April 18, 2012
Today is the birthday Don Vicente Sotto, i attended a ceremony hosted by Cebu City government to honor Don Inting’s legacy. It’s a well attended gathering, with members of the Sotto Clan headed grandson Sen. Tito Sotto, and daughter Dr. Suga Sotto-Yuvienco.
Halfway of the program i have to leave the Sinulog Hall of the Rizal Memorial Library, on my way to Bicolandia.
Nah!!! not the Bicolandia as in Bicol Region..
My Bicolandia this time is the Cafe Marco at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, the home of the Best Buffet in town.
Marco Polo together with Department of Tourism Bicol Region (5) and Cebu Pacific brings to Cebu the Culinary Journey: Bicolandia.
Chef Doy Sto. Domingo, Bicol’s Celebrity Chef, gives us an array of Region’s Culinary treasure.
We started our journey with Chili Wraps, yes its chili wrap in Lumpia wrappers. Former Central Visayas DOT director Dawnie Roa, asked me to try it first, to gauge how hot is it. It was a bit bearable for me, but i found out the Madam Dawnie’s Chili threshold is way lower than mine.
Longganisang Bicol, comes in a smaller package compared to the regular longanisa we have in our markets, its as compact as chorizo bilboa.
Langkoy with Ensaladang Talong
Langkoy, Beltfish is Bicol’s Danggit.
The soup is Lapulapu sa Buko, or in Bicolandia they call it Binakol na Lapulapu, its a bit sweet for it contain buko juice.
Don Jaime Picornel, the Honory Consul of Spain couldn’t have enough of Paella Bicolana, its mainly brown rice with bounty of the sea over it.
Guisado Pancit Bato
Pancit Bato came from the town of Bato in Camarines Sur.
Gulay na Natong (Laing)
Of Coure Bicol Meal would not be complete without Laing and Bicol Express.
The name skips my mind, but this is Bicol’s version of shakoy.
Mazapan de Pili
Then came the Chili Ice Cream, we have a good laugh, when Former Director Dawnie Roa, scream as the chili in the ice cream got her. As the ice cream come in contact with your tongue, just like any other ice cream sweet and cold then the chili fang follows.
You Don’t Have to take my word for it…
You Must Try it for yourself…
Catch this interesting Culinary experience at Cafe Marco, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu from April 20 to 29, 2012. Authentic Bicolano Dishes comes along with Cafe Marco’s international buffet fevorites. Lunch Buffet is serve from 12:oo noon until 2:30 pm and Dinner from 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm.
Diners get a chance to win a round trip tickets to Legaspi courtesy of Cebu Pacific.
For inquiries and reservations: Call Cebu: (032) 253 1111 and Manila (02) 887 1263.