March 4, 2016 was a special Friday for the regular goers as well as newcomers of the Weekend at the Strip at the Limketkai Center.
It was Blogger’s Night on that date and all the Food Bazaars at the Weekend at the Strip held their own best-seller food sampling and food tasting.
The food sampling and food tasting was attended by several bloggers and media people including the interview team of aboutcagayandeoro.com led by Mr. Bryan King, Ms. Yani Briones, Ms. Kc Claud Curay; Ms. Jillian Bacarisas, Mark Llusala and Resali Sarmiento of Urban Life Gold Star Daily; Ms. Irene Aserios of Mindanaoan.com; and Mr. Vic Marion Go Madriaga, multi-awarded blogger of vicmadz.com. The Cool Rhythms Band also performed live on that night.
Weekends at the Strip Food Bazaar bestseller food sampling and food tasting was organized by Ms. Cristina Maagad, head of marketing for the Limketkai Center Corporate Office and organizer of the Weekends at the Strip.
Weekends at the Strip started out last February 5 of this year in time for the Chinese New Year. It features different food bazaars and stalls that sell their unique food menus and bestsellers and drinks. Alcoholic drinks however, are sold separately and exclusively by Pete’s Patriots right beside the food strip bazaars. The food bazaars are open only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
There are live performances featured for each night. Juan Enrico performs on Acoustic Friday Nights, Herbal Remedies are assigned on Pop Saturday Nights, and Chill Beats perform on Sunday Nights. The Strip is located on the parking lot right beside Pizza Republic and Pete’s Patriots. So far, these are the food bazaar stalls that occupy the Weekend at the Strip:
SLOW AND SMOKEY WOODEN FIRE
Slow and Smokey Wooden Fire is a stand-alone food stall owned and operated by Mr. Stanley Dughon. Their bestsellers are their baked scallops with chives and mushroom, pork skewers, and Chinese-style chicken barbecue.
FIGHT NIGHT BOODLE
Fight Night Boodle is another stand-alone food stall in the tradition of the military style boodle fight meals that are becoming popular in the whole country.
The stall is owned and operated by the consortium of Ms. Sheena Parrel, Monica Parrel, and others. Their main bestseller is their small boodle priced at P399 and composed of pork belly, barbecue, chicken adobo, talong (eggplant) salad, and pancit. They also offer boodle meals for large groups.
EAST COAST CHEF
East Coast Chef is owned and operated by renowned chef and Desserts 101 owner and caterer Chef Joseph V. Villamil.
Chef Villamil is well-known around Cagayan de Oro for his dessert, cocktail, lunch, or dinner buffet catering as well as top of the line fondant cakes. Their bestsellers include the east coast burger, beefy subway sandwich, and baby comeback ribs.
Pop’s Kitchen is that mom and pop neighborhood family restaurant very popular at the Casa Azucena, Marfori Compound, Pabayo Street.
It is owned and operated by Chef Karl Antoni E. Mison. Their bestsellers have always been their Bibingka de Manila, putobumbong de Manila, Bagnet Ilocos, Vigan longganisa, Ngohiong de Cebu, and their Special Ramen.
Hot Stop Lechon Belly is a new but popular eatery and lechon belly stall. It is owned by couple Alvin and KC Curay and run by their partners Rhyn Beltran and Belle Kalakiga.
Their best seller is their Lechon Belly Value Meal at only P60 while they sell Lechon Belly Slabs at prices ranging from P999 up to P1,999.
They also offer Italian-inspired dishes and delicious desserts.
Hot Stop used to be one of the tenants at the Food Bazaar but even though they’re no longer at the bazaar they’re still operating their shop at Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City. To contact them for orders and catering services, here are their contact numbers: 0917 3099 725 and 880 1365.
Weekend at the Strip Food Bazaars somehow mimics the days when the Night Café in Divisoria existed – of course minus the clothing stalls – until some yoyo-brained politician decided to end the nights of the Night Café. The Strip is far safer of course, it being inside the Limketkai Center and flanked on three sides by high walls and other buildings (Pete’s Patriots on the left and Pizza Republic on the right) while the entrance is fenced and well-guarded.
This is due to the fact that The Strip occupies a well-guarded parking lot during the day and weekdays, of which it is converted into The Strip for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Night, with a medium sized stage set out on the right side of the wall for the live performances. It’s something different during the weekends as it offers something away from the noisy bustles of the city’s well known entertainment arcades and districts.