Category Archives: Restaurants

[Food] Cafe Rihanna

If  you are looking for authentic Middle-Eastern dishes (Saudi Arabian food) in particular. Try Cafe Rihanna,  its just opened last Feb 29,  a new addition to a number of Mediterranean inspired restaurants in the city.

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Most of their ingredients & spices are imported from Saudi Arabia.

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Here are some of the food served during the food tasting and at the opening:

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Chicken Biryani (Saudi Style)-Basmati Long Grain Saudi Rice & Raita Yogurt

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Chicken Kabsa (Saudi Style) -Basmati Long Grain Rice

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Laban- Plain Yogurt

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Chicken Shawarma-  their chicken shawarma is flavorful.

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Beef Samosa -the spiced beef is flavorful –MUST TRY!

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Beef Turn-over- meat in between the crust. –MUST TRY!

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Pita bread w/ Khubz- Plain bread w/ tomato based sauce

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You can follow them @ Cafe Rihanna

Store hours 10am-10pm

Address: Don Dionisio Complex, Cabaguio Avenue, Davao City (Same area w/ Playbook Resto) at the back of CCA

 

 

 

Serenitea’s Christmas Offerings

Serenitea launches its first planner for 2016 because we want to be a part of your life’s greatest moment in the coming new year.  I am excited to use my Serenitea Planner. Here is what’s inside… 

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List your Travel Plans, Financial Targets, Achievements, and Life Goals & Commitments

20151206_113757 You can make a list of Restaurants to try, Discount Coupons          

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It also has quotes and  you could jot down ur thoughts and put reminders..

Here’s how to Avail of Serenitea’s 2016 Planner:

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Make 2016 the best year ever by getting the Serenitea 2016 Planner for free by spending a minimum single receipt worth Php1,200 which includes gift certificate purchases you can use without expiration in any branch.  Available in all branches from October 25,2015 to January 15, 2016.

Aside from the Planner, Serenitea also has its Chocolate themed drinks that will surely make your Christmas more memorable. Serenitea’s Choco Holiday Series made in partnership with Toblerone.

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Treat yourself and loved ones with our Cranberry Bliss with White Chocolate, White Chaffe Mocha with Milk Chocolate and the bestseller Chocolate Dream with Dark Chocolate for only Php 185.00.

These Toblerone drinks are available from October 20, 2015 to December 2015.

And finally, what is Christmas without our annual JUMBO CUP promo as we celebrate our 7th year anniversary!!!

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Go JUMBO cup on our bestseller drinks for three days starting in December 16 to 18,2015!

It’s our way of showing our liter of love for you this Serenitea-filled Christmas in 2015!

[Food] Vikings World Street Food

I love to explore the world not just viewing it through pictures, watching it through the television, but tasting the different food it offers.  As I go out and explore the world through travelling,  aside from seeing their famous sights, knowing a bit of their culture, shopping for some goodies, my first priority as always is to taste its food, especially its street food. But since I don’t get to frequently travel the world, I guess tasting its food through dining in restaurants which offers different dishes and through this World street food would suffice for now.

This August, Vikings SM Lanang Premiere brings you World Street Food. Here are the Menu:
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Tacos Al Pastor (Mexico)- Is a dish developed in Central Mexico, an adaptation of the shawarma spit-grilled meat brought by Lebanese immigrants to Mexico. Similar to Turkish Kebab & Greek gyros, but this one is made from thin strips of pork marinated in spices, chilies and stacked onto a long spit called a trompo. This is very flavorful, one of my favorite dish during the food tasting. –MUST TRY!  IMG_20150723_181158 Rou Jia Mo (China)-  means meat burger, is a street food originating from Shaanxi Province and now widely consumed all over China. The meat is most commonly pork, stewed for hours in a soup containing over 20 spices and seasonings. This is somewhat similar to “Cua Pao” or ” Hong Ma Pao”.       IMG_20150723_181441 Espetinho (Brazil)-  A  Portugese word which means “little skewer” and is the word that Brazilian use to describe what is known in English as Kebab. For the food tasting, we had Seafood kebab, which had fish, shrimps, mushrooms and the sauce under the kebab that was sweet n tangy.      IMG_20150723_181516 Pork Satay (Indonesia)- Satay is a dish seasoned , skewered and grilled meat, served with sauce. It may consist of diced or sliced of different meats, the more authentic version uses skewers from the midrib of the coconut palm frond. These are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with variety of spicy seasonings. Satay originated in Java, Indonesia. Its the national dish of Indonesia. This  grilled pork satay is dipped in peanut curry sauce, I like the taste of the mixture of the peanut curry dip. –MUST TRY!    IMG_20150723_182029

Suppli (Italy)-  An Italian snacks consisting of rice ball, generally risotto, w/ tomato sauce, and raw egg. This rice balls contains rice, mozzarella cheese, tomato, a bit of meat, something new to my tastebuds.

