Kusina Maria

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Alcapone Donuts by J.Co Donuts and Coffee

Alcapone Donuts by JCo Donuts and Coffee

Alcapone Donuts by JCo Donuts and Coffee

I was one of the few lucky ones who never had to endure a long line at J.Co Donuts and Coffee. Every time I was in Manila the past three years, I’d make sure to drop by J.Co at Greenbelt to have a donut and a coffee and buy a box of JPops for my cousins. I have always liked J.Co Donuts but I stuck to buying my two favorites: Tiramisu and Donna Italiano.

When J. Co Donuts opened its first branch in Davao City, I was glad they served us their best-seller, the Alcapone. I had always wondered why people loved it so much when it seemed plain and boring to me. I was wrong.

J.Co Donuts are soft and sweet, without being too sweet. The Alcapone has a sweet milky creamy vanilla frosting which complements the donut base well. It is then topped with a generous amount of crunchy almond slices. The combination of tastes and textures result in a delightful bite that might be simple but definitely boring. Now I understand why people line up for a piece of Alcapone.
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Christmas Gift Ideas for Davao’s Foodies 2014


Like My Davao City has shared their Christmas Gift Ideas 2014. Here’s our list of the best food finds in Davao that are deliciously awesome to serve, to share, and to gift this holiday season.


What’s Christmas in the Philippines without lechon, right? And the best kind of lechon is lechon de leche. My favorite is Beko’s Biik Lechon de Leche.

Beko's Biik Lechon de Leche, Regular and Spicy

Beko’s Biik Lechon de Leche, Regular and Spicy

Lechon de leche is Roast Whole Pork Suckling. Beko’s Biik offers Lechon de Leche in spicy, mild spicy, and regular. I’m not a fan of spicy dishes but the Beko’s Biik Mild Spicy Lechon de Leche has just enough spice to give the lechon more interesting than usual. Lechon Rolls and Mini Lechon Rolls are also available in Spicy, Mild Spicy, and Spicy.

Here’s their price list:

  • Extra Small for 6 – 8 persons – PhP1,700
  • Small for 10 persons – PhP1,900
  • Medium for 15 persons – PhP2,200
  • Large for 20 persons – PhP2,800
  • Extra Large for 30 persons – PhP3,500
  • Boneless Lechon Roll for 3 – 5 persons – PhP1,150
  • Mini Boneless Lechon Roll for 1 – 2 persons – PhP650

What’s even more amazing they accept orders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just order 3 hours before pick. Call +6382-227-BIIK (2445) or +6382-2863445 and pick up at Dimsum Diner Guerrero Street, Davao City.

Also perfect for Christmas is the Beko’s Kitchen Dried Lapu-Lapu and Pork Floss.

Beko's Biik Dried Lapu-Lapu and Pork Floss

Beko’s Biik Dried Lapu-Lapu and Pork Floss. Photo from the Beko’s Biik FB Page

Beko’s Biik Dried Lapu-Lapu and Pork Floss is slow cooked for several hours with a variety of spices. The result is a unique combination of flavors: salty, spicy, sour, sweet, and earthy. It is loaded with umami. This is a great gift idea for foodies. Or to serve as an appetizer or side dish for Noche Buena.

Beko's Dried Lapu-Lapu and Pork Floss over rice

Beko’s Biik Dried Lapu-Lapu and Pork Floss over rice

A 295 mL bottle costs PhP400. This is available at Dimsum Diner Guerrero Street, Davao City.

Whatever you order from Beko’s Biik, make sure you have lots and lots of rice to eat it with.

For inquiries and orders, like their page at https://www.facebook.com/bekos.biik.


For your health junkie friend, buy a bottle of homemade Sea Green Cafe Pesto Sauce.

Sea Green Cafe Pesto Sauce

Sea Green Cafe Pesto Sauce

Homemade, wholesome, and utterly delicious. This does not contain any additional chemicals and preservatives. Just pure, unadulterated rich pesto sauce. A bottle sells for PhP200.

