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Merienda Cena: All You Can Eat Cebuano Snacks

A couple of weeks ago, I was able to check out Merienda Cena at Cafe Lorenzo at the Cebu Grand Hotel. Merienda Cena is the hotel’s merienda buffet featuring classic Filipino and Cebuano snacks. Together with a few of my blogger friends and the gracious marketing team of Cebu Grand Hotel, we sampled the truly delicious and super satisfying spread that I’m sure you too will love. Take a look!




Merienda Cena at the Cebu Grand Hotel

No authentic Cebuano merienda would ever be complete without everyone’s favorite puto maya.

Then, there’s the delicious local hot choco or sikwati.

One of my ultimate favorites is the classic biko. Especially when it’s prepared by my mom. Cebu Grand Hotel’s biko, however, is also very yummy!

Also, who doesn’t love the turon?

I am not very familiar with the bicho-bicho, however, doesn’t it look like pinaypay?

Remember those times when you were a kid when you woke up from your afternoon siesta with a piping hot mais waiting for you?

Also not a fan of empanada but I know a couple of people who would do anything just to get a piece of this delicious treat. 😀

Finally, here’s a shot of one of my all-time favorites! To be honest, I think I ate a gazillion pieces of puto kutsinta as a kid.

The fried kamote-cue reminds me of my college days in USJ-R. We would simply peer out of the holes on the school’s perimeter fence, hand over our money, and the vendor would give us a stick of this delicious treat. Those were the days!

Another favorite which I don’t see always but would very much like to be in contact with often: the sapin-sapin.

I remember eating cassava cakes for dessert when I was a kid. Such a lovely masterpiece.

One of the treats that I still eat to this day is the palitaw. I’m lucky our neighbor still makes these delicious sweet favorites.

And yet another puto on the menu. This one is perfect with dugo-dugo, though.

And speaking of dugo-dugo!

Well-loved Cebuano street-food selections: kikiam, fried camote, squid balls, and tempura.

The super visually attractive pancit palabok is both filling and delicious.

My third plate of the famous puto-sikwati tandem.




Lastly, here’s the whole gang posing for a photo before the big binge!

Time to eat! Mangaon ta!

Merienda Cena
Cafe Lorenzo, Cebu Grand Hotel
Mondays – Saturdays
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Php320 nett
Reservation: (032) 254-6331

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