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Gerarda’s Family Restaurant is one of Bohol’s well known restaurant that serve really good Filipino cuisine. When we went there, it was almost jam-packed with people. I can imagine it is a great place to bring your family for a dinner or with your fellow officemates for some satisfying lunch on a weekends. This is where we decided to take our small dinner (I’m trying to lose weight lol) for the night and we ordered one of their popular best sellers which is the Dinakdakan, a grilled and chopped pork belly with spices and coconut milk. We paired it with the always appetizing chicken chicharon (deep fried chicken skin cracklings) for a simply perfect Pinoy combo dish.

Address: 30 J.S Torralba Street, Tagbilaran City, 6300, Bohol, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Phone:(038) 412 3044

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Manos Greek Taverna


When we went to Tagaytay way back 2007, it was actually my 2nd time to visit this popular tourist destination. My first visit was  4 years earlier (2003).

The first time was a nice cozy sunny day where I had a great view of the famous Taal volcano. The 2nd time wasn’t that good in terms of the weather because it was raining, cloudy and in fact, Manila was flooding when we left for Tagaytay.

However, the trip was not entirely bad thanks to our awesome lunch at Manos Greek Taverna that day. Yes, that’s a Greek restaurant in the middle of Bulalo country. Tagaytay is also renowned for its Bulalo aside from the world famous Taal Volcano and its cooler climate.

For me, it was the closest thing to be in Greece for an hour or so because of the authentic Greek cuisine, ambiance and the very owner himself – Mr. Manos Sapountzakis.


Armed with a now prehistoric SC-500, I took the pleasure of snapping some photos.

Greek Salad: tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, green peppers, olives and feta cheese.

These are potato fries and a bowl of fresh tidbits of carrots, corn and green peas (I think) which you will add to your meal instead of rice.

Saganaki: Baked shrimps in tomato sauce with feta cheese and spices.

I think this was Lamb Gyros soaked in thick yogurt sauce.

My Greek lunch: Grilled lamb (or it could be pork chop), Mousaka (mainly zucchini, potatoes, minced meat, eggplant, eggs, cheese, onions), Lamb Gyros, potato fries, feta cheese, and other lovely tidbits.

For me, the food was awesome though a few might find the Greek taste strange for the Pinoy palate, but overall it was great. All of the food here by the way were cooked in olive oil which adds a nice flavor to the dishes. No wonder olive oil is different from our over-the-store vegetable oil.

That’s me in the brown shirt next to Mr Manos with my teachers and classmates.


Its simple Aegean blue and white theme with little Greek mementos scattered here and there seems to give you that relaxing feeling as if your in Santorini, Greece. I can imagine hearing the subtle frothy sea waves just outside the window.  The place feels so homey it’s like your having lunch in a friend’s house.

Okay, this was like almost 5 years ago so I’m pretty sure their prices went up a few notch, but I believe its not bordering anywhere near to fine dining level which would be great for both our pockets and palates. I can’t wait to get back to Tagaytay and bring Leia to Manos Greek Taverna or their new Hellenic Hotel Taverna and have a great Greek lunch treat.

Εις το επανιδείν!


I’ll be posting photos of my first visit in Tagaytay some other time because it was a pre-digital camera era where Kodak film was the Instagram of its time.

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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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Tedts’ Cupcakes Anyone?

Hello Everyone,

I’m really not a fan of cupcakes and whenever I hear there are cupcakes in the house, I don’t go insane over them. The mere thought of cupcakes are nothing special, BUT …. it all changed one day because Leia brought me to Tedts’ and here’s why:

Cupcake Heaven!! Not only it looks super great, it tasted great as well. Heavenly!

This photo was taken by me. *proud and happy* haha!

A fridge full of cupcake goodies.

This is chocolate marble. Yummy!!

This is red velvet. One of our favorites! ^_^

Unfortunately, I don’t know the rest of the cupcake names so if you wanna know, please click here. Leia got that all covered at her Technicolor Waves of Rhapsody blog.

If you want to know what Tedts’ looks like in the inside then here are some photos:

The place is comfortably small. Small but not that cramp and it's really nice.

Some nice artwork done by one of the owners.WoW!!

That's me and Leia at Tedts. ^___^

I hope after reading this post you’ll give Tedt’s a try. It’s located in front (a little off left) of Iligan City Post Office. Other than cupcakes, they got cakes, pastas and even home cooked Pinoy meals. Have fun and I’m pretty sure you’ll be smiling giddily. Well, at least we were. For us, Tedts’ has the best cupcakes in Iligan City. ^___^


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