Sunday, February 4, 2018

Davao Bambu Sanctuary and Ecological Park New Menu

I am no travel blogger and I wont be discussing much about the destination aside from some insights that you have to consider if you choose to visit this place.

Davao Bamboo Sanctuary and Ecological Park is a property made public by a curious accident. On a wonderful Fathers Day celebration, the owners and their friends invited acquaintances for a daddy’s day out treat in the family sanctuary in Calinan, Davao City. With the demands from the friends of friends, the sanctuary opened its door to people who seek respite and new adventure in the city.

The 9-hectare property was then developed further to accommodate overnight stay and small functions in the middle of a bamboo garden which was the family matriarch’s personal passion. You will notice a huge man-made dome built manually with bamboos and indigenous materials. The pool that flows in adjacent to the dome comes from a natural spring which is connected to a river. The entire park remains true to its purpose to provide a sanctuary and a temporary respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown Davao.

Part of its continuing and on-going developments in the park is providing a full-course menu to its guests and me and my friends from the Davao Digital Infuencers were lucky enough to sample some of their dishes which can be ordered in their resto and buffet. Dont forget to sample their signature dish which is the Chicken with Bamboo shoots. Here are some photos of the dishes that you’d see in their menu!

Thanks Davao Bamboo Sanctuary! 

Davao Bamboo Sanctuary and Ecological Park
Brgy. Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City
FB:  @DavaoBambooSanctuaryandEcologicalPark
P: (82) 2286116

PS. The park is a short ride from Gaisano Calinan and can be accessed by van or shuttle which can be arranged with the resort. No public transport is available from the resort and can be a little bumpy along the road which is being constructed. Bring a lot of adventure adrenaline since you wont run out of things to do especially for day tours. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Pastry Chef Booboo Maramba’s M&S 20/20 Holiday Food Gifting Mission

Party, reunions, friends and family gathering. Leave it to moms and the party experts to prepare the ultimate gift ideas and giveaways this Holiday season!

“Food is the wisest gift to give with desserts and chocolates the most popular. It can be enjoyed by many plus the sweet treats can double the happy feelings this season,” says Booboo Maramba, Davao’s pastry queen and the first Wilton Method Instructor of the Philippines. 

Chef Booboo is renowned for her beautiful, classy and meticulously decorated cakes specifically for milestone celebrations. She may have set the spatula aside waiting for her successor, her daughter, to take over, but if she does pick it up, the client must really be close to her heart, or extremely lucky. 

On special occasions like the Holidays she would concoct something special for her closest friends and family. But as much as she wants to customize each gift, the long list will make it a very challenging task. For this reason, she goes to shop food for gifting at her preferred food and fashion brand—Marks & Spencer.

“I am assured of the high quality of their food products.”

Chef Booboo Maramba 20 M&S food picks for Holiday gifting

 Chef's suggestions-food selections adults will enjoy

  Chef's suggestions- food  picks the whole family will love

hef instructor Booboo Maramba's 20 M&S food suggestions

The pastry chef is on a 20/20 mission. On Marks & Spencer’s 20th year in the Philippines, the brand is filling the shelves with more than 80 assortments of delectable indulgences exclusive to the holiday season. From these selections, the pastry expert selects 20 of her best food gifts to give.

“Just like the cakes I bake for gifts, the food item choice will depend on the like and dislikes of the recipient, and must of course be age-appropriate.”

For the whole family to enjoy, Chef Booboo suggests the Operetta, Praline and Nut Selection Box, Belgian Collection, Six Month Matured Frosted Snowflakes Christmas Cake, Nine Month Matured Intensely Fruity Christmas Pudding and Biscuits for Cheese.

For tea lovers and their after dinner treats, the chef recommends the Festive Classic Tea, Cranberry & Clementine Jaffa Cakes, Short Bread and Assorted Biscuits in decorative, reusable tin cans.

Kids love chocolates and M&S made it doubly irresistible. The milk chocolates wrapped in shimmering tin foils are quite attractive as it is delicious, and the Paddington Bear bonus stick on will delight the young souls. 

The adults tend to have mature taste buds and most favor the less sweet treats. Chef Booboo suggests the Swiss Dark Chocolate Truffles, Viennese Biscuit Selection, Turkish Delight, Brandy Snaps, Pudding Selection, Orange Golden Caramels and After Dinner Mints and for variety, the Milk, Dark and White Selection Box.

“I have always been a fan of the M&S food selection. I have my personal favorites like the shortbread cookies because it’s not too sweet and the unique packaging is a bonus, especially the Christmas tree tin can. I also love the Turkish Delights as it pair well with coffee or tea. The assorted chocolates, which are not too sweet as well, are divine and truly melt-in-your-mouth treats.”

This pastry chef-mom knows best. Trust her.

Fashion: Marks & Spencer 2017 Holiday Collection available at M&S Abreeza and SM Lanang Premier.
Photography: Kethley Uy
Make-up & Styling: Otoy Mercado
Venues: T’nalak Home, Abreeza Mall; M&S Abreeza; M&S Gift Shop at SM City Davao: Marco Polo Davao.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Jolly Chicken Curry Pasta

Our favorite season for reunions and get together is here again and what a better way to celebrate than with food!

