I realized I didn’t update for a very long time, so I decided to put up some pictures I took when I was in Cebu (around the last weekend of August) I didn’t post them initially because the lighting in these pictures are really poor (yellow lighting) and I just didn’t have the time to edit/post them when I got back to Manila. Blame it on the heavy schoolwork!

Thankfully this weekend is going to be a breather, and it’s only a month left until semestral break!

Anyway, on to the food porno!

Last August 29, I wanted to eat in Cyma (my favorite resto!! But since then I’ve tried so many new places here in Manila, and I hate to say that I’m contemplating whether that still stands or not!)

I ordered Hummous for our appetizer – I LOVE hummus! Sometimes I eat hummus with carrot sticks or bread. Cyma serves them with pita bread (crazy delicious!!) My parents didn’t like the hummus, but loved the pita bread. No worries, plenty hummus for me then!

I tried the moussaka, sans the minced pork. Meatless Moussaka! (Layered seasoned green lentils and tofu, potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and Greek Bechamel sauce) If you haven’t tried moussaka.. I would compare it to lasagna. Like always, Cyma delivers with this dish, but about halfway, I was already stuffed. …I finished it anyway. Hahaha! If you plan to order this, make sure you’re either really hungry, not eating anything else other than this, or sharing it with someone.

My parents shared Pastisado (We call it Osso Bucco, which Cyma claims Pastisado as the Greek version of: beef shank braised in Greek tomato sauce, served over spaghetti.) and Beef Tenderloin Souvlaki (skewered “steak” – beef tenderloin with vegetables, and served with pita bread). Seeing the Pastisado made me sad; it used to be our family’s favorite food to share in Cyma.. until I turned vegetarian. I wasn’t able to take a picture of the Pastisado (maybe I was too sad, I don’t know HAHA)

The next day, (August 30) me and my cousins went out for some Mexican food at Maya courtesy of my cousin Mitch (thanks chi!!). It was also my first time eating in Maya.. and if burritos, chips and dips, chimichangas or any combination of taco shells, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese is your thing, then Maya is the place to go in Cebu. It’s at Crossroads, Banilad.

The place is fancy! It’s also a bar upstairs, and they specialize in blue agave tequilas that are directly imported from Mexico. Usually, when you’ve got a fancy place, you can expect poor lighting (to give it that ‘cool’ ambiance). The lighting was so poor, even the slowest shutter speed couldn’t capture enough light! Hence the blurriness and poor quality of the pictures.

Hahaha @the waiter!

The bar

On to the food!! There were so many dishes, it was impossible to take good shots/angles. Also, the pictures are incomplete, so I didn’t take pictures of everything we ordered. But anyway, here’s some of the food we ordered. Again.. APOLOGIES FOR THE POOR PICTURES!!

Dip w/ Masa Chips: Guacamole – hand mashed avocado with onions, cilantro and lime – thankfully avocados are currently in season! I’ve been craving guacamole for the longest time!

Dip w/ Masa Chips: Salsa Roja – tomato salsa with coriander and chilies

Dip w/ Masa Chips: Queso Fundido – melted mexican cheeses with jalapenos

Quesadilla Gringa

Maya Nachos – masa chips covered in cheese, salsa roja, sour cream & pickles

The Guacamole, Salsa Roja and the Queso Fundido were the stars of the night for my tummy me! In fact, it was all I ate that night.. My cousin said I finished 90% of the Guacamole by myself, around half of the cheese dip, and maybe 85% of the Salsa Roja. I felt guilty afterwards, but it was worth it!!

I’ve since eaten in LOTS of new places I want to share with everyone else, but I left my DSLR (and my point+shoot) in Cebu, so I’ve been pictureless, and taking pics with my phone doesn’t do the food justice. Hahaha! I’ll definitely go back though, and next time I hope I have my DSLR with me (or any decent camera, for that matter)

Til next time!