I am a big fan of supporting local products. I believe that when you buy from local small and medium enterprises, you don't just help create livelihood. You also help foster peace and development, a sense of responsibility and respect. You help build a community of hardworking citizens.
In Cagayan de Oro, we now have the chance to support these local SMEs by visiting GINAMÂ (that's an A with caret at the last or an A-circumflex). Ginama means something made with great care and attention. This is also the name of the pasalubong center in CDO, which is the result of joint cooperation among the City Government of Cagayan de Oro, the Department of Trade and Industry and CDO's local community of micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs). Ginama is the stage that this group of tireless ...
As consumers try to become more health-conscious, they find it often involves much more than buying organic fruits and vegetable. Home cooks may also fear that recipes for healthy food will taste less satisfying than their comfort foods. If you find yourself struggling to make healthier, better-tasting meals at home, try these nine tips from top chefs.
Shop at the Farmer’s Market
Not everyone has the ability or space to grow a garden, but shopping at a farmer’s market is nearly as good. You can select seasonal fruits, vegetables, honey, and sometimes home-grown meats from local merchants. As you shop, you may discover different types of produce you have never seen before.
Experiment With the Allium Family
Chefs claim that one of the most flavorful changes you can make in y...
The most preferred and arguably the best eat and drink all you can place in Cagayan de Oro has opened its latest branch! POPS All Filipino Eatery has just opened their newest branch at the 2nd floor of SM CDO Downtown Premier.
POPS All Filipino Eatery started with their 2-storey restaurant along Corrales Avenue (beside 7/11). Then they opened an Ayala Centrio outlet. This SM CDO Downtown Premier branch is obviously their third and it seems they're not slowing down anytime soon.
POPS CDO buffet is available everyday (lunch, merienda and dinner).
Weekdays (Monday to Friday)
Adult - Php 250.00, Children - Php 150.00, Senior Citizen - Php 200.00
Weekends (Saturday and Sunday)
Adult - Php 299.00, Kids - Php 175.00, Senior Citizen - Php 239.20
I don't remember exactly when I first had it but I do have a fond memory of an encounter with halal food. It was during a political campaign stop in Cotabato City. My political client and the other males were in a separate room and I, being the only female in our political team at the time, was led to a room full of lovely, graceful Muslim ladies and several children all happily playing with each other. I remember they all had smiles for me and the room smelled of absolutely delicious home cooking, spices, goodness and joy. It was a beautiful memory.
Since then, I have always made it a point to eat halal food when given the chance. During my travels to Malaysia and Singapore, halal food was always part of my diet. And I'm glad that in Cagayan de Oro, there's now a restaurant where you...
Earlier this week, he was spotted at Wao, Lanao del Sur visiting a friend. This time, blockbuster king John Lloyd Cruz was spotted dining at popular Cagayan de Oro buffet place, P.O.P.S. All Filipino Eatery during Good Friday. And based on the photos, Lloydie seemed to have a good time and gamely posed for photos with fellow diners and fans.
POPS All Filipino Eatery, located along Corrales Street (beside 7/11) and across Chavez, is one of, if not the most popular and preferred eat-all-you-can restaurants in Cagayan de Oro. This CDO buffet place has surely experienced quite a meteoric rise. Despite the many buffet places, POPS All Filipino Eatery has remained as a force to reckon with --- not only because of its super affordable price (Php 199 is difficult to beat!) but als...
I think it was just a matter of time. After all, it sits on a verdant plateau between mountain ranges (so you know fo' sho' you see amazing views everywhere!), the weather is nice, life is chill and the people are cool and friendly.
I'm talking about Lantapan, Bukidnon, situated between the Kitanglad and Kalatungan mountain ranges, having its first crowd-drawing cafe, Cafe Sa Bukid. This 2-storey hut largely made out of bamboo has become quite a sensation - attracting not only local customers but visitors from just about everywhere.
