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.

 

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Telephone – (032) 231 5444

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PHOTOS

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Another evening shot

Cebu in the morning.

Cebu in the morning.

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VALENTINE’S DINNER | THE BEST RESTAURANTS DOWNTOWN

It’s the loveliest day of the year once again, where hearts are full of joy and of course the main point of it all: LOVE. Valentines has always been a tradition for everyone around the globe who believes that love is important, that it should be celebrated.

You do not need a special someone to enjoy and celebrate Valentine’s Day; of course, love comes in all forms; husband, wife, friend, pet, and even family.

To include with the celebration of Love, here are some fancy restaurants that you’d have to book AHEAD of time before the date February 14 comes, so you’ll have a sure seat, and inconvenience will surely be avoided.

1. LANTAW SA BUSAY at Busay, Cebu- ♥♥♥♥♥

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With the city lights ahead of you, plus the cool breeze and the relaxing time atop of the mountain; you can NEVER go wrong in this place. No car? Well, it’s not a problem. Click the picture to know how or click here to read more from Lantaw sa Busay.

2. RODEO GRILL at Archbishop Reyes- ♥♥♥♥

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Outside Rodeo Grill

If you want something Western-ish or Cowboy-ish date, well, Rodeo Grill is the perfect spot for you. With very, very affordable dishes yet super delicious; you’ll have a Wild, Wild West Valentine experience. Click here for more of Rodeo Grill.

3. SIMPLY J’s at N. Escario St. – ♥♥♥♥♥

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Panorama of the second part of Simply J’s Restaurant

If you want an American inspired date, very high class and very intimate; Simply J’s is perfect for you. It’s perfect for you to take your partner or parents. Click here for more of Simply J’s.

4. KUYA J RESTAURANT at N. Escario St. – ♥♥♥♥♥

Kuya J Restaurant Panorama

Kuya J Restaurant Panorama

With affordable and delish foods, plus a family ambiance; Kuya J is perfect for a family date this Valentine’s. Click here for more of Kuya J.

5. DISTRICT 50 at J. Centre Mall – ♥♥♥♥

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District 50 Panorama

A sweet 50s inspired date on a Valentine’s Day is very fancy. With their affordable and good offers; you can always look back to the times when Frank Sinatra was the crooner. Click here for more of District 50.

6. LA VIE PARISIENNE at Gorordo Ave., Lahug – ♥♥♥♥♥

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After dinner? Well, this is not a restaurant, although just beside this fancy winery is; this place is romanticism. You can tell by the Parisian inspired theme, and Paris is just LOVE. Click here for more about La Vie Parisienne.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

COWBOY JUNCTURE | THE RANCH | RESTAURANT REVIEW [PHOTOS]

 

The Ranch in Banilad

The Ranch in Banilad

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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 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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RODEO GRILL | RESTAURANT | REVIEW [PHOTOS]

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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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Kaona Grill || Baby Back Ribs and all other dishes

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Satisfactory treats.

One branch located at H. Abellana Street, Banilad, Cebu City, just beside Jollibee; True to its name,
Kaona Grill offers variety of grilled dishes to satisfactorily tasteful noodle style cuisine. The place, in that
branch (which is no less than like other branches), is pretty small which has large wooden chairs and
tables, and also located just beside the street that causes some dusty feel, but in the evening, the
yellow-ish light complemented the ambiance.

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Kaona Grill, H. Abellana St., Banilad, Cebu City

Kaona Grill is now famous for their NEW offering that is the Baby Back Ribs which I ordered for myself.
Costing about P179.00 (with rice and iced tea), the latest food is the same as their other dishes which
isn’t a big bang, wow offer. Although, same as their other dishes too, it’s satisfactory. You are going to
enjoy it, but will not engross you to have that euphoric moment that will forget all your problems.
Kaona Grill’s Baby Back Ribs is delicious, just enough to stuff an empty tummy!

Comparing to Casa Verde’s version, which offers a huge, good for two (2) Back Ribs; I fairly can say I’d
prefer Kaon Grill’s, due to a fact, that in Casa Verde’s, a displeasure sense right after a couple of
mouthfuls and its distasteful sweetness results to a disgust feel.

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Kaona Grill’s Baby Back Ribs with Atchara

I’ve eaten plenty of times at Kaona Grill’s and I always ordered their Pork Belly Meal that costs P149.00 (also with rice and iced tea);
which is again another satisfactory treat, but just enough too.

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Kaona Grill’s Pork Belly. (Sorry bout the chipped part, it has been eaten)

Also, I’ve tried their fair taste Pancit that costs about ONLY P49.00 that is a bit hard on the buds but still
satisfactory.

I don’t know how many times I’ve mentioned “Satisfactory” in this post, but that’s a fair fact about that
growing restaurant. But I’d rather express my audacity for readers not to expect too much out from really
mediocre reality.

Kaona Grill is not really splendid YET also not a paper-crumbled fiasco kind; but they offer enjoyable
dishes for you and for everyone else which can relate too, and an undeniably Filipino style debonair
perfect for every Pinoy, and foreigners who wants to get a taste of what it’s partly like to be a modern
Filipino.

Baby Back Ribs – 8

Pork Belly – 7

Pancit – 7

Iced Tea – 3 (gush! Out from a pitiful sachet)

Service – 8 (People in the branch are pretty ok)

Location – 9 (Accessible)

Ambiance – 7 (meh)

‘Satisfactory’ word count – 7 times (hahaha)

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