Archive | February, 2012

Top 5 Aphrodisiacs For Valentines

14 Feb

Happy Valentine's Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day once again – a day for lovers and perhaps the would-be lovers. During this time of year, you could barely get a spot at ANY restaurant without a reservation. Flowers, chocolates, balloons and all romantic gift items are all sold out even when they’re all twice as expensive as their regular price. It doesn’t matter much to us because we just want to make our significant others smile (with that I meant family, friends and lovers).

For lovers, it’s a way to manifest their love and desire for each other. Some couples want to add something new and decadent on this special day. What other way to spice your Valentine’s day up than food… I’m talking about aphrodisiacs that literally increase the body’s sexual response or desire towards their lovers. Sounds fun, does it? Here are a few tried and tested aphrodisiacs you can use this Valentine’s.

BALUT!

5. BALUT – fertilized duck eggs. It’s one food we Filipinos are very well-known of. You can buy one from the local street vendor at a very cheap price. It’s found to be a VERY potent aphrodisiac so maybe you can eat one before you head off to your date *wink*. Don’t forget to brush your teeth, though 🙂 you don’t want to turn off your date.

LETTUCE!

4. LEAFY GREENS- who would have thought that this main ingredient to our regular fresh green salad can stimulate the desire in us? Lettuce was even believed to be an aphrodisiac in Ancient Egypt. They depicted their God of Chaos, Set, to be eating this said plant. Set was described to be a very sexually charged god.

 

BANANAS

3. BANANAS – just like the lettuce, this can quite surprise many people. In Central America, the sap of the read banana is a considered a strong aphrodisiac. Many studies found out that it contains vitamins and other nutrients necessary to get the sex hormones going. Next time you see a banana, think there’s more to it than its shape 😀

 

OHH LALA OYSTERS!

2. OYSTERS – if you must book a restaurant, pick a seafood place where you can score loads of oysters. It is a very great source for Zinc. That’s just the right amount to stimulate the individual when their partner pushes the right button. Zinc increases a person’s libido or sex drive. So, expect an all-night party for two between the sheets if you go for this mineral-rich seafood.

Lastly, who could forget the best aphrodisiac especially for women…

CHOCOLATES

1. CHOCOLATES – hands down this could be the best thing men can give to their woman especially during Valentine’s. Get them dark chocolates instead of the sweeter and milkier ones. Dark chocolates contain concentrated amounts of cocoa which influences the body’s release of endorphins which in turn increases libido.

 

MY PICKS:

TIDES at Shangri La

1. If you don’t have time to go to Liloan and score some fresh talaba, you can get them at any SUTUKIL restaurant in the three neighboring cities: Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. That spot near Mactan Shrine is a source of fresh seafood including oysters. If you want something more fancy, the Oyster Bay at Bridges Town Square in Mandaue is just the perfect place to have a date with your loved one. It’s not too crowded and the mood is just right. You can also check out Tides and Cowrie Cove at Shangri-La’s Mactan Island Resort. They have the most delicious seafood buffet in Cebu.

I love you, Chocolatier!

2. Spice up your chocolates literally. Maitre Chocolatier at the Ayala Terraces sell spicy chocolate treats for you and your loved one. Try this for a fiery night together – which I would leave to your own imagination 😀

 

 

3. Go crazy with chocolate syrup – this would be best left behind closed doors 😀

Syrupy goodness

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Hear It From Another…

6 Feb

Hey guys!

I love food blogs and you guys know that! Well, a friend of mine just started hers and the places shes goes to are very interesting! Some of these restaurants we go together to. It’s another style of writing, but definitely has the same aim – rave about food and help people know about the places worth visiting in Cebu that scream YUMMY! FOOD!

Here’s Soul Captive’s blog

Soul Captive of eatcebu.com

Sai Gon Quan at the Parkmall

6 Feb
Sai Gon Quan Parkmall

Turning Vietnamese

Now this post should have been dated back a year ago when my sister was still here. My sister and I are fond of discovering new restos around the city that normally people would not frequent. We’re fond of anything new to the palate because we’re bold like that (My sister has already eaten bugs if I might say, looking forward to my own experience). So I kept raving about this Vietnamese restaurant a lot of times before I agreed to meet her up and her friend Fritz at Parkmall.

