Category Archives: Food and Dining

Bad Burgers CDO Dishes Out an Early Holiday Treat







Burgers are a type of food that does not always scream Christmas. For most of us, Christmas food is all about the ham, the spaghetti, the queso de bola, the pancit, the sweet desserts, and the lechon.

Nevertheless, having a burger that’s made the right way is always a welcome delight that will satisfy any craving, especially for those who love burgers. With that said, Bad Burgers has something in store for all food lovers this holiday season.

From December 19 to 22, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Bad Burgers will hold a special sale where you can enjoy your favorite burgers for only PHP 100 each. This is an early Christmas treat for Kagay-anons. For this very affordable price, you can enjoy Bad Burgers’ classic burger with friends and family. So have a memorable afternoon with the people you love and grab a Bad Burger now.

You can visit any of Bad Burgers’ two branches at Center Point or Uptown Pueblo. Business hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Don’t ignore your cravings ever again. If you want a bite of delicious mouthwatering Bad Burgers, visit a branch near you today and enjoy their latest offerings. Call up your friends, your burger buddies, and satisfy your cravings. It’s an early Christmas treat for everyone, and Saint Nick has given us Bad Burgers to enjoy all season long.

For more details about Bad Burgers, you can reach them at the following portals:

  • Their official Bad Burgers Facebook page
  • @badburgersofficial and leave a message
  • Or call them at 0917 708 3729

What are you waiting for? Grab a classic burger at Bad Burgers, now!


Glam Up Your Party with Candy’s Party Dishes


Candy's Cafe Party Dishes

Question: What’s a party without food?
Answer: It isn’t.

If you’re throwing a party for whatever occasion and regardless of how simple or elaborate, you have to make sure there’s good food. In most cases, party guests won’t mind partying in any kind of venue and don’t really care if there’s live entertainment or not, as long as the company they keep and the food they eat are satisfactory.

So, if you want your party to be a success but you’re not very adept in the kitchen, what do you do? Why, you order tasty party dishes from a reliable food establishment, of course!

Candy’s Party Dishes

For your next party, why don’t you get your party dishes from one of Cagayan de Oro’s well-loved cafés? Candy’s Café is offering Party Dishes this season. The menu is extensive and offers a wide variety of dishes, from salads to pastas to seafoods.

Here are our top recommendations:

  1. Candy’s Special Salad – A Filipino party will always be rich in meat dishes, particularly pork. That is why it is always a good idea to have delicious and healthy salads to balance out the menu. And you can’t go wrong with Candy’s special salad.
  2. Chicken Fingers – This dish works well both as an appetizer and a viand. It is also an ideal dish to serve if you expect children to be at the party.
  3. Pasta Dishes – Any of Candy’s pasta dishes are sure to be appreciated by your party guests. Not only are they filling, but they’re also healthy and mouthwateringly tasty.

For other options, check out the full Party Dishes menu on their website. If you want to order, call Candy’s Cafe at (088)323-1975. You can also drop by at the restaurant at Centrio Mall, Ground Floor Garden and book your orders there.

Putting together a party menu doesn’t have to stress you out. Have fun on your celebrations this season!

Optimizing the Lechon Experience

Whole roasted pig, known in the Philippines as lechon, is one of the favorite dishes of Filipinos. During fiestas, birthdays, weddings, Christmas parties, or any other celebration, it is common to see this dish. It is, in fact, the highlight of most celebrations. There are even times when we crave lechon on ordinary days.


In Cagayan de Oro, which is known to be where some of the country’s best lechon are found, there is good news. The city’s first and currently only restaurant that offers eat-all-you-can lechon buffet (with other delicious Pinoy dishes)—the House of Native Lechon—is now open. Before you head off to enjoy their buffet, you may want to check out some tips on how you can best enjoy the lechon experience.


Most Flavorful Parts


Many people would agree that the most flavorful parts of a lechon are the skin, the ribs, and the belly. Here are the reasons most commonly given on why people love these three parts of a lechon:


  1. Skin – People love the crunchy goodness of lechon skin, and it helps that the layer of fat that typically clings to the skin adds to its flavor. The skin is especially good when the pig that is roasted is just a few months old (about four to six months) and has just a thin layer of fat. Sometimes there are even strips of meat that get roasted onto the skin, and these are very flavorful as well; these strips of meat make you enjoy lechon skin even more.


