Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!
I got an early present for Mother’s Day! The family, especially the husband, are so supportive of my blogging. I love you, family!
My other family, the FoodPrints, headed by patriarch (heheh!) chef Sandy Daza, traveled to the south. Davao! I expected a great adventure. I just had to be with them! Thank you, Red Balloon and Lifestyle Network, for all that I can experience and blog about. I’m truly grateful.
Everywhere I looked, there was always a bloggable photo in my mind. The Davao banana is so difficult to split into parts. There is a Part Two of my personal photo diary, besides the FoodPrints with Sandy Daza BTS. One thousand and one photos from one destination is astonishing! It definitely exceeded my expectations.
We stayed at the Park Inn by Radisson fronting the SM Lanang. The hotel is very global-modern. The staff were warm. In fact, all of Davao! Major thanks to awesome DoT Asec Art Boncato Jr, the tireless Ms. Vanessa of DoT Davao and our very special tour guide, Ruben Neri!
Half of our Davao stay was spent at the Apo View Hotel owned by the Pamintuans. Downtown Davao is such a great travel destination in itself. Very cosmopolitan and yet laid-back.
The iconic Davao waling-waling orchid was quite difficult to pin down. We traveled far to take a snapshot. And I’m sorry, I wasn’t able to shoot the Philippine Eagle in all its majesty it so deserves:( It was huge, the body is approximately my size.)
Below are photos taken at the Malagos Farms, owned by the Puentespina family, who produce global-quality cheeses and chocolates. So honored to have met a low-key, dedicated, nature-loving and hardworking family. A proud Filipino moment indeed!
I was so makulit to Ruben about going to Aldevinco. I told him everyday. I was so happy the girls wanted to shop for batik also! I bought blouses in a size bigger. I grew fat in Davao, but really no regrets!
The view from Jack’s Ridge was spectacular. Thankfully, there were lights all over during one of those legendary Mindanao-wide brownout rotations!
Blugré Coffee is where I had an iced durian coffee. Beautiful creamy coffee that leaves you thinking Davao is so distinct among the places FoodPrints has covered.
Paradise Island, managed by Julian Rodriquez, was memorable. The authentic Spanish paella composed of Samal Island’s sea bounties kept teasing the senses while we waited for it to bloom. It came out glorious!
Among the food that brought me to nirvana was the chewy-crunchy guzo, a kind of seaweed. I also found pinakbet in this Mindanaoan paradise. It was dressed in lean pork, rolled and made hamonado. I think I heard this is an award-winning recipe by the chefs of Paradise Island.
I got a hot durian coffee for myself. The balanced flavors were rewarding!
Tiny Kitchen, owned and managed by Julian’s younger brother, Vince Rodriguez, and his beautiful wife, Donna Peralta, and their children, was a standout. The little kitchen bursting with big flavors is sunshine. I will post a separate story on the cutest cashier in the entire Davao.
I thought we’d never make it to The White House. Food there is like red carpet dressing. The old Ker house was refurbished and made into a fine dining restaurant by Ms. Cathy Binag. Young Chef Justin Sison’s Yamamomo Cheesecake looked and tasted like no other cheesecake in the entire Davao City, where cheesecake baking is huge.
Of course, Davao is not Davao without Durian! Lola Abon’s creations are Davao’s pride.
Check out my Davao Photo Diary, Part 2. The FoodPrints Season 2 is premiering on May 18, Sunday, 8:30 PM on the Lifestyle Network, Channel 52 on Sky Cable. Don’t forget the whole new season! There is also a FoodPrints episode shot exclusively in Spain. Chef Sandy Daza rocks!
Photographed by Jeng, Bert, Ruben, Nikki, Francis and Blauearth
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