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Showing posts with label food. Show all posts


Last Saturday, I was one of the foodies who got to enjoy a sumptuous seafood feast at Marco Polo Davao’s Seafood Dinner Buffet. For reasons I could not fathom, it has been years since I found out that I became hypersensitive to crustaceans and mollusks. To others who experience the same thing, every trip to a seafood buffet felt like going on a suicide mission, but for me, it’s simply what I rationalize as desensitization.  As long as I pop in an antihistamine a few minutes before the feast, I simply believe I will be just fine (and I was even until now, hence this post!)


One of the hotel’s exciting treats this summer, Marco Polo Davao’s Seafood Dinner Buffet will satisfy seafood cravings every Friday and Saturday until April 29, 2017 at Cafe Marco. This treat is a perfect alternative for guests who chose to abstain from meat during the Lenten season. Diners will get to feast on abundant fresh produce like crabs, shrimps, shells and various fish that can be enjoyed in different preparations according to the guest’s preference. The wide array of delectable seafood selection definitely stood out from the other food stations readily available on a regular Cafe Marco buffet.



Those whose palates lean more towards the carnivorous side will never go hungry as well since meat dishes are also available. But of course, one must also save room for desserts! 



For only Php 1500.00 per person, Cafe Marco's Seafood Dinner Buffet will not make you only "see" the food, but you have to "taste" the food and eat all you can in order to enjoy it. 


CAFE MARCO
Level 2, Marco Polo Davao
P.O. Box 81540 CM Recto Street, 

Davao City 8000, Philippines

Contact No: (63 82) 221 0888 local 7222
https://www.facebook.com/marcopolodavaohotel
Instagram: @marcopolodavao
Twitter: @marcopolodavao



My love for breakfast food made me always on the lookout for interesting ideas to make food more exciting. I have been really interested to try making quiches but the idea of using a doughy crust somehow influenced me to forego trying. But when I stumbled upon posts wherein traditional crusts are replaced with much more interesting ingredients such as bacon, I decided to give it a shot. 

So instead of the usual dough as a crust, I decided to replace it with bacon. It's not only packed with flavor but it's also saturated with protein that makes these quiches perfect to munch anytime of the day, and delightfully nutritious, too! 


YOU'LL BE NEEDING:

2 large eggs
6 slices honey cured bacon
Spinach leaves
Jolly Whole Kernel Corn
Quickmelt Cheese
Salt and Pepper
Butter

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Coat your cups (or muffin pan) with butter so that the bacon won't stick.
2. Line each cup with slices of bacon. 
3. Divide spinach, corn and cheese among cups. 
4. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Take note that the bacon can already add up to the saltiness of the egg so be careful not to add too much salt in it. 
5. Carefully and evenly pour egg mixture into cups, at least 2/3 of it, making sure it's not filled up.
6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.
7. Allow to cool before loosening edges with a knife or spatula.
8. Serve.


This recipe is very simple and easy to modify according to your preference. You can also use different vegetables according to your liking.

How do you make your quiche? Share it in the comment box below. 



I've been trying hard to lose some weight in preparation for my summer escapades that I decided to ditch some calories off by fasting from rice and thought of ways to prepare my food in more exciting ways to compensate. I noticed that in the course of a few weeks, I have been preparing the same old recipes considering that I'm still a noob when it comes to cooking. 

But lo and behold, some things just make the perfect addition to the ordinary recipes, and one of which is CORN! So to make my ordinary favorites go more nutritious, more flavorful and more exciting, I tried adding whole corn kernels to my all-time favorite chicken poppers.


INGREDIENTS:

250 grams ground chicken meat
1 pc red onion
1/2 cup flour
1 whole egg
salt and pepper
Jolly Whole Corn Kernels
cooking oil for frying (you can also bake!)


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Combine chicken meat, onion, flour and egg in a large bowl. Sprinkle salt and pepper. 

2. Roll the mixture into balls. Add corn kernels. You can also add cheese to make it even more exciting.
3. When the oil is hot, fry the chicken balls and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Remove the chicken balls to a paper towel-lined plate to drain the excess oil.

That's it! Making chicken poppers go jolly is such a breeze! You can also serve it with a dip but I opted mine to be plain and simple but packed with flavor and excitement. 

I still got more recipes to share so be sure to follow this blog. Happy munching! 




It's been raining here in Davao and this cuddle weather makes me crave for suman at sikwate. To those who don't have any idea about it, suman is a popular delicacy here in the Philippines, which is made up of glutinous rice wrapped in leaves and cooked in coconut milk. It is usually served sprinkled with sugar and best served with sikwate, the Cebuano version of hot chocolate. 



