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Durian Sans Rival by Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp

Durian Sans Rival by Lachis Sans Rival Atbp

Durian Sans Rival by Lachis Sans Rival Atbp

Davao is a haven for fruit lovers. And one of the most popular fruits that Davao is known for is of course, Durian. Durian is the “King of Fruits,” it has a creamy flesh, a bittersweet flavor, all masked by a funky smell. Depending on the variety, the flesh can be milky, sweet, bitter, or any combination of the three. It’s deliciously decadent, but most people are turned off by its strong pungent smell. As some people would say, it “smells like hell but tastes like heaven.”

Durian is one of the things most Davaoenos love and would of us would try to convince most tourists to try. Undeniably, the strong smell is offputting for a lot of people. Love for durian isn’t exactly an “acquired taste,” but more of an “acquired smell.”

Enter Durian Sans Rival.
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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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Kusina Maria Pastries at the Kadayawan 2014 Bazaar

Oreo Stuffed Cookies by Kusina Maria

Oreo Stuffed Cookies by Kusina Maria

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.

COOKIES

Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts by Kusina Maria

Soft Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts by Kusina Maria

Soft Bake Oatmeal Cookies with Walnuts by Kusina Maria

Soft Bake Oatmeal Cookies with Walnuts by Kusina Maria


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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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La Rose Noire

Croissants by La Rose Noire

Croissants by La Rose Noire

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.


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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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