27 May Most Instagram-Worthy Dishes and Desserts from Popular Cagayan de Oro Food Places
Ever since cellphones became digital and started sporting their own cameras, the eating table has never been the same again, especially with the advent of smartphones and apps that cater to mobile photography. Not to mention the fact that numerous social media sites aside from Facebook have sprung up, number one among them being Instagram, that cater to displaying photos, particular your personal photos that display the most incredible and well-presented dishes and desserts that you have ever gobbled up. But it’s a modern trend now; when the food is served, everyone seems to want to whip out their phone cameras and take a picture before it is finally devastated and consumed inside everyone’s gut.
So here we go, being one with this trend, we present to you some of Cagayan de Oro’s best and most incredible desserts and dishes that are definitely Instagram-worthy and may even fool your French business colleague into thinking that you’re eating in a Paris café. They are in no particular order and sums up our team’s eating experience all over this city. You may have a few and better examples to show us, so please feel free to do so, rather than criticizing us for not knowing about this dish, for the simple reason that we can’t all be everywhere. Now, Soyez calme et juste manger la nourriture.
Tartufo – Candy’s Café
This is actually Candy’s most popular dessert, well, at least for the regulars going there; try to imagine a bowling duck ball (that’s the size of it) that’s actually a spherical cake and inside is pure vanilla ice cream.
When served, it’s already sliced, so you need to eat it fast lest the ice cream just melt and go to waste. It’s perfect for a snack or dessert for four people. The cake, ice cream, and overall sweetness are just right. If there was a dessert that can be tagged as dessert of the gods, Tartufo would be it.
Fondue – Chocolates and Creams
Here’s something you may want to try at Chocolates and Creams. It’s called Fondue (French for “dip”); it’s basically slices of toasted bread that have been cooked in sweet caramel.
When served, it is accompanied with a chocolate dip and a caramel dip, so you have a choice of either dip or you can dip it in both. It’s really something different to be experienced when it comes to desserts or snacks.
Cheese and Ham Platter – Kings International Bakery and Delicatessen
Again, something different from what many people are referring to as CDO’s best kept food secret. Kings Deli and their new Kings Lounge Bar offer their bestseller, the Cheese and Ham Platter.
It is a platter filled with cheese and rolled up ham and cold cuts on sticks. The ham and cheese aren’t just ordinary because they’re imported from the UK or nearby Barbados since the owner of Kings Deli is a right English fellow. It’s sure to delight your lunch, dinner, snack, or when accompanying your favorite wine or other liquor.
Bacon Cheese Burger, Sizzling Pochero, and Seasonal Fruit Vegetable Salad – Restaurant Damaso
Now here’s a really different and delectable restaurant that will literally have you carrying your belt home after you eat at their restaurant. We chose these three because they seem to have that mouth-watering effect on Instagram when posted, though you can prove us wrong.
With the Bacon Cheese Burger, the beef burger patty alone is thick and served with equally thick slices of bacon mixed in very delicious burger sauce and mustard. If you’re really hungry you can probably finish the whole thing, but two people can easily share the burger equally halved.
The Sizzling Pochero in house gravy is basically your beef Bulalo, but instead of being served in soup, it is brought in sizzling in its own Damaso house gravy, which is a home recipe secret. It is definitely and enormously delicious and is served with its own fried rice, seasonal chips, dressed salad, and roasted vegetables.
The Seasonal Fruit Vegetable Salad with Cous Cous Passion Fruit is called “seasonal” because it contains whatever is “in season” for that particular month or period. What adds to its delightful taste are the granular Cous Cous that is an alternative to pasta in Middle Eastern and North African countries.
It’s not too sweet and not too twangy and even makes for a great alternative appetizer for salad lovers.
Tiramisu Cake, Opera Cake, and Red Velvet Cake – Pane e Dolci
For those not familiar with cakes, Tiramisu is a multi-layered coffee cake, Opera cake cannot sing opera (just kidding); it’s still a multi-layered coffee cake but in thinner layers, and Red Velvet Cake is a play on the famous red velvet Sylvannas invented by Pane e Dolci by making it heart-shaped and bigger, like a cake.
We could launch into long tirades about how all three are prepared, cooked, what makes them sweet, etc.
We offer instead, this challenge, to anyone with a sweet tooth, to try out the Tiramisu Cake, Opera Cake, and Red Velvet Cake at Pane e Dolci, and if you’re singing opera by the time you’re paying your bill, then you’ll finally discover that they make the best ones in Cagayan de Oro.
Berry Merry and Choco Overload – MBB Frozen Factory
Unless you still don’t know, Miss Bon Bon (MBB) Frozen Factory makes the best gelato ice cream in Cagayan de Oro. Heck, they make the best ice cream in town. Period. So from among the many selections of gelato variations they have, the Berry Merry and Choco Overload are their bestsellers.
Served in a special glass, the Berry Merry is filled with whipped cream, strawberry gelato, chocolate cubes, grated chocolate, blueberry gelato, and topped with a fresh strawberry on top.
The Choco Overload is cutely served in a waffle cup and inside is an overload of chocolate and vanilla gelato topped with a fresh cherry. Both are sure to melt away the heat of summer once you touch your lips and tongue on the gelato.
Flat Iron Burger – Chino’s Deli
Purists and oldies will tell you that nothing beats eating popcorn and chocolate bars inside a movie theater. But food pundits and experts will tell you that one of the best eating experiences they ever had was watching a movie while gorging on a Flat Iron Burger from Chino’s Deli.
It’s actually their bestseller and if you’re really hungry you come out of the cinema burping, or you can share it with your partner and have it halved in advance before taking it out. It’s more than a quarter pounder of ground chuck steak beef patty, slathered with boursin cheese, American cheddar, fresh tomatoes, home-made pickles, lettuce, and with black sesame buns.
Black Mamba Pizza – Chez Marie Bar Café and Restaurant
No, they didn’t make Kobe Bryant into a pizza, and no, their pizza won’t bite. It’s one of the best kept secrets of Chez Marie how they make their black-crusted Black Mamba Pizza.
Suffice it to say, it’s worth your time and effort when you sink your teeth into one of the black mamba slices. Let’s just say, they’re the only restaurant in Cagayan de Oro that makes this type of pizza, and the most delicious one at that.
Smokey Buffalo Wings and Sizzling Roast Beef – Lefty’s Chick-N-Chops
If you love Buffalo Wings or Roast Beef, one of the best places to go to in Cagayan de Oro is Lefty’s Chick-N-Chops.
Their Smokey Buffalo Wings served with coleslaw is sure to whet your appetite even during meal time.
And if you’re into something with rice, their Sizzling Roast Beef is just something else, served with rice and mixed vegetables.
Mango Ice Choco Banana – Mango Mania
Mango Mania serves fresh fruit with all its fruit menu lineups, and none has stood out more than their Mango Ice Choco Banana.
Let’s just say it’s like a modern day banana split, but only better. The bananas are still there but it’s loaded with a lot of mango ice shavings, chocolates, nuts, mango slices, and topped with a tall mango ice cream on top. It’s a craving that’s also healthy since everything is made from fresh and natural ingredients.