Kusina Maria

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Cantonese Cuisine by the Lotus Court of Marco Polo Davao

If you want authentic Cantonese Cuisine with a posh luxurious ambiance, there’s no other place to be in but the Lotus Court of the Marco Polo Hotel Davao. I’ve been to the Lotus Court a few times before, and it has never failed to satiate my cravings for delicious, clean-tasting Cantonese dishes.

Cold Cuts / Appetizers Roast Suckling Pig Combination Platter by the Lotus Court of Marco Polo Davao

Roast Suckling Pig Combination Platter by the Lotus Court of Marco Polo Davao

Most Chinese meals begin with a platter of cold cuts. And that from Lotus Court is a cut above the rest. Check out the Roast Suckling Pig Combination Platter. It consists of generous (not to mention, tasty) servings of Century Egg, Jellyfish Strips, Steamed Chicken (Hainanese [white] chicken), and Pork Asado (grilled or braised marinated pork). The centerpiece is slivers of tender and tasty Roast Suckling Pig. It’s the perfect dish to prepare one’s senses for the Cantonese feast they are about to have.

Roast Peking Duck

Roast Peking Duck by the Lotus Court of Marco Polo Davao

Roast Peking Duck by the Lotus Court of Marco Polo Davao

The centerpiece of any Chinese meal is good Peking Duck. It is, after all, considered as the national dish of China. Special bred ducks are slaughtered, seasoned, and dry roasted in a special open. It is traditionally eaten with scallions, cucumber, and sauce wrapped in a special wrap or pancake. And this is exactly how the Lotus Court serves their Peking Duck.
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Ineng’s Special Barbeque

If you’re looking for delicious comfort Filipino food for your family, drop by Ineng’s Special Barbeque at The Peak of Gaisano Mall of Davao.

Ineng's Special BBQ Davao Greatest Hits Pork and Longganisa Set

Ineng’s Special BBQ Davao Greatest Hits Pork and Longganisa Set

Ineng’s specializes in barbeques and are known for their pork barbeque and longganisa (Filipino sweet and spicy sausage) barbeque. Their pork barbeque is tasty and the pork is cooked just right. Not chewy, dry, or tough. It’s not charred or burnt so you don’t have to worry about the carcinogens. I’m not a fan of longganisa but I just had to try Ineng’s Longganisa and I was not disappointed. It was so delicious. It doesn’t seem to have a very high fat content, but it was juicy enough. It had the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and just a hint of saltiness. It’s perfect with their special vinegar.

They offer these sumptuous grilled meats in best-selling set meals called the “Greatest Hits.” For PhP129 – PhP145, enjoy a combination of barbeques, served with atsara (pickled unripe papaya), rice, and iced tea. Some of their Greatest Hits include Ensaladang Talong and Lumpiang Sariwa for a balanced meal.
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Crispy Catfish with Green Mango Salad by Tio Cococ’s

Who doesn’t love crispy catfish? I know I do. Here’s a new way to enjoy it, as an appetizer.

Crispy Catfish with Green Mango Salad by Tio Cococ's Bar and Restaurant

Crispy Catfish with Green Mango Salad by Tio Cococ’s Bar and Restaurant

Tio Cococ’s Bar and Restaurant serves Thai and Filipino dishes, as well fusion Asian dishes.

A great way to start off your Tio Cococ’s meal is with the Crispy Catfish with Green Mango Salad. The catfish is flaked and deep fried until crispy. It is topped with salty fried peanuts for that Thai flavor. The catfish is savory and salty but not greasy at all.
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Amuse-Bouche at The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

“Mouth amuser”… this is what “amuse-bouche” literally means. And my mouth was certainly amused by this delectable dish served by The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge.

Amuse-Bouche at the White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

Amuse-Bouche at the White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

Amuse-bouche is a French term for a complimentary bite-sized hors d’oeuvre served by a chef to his VIP patrons. This is not offered on the menu and cannot be requested or ordered. It is served by the chef to his selected guests. It serves to showcase the skills and expertise of the chef and whet the appetite of his guest in a single bite.
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Fiesta Sorpresa Favorites

Fiesta Sorpresa played host to participants of the famed Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2013. It was their second time to do so and once again, they didn’t disappoint.

They served old and new favorites, all Filipino dishes, all prepared and served perfectly.

Here are some of my favorites from Fiesta Sorpresa:

Fiesta Sorpresa Lumpia

Fiesta Sorpresa Lumpia

The Fiesta Sorpresa Lumpia is a great way to start your meal. It also goes well with rice or as a side dish to Fiesta Sorpresa’s other dishes. They also serve up a fabulous Lumpiang Sariwa which can be eaten as an appetizer, a snack item, or a healthy wholesome meal.
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The Overloaded Greenwich Experience

I had the pleasure of having one of the best Greenwich experiences one could ever have.

Check out all the yummy delights we were served during the Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2013: Greenwich Ultimate Overloaded Dinner.

Let’s start with some appetizers.

Greenwich Pizza Fries

Greenwich Pizza Fries

Greenwich Onion Rings

Greenwich Onion Rings

And let’s move forward with their Ultimate and Overloaded Pizzas.

Greenwich Ultimate Hawaiian Overload Pizza

Greenwich Ultimate Hawaiian Overload Pizza


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