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FROM MY KITCHEN #7: The Come Back..

>> Tuesday, May 31, 2011








Last week, I had a soft start of this meme, and below is the entry of Mommy Arlene of  Healthy Lifestyle..
Mommy Arlene prepared a really nutritious treat, Tofu and Tomatoes.. I am sure you will fill find many other healthy snacks and meals from her blog.. 

For this week, I am formally launching the come back of this food meme, and it shall be back on a weekday.. a Wednesday Food Meme, that is.. Follow  From My Kitchen's simple rules, and you're good to go..  (So that you can visit the entries last week, I have opted to continue with the link collections. First five entries were from the soft start of this meme..)








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Food and Essays..

>> Sunday, May 29, 2011


This is one of the heavenly treats at Lachi's in Davao City. A hit among Lachi's avid fans and patrons. When I first tasted this, I told myself that I died and was sent straight to heaven.. 

Of course, when all the desserts were served, I attested that I was in fact dead, and was already in seventh heaven, lol.. If someone would order custom essays from me, at that point in time, I am sure, even the greatest essay writer would agree, that he or she will get disoriented.. 

Imagine the dessert bar.. 

All the great flavors of their desserts.. I was able to taste everything because I ate a little of everything, lucky me.. It was a smorgasboard of delectable treats. I love their Sansrival, which came in three flavors, namely, Classic Sansrival, Durian Sansrival and Mocha flavored Sansrival.. They are all mouthwatering.. 

And of course, there's more at their fridge..
Now, since there were many of us, and owners were so hospitable, we were even encouraged to get more.. Good luck to us, we didn't, we were so full..  

So if I am tasked to write an essay about good food and delicious desserts.. I really can not say anything except... Lachi's.. 



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Refreshing Young Coconuts in Singapore

>> Saturday, May 28, 2011



This young coconut was what we enjoyed as we strolled along Chinatown in Singapore.. It may be very small but mind you, the coconut water inside it is very sweet. Just a word of caution, it may be young coconut, but the coconut meat was kinda tough.. So just enjoy this refreshing drink but not as a snack, hehehe.. 

The first time I saw this actually, was when a woman was holding three young coconuts this size while she was talking to someone standing near the point of care cart at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where my cousin Lara and I went to when I accompanied her to apply as nurse assistant there..

When we got to taste the said coconuts, I flipped. They are quite different tasting compared with our young coconuts here in the Philippines.. Must be because they were imported from Thailand.. FYI: Singapore do not have any produce on their own.. 


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Bangus in Oil Omelet



Target coupons are helpful these days, especially for those who have relatives they are sending to school here in the Philippines, as it is enrollment season now.. Added to that are the many natural calamities that hit previously.. I am also sure that those who have lost so much during the tornado attack in Missouri can use much more discounts, if not freebies.. Truly, it can be devastating to lose everything that you worked hard for in just one snap of a finger.. I do hope everyone can be able to move on and move up, after the grave damages.. 

Anyway, at breakfast today, we had this Bangus in Oil Omelet.. 

It's kinda recycled from the bottle of Bangus in Oil I got during the Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2011, one that Saranggani Bay gave each of us participants.. Well, what was left was Spicy Flavor, and Lili can not tolerate too much spiciness in food, so I had to add eggs and made it into an omelet.. Lili loved it..  That was a freebie, not something I got from Target coupons.. hehehe


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Paella Negra at Tiny Kitchen in Davao City



One of the dishes served to us during our heavy snack at Tiny Kitchen in Davao City during the Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2011 Day 4 was the Paella Negra above.. The rice was black because the ink from the squid was used to darken it. But mind you, it has lots of flavor in it.. Add the toppings of seafoods, and Spanish sausages, voila! a heavenly sensation in one dish..  If I were to avoid eating this dish, and paid a pair of really expensive Black diamond earrings, I would pass the jewelry and enjoy the Paella Negra..  I swear, it's to die for--- 


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Scrapbook of Food Photos

>> Friday, May 27, 2011



I have plenty of food photos and I am planning to create a scrapbook for them. So now, I am in search of scrapbook layouts that I could use.. I saw a website or two and they have really nice layouts. But my friend who have been scrap booking for ten years already, told me that I should just make use of the food photos that I have to add as layout images.. Well, that sure is a good idea to consider. 

Anyway, I have organized my food photos and I found out that there were yet too many that I have not blogged about. Perhaps it's because I have saved them in different memory sticks that i do not get to access everytime. All that I have often used are those in this lappy as well as those I have uploaded online already.. I'm gonna have to see where I could add those I have just found again.. 




