Chedz Designer Cakes

>> Thursday, May 27, 2010

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. It may not be beautiful for you, but it is a Van Gogh for the person next to you. That is why I ended everything with Cristine Reyes a couple of days ago even if my friend told me that she is a goddess.

The famous saying also includes everything when it comes to cakes. You see, the beauty of the cake does not end on the design alone; it all goes down to the taste, texture and the feel of the cake. Good cakes are everywhere but when it comes to great cakes, it is like looking for a lost Egyptian artifact, difficult and full of frustrations.

There are a lot of great cake shops in the Philippines but here in Cebu, Chedz rules. Chedz has been mesmerizing the hearts of cake lovers since 1991. Everytime I get a Chedz cake, it is always a great cake. The softness and the taste of every cake is equivalent to amazing.

Cappuccino Cake

Their classic cakes is like a menu for the Gods. The Cappuccino cake is remarkably good. It is a cappuccino chiffon cake showered with semi-sweet chocolate shavings and pinches of cherries. The cappuccino icing does not taste like a powder of sugar and the softness of the cake is as perfect as a greek god. Coffee lovers will surely go bonkers over this cake.

Black Forest

Their version of the Black Forest Cake is one of the best. The chocolate filling between layers of chocolate cake reminds me of how beautiful life was back then, sweet and comforting. This is also topped with semi-sweet chocolate shavings and cherries to balance the chocolate overload on the cake.

Cebu Mango Cake

Like Zeus, I have my own favorite on their menu of classic cakes. It is the lovely Cebu Mango Cake. This cake to me, is the greatest mango cake ever made. Texture is great and the softness and sweetness is perfectly achieved. Not only that, the mango filling between the cake is ridiculously delicious! The butter icing also compliments well with the fresh mangoes on top of the cake. If you look up "magical" in the dictionary, Cebu Mango Cake will come up.

Chedz is not only good with their classic cakes. Who would have thought that customizing your own cake is like constructing a new house. If you do not have the mad skills to make your dream cake, the Chedz team will take care of it for you. Their works reminds me of National Geographic's show, Mega Structures.

This is why Chedz Designer Cakes is highly suggested when it comes to weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.

Rome was not built in a day. For Chedz, making cakes is as serious as my man-love for LeBron James and that is why you need to contact them 2-3 months before the big event for the cake. I even heard rumors that Chedz is the maker for Marc Nelson's body.

You may not be able to own a Van Gogh in this lifetime nor have Marc Nelson's body, but you can always own a Chedz cake; which is for me, a complete beauty.

For more information and ordering online, go to

Chedz Designer Cakes is located at Lifetime Events Depot, 101 Gorordo Ave. Cebu City (beside PhilHealth).


Balamban Liempo

>> Monday, May 17, 2010

The belly is important for humans especially when it comes to food. We eat to cure the horrible disease called hunger and satisfy our bellies. Some also embrace hunger to achieve Derek Ramsey's secret weapon, the abs. Either the former or the latter, it is all connected with the belly.

What is also important is the pork belly. This part of the hog is a very flexible part for a dish. You can fry it, grill it and boil it. When it comes to the pork belly, Filipinos tend to grill the loveable thing. We call it, Liempo. A liempo is a grilled pork belly that is marinated for a couple of hours (sometimes for days) and is grilled to achieve a classic dish.

I have tasted a lot of different variations of the liempo and only one is equivalent to a champion. The liempo that I am talking about is the Balamban Liempo.


Since my family is from Balamban, I have tasted this unique liempo a couple of years back. I bet my farm, this is the best liempo ever made. The flavors of this liempo resembles to Manny Pacquiao's left hook, very strong and always ready to knock you out. Not only that, the secret lies between the meat. The meat is filled perfectly with herbs and spices which makes the unity of its flavors as fierce as China and the tenderness of the meat is as lovely as the waves in Hawaii.

This liempo is one of the great dishes to ever come to Cebu City. The uniqueness of the dish is incomparable with any liempo in town. The meat's skin is also very crispy while the meat is not overcooked. Taste the flavor, not the charcoal.

Chili Chicken Wings

Balamban Liempo also offers a lot of other dishes in the menu. One of which is the intense, Chili Chicken Wings. It is fried chicken wings blasted with a chili sauce which will surely make you sweat. For only 75Php per serving, prepare yourself. Especially your hanky.

As what people say, he who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else. This liempo is a very good excuse to hit on the diet brakes. It does not hurt to have good food once in a while and you are not going to hell for eating a liempo because their kitchen is our shrine, their cook; our priest, their tables; our altar, our bellies; our gods.

Yes, I do want to have Derek Ramsey's abs but I just like having some softness. If I lose that, then Cristine Reyes might leave me.

Balamban Liempo is located in Kamuning St., Capitol (at the back of Coco Mall) and at Cor. Tres Borces St. & S. Cabahug St. - for more information on their branches, visit their website at


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