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VjANDEP Pastels and other products are available nationwide in SUPERMARKETS and HYPERMARKETS, but I felt like a little girl when I entered their TIANO BROTHERS branch after our road trip to the Province of Bukidnon(Dahilayan and Malaybalay).
The trip was fun, exciting, exhilarating, and fulfilling, but very tiring too. Visiting this store removed all my frustrations and energized me a bit.
Even if I didn't have enough money to buy all my friends and familypasalubong(roughly translated as 'treats for those who are waiting for me...who are welcoming me back' ...It literally means going towards each other), I was able to buy enough for my immediate family and a few friends.
Important Facts about VjANDEP
VjANDEP means "VJ"-Virgilio Jose, "AND" "EP"-Eleanor Popera
How do you say it? VANDEP (Silent J)
HISTORY, ALL FROM PRAYERS…
From simple prayers, sometime in December of 1989, God answered Ella to bake her great grandmother’s bread for a hobby, and that is PASTEL.
PASTEL is a Spanish term for CAKE. By our ingenuity in grammar, PASTEL has long been called in English, as a soft dough coffee bun whom the Spaniards has generously taught our ancestors and made PASTEL as part of a Camiguingnon’s delicacy. This made PASTEL a common treat in the tables of the affluent Camiguingnons of the time, especially during special gatherings and occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, fiestas, Christmas and the like.
Eleanor Popera Jose, a true blooded Camiguingnon, was the first to commercialize PASTEL on January 8, 1990 from what was left of her husband’s Christmas bonus, thus dated the beginnings of VjANDEP PASTEL (pronounced with silent “j”, which stands for Virgilio Jose AND Eleanor Popera). The initial capital of P120.00 has yielded three dozens of the said buns which doubled the following day and onwards. It was just simply a hobby at first, until Ella saw a great potential in the product, thus, she continued producing PASTEL up to this date.
PASTEL originally has “yema” (custard) for its filling. But during the summers of 1990 to 1993, Ella learned from culinary and baking workshops the rudiments and techniques of baking. She then reformulated the PASTEL to what is now the pillar of coffee bun taste. Today, the VjANDEP PASTEL OF CAMIGUIN has 12 variety of fillings to satisfy the fancy of your taste buds.
PASTEL REMAINS AN ETHNIC PRODUCT OF REGION 10.
The above description made me fall in love with this Pastel company all the more. Besides being the first to commercialize this product and being the number Pastel company in Region 10, their faith and dedication added to the "charm". :)
(V1) Plaridel St. Mambajao, Camiguin Province
Contact # +63-88-387-0049 / +63-922-893-0744
(VK) Kan-anan sa Parola
Tourism Pavillion, Rizal St.,
Mambajao, Camiguin Province
Contact # +63-88-387-0443 / +63-922-893-0746
Office For Operations
(VBOC)VjANDEP Bakeshop Commissary
Zone 2, Bulua National Highway
Cagayan de Oro City
Contact # (+63-8822) 737-862
(+63-8822) 737-865, (+63-917) 716-8335
(+63-922) 892-9865 Tele fax # (+63-8822) 711-603
PASTEL(Their signature product...they are the first ones who commercialized
These are my favorite flavors:
1. Ube (Purple Yam or Taro)
2. Original Yema (Custard like filling)
4. Kalabasa ug Kamunggay/Malunggay (Squash Moringa)
Pastillas de leche (Sweet Milk tablets or capsules or sticks)
Their cupcakes are moist
I love their siopao(white buns with meat filling) and their mamon (sponge cake)
They also make celebration cakes(just imagine the delicious fillings on top of the cake...let your imagination run wild...they are capable of making designer cakes too).
Updated Oct 5, 2012
Address: Zone 2, Bulua National Highway, Cagayan de Oro
This place has a wonderful atmosphere at night, even when it's filled with people happily dining. They serve the freshest fish and very tasty chicken. All the food listed on their menu are very, very affordable and delicious.
Sad to say, they only accept cash, but since it's so affordable, why would you need a credit card?
It's a good thing I brought along 4 pieces of antihistamine so when I learned that we were eating there, I drank one tablet. It's better to safe than sorry(I'm allergic to chicken, shrimp and certain kinds of flowers---yes, some flowers are edible).
The service could be better, but they are nice and helpful enough.
They have function rooms for all occasions and a play area for kids.
The place is clean...even the toilets.
Yes, yes...it's not in the league of 5 to 7 star restaurants, but for a grilled chicken place, it's one of the best there is in town.
Favorite Dish: Try their grilled chicken, their version of halo-halo(mixed fruits, jellies, ice, sweets and ice cream...most of the people add milk and sugar), their buko juice, their tinolang Tanguigue(Fish soup) etc.
For PhP89.00 you get a large piece of grilled chicken with unlimited ice
Add Php10.00 for the buko juice in a glass
So for less than a hundred Philippine Pesos, you get a full meal.
If you have a big appetite, it wouldn't hurt to add a viand or two, plus dessert because it's not heavy on the pocket. :)
Written Oct 3, 2012
Address: Tiano Brothers cor Akut, Cagayan de Oro City
Phone: (+6388) 856-4914
Read Bigby's history here
Bigby's was introduced to me in Davao at SM Davao and then I was hooked. I was happy to hear that they opened a branch at the Mall of Asia, but unfortunately, it folded, being a little bit similar to Gilligan's. Fortunately, they still have a branch in Mega Mall at the 3rd floor of the Atrium.
