Bigg’s Diner – Legaspi, Albay

Just a super quick post to assure you guys that I’m still very much alive (as well as this blog). I know it has been months since i last posted an entry related to travelling and I feel terribly guilty about it – Sorry much! work and personal ‘crisis’ has taken much of my energy this past few months.

since 1983? so its 29 years old.

Anyhow, here’s a short review on Bicol’s most celebrated fastfood chain – Bigg’s Diner. this American vintage inspired food chain is located at the Embarcadero mall in Legazpi Albay.


With the fast food concept, most of its menu entry composed of comfort foods from fried chicken meals to healthy salads. it also had club sandwiches made up of meat and fish. one major ‘thumbs up’ factor about Bigg’s is its servings, not like the others, Bigg’s servings were, well, Big (justice served for its name lol). it is big enough for one person to get filled and just enough to be shared for at least 2. for the discriminating taste buds, if one loves American food (and the greasy part of it), then Bigg’s is a must try.

the service crew

the service was also good. the crew members showed genuine Bicolano hospitality. service was also quite fast though their food still has to be cooked/roasted/fried after its ordered.

Bigg’s placemat

price-wise, one has to prepare at least 150P to get a decent meal and a partner drink.

price range

and to complete the Bigg’s dining experience, one has to dine in front of the overwhelming presence of Mayon volcano.

here’s what i ordered (plus extra rice and a glass of lemonade):

their serving of chicken cordon bleu

for my tummy meter: i’d give this an 8 out of 10. i strongly agree that Bigg’s should consider going nationwide.

Joed’s Lutong Hapon : the Japanese Karenderia

Japanese food to most of us have this stiff notion to come as really an exorbitant way to snuff out our hunger. it may still not be as popular as the Chinese Dimsum to the ‘masa’, but it has in a way gained a niche in the Pinoy taste buds and the food industry in the country as well (insert tokyo tokyo and other japanese fastfood chains).

But, if your in Cebu, and you are craving for Japanese food – CHEAP Japanese food, then you must try Joed’s Lutong Hapon! the city’s (and probably the country’s) only Japanese Karenderia!

this karenderia, is situated in a residential house situated in a small street just in Mabolo Cebu City (pls read this for directions). BUt now, they have already transferred to a new and bigger location to address the growing multitude of ‘parokyanos’ who frequent the place. pls see the photo below for the address.

besides its cheap and mouth watering array of Japanese meals, what really is interesting about this restaurant is that it was only thru word of mouth that this has become known among many Cebuanos. the owners themselves (Joan and Edgar), who was once a chef (Edgar) from Japan do all the cooking and food preparation. thus if you come during peak hours, you might have to wait for some time before the food is served. the waiting though is all worth it, you get the best Japanese cuisine cooked by a former chef at half the regular price – that’s more than value for your money! they are also very accomodating to all their costumers, they’d chit chat to them and ask them suggestions about the food.

Joed’s Lutong Hapon menu

so here are the stuff i ordered in Joed’s Lutong Hapon

Ebi Tempura at 120P

crab tempura at 50P – dirt cheap ei?

gyosa at 75P

beef teriyaki at 95P

the 65P- california maki….only in Joed’s

Restaurant Hours:
Open Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 2am
Sunday 6pm to 2am

Check out their Facebook account here:
Telephone Number: (032) 413-8343

Its Chowking Halo-Halo time once again!

i’d say everybody would agree to me that this year’s Philippine summer heat is way to raging that a halo-halo treat is very much satisfying to have!

now the questions, which halo-halo should we try? and where does the best halo-halo come from? for this native pinoy dessert, which every single pinoy taste bud would crave for, the very popular Chowking Halo-Halo could very well be the sole answer!

honestly, in last year’ summer season, Chowking’s halo-halo became my comfort food. it had almost become a daily habit for me and a couple of friends to take on this Chowking halo-halo. this year i told myself that my summer will not officially start not unless i’d be able to have my own serving of Chowking halo-halo. and finally, even though quite late, a week after holy week, i finally had my first taste of my fave halo-halo in SM Baliuag. i ordered the medium sized halo-halo (fiesta size)! since then i have been on halo-halo dates w/ my sole self around 6 times already.

