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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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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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Breakthrough Restaurant, Iloilo

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On our second night in Iloilo (which I blogged about HERE), we had dinner at Breakthrough Restaurant. Many people had recommended it to us, and the parents, feeling celebratory after Ateneo de Cebu’s victories, decided to be all festive and triumphant at Breakthrough.

Breakthrough is located right by the sea, which must probably be lovely during good weather, but it was raining hard when we were there, so it was terribly chilly and slightly wet. We had a long, LONG table good for 50 people who could not stop talking about the games we had just watched.

Their specialty, as you may already have figured out yourself, is seafood. One kind of seafood that Iloilo is famous for is Diwal, which we didn’t get to try, unfortunately. Diwal is also quite pricey at 500 pesos for a dozen (the shells are small, mind you). I did, however, manage to take a photo of these mollusks (yes, totally makes up for not being able to taste them =/ ), which are said to be only found in the Capiz region.

Breakthrough has tanks and tanks of fish, shells, crabs, and etc., so you can be assured that whatever you’re eating is fresh.

Oysters which I’ve had occasional cravings for ever since Sam taught me how to love them in Manila. Haha.

I will be eternally grateful that I’m not allergic to shrimp…

…and squid! I love eating grilled squid with the onions and tomatoes stuffed in them.

If you read What Paolo Writes, you probably know that I am a huge fan of kinilaw. I don’t like the kind that has skin, though, and to my slight unhappiness, some pieces of Breakthrough’s kinilaw still had the skin on them. I picked the ones that were skinless, and it was gooooooooood.

I initially did not find the idea of tuna sisig appealing, but after I tasted it, I completely changed my mind!

Breakthrough Restaurant is located at Villa Beach, Arevalo, Iloilo.

Phone number: (63 33) 337 3027


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November 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Recovered Food Biploar Patient

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Since I post about food in my other blog (What Paolo Writes) so much, and with the encouragement of a few friends (you know who you are, ha ha), I’ve decided to start a different blog dedicated entirely to, well, FOOD. But before I start posting real posts about food, let me tell you my history with this blog’s main topic.

I’ve had the strangest relationships with food – sort of like someone with bipolar disorder. But instead of experiencing severe highs and lows regarding my mood, I had them with food.

During my prepubescent years, I loved food so much that my size, for lack of a better word, ballooned! I WAS FAT. In fact, I was so fat that my family started calling me “Harry Fatter” (I was and still am a huge Harry Potter fan, and I used to wear round glasses, thus the not-so-nice nickname). That’s when I started to play tennis during the summers, to help mo lose weight, but I remember having my grandmother bring me to Roma Mia almost every after tennis class and I would have their Godfather chops. TWO pieces. Extra rice. So tennis didn’t really work until a few years later.

Grade 4 or 5, I think?

In my 3rd year of high school, I became a member of the school dance troupe, I became my all time thinnest. My Harry Fatter days soon disappeared, and I, to be completely honest with you, started to avoid food. I never ate breakfast. For lunch, I would eat either a banana, an apple, or fat-free yogurt. Dinner was the only real meal I had, and I started to lose weight – a lot of it. My family then started telling me to stop losing weight and to eat more instead, comparing my new-found skinniness to those of drug addicts’ and other unpleasant thin references. This annoyed me, of course, sometimes causing outbursts, with my “you used to make fun of me for being fat; now you complain that I’m too thin. What do you guys really want?” drama (said in Cebuano, by the way, since the Cebuano language has, say, more impact for things like these. Haha).

However, I never saw myself as thin. At night, I would stand in front of the mirror and pinch my stomach, arms and legs. There were times my mother walked in on me doing this nightly ritual of mine. She would ask me what I was doing, and I would tell her, “Ma, can I get liposuction?”. She would then say, “Have you gone crazy?” and walk out. Also, I would find ways to have myself excused from P.E. swimming class because I was seriously afraid of being made fun of for being overweight.

Now that I think about it, I actually feel quite disgusted about myself. I mean, really, I looked… unhealthy. I’m not naturally skinny, so of course my skinniness didn’t seem “normal”. I also regret the times I could have eaten good food, and maybe if I hadn’t avoided eating so much, my growth wouldn’t have halted so soon (haha thinking about this always makes my heart break).

3rd year high school, 1st year college, 3rd year college

But when college came, I gained weight again. There was even one summer I gained 30 pounds! Yes, 30 pounds in about 2 months, more or less. I know it’s pretty hard to believe, but it’s true. I always promised myself that I would start dieting and working out and losing weight, but I never did (partly because school didn’t permit me much time, and mostly becuase I was lazy).

Now that I’ve graduated college, I go to the gym, and in the almost 3 months that I’ve been working out, I have already lost 18 pounds. I started out at 170, now I weigh 152 pounds, and I feel great about it!

I now like to think that I finally have a healthy appetite (although my nutritionist wants me to lose 9 more pounds in the next 6 weeks), but whatever. I’ve made my final diagnosis, and I’m proud to say that I’m a recovered food bipolar patient.

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October 29, 2010 at 6:57 am

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