  1. Ribs – Among the things that make CDO lechon one of the best in the country (in the world, even) are the spices used by CDO lechoneros. These spices are typically stuffed inside the pig’s belly prior to cooking, which is why the rib area is one of the best parts of a lechon; it has soaked up all the flavors and is therefore mouthwateringly good. And nibbling the meat from the bone is also a fun experience!


  1. Belly – Just like the ribs, the lechon belly part right next to it is also full of delicious flavors, having soaked up the goodness of the spices stuffed into the pig prior to roasting. Plus, the fact that the belly is all meat and no bone makes it the best part of a lechon for those who do not care much for nibbling on bones. Yes, you’ll have to wait a while to get to that part, but it sure is worth the wait.


Enjoying Lechon


Lechon is enjoyable enough as it is, but there are ways for you to maximize your enjoyment of this all-time favorite Pinoy dish. Of course, each person has a different take on how one can best enjoy a serving of lechon, but where we are concerned, here are the best ways to optimize the lechon-eating experience:


  1. Eat with your bare hands. Yes, indeed. Kamayan is the way to go when you’re eating lechon. Sure, it will taste just as delicious when you eat it using utensils, but the experience of going kamayan when you’re eating lechon is unbeatable!


  1. Eat it with plain steamed rice. When there’s lechon, it definitely is NOT the time to go on a no-rice diet. There’s just something about the lechon-steamed rice combo that makes it oh-so-good. Try pairing lechon with any other food—fried rice, pasta, egg noodles—and you’ll be sure to agree that plain steamed rice is the way to go.


  1. If you’re one of those who love lechon skin, here’s a tip: Look for the parts with the bubbles; these are usually the crispiest parts. Its crispiness is one of the reasons why people love lechon skin, so it’s only logical for you to choose the crispiest part.


  1. If the layer of fat clinging to the skin is a bit thick, scrape it off. Yes, it adds to the skin’s flavorful goodness, but it can also cause umay (nausea), which destroys the whole lechon experience. Give yourself the chance to eat more of your favorite lechon skin by doing away with the excess fat.


  1. Get the ice-cold cola out. Yes, you can eat lechon with any other drink, cold or otherwise. But once you try it with ice-cold soda, you probably won’t want any other combo in the future. There are few things more satisfying than that burp you make after enjoying a lechon/steamed rice/ice-cold cola experience.


Are you ready for some lechon? We know we are. Let’s go!


House of Native Lechon: A New Go-to Place for CDO Foodies

The Philippines is an archipelago composed of more than 7,000 islands. It is therefore understandable for each region of the country to have its own specialty when it comes to food. There is, however, one dish that is a favorite all over the country and is present in just about every occasion celebrated in Filipino homes and localities. We are talking about the spit-roasted pig we have come to know as Lechon.


CDO Lechon: Among the Country’s Best

If you love lechon and happen to live in Cagayan de Oro, then you should consider yourself lucky because the lechon in the City of Golden Friendship is deemed by many as one of the best in the country, along with lechon in Iligan and Cebu. When people from other parts of the country come to CDO to visit family, to go on an adventure, or even for business purposes, it is rare for them not to sample some of the city’s lechon on at least one meal for the entire duration of their stay. Continue reading

Bad Burgers – Is It Really Bad?

So, I just learned that there’s a new burger joint in Cagayan de Oro called Bad Burgers. Yes, I know I’m a bit late to the party, considering that it opened about four months ago. But I don’t really go out that much and I also don’t spend that much time on social networking sites, so it’s really quite normal for me not to be aware of the existence of a new establishment in the city until months after it opened.

Bad Burgers

Photo by kentstark52390

Anyway, I wanted to see if this new burger joint was really as good as my friend said it was. The name is interesting, at least, so Continue reading

SLERS at Madrid Fusion Manila

Last April 7, 8, and 9, the culinary world in Manila was treated to an incredible display of unique mouthwatering dishes at the 2016 Madrid Fusion Manila. Held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, the international culinary event highlighted the theme “The Manila Galleon: East Meets West.” The event showcased a fusion of gastronomic wonders from two countries and other parts of the world.

