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GUION by Linear: A Place to Drink in Cebu

Looking for a place to drink in Cebu? Then head on to GUION by Linear. It’s a bar located at the Big Hotel Park, Mall Drive, Mandaue City.

They serve craft cocktails that’s will surely quench your thirst for something new yet familiar. All with good music and a chill vibe with friends.

GUION by Linear is also unique as it shifts into a specialty coffee place, Linear Coffee Roasters in the morning. So don’t be surprised if the place looks different during the day.

Cocktail drinks start being served at 6 p.m. until midnight every day. GUION by Linear aims to offer something that Cebu will hopefully be also known for—local handcrafted cocktail drinks.



How to Tell if Tea Has Gone Bad? How Long is Tea Good For?

Sometimes, we stock up on a lot of tea that we don’t immediately brew and drink them immediately. But how long can we keep tea before it goes bad?

How long does tea last? Does tea have an expiration? Is it safe to drink tea that has been stored for so long?

Well, the good news is that if it’s properly stored away from air, light, and moisture, then tea will never spoil. However, it will gradually lose its flavor over time.

A lot of teas are seasonal, and therefore picked during a specific growing season each year. The further they are off plucking date, the less fresh they become.

Green and white teas depend on their essential oil content for flavor and will fade the fastest, generally within six months to a year.

Black teas however rely on complex polyphenols for flavor, which atrophy at a much slower rate. In fact, it can still be good after a least year, sometimes two, three or more.

As a general rule, the larger the leaf and more tightly rolled the tea (e.g. pearls, oolongs), the longer it will stay fresh. But smaller and broken leaf teas simply allow more of the leaf to contact the air and therefore grow stale faster.

Inspect your tea before brewing. If you see molds, or anything that shouldn’t be there, then it’s probably safer to just throw it away. Just remember, proper storage is key to having your tea last long and stay fresh.



Does Coffee Make Life Better? Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

What are the advantages and disadvantages of drinking coffee? What are the pros and cons? Does coffee have more benefits than it has harmful effects?

In short, does coffee make life better? The answer is both yes, and no.

Pros of drinking coffee

  • Coffee can fights against tons of neurological disorders.
  • Coffee can help you poop.
  • Coffee can be the only thing that gives you the drive and energy to get that term paper done at 3am.
  • Coffee tastes like heaven.
  • Coffee smells like heaven (and even smelling roasted coffee beans can have a “waking effect”).
  • Coffee is a social norm, so drinking it could lead to meeting new people at a cafe!
  • Coffee is easy to find. It’s sold almost everywhere.
  • Coffee loves you and tries its best.

Cons of drinking coffee

  • Caffeine can be or is addictive.
  • Coffee can stain your teeth.
  • Coffee can burn your mouth.
  • Coffee is a diuretic, which means you’re going to be peeing. A lot… so dehydration.
  • Really good coffee can be expensive.

This is in no way a scientific list. But hey, the point is everything should be taken in moderation. And that includes coffee.



Le Festive Pairings: Nespresso Offers Paris-Inspired Limited Edition Coffee

Brewing a delicious holiday season, Nespresso introduced its Paris-inspired Limited Edition Holiday Collection by giving its guests a full Parisian experience, Nespresso style, thru a pop-up LE Festive Gourmandise Café at the Powerplant Mall.

The crowd delighted in the beautiful display of coffee machines, while freshly brewed aromatic cups of coffee from Nespresso’s new flavors, Praline, Macaron, and Paris Black, intensified their cravings.

To make sure everyone had an authentic taste of Paris, celebrity chef Sunshine Puey whipped up delectable desserts that went perfectly with each of the new Nespresso holiday variants.

Known for her pastries, particularly the French kind, Puey developed posh pairings that looked and tasted like they came straight out of haute couture pâtisserie in Paris.

Her Choux Au Citron (Lemon Cream Puff), a classic French choux pastry filled with Lemon pastry cream, complemented the taste and aroma of Nespresso’s Praline variant, a flavored espresso that pairs the roundness of Livanto’s base with a delicate roasted hazelnut flavor, enhanced by a touch of caramel sweetness.

Her Macaron Caramel BuerreSalé Avec Praline (Salted Caramel Macaron with Praline), on the other hand, enhanced the flavors of Nespresso Macaron, a harmonious combination of Livanto’s cereal notes and a subtle and sweet almond flavor, emblematic of the macaron pastry.

For those who liked to keep their coffee classic and brewed, Nespresso Paris Black, a very aromatic blend of Arabicas and emboldened by Robusta that displays notes of cereal and nuts in a syrupy texture, combined with spicy and woody tones, was the best choice, Puey paired it with Financier á la Framboise (Raspberry Financier), a rich almond brown butter cake with raspberries.