I went home to the Philippines a few weeks ago and Cafe Sa Bukid was one of the places my relatives and I visited. It’s located in Kibangay, Lantapan, about 45 minutes away from the Barangay Aglayan, Malaybalay City junction. You won’t miss it - it’s alon...
Whether you’re looking for a leisurely latte, quick pick me up or a cafe to grab a coffee and breakfast, there are hundreds of coffee shops to choose from in NYC. Sometimes your local Starbucks just doesn’t cut it, so here are 5 coffee shops in West Village you must try whether you’re a resident or visiting.
1. Rebel Coffee - Location: 19 8th Ave.
Rebel Coffee is a specialty coffee shop serving baked goods from local artisan bakers with fresh ingredients. This cozy shop is the perfect place to stop by for a cortado or mocha. You’ll fall in love with the atmosphere just as much as the coffee in your hand. Grab your go-to coffee of choice, take a seat by the windows and enjoy everything Rebel Coffee offers.
2. Birch Coffee - Location: 56 7th Ave.
Birch Coffee began as two individ...
One of the best parts about traveling is getting to experience foods of a different culture. That said, the more touristy destinations tend to downplay their dishes to meet the palate of the masses. If you're a true foodie, your taste buds are far more mature than most and thereby deserve foods that are rich in German flavors and accents. Use this Germany food guide to help you find establishments that serve up such fare.
The Table Kevin Fehling, Hamburg
This restaurant has three Michelin stars, each of which it earned in its very first year, a testament to its quality. Named after the 39-year-old Chef Kevin Fehling, this restaurant and its founder may be young but its atmosphere and modern European cuisine are for the mature. Diners can enjoy a night of exclusivity at the single, windin...
It's our favorite time of the year! The S&R Members' Treat is always the perfect time to hoard, look for gifts and even prepare for Christmas! The S&R Membership Shopping Members’ Treat means amazing buy 1, take 1 offers as well as up to 50 percent discounts. Lots of great deals guaranteed!
ALL S&R branches nationwide will participate. That means that aside from S&R Cagayan de Oro, all these other branches will join the amazing S&R Members' Treat 2018:
Alabang • Aseana • BGC • Commonwealth • Congressional • Parañaque • Shaw • Cabanatuan • Imus • Nuvali • Pampanga • Dau • Cebu • Iloilo • CDO • Davao
This is truly the perfect time for you to stock up on all your favorite health and beauty products, imported snacks, imported grocery items, imported ice cream, froz...
Not a member of S&R CDO yet? If you aren't an S&R Membership Shopping Cagayan de Oro club member yet, you now have the chance to shop to your heart's content for 3 amazing days PLUS get a FREE gift certificate, too!
From July 12 to 15, 2018, S&R CDO will hold its most awaited Open House! This means that even non-members or non-cardholders can shop at S&R on those days from 8 AM to 10 PM.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to check out what S&R has to offer and why everyone just loves to shop there. I should know...I frequent S&R to buy my favorite imported goods, small appliances, fresh meat (fast fact: did you know that their meat preparation area is refrigerated 40 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain rigid temperatures?) and even local products.
If you’re a fellow avid traveler, chances are you have a whole bucket list of places you want to visit around the world. Well, I’m about to tell you why you need to add one more incredible place to that list — preferably at the top.
Here are five of the many reasons why you should visit the Philippines.
1. The culture
The Philippines is very proud of its extremely unique culture and diversity. Did you know, for example, that there are over 170 languages spoken in the Philippines? Due to colonization over the centuries, there are also plenty of different influences in this country — mainly hailing from Spain, the United States, and Asia.
These cultures all come together in one mixing pot of diversity, that makes it a real pleasure to visit the Philippines. Some people say it’s a bit...
Being a fast-growing city, Cagayan de Oro is now home to more and more restaurants. In fact, buffets or restaurants that offer eat-all-you-can in Cagayan de Oro are now a dime in a dozen. This is great for consumers like us, of course. The more options, the better! There are a lot of CDO buffet places now!