Slers ChicharonCagayan de Oro was represented in the highly popular culinary event. SLERS, the food manufacturing company behind the famous chicharon and ham of the same name, was an active participant in the colorful and gastronomic 3-day event. Aside from showcasing and selling different varieties of their chicharon, SLERS was also one of the featured ingredients of Madrid Fusion Manila. The festival served as an avenue for some of the best chefs of the country and the world, as well as gourmet enthusiasts and aficionados, to experience the unique, crunchy, and satisfying goodness of CDO’s favorite chicharon.

CDO’s favorite chicharon

The most anticipated gastronomy event was once again hosted by David Celdran, last year’s master of ceremonies. Guests included the Secretary of State for International Kingdom Cooperation of Spain Jesus Garcia, who expressed the appreciation of the Spanish government for the organizers of Madrid Fusion Manila; and Chef Nurdin Topham, owner of Nur Restaurant. The good chef shared his experiences and insights about the relationship between nutrition and gastronomy. His discussion about how what you want to eat and what you need to eat are related focused on the need to eat delicious but healthy food.

Slers display

SLERS’ participation in Madrid Fusion Manila is an indication of good things to come for the food manufacturing company. It was able to introduce its products, not only to the Manila culinary scene, but also to international guests.

The presence of SLERS in the recently concluded gastronomy festival is also a sign that Cagayan de Oro’s culinary scene is ready to branch out and explore opportunities offered through events like the recently concluded festival.

This year’s festival followed the highly successful Madrid Fusion Festival 2015, which had the theme “The Philippines and Spain: A 300-year Gastronomic Journey.” SLERS was handpicked and invited to participate in the prestigious event.

The Rising Trend of Pop-Up Restaurants in the Philippines

Is It Really Just a Trend or Is It Here to Stay?

Underground supper clubs, pop-up diners, guerilla cheffing, pop-up restaurants; this growing trend of fine dining experience has been called many names over the recent years. Typically, pop-up restaurants operate from private homes, abandoned factories and office spaces, closed parking lots, and other similar locations, and only during festivals and special events. The recent global economic recession gave rise to a dining experience that has become a worldwide trend.

What are Pop-Up Restaurants?

This phenomenon is not really a new thing. During the noughties (2000s), both in Australia and Britain, pop-up restaurants became very popular among food enthusiasts seeking new dining experiences. Similar concepts existed in the US and Cuba during this time period, with social media playing a major role in providing information and boosting awareness.

pop-up diners in Cagayan de Oro

Pop-up restaurants are not all about fine dining experience. Food trucks, for instance, is just one form of pop-up dining. These pop-up diners are common in Metro Manila, Makati, Cebu, Davao, and even here in Cagayan de Oro. If you’re familiar with the Hawaii Five-0 TV show reboot, then you’ve probably noticed one of the characters, Kamekona, who owns Kamekona’s Shrimp Truck. This is a type of pop-up restaurant that offers good food (different variants of shrimp delicacy, actually), great ambiance (oceanside view), and opportunities to meet new friends and fellow food lovers.

Pop-up restaurants like food trucks are a good way for freshmen restaurateurs, green chefs, and young professionals to stretch their wings and gain more experience in the food service industry. Young chefs and entrepreneurs can hone their business and food preparation skills, experiment with new dishes without the risk of losing huge capital. Pop-up restaurants help show what chefs with great potential can do and what they can offer in terms of providing a good dining experience, all the while trying to look for potential investors willing to provide financial backing for their next big culinary idea.

Young chefs and restaurateurs

Young chefs and restaurateurs running their own small pop-up restaurants have the freedom to do whatever they want and move their concept to whichever direction they deem appropriate. The temporary restaurant concept, which is what pop-up restaurants actually are, can easily adapt to what customers want and what the chef thinks is the next frontier in food service. It’s easier for chefs to play around with ideas and menus to see which ones work and which ones don’t. This is almost impossible to do in a traditional restaurant setting.

Pop-up restaurants are not confined to a single culinary genre. They could be serving all Japanese delicacies one night and serve an entirely different cuisine on the next. In many ways, this is what is so appealing about the temporary restaurant concept, for both the chefs and the eager customers looking for a new dining experience.

