THE OVERLOOKING INDULGENCE | MOUNTAIN VIEW NATURE’S PARK EXPERIENCE [PHOTOS]

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To be direct, Mountain View Nature’s Park in Sitio Garahe, Busay, Cebu City is one of the most famous places you could hear from talks in town because of the overlooking indulgence of the entire Cebu city, and I’ve been here for plenty of times but never experienced the way I did on the Holy Week passed.

 

HOW TO GET THERE?
Same as my blog for Lantaw Native Restaurant, which is just around the corner of the entrance there in Mountain View, if you don’t have a car, you can go there by taxi which you can rent from J.Y. Square, P250.00, or by Habal-Habal (motorcycle) which costs P50.00 per person, or if you have your own car; that’s probably the best.

 

STAY THERE

Because of a family affair, I got there again. To make the story short; my mother and brother rented a stay for one night just for P1,200.00 non-air conditioned room.

The P1,200.00 Cottages

The P1,200.00 Cottages

I have a short knowledge that there was lodging in Mountain View! So bummer of me.

So the clan went there for a hike and ended up gasping for breath because no one expected how difficult it is to reach on top since it was most of their first times.

Back to the room: it was big, enough for my clan of ten (imagine that) but sush, they didn’t know we were that plenty. Though some of my family members brought with them tents and just stayed outside. The room is (as they say) good for four people. The bed is humungous and very good to sleep into.

You can order food in their canteen and have them delivered in your room if you like.

 

TIP: If you’re planning to go there, have your rooms booked ahead of time, especially on weekends and holidays like the Holy Week. And I, most especially, like for you to book on the air-conditioned room, good for P1,500.00 on the overlooking deck part because you can see the city lights from the windows of your room, and there’s no need for you to climb up just to see it.

 

WHAT TO DO?

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You can also enjoy their amenities. They have an Adventure Obstacle that is variety for P150.00. Their trail entails a lot of challenges; from walking on an unstable hanging bridge (but safe) to zip line-ing your way to excitement. This is available 9:00AM to 7:00PM daily.

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You could also experience their very cold swimming pool that’s good for P100.00 on adults and P75.00 for youngsters. It’s very good for kids because the highest is just 4 feet, so no fret.

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You can do camping, as I’ve said a while ago. There are certain places you can do it, but mostly, people build their tents when the dusk hits the horizon.

I’ve seen people grill outside of their rooms too.

You can soul search, or try marathon from the top down to the entrance of the vicinity. (Just kidding, you’ll end up getting killed)

And when nightfall comes, the city lights below will enchant you. It’s very amusing and enthralling yet at the same time very serene. Looking away from the busy city makes you go past through everything you’ve been through and ponder about your life. It’s very nice, I tell you. I’ve been there many times, yet the city lights never fails to amaze me.

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It’s best to see it in their viewing deck which you could also have a booze with your friends. Thank GOD there’s no entrance pay.

 

TOO EXPENSIVE?

Here’s the catch, is all the amenities too expensive or too much? Well for me, there are a lot of transactions to be done in the spot, and the prices are quite revamped from the normal prices in the city, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt that it’s really quite difficult to transport goods from down below up there on the mountain, that serves justice.

Also the crew’s salary hehe.

 

CONTACT

Telephone – (032) 231 5444

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PHOTOS

Another evening shot

Another evening shot

Cebu in the morning.

Cebu in the morning.

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COWBOY JUNCTURE | THE RANCH | RESTAURANT REVIEW [PHOTOS]

 

The Ranch in Banilad

The Ranch in Banilad

-          ★★ ½

Have you remembered my past blog about a grill restaurant in the Queen? Well, here’s another grill station that you’d fancy.

The Ranch, housed at Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Banilad, Cebu City is a western/cowboy themed restaurant abundant with anything grilled. They have a variety of offers from beef; pork to chicken that will suit your westernized taste buds.

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The Ranch in Banilad Panorama

The place is decorated with dark and precise wild-wild-west bar reference, with the exception of a smelly barn of course.

But whoever said that this place was affordable?

I’ve heard and read lots and lots of reviews here telling how cheap the price is here and how they could easily afford it. Well, it’s either they’re rich or their favorite hobby is social climbing. But truth be told; their price ranges from P270.00+ to P300.00+ and they even reach to P500.00 peso mark. And that for us, when the price range reaches P300.00, I don’t think that’s affordable.

