Kusina Maria

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Smoked Salmon Salad by Mykie’s Private Kitchen

Mixed Greens with Truffle Raspberry Vinaigrette and Smoked Salmon by Mykie's Private Kitchen

Mixed Greens with Truffle Raspberry Vinaigrette and Smoked Salmon by Mykie’s Private Kitchen

If you have been reading this blog for quite some time, you probably know by now I love salads. So it should not come as a surprise that I begin most big meals (and any buffet) with a good salad. I think good cold kitchen chefs are grossly undervalued here in Davao so I always take the time to blog about the good salads I have tried.

I was superbly delighted when my first Mykie’s Private Kitchen experience opened with a superb salad. Another thing you have to know is I can’t get enough of salmon, especially when it is raw or smoked. So it’s easy to please my palate with a salmon salad, right? Wrong. I have higher standards and are more picky with food that I love. Needless to say, Mykie’s Private Kitchen’s Mixed Greens with Truffle Raspberry Vinaigrette and Smoked Salmon exceeded expectations.

The salad is composed of a mix of fresh, crisp greens. They use a good mix that combines different flavors and textures. The greens are complemented by the piquant flavor of red onions. I am not a fan of raw onions so I didn’t eat any of it. However, the sharp flavor of onions was obvious throughout the salad. It was a nice touch, I must say.

And the salmon, oh the smoked salmon. It was heavenly. It was tender, perfectly bursting with smokiness and umami flavor with a touch of saltiness and sweetness.

Mixed Greens with Truffle Raspberry Vinaigrette and Smoked Salmon  and Scallops Starters by Mykie's Private Kitchen

Mixed Greens with Truffle Raspberry Vinaigrette and Smoked Salmon and Scallops Starters by Mykie’s Private Kitchen

To bring all these great components together is a superbly flavorful but light Truffle Raspberry Vinaigrette. The mix of funky umami truffle flavor and tangy tarty raspberry is unexpectedly delightful. The dressing ties all the flavors of the greens, the onions, and the salmon together without overpowering any of the salad components.

Kudos to Chef Mykie and Chef Topher who had perfect control over the use of the vinaigrette. It is always tricky dressing a composed salad. There has to be enough dressing to coat and flavor the salad components but not too much to overwhelm the individual flavors.
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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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Yakimix Sushi and Smokeless Grill Restaurant at Veranza Mall

I’ve always been an unabashed HEAVY buffet eater. I can eat from a good spread for hoursss. Recently, I had a fantasticly yummy buffet experience at Yakimix Sushi and Smokeless Grill Restaurant at Veranza Mall in General Santos City. I even broke my strict personal rule of not being late to appointments just so I could enjoy the buffet longer. And if I didn’t have that abovementioned appointment, I could have eaten for an even longer period of time. Why wouldn’t I? There was a spread of Asian food that I could eat, eat, eat.

Unlimited Salmon Sashimi at Yakimix Veranza

Unlimited Salmon Sashimi at Yakimix Veranza

I began my Yakimix adventure with a whole lot of Salmon Sashimi and an assortment of other sushi, sashimi, and maki. Let’s just say, the amount of Salmon Sashimi I consumed was more than enough to cover the amount I was going to pay for the entire buffet. LOL!
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Teriyaki Boy’s Crunchy Salmon Salad

Teriyaki Boy's Crunchy Salmon Salad Japanese Food

Teriyaki Boy Crunchy Salmon Salad

During my last visit to Teriyaki Boy, I decided to try a dish I haven’t tried yet, the Crunchy Salmon Salad. The salad is composed of cabbage, salmon, Japanese mayonnaise, salmon roe, nori flakes, and crunchy salmon skin. It’s a delicious mix of flavors that blend perfectly well to create a delicious and memorable salad.

As a fan of salmon, the three different kinds of salmon in the salad, made me absolutely happy. I still love salmon best when it’s raw, but this salad was more than enough to answer my salmon craving.
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Mommy’s Dinner Party Notes and Review

Here are some notes from the dinner party I made for Mommy’s Birthday.

Anchovy Pasta

Anchovy Pasta for Daddy

I prepared the Anchovy Pasta specifically for Daddy who loooves anchovies. Turns out everybody loved it. And they like capers as much as I do. I prepared too much (1 kilo for 8 adults) but they all ended up taking home some anchovy yummy-ness.

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Live Blogging: Dinner Party for 10

Last week, my cousins suggested I cook for our Mommy’s birthday. We had quite a blast with her surprise party last year, which included belly dancers and an Arabian Nights theme. This time, we settled for a quiet dinner with just us relatives, although nothing is ever quiet when we’re together.

The menu planning was quite hard since my elder cousin, Marianne, is based abroad and she was the one bugging us all the time. In the end, we decided on a pasta, a beef dish, salmon, and a non-cake dessert since Brian and his fiancee, Aimee, would be surprising Mommy with a cake.

Menu
Anchovy Pasta with Olives and Capers
Salpicado
Baked Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce
Tiramisu

Here’s a live blog of my cooking…

Double boiling

Double boiling

2 pm Tiramisu (T) Separating yolks is a b*tch. Now double boiling crema.

Extra Strong Coffee

Extra Strong Coffee

2:35 pm T Making extra strong coffee. Mixing crema with cream cheese.

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