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Cafe Marco's New Lifestyle: Sunday Brunch+

Name of Establishment: Cafe Marco
Location: The Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu City
Type of Food: Buffet (International, Asian, Continental, Filipino)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: Five Star
Operation time: Brunch, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcopolocebu
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marcopolocebu
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes
Contact: +63 32 253 1111
Email: fb@marcopolocebu.com



I had just a perfect timing to try Cafe Marco's introduction of a new lifestyle, that is the Sunday Brunch Plus (Sunday Brunch+) a day ago with fellow friends from my blogosphere social circle. With this set up, expect it to be a Sunday thing to forever with Cafe Marco. I definitely feasted on the various cuisines, desserts, boozes (with live local acts setting the buffet mood)! I was there devouring food I can and drinking wines and mocktails unlimited and thinking to having a lifetime of sundays spending it at Cafe Marco. It could be an expensive Sunday lifestyle after all. But what is "good" food? I can't bargain that for anything. What do you think?

So how is BRUNCH defined?


Aside from the known fact that brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch, Cafe Marco's Sunday Brunch+ starts at 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

How much will you be spending for a brunch?


Brunch only is Php 1,450 nett
Brunch n’ Bubbles (with free-flowing drinks) is  Php 1,800 nett
Kids 4 to 10 years old will have 50% discount (wow!)
Kids 3 years old and below eat for free at the Kids Buffet (wow 2.0)



So if you and your buddies are the type of "alcoholic" drinkers, I suggest you get the Brunch n' Bubbles as you will get free-flowing of wines (red and white), cocktails, and other standard drinks. Iced tea, perhaps!

For those targeting a gastronomic journey on a sunday, make sure you have "rooms" for a lot of food. I personally enjoyed some slices of roasted beef, cold cuts and cheeses, seafoods (from shrimps, to mussels, to clams), sushis and sashimis, and tried their D.I.Y burger where I had my patty within croissant.



Best of Cebu's 2017 Best Cookies, the Malicious cookies

And here's one thing I've discovered when I went there, they introduced 3 new signature frappes: the strawberry Cheesecake Frappe, Coco Latik Frappe, Monster Chocolate Doughnut Frappe. It's not part of the unlimited drinks. It will cost you around Php 196. And if you heard of Bloody Mary tomato poison which is perfect for hang-overs, Cafe Marco has a D.I.Y Bloody Mary station for that. For a single order, it will cost you around Php 180. But if you get the Brunch n' Bubbles, expect it to be "free flowing". Now, I can see you smiling from ear-to-ear.

She's giving me BLOODY MARY!

My favorite is the COCO LATIK frappe (middle)


Since Cafe Marco is introducing a lifestyle, they also offer a free five-minute massage after you dine in. And to complete the Sunday Brunch+ laid back sesh, you can head straight to the El Viento restaurant and Pool bar and take the chance to dip in the pool (even if it's beyond 2:30 pm)! Marco Polo Cebu is indeed very generous with happiness with your "lovies"... So don't forget to bring your swimwear and of course your underwater camera!

Please watch this video below: my #SundayBrunch+ experience at Cafe Marco (video still editing).



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Nabe-ya is now Open in A.S. Fortuna, Banilad

Name of Business: Nabe-ya Shabu Shabu & Hotpot
Location: AYS Building, 2nd floor of Hamakaze Collagen Chicken soup, A.S. Fortuna, Banilad, Mandaue City 
Type of Food: Authentic Japanese Cuisine
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: Contemporary Interiors, 24-seater
Operation time:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabeyashabushabu/
Instagram: none
Zomato: No
WIFI: No
Contact: +63 32 505 4220

I went there during their opening and was one of the first customers to taste their Shabu Shabu and Hotpot dishes. Taste didn't disappoint and it's really authentic Japanese cuisine. Below is my summary experience:



This blog post will be updated with more details. Keep updated!


