The whole region of Palawan has cashew trees in abundance. Even in El Nido where I stayed for a while has people freely picking out fruits of these trees by the roadside. It is no surprise Isla Casoy de Palawan, a humble cafe at Mercado de San Miguel in Puerto Princesa have a menu offering based on the local favorite Casoy or cashew nut. It has become a favorite stop for me in the city not only for pasalubong (take-home presents) but it’s cashew infused meals and drinks.
The suman, a Filipino delicacy is an elongated rice cake neatly wrapped in banana leaves is a favorite local snack. But how many flavors of thse suman have you tried? There’s chocolate, mango, cheese and it’s just crazy to know there’s more. Well in Clarin municipality of Misamis Occidental, they boast of 13 flavors under the roof of Clarin’s House of Suman, a popular stop amongst locals and tourist not only for suman but some pasalubong treats as well.
It’s not your usual toast. Cafe Shibuya has signature high toast that are 2 1/2 inches thick, topped with a single ice cream scoop or two and sprinkled with powder, fruits or chocolates depending on your desired flavors. Just looking at the variety of offerings from the menu, it’s challenging to make a choice as most look delectable. Choosing drinks was quite easy as I love coffee and matcha and they have a blend of both.
It still breaks my heart seeing the actual rubbles of Bohol’s heritage churches when after a year the island experienced a devastating earthquake. The church from one of my favorite haunts, Baclayon was not spared. I remember frequenting the Baluarte right across the church for some afternoon sea breeze, sunset and cheap but good barbecue stalls. Is also a delight to see a newly opened cafe, Baclayon Heritage Café. So timely I was yearning for a good hot drink and snack that afternoon so I got to try the place.
So what food can you buy with 1 peso? Yes there’s candy you say but can you believe you can buy pork BBQ for just 1 peso? In Ozamiz City, locals have the luxury to enjoy 1-peso BBQ at what they call the Piso BBQ sa Annex. Come evening at Gov Medina Avenue near the Medina Hospital, smoke starts to scatter the streets from a number of BBQ stalls all selling pork BBQ at 1 Peso each.