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D’2K’s BBQ

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Whenever I’m staying in Mandaue, I always, ALWAYS make it a point to ask my mother to buy barbecue from my favorite barbecue place, D’2K’s BBQ.

D’2K’s is in Talamban, a few steps away from the sports complex. It’s a “kilid-kilid” kind of place, but finding it shouldn’t be too difficult. It actually used to be called 3K’s, but one of the K’s left… thus, D’2K’s. Anyway, since it’s pretty near where my younger siblings study, what my mother and I do is drop by D’2K’s before picking up the kids from school, place our orders in advance because believe me, A LOT of people flock there every night. We then pick up the food on our way home, making it much more convenient than having to wait, wait and wait.

I love their pork barbecue and isaw (chicken intestines). Plus they’re really cheap, too! They cost 6 and 2 pesos, respectively.

Their sauce is sweet and they smother it all over the food generously. This is the reason I know of a few people who don’t like D’2K’s, but this is one of the reasons I am obsessed with their barbecue (I seem to be obsessed about many things, no?).

At home, I eat the barbecue with rice and using my bare hands, of course. Bare-handed barbecue eating always makes it taste so much better. And do not forget the Coke. Never forget the ice cold glass of Coca-Cola.

D’2K’s BBQ accepts orders. Call them at 418-0034, 0926-2003132 or 0915-9948299. No “What Paolo Thinks” for this post. I think my rating for it is quite obvious. Hahaha.

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December 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm

BCB 2010

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I’m happy to announce that this blog made it to the Top 20 qualifiers for the Best Cebu Blogs of 2010. I am also admittedly shocked and well, humbled, as the other bloggers in the top 20 are far more, say, experienced than I am. There are many who have been blogging much longer than I have. There are those who understand HTML codes much more than I do. There are some who have advertisers and/or earn money from their blogs, both of which I do not have the benefit of.

What Paolo Eats is like, what, isn’t even two months old yet , but I am still grateful that it got into the top 20. I am aware that there are so many other blogs better than mine, but nevertheless, I would like to say thank you to everyone who liked my blog on BCB’s Facebook page (of course, my skills at shameless self-promotion helped… and so did those of my family and a few friends). Thank you also to Mikey Sanchez for the nomination.

About Best Cebu Blogs Awards:

The Best Cebu Blogs, now in its third year,  aims to recognize the existence and relevance of blogging in Cebu’s local online scene. It also aspires to augment Cebu bloggers’ influence in the general cyber community worldwide.  The Best Cebu Blogs 2010 focuses on pooling the top 10 blogs with excellent and relevant content that promotes everything about Cebu to the world.

The Best Cebu Blogs is an independent award-giving body founded by Mark Monta on December 2008.  The judges of this competition are fairly represented by blogging community heads  from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. (source)

Top 20 Best Cebu Blogs Revelation:

After almost 4 weeks of competing on which blog has the most number of Likes in the Best Cebu Blogs Facebook fan page, BCB 2010 is now announcing the bloggers who made it to the top 20.  Below are the top 20 finalists in alphabetical order.

Aika Baylon of galleca.blogspot.com
Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje of pigginoutsessions.blogspot.com
Bert Padilla of cebutechblogger.com
Drake Danaviir Cataluña of drakieness.blogspot.com
Edcel Ceniza/Sheena Darunday of thewanderingcouple.blogspot.com
Jason Karl S. Buhia of hungitcebu.com
Jaysee John Rosal Pingkian of jayseeblabs.blogspot.com
Jomar Lanorias Lipon of jomarlipon.blogspot.com
Karlota Murillo of karlotablogs.info
Kevin Ray Chua of kevinraychua.com
Leylan Romarate of mycebuphotoblog.wordpress.com
Mark Anthony Razonable of mrtambay.blogspot.com
Mary Angeli Bas of adventurouslei.com
Max Limpag of CebuRunning.com
Nike Enriquez Cagulada of hitwheels.blogspot.com
Paolo Berdin of whatpaoloeats.wordpress.com
Philip Andrew Mayol of cebufinest.com
Reynarose G. Trasmil of faithly.com
Ricky ‘Rabsin’ de la Cruz of finlust.blogspot.com
Shanette G. Mancao of diy-eats.blogspot.com (source)

I have been invited to the awarding ceremony on December 12, 2010, at Sugbutel’s penthouse. I’m excited to meet the other bloggers, but I’m also nervous at the same time. What will they think of me?! I’ll seem like such a novice next to them. Hahahaha. I tend to let my thoughts run wild… sometimes they run amuck.

