Kusina Maria

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Quinoa Salad by Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao

Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus by Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao

Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus by Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao

Want to feel super? Eat a superfood!

This has been the battlecry of many health buffs lately. What exactly is a superfood? A superfood is a nutrient-rich food that has multiple health benefits. Superfoods are popular for dieters and the health-conscious crowd. One of these superfoods that has become more popular in recent years is quinoa. Quinoa is a species of grain crops, the seeds of which are considered as a pseudo-cereal. It is used as a gluten-free substitute for starchy grains and as a healthy source of proteins.

Quinoa is usually served in salads. It adds more nutritional value to all kinds of salads. Plus it has a unique nutty taste that provides a unique layer of flavor and texture that makes any salad more exciting.

Along with the popularity of superfoods and healthy living, healthy dishes have also become more enticing. Gone are the days of bland and boring healthy food. Just take a look at this…

Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus by Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao

Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus by Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao

Beautiful, right? And it tastes even better than it looks. This gorgeous plate is Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus by Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao.
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Betute and More by Abe’s Farm

Betute by Abe's Farm

Betute by Abé’s Farm

Pampanga is said to be one of the Philippines’ prime food destinations. It is known for their unique Capampangan Cuisine (alternately Kapampangan) that combines local, Malay, Spanish, American, and Chinese influences. These cuisine and other Filipino cuisine favorites are highlighted at Abé’s Farm.

Abé’s Farm is named after writer, artist, and food lover Emilio Aguilar Cruz. “Abé,” the Capampangan term for “friend,” is Cruz’s nickname. Abé’s Farm is owned and managed by the LJC Restaurant Group, founded by Emilio Cruz’s son, Larry J. Cruz.

Abé’s Farm takes pride in serving a full menu of Capampangan food and other signature dishes from the LJC Restaurant Group, specializing in Filipino dishes. From appetizers to desserts, Abé’s Farm pleases the palate and satisfies the tummy.

Taking centerstage are unique and exotic Capampangan dishes such as the Betute and Arobung Kamaru (Farm Crickets). Betute is friend farm frogs stuffed with spiced ground pork. It is a good exotic dish to try for those who might feel iffy about trying locusts.

Betute by Abe's Farm

Betute by Abe’s Farm

The Betute by Abé’s Farm is perfectly spiced and properly cooked. If you didn’t know it was farm frogs, you wouldn’t have guessed that it is made with exotic meat. The savory taste of the Betute is sure to whet your appetite for more Capampangan dishes.
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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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Sushi Special by Nonki Japanese Restaurant

Sushi Special by Nonki Japanese Restaurant

Sushi Special by Nonki Japanese Restaurant

Nothing like good sushi to satisfy anybody’s craving for Japanese food. And if you can’t decide which type of Sashimi you love best, Nonki Japanese Restaurant has the answer… the Sushi Special.

The Sushi Special is a platter of Salmon Sashimi (Shake), Tuna Sashimi (Maguro), and White Marlin Sashimi (Kajiki). Sashimi is a type of sushi served without rice. Sashimi roughly translates to “pierced body.” It is prepared by slicing raw fresh fish. It is traditionally sliced thinly.

Nonki’s sushi chef prepares the sashimi in thick but narrow slices. It is served with shreded daikon, slices of cucumber, and sea grape seaweeds (lato in Filipino). I suggest taking a piece of the sashimi with some daikon or seaweeds and lightly dipping it in soy sauce. Some prefer to eat with wasabi, I don’t but don’t let me stop you if you like wasabi with your sashimi.
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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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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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