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Showing posts with label Filipino food. Show all posts


Mindanao's first and only premier hotel, Marco Polo Davao commemorates the country’s 119th Celebration of Independence with a festive buffet of Filipino favorite dishes at Café Marco from June 12 to 17. This tribute comes timely now that Filipino cuisine has slowly taking over the global food scene. 


"Celebrating our country’s national day or Araw ng Kalayaan is very timely and important in our times today. Food is a representation of our freedom and culture as Filipino from where you can taste the influence of Spanish, American, Japanese and Southeast Asian countries. Filipino not becoming globally recognized to be truly appetizing and sumptuous," says General Manager Dottie Wurgler-Cronin.




The celebration was kicked off with a switch of roles between Executive Chef Alex Destriza and Restaurants, Bars and Events Manager Chel Yabut. A food historian, blogger, recipe and culinary director, Chef Chel will once again put on the toque and takes over the kitchen to bring authentic recipes, such as Ensaladang Talong and the Pancit Pusit ni Asiong, from Southern Luzon to the Heart of Davao kitchen, and to your very plates.



From June 12 to June 17, guests can enjoy their favorite Filipino dishes like Kare-kare, Kaldereta, Mechado, Sinigang, Afriatada, Pinakbet, Adobo and sizzling Sisig and so much more at Php799nett for lunch and Php1,100nett for dinner. 
 



CAFE MARCO
Level 2, Marco Polo DavaoP.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

Despite the evolving food scene in Davao and the growing number of restaurants and food themes to choose from, it’s undeniable that our palates would still crave for the familiar taste of traditional Filipino dishes that truly remind us of home. Good to know that Bagoong Club, a new restaurant emerging at the south part of the city, offers great Filipono comfort food and a warm homey ambiance to welcome families and groups looking for unique home-cooked dishes to celebrate with.




What used to be an ancestral residence along University has been creatively converted into an inviting gastronomic destination. It’s laid back interiors and interesting decorative pieces bring such a nostalgic feeling that sort of reminds of special traditional family celebrations. 



Their menu has a wide array of dishes to choose from – which includes the common Filipino dishes like Kare-kare and Binagoongan. Just seeing the names of dishes with bagoong was already enough to stimulate my intense appetite and craving for the famous condiment. However, not all dishes on the menu are infused with bagoong so it’s safe to say that even those who are allergic to bagoong still have a lot of options. Dishes are prepared as soon as it is ordered so make sure you’re fine with 15-20 minutes of waiting time. No need to worry though, as a complimentary treat of singkamas (turnips) served with two kinds of bagoong – the Bagoong Pag-ibig (sweet version) and the Bagoong Umaga (spicy version) makes the waiting time more exciting.

One fascinating thing with Bagoong Club was how they creatively innovated classic Filipino favorites like the Ukoy, which was commonly served as a round fritter. But in Bagoong Club, their version was a tower of goodness made out of sweet potato, carrots, crispy shrimps and beans, that’s not greasy at all. 

Ukoy Php 265.00


Street food fanatics will surely be delighted to see their favorites at Bagoong Club, but prepared in the most sanitary way possible. No need to be wary of indulging in street food. 


Isaw  Php 145.00

Bagoong lovers will truly enjoy these flavorful bagoong-infused traditional dishes to their heart's (and tummy's) content. These dishes just had the right tinge of saltiness that doesn't disappoint.

Bagoong Rice Php 190.00
Club Binagoongan Special Php 290.00 
Traditional Kare-kare Php 490.00
Of course, almost all traditional Filipino restaurants definitely serve these classic favorites:

Crispy Pata Php 530.00
Crispy Pork Dinuguan 
Unlike the usual Dinuguan, Bagoong Club’s version has crispy pork meat in it. Not only was it flavorful, but the crispy texture of the pork meat added a different feel to the usual version.

The following dishes are what I considered to be heart-captivating for me that's worth coming back to Bagoong Club for over and over again. Not only that these dishes stood out because of their uniqueness, these are also flavorful and surprisingly incredible. Whoever thought of whipping out such dishes must have been a culinary genius!

