can I say?

    Kublai Khan – Mongolian Rice Bowl

    Mongolian barbecue is a stir fried dish that was developed in Taiwanese restaurants in the 1970s. Meat and vegetables are cooked on large, round, solid iron griddles at temperatures of up to 300 °C (572 °F). Despite its name, the cuisine is not Mongolian, and is only very loosely related to barbecue. (source)

    So that solves the question of Mongolian barbecue being Mongolian. Anyway, most of the dishes in Kublai Khan had catchy names like Warrior Pork, so, aside from the fact that I also love eating Mongolian rice bowls, I tasted the dish because, who wouldn’t want to eat food that’s been named “Warrior”? No one. That’s who. There were no regrets on the consumption of one of the Warrior dishes served – delicious!

    Four Seasons – I forgot what this one’s called but it’s wonderful on the taste buds.

    Hot pot is a casserole of meat and vegetables, typically with a covering layer of sliced potato. (source)

    The one that’s on the picture is a little bit different from what the description says but that doesn’t mean that it’s less yummy. Please sir, I want some more! (<<<Oliver Twist reference)

    Mr. Kimbob – HELLO Old Friend!

    Kimchi is a spicy pickled cabbage, the national dish of Korea. (source)

    This is a staple Korean side dish and just from me saying the word “Korean”, you should already know how I feel about Kimchi.

    Mr. Kimbob – I’d eat this everyday if I could.

    Dukbokki and Odeng are affordable Korean snacks sold by street vendors.

    I once saw a Korean movie where a teenage boy was forbidden to eat dukbokki by his mom. It may be because it’s considered junk food in Korea very much like how our moms tell us to avoid street food here in our country. But, what the hey, this rice cake-fish cake combo is a killer. I couldn’t give this up unless my mother sews my mouth shut.

    Mr. Kimbob – Meet another old friend of mine.

    Bibimbap is a Korean dish consisting of rice topped with sautéed vegetables, chili paste, and beef or other meat, sometimes with the addition of a raw or fried egg. (source)

    NO, Korean food isn’t the only Asian food I eat, just in case you were wondering. I just happen to love the culture and the cuisine! Bibimbap is one of my favorites. The one they serve at Mr. Kimbob is not exactly the Bibimbap I usually eat but it still tastes darn good.

    I had one heck of a time eating different Asian dishes from the SM City Bacolod foodcourt. I’m sure you’ve already seen a couple of these places I mentioned. Which dishes are your favorite? Are you a frequent customer of Mr. Kimbob too?