Sea Green Cafe and Lifestyle Shop is located at Circumferential Road, Marfori Heights, Davao City. You may contact them at +6382-3054765, +63939-9361081 or at seagreencafe@gmail.com. For more information, like their FB Page at https://www.facebook.com/seagreencafe or follow them on Instagram @sea_green_cafe.


Two of the rising stars of the Davao food scene are locally made cheese and chocolates. And Malagos Farms has both.

Malagos Cheeses

Malagos Cheeses

Malagos Cheeses are processed and made in Davao by Ms. Olive Puentespina. I love all their cheese by my top picks from their cheese selection are the Blue Pepato, Blush, and Red Wine Chevre.

Malagos Single-Origin 65% Dark Chocolate Bar

Malagos Single-Origin 65% Dark Chocolate Bar

One of the best cacao beans in the world is Davao Cacao. It is fast-rising as one of the most prized beans anywhere. We’re lucky that local farms, such as Malagos Farms has made Davao chocolates accessible to the Davao market. For chocolate lovers, give a bar of the Malagos Single-Origin 65% Dark Chocolate Bar. It’s creamy with the right amount of bitterness. The bar is rich but not too rich. A square or two is enough to satisfy any chocoholic’s craving.

In Davao, you can buy these awesome products at the Puentespina Malagos Farmhouse at Bolcan Street, Agdao, Davao City. You may contact them at +6382-2264446, +63917-7001205, and at sales@malagosfarmhouse.com.

In Metro Manila, Malagos products are available at the following stores:

  • Le Gourmet Rustans Rockwell, Concourse Level, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center;
  • Le Gourmet Rustans Ayala Avenue, Ground Floor, Rustans Makati, Ayala Avenue, Makati;
  • Le Gourmet Rustans, Shangri-la Mall;
  • The Market, Tiffany Bldg., 156 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Contact Number: +632-8872993; and
  • Wine Depot, Westgate Corporate Center, Commerce Avenue corner Filinvest Avenue, Alabang Muntinlupa City, Contact Number: +632-7719463, Website: www.winewarehouse.com.ph.

For more information, visit the Malagos Website at http://www.thegiftfarm.ph and their FB Page at https://www.facebook.com/malagos.chocolate. Follow them on Instagram @MalagosChocolate.


Bistro Rosario, formerly Peter Pan Bakery, has been producing their signature cakes for decades. And they have managed to maintain the taste and quality of their products over the years.

Bistro Rosario Ribonette Cake

Bistro Rosario Ribonette Cake

Decades before the netizens became obsessed with “Rainbow Cake,” Davao was already lucky to have the pretty Bistro Ribonette Cake. It has a fluffy and sweet cake complemented by rich buttery frosting. It is a crowd pleaser for kids and adults alike.

Bistro Rosario Ribonette Cake

Bistro Rosario Ribonette Cake

Make your holidays are more special with a Ribonette Cake. Other picks from Bistro Rosario at their Mango Charlotte Cake and the Mango Cream Pie. And of course, their Classic Butter Roll. Simple, unassuming, but definitely addicting.

Bistro Rosario is located at F. Torres Street, Davao City. You may contact them at +6382-2217780. Bistro Rosario Bakery also has a branch at Tulip Drive, Ecoland, Matina, Davao City. Like their page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bistro-Rosario-Bakeshop/1536953919876206.


Here’s another homegrown classic, Lachi’s Sans Rival. The Aviles family has been selling pastries in Davao for decades. When they opened the Lachi’s Sans Rival, Atbp Restaurant it instantly became an important foodie destination in Davao.

Lachi's Sans Rival

Lachi’s Classic Sans Rival

Their most popular pastry is their Sans Rival. I have written about this several times. Put simply, the meringue layers are perfectly airy and crunchy and their buttercream icing is sinfully rich. Together the combination is heavenly but not too sweet or overwhelming. One whole Sans Rival is just PhP320.
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Missy Bon Bon Is Coming to Davao

Missy Bon Bon

Missy Bon Bon

Missy Bon Bon Breadshop, my absolute favorite place in Cagayan de Oro, is coming to Davao. Missy Bon Bon is primarily a bread shop popular for their specialty breads and Pastel.