I had this photo taken during my trip to Buda last summer with my blogger friends. We dropped off at the Seagull Mountain Resort, which had the best suman + sikwate I've tried so far. My standard is quite high when it comes to suman, but this one got me asking for another serving. In fact, I wouldn't really mind travelling back again to Seagull just to have a fill of these because it's really worth the distance and the calories. 

Have you tried the suman at sikwate at Seagull Mountain Resort?






Most people say that if you want to learn about the world, go out and travel more because what's written in the books is only an understatement. But, if you want to get the most out of your travel, there is no other better way but to immerse yourself and get lost in your destination's grassroots.

To some, planning a travel provides a sense of fulfillment but to others, it can be a daunting task. Guide books and travel blogs may seem to help a lot but a lot of hidden secrets are best discovered through the eyes of  a local. 

Good thing there's a new traveler's market place online, Withlocals, which offers a more convenient and strategic way of reaching out to locals and establish a connection between travelers and locals with unique and and personalized experiences.


Withlocals is a peer-to-peer marketplace wherein local people can offer their experiences, services and skills to travelers. These experiences fall into three categories:

  • EAT Withlocals - The best food that a certain destination offers can not be found in the most expensive restaurant but can be experience from a home of a local. Taste the country and savor its culture by dining in a home of a local family. 
  • TOURS Withlocals - Nobody knows a place better than a local. Be prepared to discover more a lot about a certain destination through the guidance of local hosts, that even guide books do not offer.
  • ACTIVITIES Withlocals - Take part in activities and learn new skills from local hosts by living a day in their usual lives.

Withlocals has already been established in Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia to name a few but in the near future, Filipinos will be given the chance to showcase their hospitality to the world because Withlocals will soon be launched in the Philippines. Register as a host or a traveler because now is the perfect opportunity to show the world what Filipinos are truly made of. 

To learn more about Withlocals, check out their website HERE.




If there's one thing to be proud about being a Filipino, I think one of which is our ingenuity in coming up with new ideas most especially in food. Say for example, a typical Filipino street food called Ginanggang na Saging, which is an unripened banana grilled over charcoal, coated with margarine and sprinkled with white or brown sugar. As to why it is called such, I absolutely don't have an idea. Not advisable for the faint of gut though, as this street food may cause intestinal upset since some starch content of the banana may not be thoroughly cooked.

Spotted this street food outside Ateneo de Davao University along Claveria St and for only Php 15.00, you get to enjoy a stick of delectable goodness. Best paired with an ice-cold bottle of soda on a hot day, always.

Grab a bite. 




Before I proceed with this quick post, let me first greet everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR! It has been a very busy December for me that's why I fail to update this blog more often. I know I have been guilty of missing in action but I do hope that this 2014, I'll be able to update this as often as I can. 

For days now, I've been craving for this Bacon breakfast from Cafe Demitasse. If I have enough room for a full meal every time I visit this place, I always opt to order bacon, which can be paired either with a waffle or a cup of rice. Some of my friends don't like it because of the flour coating but I like it as it is - crispy and not too overwhelming. Or simply maybe, you could blame my love for bacon for my unreasonable taste. I just love bacon that much that every bacon seems delicious.


Give it a try and tell me what you think.


This Christmas, indulge in something new by dining the Korean way! 

Bulgogi Brothers offers a delectable Beef Bulgogi Platter for Christmas season starting December 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014. There are two sets of beef bulgogi platter to choose from and one set is good for 3-4 persons for only P995.00 per platter.





Just when we thought that we already had enough of authentic Chinese cuisine from Chef Lu, we were totally wrong. Our brunch was actually followed by a 5-course meal from no other than Davao's top of the class Chinese restaurant, the Lotus Court at Marco Polo Hotel Davao. I bet our tummies were already about to surrender so we resorted to a 10-minute walk from Chef Lu to Marco Polo Hotel in order to give way for the upcoming gastronomic feast.

We felt like royalties with the exquisite 5-course meal Lotus Court has prepared for us. The end result: 3 HOURS of incomparable gastronomic satisfaction which made me conclude that this was the best meal I had so far for the entire DFAT 2013 adventure.


Here's a glimpse of what Lotus Court has prepared for us, but in actuality and based on the following pictures, we got more than what was written in the menu. Get ready to drool!



Appetizer: Roast Suckling Pig Combination
Unlimited Dimsum  (Hakao, Pork and Shrimp Siomai and Shao Lung Pao)

Happy first of August! I have a feeling this month's going to be awesome!

After two days of nonstop binge-eating of delicious food from different participating restaurants, we still had to prepare our tummies for the third and final day of the DFAT 2013 adventure. This time, we reserved our tummies for authentic Chinese cuisine, thus giving you a taste of Hongkong, from Chef Lu restaurant. 

