Archive | July, 2011

Getting Your Peppermint Mocha On Regular Days

3 Jul

Starbucks! Honestly, I only go to Starbucks if I am with company. I’m partial to The Coffeebean and Tea Leaf for some time alone.

But I’m not here to talk about these coffee brands nor compare them. I was never a coffee connoisseur. I always loved Starbucks Holiday Drinks though. (Although that’s not the only reason I frequent the place at that time of year, it’s the planner they give away). One of my favorites is their Peppermint Mocha drink which is only available on -ber months ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

A friend of my sister taught me how to enjoy a pseudo peppermint mocha any day of the year ๐Ÿ™‚ EASY! Order a mocha based drink (or any coffee drink that you like) and add mint syrup to it! ๐Ÿ™‚ you’re set!

I tried it today and yes, I was more than happy to sip my grande java chip frappuccino with mint syrup. try this one too! it’s great when you miss those holiday drinks. the extra mint syrup will cost you PhP 20 on top of your drink…ENJOY!

Grande Java Chip Frappuccino with Mint Syrup


Bittersweet Pastry Shop

3 Jul

maybe I should get used to these posts that really put the focus on the restaurant/cafe? I kinda like it. still part of the bulk posting ๐Ÿ™‚ NOTE: when i say we in my posts, i meant my friends and i. they help me collect experiences for my blogs.

Bittersweet Pastry Shop

Well, I believe it’s always worth to give each thing a second try. That was what I did for Bittersweet Pastry Shop and indeed the second visit was worth it. Good cheesecakes are hard to come by in Cebu. One of the best ones I have tasted (Tita Julie Tudtud makes the best!) were from

Blueberry Cheesecake

Bittersweet. We came back because of their blueberry cheesecake, even with the cupcake incident.

Their store is at ABG building, Osmena Blvd, just across CDUH. It’s hard to miss, just between Manila Foodshoppe and that pharmacy, i forgot the name ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

For one, cheesecakes are hard to do, if you really wanna do them right. At this pastry shop, it’s just a good balance between sweet, salty and tangy.

They know exactly how to gauge all ingredients when it comes to these sweets.

Pistachio Sansrival

We also tried other sweets like the sylvannas, pistachio sansrival, chocolate decadent cake and the caramel cheesecake (sorry if i missed the right name. i have forgotten them already).

Compared to the last time we went there, we finished off the sweets from our saucers in no time! They tasted better this time. Unlike the first time we came, although the cheesecakes were good, the cupcakes were too dry. The red velvet cupcake didn’t taste good AT ALL! But hey, there are other good stuff in this humble little place. Plus, it’s very cozy and the interior design is SUPERB! I could spend the whole day here with my laptop since they have FREE WIFI ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess some things are really worth the second try ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweets Anyone?


Food: 8/10 – This one’s an average rating of the first and second visit. Sweets are hit and miss, especially when you have just started out with commercial pastries. I guess the first visit didn’t go too well, but with the second one, I had a blast.

Inside Bittersweet

Value for Money: 9/10 – it’s better priced than most pastry shops. Cheesecakes here come way cheap, but not too cheap. The pistachio sans rival was priced at 95/slice which was kind of pricey, but I know pistachios are expensive.

If you’ve come a long way just to check them out, then maybe you would have better waited when you had something important to do in the area. Not worth the travel ๐Ÿ˜›

Upside Down Goblet Centerpiece

Service: 5/10 –on this part I’d have to be honest. Service sucks! Part of the experience is getting the best customer service. I’ve experienced worse somewhere else but I understand them, they were busy. But this place rarely gets packed on weekdays so, I guess there is no reason for the

sole waitress to slack. If it weren’t for the cozy atmosphere, we would have bolted out because of lousy service on both occasions. The service is very slow. Service water wasn’t ice cold ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Cleanliness and Ambiance: 10/10 – the interior design is very chic and cozy at the same time. ample seating space plus a very comfortable couch. centerpieces were artfully made from a goblet that was turned upside down and made into a candle holder. IMPRESSIVE! this place is very clean and spacious.

Care for more?

Update: September 3, 2014

This is way overdue, but they’re already closed I think – well at least the one across Cebu Doctor’s Hospital/ beside Manila Foodshoppe. Sad sad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Kuya J Restaurant

3 Jul

Sorry for the lack of fancy title for this post. As you guys know I have been busy with the new job so I am speed posting all the stuff I want to feature because there are a lot. There’s still a compulsory need to post one on each of my other blogs but I’m saving that for later.

Kuya J Restaurant

OK. Back to the topic, I was pleased when my friends said we were having dinner at Kuya J. It’s my new favorite place to really make a guilt-free pigout session. They have come a long way from being that white house on the block. They aren’t quite popular yet, but if you really want food that’s light on the budget then you’ve come to the right place.

Inner Room At Kuya J

Unlike other Filipino restaurants, Kuya J doesn’t have any remarkable dish, so I’d like to come up with some of my own favorites. Their scallops are to die for! I’d scrape the last bit off the shell ๐Ÿ™‚ and the crispy kangkong is indeed very crispy. You don’t get a lot of that in other restaurants, except Cafe Laguna. What’s unique at Kuya J is their “platter” which you can choose from either pork or seafood. And I bet you seafood here is way cheaper.

We always make it a point to order the seafood soup which always reminds me of tom yum goong without the coconut milk. Their humba is cooked to perfection that i can chew on the skin and not have the urge to spit it out. Exactly how it was done by my late lola and aunt. I haven’t tried much of


their food yet but I will be more than willing to come back for more in the days to come. Why shouldn’t you? Imagine we only got to pay under PhP 1,000 for 2 platters of rice, 1 serving of humba, 1 serving of seafood soup, 1 serving of tuna bicol express (which was, IMHO so-so), 1 serving of calamares, 1 serving of mixed vegetables and a pitcher of iced tea.


Food: 10/10 – I don’t know with you guys but of all filipino restaurants I have eaten in, this one IS my best! Food is cooked to perfection even on a busy day. Other restaurants seem to forget their cooking techniques on a busy hour. But I’ve been there twice and I’ve never complained.

Tuna Bicol Express

Value for Money: 10/10. Definitely one of those places that won’t leave your pockets empty when you leave. It’s great for big family dinners where you allow them to order all they want. ๐Ÿ™‚

Service: 9.5/10 – almost perfect but not quite. There are waitresses who don’t offer their smiles to the customers. Well maybe it is a bad day for them but hey,


it’s a food service business, at least they should give their customers even that quick smile.

Cleanliness and Ambiance: 9/10 – place is spotless clean but the outside part tends to be very humid on a hot day.

Plus, there are two other restaurants in front of the place who more or less offer almost the same menu.ย  I love how they did the interior decor though ๐Ÿ™‚ I think they just renovated the place and it really looks good and feels cozy. Love the chairs too! They made sure there were rubber tips on all four legs of the chair to avoid any accidents. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mixed Vegetables

Update: February 11, 2013

They’re now located at:ย Tojong St., Lahug, Cebu City

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Update: September 3, 2014
They’re expanding! They have one in SM Consolacion and in SM City Cebu (upcoming last I checked). I’m soooooo happy for them. Here are some of our pictures from last year ย at the new Kuya J in Tojong St. It’s way bigger and better than the old one featured on this bloog and they have function rooms too! Sorry if the pictures are quite limited ๐Ÿ™‚
Burp! My friends' pre-wedding dinner

Burp! My friends’ pre-wedding dinner

Enjoying the new look and feel of the place

Enjoying the new look and feel of the place

Happy dinner!

Happy dinner!