Interiors of Sai Gon Quan

And so we found ourselves in the ornate restaurant covered in everything green and bamboo on the far end of the annex building of Parkmall (beside Cycle Logic). Having eaten there twice prior to our said visit, luckily I know which were the safer dishes to order. Of course, there was the staple Pho to order and in our case we ordered Pho Bo – rice noodles with strips of beef – which had just the right tang and sweetness to it. My sister could be bolder than me so she went in and ordered the heart of the palm salad which was to my surprise really a salad. That meant the heart of the palm was not cooked in whatever way.

We also ordered fried spring rolls which also tasted really good.

Heart Of Palm Salad

But my favorite dish that I make a point to order when I go there is hands down their Prawns in Green Rice. They’re plenty awesome and the green rice remind you of pinipig with more crunch to it. We also tried Iced Vietnamese Coffee and any of you should not miss that experience either. They MAKE coffee out of GENUINE VIETNAMESE COFFEE BEANS in front of you. They put it in a strainer on top of your coffee and pour hot water over it. The coffee goes to your glass filled with ice and then they mix in the condensed milk and VOILA!

Pho Bo

Everything in this store is authentic Vietnamese. Well, the waiters are of course Filipino, but the cooks and the business partner are all from Vietnam. Expect only AUTHENTIC Vietnamese food in this restaurant. That means the flavor is Vietnamese, which is a bit close to Filipino taste, but not quite. It’s a must-try for every adventurous foodie out there.

Iced Vietnamese Coffee Just Like They Serve Them In Vietnam

AND NOW THE VERDICT:

Fried Spring Rolls

FOOD: 10/10 – this of course is according to my own adventurous palate. I like the taste of the Pho Bo that’s sweet with a hint of lime in it. Don’t expect it to be your local pochero of beef soup because it’s NOT. It’s a whole lot different beef noodle experience topped with fresh mung bean sprouts.

VALUE FOR MONEY: 10/10 – for international cuisine, their taste is absolutely not bad at all for its price. You can get a small (which is large for Pinoy standards) bowl of Pho Bo at PhP 90 (as of middle of 2011). The other dishes are not that pricey as well. Naturally, the food at the place is really a bargain.

The Menu

SERVICE: 10/10 – I’m definitely not kidding you when I say GREAT service. The waiters and waitresses are quite accommodating and they don’t give you that sense of uneasiness when you only order a Pho Bo. I pretty much like the people there and wish that the all restaurants would be as accommodating as them.

Fried Prawns In Green Rice

CLEANLINESS/AMBIANCE: 9/10 – I’m not a guru when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine and this is the only one I have been in so far. But their resto is quite cozy and it’s tucked away in the far part of the building. It gets unruly sometimes on Sundays when they have their eat-all-you-can lunch buffet. The decorations are quite good and they do exude qualities of Asian culture.

 

This blog is dedicated to my sister, Kristine. I miss having food trips with her. See you soon!

 

UPDATE: 2/6/2014 Sai Gon Quan has already closed and has been replaced by Asian Dragon. I reckon it’s under new management and a new chef. I haven’t visited yet and still won’t take the risk for now. But will let you know soonest! For Vietnamese goodness, you guys can check out upscale Vietnamese restaurant Phat Pho. It’s one of the chain of restaurants managed by The Abaca Group (Abaca Boutique Resort, A Cafe, Tavolata and Beqaa)

Well Hello There!

4 Feb

wow! just wow!

it’s been exactly a month from posting my hiatus sign and i decided to take a look at my blog. And I can’t help but scream in glee after I read the stats. NOT BAD FOR A BLOG ON HIATUS! i could not exactly trace how many visits I got for a span of a month but I was so pleased to see that FINALLY! search engines get to crawl my blog for stuff I have worked so hard for and with minimum advertising at that.

to the readers and those who believe in this blog thank you so much! You have inspired to come back to my blog and write again. honestly, for the time I was missing in action I was both busy and was losing the sense of having this blog. There was so much inner conflict that I’m not willing to broadcast on a happy blog. Nonetheless, I got my mojo back because of the number of visits that I got! and it’s because of the people who first read my blog and supported it. You guys made me something big on cebu’s food scene (well, not as big as the others).

bigups to my friends and family who would message me where to eat in Cebu – haha don’t worry I will have many places more to go to. and that calls for more exercise! 🙂 I SO LOVE YOU GUYS!

i could never be so thankful to those who spent their time to visit my blog and read through it. don’t worry guys this blog is opening shop.

I DECLARE THIS BLOG

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