Kusina Maria

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Category : Asian Cuisine

Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Kinulob na Pugo by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Kinulob na Pugo by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

One of the trends in the Davao food scene right now is serving healthy and farm fresh dishes. This is no surprise with the abundance of deliciously fresh produce and meats in Davao. One of the restaurants in the forefront of promoting healthy, farm fresh, and chemical dishes is Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen. They use only chemical free and farm fresh ingredients. And they make most of their dish components from scratch… from breads to ice cream.

Balik Bukid literally means “back to the farm,” and this is the starting point of the conception of the Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen Restaurant. Most of their dishes are designed to highlight the produce of their own farm. The availability of their menu items depend on the availability of ingredients from their own farm and their handpicked suppliers.

The Balik Bukid experience is one of going back to the roots of Filipino cuisine… fresh abundant produce and various meats prepared and cooked in a different cooking processes with indigenous, Spanish, Chinese, and Western influences.

Start off your Balik Bukid experience with some freshly baked bread paired with locally-made cheese.

Cheese and Bread Platter by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Cheese and Bread Platter by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Balik Bukid’s centerpiece, I think, are their salads. Each salad is different with different fresh veggies, meat, and doused with healthy, wholesome, and delicious dressings.

Chef's Salad by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Chef’s Salad by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen


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Vikings Luxury Buffet Kadayawan Specials

Vikings Special Davao Kinilaw by Vikings Luxury Buffet Davao

Vikings Special Davao Kinilaw by Vikings Luxury Buffet Davao

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.

APPETIZERS

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.

Vikings Special Davao Kinilaw by Vikings Luxury Buffet Davao

Vikings Special Davao Kinilaw by Vikings Luxury Buffet Davao

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.
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Special Rosu Katsudon Set by Yabu: House of Katsu

Rosu Special Katsudon Set by Yabu House of Katsu

Rosu Special Katsudon Set by Yabu House of Katsu

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.
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Adobong Tuna Buntot by Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant

Adobong Tuna Buntot by Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant

Adobong Tuna Buntot by Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant

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.
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Ceviche by Park Inn Davao RBG

One of the signature dishes any tourist should try in Davao is Kinilaw and the version served by RBG at Park Inn Davao is a unique must-try.

Ceviche by Park Inn Davao RBG

Ceviche by Park Inn Davao RBG

Ceviche is a popular seafood dish in South America and in the Caribbean. It is made by marinating raw fish (or other seafood) in an acid such as citrus juices. In the Philippines, ceviche is known as Kinilaw also called as Kilawin by Tagalogs. It is traditionally prepared by marinating raw fish in vinegar and mixing in cucumber, ginger, and red onions. Tuna and Malasugue (White Marlin) are two of the most common used fish for Kinilaw in Davao as these are available fresh in the region all year round.
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Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014

PAMPANGA, WE ARE COMING TO EAT YOU!

Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014

Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014

I am joining the first ever Metro Angeles Food Tour (MAFT). MAFT is organized by Pinoy Travel bloggers, headed by Ramil delos Reyes of Pinas Muna. The tour will run from July 5 – 8, 2014 around the Metro Angeles area in Pampanga.

This will be my first food tour as a participant. I’ve been part of the famed Davao Food Appreciation Tour for 6 years, but I’ve always been an organizer. I’ve also joined the Mindanao Food Appreciation Tour: Soccsksargen Summer Safari as a co-organizer. I’ve also joined the Soccsksargen Experience (SEx) Tour countless times but that event is equal parts eating and adventure. This time, I will be focused on eating, eating, eating… and it’s going to be in Pampanga. Specifically, in Metro Angeles.

Everybody knows Pampanga has a proud tradition of unique Filipino cooking. They combine local, Malay, Spanish, American, and Chinese influences, techniques, and ingredients to produce a distinct Kapampangan taste. Pampanga has a reputation for being a must-try food destination in the Philippines. Some of the most popular Kapampangan dishes are sisig (grilled pig’s head and liver serving on a sizzling plate), tocino (cured pork), Pampanga Longganisa (pork sausage), and buro (fermented dishes).

The Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014 will be highlighting the best traditional and modern dishes in some of the most popular food establishments in Angeles, Pampanga:

I’ve read some reviews and articles about the places we’re visiting and I can’t contain my excitement. I’m looking forward to lots of eating and lots of fun.
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