Dining Out

Lunch on the beach

Unlike Boracay, the beach in Roxas City is more intimate. It looks more like a neighborhood affair rather than a posh resort community. On one side are the private residences and on the opposite side are the restaurants and watering holes. Behind them, a few meters farther from the sea, are the fields where salted fish dry under the sun.

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On our third day in Roxas City, after the bangus harvest, we had lunch at one of the restaurants that dot the beach — Coco Veranda.

The place was packed and we had to be patient. Not a difficult thing to do — the kids immediately ran to the beach and started picking and collecting seashells. Click on the thumbnails to view the photos.

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We were supposed to ride a boat and visit this islet. Maybe, next time.

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Only kids enjoy picking seashells under the noonday sun. Personally, I took a few photos and went back under the shade.

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Sam and Jill collecting seashells on the beach.

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It wasn’t alive anymore so I didn’t stop my daughter from poking it.

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They were cooked the way my father did. The oysters are placed in a basin, boiling water is poured over them and, after a few minutes, the oysters are strained and the shells pried open.

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It’s an appetizer, strictly speaking, or in Filipino parlance, pulutan — the finger food that accompanies beer or other alcoholic drink. But I can eat barely cooked oysters — and nothing else — with rice and feel I had a complete meal.

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Ah, this fish dish I thoroughly enjoyed. I suppose it is more Chinese than Filipino with its thickened sweet-salty sauce and stir fried vegetables.

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Served sizzling on a hot plate, I couldn’t eat this shrimp dish naturally because of an allergy.

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The Roxas City version of the grilled chicken dish made famous by Bacolod City.

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For my husband and I, nothing beats ice-cold halo-halo on a hot summer day.

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For my younger daughter Alex, an all-Filipino lunch is never complete unless she has leche flan (cream custard) for dessert.

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