Tsuki Japanese Dining in Mabolo

Name of Business: Tsuki-Japanese Dining
Location:  Sarrosa Hotel, F. Cabahug St., Kasambagan, Mabolo, Cebu City.
Type of Food: Authentic Japanese Cuisine
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: Modern Interiors, 30-seater inside, 10-seater outside.
Operation time: Lunch, 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM; Dinner, 06:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Facebook: https://facebook.com/%E6%9C%88-Tsuki-Japanese-Dining-1231813446910070/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tsukicebu/
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes
Contact: +63 32 262 7508

Cebu Food Blogger: How do you know a Japanese restaurant is authentic? One indication would be, the head chef is a full-blood Japanese. No one knows better with the cuisine than themselves, the Japanese. I have spoken to the chef himself, a 40-ish from Osaka, Mr. Kazuo Sato. He is well-experienced in making sushis and sashimis way back when he was still 19 years-old. That's a test of time. He also went to the US for some culinary studies and practice.

Have you ever wondered why they named it Tsuki? According to one of the owners, Mr. Hiroaki Ishi, it translates to "moon" in English.



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So let's go the real food story. I'm not a fan of Japanese cuisine myself, but on that day, when I visited Tsuki Japanese Dining, I became a "convert". I'll let you know my favorites! Well, it could be all!

Cebu Parklane’s New Tea-based alcohol drinks

Name of Business: Cebu Parklane International Hotel
Location:  Cor Archbishop Reyes Ave and Escario St. Cebu City
Type of Drinks: Cocktails and Beers
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Over-all place: Cozy and modern
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ahotelincebuthatstandsforcebu
Website: http://www.parklanehotel.com.ph/
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes
Contact: +63 32 234 7000 | +63 32 4117000

Cebu Food Blogger: Me and my fellow Cebu bloggers experienced an afternoon soiree of summer drinks that are tea-based alcohol at Cebu Parklane International Hotel last week. We are the very first to taste their soon-to-launch new beverages to be added on their menu of drinks. And I will let you know what got top on my tastelist.
I like mocktails so much as I love cocktails. And I have to be really biased when it comes to mojitos and margaritas. These two are my top favorites on a regular Sunday chill or perhaps if I’m in a bar with my “amegahs”.




Rico's Lechon Newest and Biggest Branch

Name of Business: Rico's Lechon Newest and Biggest Branch
Location: Axis Entertainment Avenue, Vibo Place at N. Escario St.
Type of Food: Lechon (Roasted Pig), Pinoy Food
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: Industrial design with huge mezzanine
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RicosLechonOFFICIAL/
Website: www.ricoslechon.com
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes


Cebu Food BloggerDays ago, we went to the newest and biggest (so far) branch of Rico's Lechon. Rico’s Lecon open its biggest branch in Escario.

An early Christmas present awaits to all lechon lovers out there. Cebu’s best lechon place, Rico’s Lechon will conquer central Cebu as they open their newest restaurant on Thursday, December 8, in N. Escario St.

Rico’s Lechon opens the door of its third and largest branch ahead of the holiday season. The newest home of the best lechon can now be accessible to Axis Entertainment Avenue, Vibo Place at N. Escario St. just a few minutes away from the Cebu Provincial Capitol.

The brand new hub for all occasion is a two-storey facility that features 100-seating capacity dining area and another 100-seating capacity function room. The expansion does not only cover the venue but the menu as well. Apart from its main attraction, which is their signature lechon, the restaurant also offers a wide array of Filipino dishes.

Pizza Making Camp at Greenwich (Raintree Mall, Cebu)

Name of Business: Greenwich Pizza
Location: Raintree mall, F. Ramos Street Corner General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
Type of Food: Pizza and Pasta
Rating: 4 out of 5
Over-all place: Modern, has a mezzanine to accommodate more diners.
Contact: dial #5-55-55
Branches: 12 branches in Cebu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenwichPizza/
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes

Cebu Food Blogger:
Greenwich has finally, once again, introduced their overload favorites this summer starting with a Hawaiian Overload priced at P417 (barkada size). It's on thick crust. However, they won't limit us with those tidbits of pineapples only. They prepared various selections like the Ultimate Overload, All-meat Overload, Bacon Overload and 4-in-1 Overload. Whatever suits your palate this summer, go for it!