From among the dishes served to us, the Mula Sa Puso was my most favorite. Behind the clever name was actually a sisig of banana blossoms. Still not believing it? This dish may be far away from the usual kind of sisig but it tastes similar. Plus the dip made out of mayonnaise and pig brain was a perfect match. The dip makes the flavor pop out, you'd crave for more.


Mula sa Puso Php 180.00
Another surprising dish that stole the scene was this Pancit Inasal. Imagine two Filipino favorites - Inasal and Pancit - in one dish will surely blow you away. Two familiar flavors make a very good combination that it's already tummy-filling in itself.

Pancit Inasal Php 280.00
Another unique but sumptuous dish that's a best-seller as well is the Bulalo sa Monggo. This bone-marrow soup with monggo is so packed with flavor that it makes an exquisite impression.   


Desserts and fresh fruit shakes are also available. Of course, any meal would not be complete without desserts and thirst-quenching drinks to complete your satiety.


Dishes are usually priced at P150.00 to P500.00 but it's quite reasonable considering that one serving could generously feed at least 2-3 persons. Service is commendable although it might take some time before food is served since most dishes are prepared as you order. The place is usually jam-packed, regardless of whether it is lunch or dinner, most especially during special occasions so be sure to make reservations ahead. 

Have you tried Bagoong Club? Tell us what you think!


BAGOONG CLUB
123 University Ave. cor Talisay St.
Juna Subd. Davao City
(082) 298 - 5968
Opens 10 am - 10 pm
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bagoong-Club-Davao/1216589611784796



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?




Every time I go on travel, one thing I really look forward to is to taste the delights that a particular place has to offer. It is not everyday that we get to chance to grab a bite of these specialties since not all of them are readily available in local restaurants. So when it is my first time to set foot on a place, indulging on the city's best food is always on my bucket list.


So when I heard about Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta, I felt really ecstatic to try this new restaurant at SM Lanang Premier considering that I do not need to hop on a plane or a bus to explore on dishes boasted by different places in the Philippines. Archipelago 7107's concept of bringing selected authentic recipes from the north, south and anywhere between the 7107 islands under one menu is definitely a brilliant idea.


Archipelago 7107 is actually a part of the Barrio Fiesta chain of restaurants. Its ambiance is causal and chic and perfect for families wanting to dine out and celebrate or professionals wanting to unwind after a day at work. Its first branch in Davao located at SM Lanang Premier also serves the famous and loved Barrio Fiesta recipes like Crispy Pata and Kare-Kare.

KARE-KARE
CRISPY PATA


After having a feast for brunch at Fiesta Sorpresa for the 2nd day of the DFAT 2013 adventure, we again travel for approximately 1-2 hours to conquer one of Southern Mindanao's hidden treasures, the Little Boracay at Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur.

It was my first time to set foot on the place. I have been wanting to go to this place but feedback about not having that much accessible transportation hindered me from embarking on an adventure. However, the road was pretty fine except that you really need to hire a private transportation for a hassle-free adventure. But trust me, this place is worth it!

In Little Boracay, we were treated to a buffet of fresh catch from the beautiful and serene deep blue sea.

Kinilaw


Fish Soup


Good morning foodies!

I have finished sharing about the first day of the DFAT 2013 and now we're off to the 2nd day. The 2nd day was a bit exciting than the first one because we're off to a place not so far away from Davao to discover dining places that will surely give you a great gastronomic adventure even when you're away from home.

Our first stop for the 2nd day is at Fiesta Sorpresa in Digos City, Davao del Sur. Yes indeed, we traveled 45 minutes to 1 hour to get our tummies filled with their delightful and savory offerings. It is located in the heart of Digos and specializes in offering Filipino classic fiesta dishes. During the DFAT 2013, Fiesta Sorpresa treated us to a sumptuous brunch - a very good way to energize us after traveling.

Here's what we had for brunch which is actually more than enough to feed a hungry lion (like me):
Binagoongang Bagnet
Garlic Fried Chicken
Sizzling Stuffed Squid