Hello there! If you’ve read my previous post, I was a food blog finalist for Best Cebu Blog Awards 2013. Do you wanna know the results? :D
We all have that sole or handful (excuse my lame pun) of resto's we develop a special attachment or respect for when we've been there before it became a common name or franchise superstar. Everytime I hear the name of this particular resto, nostalgia and pride flows through me as my first memory of it flashes by in a second.
Dong Juan, that humble little hole-in-the-wall in Guadalupe and now a steadily growing franchise chain, is where I became a burger convert. The girl who used to give no attention to burgers was suddenly feeling butterflies in her tummy at the sight of big, juicy patties sandwiched in a bun since that day she had her first bite of Dong Juan's burger back in 2010.
Best Cebu Blog Awards (BCBA) is now on it's 6th year. They say "the third time's a charm" and coincidentally, it's my third time to be nominated and be a finalist for this annual award under the food niche. Well, I don't have any expectations or hopes this year, but I'm grateful to Khonie for whatever she sees in me or rather my blog that is worthy to be nominated for this. Thanks a bunch, Khon! :D
The brains behind Best Cebu Blog Awards is Mark Monta of cebufitnessblog.com who founded and organized this along with the following bloggers:BCBA, for me, is somewhat the benchmark for my blog’s existence. Barely a year into blogging back in 2011, I found my blog nominated for the BCBA. And somehow, Babe for Food has been consistently nominated yearly since.
I started blogging because I merely wanted to share my thoughts on food and
I wonder why Chinese take-out isn't as popular here in Cebu as it is in other countries like the U.S. and U.K. Is it because Siomai sa Tisa is dotted along almost every street corner? The most prominent Chinese take-out we get in Cebu is probably Dimsum Break.
But wouldn't you want quality Chinese food at home like what you'd get in an upscale Chinese resto at fastfood price?
Finally, Choi City makes their bestsellers more available and affordable as set meals called Executive Meals. These executive meals are exclusively available through their new delivery extension, Wok Out.
There seem to be only a handful of authentic Filipino restaurants around. I guess in this case it proves the theory of "survival of the fittest"; for only the taste fittest to the Cebuano palate will live on for decades (in Cebu, of course).
I noticed that the secret ingredient to this longevity is a heritage of recipes passed on from generation to generation, coupled with consistency. That factor of genuineness and rich history is the charm that keeps people coming back for some nostalgia fix; or, for foreigners and tourists, a taste of Cebu's heritage.
Golden Cowrie has been one of the established native restaurants in town that continues to draw waves of customers every mealtime. It has become part of one's list of restaurants to bring visitors to, and a go-to place for tourists who want to taste local food in a contemporary setting. They have been steadily expanding to more branches. Celebrating 30 years of Cebuano hospitality, value and flavor, Golden Cowrie and Hukad sa Golden Cowrie now have 14 branches nationwide in Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Dumaguete, Bohol, Boracay, Ozamiz City and General Santos and opening soon in Butuan and Puerto Princesa Cities.
|Golden Cowrie flagship branch at Salinas Drive, Lahug|