Zebuchon, Best Pork Ever?

Late last year, I had the privilege to travel to Cebu, finally after a long time of planning for years. I always wanted to go there for its white sandy beaches, waterfalls, and beautiful crystal blue waters.

While our party stayed mostly in the southern part of Cebu, our trip wouldn’t be complete if we haven’t at least tried Cebu’s best rich delicacy – Lechon. Lechon is a pork dish that features a whole roasted pig cooked over charcoal. The word lechon originated from the Spanish term lechón, referring to a suckling pig that is roasted. According to Wikipedia this is our national dish.

So before we head home to Manila, we made room to stop at two of the most popular lechon places in Cebu – Ricos Lechon and Zebuchon. Today, I’ll be reviewing the latter. Btw, Anthony Bourdain named Zebuchon as the best pig ever. I'm a fan of Anthony Bourdain and I follow his shows regularly, so imagine my curiosity for Zebuchon. Naming them as the best pig ever must mean something. We visited their branch in One Mango Avenue, Cebu City. The place is quite spacious, well lighted and clean. 

Their best seller is no other than their Lechon, they have it available per kilo and value meal options that comes with rice. They are also famous for other cuisines that uses the star of the show - lechon. Such as Lechon Sisig, Sinigang na lechon, Lechon Crispy Pata, Lechon Paksiw, Lechon Dinuguan, and a lot more.

We haven't tried their other best seller, Fresh Kamias Shake as we were quiet full and the shake might be a little heavy already but there are a lot of raves for the drink. Sayang I did not get to try it.

Buttery, Grilled Scallops 190
Sad to say this dish is only good in photos. There is nothing buttery about this. It was dry, very salty and I cannot taste the scallops. 

Boneless Zebuchon Fastmeal 190
Pork Belly, cooked lechon style.

Zebuchon Fastmeal 190

I ordered boneless while hubby ordered the regular Zebuchon. They dont vary much except that the boneless is a little bit fatty and rich while the regular is more tastier IMHO. The pig is cooked naturally without any MSG, artificial mixes, and artificial painting of the skin instead they use herbs to flavor the pork. If you are a die hard fan of traditional lechon, then this is not for you although I would recommend for you to try it for comparison.

The skin of the lechon is as crispy as chicharon while the meat is full of flavors in itself, with no need for any sauce, though dipping sauces such as soy sauce, vinegar, chili, and calamansi are available should you need for it. Hubby likes it very much but it was a wee bit salty for my liking and no, for me this is not the best pork ever. It was okay and very tasty but not the best. 

Zubuchon also sells frozen lechon packed and covered well for you to take home. Freshly cooked lechon is also available although if I remembered it correctly, you may need to buy a minimum of 2 kilos so that it could be boxed. You have the option of having it chopped or wrapped as is. They also sell pasalubongs such as jams, chicharon, dried mango among others. What's convenient is they have a branch at the Mactan airport so you don't need to visit their stores to get your lechon fix or if you want to take one back home. 

Overall the lechon was good and filling but I am really disappointed with the grilled scallops. It was a waste of money :( It was a fulfilling experience too, eating lechon in Cebu. Though one weird thing was, the cab driver is not familiar with Zebuchon and if you ask the locals, they'll point you to Carcar or CnT. I made a mental note to try them the next time I'm down South.

Zubuchon is located at One Mango Avenue building, Gen Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City. They also have branches in City Soho Mall, Mactan Marina Mall, The Walk IT Park Lahug, Escario Central Building, and at the Pre-Departure Lounge of the Mactan Domestic Airport. Visit their Facebook page here or their website here

Have you tried Zebuchon? Whats your best pork ever?


Work Related Stress May Reduce Quality of Work, Life, Hypertension and Stress are Usually Directly Related

While the essence of hard work earned many individuals success, prosperity and recognition in their chosen field of endeavor, the inability to balance work and life may increase stress levels, reducing the quality of their output and more importantly, make them more prone to many maladies like hypertension and heart disease.

The Grant Thornton International survey reported that 76 percent of Filipino business owners are highly stressed, pointing out that taking on heavy workload often is the most significant driver.

