Best Cebu Food Blog of 2020 Finalist

Cebu Food Blogger: I'm so honored for the second time around, this blog that I have dedicated to food is again one of the finalists of the Best Cebu Food Blog of 2020. To be considered as part of the roster of top caliber bloggers in the Visayas is already a personal achievement of mine in the blogosphere. Win or lose, this distinction is already enough for me. A validation that at least, it is worth to be recognized in the blogging community especially here in Cebu.


Here is my co-finalist, Neil Savellon (chefbuano.com), who is my fellow Cebu Blogger and friend too.  He makes wonderful and posh recipes and I think he is deserving to win this category.

Shrimp Aglio e Olio in Cebuano kitchen

Cebu Food Blogger - This is my version of the famous Italian Pasta dish, the aglio e olio. This is one of the easiest to prepare with the simplest ingredients. However, it would require a bit of precision especially when sauteing garlic. Avoid burnt garlic on the pan. I also added sliced shrimps to give it some flavor.


If the spaghetti pasta is not available, we can use fettuccine, linguine, penne, rotini or even macaroni. Actually, any pasta we have at home will do. After all, we are making a very easy to cook Italian dish in our very Filipino home kitchen.

 My Shrimp aglio e olio

During the home quarantine period, I managed to have pasta as my meal at least once in a week. It makes me feel that I eat something new to my palate than eating a formal dish like with rice in my case. The aglio e olio dish is my excuse when I think I'm a bit lazy to cook a hearty meal at home. It is definitely my go-to quick pasta dish.

Ampalaya Salad - VEGAN

Cebu Food Blogger - Have you tried eating an ampalaya or bitter gourd salad? You would probably ick just the thought of eating this bitter vegetable. And how much more if it is turned into a vegan salad? Well, you will never despise ampalaya after you have tasted this sweet salad. Yes, you read it right!


I myself is an ampalaya eater. I really love vegetables. I remember my mom making her special salad during holidays and special occasions at home. So I gave her a call for her ampalaya salad appetizer.



Ampalaya Salad appetizer

The recipe is very simple and will not take much of your time preparing it.

Vegan Lumpia with Green Thai Curry

Cebu Food Blogger - Here in the Philippines, every time there is an important celebration like a birthday party, a fiesta or a business opening, there is always one staple that doesn't get discounted on the Filipino menu. That is fried lumpia. There are a number of variations of the said fried roll dish. I always wanted it to be flavorful.

I have classified my personal diet as pesco vegetarian (pescatarian) or ovo lacto vegetarian. The version I'm making is an all vegan fried lumpia this time.


Traditional Filipino Vegan Lumpia

Is it simple to make? The preparation is indeed easy. And since I have craved for curry, I added it to add some extra flavor and heat kick to the traditional Filipino lumpia. It is strictly vegan though. Can be served as an appetizer or a side dish or for some, as a main dish.

Natural Immunity Booster - Lemon, Ginger, Calamansi, Honey Infusion

Cebu Food Blogger - Presently, in the quest of finding a cure to the Covid19, there is none at the moment. It is true that prevention is better than cure. We still don't have the vaccine to kill the virus. However, we can form an army inside our bodies to protect our cells from the intrusion of any foreign bodies. The secret is to boost our immune system.  



There are some study about hesperidin. We can actually have one by using the gifts of nature. Citrus-rich fruits are the key.


So what is Hesperidin?


It is a bioflavonoid, a type of plant pigment with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects found primarily in unripe citrus fruit. Oranges, grapefruit, lemon, and tangerines contain hesperidin.-www.verywellhealth.com

So I decided to create a non-heat infusion of lemon, calamansi, ginger and raw unfiltered wild honey.




Ingredients:

Having Lunch in Misto at Seda

Name of Establishment: MISTO at Seda
Location: Seda Ayala Center Cebu (at the heart of Cebu City) Philippines
Type of Food: International and Local (Filipino) Cuisine.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Over-all place: 3.5 as there isn't really much space that would cater to huge crowds. It's a lobby dining.
Operation time: 6 AM to 10 PM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mistoatseda
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sedahotels
Zomato: No
WIFI: Yes
Contact: 032- 411-5800

Cebu Food Blogger: On a fine saturday afternoon in mid-August, me and two of my friends decided to have a lunch buffet in MISTO at Seda (a lobby dining). It is our rendezvous for our weekend mall shopping. Though it is not really our fist time to be dining at MISTO. We've been in the cafe a couple of times so we know we will be indulging in some of our favorites. Just making sure our tummies are not filled before devouring our lunch buffet.





Seda is literally an inch away from Ayala Center Cebu. It is definitely a perfect nook if we wanted to partake in a luxurious lunch to satiate our bellies with good and tasty food for lunch. It is also a hideaway for short meetings or simply waiting for friends while enjoying a cozy "me" time to kill the hour and perhaps having a cup of coffee or tea on the side.