Sobremesa at The Sapphire Bloc, Ortigas

We had our family dinner last Saturday at a place near us. Sobremesa is a restaurant at The Sapphire Bloc in Ortigas that offers a fusion of Latin American and Filipino cuisines. The dishes were created by Chef Benjo Tuason, the culinary genius behind Nest, Salo, URBN Bar & Kitchen, and Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge. We tried their Bulalo Estofado and Peruvian Spiced Roasted Chicken.

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Bulalo Estofado, Php490.00

As the name suggests, Bulalo Estofado combines two dishes that Pinoys love: Bulalo and Estofado. Hubby and I both know what Bulalo is, and we’re both very fond of it, but we’re not really familiar with Estofado because we don’t cook it at home, so I had to Google what it’s made of to know how it tastes like. I learned that Estofado is a sweet and salty pork stew similar to adobo but with veggies. Described on the menu as a “family recipe,” this Bulalo Estofado is slow-braised beef stew with orange, ginger, sherry butter, French beans and kamote fries. Well, it’s soupy like Bulalo, but the broth is sweet and salty like Estofado. We enjoyed the tender meat. Hubby likes it. It’s also fine with me, but personally, I prefer to eat Bulalo and Estofado separately than combined.

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Peruvian Spiced Roasted Chicken (Half), Php380.00

We also ordered Peruvian Spiced Roasted Chicken. This is roasted chicken served with jalapeño and coriander, chimichurri and garlic yogurt sauce, plus kamote fries. The chicken tasted quite ordinary. It’s actually the dipping sauce that adds flavor to it. I loved the jalapeño and coriander sauce, our son preferred the garlic yogurt sauce, while hubby enjoyed the roasted chicken without any sauce. I also liked the sweet kamote fries, by the way.

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Lychee Smoothie, Php120.00

I tried their Lychee Smoothie. It was prepared just the way I like it, not so sweet. It was the perfect thirst quencher for me on a humid night.

It was a nice first try for us at Sobremesa. Next time, we’ll order the Lomo Saltado and Deep Fried Pork Hock.

Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Latin American cuisine

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B&P All Day Breakfast in Cyberscape Alpha, Ortigas

It was a Sunday and it was way past our usual dinner time when, contemplating where to eat, hubby suggested we try B&P All Day Breakfast in Cyberscape Alpha, a building located just across our place. As the name implies, it’s a place where breakfast is served all day. They don’t only serve breakfast meals, but they also have soup, pasta, sandwiches, rice toppings, coffee, etc. in their food offerings.

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Spam Rice, Php165.00

We thought the safest choice for our 10-year-old was the Spam Rice which basically consists of chunks of Spam and fried rice. We’re right with the Spam; he liked it, but he didn’t eat much of the fried rice, not because it wasn’t palatable, but because it had bits of veggies in it that he isn’t very fond of. We actually switched rice for this reason.

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Crab and Tuna Top, Php195.00

I would have wanted to try their Bistek Bangus Belly. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available at the time of our visit, so I opted for Crab and Tuna Top instead. It’s crab meat and tuna omelette with steak rice drizzled with soy aioli. It’s served on a bowl that keeps the food hot while you eat, something that was very much appreciated and enjoyed by yours truly. I liked the generous serving of steak rice, too, but I found the omelette somewhat salty.

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Primera Tapa, Php295.00

Hubby’s choice was the Primera Tapa which consists of Prime Angus beef tapa, adobo rice, egg (cooked to your liking) and achara (sweet pickled green papaya relish). According to him, the beef was tender and flavorful, and it perfectly complemented his adobo rice.

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Left to right: Strawberry Lemon Quench, Php140.00 and Lime Lemon Mango Cooler, Php125.00

My son and I both enjoyed our cool, refreshing and not-too-sweet drinks, the Strawberry Lemon Quench and the Lime Lemon Mango Cooler. We’ll definitely have these again on our next visit to B&P.

B&P All Day Breakfast
Cyberscape Alpha, Garnet Road
Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Posted in All-Day Breakfast, American Cuisine, Asian Cuisine, B&P All Day Breakfast, Crab and Tuna Top, Lime Lemon Mango Cooler, Primera Tapa, Spam Rice, Strawberry Lemon Quench

Three Exciting Things to Do in Cebu

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Cebu? The foodie in me says, “Lechon”! For indeed, Cebu is the lechon capital of the Philippines! It’s been three years since we’ve last visited Cebu, the Queen City of the South.

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Hubby was able to book our first ever flight to Cebu in June 2012 before our son’s resumption of classes. Now we’re itching to visit this beautiful city again to travel, eat and relax.

The best way to get acquainted with a particular place is to visit its important sites and landmarks. Because our 10-year-old son has recently learned about Ferdinand Magellan in their Araling Panlipunan class, so a trip to Magellan’s Cross will now have more meaning for him. By visiting Magellan’s Cross, he will realize that Magellan is indeed a real person and not just a fictional character written in history books. Other historical places in Cebu include Fort San Pedro, Casa Gorordo Museum, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, among many others. There are also white sand beaches in Cebu for those who enjoy frolicking in the sun and dipping in the clear waters.

A trip to Cebu is never complete without having a taste of their most popular delicacy, lechon. Whatever your tummy fancies, spicy or boneless or the usual lechon, you’ll always have it crunchy and mouth-watering when you are in Cebu. These are some of the best places to go to (in no particular order) when you are craving for crispylicious lechon: CnT Lechon, Alejo’s Lechon, Ayer’s Lechon, Chona’s Lechon, Zubuchon Lechon and Boneless Lechon: Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly. Aside from the various lechon stores, Cebu is also home to some of the finest restaurants that cater to all palates, like Garden Café, Café Marco, Anzani, Feria and Circa 1900, just to name a few. Cebu is also known for its export-quality dried mangoes and other specialties like dried fish, otap and rosquillos, which are usually bought as favorite pasalubongs or homecoming gifts to family and friends.

Cebu is also an ideal place for relaxation and staycations because of its luxury hotels, like Radisson Blu Cebu, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Cebu City Marriott Hotel and Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, etc. When we visited Cebu in 2012, we had a fun, relaxing and pleasant stay at Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort & Spa in Lapu-Lapu City. Imperial’s Palace’s Waterpark is the one and only waterpark in Cebu designed by the Dream Park International USA. No wonder it’s lovely!

I’d say our family vacation in Cebu four years ago was short but sweet, and to relive the fun times, we hope to go back there again soon.

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