[DFAT 2013] Mam Bebs


Our DFAT 1st Day, First stop was at Mam Bebs (formerly La Suerte Bakery). It is not just a bakery, they also serve food for lunch. We had light lunch at the same time meet up with DFAT 2013 Participants. I ordered Palabok and Pork Binagoongan meal for lunch. I shared my meal with blogger friends so as they can also taste the Pork Binagoongan. The meal comes with rice and noodle soup (mami) . I just couldn’t miss ordering the Palabok. For dessert, I was sharing a slice of chocolate cake with blogger friends. After a few minutes of looking around the store, I suddenly remember that I also wanted to order their Batchoy (noodle soup) and was asking friends if they want to share with me. But since everyone had ordered, well I just thought of visiting Mam Bebs again soon. But surprisingly, the pork binagoongan meal had a small bowl of noodle soup. It had somehow satisfy my noodle soup craving that day.

Here is what I had for lunch:

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Pork binagoongan meal

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Palabok one of my comfort food whenever I am looking for a perfect merienda on a tiring day. Mam Bebs serves delicious Palabok.

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Chocolate Cake

Mam Bebs is located at 1/F CVA Building, CM Recto Street, 8000 Davao City

[Events] Greenwich Bloggers Blowout


Last Friday, June 14, 2013 Greenwich hosted a Bloggers blow-out to launch their latest pizzas. It was a night of food, raffle and fun. Greenwich launched their 2 new Pizzas & Lasagna Supreme. The two new pizzas are the Ultimate Filipino’s fave pizza the Ultimate Hawaiian Pizza & Ultimate Special Overload. Its our last stop on our first day of the DFAT (Davao Food Appreciation Tour). Whenever I thnink of having a house party or dining out with friends, I would think of having pizza, pasta n chicken. I always love the combination of pasta, pizza & chicken, its a simple yet complete meal for me.

Everyone really cant get enough of the Ultimate Hawaiian Overload, another Greenwich offering to make pizza lovers crave for more. With the Hawaiian Overload which has two kinds of cheese — Mozzarella and Cheddar, glazed pineapples, and two types of meat– ham & bacon. Crisp on the outside yet soft and chewy on the inside crust that is freshly made everyday in all Greenwich stores. The pizza innovations from Greenwich definitely satisfies Filipinos craving for an overload of Hawaiian pizza goodness. One can savor the blend of the juicy and sweet taste of glazed pineapples, and other delightful toppings of the Ultimate Hawaiian Overload.
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The Ultimate Special Overload has been a personal favorite of mine whenever we would order pizza on Greenwich. “It tops the list of Greenwich pizzas”, says Lulu De Castro, Greenwich Senior Marketing Manager. It has practically everything a pizza any pizza lover can ask for.” It takes one to an all-new gastronomic journey. It prides itself as the most loaded pizza in the market today, giving pizza lovers the ultimate fix that spells richness down to the last bite. It has 13 mouth-watering toppings loaded to perfection. The experience begins with slices of beef, bacon, pepperoni and salami, with sprinkles of veggies which also includes mushroom, olives, red and green bell pepper, onion and minced garlic. Filling and priced reasonably, its the ideal centerpiece in fun barkada gatherings.

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Lastly, the Greenwich Lasagna Supreme is now loaded with even more mouth-watering goodness. One can hardly wait to dig in and savor this pasta perfection. This best-selling pasta now with thicker noodles, chunkier meat sauce complemented by three types of cheese and topped with rich and creamy white sauce. Served with a piece of Garlic Stix. Its one of my favorite lasagna resto,

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I would like to thank Greenwich for the Bloggers Pizza Blow-out. Really had fun being with bloggers and enjoying my favorite food.

[Event] Its more fun in the Philippines with LEGO


SM Lanang Premier unveils Mindanao’s first & largest LEGO Philippine themed show last June 3,2013 as part of its Independence Day celebrations.  In partnership with LEGO, the world’s leading maker of toy bricks and Toy Kingdom, SM Lanang Premiere brought the Lego Philippine map exhibit to promote the love of our country and national pride among Filipinos.  With its aim to re-create the country’s  7, 107 islands highlighting landmarks, icons and tourist attractions.

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Mall shoppers can get a glimpse of the LEGO exhibit which is housed at The Atrium, SM Lanang Premiere from June 3-30, 2013. Kids and the young at heart can also join LEGO’s fun activities – “My Own Creation” and “Play Area – which will run daily until the end of June at the sidelines of the LEGO exhibit. Exciting prizes awaits the winners of these activities.