The Pop-Up Experience in Cagayan de Oro

In Cagayan de Oro, malls are the favorite location of all kinds of pop-up restaurants, whether in parking lots, activity centers, or even in outdoor recreational areas. These temporary dining stands are usually open only for several nights—usually on the weekends, and are typically hosted by already existing restaurants looking for more exposure. Barbecue and grilling seems to be the popular theme in many of the pop-up restaurants here in CDO. To be fair, though, there are others that try to provide truly unique dishes and dining experiences.

Vjandep restaurant cuisine

Take Vjandep, for instance. This family-owned business runs and operates a restaurant in the island of Camiguin called Samuel by Vjandep. Originally, the restaurant was known as Kan-anan sa Parola, which the locals and tourists alike have grown to love and appreciate. A lot of people were saddened to learn about the establishment’s permanent closing. With the restaurant’s re-opening in Camiguin, the people behind Samuel decided to bring their dishes to Cagayan de Oro by hosting a pop-up dinner in the city. Guests were treated to an actual fine dining experience under the night sky of CDO. Diners enjoyed a feast of truly delectable dishes prepared by the hardworking Samuel culinary geniuses.

So, if you believe that pop-up dining is merely a trend, think again, because people seem to enjoy it and more and more restaurateurs are jumping on the bandwagon. And if I were a betting man, I would bet that pop-up restaurants are definitely here to stay.

LOHAS: The First and Only Hotel in Laguindingan

One of the biggest complaints of commuters when the Lumbia Airport was shut down and operations transferred to Laguindingan Airport was that it was quite a distance from the two nearest cities—Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. This meant that if you had an early flight or are coming in from a late one, you’d still have to travel about an hour. Early travelers are worried about being late for their flight, while late arrivals complain about being exhausted upon arriving at home or at the hotel where they choose to spend the night.


The good news is that there is now a hotel in Laguindingan that can take your worries away. If you want to make sure you won’t miss an early morning flight, you can travel to Laguindingan the day before and spend the night at the hotel, which is just five minutes away from the airport. If you get in on a late night flight and are too tired to take the trip to CDO or Iligan, get some much-needed rest at the hotel to regain your energy and be fresh for the rest of your trip the following day.

Getting to Know LOHAS Hotel

The hotel we’re talking about is none other than LOHAS   Airport Hotel. Not only is the hotel nearest to Laguindingan Airport, but it is also the ONLY hotel near the airport at this time. The owners of LOHAS are indeed trailblazers, recognizing a need other hoteliers are yet to address. It is located along the national highway and has 16 comfortably spacious rooms where you can relax right before or after your flight. These rooms are available at the following rates:

  • Standard Single – PHP2200 (The room has one double bed and is sometimes offered at a discounted rate of PHP1590)
  • Standard Twin – PHP2200 (The room has two single beds and is sometimes offered at a discounted rate of PHP1590)
  • Classic De Luxe – PHP2500 (The room has one double bed and one single bed and is sometimes offered at a discounted rate of PHP1960)
  • Grand Superior – PHP2800 (The room has one queen bed and a balcony and is sometimes offered at a discounted rate of PHP1960)
  • Grand De Luxe  – PHP3500 (The room has one queen bed and one single bed and is sometimes offered at a discounted rate of PHP2450)
  • Executive – PHP3500 (The room has one king bed and a balcony and is sometimes offered at a discounted rate of PHP2450)


All rooms at LOHAS are air conditioned and equipped with a flat-screen TV that has international channels. The rooms also have free WiFi as well as hot and cold shower. All hotel rooms are also non-smoking rooms.

Other than these comfortable rooms that are decorated in relaxing and refreshing shades, the hotel also offers such amenities as a swimming pool, a spa, a coffee shop, a restaurant, and a convenience store. They even have a function room if you wish to take care of some business matters not too far from the airport, for your own convenience as well as that of the people you’re doing business with.

If you’re travelling for leisure purposes and don’t really have a fixed itinerary, you may even want to consider staying at the hotel for a couple of days. They have a number of recreational activities to offer their guests, particularly fun aqua sports such as banana boat ride, snorkeling, scuba diving, Jet Ski, fishing, peanut boat ride, and cottage boat ride. Of course, you could simply just enjoy the water and swim with family and friends if you aren’t up for any of the water sports they offer.

