Nice to See You Again…Rosa

The last time I saw her was October of last year. I thought I won’t be seeing her again until 2 days ago…during my birthday celebration.

May 23,2014. My birthday is actually, May 24. Thanks to a very good friend, I had an early celebration. That time, I met Rosa once again. She was as tempting as always.

marinara rosa


And there she is. Yes. Rosa is a pasta. 🙂

Alla Marinara Rosa is a pasta which is very delicious with mix of sour and salt flavor. It uses a lot of real tomatoes. And the ingredient is composed of squid, fish, shrimp ,and other spices. It also has 2 pieces of bread. When I first tasted this pasta, I really said to myself that “This is the kind of pasta I like.” Most of my friends prefer carbonarra but for me, rosa which is a seafood pasta suits my taste.

The price per serving is Php 260.00 but it is good for one person and even too much for one. It is very satisfying and I would love to have another taste of it again.

If you are in Cebu and you want to eat this food, click here. I can say that the food is good, the staff are friendly and the ambience is quite relaxing. The name of the restaurant is Hola Espana. It is just across from the gate of Shangrilla -Hotel and Resort.

~You won’t get lost.

~Have a sip of life



Korean Pork BBQ: Samgyupsal

3 years ago, my taste buds encountered this very strange food style. It was strange for me at first but later on, I started to love it. It is called samgyupsal, a Korean pork bbq.

Samgyupsal (Korean Pork bbq) is getting more and more people in our country. It is pork bbq eaten with lettuce, spring onions, samjang (orange Korean sauce) and with several side dishes included. The spices eaten with the pork complement incredibly with the pork. I enjoy eating it and surely fills up my stomach.

We usually go to Tongro Korean bbq. It is the most convenient restaurant. I love its ambience. The staff are quite friendly.  The prices are also affordable.

Here in Tongro, a Korean restaurant, and we are patiently waiting for our order
Here in Tongro, a Korean restaurant, and we are patiently waiting for our order


samgyupsal side dishes
we are slowly served with the side dishes. We were served with lettuce to wrap the pork, sauce, samjang (the orange sauce), and kimchi ( a very famous traditional Korean food)


We had 3 orders of samgyupsal. And we slowly grilled the meat.
We had 3 orders of samgyupsal. And we slowly grilled the meat.


And our table is finally filled with food.
And our table is finally filled with food and we enjoyed watching it.

When you eat the bbq, you have to dip the meat with the orange sauce then the other sauce. You then wrap it with lettuce, then put spring onions. You have to eat them whole and chew them slowly, savoring every bit of it. The taste is great.The vegetable and the meat really complement. If you want, you can also eat rice together with it. Because I fancy rice a lot, I prefer to eat rice with the bbq. And, the best part for some is soju. But we didn’t drink soju because we were not in the mood to get drunk.

What I really love about samgyupsal are the side dishes. They are kimchi, crab soup and egg. Other Korean restaurants include more side dishes but in a higher price. For the record, we only paid about $19.00 or Php 900 for 5 people. My stomach was filled but my wallet was not totally empty. I always find a way to come back and eat samgyupsal every now and then.


~Have a sip of life



Having TEA in Teapot’s Cabin

I was not a fan of tea not until I turned 22. I began to love tea and what’s best about it is its ODOR.

When I think of tea, I imagine the classic films and the nobles, the mountains and PARIS. I don’t really know why but drinking tea while overlooking the lighted Eiffel tower, that would be superb.

But because Paris is still a blurry dream for me, having a French tea inside my room would do it, I think.

My good friend who was once living in Paris gave me some French tea and I surely appreciated it.

the message in the plastic can really make a person’s day


A French tea Tisea


The tea bag is floating in this bloody rose tea. The smell is very sweet and soothing.


the broken cup
The frugal me keeps using this broken cup even when enjoying a cup of tea.


And while I am sipping my cup of tea, my mind is already bringing me on the top of the Eiffel tower.


~Have a sip of life, have a sip of tea


Craving for Some Japanese Food

Curry for India, spring roll for Vietnam, kimchi for Korea, sinigang for the Philippines and sushi for Japan. Each country has unique cuisine that they can be proud of. And these show the importance of culture in a country.

So when I was invited for a Japanese cuisine, I couldn’t stop thinking about sushi and sashimi. Me and my friends headed to Nonki, a Japanese restaurant near my workplace. The restaurant offers sumptuous Japanese food from breakfast until dinner. We went there for dinner and their working hours in the afternoon starts at 5:30 pm.


map from Mactan to Nonki
map from Bigfoot Mactan to Nonki Japanese restaurant

When we arrived at the restaurant, we had our seats and grabbed the menu.

Inside Nonki restaurant
Sheira is carefully choosing what food to eat.
inside Nonki restaurant
Our Japanese friend and student, Miya Yuki.
inside Nonki restaurant
The ambience is relaxing.
Here is the menu in Japanese and English
Here is the menu in Japanese and English

It wasn’t my first time to dine in the restaurant so I can really tell that the food their is terrific. So here are the pictures of Japanese food that will fill up your sight.

