Lizada: Lechon and other things-A A +A
By Rene Lizada
Sunday, November 3, 2013
WE were in Cebu for the second time in 4 months because of seminars we were giving. Last June we stayed at this wonderful hotel called Hotel Elizabeth.
It has big spacious rooms and wonderful interiors. They also have a great breakfast buffet that can really stuff you. Plus, the chef who does the omelets is one friendly person who always smiles.
The staff is professional and the location of the hotel is just right. It is a three minute walk to Ayala Center. So when we went back to Cebu we asked that we booked in the same hotel.
We were not disappointed; we even got the same room which shows that they have a guest history file or whatever you might call that. Just like our previous stay we were there for two days for the seminars.
On the June trip we had lechon at CNT near SM. It was warm and crowded but the lechon was worth it. We decided that when we came back we would try the other lechon outlets.
So on this trip Chona and I decided to try it the social media way. I inquired in Facebook and just like that I got a flood of comments. I asked Miguel if he could ask his Cebu friends and students and voila, lechon comments!
There were so many that we decided to try the one of the most popular, Zubuchon. During the lunch break we asked the driver to bring us to the closest branch and we ended up with the Zubuchon outlet in Mango Avenue.
To make a long story short, we ordered half a kilo of lechon, the sinigang the hipon, kamias shake for Chona and me a soda and for dessert turon with dulce de leche sauce. We had to order another cup of rice because the lechon was just good. That is all I have to say.
The sinigang was just the right partner. The lechon tasted better because of the sinigang and vice versa. The dessert was the perfect punctuation point to that wonderful meal. I mean we were so stuffed. Chona does not eat much but she really liked the food we had. Me? I will eat anything.
I liked the vinegar that went with the lechon, it was spicy but it was just right, all for less than a thousand pesos. That lunch was good and so when we went back to the seminar we had a really big problem. We were so full that we had a difficult time going back to the topics!
Lucky for me, it was Chona’s turn so I had the chance to sit back and enjoy the lunch at Zubuchon.
After the seminar ended we were wondering of we still had enough space for dinner. When we were thinking about that, we were suddenly hit by a rather strong aftershock. It was a jolt that reminded us that there were still aftershocks. Actually this was the fourth or fifth that day. We were awakened by a 5.3 early that morning. There is something very unnerving about a dawn earthquake.
Back to the story. When the seminar ended we were brought back to the hotel and since it was about five we decided to walk around the Ayala Center. We decided to do that for three reasons: we had to walk off the lechon, turrones de mani and of course Fig Newtons. We found the turrones but zilch to the Figs. We ended up buying a dress, not for me, and a shirt. Then it was dinner time. The mall had fewer people and some of the shops were closing earlier due to the earlier jolt. For dinner we decided to have it light. We ordered salad and a small pizza and we were hoping that we would not experience another aftershock.
Dinner was over and we headed back to the hotel. We were so tired that Chona just fell asleep. Me? I just stared at the television. We had to get up early because our flight was at 8:35. We had an early breakfast. The beef tapa was really good. But that is for another time. We will back in Cebu soon. And we are looking forward to Hotel Elizabeth and its excellent service, its friendly chef. And next we will try the lechon at Rico’s. And that lechon joint just next to the hotel.
Tara kaon na!
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 04, 2013.