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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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Buta Kakuni by The White House Fusion Cuisine

Buta Kakuni by The White House Fusion Cuisine

Buta Kakuni by The White House Fusion Cuisine

Have you ever eaten pork belly so tender it melts in your mouth? I have.

Buta Kakuni is a Japanese dish which literally translates to “pork square simmered.” Buta Kakuni is a traditional Japanese dish prepared by cutting pork belly into squares and slowly braising it in soy sauce and dashi. The result is melt in your mouth pork belly with a perfectly balanced mix of sweet, sour, and salty, and a good dosage of umami. It is traditionally served with karashi, a type of mustard paste which provides the dish with spice and a hint of bitterness.

Buta Kakuni is said to have come from Chinese origins. It is close in flavor profile and preparation technique to Dongpo Pork which is square cut pork belly red-braised in soy sauce and Chinese fermented wine. This is also similar to the Filipino dish, Humba which is pork braised in soy sauce and aromatics.
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Tomato Mozzarella Penne by Sea Green Cafe

Tomato Mozarella Penne by Sea Green Cafe

Tomato Mozarella Penne by Sea Green Cafe

If you’re looking for a delectable pasta dish, look no further. Sea Green Cafe‘s Tomato Mozzarella Penne is a simple, no-frills pasta dish that will satisfy anybody’s pasta cravings. Well-cooked penne in fresh homemade tomato sauce that’s tangy with a hint of sweet and spicy. The dish is sprinkled with basil leaves which adds a fresh, savory flavor to the pasta.
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Prism Lounge at Widus Clark Hotel and Casino

LED Cocktails Red Riding Hood and Blue Lagoon by the Prism Lounge at Widus Clark Hotel and Casino

LED Cocktails Red Riding Hood and Blue Lagoon by the Prism Lounge at Widus Hotel and Casino Clark

Whether you’re in Clark, Angeles, Pampanga for business or for pleasure, make sure to reserve a night for chillaxing at Prism Lounge at Widus Hotel and Casino Clark.

To start your night of drinks and bonding with friends and colleagues, have a sip of their Signature LED Cocktail Drinks. Look!

LED Cocktails RedLED Cocktails Red Riding Hood, Blood Orange, Bahama-mama, Aloe Vera, Blue Lagoon, Purple Planet, and Indiana Jones by the Prism Lounge at Widus Clark Hotel and Casino Riding Hood and Blue Lagoon by the Prism Lounge at Widus Clark Hotel and Casino

LED Cocktails Red Riding Hood, Blood Orange, Bahama-mama, Aloe Vera, Blue Lagoon, Purple Planet, and Indiana Jones by the Prism Lounge at Widus Hotel and Casino Clark

These pretty glasses of alcohol infused drinks are not just pretty to look at but also quaffable to drink. Whether you’re a seasoned drinker or only drink occasionally, there’s a Prism LED Cocktail for you. Taste one and you’ll surely want to try the LED Cocktails.

For those who want something stronger, you can ask the bartender for a double shot in your cocktail or you can order your hard liquor or wine of choice. They also have a selection of local and imported beers for beer aficionados.

And to complete your night out, order one of their appetizers and pizzas which are perfectly savory, the right complement to their cocktail drinks.

Nachos by the Prism Lounge

Nachos by the Prism Lounge

I highly recommend their generous heap of Nachos topped with veggies, ground meat, and velvety melted cheese, and served with creamy guacamole, tangy salsa, and a crowd-pleasing cheese sauce.
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Have Sam Thai

Set Meal #1 Beef Red Curry and Chicken Khao Pad

Have Sam Thai’s Set Meal #1 Beef Red Curry and Chicken Khao Pad


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Tiongson Arcade in General Santos City is known for its dampa style restaurants which serve fresh seafood at affordable prices. Who would have thought that in the midst of the popular dampa restaurants in Tiongson Arcade one would stand out for its unique offering: authentic Thai cuisine.

Have Sam Thai is an awesome mus-try foodie haven in General Santos City. The food is authentic, meticulously prepared and spiced properly. Not to mention, everything is cheap.

Check out the Have Sam Thai’s Set Meal #2.

Beef Red Curry by Have Sam Thai

Beef Red Curry by Have Sam Thai

Chicken Khao Pad by Have Sam Thai

Chicken Khao Pad by Have Sam Thai

Have Sam Thai's Brewed Red Iced Tea

Have Sam Thai’s Brewed Red Iced Tea

That’s a serving of Beef Red Curry, a plate of Chicken Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice), and a glass of Have Sam Thai’s Brewed Red Iced Tea for just P170. Great deal, right? And everything is superb. The beef is tender. The red curry sauce is deliciously rich and spicy with a hint of sweet and and sour.
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