Malaybalay-based Australian visits Kusina ni Maritis, tries dinuguan and soup number 5

Earlier, we wrote about Roger Hanson, a journalist from Australia, who’s now living in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. He previously posted that he wanted to help promote local food, well-being and lifestyle options and businesses in Bukidnon – for FREE! and friends Melody and Grazelle met with Roger. As a result, not only has a friendship been established but a collaboration as well. And, true to his word, Roger has started to visit Bukidnon establishments.

His first stop – Kusina ni Maritis along Carbajal Street in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Here’s his review along with some of his videos (watch his fun reactions when he tried dinuguan and Remember Me!):

It takes balls to eat balls

Written by Roger Hanson

The hidden treasure of Kusina ni Maritis on Carbajal Street in Malaybalay City opened a new world to me. With virginal virtue I ate local delicacies I have never encountered before and relished it, home cooked Chocolate Meats (Dinuguan) and the appropriately secret Soup #5.

Vibrant host/owner and chef Ace Harvey, or in his alter ego known as Maritis, has created a funky and creative eatery in the heart of the city. The setting is open air, cool, inviting delivering home cooked local delicacies.

“I love cooking, this used to be our ancestral home and during the pandemic to give me something to do,” Maritis said.

“During the pandemic as activities focused online, the world came here for local Filipino food.”

So with my dining companions who you see in the photo as Maritis serves the Chocolate Meats, are pictured from left are Grazelle Gonzales, Melody Fair, Maritis, Maria Irene and the well known Dr Cosette Galve.

The vibrancy of Maritis combined with the local Filipino delicacies and fun dining companions made for a great evening.

Kusina ni Maritis is open Monday-Saturday 6am-8pm, closed Sunday.

Check out the videos to hear more about the food.

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