Here are some of my personal favorite shots I did during the unveiling of Lego Philippine themed show:

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Malancanang Palace

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Pearl Farm

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Kadayawan Festival

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Boracay

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Crocodile Park Davao
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St. Paul’s Subteranean River

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El Nido Palawan

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Paoay Church & Bangui Windmills (both from Ilocos)

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Seeing all these, is like having a visual vacation and gives me more ideas as to where will be our next vacation destination with friends.

[Food Tasting] Tea’Amo Bistro


Just this Monday May 20, 2013, Tea’Amo has just re-opened not just as a Milk Tea place but now a Bistro. They have undergone renovations due to its too cute and too girly place, they had decided to repaint their place into a neutral color to fit not just female customers but also the males who are visiting the place. I have been to the opening of Tea’Amo Soiree last year. I could still remember how girly and really nice the place was. Now, the place is in neutral colors, at least it would fit both the male n female market. They invited us bloggers to have a taste of whats new on their Menu.

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According to the sisters April & Chiara, what’s on their menu are comfort foods, which they loved.

Here are the food we had that night:
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Mamita’s Chicken Parmigiana @ P165  (Must Try!) – Breaded Chicken breast topped with tomato sauce, parmesan cheese & mozzarella.

(can be served either with Java Rice or Plain Rice). The chicken parmigiana is really good, reminds me of eating pizza since it has tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

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Caldereta Bordeaux @ P185 – Slow-cooked beef bathed in special sauce with a hint of wine topped with cheese. The beef is tender and the sauce is flavorful.
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Adobo Festival @ P165 – A classic homegrown recipe by the owner.

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Spicy Pork Cracklings (Must Try! ) @ P155 – Pork slices fried until its crunchy, served spicy with tangy sauce on the side. You may find it guilty to try this, but its something u can’t resist trying out.
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Curry Tilapia w/ Mango Cilantro Salsa @ P155 – Fried Snapper/ Tilapia infused in a uniwure marriage of Middle Eastern & Asian Flavors. For the health-concious. Its a good meal composed of fish and fruits.

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Creamy Chicken @ P155-(Must Try! ) Tender cooked chicken with a veil of cream, topped with fried kangkong leaves. I love the creaminess of the chicken, its perfectly paired with the fried Kangkong.

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Coconut & Pesto Braised Pork @ P165 – Slow braised pork blanketed in a mixture of coconut cream and pesto sauce.

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Home Sweet Ribs @ P175 – Soft ribs with corn & carrots.

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The taste test ended with desserts of Oreo Crinkles and Oatmeal bars & a cup of Cranberry Yogurt with Pearl Sinkers.  Together with Davao Bloggers, we really had a great time dining at Tea’Amo.

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Tea’Amo -Sanny Sweets Building, Tionko Street, Davao City

APO VIEW HOTEL’s BRUNCH WITH MOM AT ENTRÉE


BRUNCH WITH MOM AT ENTRÉE

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and Apo View Hotel has something special prepared for moms this coming Sunday. Entrée, the hotel’s renowned buffet restaurant, presents an indulgent menu featuring classic brunch favourites such as Eggs Benedict, fresh oysters from Roxas, Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and more on May 12, 2013 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Brunch combines the best of breakfast, lunch and cocktails into one leisurely meal. No need to rush out of bed to prepare breakfast or worry about lunch, which will surely be a welcome break for mom… Just a relaxing and memorable day with the family, taking time to enjoy each other’s company while savouring great food at Entrée.

To start of mom’s special day, Apo View Hotel’s Executive Chef Pablito Villanda whips up an assembly of iconic brunch staples such as French Toast, BLTs, an assortment of savory quiches, fish dishes, and more. A selection of fresh salads and seafood are also available, including the freshest oysters imported from Roxas City, the seafood capital of the Philippines. These dishes, paired with a glass of Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or fresh fruit juice, will surely make your mom feel like a queen.

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Eggs Benedict

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French Toast

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Fresh Oysters from Roxas

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Mimosas

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Bloody Mary
Entrée is located at the ground floor of Apo View Hotel, the city’s first and the country’s second longest-running hotel. Now on its 65th year, the Apo View Hotel continues to be one of the leading hotels in the city.

For more information, please contact (082) 221-6430 or visit http://www.apoview.com.

