Sunday, July 1, 2018

A Bottle for Sustainable Farming with Cocio

Don’t we love something that taste like home? Aren’t we all fond of food or beverage that remind us of good old memories?

Here is another product that doesn’t just look like a throwback from our younger years but it definitely taste like it too! Our friends from Fly Ace Corporation has brought Cocio, a great tasting chocolate milk drink since 1951.

Cocio prides itself to have maintained its recipe ever since and has supported sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers and their families and of course with our planet in mind. They are UTZ certified and come in three (3) simple ingredients—Fresh Milk, UTZ certified cocoa and sugar.

So try a bottle of happiness and purchase your favorite Cocio in any of your grocery shops today.

Thanks again, Fly Ace Corporation for partnering with Team DDI and DavaoFoodTographer!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

AirAsia Places Davao in Inflight Meal with Malagos Chocolate

As you may have seen in my social media accounts, Philippines AirAsia has introduced an addition to the Santan Combo in-flight meal—the Roasted Dalandan Chicken with Pimiento Sauce. It features Davao’s pride and an award-winning produce of Philippines, the Malagos Chocolate. The santan combo is created by Chef JP Anglo who aims to incorporate local Filipino flavour into your flight experience.


During the launch, members of the press were invited to sample the dish after the cooking demonstration of no other than the genius behind the dish, Chef JP himself.

My take? Tastefully Filipino!

Filipinos love sweet and smoky flavors! Infusing Malagos Chocolate to the pimiento sauce enhanced the citrus flavour from dalandan and balances the pimiento. Of course, would a Filipino celebration be complete without barbeque? It may not be one of the famous Filipino signature dish like adobo or lechon, it definitely represents the Filipino palate—its love for colourful flavors especially for sweet savory meals.


Would the summer meal be complete without several colourful additions? The Roasted Dalandan Chicken with Pimiento Sauce is introduced in the AirAsia summer inflight catalogue together with some local social enterprise which  highlights the genius of Filipinos.

Tsaa Laya
IG & FB: @tsaalaya
“Rediscovers the herbal traditions of Philippines into an exquisite tea experience” by highlighting tea leaves that are only endemic to the country and offering it to match mainstream tea flavors. Imagine banaba or lemon ginger or tanglad or pandan in your afternoon tea experience?

Anthill Fabric Gallery
IG:  @anthillfabric
“A social and cultural enterprise in the Philippines working to preserve local weaves through contemporary and zero waste design to sustain livelihood”. It produces wonderful fashion items and accessories from weaving scraps while helping local weaving community preserve its history and culture.

Olivia & Diego Jewelry
IG & FB: @oliviaanddiego
“Handmade upcycled jewelry made out of happiness in Davao, Philippines”

The new AirAsia Santan Combo meal is available to all Philippines AirAsia flight Z2. You can also discover Tsaa Laya, Anthill Fabric and Olivia & Diego in Philippines AirAsia summer inflight magazine.

Thanks AirAsia team for the love of Davao City and for featuring our wonderful city! 

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).

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