I am not a fan of Japanese food — at least the raw ones. I can’t even bear to eat kinilaw or ceviche even if it’s made by my father and from the freshest catch of the day. But there was once a time when all I was craving for were tempura and donburis, and I was on the search for affordable and local eateries. Joed’s was popular in my online search, although I never got to try it until this year. I have no idea how authentic Japanese food tastes like, but I enjoyed the food that I ate at this restaurant — because it was affordable, it was cooked properly, it was beef, and I was hungry.
We had a team meeting at a mall in Mandaue City. There was a robbery (and death) in the nearby corner, but my boyfriend and I have already agreed to have dinner at another mall that is located across our former office. I’ve heard of District 50 in my Facebook feed from friends, and I thought I should try the restaurant because it looked like the design is “vintage.” Indeed, there were vintage things scattered all over the restaurant, but I also wanted to see waitresses and waiters wearing 50s outfit (there were none). I guess “District 50” did not mean “50s fashion.”
I heard of Chillage from my Facebook newsfeed. I was smitten with the artsy design of the interiors and the fact that it sells Cebuano- and Philippine-made products (including City of Vintage swimsuits, Leyende products, and Theo Philo artisan chocolates). I love people who showcase our own, so I wanted to be there. Mid-month, my boyfriend and I found ourselves in a very busy SM having sale, and already hungry for dinner. We decided to check Chillage, located at the Adnama Bldg. in the North Reclamation, near the Cebu Doctor’s University.
One Saturday night, our friends Chu and Jerome treated us to dinner at Sprockets Cafe, a cafe owned by someone I know who loves film and film photography, hence the name “sprockets.”
The last week of August was probably the week where I ate out the most. Because I am now solely paying my rent and all utilities and food, and other things like service fees for plumber and carpenter, I’ve made resolutions to eat out less so I can scrimp my money to pay what I need. (Okay, I do scrimp money, partly to buy shoes and other cute stuff, and pay for the things I need). But the last week of August was like an indulgence.
Hi! How was your weekend? It rained heavily here in Cebu (after the earthquake last Friday night). To start our week, I’d like to write about a little cafe located in downtown Cebu. I love the re-development ongoing at downtown Cebu and I hope that they continue to do that, no matter who sits to become mayor and councilor next year.