“Prioritizing work over quality of life could only do harm than good,” said Tomas Marcelo G. Agana, III, President and CEO of Pharex Health Corp. “The quality of your work, for one, will be affected. When that happens, everything will follow.”

Several studies emphasized that an employee’s lifestyle affects his or her work output. In fact, a research conducted in 2010 revealed that unhealthy lifestyle choices make workers less productive and even increases work absenteeism.

Agana added, “When the quality of work goes down, chances are, your job will be affected.  Poor quality of work will only result in poor output and this will affect everyone, be it your employees or your customers.”

But more than just the output, work-related stress could also lead to a host of health concerns like hypertension, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

In the Philippines, 28 percent of adults have hypertension, a known chronic disease which causes the heart to work harder than necessary to pump blood to the rest of your body. It quietly damages the body, causing poor quality of life and can even lead to a fatal heart attack.

“Stressful situations like overworking yourself may cause the blood pressure to spike,” Agana said. “While it is unlikely for people to stop working, steps can be taken to mitigate the effects of stress at work like improving sleeping habits, eating healthily, and drinking alcohol moderately.”

Agana added, “Every Filipino, regardless of his or her age, is at risk of hypertension especially when they are subjected to stress at work every day. This is why working people, most especially those who are building their careers, should bear in mind that maintaining a healthy work habit is imperative to save lives.”
For people who are already diagnosed with hypertension and other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, maintaining a healthy work habit is enough to prevent illnesses.

“Being diagnosed with hypertension or cardiovascular disease is not the end of the world. People with these diseases only need to take care of themselves more by following their doctors’ advice, especially when it comes to taking their medicines,” Agana said.

With this, Pharex HealthCorp., the most prescribedgeneric brand,ensures that Filipinos in the working group—particularly those who have chronic diseases—have access to affordable healthcare through high-quality medicine.

“People with hypertension or heart disease should learn to comply with their medication schedule to improve the quality of their lives,” Agana emphasized. “For them to continue giving their families a better life, they should start improving theirs.”

Pharex, short for Pharmaceutical Excellence, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pascual Laboratories, Inc. which offers affordable medication to Filipinos. The company serves as the exclusive marketing, sales, and distribution arm of Pascual Laboratories, Inc. (Pascuallab), one of the country’s fastest growing pharmaceutical companies for the past decade.

To date, Pharex is gaining ground as an advocate of consistent healthy living, highlighting the importance of high-quality medication made for every Filipino regardless of his or her work priorities.

Agana concluded, “If you want to improve your lifestyle, you need to balance all aspects in your life. Then, you’ll be surprised how your stress-free work translates to more business opportunities in the future and more importantly, the quality of life you deserve.”


Healthway Medical Introduces FIT, a test to detect food intolerance

99% of Filipinos suffer from food intolerance
Healthway Medical introduces FIT, a test to detect food intolerance

Reactions to certain foods are quite common. However, some reactions go unnoticed until certain abnormal manifestations occur – internally (physiological) or externally (physical, i.e. on skin).Where food ALLERGY has almost an immediate reaction, food INTOLERANCE, on the other hand, does not immediately manifest. Sometimes, it takes as much several months or as short as days for symptoms to be obvious.

According to Nutrition and Lifestyle Counselor Ginny Sinense-Marksl, RND, food intolerance often occurs in people who eat normal or even very common food substance (rice, egg, dairy, wheat) that they are highly sensitive to. These foods cause inflammations in their body that could manifest as allergy-like reactions such as diarrhea, bloating, stomach cramps and at times, skin rashes that almost never seem to subside.Also, it could be one of the major reasons why it is difficult to manage any weight problem.
Food intolerance may involve some or all the same symptoms as food allergies. “While food allergies are acute reactions to a particular food substance and can cause life-threatening symptoms, food intolerance is chronic and less severe but, nevertheless aggravating to optimum health,” said Marksl.

A number of reactions surface when a person is found to be intolerant on a specific food item. However, some people could still eat small amounts of food they are “intolerant” to without any immediate physiological or physical reaction.

