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J.CO Donuts and Coffee now in Cebu City!

Name of Business: J.CO Donuts & Coffee
Branches: 
J.CO SM City Cebu: Lower Ground Floor, SM City Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City 
J.CO Ayala Center Cebu: Level 1, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Type of Food: Snacks, Donuts (Indonesian Brand)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: modern and large enough to accommodate a lot of customers
Website: www.jcodonuts.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/J.COPhils
Twitter@JCOPhilippines1
WI-FI: Yes


The first time I set my palate with these Indonesian donuts is during one of my visits to Singapore, in Bugis Junction Mall in particular. I instantly fell in love with its taste where flavors revel while maintaining the balance of sweetness. Just right for my very sweet tooth. Pairing it with a cup of coffee, it's like enjoying the tropical summer in the middle of a monsoon-driven holiday!




When I learned that J.CO Donuts has two branches in the Queen City of the South, Cebu, it's like foreseeing heaven in this vulnerable human world. I can simply choose between SM CIty Cebu or Ayala Center Cebu. Very convenient in deed! The two branches opened on September 2, 2014.

"Cebuanos can now take their time in indulging in the J.CO lifestyle concept with its innovative range of donuts with their quirky names, interesting cups of J.COFFEE beverages, and cool servings of J.COOL frozen yogurt. Everyone was treated to an all-out J.CO treatment as the bustling sights and sounds of freshly-made donuts and hand-crafted beverages surrounded them and were served one after another filling the air with a mix of energizing, roasted coffee scents and the wafting warm, cozy aroma of the infamous donuts. Signature J.CO treats like Alcapone, with its white Belgian chocolate and roasted Californian almond slices on top of J.CO’s trademark soft-bite donut, and Jcoccino, J.CO’s own version of the cappuccino, made their presence known among the multiple sets of snug and relaxing seating."-J.CO Donuts and Coffee

I'm so honored to be one of the first to check their SM City Cebu branch with my fellow Cebu Bloggers. It was a rainy afternoon but we lavishly savored almost all donuts and paired it with some refreshments and/or Jcoccino (their own version of Cappuccino) coffee.

Let me share with you what transpired that day...hold on to your cravings...




I'm having Mr. Green Tea, Cheese Cakelicious, Alcapone (my fave), Avocado DiCaprio (highly recommended) paired with Cafe Avocado (cold drink).

We (Cebu Bloggers) also enjoyed some live demo of Latte art-making from J.Co's highly-trained latte artists! See these gorgeous creations (below):

I wish to have a talent in creating Latte Art such as these (above).

Since, it's a day where I spent time with my fellow bloggers, how could it be not perfect to have it at J.Co's in SM City Cebu? Here's the mandatory photo op:

The Premier Bloggers of Cebu, Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc.

And of course, I didn't leave the place without bringing my box of J.CO Donuts at home! That morning, I just had the best day started! Here's why:

No need for words to describe it!


J.CO also got some cool treats for you with their JCOOL yogurts!

JCOOL Double yogurt 



This is the JCOOL Single 


Now if you want to check the interiors of both branches, let me give you some 3D shots! You might be in awe when you visit these stores. Let's get started!

Here's what their SM CITY CEBU branch looks like:







Their Ayala Center Cebu branch:








More information:

- J.CO Donuts & Coffee is started by Indonesian entrepreneur, Mr. Johnny Andrean in 2005 in Indonesia
- J.CO Donuts & Coffee opened their 1st branch in the Philippines on 2012 through Contemporain Foods, Inc. which holds the exclusive franchise that time
- their signature J. CO Donut is the Alcapone
- they have their own version of the Cappucino and called it Jcoccino 


Boodle Feast at Blackbeard's Seafood Island

Name of Business: Blackbeard's Seafood Island Crab House and Seafood Grill
Location: 4th Floor Ayala New Wing, Ayala Center Cebu
Type of Food: Filipino cuisine (Boodle Feasts)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: big place and could definitely accommodate a number of customers
Contact:  410-6399 (landline) / 0917-6254695 (mobile)
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BSICebu
Twitter: @BSICebu
WI-FI: Yes


I have memories during my high school days where me and my classmates would share a feast of our own lunch bunch together and we call it "Boodle Fight". Reminiscing those, this new seafood grill house in the metro is definitely something you shouldn't miss when your cravings are as high as the tides of the ocean.

Blackbeard's Seafood Island will definitely not disappoint if you're craving for top-notch Filipino dishes with an innovation of your dining experience with their introduction of the "Boodle Feasts".

"BSI Boodle feasts provide customers with a wide array of their Island-Inspired Filipino dishes in a food setting that is perfect for sharing and promotes a literal “bonding” experience - families and friends sharing island-inspired seafood, eating directly from the same big - banana leaf lined boodle tray, where celebratory food is uniquely laid out - where eating with one’s hands is encouraged." -Seafood Island 

I'm definitely a seafood fan and a self-confessed crab and shrimp addict! Felt so sorry for our crustacean friends that I have to eat them. :) Great array of crab dishes is available on the menu for your personal selection.

