Cydelicious Lechon Manok

>> Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Home-cooked meals are always guaranteed treats. For each one of us, our mother's or grandmother's recipe is the best in the world. This is because we grow up together with the flavors of the food at home. Home-cooked food is so good that you'd wish the microwave had a 'Stealth Mode' so your relatives won't know you sneaked out in the middle of the night to get some midnight grub from the dinner's leftover.

Families always have a secret ingredient or a secret way in cooking stuff. Just like the flavors of Cydelicious Lechon Manok. A marinade sauce made and kept secret by the family, the stuff is so good that people actually bribed them off to make claims of this well-kept culinary treasure. Luckily, the family decided to venture into business and use the epic sauce to make one of the best and unique lechon manok in town.

Classic Cydelicious Lechon Manok

Injecting the secret marinade sauce into the chicken, it holds the flavor all over the meat. The classic and original style Cydelicious lechon manok is internally marinated and roasted to perfection. The meat is so tender and I love how succulent the chicken is and the juices of the chicken is just an outburst of rich flavor.

For lovers of spices, Cydelicious also offers Spicy Lechon Manok which is just like the classic lechon manok but this time, it delivers the spice like a freak train.

Lechon Manok Stuffed with Sisig

Cydelicious Lechon Manok does not offer just that. What is unique with this lechon place is they also offer their Boneless Lechon Manok Stuffed with Sisig. Before you scratch your head like a chicken, the sisig is not being stuffed raw. To make sure that the sisig flavor does not fade away to the meat, its first cooked using the marinate sauce and then stuffed inside the boneless chicken. Once the boneless chicken is closed, it is then roasted to perfection. Works like magic how the flavor of the lechon manok stays and so does the sisig's texture and consistency like it was not stuffed inside.

Lechon Manok Stuffed with Flavored Rice

Like family reunions, Cydelicious Lechon Manok have another surprise - and no, it's not an announcement that you are adopted, the surprise is that they do not just offer the sisig lechon manok, but also offer Boneless Lechon Manok Stuffed with Flavored Rice! This version is a personal favorite. I love how the flavor of the rice and the natural juice of the chicken sip into the rice. It gives you that Paella texture and at the same time a smoky flavor from the grill. I love the spices used, not too strong and very well balanced flavor from the chicken, rice and the marinate sauce.

Cydelicious Lechon Manok is a perfect example on how to get into business. Being resourceful and being innovative will always sum up into something great. And because Cydelicious never sell leftovers from yesterday's lechon, it is guaranteed fresh and juicy every time you get to experience it.

Home-cooked meals using a family's culinary secrets are always comparable to food for the gods, and that it never fails to slow our appetites... appetites that gods might have envied.

Cydelicious Lechon Manok is located at Banilad (right side of Gaisano Country Mall), Cebu City. Price range of their lechon manok is at P160 - P250 only. For inquiries and bulk orders, you may contact them at 512-3913 or 0923-535-6994.


All pictures are taken by Roui Faelnar. For more of his photography, you may check his site at

Special thanks to Vanessa Balleras


Sprockets Cafe

>> Saturday, April 28, 2012

Being healthy is the new thing right now. Gone are the cigarette-smoking models and the epic meal eaters. The new generation is busy building up their muscles while the others decided to log off from Facebook and run, hoping to be the super fun run athletes.

As much as possible, we want our food healthy. Gone are the times when a balanced diet means holding 2 brownies on each hand. As much as we can, we all move away from fast food outlets as we all know that their menu is like destiny: it too, will shape our ends. So when you stand up and the table moves, you know it is time to go on a diet.

It is rare to find a place that caters healthy food and at the same time, not pull out the goodness of the food. One of those places is Sprockets Cafe.

Sprockets Cafe offers a wide array of milk teas. It is a place where art and food collide. Located in somewhere free from the city's noise pollution, it is a great hub for art enthusiasts and people who just want to chill and relax.

Taro Milk Tea

Jasmine Green Tea

Their Taro Milk Tea is very Southeast Asia. The flavor of the taro outshines the milk just enough and not to dominate the flavor of the entire drink. I like how natural the taste is. They also have the Jasmine Green Milk Tea that gives you that calm feeling when you are cushioned on a fluffy pillow. I love how the flavor of the Jasmine Green Tea holds on with the milk. Most green milk tea drinks have the tendency to overpower one flavor. But this one has a very good union with the milk. It would also be great to compliment this drink with any sinkers to give the drink more texture.

Honeydew Milk Tea

We all have favorites. Mine would be the Honeydew Milk Tea with Aloe Vera sinkers at 25% sweetness. This drink blew my mind away. I love how the natural sweetness of the tea and the milk's creamy taste plays in your mouth. It gives you that really light feeling, that feeling when you go home to a Victoria's Secret Angel. The aloe vera sinkers also provides great texture and it helps hold the taste altogether.

Macho Nachos
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Philly Cheese Steak
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Sprockets Cafe does not just offer drinks. As great as their baristas, the cafe also has great chefs for serious food lovers. Their Macho Nachos is to die for. I am a sucker for a blast of cheese on my nachos but this one is special. The taste of the beef is so good, it beats me down to submission. One of their sandwiches, the Philly Cheese Steak is ruthless when it comes to flavor. The strong spices on the steak caught me by surprise. It is like thyme and rosemary combined with the steak. I love it. The fresh bread also have a distinguished taste that makes this sandwich a cracker jack.

Vegetable Pizza
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Sprockets Cafe shows that there are no boundaries to good food as they also offer pizzas. Their Chili Con Carne Pizza is basically the real stuff on the pizza dough. The herbs are there, the cheese and of course, beans! I like how they make the natural flavors come out for each main ingredient. If you just can't bare to eat meat, you can always opt for their Vegetable Pizza. I love how they play with the aroma of the olive oil that also helps push out the flavors of the vegetables. It has mushrooms, carrots, onions and basically, the whole garden.

You also would want to try their Spaghetti with Meatballs. I offended Sprockets Cafe when I showed less interested with their spaghetti. The taste of their spaghetti just proved that they are not just playing with their menu. The sauce is made out of pure labor mixing it with fresh tomatoes. I love how the aroma gave me that romantic feeling. The meatball as well is packed with lean meat. One of the best spaghetti I have ever tried and could be the best spaghetti that is offered by cafes.

Fettu Pasta in Pesto Cream
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If your self-esteem stumbled down like the Philippine market when you weigh yourself, their Fettu Pasta in Pesto Cream will help you gain the self confidence of a shirtless Derek Ramsey. The pesto cream is amazing. The pasta is al dente, the sauce is just right and the flavor is so delicious, it will remind you of all the good things in life. It just gives justice to everything.

Staying healthy does not have to be gruesome. Instead of grabbing processed food, you can be artsy by making your own food or if that is too tiring and just not have enough skill to cook, Sprockets Cafe will give you a healthy choice with a mix of art.

As for me, I keep on losing weight... but it keeps finding me.

Sprockets Cafe is located at J. Block Building, Apitong St. Corner Escario St., Cebu City. Their milk teas ranges from P80 - P105 and sinkers at P20. Food is at P120 - P150. Like them at


All pictures are taken by Roui Faelnar. For more of his photography, you may check his site at

Special thanks to Vanessa Balleras.


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