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An afternoon of eating at Cafe Antonio’s and Sans Rival in Dumaguete City

There’s only so much you can eat in an afternoon when you’re alone in a new city, so here I’m going to talk about just a couple of restaurants in Dumaguete.

I was immediately attracted to the quaint Spanish-style architecture of the  the Spanish Heritage Building, where Cafe Antonio’s is tucked away on its second floor. It may seem dark inside, but I thought it was pretty, with enough Old Filipino design and retro posters to keep me interested.

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I tried their hickory glazed BBQ pork ribs and their cookies and cream “frothiccino”. The cold coffee you can do away with, but their ribs is quite divine.

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After this already filling dinner, I went back to Sans Rival, where I had (you guessed it) sans rival that is totally sans rival, plus their famous silvanas. I reserved three boxes for me to bring home the next day, right before my flight back to Manila early in the morning.

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Then it was time for sunset again on Rizal Boulevard, where I not-so-discreetly (and not-so-successfully) took pictures of people walking their dogs and buying balloons from vendors. Stalls selling kikiam and fishballs had started bringing out monobloc tables and chairs as a crew was setting up a stage for what seemed like a night of concert sponsored by a local beer.

As for me, it was one of the moments when I felt introverted; I went back to Harold’s Inn as soon as it got too dark, and started writing. And who knew? I finished writing my tale seven months later. 😛

Sunset on Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City
Sunset on Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City
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