Kusina Maria

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Hillbilly Cube Toast by Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant

Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant has brought back some of their best-sellers. And it has made me sooo happy because one of my favorites desserts (ever!) is back.

My cousins and I used to go to Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant just for this…

Hillbilly Cube Toast by Bigby's Cafe and Restaurant

Hillbilly Cube Toast by Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant

The Hillbilly Cube Toast is a comforting yet exciting dessert treat perfect for any time of the day. It consists of a stack of cubes of French Toast dusted with Cinnamon Sugar. These are drizzled with rich and thick Native Hot Chocolate. And it’s topped with a dollop of whipped cream. The textures and flavors meld together perfectly creating a decadent dessert that is more enjoyable with every bite.

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Hillbilly Cube Toast by Bigby's Cafe and Restaurant

Hillbilly Cube Toast by Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant


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Osso Buco by Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar

Osso Buco with Turmeric Risotto by Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar in Felcris Centrale, Davao

Osso Buco with Turmeric Risotto by Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar

Osso Buco is a traditional Italian dish from Milan. Osso Buco translates to “bone with a hole.” Osso means bone and buco means hole. It is prepared by braising cross-cut veal shanks (bulalo in Filipino) with vegetables and wine. Modern Osso Buco is prepared with tomatoes or tomato sauce. It is usually served with risotto, pasta, or mashed potatoes.

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar serves a delightful, unctuous, umami-filled Osso Bucco with Turmeric Risotto. The beef is braised in a tomato sauce until tender and flavorful. It is complemented by earthy black olives that adds bite and a layer of flavor that contrasts with the tender beef and the rich sauce well. The sauce is also flavored by minced chorizo. The marrow is prepared and cooked separately from the braised beef. The Turmeric Risotto is made with Arborio Rice, a short-grained Italian rice variety. It is firm but creamy. Bread is also served with the dish.
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Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2015

Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2015

Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2015

Every year, food and travel bloggers from all over the Philippines travel to Davao for the biggest food adventure in the Philippines, the Davao Food Appreciation Tour (DFAT). From a simple food tour aimed to encourage bloggers and tourists to visit Davao City, DFAT has grown bigger and better every year. With the support of Davao’s food establishments, various national brands and companies, and government agencies, DFAT has become the most anticipated food and travel blogging event in the Philippines.

Since 2008, DFAT has helped local restaurants share to Filipino bloggers and tourists the best food finds and foodie experiences in Davao Region.

This 2015, DFAT is set to deliver another memorable food adventure. Here are the food establishments set to tickle the palates and fill the tummies of the DFAT 2015 Team.

ALOR’S: A HOME KITCHEN & YUMMY

Alor's: A Home Kitchen

Alor’s: A Home Kitchen

Since 1988, Yummy has been a staple in the Davao food scene. Mama Alor Lim-Despabiladeras and her siblings shared a passion for preparing good food which inspired them to share their yummy creations with other people. In the early 2000s, Mama Alor’s, James Despabiladeras and Diana D. Chua Chui Hian, opened Alor’s: A Home Kitchen as homage to their mother’s passion for cooking and good food. Just a few months ago, the Despabiladeras siblings re-launched the Yummy brand through a homey restaurant that serves unforgettable savory meals and sweet desserts.

Yummy

Yummy

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/alors.kitchen
#YummyDavao #AlorsAHomeKitchen

BASTI’S BREW

Basti's Brew

Basti’s Brew

Not so long ago, Davao City was known as the city where cafes and restaurants offers free WiFi. We have to thank Basti’s Brew for that. Basti’s Brew opened in 1999 as a specialty coffee shop that serves freshly brewed coffee blends from breakfast until past midnight. Through the years, Basti’s Brew has served not just coffee, but also a variety of sandwiches, Pinoy pizzas, pasta, and full meals that is sure to satisfy anybody’s appetite.

Pizzas by Basti's Brew

Pizzas by Basti’s Brew

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bastis-Brew/271286574620

CHIPPENS CAFE

Davao is known for our affordable buffet restaurants. Foremost of which is home grown Chippens owned by the San Joses. Now, comes a new dining outlet from the San Jose family, Chippens Cafe. It is a quaint restaurant that serves multi-course meals all delicately prepared by Chef Chino San Jose.

COFFEE @ YELLOW HAUZ

Also a homegrown coffeeshop, Yellow Hauz serves as home of Davao Bloggers, playing host to many Davao Bloggers Tete a Tetes and Workshops. Yellow Hauz serves freshly brewed coffee, filling savory dishes, and delectable desserts.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/yellowhauz

LACHI’S SANS RIVAL ATBP.

Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp.

Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp.

Since DFAT’s inception in 2008, Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp. has been a staple in the event’s list of featured restaurants. And it is always, the most anticipated and highly rated stop. The reasons? A plethora of mouth-watering dishes and a to die for dessert buffet.

Cheesecakes by Lachi's

Cheesecakes by Lachi’s

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lachisdavao
#LachisDavao

MAM BEBS BAKESHOP

Mam Bebs Bakeshop

Mam Bebs Bakeshop

Another staple of DFAT is Davao’s homegrown bakery, Mam Bebs Bakeshop which served meals, bread and pastries to generations of Davaoeños. From the simple Lug-Lug and Mami to unique Patato Rolls and Mango Squares, Mam Bebs has captured the hearts and filled the tummies of Davaoeños who are looking for wholesome, homemade treats.

Mini rolls made of potato flour and topped with cheese, butter, and sugar

It’s not ensaymada. It’s Potato Rolls.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mambebsbakeshop

MARGIE’S BAKESHOP

Margie's Bakeshop

Margie’s Bakeshop

An import from Butuan, Margie’s Bakeshop has 4 outlets in Davao City. They are known for their best-selling pasalubong items, Brownie Thins and Oatmeal thins. Margie’s Bakeshop also serves various of cakes and pastries, all made from high-quality ingredients.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Margies-Bakeshop/62774312837
Instagram: @Margies_Davao
#margiesdavao #margiesbakeshop


MISSY BON BON BREADSHOP

Missy Bon Bon

Missy Bon Bon

Missy Bon Bon, one of Cagayan de Oro’s most famous food establishment’s has just opened a branch in Davao. Popular for their signature Pastel and luscious gelato, Missy Bon Bon is one of Mindanao’s must-try foodie spots.

Gelato by Missy Bon Bon

Gelato by Missy Bon Bon

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MissyBonBonBreadshop
Twitter: @MissyBonBon
Instagram: @ILoveMissyBonBon
#missybonbondavao

POLO BISTRO BY MARCO POLO HOTEL DAVAO

Dubbed as the #HeartofDavao, Marco Polo Hotel Davao prides itself as the home of several food and beverage outlets that offer distinct gastronomic experiences. Both Polo Bistro and the Lotus Court have been a part of DFAT in the past years, giving the DFAT Bloggers a unique sensory experience that remain with them for years.

Prawns Thermidore by Polo Bistro of Marco Polo Davao

Prawns Thermidore by Polo Bistro of Marco Polo Davao

Website: http://www.marcopolohotels.com/en/marco_polo/hotels/philippines/davao/marco_polo_davao/index.html
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/marcopolodavaohotel
Twitter: @MarcoPoloDavao
Instagram: @MarcoPoloDavao
#MarcoPoloDavao #HeartofDavao

VIKING’S LUXURY BUFFET

Viking's Luxury Buffet

Viking’s Luxury Buffet

The biggest player in Davao’s buffet scene is Viking’s Luxury Buffet. From a wide selection of salads and appetizers to their expansive dessert spread, Viking’s serves up a wide array of dishes (and drinks) representing cuisines from all around the world.

Sushi at Vikings SM Lanang Premier Davao

Sushi at Vikings SM Lanang Premier Davao

Website: http://vikings.ph
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VikingsLanang
Twitter: @vikingsbuffet
#VikingsDavao #EatLikeaViking
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Black Garlic Tonkotsu by Sunahama Noodle Bar

Black Garlic Ramen with Nori by Sunahama Noodle Bar

Black Garlic Ramen with Nori by Sunahama Noodle Bar

I, along with many Davaoeños, have been eagerly for the ramen fever to arrive in Davao. It took a lot of time but when it did arrive via our homegrown Sunahama Noodle Bar, I was not disappointed at all.

On my first trip to Sunahama Noodle Bar, I tried their Black Garlic Tonkotsu. It is one of Sunahama’s best-selling ramen and it is my favorite item on their menu.

Tonkotsu is pork bone broth which is one of the most common soup bases for ramen. Sunahama’s best-seller, Black Garlic Tonkotsu, infuses Black Garlic (Mayu) to their savory Tonkotsu soup. Mayu is blackened garlic oil which is prepared by cooking garlic with oil over low heat until it caramelizes and turns completely black. This gives the resulting oil an intense flavor, spicy and bitter, with a hint of umami. Black Garlic Oil gives the Tonkotsu depth of flavor which makes it intriguing and complex.