Our friends from Jolly and Fly Ace surely has some ingredients that are very useful for the dishes that you will prepare this season! For my recommendation, try something new with this recipe that I will share to you on this blog post. Its traditionally served with rice but we also find it very suitable for pasta!

Thankfully I have my mom and tita over the weekend to help me prepare and cook this wonderful masterpiece. The ingredients are very simple and steps are easy to follow.

4 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 large onion, sliced
2 chicken breast, cut to cubes
2 medium potato, cubed
1 medium carrot, cubed
1 can Jolly green peas, drained
1 large red bell pepper, cut to squares
1 can Jolly whole mushrooms
1 can Jolly coconut cream
2 tbsp curry powder
Salt and pepper to taste

500 g Dona Elena pasta (cooked accdg to package instructions)

1. Saute garlic and onion.
2. Add chicken breast, potato and carrots. Add salt and pepper according to taste. Allow to simmer until chicken is cooked.
3. Add green peas, pepper and mushrooms.
4. Mix curry powder according to taste. Allow to simmer.
5. Add coconut cream and being to boil until all ingredients are completely cooked.
6. Served on top of pasta.

Avoid using red curry since this may not be very appealing for a pasta dish.
Do not overuse curry powder as it may leave a strong spicy flavor which may over power the taste of chicken.

Enjoy! 😉

Thanks again Jolly and Fly Ace Corporation for another Jolly year with you!

Friday, November 17, 2017

SM Lanang Premier Opens Food Hall

Hang out at the latest food destination in SM Lanang Premier

Davao’s SM Lanang Premier has introduced its very own Food Hall to bring more fun and flavours to the local food scene. Food Hall is located at the Northwing at the second level which can accommodate 350 seats with a contemporary and spacious dining area which will not only be a perfect hang out for family alu-salo but also for your gram-worthy squal goals!

Here are some of the stores at the Food Hall:

Panda Shabu Shabu – enjoy modern Chinese cuisine and of course shabu shabu, a store conceptualized by the brains behind Vikings buffet. 

Noonsaram – Korean dishes and of course, Bingsoo!

Red Corner Burger Cafe – the famous burger that draws the name of its dishes from famous athletes

La-Ku-Sea-Na – which translates to “seafood kitchen” where fresh catch and seafood dishes will be served by the makers of the local restaurant chain Fiesta Dabaw

Salo -  a Tagalog favorite which of course serves Filipino comfort food.

Other food carts:

Cherrie’s Ice Cream and Cookie

Juice Co: Te Juice Bar

Potato Corner Plus

Opening soon:
Zen Sushi
The Kitchn

Thanks SM Lanang Premier for the invite!

Food Hall is located at the Northwing area, second level of SM Lanang Premier (are fronting the fountain).

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Food Park and Davao's Homegrown Pride at Boxed Up

You have seen the video, now here are some details that you may want to take a look from the newest food destination in Davao, Boxed Up.

Food park & pop up stores
Surveyor Road, Dona Vicenta Village, Davao City
(located at the back of Chowking Bajada-Victoria Plaza)
Daily from 5:00PM to 2:00AM

The food park made with container vans and food carts boasts Davao's 30 homegrown entrepreneurs which is set to expand further in the coming weeks. From the VIP and media night, fellow media and blogger friends sampled some of the stores' specialty items.

Here are some of them:

Chickenini & Logan
Category: Light snacks and bar chows
Price Range: Php125.00 - Php225.00
Must try: Fried chicken skin slider & Tapsikwek

Everything Kambing: Goat
Category: All Goat dishes (soup to main dish)
Price Range: No details
Must try: Papaitan and Sinampalukang Kambing

Tuna in a Bakset by Miko's Tuna Station
Category: All Tuna dishes (Appetizer to Set Meals)
Price Range: Php139.00 to Php159.00
Must try: Try all three but Tuna Belly will always be a fave

Swirls Diner
Category: All pasta
Price range: Php95.00
Must try: Wasnt able to try but Spanish Sardines looks promising

Murakami Ramen and Sushi Box by Tori Grill 
Category: Ramen and Maki
Price range: Php139.00 - Php219.00
Must try: I am in relationship with that Salmon Maki!

Hav Sambal-U
Categogy: Malaysian-Filipino Fusion
Price range: Php65.00 - Php175.00
Must try: of course, Sambal or Rendang

Baba Ganoush: Kebab & Hummus
Category: Persian
Price range: no details but could range similarly to Shatter Persian Kabab
Must try: Uhm, Kebab and Hummus?

Category: Bar chows and drinks
Price range: no details yet
Must try: Cant try the sisig but the drinks <3

Lemonwood Cafe Cabin
Category: Coffee and Dessert
Price range:Php35.00 (solo cupcakes) Php200.00 (box of cupcakes)
Must try: Ensaymada is fluffy!

Crazy Nachos
Category: All nachos
Price range:no details
Must try: beef nacho is an all-time favorite of their customers

Street Taco
Categoy: Tacos and nachos
Price range: Php89.00 - Php115.00
Must try: Cheese quesadilla

Category: Drinks & Refreshments
Price range:Php50.00
Must try: Mansanas verde

Other stalls opening:
Liempo Q

Chinese Box 

Thai Express

Melt & Co.

Rolls Roys

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