“These pastries were especially created to pair with your cafe au lait or espresso. They are meant to be enjoyed leisurely and to bring a smile to your face,” said the Chef. “Have a sip, take a bite, relax, and enjoy. And while you’re at it, why not imagine yourself in the banks of the Seine river overlooking Paris at dusk, in all its glory?”

Nespresso’s Festive Limited Edition coffees paired with Chef Sunshine Puey’s pastries sure offered a delicious Parisian experience like no other.

Enjoy your own steaming cup of Parisian glamour with the Nespresso Limited Edition Festive Coffees, available at the Nespresso Boutique, R1 Level, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati or the Nespresso Pop Up Store at the Ground Level of The Podium. You may also order online via www.nespresso.ph.



Travelbee Business Inn in Cebu

During my recent travel for the Cebu Food Crawl 2018, I was wondering where’s the best place to stay in Cebu.

I wanted a hotel that’s affordable, and yet accessible. Preferably, a place that’s near a convenience store also because I often buy stuff at night–that’s how I usually am when I travel.

Fortunately, Travelbee Business Inn agreed to become one of the sponsors for the Cebu Food Crawl, and they welcomed all of the out of town participants to their hotel.

They’re located along D. Jakosalem Street in Cebu City. Look at how affordable their rates are.

There were ten of us in the group who will be staying in Cebu. Thus, they billeted us at the Service Apartment located on the 6th and top floor of the hotel building.

It was spacious and almost felt like we were inside a 5-bedroom house. Some of us even joked it’s like we were inside the Pinoy Big Brother house.

Overall, our stay was comfortable. And the breakfast they provided was adequate. Customer service is good also. For it’s price, you’ll definitely get more value than what you’ll pay.

As for that convenience store, they’re just a couple of minutes walking distance from a 7-11 in Plaza Nouvelle along E. Benedicto St. – and that was excellent for me.

Go check them out when you’re looking for places to stay in Cebu. Their website is travelbee.ph.



Rico’s Lechon Arrives in Manila

A trip to Cebu is never complete without stopping by Rico’s Lechon. They’re the best lechon I’ve tasted, and one of the island’s much-loved and craved for foodie destination.

But now, Rico’s Lechon is much closer to home as they open its first branch at Fort Entertainment Complex in Bonifacio Global City.

Being the first Filipino brand in the roster of international restaurant brands operated by Meat Concepts Corp., Rico’s Lechon’s Manila debut, as well as the arrival of its famed cooks and roasting team from Cebu, is met with much anticipation and lip-smacking fanfare in its grand opening last August 3, 2018 at the sprawling, 180-seat capacity restaurant.

The menu also includes other Filipino favorites, such as fried rice trio which contains three kinds of dried fishes, danggit, tuyo, and tinapa, seafood kare-kare, crispy feetchon, sizzling lechon sisig, pusit na pinaputok, monggos, cucumansi which is a refreshing juice mix of cucumber and calamansi, and the best-seller sauce, sukalami.

One of the highlights in Rico’s Lechon Manila flagship branch is the Roasting Pit, which is expected to be a major attraction. It’s the first of its kind in BGC and the only site to have this viewing corner.

Different from Cebu’s – which is done in soil – the lechon roasting is done indoors. The Roasting Pit is built with innovative mechanism for its exhaust and adjusting temperatures, upholding quality and food safety standards. Customers – and even passersby – can view the lechon roasting at all times and even from the outside.

“I’ve been a patron of Rico’s Lechon for years and personally believe it’s the best,” said Meat Concepts Corp. President George Pua. “We want to be able to have Cebuanos take pride in sharing this with the rest of the country, and eventually the world.”

Other Manila stores of Rico’s Lechon have also opened in Tiendesitas in Pasig, Top of the Glo in Glorietta Makati, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, and U.P. Town Center in Quezon City.

The Rico’s Lechon brand has been a mainstay in Cebu for more than 20 years, an institution for Cebuanos and visitors from Manila and all over the world. Indeed, “Da best gyud!”

Open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. For inquiries, you may contact Rico’s Lechon BGC at 0917-844-7067, Rico’s Lechon Mactan at 0917-111-3000, 032-402-0845,or 032-383-1498, and Ricos Talamban at 0917-102-7553.

Follow them on social media through #RicosLechon and #DaBestGyud



Shake Shack Philippines: The First Branch is in BGC

A new place to eat delicious burgers is coming to Bonifacio Global City. The first-ever branch in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, Shake Shack will be opening its doors early next year in BGC.

It will be located at Central Square. Just on the corner of C1 Park and 5th Avenue.

Credits go to the SSI Group, who is now working with local purveyors, producers, and artists to create a unique experience for the Filipino community as we welcome Shake Shack to the Philippines.

