[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

  group pic with bloggers 😀
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Metro Burgers

Juan Luna Street, Davao City

[Beauty] Human Nature All Natural Soap & Spray Sanitizer


Human Nature All Natural Soap

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Size: 120g

Price:  P59.75

The Verdict:

Having tried a lot of different beauty soaps in the market, I would say that  Human Natures Soap is more gentle on my skin with less drying effect. Personally, I had a hard time finding a good soap that would give my skin more moisture since I don’t have good skin. Its a clear and unscented bar soap.  Its gentle to the skin since its made from all natural ingredients. Considering that for some who are into the scented beauty soaps, I don’t mind that its unscented as long as it gives my skin good mositure. Though its a bit expensive compared to the soap in the market. I would recommend this to people who wants to improve their blemished skin or complicated skin.

Human Natures Spray Sanitizer in Tropical Burst

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Size: available in 50ml & 200ml

Price: 50ml: P67.75

200ml: P189.75

Also available in: Citrus Burst & Juicy Burst

Verdict: 

The scent was refreshing after your first few sprays. I personally love the scent, its a mix of citrus with a hint of vanilla. Once you spray it to your hand, you will be smelling the different scents. But to some of my friends, they didn’t like the scent, they said that its too citrusy and strong to their smell. As for the product, I like how it makes me feel that my hands are clean after a few sprays. It is also very convenient to bring along anywhere. I’d say, I will recommend this to everyone who are planning to try a different sanitizer and since its a 100% natural product with no harmful effect to nature.

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

[Beauty] Godiva Skin launch


Godiva Skin Care has launched its new line of skincare last Feb1-3 at SM Annex. It was a day of pampering for the ladies who had joined the event. They had the skin analysis, hand massage, beauty make-over and the photobooth for the ladies to experience a day of fun and pampering. Way back when the popular beauty creams aren’t made available in the Philippine market, mom & I tried Godiva beauty cream. It was a nightly ritual to put creams on before going to bed.

After a few years, Godiva Skin Care has made a comeback, with their popular main ingredient the Licorice which helps whiten skin that lasts. Licorice is a plant found on the Mediterranean region. The licorice roots are used as flavorings, it also has its medicinal properties which are mixed with the beauty creams.

Godiva’s beauty journey was held at SM Annex, it was consisted of 4 booths to try out. Namely the skin analysis booth, hand massage, beauty makeover and the photobooth. I had go through the 4 booths before the event has started. I must say, it was a beauty journey that we girls would love.

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The program was held at SM Davao Annex, it started with a make-up demo by Allan Alforque, a few group of singers and they introduced their lovely model for Godiva Jessica Keinle & hosted by Ms. Claudette Centeno. After a quick interview with Jessica, they had a mini program featuring Davao local talents who sang a few songs.

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Among the guest and bloggers who where invited, they also had cocktails & raffle. One of the members of Davao Bloggers won a Lenovo Android phone. We bloggers were each given a set of Godiva Skin products for testing.Godiva currently is launching its skin care products on Colleges & Universities around Davao. Watch out as they might be doing a beauty journey on your school soon!

Luvnat & Godiva Skin is giving away 3 sets of beauty products to 3 Lucky Luvnat followers.

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GOOD LUCK Beauties! 😀

LIKE Luvnatz on Facebook & click this link:
Godiva Giveaway

[Events] Blugre proudly Davao


When coffee shops weren’t a trend way back, Blugre was one of the pioneering coffee shops. Durian coffee was on every coffeeholics list of must-try whenever they visit Davao. Blugre has made it big in Mindanao’s coffee market, from its first branch in Bajada, Landco Building, it has grown to 6 more branches around Metro Davao, 2 branches in GenSan & a new branch in Tagum City. With its fast growing branches, we can say that nothing beats the King of coffee shops. Each branches caters to different crowds, its a good place for meetings, bonding with family & friends.

Blugre has invited us bloggers to a meeting, for updates on their current & future plans. Among its latest news are that they had opened a new branch in Davao which is located near Davao Doctors Hospital which would be their first coffeeshop to open 24 hrs, and recently they had opened another in Tagum City.

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Blugre MTS Branch offers affordable packages ideal for meetings, birthdays & barkada hang-outs:

For P2,000 with P100 GC:

– 5 cafe mocha

-5 ice blended mocha

-3 cheese roll bites

-2 potato chips

-3 slices of choco torte

for P4,000 with P200 GC:

-5 Cappucino

-5 Cafe Mocha

-5 Brewed Coffee or House Blend Iced Tea

-5 durian cappucino

-3 Tuna Cheese Melt

-3 Sausage Pepper Penne

-3 choco torte

-3 potato chips

for P6,000 with P500 GC

-10 Cappucino

-10 Brewed Coffee or House Blend Iced Tea

-10 Iced Blended Durian

-4 Penne Tuna Pesto Cream

-5 Ham & Cheese

-5 Cheese roll bites

-5 Choco Torte

-Blugre MTS now serves BREAKFAST!