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Here's one thing that we enjoyed when we visited Greenwich. We tried their Pizza Making Camp activity with fellow Cebu Bloggers. It was a lot of fun and we find it really interactive and fulfilling to eat our own pizza creations after.  



Let me boast, I'm now a CERTIFIED Pizza Maker courtesy of Greenwich. Hahahaha.

Wok'd Thai Take-Out

Name of Business: Wok'd Thai Take-Out
Location: Ground Floor, Streetscape, Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City
Type of Food: Thai Cuisine
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Over-all place: Casual dining place with an industrial modern interior design w/ an open kitchen
Contact: +63 32 268-4933
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wokdthai
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes

Cebu Food Blogger: Let me start this by saying, "I love Thai foods". How much more if it's authentic and it's just located near to everyone? I would definitely visit the dining place everyday or perhaps, have their dishes delivered to my love nest. Wok'd Thai Take-Out is situated nearly at the heart of Cebu city in Banilad (refer address above). I'm certainly hooked to some of their traditional Thai recipes that is served fast and fresh. The restaurant also promises a potent blend of sights, sounds and scents.

Would you like to know what are my top picks? There are new to the ear but there's also something old from your favorite Thai dish. When you visit Wok'd, make sure to tag along someone or two of your closest friends as their servings are really generous (good for two or three). Really worth the penny.


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Out of the three dishes I tried. I highly recommend their PAPAYA SALAD. It's all made fresh from green papaya, carrots, peanuts, tomato and chilli dressed with tamarind and fish sauce. I would advise to inform the waiter to set the spiciness to "mild". If you want it so hot, they will adjust it accordingly.  However, you can still have the option to try their CURRY PUFF. Their THAI FISH CAKE is a bit spicy for me maybe because of the red curry paste mixed with it.


Cebu Marriott Cocktails

Name of Business: Cebu City Marriott
Location: Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu City
Type of Food: International Buffet, cocktails
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: Modern and best for Fine Dining too. Very cozy.
Contact: +63 32 411-5800
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cebumarriott
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes

Cebu Food Blogger: To all my fellow readers and foodies online, I have a special treat for you courtesy of Cebu City Marriott. It could be that you have stumbled to this blog post, or GOOGLE brought you here, or Facebook referred you in, or could be you had a massage and spa experience and you got a surprise to have a good treat for your tummy! Whatever it is, consider yourself as LUCKY!


We had the chance to create our own cocktails (DIY) at the Great Room

Ampersand Bar & Restaurant: Best Cocktails in Cebu


Name of Business: Ampersand Bar & Restaurant
Location: G/F, Banilad Town Center, Banilad Cebu City
Type of Food: Cocktails, American
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: Perfect for casual dining
Contact: 416-1233 / 09951224364 / 0943-498-1744
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmpersandCebu/
Website: http://www.ampersand.com 
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes

The cocktail bar in Ampersand Cebu

Cebu Food Blogger: When ending a very gracious year among fellow Cebu bloggers calls for a nice bang and cheer, one great way to celebrate it is over ample of sumptuous food and overflowing booze of cocktails with Ampersand Bar & Restaurant. It's been a circus of bane and boon events in the local blogging scene but overall, it's exemplary. Ampersand has been very generous hosting our Cebu Bloggers Year-end 2016 party last December 30. It's a Greenery-themed cocktail kiki for bloggers to welcome 2017's official Color of the year. Definitely, we wore any shades of green.

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Part of any party are the food and drinks served on the table for guests to lavish on. And let me introduce you with what we had during our Greeny kiki. Of course, Ampersand has various choices of cocktails on their menu and is also known for their open kitchen.