Though minimum to no immediate reaction occurs, chronic exposure to a food substance a person is intolerant to can be potentially hazardous to health due to constant presence of inflammation in the body as Marksl further explained.

Food Intolerance is a type III food item that occurs when the body produces Immunoglobulin (IgG) as a reaction to allergenic food. 

Immunoglobulin are a class of proteins that function as antibodies produced by the immune system in response to foreign bodies that enter the body. Various studies reveal that if food with high IgG levels are eliminated from the diet, symptoms can be reduced. 

“Not knowing where you’re intolerant to could lead to chronic diseases such as abdominal bloating and fluid retention, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, and asthma,” said Carmie De Leon, vice president for sales and marketing of Healthway Medical. “This makes a Food Intolerance Test all the more important.”

Healthway Medical, the most trusted and preferred mall-based clinics in the Philippines, recommends every children and adult alike to undergo a Food Intolerance Test (FIT) or Food Print Test to identify which food groups are safe to eat.

FIT is the most advanced and comprehensive laboratory service that detects the presence of igG-food specific antibodies to a wide range of food people consume every day.

Healthway’s FIT is inclusive of a consultation with nutritionist to guide you through the FIT service and to explain the findings of the test.

“Not having your test now can be potentially dangerous since some people have high IgG levels but do not experience the symptoms,” De Leon said. “There are others who even feel better short after they eat food at which they are intolerant to, but continuing to take these food groups may re-grow the symptoms to much worse cases. Still, once symptoms occur, it is recommended to avoid all other members of that food group unless tested negatively.”

De Leon concluded, “Early detection of food intolerance will go a long way in ensuring one’s optimum health. If you want to achieve a quality life, make sure to add sleep, right food intake, exercise, and de-stressing as part of your daily routine. When you start living a healthy life, everything else will follow.”

If you think you have the symptoms of food intolerance, visit Healthway Medical Clinics at the Alabang Town Center, Edsa Shangri-la, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, Healthway Manila, SM The Block and Greenbelt 5. 

For more details, please contact (02) 751-4929 or visit www.healthway.com.ph.


Join The Beauty Junkee’s 6th Anniversary MEGA Giveaway!

Hi beautiful people! Just a quick shout out. One of my favorite beauty blogger, Martha of The Beauty Junkee is having a MEGA giveaway to celebrate her 6th blog-niversary.

Wondering why its called a MEGA giveaway? Well, the prizes and goodies are over Php200,000. Whoa! Can you imagine?! This is a giveaway with massive proportions! Teehee :) Here's just a few of the goodies she's giving away:

Congratulations Ms. Martha and cheers to many more years of blogging and may you never get tired of sharing your insights and stories with us ;)

Without further ado here's the link to join the giveaway. Join the fun and may the odds be ever in our favor!


Gluta White and Firm's Ready Selfie! Contest

Hi everyone, happy hump day!

Join Gluta White and Firm's ready selfie! contest. 3 fabulous prizes are up for grabs :)

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     1.  Take a selfie with any Gluta White & Firm products.
     2.  Complete this phrase: I love using Gluta White & Firm because _________
     3.  Send the photo with your complete name to AngeloE@jlcmiller.com.ph
     4.  Photos will be judged based from the following criteria:

    • 15% Creativity and Uniqueness 
    • 30% Brand Visibility
    • 30% Love for Gluta White & Firm 
    • 25% Number of Shares

NOTE: Submitted photos must not be digitally enhanced or manipulated.

Here are the wonderful prizes up for grabs:
    1st prize:   Wensha Spa gift certificates for 2 + gift packs
    2nd prize:  Yakimix Weekend buffet for 2 + gift packs
    3rd prize:   Starbucks gift certificates for 2 + gift packs

The promo runs until August 30, 2014 and the winners will be announced on September 5, 2014.

Visit Gluta White & Firm’s Facebook page for more info. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favour!


Sunday Link Up Vol # 011

Happy Sunday!

If you haven't joined my giveaway yet, you should! LOL :) I'm giving away 3K worth of prizes, one winner will get to take home everything.

Here's my favorite blog reads this week:
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and may you have a wonderful week ahead!

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