[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

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[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.

[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] 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. 

 

[Event] The Metro Burgers


Last Feb 16,2013, the Metro Burger had opened, they had a service run through exclusively for bloggers and friends. Its one of the newest burger places in town, its located at Juan dela Cruz St. near Ateneo de Davao area.

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Got to taste their Chinese burger which is a burger patty with chinese sauce, the taste of the sauce is somewhat similar to the sauce that is spread before wrapping a pecking duck. The sauce is called Hoisin Sauce. Imagine a burger with tomatoes, lettuce and chinese sauce, its somehow similar to eating peking duck wrapped in a soft flat bread. The burger was good.

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The burger patties have been stuffed with cheese before they are cooked. With this, the burger is more juicier and tastier.. Compared to other burger places, The Metro Burger is quite affordable, the place is cozy and its accessible.

Here is what’s inside the patty:

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Aside from the burger tasting, the owner Mr. Eight Espino,  a wedding photographer, taught us some basics in doing food photography. I was happy to learn some new tricks in taking pictures especially in doing food photography. Here are some of the sample shots I took after the photography lessons :
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here is the burger studio 😀

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Regular Burger @ P80
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Bacon Mushroom Burger @ P120

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Double Burger @ P150

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Hawaiian Burger

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Metro Burgers

Juan Luna Street, Davao City

Apo View at 65


Recently, we were invited by Apo View for a luncheon meeting with their CEO Chris Pamintuan, as he talks about the history of Apo View & the plans they have for the celebration of the hotels 65th Anniversary.The hotel has been the very first hotel in Davao City & the 2nd longest running hotel in the Philippines. It has been around since the late 1940’s, and this coming March 23, 2013 they are celebrating their 65th year anniversary.  On a press release given to us:

On March 23rd we will be hosting a thanksgiviing party for its industry partners, valued clients and friends. Guest will be treated to a lavish spread of cocktails and tapas. For the evenings entertainment, some of the country’s most talented musicians who started their careers at Apo View Hotel will come home to join the celebration, they will entertain guest ang show their appreciation to the hotel, which was home to them before making it big outside of Davao. There will also be loyalty recognition awards to their loyal employees who have devoted their lives to serving the hotel and the hotel’s guests.

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The Pamintuan family founded Apo View Hotel in 1948 when  the world was still recovering form the World War II. The hotel which started as a 15 room lodge and a restaurant aimed to accomodate those who were exploring Davao and were looking to rebuild their lives in Davao. Today, the hotel has grown into a first-class facility with over 150-rooms, two dining establishments, a bar, a casino and a wide range of convention and banquet facilities.

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The hotel has been recognized by the Department of Tourism as a Pioneer Hotel in 1999 and was given International Recognition for efficiency and International Gold Star for Quality in Switzerland on the same year. Moreover, the hotel received the prestigious Datu Bago Award in 1992, the highest recognition by the city of Davao to outstanding constituents.

With new leadership backed by an experienced staff, Apo View Hotel marks its 65th year with the assurance that the hotel will continue to grow alongside Davao City to provide locals and guestly a distinctly Davao experience with each visit.

[Foodtrip] Terriyaki Boy


I was a bit hesitant to dine at Japanese restaurants since I am not a fan of Japanese food and got  only a few Japanese dishes I am familiar with at Terriyaki boy. It was when we were invited to a food tasting event last February that I got to taste new dishes from this resto. We tried their Sushi feast together with some new meals on the menu.  I am not much of a Japanese food fan, but the food served to us were really good.  Here are what we had during the event:

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Tempura Tuna Sashimi Tartare (MUST TRY!) – this is one of my favorites during the food tasting, raw tuna with tempura breading & a hint of spiciness from the chili oil.. I love how the fresh tuna blends in with the chili oil in this simple yet delicious appetizer.

