Friday, September 11, 2009

BUTUAN : My Brand New Foodie Finds from The Ancient Kingdom



A week ago,
I spent a day in Butuan;
the historic city has a lot of ancient secrets:

as early as the 11th Century,
the people of Butuan were already trading with
the Kingdoms of Vietnam and Java,

and Butuan was considered as the
Center of Trade & Commerce of the Philippines.



There still is a heated debate regarding the
site of the first Holy Mass on Philippine soil:

Did Magellan and his friendly invaders
celebrate it on Limasawa, or in Butuan?






So much History to Discover,
but I had so little Time...


...I only had enough time
to discover and celebrate
the historic foodie finds of Butuan!







The #1 Pasalubong from The Ancient Kingdom:

The CRÈME de MENTHE BROWNIES of Butuan!!!



One must never leave Butuan without
tasting the scrumptious cakes and brownies

of MARGIE'S KITCHEN, renowned region-wide
for the very best Chocolate Treats in Mindanao.

Margie's lived up to the hype;
I was NOT disappointed.

These minty brownies were so moist and fudgy,
I just had to open the sealed box in my hotel room.

Needless to say, I couldn't stop at one.
This pasalubong never reached Manila!








The #2 Pasalubong from The Ancient Kingdom:

The PURPLE POTATO CHIPS of Butuan!!!


These taste like the best banana chips
you've ever had; and the sesame seeds add

a delightful savory flavor to these beautiful crisps
made of purple-hued sweet potato, a.k.a. kamote!

At only P30.00 per bag, these are excellent bargains,
another perfect take-home for the folks back in Manila,

but again, be warned: these are highly addictive;
handcarry these chips, & you might get off the plane empty-handed!

8 Comments:

Blogger goodfor2 said...

did u get to eat their lechon?

September 12, 2009 at 9:04 PM  
Anonymous naomi said...

weee... thanks for this feature about our place. :-D

September 20, 2009 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger spanx said...

@ naomi,

can't wait to get back,
i need to explore butuan more!

the LECHON, the LECHON!!!

September 20, 2009 at 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Cols said...

Ey Spanx. Nice of you to drop by our place. When you go back to Butuan (which I think will be soon), try Margie's Kitchen Choco Monster Cake. for leisurely activities, ask the tourism office in our Rizal Park. We have an underground river ala Palawan, if I remember correctly.

September 20, 2009 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger spanx said...

@ cols,

i'll be working with the
good people of Butuan Doctors
for an NCLEX Review project,
so i'll be back soon!

i hope to meet you and naomi
if you're based in butuan ",)

thanks for the suggestions!

September 20, 2009 at 8:13 PM  
Anonymous Cols said...

@Spanx:

I am Manila based now and I work for SM Supermalls. Butuan Doctors and Fr. Urios University are the Top 2 nursing schools there. With regards to food, here are some suggestions:

For coffee: True Brew.
For Inasal Style Chicken: Weegols
For Awesome Burger: Uncle Sam's

Cheers!

September 20, 2009 at 9:16 PM  
Anonymous 09274582172 said...

hey spanky, im vacationing in butuan now for 5 days. im from cebu city and I went and tried their cakes coz of your comments about it. To be honest, I found the cake to be okay. I found it very expensive. 910 for a whole cake?. If you get to visit cebu city, go to leona's and try their chocolate surprise. it is simply the best and only for 470

December 4, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger spanx said...

i loved the mint brownies,
but i agree, the prices
are pretty steep...
maybe because it's the only
bakeshop in town in butuan?

thanks for the tip about
leona's! i always go to cebu
but i end up spending most of
my time in larsian, haven't
tried this chocolate surprise yet!

where is this in cebu
exactly? thanks!

December 4, 2009 at 3:20 PM  

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