UPDATES:

-Blugre Abreeza is now brewing and now ready to serve new cakes and pastries.

-Blugre is doing great renovations on their branches

-Blugre Tagum has opened

-Blugre Davao Doctors branch has opened.

– They are planning to go International..SOON!

ACTIVITIES:

-Photo Contest via Facebook

-Promotions of new items in their Menu.

Here is a photo of us bloggers with Ms. Siy & Mr. Cuaresma.

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With its fast growing branches, we can say that nothing beats the King of coffee shops.

” We are not just a cup of coffee; We are a global brand, a lifestyle and a brand that gives back! “

Follow them on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/officialblugre

[Events] Bulgogi Brothers Opens @ SM Lanang


Davao has become a food haven as recently a lot of restaurants from different places had opened here at SM Lanang Premiere. One of its latest addition to its numerous new dining places is Bulgogi Brothers. A Korean restaurant which specializes on Bulgogi (which means Fire meats), its a franchise from korea brought to us by the Bistro group of restaurants which also had franchised Friday’s & Italiannis. Just a short background about Bulgogi Brothers, it has 38 stores over South Korea, its first international branch is the one in Manila.

I love spicy food, since korean food is a mix of spicy food & almost similar to Japanese food. I had no problem in adapting to it. In fact, me & my family would dine at least twice a month on korean resto’s around town.  Whats good about korea food is that their everyday meal is healthier compared to other dishes and you will feel that you are having a lite meal since almost all of the food served at the resto is not just delicious but also healthy.

As we entered the restaurant, we were immediately serve with a cup of their corn tea, while they introduce what we will be having during the taste test. We were served with their complimentary side dishes such as pickled veggies, sweet corn, eggplant & of course Kimchi.
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For starters, we had their new addition to their choice of Salad

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Chicken Naengchae Must Try! – Honey chicken w/ Salad  in Oriental dressing.. I like this dish, something new to my taste since it has honey chicken

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Haemul Gungjung Mandu (MUST TRY!) Fried dumpling with seafood served with spicy sauce. This is one of my favorite among the dishes served. I like the dumplings with the spicy sauce.. they are perfect together (for those who love spicy sauces)

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Dubu Steak- Fried tofu steak with teriyaki sauce, its something light yet really good.
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Bulgogi Brothers Special- Heart-shaped marinated beef w/ sweet potatoes & Onions

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Premium Ribeye & Boneless Short Ribs Combination(MUST TRY!) I love the taste of this, the tender beef strips mixed with bean sprouts

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Kimchi Jigae– (kimchi Stew) is a bit spicy for people who aren’t into spicy food, but this is really good, aside from the kimchi, it has white rice cake mixed in it. its something korean-chinese dish. After gulping the soup, ul feel a bit refreshed .. (go figure) 😀

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Haemul Bimbimbap– Rice topped with shrimps, squid & veggies- If your a fan of korean rice topping, you would love this.

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For the drinks we were made to choose from the two best-sellers which are the Raspberry Tea mint ( Raspberry concentrate w/ mint leaves ) & Citrus Mint (Calamansi concentrate w/ mint leaves). For desserts they brought a bundle of  korean ice creams for us.

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It was a fun dining here at Bulgogi Brothers. I would recommend foodies & people who are game in trying different dishes to try this out. Its fun dining the korean way.

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Bulgogi Brothers

3rd Level SM Lanang Premiere

you can check their Fan page @ https://www.facebook.com/Bulgogi.Brothers.Philippines?ref=ts&fref=ts

[Event] Cellar de Boca Opening


Davao has really made it big with lots of malls, more restaurants are opening in the past month. Recently,Cellar de Boca had invited us bloggers to try their dishes during their opening held at their resto at SM Lanang Premiere. A wine kitchen that is owned by Tricie Pengson-Arcenas, her husband Vince Arcenas & wine importers Bobby Basa Tenchavez & Carlo Calma Lorenzana. It was created after the success of their 1st restaurant Cellar de Oboza, located at their ancestral house on Rizal St. owned and managed by Tricie & Vince Arcenas.

Tricie’s brothers are successful chefs in Manila. Her culinary success began when she opened Salutti last 2007, a hole-in-the-wall Italian Bistro. Her brothers are also chefs. She wanted to bring out a menu where comfort food can be affordable and reachable everyday.

