Loco Over Cocoa

Monday, December 25, 2017

bluewater sumilon resort

Storytime is a series of  stories about my most memorable travel experiences. Read more here.

After going on a leisurely trek around the island of Sumilon, we were delighted at the thought of meryenda. So, we let ourselves be herded towards the playground. Only it wasn't a playground anymore. It had been temporarily converted into a tea party venue.

The monkey bars were now festooned by leaves, serving as an arch for a rustic table setup. It honestly looked like a reception for a boho wedding!
bluewater sumilon amenities

rustic boho wedding

But that wasn't actually the best part.

Staying true to its promise of offering only the best of Filipino traditions, Bluewater Sumilon prepared a spread of Pinoy snacks: ube maja blanca, torta Cebuana, puto leche flan, banana cue, and turon halo-halo.
bluewater sumilon teatime

bluewater sumilon teatime

bluewater sumilon teatime

bluewater sumilon teatime

bluewater sumilon teatime

I grabbed one of each and all reminded me of my childhood. Food that tastes like nostalgia is the best food, yes?
pinoy meryenda

When I've finished everything on my plate, I got up for seconds. My eyes were caught by the bamboo vessel propped on a makeshift kiln. The leaf label read: sikwate – the Cebuano's version of hot chocolate.
cebuano hot chocolate

I poured myself a cup, got another round of snacks, and went back to my rustic seat. My companions and I were in the middle of teatime talk when I had my first sip of sikwate. And, boy, did it stop me in my tracks. Rich, smooth, and packed with the wonderful flavors of cacao, that sikwate simply was heaven in a cup. I thought nothing could beat the batirol I had in Bataan, but I was wrong. This was the best hot chocolate I ever had. And for the rest of my stay at Bluewater, I bugged the resident chef to get me some more. That sikwate still haunts me to this day. My god. That drink alone is enough to convince me to come back.
filipino hot chocolate

My companions agreed with me, and even when we were down at the beach, soaking in the warm dusk lights, we couldn't stop talking about teatime. I propose Bluewater call it "sikwate soiree" to give justice to that delicious choco drink. The snacks were great, but that cocoa concoction was no doubt the star.

The fact that I'm writing a separate entry solely dedicate to it is proof enough. That's how good it is. Way to reel me in, Bluewater. You've done it again.

Storytime is a series of  stories about my most memorable travel experiences. Read more here.

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