I spent a week in Davao with a simple itinerary: attend the Davao Bloggers Society Christmas Party, co-work, and, most importantly, EAT. We can eat anywhere, of course, but ever since I joined the Davao Food Appreciation Tour in 2010 and 2015, I always want to go back to the city and sample some more. So while is not about an official Davao Food Appreciation Tour, this post is about an almost week-long food trip in Davao. So, close enough.Continue reading
Quinoa has been an extremely popular grain for in the past couple of years. It’s a little expensive for my everyday budget, though, so I don’t get to have it often. But when I do, my taste buds rejoice. Continue reading
A layer of vinegar-infused white rice. A sheet of nori. A fresh slice of salmon sashimi. These are some of my favorite things in my favorite cuisine. And when they’re all rolled together with an important addition of cream cheese, it becomes a mouthful of happiness called a Cream Cheese Salmon Maki.
I get giddy just thinking about it.Continue reading
Everybody loves a brownie. I have literally never met someone who didn’t love a brownie unless they were allergic. The way we like our brownies differ, though.
Some like them sweet or dark; with nuts or without. There are light ones, dense ones, and biscuity ones.
We all have our own definition of a perfect brownie. I, for one, love the rich, chocolate-y, melt-in-your-mouth kind, preferably with no nuts. Unless it’s soft walnut mixed in the brownie, or maybe almond slivers on top, just to add a little crunch, in case there aren’t any chocolate chips on it. It’s one or the other. I don’t want no nuts distracting me from my chocolate.
Because of our different preferences, it’s easy to find a brownie that everyone will like, but it’s a little harder to find a one that everyone will love and enjoy and smile like an idiot about.
I found one such brownie in Davao when I went there in May.Continue reading
When a friend visited the Philippines recently, there was a question that people asked him quite a few times.
“Of the 7,107 islands in the Philippines, how many have you visited?”
He just smiled and said: “Two. The island where Manila is, and the island where Davao is.”
During a conversation with him later, he swung the question back at me.
“Definitely more than two,” was my easy answer.
Almost everyone knows that when you go to Davao, you eat durian. But Davao is a land of good food. Really, really, really good food that people who usually take photos of their food before eating might just put their camera aside so they can dig in. I know I did. As evidenced in this post’s photo, I was so excited to eat at Mam Beb’s that I just stuffed my plate—who cares about presentation?
Every year since 2008, the Davao bloggers organize the Davao Food Appreciation Tour so they can, as the event name suggests, tour bloggers around Davao and sample the city’s best food. I joined DFAT 2010, where I learned that Davao eats and eats well in the wide variety of restaurants that they have—I don’t think I ate in two similar restaurants while I was there. I also got to try snacks and desserts in Davao and love, love, loved it! My mouth still waters just thinking about them. Good Davao food isn’t just durian. There’s salad and steak and ribs and pasta and tapsilog and pancit and mango squares and, okay, durian coffee and durian cheesecake.
The Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2014 is happening on May 16-19. If you’re planning to go to Davao someday soon (which you should), or if you’re already in the city and looking for new good food to eat, take notes from the official DFAT FAcebook Page or follow the tumblog.
Lemlunay Resort is a gorgeous little (not so little) spot at the edge of Sarangani. I visited it during a the first Soccsksargen Experience bloggers’ tour in 2010, and, at the time, the resort was fairly new, had a few rooms, and a lot of future plans. Even then, I loved my visit. The food was good, the wind was perfect, and the view was phenomenal. It was heavenly to take a dip in their infinity pool — they had one when infinity pools were rare and usually in break-the-bank kind of resorts. After I left, I vowed to return and stay longer and take an oxygen tank and dive into the reef.
It’s been four years, I haven’t been able to go back yet.
The May showers have started, and I haven’t even seen a glimpse of, the beach this summer. That makes my stumbling on this old photo a little difficult, and makes me wish and wish and wish for the sea.
I’ve seen posts about it recently, and it looks like the view is as beautiful now as it was then, only that the plans that we heard about are already fully furnished rooms ready for guests to enjoy.
Aaaah! I want to go to Lemlunay, now!
Other friends who blogged about it:
- Infinity Pool Experience in Lemlunay Dive Resort by Mica
- Lemlunay’s Lifestyle Of The Feeling Rich And Famous by Orman
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Davao Food Appreciation Tour blog post #2. Let’s get eating!
If there’s one thing you must know about me in relation to travelling, it is that I travel for the food. I also go for photography jaunts and sight-seeing, yes, and I like learning about the history of the places I go to, but I travel primarily for the good food. The different food, not just ones I can cook myself. The local food, the ones that the locals love to go to, and not just the ones that get featured in expensive magazines.
That’s what attracted me to the Davao Food Appreciation Tour, actually. I was going to get inside information from Davaeños! If you want to know where are the best places to eat in Davao, then read on. Continue reading
My first trip of 2010 was Davao, all the way out in Mindanao at the other end of the Philippine archipelago.
I went on this trip to join the Davao Food Appreciation Tour (DFAT), arranged by Avatar Media this year. Although it says “food appreciation” on the title, we did more than just appreciate the Davao’s eats.
The goal of the DFAT is to promote Davao as a food, adventure, and ecotourism spot. So we also went around the city for adventure and sight-seeing so we can appreciate the islands—and burn all the calories we took in, while we were at it.
I’ll get to the food and adventures later. For now let’s look at some of the spots we visited around Davao City. Continue reading