Bread by by Missy Bon Bon (Limketkai Branch)

Bread by by Missy Bon Bon (Limketkai Branch)

Pizza Bread by Missy Bon Bon (Limketkai Branch)

Pizza Bread by Missy Bon Bon (Limketkai Branch)

They also serve All-Day Breakfast Meals, pasta, and other comfort food. The Wild Honey Bacon Meal is my favorite thing to order.

Wild Honey Bacon Meal by Missy Bon Bon Limketkai Branch

Wild Honey Bacon Meal by Missy Bon Bon Limketkai Branch

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Mother’s Cake House

Sans Rival by Mother's Cake House

Sans Rival by Mother’s Cake House

There’s nothing like meals from a local bakery to make you feel at home. This is what Mother’s Cake House provides to Pampange├▒os… delicious comfort food. From home-cooked snack items to creamy, rich pastries, Mother’s Cake House will make you feel right at home.

My two favorites from their Snacks Menu are the Tacos and the Baked Macaroni, primarily because both as overloaded with cheese, cheese, and even more cheeeeese. Lookie!

Taco by Mother's Cake House

Taco by Mother’s Cake House

I always crave for Tacos as we don’t have a legit Mexican restaurant in Davao. The Taco by Mother’s Cake House satiated my craving. The filling is savory. The veggies are crunchy. And the amount of cheese is absolutely heavenly. Plus, it comes with a tangy and spicy sauce that ties in everything together perfectly.
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TGIF Tastes of America Menu

Kansas Mashed Potato Cakes by TGIF

Kansas Mashed Potato Cakes by TGIF

TGIF, popular for their American dishes in huge servings, serves up more American goodness with their Tastes of America Menu. The dishes put a new American spin to familiar dishes.

The menu starts off with the Southwest Shrimp Ceasar Salad, a classic Ceasar Salad served with grilled blackened shrimps and tortilla cheese crisps.

Southwest Shrimp Ceasar Salad by TGIF

Southwest Shrimp Ceasar Salad by TGIF

Blackened shrimps is from Cajun cooking prepared by dredging shrimps in a mixture of herbs and spices including cayenne pepper, paprika, and thyme. The result is tender shrimps bursting with flavor. The shrimps contrast nicely with the crisp greens, crunchy croutons, and the creamy, tangy dressing. The tortilla cheese crisps add another layer of interesting texture and flavor. The salad has all the flavors and ingredients to make it the perfect starter or a light meal in itself.
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Claude’s Le Cafe de Ville

Fillet of Beef Tenderloin with Pepper Sauce

Fillet of Beef Tenderloin with Pepper Sauce

Very few restaurants have survived and thrived in the Davao food scene. There are three key ingredients to these restaurants’ success: great food, awesome service, and consistency.

I was in grade school when Claude’s Le Cafe de Ville opened its doors to the public. It was the first restaurant of its kind in Davao City. Known for their high end fine French Cuisine, Claude’s piqued the interest of Davao’s gourmands. On birthdays and other special occasions, celebrations would be spent eating the culinary delights of Claude’s.

More than 20 years after, Claude’s Cafe de Ville continues to serves unforgettable traditional French, Mediterranean, and regional European home cuisine. The quality of their food has improved over the years.

Shrimp Cocktail by Claude's Cafe de Ville

Shrimp Cocktail by Claude’s Cafe de Ville

The Shrimp Cocktail is the perfect way to whet your appetite. The shrimps are cooked perfectly tender and juicy. It is covered in a creamy dressing and served with lettuce, capers, eggs, and avocado. I love the combination of ingredients. The lettuce and the capers provide crunch, while the eggs add a bit of texture, with the shrimps, and the avocado give a pleasant creaminess to the mix. And the flavors are fantastic individually and even better, all together.
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