You have the appetizer, a towel, a plate and chopsticks
You have the appetizer, a towel, a plate and chopsticks


The appetizer which is composed of beans and carrots but tastes like peanuts. It is very palatable.


a tea pot and a tea cup
Green tea


potato appetizer
Potato appetizer


sashimi special
Sashimi special with salmon, tuna, sea urchin and other fish


sushi special
Sushi special The red fish is tuna, the orange is salmon and the white is squid. The green color is wasabe which is a spice added to the sauce.


This is gali. It is a spice eaten together with the sushi but just eat a little because it has a strong taste.


california maki
Modern sushi. This is california maki. It is a modern sushi and has mango inside. Traditional sushi doesn’t have mango. I love this sushi.
california maki
California maki in a closer view. The orange color are fish eggs called roe. It pops when you eat them.


Japanese ramen. It has ramen, eggs beef and many more. You can have spicy noodles or not. But , I think their spicy noodle is not spicy at all.


So these are just some of the Japanese food that you can eat. They are quite palatable but it is not that cheap. For everything, it cost us almost Php 2,000 including the lemon juice and mango shake which are not included in the picture.

I can say that Japanese food has a unique taste that would define how broad their culture is. I hope someday, I can finally taste sushi and sashimi in Japan and see for myself if the sushi made here and in there are quite different in taste. But for now, I have to say, Japanese food can fill your stomach and your heart as well.


~have a sip of life

~crave for some Japanese food



Not Your Ordinary Viand: Tuslob Buwa (dip into the bubbles)

tuslob buwa

Let me start this blog with the questions in your mind; “What kind of title is that? That’s kind of bizarre. Is that referring to food? or a joke?” But to tell you honestly, I am also curious about the title and the food itself. So, let me tell you how I first discovered this very interesting food.
Two years ago, I heard from a friend that there is an interesting place in Cebu City, namely Pasil (a wide fish market) where people of different ages such as kids and adults eat this food (should I say food?) called TUSLOB BUWA (a vernacular term for dip into the bubbles). The name actually speaks for itself.

Because of poverty, workers, carriers of fish, seller and even street children eat this everywhere in Pasil. It is very convenient and cheap for them but on the contrary, it’s very dangerous because you might get diseases in this style. Do you want to know why?
Tuslob buwa (dip into the bubbles) is mainly just bubbles; bubbles from leftovers of pig’s internal organs such as the brain and the colon. The customers dip hanging rice (rice into the coconut leaves or c) into the bubbles or the soup itself. All the customers share from only one pan so everyone has a chance to get a slice of diseases from each other. Luckily, nobody gets sick!as far as I know.
We really wanted to try it but it’s quite a risk to go to Pasil.
Anyway, we discovered this tuslob buwa place where it’s clean but we can still experience the tuslob buwa style; it is called AZUL.

And this is the place
And this is the place

Originally, this place was a drinking bar but the owner was creative enough to expand the business and include tuslob buwa in their menu! It is located in Asilo near Ayala.
It was quite crowded when we went their but it did not stop us from eating there. When we arrived in the place, people from different ages went to have their tuslob buwa experience, even families!

This is how the place looks like.  That's us waiting for the dinner.  Credits to Mahjoy Madz for this picture.:)
This is how the place looks like. That’s us waiting for the dinner.

Look how crowded it is!
We had to fall in line first to have our orders then we waited for about 20 minutes because the line was quite long. After a long wait, we had our order and walah!!!

You have the pork oil, the krill, a little of the pig's intestine or brain, onions and the hanging rice.
You have the pork oil, the krill, a little of the pig’s intestine or brain, onions and the hanging rice.

I was totally amazed. This is it all! 😀 I was expecting for a lot of pig’s internal organs and I even waited for more!
Then my friends started cooking it.

My friend started cooking the TUSLOB BUWA
My friend started cooking the TUSLOB BUWA

There you go. That’s how you cook it. You can see the bubbles starting to form. You can add the soy sauce later on.
It was all our first time to try this food so we observed other people how they did it. It was actually really fun.
When we realized it was okay to dip the hanging rice, we started dipping.

And we started dipping on the pan.
And we started dipping on the pan.

That’s how you dip the rice! Imagine when you do it with strangers, it would be very dangerous but fun though.

The more we stayed there, the more I realized why tuslob buwa became a hit. It is cheap, it is fun to eat with friends, it is a Filipino food, it is delicious! Sometimes, when you have a little food, it becomes really delicious. 😀

If you want to go to this place and have your own tuslob buwa experience, here is the link.

Gorordo Avenue, Asilo, Cebu City

Near Asilo de Milagrosa church

~Have a sip of life, have your own tuslob buwa experience.