Kusina Maria

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Strawberry Shortcake by Alor’s

Strawberry Shortcake by Alors A Home Kitchen

Strawberry Shortcake by Alors A Home Kitchen

Not all beautiful food is delicious. But this one is. This tempting dessert is Strawberry Shortcake by Alor’s: A Home Kitchen.

Imagine sweet, soft sponge cake layered with creamy airy cream with bits of caramelized walnuts nuts and topped with a slice of plump fresh strawberry. Sounds delightful, right? IT IS! I is perfectly sweet with a bit of crunch and balanced by the sweet and tart fresh strawberry.

Just look at it.

Strawberry Shortcake by Alors A Home Kitchen

Strawberry Shortcake by Alors A Home Kitchen

This Alors treat will definitely add sweetness to make any celebration more memorable. No wonder this is one of the most demand items in Alor’s famous dessert buffets. Every time I see this at a dessert spread in any occasion, I know I’ll have good memories of the event.
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Wasabi Oyster Tempura by White House

Wasabi Oyster Tempura with Balsamic Mayonnaise

Wasabi Oyster Tempura with Balsamic Mayonnaise

When I was younger, my cousin told me that Oysters are the best shellfish you can have. It’s “prima classe,” she said. We were having sacks (literally, sacks) of steamed oysters straight from Roxas for our family lunch. Back then, I have never tried oysters and I was hesitant. I was fond of shellfish and I had to try this “prima classe” shellfish. I ended up loving it… steamed, baked, Rockefeller style, grilled and even raw, I can eat oysters all day long. A lot of people are hesitant to try oysters as I was, especially since it is often served raw or steamed. The slimy texture and the briny taste is offputting for people.

If you belong to the hesitant crowd, here’s one way you can enjoy it without losing the unique flavor of the oyster. Try the Wasabi Oyster Tempura with Balsamic Mayonnaise by White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge.

True to their fusion cuisine brand, White House serves up various oyster dishes with a mix of Japanese and western flavors. The Wasabi Oyster Tempura is my favorite. The Oysters are lightly coated with a wasabi before it is dipped in tempura batter.
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Callos by Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp

Callos by Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp DFAT 2015

Callos by Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp

Among the numerous restaurants, cafes, diners, bistros, and other food establishments I have tried and have come to love, my heart still belongs to my all-time most favorite restaurant, Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp. There are numerous reasons why I love Lachi’s. Primary of which is how their evokes a feeling of being at home.

Lachi’s serves comfort food. Simple food that is familiar to all and will remind you of fond memories with family and friends. Every year, they add more menu items to delight the tongue and fill the tummy with even more reasons to love Lachi’s. One such dish is Callos.

Callos is a dish from Spain that has been part of Filipino celebrations since the colonization of the Spaniards. Callos is a tomato-based stew made with beef tripe (tuwalya), garbanzo beans, Chorizo Bilbao (Bilbao sausages), and bell peppers. It may also contain beef or pork. It is traditionally served only on special occasions since it takes a long time to to prepare and cook this dish. But you don’t have to wait for those special occasions anymore.
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Salt Breakfast Buffet at Widus Clark

Breakfast Buffet by Salt at Widus Hotel and Casino Clark

Breakfast Buffet by Salt at Widus Hotel and Casino Clark

One of the best things about staying in a hotel is enjoying the hotel’s breakfast offerings. It’s even more enjoyable when it’s in the form of a sumptuous breakfast buffet.

A relaxing stay at Widus Hotel and Casino Clark is more complete with breakfast buffet at Salt Resto. Salt Resto is an all-day casual dining restaurant that serves various international cuisines.

Their breakfast buffet features breakfast fare from American, Filipino, Continental, Chinese, Japanese, and other cuisines. My favorite picks are bacon, waffles, and their made to order eggs. You can choose to have your eggs fried, scrambled, or in an omelette. Everything, especially breakfast crowd-pleaser bacon, is served meticulously and perfectly. The bacons are crisp and the grease is drained off. The waffles are perfectly sweet and crisp. And the eggs are cooked perfectly, whatever the cooking style.
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Discover #DavaoFood the #SMARTLife Way

Chicken in Coconut Milk cooked in a Bamboo

Nilulot na Manok sa Gata by the Bagobo Tribe of Davao Region

“What is Davao Food?”

For ten years now, I have been blogging and sharing about Davao Food. And that is the question that people often ask me. Truth is, aside from indigenous dishes by the Davao tribes, kinilaw (ceviche), and grilled seafood, I still can’t define what Davao Food really is. Davao Food is a reflection of our “melting pot” culture. Melting pot is a term used to describe the various peoples of Davao. Davao is a proud home to its tri-people, a place where Christian, Muslims, and lumads (indigenous peoples) live and thrive peacefully. Add to that expats, international students, and other visitors from other nations. The Christians in Davao are mostly migrants from other regions of the Philippines. We have a good mix of Tagalogs, Bicolanos, Pangasinenses, Pampanguenos, Cebuanos, Warays, Boholanons, Ilonggos, and Filipinos from other regions. This mix of people is reflected in our cuisine.

Ceviche by Park Inn Davao RBG

Ceviche by Park Inn Davao RBG

Davao Food highlights the fresh produce — various meats, poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables — of Davao Region, prepared, cooked, and presented in various regional and international cuisines. It’s not unusual to find a Filipino restaurant alongside a Japanese Restaurant, a Chinese Restaurant, an Italian Restaurant, and a Korean Restaurant all in the same street. And yes, we have restaurants specializing in Ilocano food, Halal food, Indigenous Davao food, Kagay-anon food, and other regional specialties. And there’s comfort food everywhere.

Kushiyaki Platter by The White House Fusion Cuisine

Kushiyaki Platter by The White House Fusion Cuisine

This can be overwhelming for Davao tourists. Even locals face a conundrum when choosing an establishment to visit. When people ask me where they should eat, I always ask them back several questions: “What cuisine are you looking for?,” “What’s your preferred price range?,” “Are you looking for a specific dish?”

With the advent of blogs, social media, and mobile internet, food tripping has become more convenient and, to a certain extent, entertaining. You see people post food on Facebook and on Instagram from dusk til dawn. But how exactly can you pick from all these crowd sourced information?

Start off, by doing a bit of research. Just because you saw a restaurant or a dish posted, it does not follow that the one who posted it liked or enjoyed what they posted. Don’t hesitate to ask by commenting on the post or by sending a private (or direct) message. Better yet, take time to research.
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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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