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Ceviche by Park Inn Davao RBG

One of the signature dishes any tourist should try in Davao is Kinilaw and the version served by RBG at Park Inn Davao is a unique must-try.

Ceviche by Park Inn Davao RBG

Ceviche by Park Inn Davao RBG

Ceviche is a popular seafood dish in South America and in the Caribbean. It is made by marinating raw fish (or other seafood) in an acid such as citrus juices. In the Philippines, ceviche is known as Kinilaw also called as Kilawin by Tagalogs. It is traditionally prepared by marinating raw fish in vinegar and mixing in cucumber, ginger, and red onions. Tuna and Malasugue (White Marlin) are two of the most common used fish for Kinilaw in Davao as these are available fresh in the region all year round.
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Panagatan Seafoods Restaurant

Nothing like deliciously cooked fresh seafood to make me happy.

Grilled Seafood Platter

Grilled Seafood Platter

I had the pleasure of dining at one of Mindanao’s dining gems, Panagatan Seafoods Restaurant in Opol, Misamis Oriental during a roadtrip to Iligan City from Cagayan de Oro City. When I was told we’d be eating at a restaurant along the way, I had expected a small quaint restaurant with a few dishes on the menu to served to weary travelers. I certainly did not expect a humongous seaside restaurant that served a selection of fresh seafoods which can be cooked according to the diners’ preference. I was in heaven.

Kinilaw na Hipon

Kinilaw na Hipon

The meal started out with servings of Kinilaw na Hipon (Filipino Style Tuna Ceviche), which I had only eaten once before in Iloilo. Panagatan’s version had pieces of salted egg and that made me extra happy. That was a nice start to the meal. We were then served with Tinolang Imbao (Clam Soup) which was a clear briny soup flavored with ginger and lemongrass. It had generous amounts of imbao in it. And I could taste the a hint of briny flavor from the imbao.

Grilled Tuna Panga

Grilled Tuna Panga

We were then served giant platters of various Grilled Seafoods and servings of Grilled Tuna Panga (tuna jaw). Even if I was already quite full from the shrimps and the clams, I still tried all the seafoods and everything was delightful. Each piece was seasoned and grilled perfectly.

Just as we thought the meal was over…



Who could say no to Crabs? I and my companions definitely savored the huge crabs. It was served with a delicious sauce which I think is schezuan as it had spicy tang to it.

Everything we tried and ate was simply great. The seafoods were fresh, seasoned and prepared well, and served in big amounts. It was definitely a greats treat for a seafood lover like me. The seaside view of the restaurant adds more to the culinary experience.

If you’re traveling through the Iligan-Cagayan de Oro-Butuan Road, you must not miss out on Panagatan Seafoods Restaurant. It is located in Opol, Misamis Oriental about 10 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro City. That’s around 20 minutes away from CDO. They’re open Mondays to Sundays, 6:30 am to 10:30 pm. They’re also open on holidays.

Opol Blvd.
Opol, Misamis Oriental
Telefax: (088) 754 487
Mobile: 0922-858-6071

Nestle Fitnesse 14 Day Program

Nestle Fitnesse 14 Day Program

Day 0! 140 lbs!

It’s January 31, 2011. In a few hours, I will start with a new diet program, the Nestle Fitnesse 14 Day Program. Heard about this diet program from one of my online friends.

Basically, I’ll eat Nestle Fitnesse Low Fat Whole Wheat Cereal with Low Fat Milk for breakfast and dinner, and eat one full meal in between for lunch. According to the cereal box,

This meal plan is designed to maximise the benefits of Netle Fitnesse whole grain cereal on your shape! For best results replace breakfast and one meal for 14 days with a cereal such as Nestle Fitnesse. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and low fat, carbohydrate-rich foods, and always remember to exercise!

Example Meal Plan:
Breakfast: 30 g bowl of Nestle Fitnesse with 125 ml skimmed milk, one piece of fruit, and 1 cup of tea or coffee.

Lunch: Balanced meal with vegetables, meat or fish or eggs, bread, dairy products.

Dinner: 30 g bowl of Nestle Fitnesse with 125 ml skimmed milk, vegetables or low fat yoghurt.

For my own program, I already bought two boxes of Nestle Fitnesse, one regular box and the other a Honey and Almond variety. I also bought some Nestle Low Fat Milk, Nestle Fruit Selection Yoghurt, Nescafe Protect, Twinnings Peppermint Tea, Chocolait Chocolate Milk Drink, Del Monte and Dole Fruit Cups, Dried Fruit Chips, Quaker Oats Oatmeal, and Century Tuna.

I will be following the cereal plus fruit or yoghurt twice a day and one full meal part of the diet program. Plus, I’ll avoid instant noodles and eat more veggies. I love veggies but not having my own kitchen has been a hindrance to eating veggies. Will also eat more fish and seafood instead of pork and beef. And at times when I get really hungry, I’ll eat oatmeal to accompany the cereal.

I have already cut down on coffee to one cup a day. So I’ll probably do 1 cup of coffee plus 1 cup of tea a day instead of 1 cup of coffee or tea. I’ll avoid soda, iced tea, and juices and drink more water.

When I’m out, I’ll eat one piece of pastry only with the full meal.

And I’ll try to list down and blog everything I eat from tomorrow until February 14, 2011.

For a voracious food lover like me, this can be a very daunting task but I’m determined to make it work. I already eat cereal or oatmeal at least once a day so this won’t be too hard. I just have to be really disciplined when I’m out with my friends or cousins.

Wish me luck! ;-)

Adobong Bihod at Bagaybay

Adobong Bihod at Bagaybay

Adobong Bihod at Bagaybay

I grew up eating tuna bihod and bagaybay. Bihod is the fish’s eggs while bagaybay is the tuna’s gonads or sperm sacs. Bihod is usually cooked as a stir fry or in a stew while bagaybay is usually grilled. It was my first time to eat both in one dish, and the first time to eat it as adobo.
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Grocery List


I was inspired by Ate Aileen to suggest a grocery list for people who are new to cooking. I first made this list when I was in college, living alone, and just learning how to cook. Most of the recipes I made were based on food and dishes I saw on TV or have eaten somewhere. :)

Here were some of the stuff I always had on my fridge and kitchen cabinet…


It is important, of course, to have corn oil or vegetable oil for sauteeing or frying food. You can store or use other kinds of cooking oil but these two are the best for the health-conscious.

You should also have some olive oil for making pasta sauces.

One must always, always, always have butter. Butter may be used for simple veggies dishes, and to make dishes tastier. But then again, if you’re health-conscious skip this one. For cooking and baking, I prefer unsalted Magnolia Gold Butter. If you do use salted butter, lessen your salt when seasoning your food.


You must always have good soy sauce and vinegar. These are essential in cooking Filipino and Asian dishes. I think cane vinegar is a good choice. As for brands, I use Silver Swan for Soy Sauce and Datu Puti or Del Monte for vinegar.

For those who like Western dishes, you can also stock up on quality balsamic vinegar. If you have extra budget, you may buy Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, Knorr Liquid Seasoning, Kikkoman Japanese Soy Sauce, and some good mustard and ketchup.

Seasonings and Herbs

For seasoning food, it is a no brainer that you must have salt and pepper ALL THE TIME.

You can also store up on bay leaf, peppercorn, basil, rosemary, and thyme. And because it’s a hassle to make your own broth, buy some chicken or beef broth cubes.

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