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The Filipino Taste: Cafe Laguna

I guess most of you have noticed that I mostly visited foreign restaurants. Why? Because of the fact that I am a Filipino, and I can eat Filipino dishes every day of my life. Also, it is to announce that there are Japanese, Korean, Indian, and other country's cuisine available in Cebu. Making it feel like a hub of cuisine in the world. Well, anyway, you must be curious as to what are the food that are best for foreigners to enjoy. There are three kinds of food that tourists, travelers, or visitors alike would
enjoy eating in a foreign place.
  1. Specialty food
  2. Exotic food
  3. Your nationality's food
That is what I have observed, because I'm kind of like that too.

So, this time, I wanted to try the Filipino cuisine in restaurants, though I would always think (my household prepares more delicious food haha, I love my own).

At Ayala Center Cebu, you will find Cafe Laguna at the main building and at the Terraces as well.
Went to the one at the main building and just took a seat. Received a menu and chose the best ones.
Take note, we were two, I and Calvin for lunch and their service is good!

So we ordered:
- 1 order of seafood platter
- 1 order of Laguna Fried Chicken
- 1 order of Sinigang Baboy
- 2 orders of rice
- 2 orders of Halo Halo
- 1 order of Fresh Buko Shake
- 1 order of Green Mango Shake

The seafood platter contains:
Boiled Shrimp...                                                            Grilled Squid...

Boiled Scallops...                                                         Boiled Crabs...

Fresh seaweed, boiled okra and eggplants.
The platter itself was a lot too much for the two of us, but you see, when the food looks appetizing, just like this...
Laguna Chicken
I guess, the stomach can expand to take this food.
All of these full flavored dishes paired with a simple rice
And a soup to keep the throat wet,
Sinigang baboy also mean sour pork soup. It basically is sour, we Filipinos mostly have sour food. I think this tradition came from keeping or storing the soup for more than one meal since its sourness keep it preserved. That is just my own opinion.
The smell of this soup makes me feel like I was at home, the aroma and the vegetables cooked properly together with its rich taste made me want more.

And to keep us from choking, we got shakes to cool us down as well.
Fresh buko shake and green mango shake. I would love to recommend the green mango shake. Fresh buko shake has a low level of taste, it felt like you were drinking more ice since the fruit itself is bland. The green mango shake was not that sour, I was expecting it to be sour. However, it tasted like a mango that would ripe in just one to two days, a bit sweet.

And of course, to put the Filipino taste in perfection, halo-halo is a must!
There are different ways to prepare Halo-halo and lots of additional ingredients one can put in. What makes them the same are: ice, ube ice cream, milk, sugar, banana, nata de coco, and leche flan.

We were so full that it was hard to walk properly, and even harder to stay seated in the same place.
We've finished our fill:
The after photo. If we could eat the bones, you could see the plate clean as if it was washed or we were not served with any. Lots of people had arrived and left but we were still there eating and enjoying our lunch.

The next few days, both my parents and Calvin ate in the same restaurant for dinner and only had the following orders:
- 1 order of seafood platter
- 1 order of crispy pata
-1 order of sinigang baboy
- 2 orders of fried rice
- 4 orders of shake

Now, the order the two of us had, felt like an order good for four people. I was hoping no one noticed. Anyway, it was nice to taste Filipino food from one of our own restaurants.
It taste like home, I would love to go there again with another foreign friend.

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