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Kagay-anon Restaurant

If you want to taste food that is truly Pinoy in the heart of the city of friendship, one great place to get stuffed with Filipino favorites is at Kagay-anon Restaurant located at 2nd level of Rosario Arcade, Limketkai Complex, Cagayan de Oro City.

The restaurant name simply indicates it’s a Cagayan de Oro City restaurant by the Kagaya-nons or the people of CDO. Okay that sounds kinda dumb, but yeah that’s what I think.

Kagay-anon was actually selected as one of the top ten restaurants in the country back in 2010 and I don’t know if that still stands true today, but I won’t be surprised if it still does.

Their famous dishes are Ostrich Salpicao and Pinakbet. Unfortunately, we didn’t feel like having an ostrich meat that day so instead we opted for:

The Amazing and Super Healthy Pinakbet!

One of my all time favorite: Sizzling Pork Sisig, wait.. where’s the sizzle?

Leia’s favorite: Grilled Prawns with Lemon Butter Sauce! Actually, anything that has prawns or shrimps is Leia’s favorite.

A Filipino all time favorite: Halo-halo in a coconut shell!

So there you have it! We had one wonderful heavy Pinoy Lunch at Kagay-anon Restaurant. *burp

Chada kaayo diri bai!



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Cafe Laguna – A Sooo Pinoy Search for the Ultimate Food Blogger Round 2 Entry

Hello there, it’s me again and am I glad to be part of the Sooo Pinoy search for the ultimate food blogger round two or what? 🙂 After almost three months of waiting in the wings, witnessing the destructive force that brought both Iligan and Cagayan de Oro to its knees, treading through mud cakes on the street left by a disgruntled mother nature, it’s been a pleasure to finally taste good Pinoy food again and realize that life is such a gift worth living for.

I apologize for the verbal theatrics, but none the less, Cafe Laguna is worthy of being draped with literary ornaments imaginable for having great food on the menu. Before I begin showcasing the mouth watering delicacy we had (me and my girlfriend) for that night, let me tell you first how Cafe Laguna started. It’s actually a classic case of rags to riches type scenario. It started out as a “Carenderia” spearheaded by Lita Urbina who came from a lineage of cooks. Much like Midas who turns everything he touches to gold, Lita Urbina turns everything that she cooks enchantingly sumptuous.

Starting out with 10 tables in an apartment she rented, then later on owning one in Lahug, Cebu, it didn’t took long for her once dubbed Mother’s Best fastfood becoming one of the best restaurants around that serves one of the best Filipino cuisine my tongue laid unto. This time, not only the Cebuanos are able to enjoy such great Filipino cuisine, but also for all Pinoys like us. What a great blessing to have one just near my humble small home city of Iligan: Cafe Laguna in Cagayan de Oro City located at G/F Big R Building, Limketkai Center. Without further ado, here’s the gallery of good stuff:

With Cafe Laguna, I believe this amazing restaurant will make me the next Sooo Pinoy Ultimate Food Blogger qualifier for round 3!

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Nuak’s Pinoy Food Delicacies.

There are mainly three things that I really love to write. Mix martial artsfood and everything else in between, but most of my blogs are about FOOD!  Let’s face it; food is the answer to world peace. If you see children fighting over a piece of chicken inasal, that’s where all the world conflict starts from: at the table!

I’m not really a 100% food blogger per se, but I realized blogging about food has its perks. You get to have loads of excuses to eat any of your favorite Pinoy dishes anytime without having to worry about Body Mass Index or BMI for short. Pinoy food has always been a passion for me, since I learned how to shove food in my mouth. It will always be a lifelong passion, even if I lost all my teeth because of it.

Today, me and my girlfriend went to this popular mini restaurant NUAK in Iligan City that serve’s mostly Filipino dishes.

Here’s what we had for lunch:

Food with geometrical appeal or whatever that means. Hehe

1. Filipino Pork Sisig!

My all time Nuak favorite: Pork Sisig!

For starters, Pork Sisig is made from hog cheeks, nose and ears that are cooked in three phases: boiled, broiled and then fried and sauteed with garlic and onions. It is usually served on a sizzling plate with chillies’ and a fresh egg on top of the Sisig.

You might protest that something is missing in the picture. True, it is not served on a sizzling plate, but because Nuak’s frequent costumers are students, Nuak has to downsize its Sisig to make it affordable for students on a budget and on the go.

Nonetheless, minus the sizzle and smoke, Nuak’s Sisig gastronomically tasted good.

2. Papait!

Papait or Papaitang Kambing!

For the uninitiated, it has a hint of bitterness hence the name Papait which comes from the word “Pait” or bitter. Papait is a bittersweet Pinoy delicacy and one of my favorites.

3. Ampalaya with Egg

Ampalaya with Egg!

The purpose of the egg is actually to help lessen the bitter taste of Ampalaya. Ampalaya is actually very healthy that is why despite its bitter taste, we Pinoys found a way to make it delectable.

4. Sinugbang Baboy

Sinugbang Baboy or Grilled Pork!

Believed to be a panacea for drunkenness, loneliness and heartbreaks or at least in my imagination, Sinugbang Baboy can truly bring that sweet smile again to most Pinoys. I’m no drunkard, lonely or heartbroken, but I love Sinugbang Baboy!

Here’s me about to gorge in.

Am I so enthusiastic or what? Haha

It is so obvious that we Filipinos’ have a penchant for eating regardless of dish size. Whether it’s a full-size adult Lechon Baboy sprawling at the table or a measly sized saucer of Papaitan Kambing staring at me, Pinoy food is the best among the best, and that I believe makes me THE ULTIMATE SOOO PINOY BLOGGER! ^_^


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The Awesome Grilled Pork Belly of Papa Mai’s Grill

Grilled pork belly or “liempo” in the vernacular (the word liempo is actually Chinese in origin) is one dish that everybody here in Iligan City would want to covet … by hook or by crook. Seriously its a favorite Filipino dish that goes perfect with rice, Ceviche or Kinilaw (in our own native tongue), or other Filipino dishes, a bottle of 1.5 liter coke or some really smoking cold beer.

Now enter Papa Mai’s Liempo! One of the best if not the best grilled pork belly in town located within Pasillo beside Palao’s Shoppe 24 or the Strip at Palao (map here) Iligan City. My girlfriend Leia already blogged about Papa Mai’s so here’s my “behind the scenes” photos of her Papa Mai’s Grill blog post.

The "it used to be hard to reach location" Papa Mai's Grill is now easily accessible. Hallelujah!!!

So here's the grilled pork belly in sizzling action. ^_^

The ever immortalized presence of soy sauce, vinegar, minced or chopped onions, calamansi (not seen), siling labuyo (small, slender chili peppers) and rice. These stuff are perfect for all Filipino dishes. *drool*

Here's the chopped grilled pork belly ready for feasting. That's just one plate of many plates. One for each.

Yep! ready to attack! Yeah!!!

Here's the rest of the gang that day. Leia's IT friends and batchmates.

If you want to know more then you can read Leia’s blog post about Papa Mai’s Grill here so please check it out and enjoy!

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