However, let's face it. Not all CDO buffets are the same. Some are expensive, some may have affordable rates but the selection isn't that good or worse, some may seem to have fair prices but when the final bill arrives, you realize that there are hidden charges, service charges etc. That basically ruins what should have been a pleasant gastronomic experience, right?
Good thing POPS All Filipino Eatery, which just announced that their eat-and-drink-all-you-can offer is now available eve...
Now it's easier to satisfy that Chickenjoy craving and can I just say - a really good reason to switch to Globe Telecom or, if you're a subscriber of another network, buy a new Globe LTE sim!
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), the largest fast food chain in the Philippines, recently signed with Globe Business, the enterprise and information and communications technology (ICT) arm of Globe Telecom, to centralize its express delivery service to one convenient number: #8-7000.
And Jollibee is not the only brand that they're partnering with. Read on to find out the awesome news!
Over 59 million Globe customers will now be able to call #8-7000 for FREE with the use of their mobile device. Not only that, Jollibee’s delivery number also ensures easier access and greater reach for areas th...
Do you do the groceries for your home? Picture this: you forgot that you have guests coming in for dinner and your fridge is practically empty or you want your children or husband to have delicious baon for school or office but you want to serve something else than just fried chicken or you want to stock up on perfectly marinated chicken cut-ups but you just don't have the time (or patience) to prepare!
If you've ever found yourself in those situations, then I bring good news. S&R Membership Shopping now has ready to cook, marinated chicken cuts in various flavors!
Come to think of it - these marinated chicken cuts are the best choice especially when you have special occasions like fiesta, birthday celebrations or just a simple barkada gathering. Remember - these are ready to coo...
The Higalaay Festival a.k.a. Cagayan de Oro fiesta has kicked off in CDO. The extended Martial Law in Mindanao obviously didn't deter the Cagayan de Oro local government from planning and organizing the Higalaay Festival 2017. In fact, this year's Higalaay CDO Festival 2017 is part of the ongoing #BusinessAsUsual campaign of the CDO government.
Anyways, if you have plans of joining the revelries, a list of the core events of the 2017 Kagay-an Festival / CDO Fiesta / Higalaay Festival can be found below.
August 3 to 5 - Mindanao Fashion Summit, Rotunda of Limketkai Center
August 8 - ASEAN Landmark Lighting, Kiosko Kaawasan, Divisoria
August 18 to 20 - Cowboy Festival / Horse Show, CDO Uptown
August 18 to 29 - Kahimunan Regional Trade Fair, SM Downtown
August 20 - Kagay-an Festival...
Hello again from New York! All right - here's the lowdown. Living here in New York can be expensive (especially for folks like us who want to discover a lot of things here in the Big Apple all at once!) but that doesn't mean there aren't cheap, great places to get absolutely delicious food from.
Cheap eats in New York is real, people! Hallelujah!
Just recently, I found the best char siu (Cantonese-style sweet barbecued meat) shop in Chinatown Manhattan New York that sells the BEST roast pork, roast chicken, roast duck, barbecue pork etc. Wah Fung NYC is a tourist favorite but is definitely not a tourist trap. Wah Fung New York sells el cheapo food without compromising quality.
Located in Chinatown Manhattan (just so you know - there are Chinatowns in New York: one in Flushing, one...
So here’s what’s cooking (literally) in Cagayan de Oro – a chef, previously connected with a top local restaurant, has now moved to Crema, that quaint, comfortable cafe at the ground floor of The Pacifico Boutique Hotel CDO.
The chef, of course, is a lovely addition to Crema, a welcome “shot in the arm” for the hotel’s cafe which admittedly has been “lost in translation” in terms of how to market their signature restaurant. With the new chef comes a new menu and hotel owner Eleanor Pabayo-Benitez asserts that diners won’t be disappointed.