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Crunchy Salmon Salad– Salmon on a bed of greens in Japanese Mayo, this is also my fave appetizer

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Tofu Steak– Breaded Tofu, top with sweet savory sauce w/ ground pork, onions & shitake mushrooms. the tofu is soft with a hint of sweetness from the sauce

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Tebasaki– Japanese Style double fried Chicken Wings, it somehow is similar to the Korean fried chicken. The chicken stays crispy with a hint of terriyaki sauce.

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Tori Brown Rice Nabe– brown rice with chicken fillet, shitake mushrooms, young corn & Terriyaki Boy sauce.Its a meal on its own. – For white rice eaters, you will love this, brown rice fried rice.

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Terriyaki Boy Chicken– Succulent grilled boneless chicken, marinated & cooked with our very own Terriyaki Boy sauce. This is one dish I won’t miss ordering. simple yet yummy dish.

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Seafood Teppanyaki– Fresh prawns, yellowfin tuna, cream dory & squid stir-fried with bell peppers, onions, shitake & teppanyaki sauce.  This is one ultimate dish for seafood lovers like me.

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Caramel Banana Yogato- Frozen yogurt with banana, caramel & sesame seeds. Somehow reminds me of banoffee pie 😀

Now, I have a few more new dishes I can suggest to friends to try when dining at Terriyaki boy.  It was one fun lunch for us bloggers to try this dishes while having fun chit-chatting with the owner. Thanks for inviting us to experience what’s the best dishes Terriyaki Boy is offering.

Terriyaki Boy

2nd floor Abreeza Mall beside Pancake house.

1st Davao Sinugba Festival


Davao has been popular not just of the abundant fruits we produce, the clean environment and the traffic free roads.With lots of tourist around the Philippines visiting our place for our nice beaches, lower standard of living, and affordable food, many tourist loves visiting Davao. Way back when there were a few restos from different places had opened in Davao, BBQ restaurants were a hit for us Davaoeno’s, we like to have a cup of rice and a few sticks of bbq with sawsawan(sauce) would satisfy our hungry tummy at a very affordable price. It has also been known for the good food especially what we call Sinugba (char-grilled meats & seafood).One of my favorite dishes among the Filipino food is the BBQ chicken, been doing food trip to find the best tasting BBQ chicken in town. This would be a good chance for me to do the BBQ chicken food trip.

This year as our city will be celebrating the 76th Araw ng Davao this coming March 14-17, we will also be having the 1st Davao Sinugba Festival. Its an eat-all-you can BBQ Fest for P200,  There will also be a contest going on
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Here is the press release for this event: 

In time for the 76th Araw ng Dabaw,  Mocha Productions and Tienda del Mercado will host the 1st Dabaw Sinugba Festival from March 14-17, 2013 at the Tienda del Mercado in Acacia St., Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City.

The Dabaw Sinugba Festival will showcase and celebrate the BBQ and grill cuisine in the city by bringing together local BBQ and grill businesses, culinary schools, and food enthusiasts.

The festival will offer mouthwatering displays of BBQ and grill food including kababs, burgers, pork and chicken BBQ, and grilled seafood.

One of the event highlights is the “Eat-All-You Can Sinugba Buffet”. For P200, festival goers can feast on the selection of BBQ and grill dishes.  Participating in the sinugba buffet will also earn them the chance to vote for the “Best Sinugba” among the 32 food stalls.

The festival will also feature BBQ and burger eating contests, cooking demos and contests, and nightly acoustic music entertainment.

Here is the schedule of the 1st Singba Festival:

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The Dabaw Sinugba Festival will run from 4 PM -12 midnight daily from March 14-17, 2013.

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The four day festival is the launching event of Tienda del Mercado, a weekend market and bazaar, which will showcase lifestyle choices in crafts, plants, food and drinks, fashion, music, health and fitness, animal grooming, and many more.

For more info’s you can like their page: https://www.facebook.com/dabawsinugbafestival?fref=ts