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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Mr. Park’s Bread & Cake, Ortigas

Our hungry tummies and restless feet brought us inside Mr. Park’s Bread & Cake in Ortigas one Saturday night. Open 24 hours a day, this Korean bakery and café offers bread, muffins, cake, bingsu, shakes, yogurt drinks, coffee, tea and lemonade.

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Garlic Naan, Php68.00

Garlic Naan is leavened bread topped with garlic sauce and two types of cheese: cream cheese and mozzarella cheese. It’s soft and fluffy. The flavor of garlic and cheese is also mild but discernible in each bite.

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Cheese Pastry, Php56.00

Our 10-year-old son’s personal choice was Cheese Pastry. Cheesy and subtly sweet, our son raved about this as he ate. My only comment here is that it’s quite small for its price.

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Chocolate Slice Cake, Php120.00

Hubby said this Chocolate Slice Cake was not overwhelmingly sweet. It looks a bit dry, though.

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Hot Cappuccino, Php110.00

Lovely coffee art, eh? This cup of hot Hot Cappuccino went well with hubby’s Chocolate Slice Cake.

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Mango Yogurt, Php140.00

I was glad I tried their Mango Yogurt, which was cool and refreshing and sweetened just right.

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It’s a miracle that father and son are both in the mood to pose for my cell phone camera. The cozy ambiance must have something to do with it.

Mr. Park’s Bread & Cake
Ground Floor, Eton Emerald Lofts
Garnet Road, corner F. Ortigas Jr. Road
Pasig City
Telephone No.: (02) 621-1197

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Zark’s Burgers at SM Megamall

Burgers were my comfort food when I was younger. The first burger that made a significant impact on me back then was, would you believe, Minute Burger. Oh, how I loved their soft burger buns with tasty beef patties and creamy, slightly sweet and yummy coleslaw! I could actually finish two burgers in one sitting! Lol! However, my love affair with burgers abruptly ended more than 10 years ago when I was diagnosed with high levels of bad cholesterol, which was totally genetic. I wanted to get healthier so I gave up eating burgers (and fries!). But since I started taking cholesterol-lowering drug, the guts to eat whatever whenever is stronger now than ever before, and because I’m protected, I can again enjoy the comfort food of my younger days. That’s why when hubby suggested we try Zark’s Burgers at SM Megamall last weekend, I didn’t hesitate. Zark’s Burgers is a no-frills place located on the Lower Ground Floor of SM Megamall. Simple wooden tables and red monoblock chairs are what’s waiting for you inside this burger place.

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American All-Star Classic Bacon, Php140.00

Our 10-year-old son who loves cheese and bacon chose the American All-Star Classic Bacon, which is a classic bacon cheeseburger. He enjoyed the bacon, cheese and burger but gave all the veggies to me. He also finished all the fries but left half of the burger untouched because he was already full. There’s really nothing fancy about the fries, but we all know that they go well with burgers.

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Strikeout, Php120.00

I ordered Strikeout, a mushroom cheeseburger with lettuce and tomatoes. Like our son’s burger, mine also belonged to the Minor League category (the smaller burgers), but it still looked big, right? Because our son got most of my fries, I almost ate all of this huge burger. Lol! I love that generous serving of mushrooms! (Note: For all Minor League burgers, you only have to add Php35 for fries and drinks and Php60 for fries and bottomless drinks.)

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Jackhammer, Php210.00

Hubby’s choice, Jackhammer, was the most expensive of the three burgers we ordered. It has half-pound patty with mozzarella, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. This is a Major League burger, so it’s quite humongous, but surprise, surprise! The hubby gobbled it all up, together with the fries. All Major League burgers come with free fries and drinks, but if you want bottomless drinks, then you’ll have to pay Php35 more.

My verdict: Zark’s Burgers will satisfy your burger cravings without hurting your wallet. With a little over Php100, you’ll already get a filling and delightful burger that you can enjoy with fries and drinks. Their burgers are juicy, tender and rightly seasoned. You can even share your order with a friend if you’re not a big eater.

Zark’s Burgers
Lower Ground Floor, SM Megamall
Mandaluyong City

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