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Jerk Chicken (Jamaica)-  Jerk is a style of cooking native  to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice.  The chicken was flavorful and a bit spicy, the rice was also flavorful, a bit strong taste.. both are my favorite during the food tasting- MUST TRY!

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Crepe (France)- is a type of very think pancake made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour.  You can put fresh fruits, jams, meats or other sauces for savory crepes. As for this, we were served crepe with banana & nutella topped with ice cream to cap off our World Street Food tour.

Now, we can explore the world through the food of this various countries.

Vikings World Street Food available on Dinner every Weekdays, Lunch/ Dinner on Weekends, for the whole month of August. 

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VIKINGS LUXURY BUFFET DAVAO
Ground Floor, The Fountain Court, 
SM Lanang Premiere,
 J.P. Laurel Ave, Davao City
Phone: (082) 285 3888

[Food] Curry Express

Curry Express is a quaint Indian Restaurant, not the usual fancy Indian resto you get to see on movies.  With the population of Indians coming to Davao to get a good Medical education, its really a good idea to have an Indian restaurant that could cater to these students.  I have always wanted to try different types of food and at the same time I like spicy food. Here are what we had during the food tasting:

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Shrimp Biryani – its a mixed rice dish made w/ spices, rice & veggies. An o

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Chicken Curry–  Must Try!  Their chicken curry is really good,  its flavorful, best paired w/ Chapati.  IMG_20150704_193455

Prawn Masala– is an Indian spice mix, for this prawn masala its abit spicy and yet flavorful.

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Chicken 65-  is a spicy, deep -fried chicken dish originating from Chennai, India. the chicken is cooked with lots of chilis! Spicy food lovers would love this!- MUST TRY!

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Potato Masala– another version of the Masala dish, this time using potatoes.

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Chili Chicken-  If your “in” for a little sweet spicy level, go for this chili chicken.

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Aloo bonda- Fried Potato Balls that’s crispy outside and quite similar to mashed potatoes inside but with a twist of Indian flavors. MUST TRY!

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Chapati– Best paired with Chicken Curry

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Dosa w/ Peanut Chutney– Dosa is a fermented crepe made from rice batter and black lentils. There are different chutneys that can be paired with this crepe dessert.

Curry Express is owned and managed by Michelle Golajer, she personally cooks most of the dishes. Dishes are very affordable, they not only serve Curry, Masala, & Dosa’s. They also serve Vegetarian dishes, Flat breads, Yogurt etc. They also accept catering for special occassions.

Our Indian food tasting was a taste adventure for me since most of us, like me, would prefer to eat the usual Filipino, Chinese,Italian or comfort foods we love to have, but trying something new at times is fun. Thanks for having us! 🙂

Have you been to Curry Express? What’s your fave dish? 🙂 Drop us a line..

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Curry Express Indian Restaurant
Block 10 Lot 19, Dona Vicenta Village, Circumferential Road, Davao City
(beside Sea Green Cafe and Lifestyle Shop)
Phone (082) 324-6946
Open daily from 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM

[Food] Perch Kitchen + Bar

Davao has recently grown bigger with the opening of new malls & new restaurants,  investors are confident that the spending power of the Davaoeno’s are getting better. Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar is another new player on the restaurant industry.

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Last month, Perch invited us bloggers for a night of food tasting.  Among the food served to us, here are my personal favorites.

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Panko Crusted Oyster Sisig – I like how the crusted oyster mixed well with the sauce, egg + chicharon,  perfect beer match- MUST TRY! 

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Whiskey Chops– Tender Pork marinated lightly on Whiskey

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Perch Rising Sun Angus Burger Steak –  this is one of my personal fave as the beef is juicy and the serving is quite big. –MUST TRY!

