Abaseria Deli and Cafe

Yesterday was the second unit exam for Neuroanatomy that went hand in hand with the first Practical exam for Neuroanatomy Gross and Sections. I didn’t expect to do as well as I did for the exams, but I’m glad I did. Initially, I thought we had Research in the afternoon, which is why I had lunch in school with my friends, however, it was later announced that our Research professor, who is also a doctor, decided to give us a break, ergo no afternoon class. Me and my friends ended up hanging out in Bo’s Cafe, which is relatively near my school, to pass the time until we figured out what to do for the rest of the day. I think, the break came more of a shock to us all, and being so busy most of the time, we were still suffering from the after shock of having a weekend with nothing to do since we have yet to start on a new unit next week. I was even more thrilled to find out we had no class the next day since we made up for it by attending last Saturday.

Our discussion bounced between the chances of me having a Chinese wedding with Elmer a red, veiled wedding dress that would have been very traditional, that involved a lot of bowing, incense, dragon and lion dances, red paper lanterns and a lot of cliched Chinese accents telling me I should pop out 10 grandchildren. Trust me when I say, there was much laughter on my behalf because I adamantly told them I would rather die than have a Chinese wedding and the chances of me having Medorthoboia (which is fear of an erect penis), Phallaphobia (fear of a penis) during our honeymoon; which is something they insist I have because all the male genitals in my Anatomy books and Anatomy Atlas (Grey’s Anatomy Student Guide 40th edition, Netter’s Atlas, Snell’s Anatomy with Clinical Correlates) have been covered by post-its. It might sound strange and unprofessional and come off as slightly racist, but when I open my books, I’d rather not have to be distracted by some African American or Caucasians penis with their hairy balls, thank you very much.

My aunt picked me up  along with my cousins who also happened to be halfday because their teachers had a conference. It was around 1:30 and my aunt took as to Abaseria Deli and Cafe (Ethnic Ventures).

It was not my first time at Abaseria yesterday, nor will it ever be my last. Abaseria is a family owned restaurant/shop that is slightly difficult to find as it is not near the main road, and you have to deliberately know where you’re going to find it otherwise you might not find it at all.

As you enter the place, the first thing you will be overwhelmed with is the homeliness of the place and the warm feel of everything around you as the sunlight hits the windows just right. There are shelves upon shelves of local goodies made in the Philippines which are amazingly delicious such as Roasted Pili Nuts, Durian Jam, Malunggay Pesto, Chocolate Rum Tobacco, Beeswax and Honey lip Balm, locally brewed coffee and tea, Calamansi Marmalade, bottles of bagoong and Ilocos wine, among other things.

All around are wooden figures of the tribal Filipino, adorned on the walls are paintings of people dancing the Tinikling, or wooden kitchen utensils. Tribal hats dangle from a Pabitin in colorful disarray, carved out wooden planks with Filipino faces in animated series’ are hung on the walls, and in every nook and cranny there is something Filipino made that is beautiful and astonishing. I saw 3 different faces carved from wood, polished and hollowed out which look a lot like masks of the 3 different emotions, but serve as tissue dispensers where the tissue is placed through the head and dispensed from the mouths. They were adorable.

There is a division, an arch, which separates the two halves of the cafe. Where one is filled with delicious treats and body for the appetite and the body, the other half showcases jewelries, accessories and bags made with beads and raw materials that give it that rustic Pinoy flair.

Everything, of course, is for sale. 🙂 (except the tribal hats. i asked. 😦  )

There was a bowl of rings made of wood which me and my cousins rummaged through, we actually found a lot of pretty things to bring home. Price range for these unique accessories ranges from P50 to P400 and up.

They offer delicious, authentic Filipino food which reminds you of home, but better because the ambiance adds to the whole experience.

The Abaseria’s house specialties include Chicken Pork Adobo, Humba Filipino, Baked Ribs with Ginger, and Lechon Kawali. Among its many mouthwatering appetizers are Adobong Kangkong, Chili Adobong Talong, and Fried Tofu with Chili Sauce. Seafood lovers can enjoy a variety of seafood delicacies including Chili Prawns, Adobong Bangus Belly, Fish Sticks, and Sisig Bangus. Sinigang soups are also available, including the Miso and Lapu-Lapu variants. Customers also have a lot of options from its selection of beverages, such as the Passion Fruit Juice and Lemon Grass Tea.

Price ranges from 100-200 and up per dish, but the dishes are usually fit to share and the servings are generous. I only sampled a few of the dishes because, that time, I had lunch with my friends at Bo’s but everything I tried was delicious. Of course, I had a slice of their famous chocolate cake. Which we order as a whole frequently for the house.

I’m planning on taking my friends here during APMC for snack because their snacks look delicious. I want to try the kakanins next time with tsokolate.

Location: 32 Pres. Quirino St. Villa Aurora, Mabolo Proper, Kasambangan, Cebu City

*some of the photos were lifted from friends and from google. the crappy ones are mine because I didn’t bring my camera and my iPhone was dying from all the calls I took that morning. 🙂

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12 responses to “Abaseria Deli and Cafe

  1. Hahahaha laughing out loud at the second paragraph! Why are you averse to having a Chinese wedding? 😀 So funny din your comment about Caucasian and African genitalia! Hahahahha 😀

    Love the look of the place. I like a place with knickknacks as long as it’s not my own. I can imagine how painstaking it would be to clean them one by one. PLUS, it seems so cheap! 100-200 is not bad at all! 🙂

    • Hi michelle. 🙂 Uhm, do you know justine torregosa? 🙂 She’s a classmate of mine. Im not sure if it was you she mentioned or not. 🙂 and Yes. I have an aversion to Chinese weddings because my boyfriends family is traditional and one of my biggest fears is that during the wedding, I’d be decked in red, under a veil while people around me talk about how “un-chinese” I am and motion to my Big feet. :)) but jokes aside, ever since I have been with my boyfriend, I have created a horrible traditional stereotype I tease him with everyday, and I guess I brought it with me to Cebu. hahaha. And yes. The penises in my books are all covered because the male genital is so… (for lack of a better word) weird-looking.
      I hope you can make it over here some day and visit. I know a couple more places just like this. But this is the first one I’ve encountered where everything is for sale and they have the best chocolate cake ever. 🙂 haha. you should come over here for it. srsly 🙂

    • Patsy! YOU REALLY SHOULD. omg. the next time you come by, you have got to take me, and if I’m free, I promise to take you. 🙂 it’s a place I am sure you’ll love. 🙂

    • hi. uhm, yeah. I’ve been in and out of cebu my whole life, but it’s only now i’ve stayed the whole year because of Med school, but I spent relatively the rest of my life in Zamboanga. 🙂 And I come home pretty often. 🙂 yeah. we should meet. 🙂 im hoping to meet the Zambo Bloggers when I get back for Summer Break. 🙂 Cebu is a lovely lovely place. but as everyday passes, I miss zamboanga even more.

    • I know. I love how it’s really a Filipino place. 🙂 and their products such as the necklaces and rings. so pretty. such a unique hole in the wall. 🙂

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