The Art of Filipino Snacking - SunStar

The Art of Filipino Snacking

Marymil M. Cabrera
SunStar Writer

TO SAY that Pinoys, especially Cebuanos, love to eat is an understatement. Merienda – a light snack taken between noontime and evening meals – is proof of our love for food. From the Pinoy favorite pancit paired with pandesal, classic kakanin like puto, masi and palitaw to the tasty hot cup of sikwate (chocolate), we let you in on the best places to delight yourself with Filipino merienda, served either buffet-style or in afternoon tea sets.

Have a fill at Dayun Lounge, Maayo Hotel
Price: P299 net per person

You no longer have to go from one place to another to satisfy your authentic Cebuano comfort food cravings as Maayo Hotel’s Dayun Lounge offers a wide variety of classic Filipino snacks including puto maya, kutsinta, torta, arroz caldo and biko, to name a few, available every day from 2 to 5 p.m. What’s more, Dayun Lounge’s dining space can accommodate up to 50 people, making it ideal for an “afternoon with the titas” or for meetings.

Merienda Buffet at Pusô Bistro and Bar, Quest Hotel and Conference Center
Price: P250 net per person

Delight in a taste of Filipino tradition at Pusô Bistro and Bar. Be overcome with nostalgia for those relaxing afternoons during your childhood as you enjoy an array of homegrown treats including kakanin and dessert soups such as champorado and binignit, paired with a rich serving of sikwate or native chocolate. Pusô Bistro and Bar’s Merienda Buffet is available from 3 to 5 p.m. on Fridays to Sundays.

Hearty Afternoons at La Terraza, Montebello Villa Hotel
Price: P299 net per person

How about a merienda with a magnificent view of a lush garden and a swimming pool for a more relaxing vibe? Feast on an exquisite banquet of favorite Filipino merienda delicacies including palitaw, pichi-pichi, biko, banana turon plus its famous churros at La Terraza available during weekends and holidays from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

Afternoon Delight at Misto, Seda Ayala
Price: P399-P499 per set

Take pleasure in Misto’s recently launched Afternoon Delight offer! The sophisticated yet casual afternoon tea is available in two sets: Western-style and a more homegrown spread. Expect an assortment of sweets and creative treats with local twists served with a pot of coffee or tea that’s good for two persons. Savor delectable local treats like pork humba in pastry cups, pichi-pichi, maja mais, sapin-sapin, turon langka, as well as Western favorites. This splendid afternoon delight is available daily from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

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