Aside from the selection of quality wines from Lagarde, Cellar de Boca is something to look forward to, in terms of their selection of food on the menu. I got to try their specialties during their opening night. Here are what we had during the said early dinner:

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Since I didn’t come on time due to work, they gave me a plate of appetizers. (from left-Right) Imbao w/ chorizo, Tuna Tartar & Steak Empanada. Among this 3 appetizers, its the steak empanada that got me craving for more. The imbao with chorizo taste good same as with the tuna tartar.

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Tuna Plantsa is tuna that is cooked on its 4 sides & raw on the center with a tangy sauce. Its something new for me.

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Boca Angus Steak Must Try!- is their house specialty. Though I don’t eat steak cooked medium rare, I really have to taste this. Its really good, after a small piece, I requested the waiter to have it well-done for me to enjoy it.

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Paella Fried Rice– its one of their specialty rice, its a mix of seafood in brown rice. Its a must try! same with their Steak Rice which is really good. (no photos)
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Churros w/ chocolate dip- The dip was made of 100& pure cocoa tablea. the richness of the chocolate paired with the churros is a good match & its not too sweet.
Its really a delight to dine at Cellar de Boca, a great hang-out with friends over a glass of wine and sumptuous comfort food.

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Cellar de Boca

2nd floor Fountain area SM Lanang Premiere

[Events] Hog’s Breath Pre-Tasting


Hog’s Breath Cafe has opened its doors to Davao last December  10,2012, coined as Australia’s home-grown steakhouse. It has opened its first branch in the Philippines which is located at SM Lanang Premiere. It has 80 branches around Australia & a few branches in New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Papua New Guinea & Vietnam.Since the resto was really not open to the public during the pre-tasting, it was exclusive to the media and bloggers that day. We had a tour on what the restaurant had during the event.

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The restaurant is spacious, in fact, its Hog’s breath’s biggest branch. They had a function room & a bar to serve people who are on meetings or special occassions. There where two menus to choose from during the pre-tasting event. We chose the Menu B. We were given two servings per order for our group to share.

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Here are what we had during the Pre-tasting event:

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Buffalo Wings- Chicken wings on buffalo sauce and Bleu cheese dip

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Salmon Nicoise Salad– Pan-seared salad on a bed of salad greens accompanied with chunks of potatoes, cherry tomatoes and drizzles of Hogs breath Italian Viniagrette. One of my fave since it has salmon 🙂

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Smoked Pork BBQ Ribshalf slab of baby back ribs in barbeque sauce with twister fries on the side. Its one of the house specialty.

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Natural Prime Rib Steak (200g) Must try!– a juicy Australian beef steak which was cooked medium well with mashed potatoes, veggies & corn. This one of the highlight of the meal we had during the pre-tasting.

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Tomato Bruschetta- bruschetta with tomatoes on garlic bread.

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Salt & Pepper Calamari– fresh squid fried in special breading marinated in salt & pepper. one of my fave during the pre-tasting

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Seafood Marinara.. Must try!– pasta with seafoods in red sauce.

Food trip won’t be complete without trying their desserts & specialty drinks. Here are what we had for desserts:

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For the drinks, we had Frozen Mixed Berries which is a mix of Sorbet, strawberry, raspberries & Apple Juice.. its a MUST Try!  Mango– a mix of Mango & Apple juice & Tropical– Strawberries, Mango, Banana & Fruit juice mixed into a smoothie. The drinks they serve were refreshing.. perfect for our food trip. (from left-right)

Mississippi Mud Cake– its chocolate cake with a cup of ice cream. for the chocolate lover who loves the mix of vanilla & chocolate cake. I instantly like this after the first taste.

Banana Split– Banana cut into half with three scoops of ice cream, its something ice cream lovers would love.

Apple Crumble– Home style apple crumble w/ caramel sauce. Its one of my favorite among the three desserts we had during the event.

 

Its always been fun to try new restaurant to gain dining experience, with this resto, you will surely enjoy not just the sumptuous food, but you will also love hanging out on their cozy place plus good service.

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To know more on their updates and promos, you can add them thru FB Fan Page.. Hog’s Breath Café Davao on http://www.facebook.com/HogsBreathCafeDavao and you can also follow them on Twitter @HBCafeDavao for updates.

Hog’s Breath Café Davao

is located at Unit 147 – 149 Ground Floor, SM Lanang Premier, Lanang, Davao City. It is near the SM Lanang Supermarket entrance/exit going at the Fountain Court.