Meet Toffee Alpo’s #1 Fan


Hey there! Meet TOFFEE! The cutest, smartest, and most adorable dog there is!

ALPO Philippines launches one of the cutest webisodes to date, which will introduce its newest little ambassador, TOFFEE!🙂

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TOFFEE is ALPO’s #1 Fan!

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He is a young Jack Russell Terrier who spontaneously tries to come up with the bestest plans to get the real meaty goodness he absolutely deserves. What’s a good tasting meal for TOFFEE? It has to be MEATY! It has to be TASTY! And Toffee wants exactly just that.

TOFFEE also enjoys the cuddles and the huggies from his Mama. Mama is his favorite person in the entire world. Each time TOFFEE gets his bowl of delicious ALPO along with Mama’s furry tickles, he can’t help but sigh and say: “Ahhh! This is the good life!”

Say “Hi” to him on ALPO Philippines’ Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ALPOPhilippines and allow him to show you how you can give your beloved pet dogs a bite out of the good life!

[Event] Davao Bloggers Acquaintance Party 2013


Its been a year since I became a member of Davao Bloggers Society. I had joined the Davao Bloggers group last year and met new friends, attended events and meet different personalities from Davao and from around the Philippines. At first, I was hesitant to join, since being a newbie in the blogging world means lots of adjustments. But luckily, upon joining the group, I was somehow at home being with the group. Aside from attending events, at times we get to hang-out together with bloggers to develop friendship with them. Since we all share the love for food, watching movies and hanging-out.

I won 2 tickets to Maxima Aquafun during the twitter raffle.

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Davao Bloggers Society Members & Officers during the event:

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Big thanks TO our Davao Bloggers Society Acquaintance Party 2013 Sponsors:

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Joining this group had not just gain me more friends, but also had me realize that it opens me to a world of endless possibilities.

[Food Trip] Ah Phets Noodle House & Rice Topping


Last month when I went to Cebu to attend a baptismal. Went around Cebu for some food trip with my friends, was curious about this new resto that serves good noodles and rice meals. Since our flight was delayed from Davao to Cebu, we had a late lunch at Ah Phets Noodle House, located at the Green Orkid Commercial Complex on Escario Street Cebu City.  Upon arriving from the airport we directly went there as me, my sis and my friends where all hungry then.

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Here are what we had during our late lunch :

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Beef Brisket Noodles (Regular) @ P95

The beef was tender and the noodles was just light, the broth is not too salty. Its my kind of beef brisket noodle.

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Tender Ribs Chinese Style @ P180 (Must Try!)

The ribs was marinated well, in every bite you would love the taste of sweet and salty. though a plate is not enough for a group.

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Fried Spring Chicken (half) w/ rice @ P99 (Must Try!) 

I am such a chicken lover, whenever I go visit a new resto, I always make sure to taste their chicken, whether it be fried, or soy chicken or even steam chicken. This Fried Spring chicken is good, with the right spices, reminds me of the spring chicken I usually get to have whenever we visit Ongpin.

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Ma-Ki Regular @ P85

This ma-ki mi is good, same with the ma-ki mi I get to have whenever I visit Ice Castle in Cebu. Ma-ki is a chinese style soup from pork broth in a sticky soup. Its also good if mixed with egg noodles.

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Wanton Noodle Soup Regular @ P95 … The Wanton Noodle Soup was good,  :)

As we were dining, I had a quick interview with the owner. She shared that this new resto has just opened a few months ago. They are also the same owner who owns Ice Castle, the popular Halo-halo place in Cebu. With its delicious food and affordable prices, I would recommend everyone to give this resto a try.

Ah Phets Noodle House & Rice Toppings

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Green Orkid Commercial Complex on Escario Street Cebu City.

You can like their page at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ah-Phets-Noodle-Haus-and-Rice-Toppings/434485919962972?fref=ts

[Event] Blackberry Z10 Launch


Blackberry invited a few of us bloggers and press to its launch of  their latest unit the Blackberry z10 smartphone in the Philippines. It was held at the Marco Polo Hotel last March 08, 2013.  During the launch, we got to experience the greatness of this new Blackberry Z10 via demonstration done by Blackberry officers. I was really amazed by the features this new phone has. Its something most of the well known phone has not had for now. The lightweight phone is not just slim, but also powerful, packed with lots of useful features. I know most of us don’t consider buying a Blackberry since its a bit more expensive than others and its hard to find some of the apps we want since most of us are using Android phones. But Blackberry has an answer to this android apps. They also are producing more apps to fit our lifestyle.
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The Blackberry Z10 an all touch smartphone is the first smartphone powered by Blackberry, the re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented smartphone phone creates a new and unique mobile experience.

