Arquiza: Top picks for 2012

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Jig's Arquiza
Eat's my life

I’VE visited a lot of establishments the past year, and I’ve picked out my favorites, for food and hanging out. Here they are:

Chinese food: For Chinese food, my favorite would be Choi City in Banilad Town Centre, if only for their roast layered pork and fried hakaw (dumplings). I once wrote that this dish would be a perfect match for a San Mig Light or two, and I proved this while watching the Manny Pacquiao fight last Dec. 8.

Crispy pata: Until someone here in Cebu comes up with a better version of this dish, the best crispy pata for me is at, you guessed it, Alejandro’s, down at the Century Plaza complex. A lot of people agree, the tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone meat makes it an all-time favorite.

Club: Cebuanos take clubbing seriously, and where to go for a night of partying? The Penthouse at CJRS building in Cebu IT Park is the destination of choice for partyphiles.

Hangout: Knowing how trendy Cebuanos are, this list wouldn’t be complete without a lounge. The Loft, one level below The Penthouse, offers a great blend of music, food and ambience. The spiritual home of the Cebu Food Mafia, The Loft offers a fantastic selection of Italian food and wines, but the great thing is, salpicao and sisig are back on the menu!

Mexican food: You don’t have to go all the way to Texas or Mexico for great Tex-Mex. While the trip over the old bridge and into Opon does take several minutes, the margaritas, fajitas, chili con carne and nachos at Banana Moon Cantina make it all worthwhile.

Pochero: Of course, pochero, a favorite of Cebuanos, should also be on this list.

Sabel’s, around the block from the Capitol, makes a really fantastic pochero, and they’ve received an award to prove it. However, I still maintain that what Cebuanos know as “pochero” is actually “bulalo,” but that’s neither here nor there. We all know what dish I’m talking about.

Supermarkets: Unfortunately, I’ve ignored supermarkets for the longest time, thinking of them as just places to buy groceries. Shopwise, in Labangon, is totally different from what I’m used to. The place has a food court inside the supermarket area. They have Mongolian stir-fry, where you load up a bowl as much as you can and have the server cook it for you. They also have a sushi bar, and a soda fountain where you can get really good chili dogs and roast beef sandwiches.

There are a lot of great places to eat in, and hang out in, all over Cebu, and the ones listed above are just a few. Like I said before, I’m always on the lookout for new places to eat in and hang out in.

The year is almost done, and what can I say? It’s been a great year, and it’s been a great run for “Eat’s my Life.” One chapter ends, another chapter begins. I’m looking forward to the future, to take a chance and never look back. Bon appetit!

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