I couldn’t believe my boyfie & I missed the Bacolod Masskara Festival. We planned to go to this year’s Masskara Festival after missing it last year…. Waaa! We have completely forgotten it!
Bacolod has been my home for a year after having my post graduate internship there. I have fallen in love with city and had almost traded it for my hometown Iloilo City. (But of course, I didn’t, hehe. Very much still a proud Ilongga!hehe)
So, let me count the ways why Bacolod has once stolen my heart…..
Let’s start with their restos, cafe and foods, oh my! It’s a mecca of gastronomic goodness.
1. BASCON’S CAFE
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The structure of this place is amazing & unique and it gets even better when you come in. You know this place has been designed for aesthetic purposes. They have different types of tea to offer you served in a transparent flask with colorful flowers & tea leaves swimming in it. I was tipped by an OB resident here in Iloilo that they serve this satisfying big “open-face” burger. That, I still have yet to try.
4. L’SEA CHINESE RESTAURANT
This is our go-to resto of my co-intern (at that time, now Dr.) Gayle Elizalde. This is how we want our Chinese food to cooked. They have affordable rice toppings and our favorites are beef brisket & sweet and sour pork. Theír dumplings are also worth mentioning. Now, I’m starting to get hungry, hehe.
4. KAISE JAPANESE RESTAURANT
If you love Japanese food, this is the place to be. Food recommendation: California Maki!
When you come in at Pendy’s, it’s like entering a romantic villa with its white steel chairs and fine dining atmosphere. In a corner, they sell Bacolod delicacies. This is where I buy my Napoleones that I take home as pasalubong for my family.
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6. THE OLD PALA-PALA
I still prefer this one than the new posh Pala-Pala. This is Bacolod’s version of Manila’s Dampa… Go ahead, get your hands dirty here, no spoon & fork needed, just todo lamon, hehe.
It is just a small place and it is always packed. Food recommendation: Beef Salpicao.
8. AIDA’S at MANOKAN COUNTRY
You couldn’t leave Bacolod without eating their chicken, no sireee. If you drop by Manokan Country, you would hear waiters & waitresses shouting at you to try their “manuk”, but I usually go to Aida’s Manokan. Again, no utensils needed. I like eating here with my bare hands. Their chicken oil is yummy and tastier than some chicken oil I’ve tasted. I always leave perfectly satisfied.
9. MUSHU RESTOBAR
This a classy restaurant and bar that is a favorite of many. In one of my trip to Bacolod to spend time with my boyfie who used to work there, Mushu was on our itinerary for an early dinner. However, we weren’t able to witness how the place transformed as evening deepens when the place becomes dimmer, with a DJ & loud music, people dancing, drinking and having a fun fun night.
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10. CALEA CAKES & PASTRIES
We had these cakes with Mel and her friends who are working in Riverside Hospital on our detour back from Dumaguete . Tempting, isn’t it?
The charm of Bacolod is in it’s wide road, quiet quaintness, a good number of quirky cafes, cheap yummy foods, rustic old houses and love for aesthetics. It has been fun reminiscing of my good times in Bacolod…. I will see you soon Bacolod…. Maybe next Masskara Festival… Keep my fingers crossed… hehe