Let me share what I have devoured that night along with my fellow Cebu Bloggers family.

These bowls of crustacean will definitely make your fingers put into good use:

Crab Maritess


Szechuan Crab (Recommended)

Crab Lilian (Highly Recommended)


Well, a must-try when you dine in is to choose one of their BOODLE FEAST selections. Be ready to dig in and share the bonding moment with your friends or family while you feast on a very sumptuous Pinoy MEAL!

Presenting the various Boodle Feast:


TALI BEACH
(grilled chicken inasal, big BBQ, steamed white shrimps, fish of the day, grilled oysters, crabs, grilled squid, grilled tomatoes, lato, mangga, pakwan with steamed rice)



DAVAO GULF- Highly Recommended

(chicken wings inasal, pork BBQ, grilled baby squid, steamed shrimps, grilled tuna belly, grilled oyster, shrimp and pomelo salad, lato salad, kinilaw na langka sa gata, grilled talong, salted egg, grilled tomatoes, kalkag rice, bagoong rice and crispy dulong rice)

MOUNT APO

(chicken binakol, steamed crabs, grilled liempo, inihaw na manok sa gata, grilled squid, steamed shrimps, fish of the day, law-uy, kinilaw na tangigue, balbakwa, ensaladang lato w/ crispy dilis and salted fish rice)



Dapitan's Pride

(crispy shrimps, chicken binakol, fish of the day, grilled squid, gising gising, steamed crabs, grilled liempo and kalkag rice)



CHANG'S CHINA CHOW 

(yang chow fried rice, whole fried chicken w/ kropek, shrimp and mushroom sisig, salt and pepper ribs, lumpiang shanghai, crab and corn soup, pancit canton)


And of course, this one is definitely a must try! Their JUMBO BAGNET!



Before you end up your very sumptuous dinner, satisfying with these sweet heavy delights will sure complete your night!

Fried Ice Cream (Vanilla) with chocolate syrup


Halo-Halo and Leche Flan



Restaurant Trivia:

*The first Blackbeard's Seafood Island in Cebu opened last December 11, 2013.
*In less than a year, their second branch will open on September 2, 2014 at the Rainforest Park, Mabolo, Cebu City.
*They are the first to introduce the "BOODLE FEAST" dining experience in Cebu!



Affordable Buffet at Prince Fusion, Golden Prince Hotel & Suites


Name of Business: Prince Fusion Gourmet Restaurant, Golden Prince Hotel & Suites
Location: Acacia St. Cor. Archbishop Reyes Ave., Cebu City 6000
Type of Food: Gourmet of Asian Cuisine (Buffet every Friday, 6:30 to 10:00 PM)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Over-all place: it's a 50-seater restaurant at the ground floor of the hotel. Quite a small space.
Contact: 032. 233.8660/032.412.8660
Email: sales@goldenprincehotel.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goldenprincehotel
Website: www.goldenprincehotel.com
WI-FI: Yes


If you are in for a buffet tripping with friends or love ones, there's a place you may want to try. Introducing "Taste of Heaven" by Prince Fusion Gourmet Restaurant.

This Eat All You Can Dinner Buffet is very affordable! For the price of Php 385 nett/person (without drinks), you can simply enjoy food with a "taste of heaven" while dining at Golden Prince Hotel & Suites right at the heart of the city!

I'm very privileged one dinner time to have lavished on with their Baked Oysters (highly recommended), Beef Salpicao, Lechon Carajay, SUSHI (something Japanese), pasta station (go Italian), their desserts like the moist chocolate cake that brings shivers to my bones as it's so good and of course their Halo-Halo where they claimed to be the best in the city (well, I quite agree!).



Aside from their dinner buffet every fridays, the Pasta All You Can every Wednesdays is something to look forward to! It comes with a Glass of Wine + Their Own Home-made breads. Price is at Php 250+ per head.

Let me share with you what's on my plate at least to make you salivate!



They say, eat like a KING! Well, for me, eat like a QUEEN. Feels like the same thing!






Tag along some Japanese with your Buffet! Enjoy the makis and the sushis!



These Baked Oysters became an instant favorite of mine! Perfect aphrodisiac. Yeah, right!



These look like the Pasta station. Should I say it's obvious?



You will pretty enjoy an unlimited siomai by the look of it! 



A meal wouldn't be complete without the sweets! Oh, simply the desserts! It's a must-try in Prince Fusion!



These leche flan cubes are simply divine. Captivates my palate at an instant. They are very persuasive! 



It's Cebu's Best Halo-Halo. Get a cup of it and try. Let me know what you think?


There you go. That's my simple dinner story one night when I died and went to taste heaven! I thought it was just a dream. No! It's reality! I hit the gym the day after! Guilty pleasures as they say. I don't mind at all as long as it's pleasurable to my tummy! 


