Kusina Maria

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TGIF Tastes of America Menu

Kansas Mashed Potato Cakes by TGIF

Kansas Mashed Potato Cakes by TGIF

TGIF, popular for their American dishes in huge servings, serves up more American goodness with their Tastes of America Menu. The dishes put a new American spin to familiar dishes.

The menu starts off with the Southwest Shrimp Ceasar Salad, a classic Ceasar Salad served with grilled blackened shrimps and tortilla cheese crisps.

Southwest Shrimp Ceasar Salad by TGIF

Southwest Shrimp Ceasar Salad by TGIF

Blackened shrimps is from Cajun cooking prepared by dredging shrimps in a mixture of herbs and spices including cayenne pepper, paprika, and thyme. The result is tender shrimps bursting with flavor. The shrimps contrast nicely with the crisp greens, crunchy croutons, and the creamy, tangy dressing. The tortilla cheese crisps add another layer of interesting texture and flavor. The salad has all the flavors and ingredients to make it the perfect starter or a light meal in itself.
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Claude’s Le Cafe de Ville

Fillet of Beef Tenderloin with Pepper Sauce

Fillet of Beef Tenderloin with Pepper Sauce

Very few restaurants have survived and thrived in the Davao food scene. There are three key ingredients to these restaurants’ success: great food, awesome service, and consistency.

I was in grade school when Claude’s Le Cafe de Ville opened its doors to the public. It was the first restaurant of its kind in Davao City. Known for their high end fine French Cuisine, Claude’s piqued the interest of Davao’s gourmands. On birthdays and other special occasions, celebrations would be spent eating the culinary delights of Claude’s.

More than 20 years after, Claude’s Cafe de Ville continues to serves unforgettable traditional French, Mediterranean, and regional European home cuisine. The quality of their food has improved over the years.

Shrimp Cocktail by Claude's Cafe de Ville

Shrimp Cocktail by Claude’s Cafe de Ville

The Shrimp Cocktail is the perfect way to whet your appetite. The shrimps are cooked perfectly tender and juicy. It is covered in a creamy dressing and served with lettuce, capers, eggs, and avocado. I love the combination of ingredients. The lettuce and the capers provide crunch, while the eggs add a bit of texture, with the shrimps, and the avocado give a pleasant creaminess to the mix. And the flavors are fantastic individually and even better, all together.
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Salpicao by Dulcinea

Salpicao by Dulcinea Greenbelt 1

Salpicao by Dulcinea Greenbelt 1

When I was young, it was always a treat to eat at Dulcinea whenever we traveled to Manila for vacation. My favorite is their Salpicao. Nowadays, I still treat myself to a meal at Dulcinea whenever I’m in Manila. And the Salpicao is still my favorites. I’m glad to say, the Salpicao still taste as good as they did years ago.
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#DavaoFood Featured on #ShareDavao

On October 24, 2014, Rappler’s #SharePH Team, in cooperation with Davao Bloggers Society and Davao’s digital influencers, invited netizens to share the reasons why Life is Here in Davao.

Paella Negra by Tiny Kitchen

Paella Negra by Tiny Kitchen

#ShareDavao is the opening salvo of the #SharePH campaign. The campaign is designed to invite Filipinos to use social media to share their stories about the beauty of the Philippines. Launched, just this October 2014, #SharePH featured Davao in the first month of the campaign.

After a consultation with Davao Bloggers and Davao’s digital influencers, a #ShareDavao Twitter party was planned and set. On October 24, 2014 at 3 pm Davao’s digital ambassadors set Twitter ablaze with all the reasons why Life is in Davao.

Kusina Maria led the discussion on all the delicious reasons why Davao is the place to fulfill your gustatory wishes. Check out some of the scrumptious reasons why Davao is an awesometastic foodie destination.
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Kusina Maria Joins #ShareDavao Day

#ShareDavao Day Twitter Conversation

#ShareDavao Day Twitter Conversation

Happy #ShareDavao Day!

#ShareDavao is part of the #SharePH campaign started by Rappler in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT). The campaign aims to invite Filipinos to use social media to share their photos, stories, and other posts highlighting the beauty of the Philippines. The concept is to unite all Filipino social media netizens as one social media team promoting Philippine tourism. The techy gears behind #SharePH pulls all Twitter posts with hashtag #SharePH and other related hashtags. These posts are then mapped into the #SharePH map at this link. It shows a map with pins pointing to tourism sights, sounds, sites, and features shared with social media netizens.

This is a chance to share with the rest of the world everything that is great, fabulous, and awesome about our locality and about our country, the Philippines. For bloggers, this is a great opportunity to share your blog links and get it plotted on the #SharePH map. Rappler shares more reasons why you should #SharePH at this link.
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Angeles Fried Chicken

Angeles Fried Chicken by Angeles Fried Chicken

Angeles Fried Chicken by Angeles Fried Chicken

It’s a fact that fried chicken makes people happy. Well, it makes me happy. Anytime. All the time. Imagine my happiness when I found out we’re visiting Angeles Fried Chicken (AFC), a restaurant dedicated to fried chicken. And it’s not fastfood. I wasn’t disappointed at all.

Angeles Fried Chicken is the oldest restaurant in Angeles, Pampanga. Over the years, the family that owns the restaurant has added menu items that have pleased the taste buds of their loyal clientele, young and old. They have an extensive menu dominated by Filipino and Chinese dishes. Their dishes have a home-cooked quality that makes anybody feel right at home.
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