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Davao, Food

Yolks Flower Cafe + Cupcakery

This newly-opened restaurant in Davao offers a unique dining experience. It’s a Flower Cafe and Cupcakery flourished with flowers and floral decorations that give their place a garden-like ambience.  They serve not only appetizing dishes, but also melt-in-your-mouth desserts that will surely delight your tastebuds. Here are some of my favorite dishes and desserts that they offer.

Beef Teriyaki – Tender beef strips drenched in tang teriyaki sauce.  This was my favorite!

Pizza Verde – A healthy, no-meat alternative for vegetarians who love pizza!

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Davao, Food

Starbucks Introduces New Frappuccinos

Starbucks Summer Frappuccino Image

My favorite Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino has bid goodbye but as what they say, there is still good in goodbyes because Starbucks made two new sets of thirst quenchers namely the Chocolate Black Tea with Earl Grey Jelly and Double Chocolate Green Tea Frappuccino.

Chocolate Black Tea with Earl Grey Jelly

Chocolate Black Tea with Earl Grey Jelly

Double Chocolate Green Tea

Double Chocolate Green Tea

These tea-based drinks bring you to a different level of tea experience because they are both creamy and smooth. I love the softness of the Earl Grey Jelly at the bottom of the Chocolate Black Tea. The lightness and unique taste of the Double Chocolate Green Tea took my breath away. Currently, the Double Chocolate Green Tea is my new favorite and I would surely love to grab a cup everyday because these drinks will only be available starting June 7 until July 25, 2016. So what are you waiting for? Don’t dare to miss out on a wonderful tea experience brought to us by Starbucks!

Apart from the new Frappuccinos, they also introduced a few delicious food offerings namely Chicken Parmigiana Wrap, Chicken Milk Bun, Purple Yam Cheesecake, Sausauge and Spinach on Focaccia Bread, Breakfast Pannkcakes, and Go Lite Chips for the those who are on a strict diet!

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Davao, Food

Happy Fit: Splurge Without the Guilt

It’s always a struggle for me to stay healthy and fit while not sacrificing the food that I love to eat such as chips, pancakes, and burgers. But worry no more, because Happy Fit is here to the rescue! This new nutrition hub offers a variety of healthy food and beverages as well as supplements.

So here’s some of their healthy food offerings that you definitely have to try!

Chicken Teriwrap

Chicken Teriwrap

Chicken Teriwrap

With only 210 calories, the Chicken Teriwrap is tasty. Considering that they used the breast meat of the chicken, the meat was not dry and it was tender. I love the hint of mango taste in it and the wrap is also soft which is also made of whole wheat flour.

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Davao, Food

Top Must-Tries at Filipino Comfort Food

It is always difficult to find a restaurant that offers the same quality of food that we eat at home.  That recently changed with the opening of Filipinio Comfort Food (FCF) in Davao City.  Owned by famed restaurateur Cathy Binag, FCF offers a nice selection of home cooked dishes anyone can enjoy.  I certainly did, and would like to share my favorites from their menu.

1.) Chicken Skin – This is my ultimate favorite since I’m a big fan of crispy Chicken Skin.  FCF’s version was crunchy and tasty, without all the grease! Continue Reading

Food, Manila, Travel

I Finally Found the One: My Love Affair with Bondi & Bourke

  • Creek Stone Steak

Traveling gives me a chance to kick back, relax and enjoy life. For me, a big part of the travel experience involves food, because I love to eat! The one thing I look for in any place I visit is a good old tender juicy steak. Whenever I’m in Manila (which had become almost a weekly occurrence), I always look forward to a meal at Bondi & Bourke.

Evenly Cooked

Evenly Cooked

Their Creekstone Steak is simply to die for. It weighs at least a kilo, and you’d need a couple of friends to help you finish off the damn thing (and foot the bill, too). The chef comes to our table and asks us how we want our steak done. We say the usual: split into two thinner 500g slices, cooked to medium. The cooking process takes 30 minutes.
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Davao, Food

Fresh Potato Chips at Twist n Fizz

When I was growing up, I ate potato chips like there was no tomorrow. As I got a bit older and more mature though, I came to realize that potato chips was a processed food, and consuming them every single day wouldn’t bode well for my long term health. I began working out, ate healthy by avoiding carbs when I can.

Tato Stix

Tato Stix

And then came Twist n Fizz. Twist n Fizz is the brainchild of a close friend of mine, Keilah Rodriguez. They opened their first branch on the basement floor of the Gaisano Mall of Davao. Twist n Fizz offers tasty and delicious potato chips made only from choice, hand-picked potatoes fresh from the garden. This means that I can go back to eating potato chips, albeit not as often as before, without worrying about eating anything artificial. Twist n Fizz’ Tato Stix is not just healthy but also budget friendly! For only PHP39.00 you can now enjoy their Tato Stix and other products at modest prices.
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Davao, Food

The White House Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge

The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge is a fine dining restaurant located at Camella Northpoint, J.P. Laurel Ave in Davao City. Its ambiance is unique because the restaurant was originally an old house from the 1960’s that was restored by its new owners.  Price range is high but appropriate with the quality of food you will be getting. They have different cuisines for you to choose from that would surely please everybody’s taste buds!