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FROM MY KITCHEN #6: Linabog na Butong (Chilled Young Coconut in Milk)

>> Thursday, May 26, 2011



After a very long time, I am reviving this meme.. I thought I would completely forget about this but because Mommy Willa of Food Trip Friday encouraged me to revive this meme, then here it is again..


From My Kitchen: The meme that shall allow bloggers everywhere to feature, present and perhaps, brag about their own culinary creations right at their own kitchens.. You need not be a chef to know how to cook, right? So anyone who has cooked a meal, dish or made deserts, baked or grilled whatever comes to mind.. It could be food cooked, baked, mixed, whipped or anything delicious that the participant created.. Pictures and procedures/recipes are valuable share-pieces...

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For my entry this week:  Linabog na Butong (Chilled Young Coconut in Milk)

This is actually common in areas where coconuts abound.. Here in the island, we get fresh young coconuts straight from the tree.. For the Linabog, all you have to do is crack fresh young coconut, and save the coconut water.. Scrape coconut meat and place in a bowl. It doesn't matter how small or big, the scraped meat will be.  Add the coconut water to the bowl of coconut meat, and add condensed milk too. Others add peanuts or cashew nuts to make it crunchier, but plain coconut meat will do. Anyway, when you are done mixing them, chill the mixture. Serve cold.. 

Do you have anything from your kitchen that you wish to share? Why not join this meme. Do check out its really simple rules.. 






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Jose Rafael Fine Coffee - Davao City



If you are a blogger and loves coffee in Davao City, head on to Jose Rafael, for they do not only give 10% discount to bloggers, they also have free wifi connection for you to stay and blog awhile.. I love how their coffee grinders would ground fresh coffee beans to use in your coffee.. Of course, it's different from our home coffee grinders as they actually use commercial coffee grinders, but mind you, their coffee is not at all commercial-tasting.. I also like the aroma of freshly brewed coffee when you enter their premises.. But most of all, I love how nice their attendants were. 

They are not only courteous, they are also offer in-depth information regarding all there is to know about coffee, chocolate and tea.. 
The place is cozy, suitable for intimate conversations or business. And of course, if you simply want to lounge around, it's nice to stay there too.. 
Of course, I love their decor.. The coffee blend below was what I ordered. and instead of paying P 130 for it, I paid less.. that's when I discovered that bloggers get 10% discount..
Jose Rafael Fine Coffee serves a variety of coffee blends, hot, cold, or ice-blended, and they use coffee beans from different parts of the world. They also feature local coffee blends, a variety of  tea selections, and chocolate drinks. By the way, their coffee are priced between P 80 to P 200... 

JOSE RAFAEL Fine Coffee
Located at Door 2, Phase 1 Insular Village, Lanang, Davao City 
(Next to China Bank); Buhangin Branch
Petron Complex, Airport View, Diversion Road, Davao City
Contact Numbers: +6382-3055698 and +6382-2351647


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Mangaon Ta..

>> Tuesday, May 24, 2011




My entry for this week is a gesture of hospitality among Filipinos.. words uttered by people in Visayas and Mindanao, "Mangaon Ta".. "Kain Tayo" in Tagalog and in English, "Let's Eat".. and Filipinos have certain expressions that say just that, even without saying the words.. See photos below... 

Photo above and below were taken at Haagen Dazs in a mall which I can no longer remember somewhere in Novena, Singapore.. 

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BEKO’S BIIK - Davao City

>> Monday, May 23, 2011




During snacks on the first day of Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2011 at Mam Beb's Bakeshop, two Lechon biik were added to the already heavy snacks served. 

(Photo borrowed from Ria Jose)

The one on the left is the Spicy Flavored Lechon Biik while the one on the right is the Regular Flavor Lechon Biik.. In fairness, sampling each flavor of Lechon Biik leaves you with a different experience and gastronomic sensations.. The Regular Flavor is quite good.. Different from all the other Lechon Biik or Lechon de Leche I have tasted.. But the Spicy Flavor makes it all the more exciting.. It's not that spicy if you simply take from the outer part of the skin or meat, but as you go deeper, it becomes more flavorful..  Too bad we were so full at that time. But it was also a blessing that we were, if not, the two Lechon Biik would not even be enough for all of us..

If you wanna try the Spicy Flavor or the Regular Flavor of  this Lechon Biik, better check out the information below:


BEKO’S BIIK
Contact Numbers: +6382-2272445, +6382-2863445
Mobile Number: +63922-8381600


Pick up for Davao orders is at 


Dimsum Diner
Guerrero Street, Davao City.