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Don’t get me wrong; their food is okay, but the price was not that friendly at all. my partner and I were on a budget and we gave our faith to the blog reviews and Foursquare tips but it wasn’t what we’ve experienced in sense of money.

Nevertheless, The Ranch in Banilad is a true blue/perfect cowboy themed restaurant good for people who want to experience this kind.

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The Ranch in Banilad

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RATING:

Worth of money – 2 ½

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Food presentation in The Ranch in Banilad

CUPCAKE IT OUT! | CUPCAKE AVENUE | PASTRIES | EXPERIENCE [PHOTOS]

Cupcake Avenue

Cupcake Avenue Panorama

-★★ ½

Besides My partner and I getting hooked to our favorite sitcom, 2 Broke Girls, and besides their indefatigable hit punch lines; we also fancy cupcakes, just like what the lead characters in the sitcom do as their sideline/business.

Being gay does justify the fact that I love anything fancy; and loving cupcakes is not an exception especially for My partner and I.

CUPCAKE AVENUE

Cupcake Avenue has not yet hit the ‘buzz’ around town, and that’s a great thing for both of us, so we can discover anything good and publicize it using my blog. And Cupcake Avenue was one of the few we’ve been who deserves to be known to the public.

Located at E-Zone, Panagda-it, Mabolo, Cebu City; Cupcake Avenue is a novice for cupcake ventures in Cebu.

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The cupcake store, which when we entered was really, really tiny. I had a hard time filling in the seat gaps to pass. We also noticed the canteen feel of the store; not because of the small space, but because of the wooden counter which was for us a bit inappropriate for a cupcake store.

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Cupcake Avenue

We would love to see the bended or slanted glass counter/machine/stand that is usually used to display cupcakes and all their merchandise.

And the store is located at the back most parking lot of E-Zone. You have to walk thoroughly and look at the small sign in order for you to see it because if you don’t, you’d end up walking back out of E-Zone.

I am not BASHING, I’m just suggesting… for the benefit of the store. *wink

CUPCAKES

There are a variety of cupcakes to choose from, and you’d be enthralled by the variety of choices out from different flavors that suits your taste buds. They offer from chocolates to anything mixed but truly exciting!

I’ve had too much thinking time on what will I choose, so was my partner, yet I ended up on a chocolate which did surprise me having a marshmallow burst from inside the topping which I thought was pure chocolate only.

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Chocolate Cupcake treat at Cupcake Avenue

My partner chose the S’mores that has a topping of Hershey’s chocolate on it that looks too much fancy! But my partner knew about S’mores having marshmallows on it but was not present; instead, he said that it was cream at the top rather than the common marshmallow but nonetheless, tastes good.

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S’mores Cupcake at Cupcake Avenue

What I also loved about their cupcakes was the fact that it was softer than what I experienced in Café Caw. Also, I would commend the playful aspiration of cupcake decorations, but I would love to see more unique and enlarged cupcake without hurting the price (if I were to own).

MORE OFFERS!

Cupcake Avenue offers drinks too! And in our case we ordered something yummy.

One is a rocky road treat that is a common taste but for me is OH-SO-DELICIOUS! Is it just me, or I really, really love chocolate.

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Rocky Road Treat at Cupcake Avenue

Then another is their Nutella treat which was a not a common flavor but we do really loved it. I also love the fact that the topped Nutella dripped on the side of the glass which you can see in the picture, which My partner and I also licked for it not to spill over. *wink *wink

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Nutella Treat at Cupcake Avenue

VALUE FOR MONEY

The cupcakes range from P49.00 and above. It’s really affordable and it taste so good which I can say; it’s worth it for what we’ve paid.

Their drink treats also ranges from P100.00 and above.

VERDICT

Just a little bit of modification here, and a little bit of class there; this cupcake business will be objectively a chill-out place for the many, with their good offers and great materials (the wall decors and cupcake chairs which was love-love-love); it will be loved by plenty. And YES, I’d love to go back there soon, especially when the owner was really smiley.

They even cater for events too! So, if you have one, their contact number is just below.

SCHEDULE:

Cupcake Avenue opens at 2:00PM-10:00PM from Monday-Sunday.