Shack Burger

Construction of the new branch kicks off with two murals by local street artist, Jappy Agoncillo, who is known for his urban art around the Metro. The Shake Shack murals are inspired by the spirit and landscape of Metro Manila, and celebrate the unique community that Shake Shack will soon call home.

The first mural, found on the store facade along 5th Avenue “used real life monuments and buildings, each from some of the major cities that make up Metro Manila, as inspiration,” says Agoncillo.

Shake Stack Burger

The second, displayed inside Central Square, is inspired by Manila’s distinct rooftop scenery. Neon in the daytime and glowing at night, the murals are the first pieces of Filipino art to join Shack’s Creative Community.

For even more fun while construction progresses, a larger-than-life installation featuring the iconic ShackBurger bag will appear in various locations around the BGC neighborhood. Spot it if you can and share the Shack love with #ShakeShackPH.

Shroom Burger

Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and chicken sandwiches (no added hormones or antibiotics – ever), griddled flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard, crispy crinkle-cut fries, craft beer, wine and more.

Shake Shack’s fine dining heritage and commitment to thoughtful ingredient sourcing, preparation, hospitality and quality, coupled with its fun and lively environment has earned the brand a cult-like following around the world.

Shack Cargo

About Shake Shack

Shake Shack is a New York City institution and global brand. In its fourteen-year history, Shake Shack has been recognized with countless accolades, including Bon Appétit’s “The 20 Most Important Restaurants in America” (ranked #16), TIME Magazine’s “17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time” (ranked #7 for the ShackBurger) and winning “Best Burger” in 2014 at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Burger Bash. Recently, Shake Shack was awarded the 2018 IFMA COEX Innovation Award for Culinary/Operations for a regional chain.

For more information, please visit: www.shakeshack.com or www.facebook.com/shakeshack

Smoke Shack Double

About SSI Group, Inc.

As the Philippines’ largest specialty retailer, the SSI Group has been at the forefront of the Philippine retail industry over the last 30 years.

The Group pioneered the introduction of globally recognized brands to the Philippine market in the 1980s and today is the partner of choice for the world’s best brands in the Philippines.

The SSI Group’s retail network of more than 600 stores covers more than 129,000 square meters of retail space, allowing the Group to reach a broad range of Filipino consumers.

Through its brand portfolio and store network the Group seeks to inspire and enhance the lifestyle values of Filipino consumers and to cater to Filipinos’ evolving tastes and aspirations.

In 2018, the SSI Group celebrates 30 years of inspiring shoppers to stand out, to define their own styles and to express themselves through their lifestyle choices.

Visit www.ssilife.com.ph or follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for information.



It’s Time For #CebuFoodCrawl 2018

If you’re looking for great places to eat in Cebu, then you should check out and follow #CebuFoodCrawl on social media. When you do, you’ll see all the delicious restaurants, cafe and other must-eat places in Cebu.

#CebuFoodCrawl started in 2015, and is now on its fourth year as #CebuFoodCrawl2018 happens on November 30 to December 3. Get ready to follow twenty-five (25) bloggers from all over the country around Cebu as they experience the best that the city has to offer when it comes to food.

Organizer and Presenters

This year’s Cebu Food Crawl is organized by the Cebu Bloggers Society and co-presented by SUN LTE (official network), Cebu Pacific Air (official airline), and TravelBee Business Inn (official residence). It is also supported by PayMaya and Grab.

The four-day event supports the Zero Food Waste advocacy in-line with the theme “Sustainable Dining“.

Participating Establishments

  • Gibbs; Hot Wings – the best hot wings in town
  • 10 Dove Street Confectionery – must-try cakes, pastries and other tasty treats!
  • The Chocolate Chamber – a true Cebuano success story
  • The Market by Sugbo Mercado – the first containerized food market in Mandaue City
  • Marco Polo Plaza Cebu – your luxury business hotel in Cebu
  • The Detox Bar Cebu – for signature health drinks and plant-based food offerings
  • Harbour City Dimsum House – sumptuous Dimsum treats and wide array of steamed and fried dishes
  • Guion – interesting cocktails with Filipino flair
  • Handuraw – a pizza place and events cafe popular for their thin crust
  • The Cove at Bluewater Maribago’s Live Seafood Restaurant – promoting sustainable use of coastal and marine resources, supporting local fishermen and ocean protection
  • Bigby’s – a popular restaurant that offers premium travel-inspired food in BIG servings
  • Boy Zugba – for an array of home-cooked grilled food and boodle sets
  • The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – truly supporting your passion for a good life

Follow us as we explore Cebu’s culinary hotspots with the hashtags: #CebuFoodCrawl2018 #SUNParaNimoCebu #MakeFirstMomentsHappen and #TravelBeePH