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MAM BEBS BAKESHOP - Davao City



For snacks on the first day of the Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2011, we were welcomed at Mam Bebs Bakeshop, where we had our informal orientation as well as the proper introductions of all blogger participants..  It was truly delightful to meet fellow bloggers from all over the Philippines. What's even more delightful was sampling the food served there.. 

Breaded Pork


  Potato Rolls (by special order only)


  Mango Squares (by special order only)


 Apple Pie

Pancit Luglug

Everything at that table were delectable and I am sure, if dinner won't be served, I would still be sleeping in a full stomach. That was quite a heavy snack already.. Of course, apart from the said foodies, two Lechon Biik from BEKO’S BIIK were added gastronomic attractions.. 

Among the snack treats, my favorites are the Apple Pie and the Mango Square.. But it doesn't mean that I do not like everything else.. I love everything.. I was told that the Apple Pie was a family recipe.. Well, it was really an Apple Pie to die for.. If you are drooling for the food above, then you must call or visit them A.S.A.P.-- see the address and contact details below:

MAM BEBS BAKESHOP
Address: CVA Building, CM Recto Street, Davao City 
(in between Union Drug and Planters Bank)
Contact Number: +6382-2278131


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TRELLIS ‘N VINES - Torres Branch, Davao City



On the first day of the Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2011, we had lunch at TRELLIS ‘N VINES. The place was nice. Cozy and perfect for groups of two, three and more.. We had two long tables to accommodate all DFAT 2011 participants. And for DAY 1 of DFAT 2011, it was truly a great start.. 

Below were the food we had:

 Sinuglaw (P 260.00)

  Crab n' Corn Soup (P 115.00)


Pan-fried Bangus with Tomato Concasse and Adobong Kangkong (P 135.00)


  Baby Back Ribs (P 170.00)


   Chicken Biryani (P 215.00)


  Crispy Noodles (P 150.00)


Peanut Butter Banana Roll (P 65.00)

I must tell you that the portions are quite huge. It's to share, and two to three or four people can share a dish, depending on appetite of course. And because it's just lunch, and snacks await two hours after that day, I personally did not eat much. A little of everything that was served was my aim. Yet, I felt so full when we left.. 

Among the food served, I liked Sinuglaw the most, perhaps because of how it was presented and what's in it. I love cucumbers and how it blended well with the Kinilaw as well as the Pork Sinugba.. I ate it like a salad appetizer, hahaha.. Chicken Biryani was spicy and I loved it too. The Crab and Corn Soup actually has tuna chunks apart from the crab meat  in it, and I love the creamy texture. The soup alone is already filling.. I didn't have much of the Baby Back Ribs but pictures.. I couldn't quite remember how it tasted.. Seriously, it looked delicious, and I am sure it was... 

We were about to leave when dessert was served. We didn't think there was dessert because by then we were all so full, hahaha.. The Peanut Butter Banana Roll is quite unique. And although it was served with chocolate syrup, it isn't too sweet. It reminds me of Reese's chocolate plus the banana.. Amazingly wonderful---  
If you wish to experience what we had, check out the following branches of  TRELLIS ‘N VINES. We ate at the Torres Branch, Davao City, and I must say that the staff at this branch are truly commendable..


TRELLIS ‘N VINES
Main Branch: Mc Arthur Highway, Balusong, Matina, Davao City
Contact Number: +6382-297-8463

Branch: F. Torres Street, Davao City
Contact Number: +6382-221-5566
Branch: A. Mabini corner Araullo Streets, Davao City
Contact Number: +6382-2263117
Branch: Casa Maria Inn, Eco-west drive, Ecoland, Matina Davao City Contact Numbers: +6382-2951883 and +6382-3032218
Mobile Numbers: +63922-8832282 and +63917-7000243
Website: TrellisnVines.com FB Page: Trellis ‘n Vines



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Food Served in Banana Leaves





In the olden times, banana leaves are very useful in preparing as well as serving food. But as years passed, and new developments take place, new replaces the old. Plates and all other dishes replace the use of banana leaves in serving as well as eating.. 

Our visit to the Tibolo Village in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur gave us a really different experience in dining.. Food were served in banana leaves. so they smelled nice.. 
See the wrapped goodies below? They were actually rice wrapped in banana leaves to keep them warm.
To enjoy the feast in front of you, you have to unwrap the rice first.. and of course, help yourself with all the other treats.. 


Well, it was well worth the two hour journey from Davao City. Quite an experience for DFAT 2011.. This post is also my entry for Green Monday.. For more of this meme, click on the badge above..  



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