Finally, Bo's Coffee has opened a new store in the City of Smiles, Bacolod. This new place is located at the Central City Walk in Robinson's Place, Lacson Street, Mandalagan. The Negrense Blogging Society, Inc. (aka Negros Bloggers) was invited to attend it's blessing yesterday, June 1, 2012.
Saturday, June 02, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
My first food post for 2012. The biggest cheese burger I ever saw in Bacolod City is found at Buglas Cafe. When I was told about it, I thought...how huge could it be? It did not look that big in the picture posted in our FB group page.
|photo courtesy of Marchel Espina|
And so when we had a meeting there in late October last year with the Negros Bloggers core group that was the first thing we ordered. The name: Burger El Grande. And mamma mia, yes, it was huge! It took four of us to finish it. Was it good? Well, I am not a burger person but yes, it tasted good and was complete with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes garnished with ketchup and mustard.
Next question: Is it worth the money? If you go there alone and are a big eater (like my son), then it probably is...otherwise share it with at least 2 or 3 other persons, like we did. And it's a little difficult to eat for us girls but the boys didn't have the same problem, they just opened their mouths and gobbled.
Buglas Cafe is located at Rizal-Lacson St. besides a bank and Business Inn. They are open from 8 am to 11 PM from Mondays to Thursdays and 8 am to 12 Am Fridays and Saturdays. They close on Sundays. It's a small cozy place where you can even meditate if you get the den portion all to yourself. It's a fun place to go for students, young professionals and groups who just want to hang out.
Monday, November 28, 2011
For people looking out for great food this holiday season, watch out for COMER.CIO, a 3-day food market slated to open on December 16 to 18, 2011 at the Central District right besides Robinson's Mall. The team behind the bazaar is a group of young entrepreneurs with a vision of promoting and showcasing Bacolod's finest food products that gives a young, fun and fresh appeal.
The name COMER.CIO is an interplay of words, inspired by the Spanish word comer, meaning "to eat" yet when taken as a whole word, it translates to "commerce" which means intellectual exchange or social interaction. This is one of the aims of the bazaar-to establish social dealings between and among lovers of food.
Interested parties who would like to showcase their products may email email@example.com for inquiries. Deadline for submission of application is on December 8, 2011.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
(Before I begin, a disclosure: the owner and I share a common ancestor, making her a cousin of sorts, although we were made aware of this only about 2 or 3 years ago)
The newest kid in the food market is Ceres Pasalubong. I first saw their outlet at their old north terminal several months ago, and I was very surprised...I mean the name Ceres is always equated with the bus line and never with food. So, out of curiosity and because someone told me that their hopia was really good (my family is hopia crazy), one day driving home to Silay, instead of going up the flyover, I went under it to pass by the Ceres north terminal and parked where their pasalubong tent was. I of course headed straight for the hopia. Wow...their hopia was triple the size of those in other stores! Unfortunately, they had no mongo (my personal favorite) at that time so I settled for the onion filling.
I also bought their other goodies like the caramel tart which looked just the right color (some other brands looked a bit overcooked), and the sesame cookies which smelled good. The Verdict: Really Yummy!
Their hopia is definitely to die for. And the tart fillings tasted exactly as caramel should. The sesame cookies were also chewy aside from smelling and tasting good. All the products are of very good quality but most importantly, very reasonably priced for most people. The hopia for example costs Php8.00 per piece but it is big and very filling that I was only able to eat one with my coffee. This I think is good value for my money, especially when I compare it to others which may cost cheaper but I have to consume 4 or 5 pieces to get full. They also sell meringue, piaya and bread products. Their bread products range from hot pan de sal to loaf bread to specialty bread like ensaymada, tortitas and even special muffins that taste a lot like that expensive American brand I know. They also have food to go for people on the move aka their passengers like siopao, cakes, cheeserolls, cupcakes, coffee buns and many others. You can visit this and this page for a list of some of their products. I have become a returning customer and I am saying all these not because I know the owner but because I think she has a good thing going here. My unsolicited advice...Keep it good...keep it affordable and Ceres Pasalubong will be here to stay.
(note: photos taken from the Ceres Pasalubong Facebook page)
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Two weeks ago, the Negros Bloggers got an invitation to see the operations of Merci, which not so long ago was a bakeshop but has now evolved into other businesses like a pasalubong center, a fast food restaurant, among others. Unfortunately due to classes I can no longer reschedule, I was not able to go with the group. However to my surprise, I got a small box of their pasalubong treats, which of course made my kids' sweet-tooth very happy.
To be honest, this is the first time I have tasted Merci's Mango Tarts, Cheese Tart and Butterscotch. My relationship with Merci is purely about loaf breads and pastries/cakes (their cake rolls are good). Now, my family loves butterscotch but I usually buy the other brand since their outlet is near my home...so what was the final verdict? The mango and cheese tarts were good but...The Butterscotch was really special! It was chewy, soft, with just the right sweetness. It is the best I have ever tasted among the commercially available ones. Hmmm, I wonder if their bakeshop here in our market has them? I am definitely a convert and will surely get our supply of butterscotch squares from the many Merci Pasalubong Centers found conveniently in the main streets and malls in Bacolod. There is also one conveniently located in the 2nd floor of the Bacolod-Silay Airport Terminal building. Happy shopping!