Anyways, I'm not here to talk about that branch, but this one at the Limketkai Center's Rosario Strip.
It is very spacious and their servers are really, really friendly.
Everyone enjoyed their orders and tummies were satisfied.
Even at Coffeeworks we were raving about the food, the service, and the serving.
Dining at Bigby's Cafe and Restaurant is truly an unforgettable experience and they dearer to me now when they said, "Thank you for dining WITH US!" Most of the Restaurants forget to add WITH US. I know this may sound shallow, but to me, that is important. I won't expound.
Read about some of their awards here
Decisions, decisions. What dish do I love the best? Geez. It's hard because all are good. The servings are big and great for sharing. If you play your cards right, once you receive the tab, your pockets won't feel like there are holes...
The salads, pasta, and other meals are great.
It's best to try the platters/samplers if you're with family and friends.
Updated Oct 3, 2012
Address: Rosario Strip, Limketkai Center
Phone: +63 88 857 5511
There's something about this coffeehouse that made me stop and stare while we were looking for Taza(I am not sure, but I think the Limketkai branch is still being renovated). The people were enjoying the food they were eating. Some were giggling and the others couldn't wait for their turn. They were so excited to get their orders.
Still, we were hungry and the food they offer are so light that we ate dinner at Bigby's first.
After a very nice time at Bigby's, we could have tried their coffee and desserts, but I guess my friends noticed that Coffeeworks branch too.
The Coffeeworks staff are very friendly and warm, but that Friday night they were undermanned that they mixed-up the orders. Anyways, we still had fun there after eating at Bigby's, which was just a few meters away.
I think it's one of the favorite places the teens and the yuppies love to hang out at.
The place is clean and there's a light feeling upon entering. Maybe it's not the best coffee in the world, but they are very, very competitive in taste and the atmosphere even adds spice to it. :)
Favorite Dish: We just had coffee and tea. What can I say? We enjoyed our drinks. My doubly described Matcha Green Tea Frappe was not sweet at all, but I finished it.
Updated Oct 3, 2012
Address: Limketkai Center,
Vienna Kaffeehaus sets you in right to a European ambience, once inside. Orchestra music is played in the background to add to that mood.
Favorite Dish: Begin with the Mushroom Soup . Then, the classic Berner and Hungarian Sausage are usually my main course favorites. Drink to that a bottomless Lemonade .
Written Jun 15, 2012
Address: #54 Don A. Velez-Chavez St., Cagayan de Oro City
Phone: (088)856-6171 or (08822)712-700
True to its famous line, Bagong Lipunan is indeed the Home of the Best Pancit in the City of Cagayan de Oro. This place is usually swarmed with a lot of people come lunch or dinner time. At a glance, it couldn't be the interiors since inside everything looked simple. By taste and smell, yes, it must be the pancit or the Filipino version of noodles that the people came for to eat.
Favorite Dish: Ask for their specialty of the house Pancit and that's exactly what everyone's looking for. Add to that a serving of Beef steak , grilled pork liver or Sinugbang atay , and a Halang-halang , may it be pork or beef depending on your choice. These would definitely go best when served with a very cold Coke.
Updated May 8, 2012
Address: Don A. Velez St., Cagayan de Oro City
I love this place! Everytime I go home I always make sure that I eat at Butchers. It's located at the heart of the city which is in Divisoria, price is affordable and the barbeque taste so good. You will feel bloated after eating in Butchers.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish??to start with it will be the pork sisig,nom..nom..nom.. Then there's the pork BBQ, hot and spicy BBQ and chicken BBQ. The Angus beef was good also. They used to have this kimmy rogers but I don't think they still have it. I have to eat there again when i get back to update this review and post some pics.
Written Apr 3, 2012
Address: 87 Hayes St. Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Phi
Phone: (+63 88) 857-4018
Aside from their interesting menu, Thai Me Up has its way of putting up interesting interiors around the place. Just recently, they renovated to a better and more delightful one. I love the spontaniety of their dining tables and chairs, and the hanging lanterns. There's also this small setup which resembles the typical design of Filipino window.
And speaking of renovation, they blended Filipino tastes in their menu. Thus, not just only Thai Me up but they tied Fill Me Up as well.
Favorite Dish: Our favorite order consists of the Shrimp Tom Yam Soup , Spicy Pomelo salad , Fish fillet in Black pepper sauce , and some Spring rolls . Why it's good? Because it's spicy with a twist.
Updated Mar 3, 2012
Address: Capistrano Street, Cagayan de Oro City
Ambience is good. You'll get to feel professionality and elegance when inside. There are a variety of wines on display and delightful desserts to try.
Favorite Dish: Fish Hainanese is served best.
Or if you're hungry, try the Don Juan chops .
My friends' favorites are the Baby Back Ribs which I haven't tried yet.
Updated Mar 3, 2012
Address: 50 Don A. Velez Street, Cagayan de Oro
Phone: +63-8822-731850/ +63-88-8541850
This is the latest fast food resteraunt to grace this fair city, and i might add...has great potential to be one of the best in town for I happen to know the owner is a very good cook...and she will be using allot of her famous recipies to add to this menu.
Favorite Dish: BBQ!!!!! always my favorite, and this one is to die for...a must try... Best BBQ in all of CDO
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: VAMENTA BOULEVARD, CARMEN
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