Sunahama’s Black Garlic Tonkotsu is served with a slice of tender braised pork belly, nori (seaweed), bean sprouts, scallions, and a tamago (seasoned soft boiled egg). The tamago gives more umami flavor and adds more layers of interesting textures to the dish.
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Capampangan Cuisine by Binulo Restaurant

Sisig by Binulo Restaurant

Sisig by Binulo Restaurant

Pampanga has a proud tradition of Filipino cooking. Capampangan Cuisine (alternately Kapampangan) combines local, Malay, Spanish, American, and Chinese influences, techniques, and ingredients to produce a distinct Kapampangan taste. Kapampangan’s best dishes are highlighted in Binulo Restaurant‘s menu. From the appetizers and salads to the desserts, Binulo Restaurant showcases traditional home cooked Capampangan dishes prepared and served elegantly.

Arguably, one of Pampanga’s most popular and universally loved dishes is Sisig. Sisig is a traditional dish made of pig’s ears, cheeks, and livers cooked with onions and chili. Binulo’s sisig is served with Pititian, fried pork rind. The mixture of Pititian with various pig’s meats and liver results to a delicious umami-filled mixture of flavors and textures. It is the perfect way to start a Capampangan meal.

Here are two more Capampangan dishes by Binulo that are sure to whet your appetite for more.

Shrimp Okoy by Binulo Restaurant

Shrimp Okoy by Binulo Restaurant

Paco Salad by Binulo Restaurant

Paco Salad by Binulo Restaurant

Okoy is Filipino fritters, usually made with veggies and seafood. Binulo serves Shrimp Okoy made with Green Papayas and Shrimps. It has the right amount of crunch and saltiness without the oiliness of deep fried dishes. It is best eaten with seasoned vinegar.

Paco is fiddlehead fern. It is a popular The Binulo Paco Salad is served with fresh tomatoes, shrimps, peanuts, and salted eggs mixed in with a vinaigrette dressing.

Binulo also served delicious versions of Kapampangan versions of popular classic Filipino dishes.

Bulanglang na Sugpo by Binulo Restaurant

Bulanglang na Sugpo by Binulo Restaurant

Bulanglang is the Kapampangan take on Sinigang, the Filipino sour soup. Instead of using the traditional sampaloc (tamarind), Bulanglang is made with ripe guavas which gives a sweet, fruity undertone to the tangy, sour soup. It is served with Sugpo (Prawns), Pork, or Bangus (Milkfish). The soup is enriched with malunggay (Moringa) leaves.

Another popular Capampangan dish is Binukadkad na Hito (Butterflied Catfish). Binulo serves deep fried hito with ampalaya (bitter gourd) and mustasa (mustard leaves) and buro.

Binukadkad Hito with Buro by Binulo Restaurant

Binukadkad na Hito with Buro by Binulo Restaurant

Buro by Binulo Restaurant

Buro by Binulo Restaurant


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Yamamomo Cheesecake by The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

Yamamomo Cheesecake by The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

Yamamomo Cheesecake by The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

Every dish at The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge is a feast for all the senses. Each one is the perfect marriage of flavors, textures and temperatures, smells, and even sounds. Every bite is an experience in itself.

One dish that perfectly represents the best that The White House has to offer is the Yamamomo Cheesecake.

We live in a tropical country where berries are considered as exotic and luxurious. Although we are familiar with strawberries and blueberries, Yamamomo is not something accessible to us. Yamamomo is the Japanese name for Myrica rubra. It translates to “mountain peach.” It is also known as Chinese (or Japanese) Bayberry, Red Bayberry, Yumberry, Waxberry, or Chinese strawberry. Yamamomo is a succulent berry that is sweet and sour. It has more crunchy that other berries and has a hint of tartness.

The Yamamomo Cheesecake of The White House is composed of a silky creamy vanilla cheesecake nestled on top of a crunchy, nutty, and subtly flavored green tea dacquoise. It is topped with a compote of mixed berries. The compote has the right amount of sweetness with a texture that blends well with the creamy vanilla cheesecake. On top of the compete are fresh slices of strawberries and a piece of yamamomo. It is garnished white a green tea flavored white chocolate crescent. Adding more excitement to the flavors and textures of the dish are delicate mango caviars and green tea syrup.
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