Utzurrum: A taste so very Cebuano

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

“IT'S Sugbusog’s second year here at Marco Polo Plaza Hotel and, yes, serving the ever-popular street food, so we coined the name, “Sugbusog Dos,” explained Cebuana culinary whiz, Jessica Avila, to a media query on why “Dos.”

Indeed, Jessica is on her sixth year as culinary consultant to the hotel for local food, so she must know her onions!

“Sugbusog Street Food Classics Dos” opened to a full house during Sinulog week, a religious and cultural feast honoring the Santo Niño (or the Holy Child). Festivities commenced at the hotel lobby with a dramatic and historical performance by the Sandiego dance troupe depicting the battle of Mactan. Subsequently, Queen Juana (wife of Rajah Humabon) was baptized and gifted with an image of the Santo Niño. The rest is history.


The guests then trooped to the El Viento Poolside Resto where a sumptuous selection of street food awaited them. Guests were observed to return for seconds, bringing a gracious smile to hotel general manager Hans Hauri. Will we have “Sugbusog Tres” next year, Mr. Hauri?


On the subject of local cuisine, have you been to the latest dining haven, Boosog, Lasang Pinoy along Juana Osmeña St.?

This is branch No. 2, the original being in Mabolo, and is ideally located across Baseline Residences a stone’s throw from Mango Ave.

The attractive facade and cozy interiors are a definite come-on to local diners who have a hankering for tasty, well-spiced and prepared seafood specialties. Try their imbao (shell) soup, bangus, crispy pata, pork and chicken barbecue expertly marinated, succulent baked scallops, etc.

We doff our hats to proprietors Eddie Yap and charming better-half Rachel, who were our gracious hosts during the inaugural dinner recently.


Much-feted balikbayan and Theresian, Agnes Sotto-Bernardo jetted in quietly from home-base, New York, and was honored right-and-left by kin and classmates, who have missed her for so long.

One such affair was a dinner at The Tinder Box hosted by cousins and gang mates.

Conversation ranged from local news bits to regular updates that lasted till almost midnight, with lots giggles in between!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 27, 2014.


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