My Recommendation:

-Baked Oysters should be on top of your list!
-If you're a fan of leche flan, it won't disappoint you.
-A must-try is their moist chocolate cake.
-Trying their Halo-Halo will not hurt your diet! LOL



P.S. More photos of the restaurant, check this blog: http://nblo.gs/YlhmA





Kublai Khan's in Cebu: A Mongolian Restaurant


Name of Business: Kublai Khan's
Type of Food: Mongolian
Rating: 4 out of 5
Over-all place: Big enough to accommodate numerous customers in their new space at Ayala Terraces.
Contact: 032. 233.6401
Email: kublaikhan@pacific.net.ph
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KublaiKhanMongolianRestaurant




Let me tell you this, I've been to Kublai Khan's Mongolian restaurant recently in Ayala Terraces but I have already discovered this gastronomic haven when I first came here in Cebu way back 2008. Thanks to a friend who brought me there! Still, it never disappoints me. If you want to check my blog review then, CLICK HERE. 

As to their catchy tag line, "Don't Blame the Cook, He just put in Fire", this would signal you that if you don't like the taste of your dish, make sure you do it perfectly the second time around. Again, don't blame the cook!

To explain further, you have the option to choose ingredients, mix flavors and have the Head Cook do his job. After a few minutes, your own dish creation will be served.



Last week, I revisited the restaurant in their new space at Level 3, Ayala Terraces and exercised my right to choose ingredients for my dish. Since I don't eat red meat, I went for a clash of seafoods galore flavah! I certainly didn't blame the cook as I loved the outcome of my dish concoction. I had a few of the spicy, sweet sauces well-blended together.  And I'm sure I had the right spices sprinkled on it. Definitely, expecting a colorful and palatable dish devoured.

Here's a few photos I'm sharing with you to simply unwind and ease the traumatic effect that the infamous earthquake left me.


Here's the outcome of my creation


If you get the chance to visit the place, these are just one of your options but of course, there's more!


Well, definitely try the EAT-ALL-U-CAN


And for desserts, you can choose from their PEARLS and LECHE FLAN. But since I'm a FLANatic, I went ahead with it. Definitely, one of the best tasting Leche Flan in CEBU CITY. Second to my mom's! A bit bias here! LOL

Yummy Goodness! Try it! The BEST!
The Pearls

Photos Credit to Ms. Irene Licera of http://www.inewmedia.org

Chance to Win:

LIKE their FACEBOOK PAGE  and get a chance to win a gift certificate courtesy of the restaurant.


Saihan hoollooroi (Bon Appetit)!


P.S.: I have a gift certificate for two courtesy of Kublai Khan's, let me know if you want to go with me! :) I'm willing to share the good food experience with you. *_^

Fuzion Gourmet Now Hits Cebu!

Name of  Business: Fuzion Gourmet
Type of Food: Filipino and food from other countries
Rating: 3 out of 5 
Contact: 032-254-1586 (phone), fuziongourmet@yahoo.com (email)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fuziongourmetcebu
Location: Unit 101-102 Mango Square Mall, Gen. Maxilom Ave. Cebu City
Others: Opens 10 AM to 11 PM (Sunday to Thursday), 10 AM to 2 AM (Friday to Saturday)






Dubbed as "a thousand flavors in one place", you expect a fusion of different cuisines and flavors to hit your palate. The have affordable prices on a wide selection of pastas, cakes, deli, sausages, hams, cheeses and wines! 


Marinated pork barbecue charcoaled grilled into perfection, served with rice and a glass of FREE homemade iced tea. SPECIAL STUDENT OFFER at Php 115.00 only!
Photo Credit: Fuzion Gourmet Facebook 

For salad lovers, they do have Greek Salad, Nicoise Salad, Pasta and Smoked Salmon Salad. Foreign customers and local could also enjoy from their sandwiches and burgers such as the Chicken Tajine, Seared Tuna, Fuzion Burger, Roma Burger, Grilled Lamb chops, Turkey Fillet, Seabass and Bacalao Ragout. Of course, they have more to offer!


 Nicoise Salad
Photo Credit: Fuzion Gourmet Facebook



Crispy fried into perfection, take a bite at our SPECIAL STUDENT OFFER, for only Php 95.00, order our Crispy Fried Chicken served with rice and a FREE homemade iced tea.
Photo Credit: Fuzion Gourmet Facebook

The restaurant is owned by Mrs. Divina Veloso-Couvereux whose a native from Leyte. She spent much time traveling around the world and stayed in Paris, France for years to develop her passion in cooking. She has been a consultant for deli and gourmets locally and abroad. With her success, she has opened Cafe, Deli and Restaurant. 


Owner Divina and her Niece/Assistant Lynn Ann
Photo Credit: Fuzion Gourmet Facebook