By Bart Tancogo, Food Enthusiast

It was past 2pm when my shift ended and so I stepped out of the office. Obviously hungry and tired, I was looking for an ideal dessert or a refreshing snack that’s going to beat the tropical heat. I opted to give in to my “icy” needs. The first thing that crossed my mind was to pop in on one of the currently most talked-about dessert hubs, Butterbean Dessert and Cafe it was.

Four Seasons Halo Halo

I’ve always been a fan of Halo-Halo. Whenever there’s one on the menu, I couldn’t seem to resist the urge to try it. Unlike the classic halo-halo with a hundred different ingredients, what drew me to that of Butterbean’s had to do with its seemingly coarse texture and utter simplicity. Theirs was served in a big bowl topped with a scoopful of home-made vanilla ice cream and freshly chopped grapes, strawberries, mango, and banana. Not a lot of toppings, but boy was it a wonderful explosion of flavours in my mouth! With ice so finely shaven and the smooth blend of ingredients, it was literally a melt-in-my-mouth experience to the palate. Plus, the creaminess of the milk it was bathed in made me thank God I was no lactose-intolerant.

Presentation-wise it was inviting and really not bad at P189.00/serving. I even got to indulge in a huge bowl of it and shared it with my lunch pal. I could not pinpoint what made it exceptionally pleasurable – it might have been the milk or the sweetener or its fresh components but I must say this was quite a different halo-halo experience. Hence, Butterbean’s Four Seasons Halo-Halo for me was a perfect summer treat. The right amount of sweetness and refreshing ice shavings were definitely something one could come back to – I know I definitely would.

So if your taste buds are itching for some frosty demands, this sinfully delicious one is absolutely it!

Four Seasons Halo-Halo
Butterbean Dessert and Cafe
Location: Escario Tojong St. Cebu City (Beside Kuya J’s).



By Bart Tancogo, Food Enthusiast

Good food sets you in a good mood. It is an open secret that trying out different cuisines brings out delight to everyone’s taste buds. This is the reason why resto hopping has become my pastime of late. But mind you, I was the pickiest of eater when I was a kid. My mom would always call me out because if the dish has veggies on it, no way was I eating it.

The good news is that I pretty much eat everything now and I’d love to label myself as adventurous when it comes to food – after all, it’s no FoodieVenture if I was otherwise anything but. Just recently, I had lunch at Bigby’s cafe as I was looking for something to binge on. The moment I flipped through the pages of their menu, my eyes zeroed in on this delish-looking Grilled Hungarian Sausage. Really? …. For most people, it’s without a doubt a Love it or Hate it thing. Thinking about its quite unhealthy calorie count, it’s no wonder why most of my friends won’t touch this stuff. I get where they’re coming from but hmmm, I told myself why wouldn’t I give it a try? So, I did…. and boy did Bigby’s deliver! I must say, that sausage – when cooked right – could be so decadent and fantastic.

Hungarian Sausage

My personal experience with this Grilled Hungarian Sausage was truly pleasurable. It was meaty, tender and sinfully cooked-to-perfection good. Filled with onions to give it extra sweetness and its own secret spices gave just the right amount of punch. Cuban rice on the side, tossed with red and green bell peppers made it even more delectable by adding up a fiery kick to its flavour. Not to mention that it was served with mustard-based vinaigrette, this was sure to satisfy your palate. For everyone who loves a festive and satisfying meal, this one was definitely a must try.

Grille Hungarian Sausage
Location: Bigby’s Cafe, Ayala Terraces Cebu City