Blackberry’s country director of the Philippines Cameron Vernst said that 2013 is the 10th year since Blackberry smartphone were first officially introduced in the Philippines. And Mr. Vernst is excited to announce that the Blackberry Z10 is now in the Philippines. Blackberry Z10 offers a faster and smarter experience that continuously adapts you its user. Every feature, every gesture and every detail is designed to keep the user moving. It is available in 2 colors, Black and White. The Blackberry Z10 phone is elegant and distinctive, and its the most advanced smartphone yet.

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Here are some of its specs:

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-1.5GHz dual core processor

– 2GB RAM

– 16 GB of internal storage

Expandable memory card slot that supports up to 64 GBcards.

Blackberry Hub – a single place to manage all your conversations whether personal or work email.

Blackberry Flow – enables features and apps to flow seamlessly together, helping you complete the task at hand effortlessly and efficiently.

Keyboard that understands and adapts to you- it learns what words you use and how you use them, so you can type faster and more accurately.

BBM Messenger – allows you to share things w/ people that matter to you. BBM in Blackberry z10 includes voice calling and video chat, and introduces the ability to share your screen with another Blackberry z10 contact.

Blackberry Balance- Elegantly seperates and secures work applications and data from personal content on Blackberry devices.

Time Shifts- astonishing camera feature that lets you capture a group shot where everyone is smiling with their eyes wide open. Story maker, which lets you bring a collection of photos and videos together.

Blackberry 10 browser – faster browsing, scrolling and zooming

Blackberry Remember– combines memos, task, and much more into single experience.

Blackberry Safeguard technology that protects what is important to you and the business you work for.

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Cameron Vernst w/ Davao Bloggers🙂

[Food] Sweet Spot Ice Cream


Davao has been a favorite tourist destination not just by the locals but also of foreigners. There have been lots of places to visit, from the beach to nature parks. One of the popular tourist destinations, especially of families aside from the Malls are the parks, among them is Crocodile Park. Aside from the huge crocodiles you see, they also have other different activities that you can enjoy. After a long day, they would like to sit and enjoy a scoop of ice cream from Sweet Spot ice cream.

Sweet Spot Artisan ice creams are made from crocodile eggs instead of chicken eggs as the main ingredients. What makes crocodile ice cream yummy  in everyone’s palate are crocodile eggs, which comprises of 80% yolk! A gallon of crocodile ice cream contains at least a dozen of Crocodile eggs. Their ice creams are mainly made of milk, Crocodile Eggs and fruits that are freshly sourced from the Dizon Farms.

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Here are some of the flavors that we got to taste during an ice cream tasting we had recently:

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From Left to right (Yellow-Mango, Coffee w/ choco chips, Pink-dragon fruit, Cookies & Cream, Durian)

The Artisan Ice creams are available in exciting flavors. Each has its unique taste that would satisfy our summer  cold cravings. Among the flavors I had, the ever popular Durian Ice Cream really got attention, the creaminess of the ice cream is also a plus factor to it.  Aside from the durian, I also like the unique taste of dragon fruit ice cream and the coffee w/ choco chip ice cream. Each serving cost at around P70 per scoop.

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Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream is the only producer of crocodile ice cream around this side of the world. It started out as an experiment, as to produce something extraordinary, since Crocodile Parks is their sister company. The ice cream was further developed by owner & chef Bianca Dizon.

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The first batch of crocodile ice cream was made last 2011; word of mouth caused the ice cream to gain favorable response from ice cream lovers and adventurous foodies alike. Today, Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream has a  growing market of  followers with locals and tourists ordering crocodile ice cream by the tub. The brand also packs surprises every season with lots of flavors.  The next time you visit Davao Crocodile Park, don’t forget to drop by Sweet Spot Artistan Ice Cream, truly a Davaono’s Pride. 

Get your Sweet Spot fix this summer!

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Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream is located at the Crocodile Park Complex, Maa, Diversion Road.)

Like Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream at http://www.facebook.com/sweetspotartisanicecream

For orders, contact (082) 225-0184;

 email sweetspotdvo@gmail.com.