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December 5, 2010 at 11:50 am

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Hong Kong – Day 4

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Read more about my last day in Hong Kong by clicking HERE, or by clicking any of the pictures above.

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December 4, 2010 at 4:59 am

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La Veranda’s New Menu – II

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Let me start this post by saying how I impressed I am with La Veranda’s new menu. I like everything I’ve tried so far, although I still avoid their buffet.

Here’s one of my new favorites, their Baked Scallops (and it had so much garlic, which made it taste unbelievably good!)

Their Lechon Kawali was just as good. The skin is crispy but the meat is really tender. I’m also a huge fan of achara and sarsa, so those helped, too. I seem to be a fan of many things, no?

I made a promise to myself that I would order a new dish every time I went to City Sports. I broke my promise this time, though, because their Pinaputok na Bangus Belly is amaaaaazing. I had this once when I had lunch with my mother & older brother, feel in love with it, and when I went to La Veranda to have dinner with my sister three nights ago, I had it again.

There’s so much onions, tomatoes and ginger, all creating a wonderful medley of flavors…. HAHAHAHA. Okay, I just had to laugh at that one. What do I know about medleys of flavors? Again, I’m no educated food critic, but trust me, this dish is really, REALLY good.

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*I give out so many 4′s and 5′s, makes me think that I’m not such a fastidious eater. Haha.

 

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December 3, 2010 at 9:11 am

Kublai Khan’s

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It is common knowledge (at least among my family and friends, anyway) that I am obsessed with Kublai Khan’s, starting back when it first opened its first branch in Country Mall years ago. It is always the place I suggest when someone asks me where we should it. I eat there every chance I get and have become friends with the staff. In fact, I eat there so frequently that when I walk up to the counter, they cashier already knows what I’m ordering. She gives me a bowl before I can even say a word and asks, “Bottomless iced tea?”. No matter how hard I try to avoid eating too much, especially after working out, I can never say no to Kublai.

I know quite a number of people, however, who don’t like Kublai. There are even some who get surprised when they realize how much I like it. It is my personal belief that the only people who dislike Kublai are those who don’t know how to mix their ingredients, which for first-timers, can be tricky.

You choose from EAT-ALL-U-CAN (the big black bowl, with which you can have as many times as you like), ALL-U-CAN-FILL (the smaller white bowl, with which you can only get once but can fill up to your heart’s desire), or CHECK-A-BOWL (they give you a checklist of ingredients, and you check the ones you want, but there is a maximum number for each category e.g. 3 sauces, 5 vegetables). I always have the ALL-U-CAN-FILL (I actually used to order the EAT-ALL-U-CAN even though I could only finish one bowlful – it was my always my desire to be able to devour more!)

Once you give your bowl to the server so that your food can be cooked, you are given a number to avoid mix-ups. Wait a few minutes, and they’ll serve you your bowl. I like mixing my food before I start eating because the meats tend to gather at the bottom. And if you’re interested in trying out my personal recipe, here it is (this only works on Canton noodles, by the way. I tried this sauce on rice and rice noodles but it wasn’t quite the same):

a BIG teaspoon of garlic
4 teaspoons of Calamansi
2 ladles of Barbecue sauce
1.5 ladles of Szechuan sauce
1 ladle of Teriyaki sauce
1 ladle of Oyster sauce
Half a ladle of Sesame oil
Canton noodles
Beef, chicken and squid
Onions, spring onions and bean sprouts

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December 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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Hong Kong – Day 2

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To read about my second day in Hong Kong, please click HERE, or click any of the images above.

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November 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm

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Hong Kong – Day 1

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Forgive me for the lack of posts, I just got back from Hong Kong. Since I’m too tired to blog about the food I had there separately (which were ALL AMAZING, by the way, and all deserve What Paolo Thinks ratings of 4 and 5), please read my day one blog post on What Paolo Writes by clicking HERE.

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November 29, 2010 at 7:01 am

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