Being a meat lover is not easy. I seldom eat vegetables and I’m very particular with the food that I eat. When it comes to meat, it has to be cooked and prepared with perfection.

I really loved White House’s delectable Black Akadashi Braised Lamb Shank. The meat is soft and juicy. The sauce is savory. Ugggh I just can’t help myself but every time I remember the Lamb, it makes me hungry to death!

Akadashi Braised Lamb Shank

Akadashi Braised Lamb Shank

Akadashi Braised Lamb Shank

Akadashi Braised Lamb Shank

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Food, Travel

Dampa Davao

Dampa Davao is one of the newest restaurants in Davao that offers a different concept. Located at Tionko Street, Dampa Davao* is easy to find. Customers get to point and choose from the fresh seafood display and have it cooked right in front of them. They also have a menu with lots of food to choose from.
*Click the link to see location and other details.

Ironically, I liked the Ginataang Hito. Even though I really don’t appreciate coconut milk, this Ginataang Hito changed all of that. The sauce is creamy and the meat of the catfish was fresh and didn’t have the usual fishy smell or taste.

Ginataang HIto

Ginataang HIto

I also liked the Shrimp in Sizzling plate. It’s like Gambas but with a sweeter sauce this time.

Sizzling Shrimp

Sizzling Shrimp

And a lot more…
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Cebu, Food, Party, Travel

Sinulog 2014

Sinulog is one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines. It has been practiced for over centuries since the Spanish times. Now Sinulog has transformed into a huge rave party that party animals like me should never miss.

photo courtesy of: Spectrum Experience

photo courtesy of: Spectrum Experience

 

TRANSPORTATION DURING SINULOG

I wasn’t able to attend Sinulog in 2013, so a few months before the 2014 event, I booked a flight for January 17-20,2014 even though it cost me an arm and a leg. I was so stoked about it that I counted the months and days until that day — January 17th — arrived. Getting there was a little underwhelming though. Our flight was delayed and we arrived in Cebu with no metered taxicabs at the airport in sight. We later found out that we had to fall in line and wait at least half an hour at the departure area located a floor above where we were. Time is gold so we decided to take an airport cab for which we paid double to that of the regular metered rate.

 

ACCOMODATIONS

At approximately 10:00pm we finally arrived at our hotel, the Tsai Residences. Their Sinulog rate was Php3,750, about double their regular rate of Php1,800. According to our friends, hotels normally jack up their rates that high during Sinulog season. As soon as I saw our room, I got into the shower to freshen up then took a few shots of the Jack Daniel’s (JD) that I brought from Davao. Catching a cab was not a problem this time as there were a lot of them passing by Tsai Residences. So off I went to Life Dance!

 

WHERE TO PARTY ON A FRIDAY DURING SINULOG

Life Dance, for me, is Sinulog’s culminating event. Set at the Cebu Boardwalk, it’s a huge outdoor rave party attended by thousands of people from all over the world.

When I got to the venue, my friends were already inside. They had VVIP tickets (VVIP: PHP3,500.00, VIP: PHP2,500.00, GEN. AD.: PHP1,000.00) and me? I had nothing. I waited for 2 long hours outside the venue, listening to the music and the wild crowd. I bumped into Champ, a good friend of mine who was previously based in Cebu, and asked if he could help me get inside for free. Unfortunately, security was super strict so again I was forced to wait outside. Thereafter, I came to my senses and decided to buy a GA ticket at the gate and got in. The GA area was so vast and thousands upon thousands of people were dancing like crazy. The VIP and VVIP areas were fenced at the elevated part at the back. I kept texting and looking for Jico, a fellow Davaoeño who was also there, but ended not seeing him at all what with the sheer madness that was going on. I moved toward the left most part of the place and saw my friends whom I was supposed to be with in the VIP area, and eyed Champ and his group lingering nearby. They coaxed me to jump over the barricade, but initially I was too chicken. After much prodding I grabbed a chair and got myself over it and became an instant VIP guest hahahaha! Champ and his friends threw some booze at me. Eventually I joined Krizha, another Davaoeña, and met her group of friends from Manila. With all these excellent people around, getting into mood to party was easy and I felt in the zone to do all my dance moves. Music was great as expected. The organizers brought International DJ’s who were among the top 100 in the world. The crowd was epic and everyone just loved to party. We stayed there until 5:00am then decided to continue drinking at the Waterfront Hotel where John and Anton are staying. They bought bottles of Red Horse and an Emperador Light (EmpeLight). At 8:30am I went back to Chai hotel to recharge myself in preparation for Saturday’s activities.

With Krizha and a Friendly Party Girl (stranger)

With Krizha and a Friendly Party Girl (stranger)

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