Just a tidbit of information, Chef Lu restaurant is named, of course, after Chef Lu, a Hong-kong trained chef and teacher of cooking lessons in Manila for over 40 years. If you're  a fan of Mandarin Tea Garden, then you'd be delighted to know that Chef Lu was actually one of the people who established it here in Davao.

During the event, we were served with different authentic Chinese cuisine and Hong Kong style dishes which this restaurant exclusively boasts of here in Davao. I admit I wasn't a fan of Chinese and Cantonese dishes but having a taste of what Chef Lu has offered us definitely changed my mind.

Here are their delicious offerings:

Egg Noodles with Spicy Meat Sauce
Salted Dumplings
Salted Dumplings (inside) 
Every bite of their signature dishes is delightfully delicious. I highly recommend the Salted Dumplings because it is far from the usual Chinese dumpling you tried in other Chinese Restaurant. The outer shell  made up of glutinous rice is surprisingly crunchy on the outside but soft and pretty chewy on the inside. In addition to that, the mixture of shrimp, ground pork, mushroom and spring onion really complement the taste of its shell.
Chef Lu's famous egg tarts
One of their popular offerings is the Egg Tart. I have not yet tasted this one but according to le boyfriend, it tastes really really good. 


My previous post for the DFAT 2013 adventure talked about the sumptuous meal offerings from Lachi's. However, if you're already dining in Lachi's then you should not miss out on their delicious and mouth-watering desserts. To be honest, I am having a hard time coming up with this post because at the same time, I am fighting my cravings. Not now, Lachi's!

I've known Lachi's for their famous and incomparable Sans Rival, hence the name of the restaurant. As years go by, Lachi's has produced more and more delectable desserts that you just can't resist. One good thing I like with Lachi's is that their desserts are way cheaper than most coffee shops around town, and I guess they also supply some coffee shops so in order for you to save a few bucks, then go straight ahead to Lachi's instead.

Just when I thought that their meals were already enough to cap off the 2nd day of our DFAT 2013 adventure, then I was totally wrong. After being served with these desserts, you simply can't close your mouths on these heavenly goodness. Get ready to drool and crave because here's what they served us with:

Assorted Cheesecakes
Assorted Cheesecakes
Assorted Cakes and Tortes



My self went into manic mode when I found out that Tsuru Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar got included in the list of #DFAT2013 pit stops. If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, then the way to my heart is through Japanese food and that better be Tsuru to really  impress me.

Tsuru is proud to be known as the oldest and longest running Japanese restaurant in Davao City and has been delighting Davaoeños with authentic Japanese cuisine since 1990. I admit I am not a frequent visitor of this restaurant but I have been a customer during their buffet for several times already. One of which was when the BF took me out on a Japanese buffet date here in Tsuru in celebration of his first paycheck as a medical resident.


Moving along, Tsuru introduced four new additions to their menu during the second pit stop of the #DFAT2013 adventure. I was very delighted to know that Tsuru always continue to innovate their dishes to come up with something new and appealing to Davao's ever-changing gastronomic market.

Here are Tsuru's new offerings: 

Crazy Maki
Crazy Maki : Kani sticks with tempura bits


The #DFAT2013 adventure started off with a "light" lunch and a quick orientation about the itinerary and things to do at Mam Bebs Bakeshop.

Blast from the past: When I was still aspiring to be an official member of the Davao Bloggers, one of the requirements is to pay a registration fee to Andrew Dela Serna at Mam Bebs Bakeshop. To be honest, I was really clueless about this place that I searched the entire C.M Recto St (from San Pedro Church going to Marco Polo) but failed because it was located near Planters Bank in front of City Triangle.

When I became an official Davao Blogger, Mam Bebs Bakeshop is no longer a new place for me. Several blogging events were already conducted here yet it never fails to tickle my palate every time that I am here savoring every bite of their sumptuous offerings. One of the dishes you must try whenever you get the chance to visit Mam Bebs is their famous Pancit Luglug.

Mam Bebs Bakeshop Pancit Luglug

Aside from being not your ordinary kind of bakeshop, Mam Bebs Bakeshop is more than just a bakeshop since it also offers affordable combo meals yet very satisfying to your hunger. Every meal comes with a bowl of delicious noodle soup.

Double-cooked Pork Adobo
Korean Chicken
Fish Fillet



Twenty-five bloggers embarked on a fun-filled gastronomic adventure last June 14-16, 2013 for the Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2013. These bloggers got the chance to try the sumptuous offerings of different local restaurants here in Davao City and I am very grateful that Shutter Cravings got included in this adventure.


Want to know the happenings behind this event? I prepared a teaser for you! The following images are just a few of what we had for the entire #DFAT2013 event!