CONTACT:

Cellphone Number: 0922 823 2981

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Email: cupcakeavenue23@gmail.com

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RATING

OVERALL – 2 1/2

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RODEO GRILL | RESTAURANT | REVIEW [PHOTOS]

Rodeo Grill

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Have you ever dreamed of being a cowboy/cowgirl and ride your way to the bar and while you’re entering the swinging doors everyone’s staring at you because you are a famous head-shot assassin in the Wild, Wild West?

Oh yes, you got it right at Rodeo Grill. (Except for the part where you ride a horse)

Located across Café Noriter and just beside Hotel Elizabeth at Archbishop Reyes, Cebu City; Rodeo Grill is a Cowboy slash Texas slash Wild, Wild West slash Barn themed restaurant, with offers that are mostly hot plated grill.

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Outside Rodeo Grill

The vicinity is truly remarkable, with its barn-like ambiance. Although the grill is quite hidden from the glimpse of the highway, and just a marquee on its entre; Rodeo Grill offers a revamped luxury barn experience. Yet, I would recommend going there in the evening, rather on the daylight, since the lighting captures the essence of Western living, and eliminates the loud and uncomplimentary details of the trees and some unnecessary junks in the surroundings.

When you enter the grill, you will then be amazed of how close-captured it is from some of the bars we see in the movies: but not to mention their counter which is really modern and not Western, plus the air-conditioner (which is forgivable). Although the grill is too small; I cannot deny the inviting feel of the home-ish style restaurant.

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Panorama inside Rodeo Grill

I loved how they designed the huge picture of a riding cowboy on their wall, and how detailed their windows are, complimentary to the theme (unlike the one I mentioned in the Grecian theme inspired restaurant CYMA), and their tables were wooden: just the sound of rodeo it is. The floor wasn’t polished too, which creates excitement and a perfect feel of western.

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Cowboy picture on the wall

They have a wide range of grilled offers: I ordered their famous Sgt. Pepper Sizzling which is grilled pork that costs us a shocking P169.00 BUT a huge serving great for two!

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Sgt. Pepper Sizzlers at Rodeo Grill.

I’m in love with the fact that their serving was big AND delicious. The meat was grilled viciously but with no excess coal which is not healthy and I don’t fancy. Also, the gravy is what I was raving about. The eerie taste of mixed flavors but still compliments to the grilled pork but will not give the taste of displeasure even after plenty of spoonful.

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Close-up shot of Sgt. Pepper Sizzlers

Next, was the Texas Sizzling Chicken which costs us P139.00 and still was a huge serving. The chicken was smothered with the said gravy on the heated plate plus extra random vegetables as the side dish same as with Sgt. Pepper Sizzling. The chicken was also soft and delightful.

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Texas Sizzling Chicken

We also ordered their Ranch Pochero which costs us P159.00, and, I’ll keep raving about their huge serving, because it’s truly commendable in a small amount of money but plenty offerings and tasteful, really. My partner ranted about how he would’ve ordered only the Pochero, since he’s in love with the taste, so was I.

And oh, have I mentioned their unlimited rice which is uh-mazing. And not just their rice, but also their bottomless soft drinks, offered in Coke, Sprite and Royal AND lastly their unlimited gravy. But I would comment on their rice, because I felt it was like in Golden Courie’s (a famous Filipino restaurant), which is quite a heavy kind. What I mean is that the rice itself is too concentrated that will make you feel full right after the second cup of rice is offered. And with the huge serving; I think it deserves a light kind of rice, so everyone can truly enjoy the grills.

The only comment my partner made was that they don’t offer charging your phone, which is a true bummer, and there was no WIFI around, and again, internet is everything especially when there’s Instagram. Although their waiters were OK, but I’d rather see a smiling and inviting one, so they should fire all of them… just kidding.

In totality, Rodeo Grill was a delight which only coss us at abou P577.00. A TIP, well, maybe you could just order two dishes and share it with your partner. Bring your friends too, it should be fun. Check it out and go home full and happy!

RATINGS:

Sgt. Pepper Sizzling – 9

Texas Sizzling Chicken – 8

Gravy – 10

Pochero – 10

Ambiance – 9

Service – 7 (No wifi and no free charging of phone)

Value for Money – 9

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