Eats: Dahilayan Forest Park

Can’t decide what to eat once you get to Dahilayan Forest Park? Fret not. I have listed this post as a sort of food diary and a list of things you can definitely munch on like Ian’s Nuts. They sell roasted chestnuts there at the Forest Cafe Park which you can purchase as an edible souvenir to friends and families.


Taste some of Ian’s Nuts

IMG_0062 IMG_0063Beef Salpicao and Bibimbap with a side of Kimchi. Their menu is affordable and the service was swift.


Tinolang Manok


It’s a hearty chicken soup for dinner that’s good for two with grilled cheese and mango float for dessert at the Forest Park Cafe before calling it a night.


The weather is frigid at 7AM there. Better bring a couple of sweaters if you’re staying for a couple of days. I recommend you get their hot chocolate because it’s my personal favorite there. It’s made from real cacao beans and the chocolate intensity is mouthwatering. I was already halfway done with my hot choco when I remembered that I had to take a photo of it. They also offer silog meals for breakfast. I added an additional order of waffles which had a side of pineapple. Their balcony view is awesome.IMG_0180 IMG_0183 IMG_0186 IMG_0410

Snacking on some garlic and cheese pizza before trying out their rides. This was pretty good. Then had bulalo for dinner. Soup is the go to during the evenings because it easily warms one up.IMG_0552 IMG_0573

Breakfast for Day 2. I had some dangsilog and added an additional fruit platter. It was a chilly and exclusive morning at the Forest Park Cafe because there was no one alse around the premises.IMG_0580 IMG_0593 IMG_0768Trying out their halo-halo before leaving! Halo-halo is always good any time of the day and at any weather.

If you’re looking for chips and other snackable things to take with you, they have a sari-sari store right beside the Forest Park Cafe which is very convenient. The cafe has a wide variety of food to choose from. I personally don’t see it as a cafe but rather some sort of summer camp mess hall. If neither of these on the list have tickled your fancy, try the food at Pinegrove Mountain Lodge which is just a couple of steps away. You can check it out here.

Check out my other Dahilayan related posts:

The Breakfast Experience at Yolk

Stela and I are quite the breakfast food fanatics so its no surprise we had to visit this all day breakfast haven called Yolk – Coffee & Breakfast. We’ve heard lots of good things about this place from the food to the ambiance and it totally met our expectations.

I liked the first table best with the natural lighting and fixtures combined (plus, it’s dibs on the wooden cube 1!) The menu was very straighforward and simple and it surely is all about the eggs.
The place had a very homey feel to it. There were various things to look at and it made me think of the owners taste in interior design. Don’t you just want to curl up and read a book right there?
Don’t bother touching the leafy hangings right there, I assure you they’re real and brittle to the touch.
Luckily for us we came at a good time because the place wasn’t packed. Just us and that korean lady you see there and of course the staff who were very nice and well oriented.
and that my  friends to the rectangular plate at the top is the Eggs Benny Bacon. It’s made up of poached eggs with bacon bits and mushrooms underneath infused with hollandaise sauce. It is then paired with some toast and a light salad for that complete meal. Quite the combination of I say so. That odd little thing on the blue plate below is their french toast in which the flavor certainly makes up for its looks.

Just look at that  rightly done toast topped with apple mash and syrup goodness. This has to be one of the best french toasts out there! Stela says it’s best paired withan extraserving of bacon.
This one right here is a variation of their eggs benny which they call the Eggs Florentine. I recommend this one for the health buff or for those who are on a ‘no-bacon diet’. Their poached eggs were perfectly done.
I mean look at this oozing eggy goodness!

For the closing remarks we tried their Espresso Panna Cotta. Now i’m not much of a coffee drinker but this dessert made me want to do another round.
If you’re ever around Mabolo Cebu City, specifically at 80 Tres Borces Street from Tuesdays to Sundays and not strapped for cash, I recommend you check this place out! The food is great, the ambience is homey  and it’s worth the second, third or possibly many trips in the future with friends, a companion or at a family setting who also had a love for breakfast food.miniDSC_1535
To know more about Yolk – Coffee & Breakfast, you can visit their official page.

Midnight Buffet at Somethin’ Fishy

I could never be the most happiest food lover at 12AM a couple of days ago when my friends and I decided to wait for Somethin’ Fishy’s Midnight to Morning Buffet from 12 midnight to 10am. At the price of 199php for an Eat-All-You-Can affair now it is definitely a steal!


We arrived there at around 11:30 and there were people already seated inside the premises. The area was spacious and the ceilings were high but the rows of long tables wasn’t too hard to miss. There were some that have already been reserved. I recommend you do that if you don’t want to have a challenging time looking for seating. The ambience was nice with theirSome hearty conversations and several minutes pass by and they ring on the buffet bells and a crowd of hungry eaters arise.

All the kerfuffle made us hungry like ravaging lions from a month long starvation period! Everybody wanted a piece of this and a scoop of that. Empty trays were bussed and refilled. We were caught up in the rampage. A good tip to keep in mind is to always look behind before taking a step. You might never know there would be someone or something you could bump into while in a frenzied state.


I took a little bit of this and that and proceeded to what I thought I would be dining peacefully with a glass of margarita at the side. Nevertheless, hunger overpowered us and we devoured what was on our plate and took off for another round of food.


There was a lot to choose from since they served over 40 types to choose from. The table started with different breads and spreads which moved on to the meats ranging from beaf, chicken and ham!

The salad table was abundant with….greens of course! and dressings. They also had the pancakes, waffles and french toast which I drizzled with chocolate syrup and sprinkled some chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. A heavenly treat.


There was something about the margarita mountain that made it a game to drink. Everytime I sipped, it fills itself to the rim. You really had to drink it at a fast pace or it might flood your table silently! It costs 50php only.

I wasn’t able to take photos since the crowd of people didn’t even up until we left the place! It was pretty tricky holding a camera steady with people pushing at each other and grabbing food off the trays.


We ended going home at about 2AM since we were checking out of our hotel early. Here’s a master list of the things that can stuff your tumtum…

Starters: Pandesal, Loaf Bread, White Bread, Waffles, Pancakes,French Toast, Lumpiang Shanghai
Eggs: Spanish Omelette, Scrambled Egg, Egg Sunny Side Up,
Beef: Beef Tapa
Chicken: Chicken Pringles, Chicken Adobo,
Pork: Tokwa’t Baboy, Baked Ham, Bologna,  Pork Adobo, Pork Tocino, Sweet and Sour Pork, Pork Siomai,Cheesedog,Longganisa
Fish: Sardines in Oil, Daing na Bangus, Sardines in Tomato Sauce
Noodles: Beef Mami, Chicken Mami, Pancit Palabok, Pancit Canton
Porridge: Arroz Caldo, Champorado

Dessert: Puto Bumbong, Bibingka, Biko, Palitaw, Maja Blanca, Gelatin, Banana Fritters
Rice: Garlic Rice, Steamed Rice, Chinese Fried Rice

somethingfishy0Somethin’ Fishy

Location: Eastwood information center, Citywalk 1, Lungsod Quezon, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines Contact no. +63 2 421 6412

They Sell: Eat-all-you-can midnight to morning buffets from 12AM-10AM and lunch and dinner buffets and even Birthday Buffets. I hope to try the Seafood Dinner Buffet at 569php when I come back.

Price Range: 199 for the Midnight Morning Buffet and a 50php margarita.


(All food photos courtesy of the Somethin’ Fishy facebook page)