Lunch at Circa Eatery 1850

Welcome to the deliciously natural Circa Eatery 1850. It’s quite a dining experience with a combination of a hearty meal and local cuisine served into one. They serve healthy and amazingly cooked food without the artificial ingredients. They describe themselves as a modern global cuisine in homage to its South East Asian heritage. Inspired by the ‘slow food movement’, which promotes the practice of using heirloom recipes, sustainable local produce and fair trade lifestyle. Everything you see here have been locally sourced and grown.

Photo by: Reiyakhu

The interiors had a very rustic feel from the ceiling down to the place-mats. The menu was simple but everything on the list there was something I would love to try. They even have a view of the busy kitchens to which you can see right down their hall to the right.  It was instagram worthy from top to bottom.

Photo by: AyosaOi

The restaurant is said to be built mostly by using recycled timber and bricks. It’s quite noticeable when you observe the place from top to bottom from bolts to the beams including the fittings! But let’s just not talk about the place, let us now discuss their reasonably priced food which I have tried so far…


They have various drinks available including imported beers and wines. Here’s coffe and watermelon shake. You can check out more information on their menu here.

Spinach Ricotta Canneloni

This would be by far my personal favorite. It’s a pasta bake with spinach filled canneloni topped with ricotta cheese. It was creamy and oh so good with their freshly baked bread on the side. Be careful though, it’s served piping hot!

Uni & Shrimp Pasta

This is one of their best sellers for their pasta. Might I say it was a bit dry for my preference but it was alright because this dish actually reminded me of the sea with its umami flavor which was then topped with heaps of arugula and fresh tomatoes. I recommend this if you just want to snack on something.

Sirloin Steak Frites

The steak was oh so tender and perfect when combined with their gravy. This meal had a side of steamed vegetables, fries and sweet potato wedges aside from rice.

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Roasted Bone Marrow

I quite enjoyed myself immensely savoring this tasty dish which might be the death of me. I’m quite the fan of beef bone marrow and I’d be definitely denying myself if I didn’t order this. This my friends, is something you should try without second thoughts because it easily gets sold out! The marrow was rich and creamy and you could tell that it was sizzling in its own fat. You could then spread it evenly on their freshly baked bread. I had to order an extra serving of buttered vegetables and baked herb potatoes just to minimize the guilt of eating this all by myself.

I vow to come back to this place again and again especially when the need to eat something hearty and almost healthy arises. Also, did I tell you that their bathroom has speakers to which you can NOT be awkward doing your business (I found it cool). The service was great! They were very friendly and accommodating and they answered my questions very promptly.

You can Circa 1850 Eatery at the gound floor of Red Planet Hotels, just before you reach the lobby entrance. find  can get a reservation by calling 08822-741 850 or 088-852 1850.They are open between 7:00am – 2:00pm and 5:30pm – 10:30pm

HINT: If you’re staying at Red Planet Hotel, don’t forget to download their app and mention it to your waiter before asking for the bill because they offer a 10% discount!

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Staying at Red Planet Hotel Cagayan De Oro

Cagayan De Oro has always been the nearest place to travel to when you’re searching for hard to find goods from food to clothing and just about anything else you can think of as long as you have the stamina to walk wherever you want to go the whole day. I decided to book an overnight stay at Red Planet Hotel Cagayan De Oro instead of traveling late at night back to my hometown. Thanks to a new app I discovered while searching through the interwebs, I booked this hotel for just 885PHP only! Sweet. Just scroll down if you want to know more about how I got this at such an affordable rate!

Red Planet Hotel CDO is a ten story hotel located at Claro M. Recto Ave, Cagayan de Oro, 9000 Misamis Oriental. This is just right by the highway and is easily identifiable by a neat boxy looking red and white building. They have a total of about 159 rooms. The hotel facilities include a meeting room, disabled facilities, 4 wheelchair accessible rooms, and a car park.  It is also situated at a very accessible area when you’re the type to go out and about. It’s just a 5-minute walk to Centrio Mall and a 10-minute walk from the Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures. There’s also the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village, Xavier University Folk Museum, and La Castilla Museum.


Their lobby slash lounge area is quite spacious and sleek. There’s Wi-fi and you can comfortably wait while they search for your booking just like what they did with mine. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, a thing I like to take note of. They sell toiletries if you’re in a pinch and didn’t bother to get one or maybe just forgot. Their check-in time is at 2PM while the check-out time is at 12NN.
I was at room 911 (talk about a fancy number eh?). It was a non-smoking room and the key card is your lifeline here from the electricity, lock to your room and even the elevator so don’t just carelessly leave it anywhere. The corridors and elevators were very tidy and cool. Check out the room!
IMG_9183First of all, don’t  you just love the very skin friendly and ample lighting here? Above the bed is a large enough mirror and across it is the TV (I love watching cartoons btw). This is their double room which can accommodate two guests and this is their standard room, you can also opt for two single beds if you’re with a friend. Room service is available and breakfast is optional.
As you may have noticed in the photo, the bathroom door is made of glass. Don’t you think this as a bit odd? The space was fine considering that the shower area and the toilet was clearly separated by glass and not just some plastic shower curtain. They got hot & cold shower too and a bidet for a clean tushy! IMG_9191
All rooms have free high-speed Wi-Fi, quality custom-made beds with upscale linen which is quite comfy, theres the usual air conditioning and many other features like a workstation, an in-room safe, a hair dryer, a ceiling fan, and a 32-inch flat screen cable TV. Those who have children age 11 and under stay at no cost with an adult!

Okay, so now we’ve come to the part where you want to find out how I booked this place affordably. It’s all thanks to… *drumroll* dundundun…

A trusty hotel and flight booking app called Traveloka!
Traveloka_2014What does Traveloka do?

It’s a booking app that’s very easy to use! Plus they have their own coupons to which members can apply upon check out for a discounted price. Here are several screenshots during my actual booking. It takes 4 steps to complete your booking which are Book > Review > Pay > Voucher.7
The first thing I did was search the area for hotels and pick out which one suited me. I chose Red Planet Hotels and I was in luck because they had a promo voucher which discounted up to 700PHP for hotel rates! After that you just click NEXT and fill in the needed details.

You can pay through the following:

  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Dragonpay
  • 7Eleven
  • Cebuana Lhuilier
  • ML Kwarta Padala

Experience the fastest way to book flights and hotels thanks to Traveloka! IMG_9237


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