Here’s even better news for you: The hotel owners are currently working on a bigger development, which includes a subdivision and a business park! Both of these upcoming developments are located at the back of the hotel, with the high-end subdivision to be named LOHAS Hill Homes.

With the airport hotel and the two other developments, it is only a matter of time before other entrepreneurs invest in the area. Soon enough, the residents of the once sleepy town of Laguindingan will experience economic growth spurred by the tourism industry. Someday other hotels will most likely rise in the area and other restaurants will start serving good food to the public. But while we wait for that to happen, we can only be thankful that right now, there already is a place where we can relax just a stone’s throw away from the Laguindingan Airport.

Aperitivo Italiano – A Night of Italian Culture, Cuisine and Wine

On October 16, 2015, a must-see Italian-inspired event will be held at Mallberry Suites, Cagayan de Oro City.

“L’ Aperitivo Italiano CDO” is an exclusive event which will showcase Italian culture and cuisine. Each participant will enjoy 2 glasses of free wine, plus their pick from an unlimited array of Italian dishes and delicacies.

Aperitivo Italiano Invitation

This event promises to be very educational and exciting. Raffle promos will also be held during the evening. Tickets are limited, and payments are expected on or before October 13, 2015.

For further inquiries, please contact Ms. Sunshine Paquibot (09279964752 – [email protected]) or Ms. Gem Padilla. (09177241220 – [email protected]).

L’ Aperitivo Italiano CDO is brought to us by The Italian Embassy, Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. and Dante Alighieri (DA)-Manila, in partnership with Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation, Primavera Residences, Businessweek Daily, Mindanao Daily News, RedLemon Digital Media, Urban Park, and Junno Delicafe.

Kagay-an Festival Itinerary

It’s that time of year again—the month of August when Cagayan de Oro sets festivity levels to the maximum to celebrate the annual Kagay-an Festival.

If you’re a tourist and you’re wondering if this is another festival to add to the Higalaay Festival, well, it’s actually the same thing—just a different title for the city’s month-long fiesta celebration. Now, you may ask, “What is there to do during the Kagay-an Festival?” If you’re visiting Cagayan de Oro for the first time, then here are some excellent suggestions on how to enjoy your stay in the City of Golden Friendship to the full.

Witness the Street Parades

Higalaay Festival

Whenever there are street parades in Cagayan de Oro as part of the fiesta celebration, everyone steps out of their homes and into the streets to witness various groups perform in lavish and colorful costumes. These groups usually perform according to a specific theme, which is different each year, so you never know what to expect. These street parades usually happen around the Divisoria area, particularly on Velez Street. Even if this is your first visit to the city, you’ll be sure to know exactly where a street parade is being held.

Watch the Miss Kagay-an Beauty Pageant

Search For Ms Kagay-an

You may want to skip this event if you’re not very fond of beauty pageants, but if you do, then you’ll miss a great lineup of beautiful Kagay-anon women representing the different barangays in the city. The coronation night is usually the most anticipated fiesta highlight (usually held at the Atrium of the Limketkai Mall), so expect a full house if you do decide to watch. Residents will be cheering for their respective candidate.

Fluvial Parades

Higalaay Festival Fluvial Parade

This event highlight was included in the lineup of fiesta activities fairly recently, but it has quickly become among the favorites primarily because it isn’t like the usual parade. The Kagay-an Festival fluvial parades happens on the Cagayan de Oro River! Be amazed as you watch an array of boats designed according to a specific theme. Some are made in the form or a fish with a statue of Saint Augustine on top of it. And all the boats adorn the river with a beautiful splash of colors. Some locals see this as a parade of thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest and many other blessings the city has been given.

Dine in CDO’s Local Restaurants

Yes, dining in fancy restaurants is cool, but when you’re in Cagayan de Oro, you’ll soon learn that some of the best foods aren’t really found in fancy restaurants. One of the best things about this city is that there are a lot of local restaurants with a homey feel that never fail to satisfy their customers. Some of the best places to dine in the city are on Corrales Street. If you are looking for a classier dining experience, then the Lifestyle District should be where you’re headed.

Restaurants in Cagayan de Oro

These are just some of the things you can do and places you can go to make your CDO adventure as memorable as ever during the Kagay-an Festival. Have fun, enjoy, and have a wonderful fiesta experience!