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An elegant escape from the grind

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An elegant escape from the grind

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

(Foto by Danielle Ann Tan, USJ-R Journ Intern)

GOOD food serves as a quick escape from the stressful grind. Pair that with the experience of dining in an elegant traditional Filipino-Spanish ancestral house with a hint of luxury, and one will get an instant escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life.

The rendezvous can be found in Circa 1900. Called Casa Dos, it’s a recent addition to Casa Uno—a neighboring ancestral house turned into a respite meant for a relaxing day of fine dining and an intimate gathering with friends and loved ones.

Casa Dos used to be the house of one of the most prominent families of Cebu, the Jereza Family. Dominant figures in Philippine History like Gen. Douglas MacArthur and President Manuel L. Quezon have walked through its doors and enjoyed the Cebuano hospitality as they were one of its guests way back in the day.

Now restored, the house opened its doors to the public again on July 1 and it now serves as a getaway for people who long for a quick escape within the city. Mixing elegance and class with intimacy, Casa Dos provides new amenities aside from an exciting menu quite different from the traditional set prepared by Casa Uno.

Casa Dos includes the Cicada, a tapas bar with alfresco casual dining that provides comfort food like pizza, pasta, tapas and refreshing drinks. The newest Casa also provides a swimming pool for guests who wants to dip and dine. The function hall Galleria Jereza is a big space good for 60 people available for parties and celebrations. It also has the Beldevere which is an open space along the poolside area, available for open air gatherings or simple relaxation exercises like Yoga.

Its most exciting addition located inside Casa Dos is The Noshery, located adjacent to the Cicada. It is a gelato station and an air-conditioned pastry work shop which is also the venue for artists and crafts persons to show guests how it creates different kinds of desserts. The end product of the pastry workshop will be available for guests to taste and buy. The Noshery is also where other handcrafted materials proudly made by Cebuano artists aside from desserts are displayed, like the famous Hablon of Argao.

Casa Dos of Circa 1900 is located in Sanjercasvil Road, Gorordo Ave., Lahug, Cebu City. It is open daily from 10 a.m. until 12 midnight. For guests who would like to dip and dine, the pool area is open as early as 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 17, 2016.

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