Kusina Maria is bringing back old favorites in time for the Kadayawan Festival. We will be selling cookies, stuffed cookies, brownies, and our one of a kind Browkies at the Kadayawan Bazaar 2014.
Davao is a melting pot of cultures. There are Christians, Muslims, and various groups of Indigenous Peoples. People speak Tagalog, Bisaya, English, Hiligaynon, Waray, and various other dialects and languages. The cuisine is also a melting pot of cuisines, using local fresh ingredients in a variety of techniques and cuisines. All in living in harmony in one perfect spot. The Kadayawan Festival is celebrated each year to celebrate Davao’s unique diversity and the bountiful harvest of fruits, vegetables, seafood, and other products.
Vikings Luxury Buffet captures the Kadayawan spirit and presents it in a deliciously unique culinary experience through their Kadayawan Special Menu.
The Kadayawan Menu starts with some unique Filipino appetizers served with a unique Davao twist. One of my favorites is the Vikings Special Davao Kinilaw.
This Special Kinilaw (Filipino ceviche) is prepared with a mix of tuna, salmon, lechon (Roast Pig), and pomelo. The dish produces a refreshing mix of flavors and textures that refreshes and excites the palate. It is the excellent way to begin a sumptuous feast.
I will never get tired of the smell of butter. Of flour and butter and eggs mixed together. To me, this mixture is one of the most wonderful smells in the world. This is the smell that greeted us when we entered the industrial bakery of La Rose Noire in Pampanga.
Check out this video for a sneak peek into the wonderfully yummy bread and pastries of La Rose Noire.
My eating buddy Kezia, a certified pork lover, raved about Yabu: House of Katsu. I have to try it, she said. So set up a date with each other and we braved the lunch crowd. She loves pork and I love Japanese cuisine. It was the perfect place for us. We had to wait a bit before we were seated but every minute spent waiting was well worth it.
Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant is one of the best known Filipino seafood restaurants in Davao. Their best-sellers include the Kinilaw, the Tuna Laing, the Greaseless Fried Chicken, and various tuna dishes. After all, the restaurant is named after the most popular tuna species, the Yellow Fin Tuna.
One of their unique must-try tuna dishes is the Adobong Tuna Buntot. I usually like my fish raw, fried, grilled, baked, or otherwise prepared dry. Not in a soup or stew, but this one I highly recommend.
When you think of Davao, you’ll surely think of the products we’re popular for: Durian, Mangosteen, Pomelo, Bananas, fresh seafood, and orchids like the Waling-Waling. Here’s something you might not know, in USA and Europe, Davao is well-known for our cocoa beans and chocolates.
In recent years, local bean farmers have been exporting cocoa beans to USA and Europe. Davao Cacao beans are considered as some of the best in the world. Local producers have also made these delicious Davao chocolates available locally. One of these producers is the proudly named Cacao de Davao.