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Truffsilog- Truffle + Angus Beef+ Sinangag (Fried/Garlic Rice) + Itlog (Egg) – your ultimate Breakfast meal in one. I must say it tops my list! – MUST TRY!

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Longcheelog Pizza – For pizza lovers who prefer to have their breakfast faves longganisa+ egg+ cheese, on pizza as toppings, here is another  MUST TRY! pizza! its good!

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Caldereta Pizza– this pizza is really tasty, at first bite you’ll really say its surprisingly good, covered with lots of thinly sliced potatoes. another favorite during the food tasting!-MUST TRY!

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Fried Burrito in Squash Sauce–  If your craving for something Mexican, try this Fried mexican burrito, its really good, something different on their menu.

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Candied Bacon–  This was the crowd favorite during the food tasting,  definitely never miss ordering this when dining at Perch! –MUST TRY!

Perch Kitchen + Bar is not just a place where people could hang-out and drink, its also a place for family and friends to bond overgood food and enjoy a world of different flavors all in one place.

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PERCH Kitchen + Bar

2nd Floor Al Fresco, Felcris Centrale, Quimpo Blvd, Davao City

Perch Kitchen + BAR FB Page

[Food] Manang’s Chicken Gourmet Pasta

Manang’s chicken has recently launched its Gourmet Pastas featuring their 3 latest Pinoy pastas which are the Creamy Malunggay Pesto, Spicy Tinapa Pasta & Salted Egg Pasta.

 

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Creamy Malunggay Pesto w/Chicken skin &Chicken pops @P84 +P15 if w/chicken pops

if you prefer to have a light but still flavorful pasta, I would recommend the creamy malunggay pesto. It is topped with chicken skin, you may add chicken pops for an additional charge of P15.

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Spicy Tinapa Pasta w/ Chicken Skin  & Chicken Pops @ P84 + P15 if w/ chicken pops

if you’re looking for something with a twist, try this spicy tinapa pasta, its a mix of traditional smoked-fish. Spicy n salty blend of pasta with a Pinoy twist! Its my fave during the food tasting! 🙂 don’t forget to add the chicken pops!

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Salted Egg Pasta w/ Chicken skin & Chicken Pops @ P84 + P15 w/ Chicken Pops

if you like eggs mixed on your pasta, you will love this Salted egg pasta which is made from rich and flavorful salted duck egg cream sauce. Its not too salty, taste just right, still topped with chicken skin and you can still opt to add chicken pops with it.

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Manang’s Chicken

4th Level, Gaisano Mall Davao,
J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City,

[Food] Saging Repablik

Have you been to the latest hang-out place in Davao? At first glance, we may see it as just  a coffee and dessert place. But on second look as you enter the place, you may find the place not too posh but of unique interiors as they use different are into industrial type of interior. As we got invited to Saging Repablik Bloggers night, we got the chance to explore more about what does this place has to offer?  They don’t just offer banana cue or Coffee and desserts. They also offer a wide selections of rice meals and drinks.

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Among the dishes offered, here are a few of my personal faves:

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Beef Tenderloin Salpicao

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Orange Chicken w/ Walnuts – Chicken fillet w/ Walnuts

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Sisag- Sisig w/ minced Saging

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Spareribs w/ Banana Barbeque Sauce– Pork adobo w/ a twist of banana bbq sauce..something sweet!

As for Appetizers & Desserts everything was good! 😀

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Turondue– Turon Fondue, a unique dessert to look forward to when you visit

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Banana Cream Pie- this one is like banana cream pie w/out the crust plus little banana cue on top!

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Linginging – Lingin (circle) Ging (saging)

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Frosted double Gatcholatto– this drink is good for sharing

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Pomelo juice– this pomelo juice is refreshing! they also offer Calamansi juice

This place is somewhat unique as they offer almost everything banana, from chips, food & drinks.

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they also are selling Saging Repablik Merchandise

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 Davao bloggers @ Saging Repablik bloggers Night

A must visit place as they offer unique dishes, and a cozy place to hang-out w/ family and friends.