The delectable ingredients of shaved ice with sweetened fruits and beans, purple yam, sago, langka, pinipig, buko, banana, condensed milk, the ever yummy leche flan (which i eat separately) and of course a scoop of ube ice cream will definitely make anyone crave for more!

To order halo-halo and have it delivered just dial the following:

Metro Manila,

(02) 702-8888


Fuente Osmeña -(032) 2534634 ; Mactan – 3408045 ; Tabunok – 2738405 ; J.Y Lahug – 2329991 ; St. Niño – 2552772 ; Ayala – 2312262 ; Colon – 2535776 ; E-mall – 4141114 ; Mandaue – 3436740 ; S.M. – 2320602 ; Marina Mall – 3412796

The Big Binondo Food WOK

400 hundred years of history rolled up into 4 hours of gastronomic treat and burning extra calories was the highlight to this ultimate food and oriental culture guide to Manila’s most vibrant and colorful historic quarter – Binondo, Manilla’s own China town.

Old Manila Walks, one of Manila’s walking tour outfits brought me, Bokz and Rixie to this amazing walking tour into one of Manila’s ‘a must-visit’ tourist attraction. Special thanks to Ivan Dy, the earnest tour guide for this rich in historical learning (and very busugful) experience.

The 4 hour walking tour started at the Binondo Church or the San Lorenzo Ruiz church with the introduction of the colorful Chinese influence in the country. After learning so much in just a 30 min talk by the tour guide (lahat pala ng Chinoys nag originate from Fujian province including our taipans today), we then proceeded to the Plaza Calderon dea Barca ( Hue Heng Khao ) one of old Manila’s important commercial squares. After taking photos we immediately embarked on a few seconds of walking and stopped at an old slippers store w/c manufacture and sell authentic Chinese slippers including those worn by the ‘lotus feet’ (Kris Aquino dead ringer anyone? I’m referring to one of her horror flicks darn it). Ivan told us that the store could be the last remaining store selling that kind of slippers. After, we went on to the fire man’s café to have our very first food tasting. We had salted rice (but it wasn’t salty) and a fish ball soup, of course they had Chinese names but I was not able to note it so pardon me on that.

After a few minutes of eating, we then went on with the walking tour to one of yet another old Chinese store inOngpin St. selling Chinese paper money that is used by the Chinese to burn during festivals. We then proceeded to our next food tasting segment. We went to this small dumpling eatery where they serve almost all kinds of dumplings including the ever famous ‘siao mai’. While eating we also were able to absorb lots and lots of China’s past and the Chinese people’s adventures in their quest for a better living in the Philippines(trust me andami kong natutunan).

We then went on walking and we stopped at Rosario St., (Chiu Wah Hua) the southern entrance to Chinatownwhere the ever famous Chinatown Arc can be seen. We then advanced to China town’s main business district and went on towards this small siopao factory. And yes, the siopao there was authentically Chinese made, something that doesn’t necessarily taste like asado or bola bola (the Filipino siopao that is). We were also able to taste an authentic Chinese ‘shakoy’ or ‘pitso2x’. (I can say the pinoy shakoy tastes a lot better though hehe).

The walking went on and we ended up in Carvajal St. China towns small wet market alley. We first barge into a specialty shop (our first taste of airconditioning in this trip) to buy some pasalubongs. And in this store we were able to taste a wide array of hopia flavours – 7 to be exact (monggo,pandan,ube,baboy etc etc). it was here in this area that I gave up on eating since I am more than full already. Then we coursed our way to the wet market alley and it felt like I was really in hong kong since it really looked foreign for me. We went on to our last destination, an authentic Chinese lumpia house named New Po-Heng lumpia house where we were treated to yet another authentic Chinese prepared fresh lumpia. I just had a few bite and no offense meant I really wasn’t able to finish the whole slice given to me. After a few more minutes of indulgence, countless picture taking w/ the group and 5 more new friends added in my ‘walks of life’ friend’s list, the tour was finished w/ our stomach full and our minds rich in history and appreciation of not only Manila’s but most probably the world’s most colorful and most intricate cultural ethnicity. Now I wanna learn some mandarin and foukien.

Damage: 950P inclusive of everything (food, map and the tour itself)