“It’s all quality choices made from quality ingredients but all at very affordable prices. We want everyone to come over and try the food and hopefully bring their family and friends over and over again,” she said.
So what’s in store over at the ...
Missy Bon Bon CDO - I've written about them a couple of times but it looks like I won't be stopping anytime soon because they're constantly offering something new! It wasn't so long ago when Missy Bon Bon, a homegrown Cagayan de Oro brand that offers freshly made breads, cakes, desserts, their version of the well-loved Camiguin pasalubong pastel and even gelato, revamped their menu and started serving sexy breakfast choices.
Now, after being away from the limelight (quite literally, because of their store renovation hehe!), their Limketkai Center main branch is finally back and ready! They have a new look, a new menu (they now have lunch and dinner options!) and (finally) wait staff who can assist you as you order from your table.
Before my flight to the US, Missy Bon Bon invited me ...
My first visit to Taiwan is still pretty fresh in my mind. Obviously, I really had so much fun in Taipei, Jiufen and other nearby Taiwan areas for me to still remember that oh-so-lovely vacation! Guess what's a big part of those lovely memories? Yup, the FOOD! Taiwanese cuisine is absolutely delicious (and we're not just talking about xiao long bao, people!).
This is why I'm thrilled Tien Ma's opened a branch in Cagayan de Oro! Tien Ma's CDO serves Taiwanese cuisine. Founded by a Chinese couple, the first Tien Ma's branch is located in Retiro, Quezon City. The brand's rise to popularity sure is fast - they now have branches in Libis, Makati and now, Cagayan de Oro.
By the way, Tien is the family name of the female owner. Ma is for "mother." Ergo, Tien Ma means Mother Tien or Mama...
I’ll let you in on a secret. Whenever I fly out of NAIA 3 Manila airport, I head there extra early. Like 3 hours early. I’m not kidding! Before, I just make sure I’m at the airport with an hour or so to spare. Now, I’m there really early. I have one very good - no, delicious! - reason: gourmet ramen!
Ramen Nagi, hailed as one of the best in Tokyo, Japan (it has fetched top awards in the National Ramen of the Year Competitions in 2011 and 2012), has opened a branch at the Food Hall, located at the 4th Floor of NAIA 3.
Now, it’s more convenient for travelers to have a taste of the popular Butao, its signature ramen, and incidentally, the name of the Ramen Nagi franchise in Hong Kong as well.
So far, I just settle for the Original King Butao (Php 390) and a Tamago (Php 50). I t...
I love patronizing homegrown products. I think they ought to be patronized especially since these are only produced on a limited scale (attention to quality - check!).
In Iligan City, an old name has pretty much resurfaced and is now making waves again. Deliciosa Ice Cream, founded in 2009, was put on hold for a bit. As fate would have it, however, the owner met a marketing expert years after. Both of them then decided to give the business its much-needed “shot in the arm.” Fast forward 2016, Deliciosa Ice Cream is back, better than ever and they now even have an ice cream center!
The store, which was officially launched back in April 15, is located at the main entrance of Floraville Subdivision, along the road going to Upper Luinab, particularly at Purok 3-A.
I first wrote about The Oak Room CDO a few weeks back. That post got shared by hundreds of people - proof that the idea of a whisky bar that also has an amazing selection of vodka, tequila, brandy, cognac, scotch, champagne and many more in the middle of bustling Cagayan de Oro is what people have been waiting for.
Together with my blogger friends Mike of CDO Places and Vic of Wow CDO (who also happen to be my co-founders of business group Hatch Mastermind), I attended the grand opening of The Oak Room CDO.
Located within the compound of The Nest along Corrales Avenue, The Oak Room Cagayan de Oro is a cozy, comfortable gentleman's lounge that has an unparalleled whisky collection.
From Ballantine to Famous Grouse to Jameson to Maker's Mark to the likes of Johnnie Walker, Chiva...
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