Saging Repablik

Tionko Avenue, Davao City

Instagram: SagingRepablik

[Food] Vikings Davao Kadayawan Menu

Vikings Davao launches its Kadayawan Menu, in preparation for next week’s Kadayawan Celebration. Kadayawan is a celebration of Fruits harvest in Davao. In line with the celebration, they are featuring a line-up of dishes that has a Taste of Davao. Its a good time to celebrate Kadayawan with Family and Friends by dining at Vikings SM Lanang Premiere Davao.

I was happy that once again I was invited to another round of food tasting by Vikings. Well, I would say it was another first for me, since I get to taste some of the dishes that I don’t really get to try.  Here are what we had during the Food Tasting:

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Balut ala Pobre Pate -It was my first time to try this since I really don’t eat Balut. since I really have to try this for this food review, I have to convince myself, and I think Balut Pate wasn’t that bad after all. For Balut lovers, this is something you’ll want to try.

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Bagnet Salad (MUST TRY!) – This is one of my favorite during the Food tasting, its Bagnet, a popular Ilocano dish mixed with greens, its like eating Bagnet minus the oiliness or in (Tagalog its called “Umay”) since the salad is a good complement to the bagnet.

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Ensaladang Talong with Malunggay Pesto (MUST TRY!) -Salad made from grilled eggplant, vinegar, tomatoes and onions. this starter is good since the Spicy Malunggay Pesto compliments with the Eggplant salad.

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 Piniritong Lumpiang Tinapa at Mangga (MUST TRY!) – If your fond of eating green mangoes, mango n tinapa mix goes well-together, its like having green mango n bagoong in one dish.

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Vikings Special Kinilaw – A mix of tuna ceviche, grilled pork, veggies and Davao Pomelo.

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Molo Soup – A Filipino soup made from pork dumplings and chicken or pork broth.

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Balbacua– its a popular dish that is made of cow/ buffalo skin and meat boiled for hours to make it tender. It was another first for me to try this.

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Baked Imbao with Spinach (MUST TRY!) – Imbao is known in Davao, this baked Imbao is really good, reminds me of baked oysters and spinach dip mixed together.

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Baby Back Ribs in Durian BBQ Sauce (MUST TRY!)– Grilled Baby back ribs with durian BBQ Sauce, the durian isn’t too strong, you get to taste both the bbq sauce and the durian flavor. Another dish with a twist of Davao flavor.

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Rellenong Manok with Mangosteen Sauce– Stuffed chicken something similar to the usual home-made meat loaf with Mangosteen Sauce, the sweet mangosteen sauce gives a twist to the stuffed chicken.

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Bihod Pasta (MUST TRY!)–  Bihod, Female tuna Egg is mixed with Olive oil, a unique pasta dish. Its my first time to taste Tuna Egg.

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Spicy Baked Calderetang Kambing- another first to try this dish since I don’t eat kambing, this dish is flavorful with a modern twist by adding mozzarella cheese.

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Beef Steak Tagalog (MUST TRY!) –  For steak lovers, try this Filipino version of beef steak.. Its juicy & flavorful!

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Ginataang Alimango– Fiesta or Lauriats aren’t complete without the King of Seafood.. the crabs! Try Vikings version of crabs in Coconut Milk, spicy yet with a twist of  coconut milk!

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Laing at Tinapa- a spicy dish made of gabi leaves and dried fish.

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Gising Gising – A Bicolano dish mixed with coconut milk and lots of chili!

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Adobong Manok– Fiesta’s in the Philippines won’t be complete without the ever popular Adobo! Try Vikings version of chicken adobo.

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Filipino Paella (MUST TRY!)– Filipino version of the popular Spanish dish Paella, Vikings version of Paella is a must try!

 DESSERTS:

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Mango Sans Rival – A feast wouldn’t be complete without desserts, as the desserts were served, we were so excited to taste them. One of the desserts that caught my attention is this Mango Sansrival, not too sweet too!

 

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        Leche Flan- topped with mango and strawberry, its not too sweet. Definitely a good meal-ender.

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Durian Brazo (MUST TRY!)- mild durian cheesecake with brazo on top.

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Cheesecake Sampler – Cheesecake for the night had a mix of banana bits and mango.

Food posted above are only made available for the Kadayawan 2014 Celebration next week! Come celebrate Kadayawan with your family and friends this August 11-17, 2014 at the Largest Buffet Restaurant in Town! Vikings SM Lanang Davao.

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Vikings  SM Lanang Davao

Fountain Court Area, SM Lanang Premiere