The not so humble pie at Osvaldo’s

Osvaldo's Cakes

I am constantly enamored of beautifully crafted cakes. Let’s go back to Davao for this post.

Cake studio Osvaldo’s Cakes has all the right ingredients — an accessible location, avant-garde cakes, a cosmopolitan ambiance, a space to eat the decadent cakes and a friendly, good-looking master baker. Say hello to Joel Rodriguez, graduate of the Wilton School Cake Decorating in Illinois, USA.

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Joel’s cakes look good as well as taste good. Originally from Cotabato City, he has created some of Davao’s most talked about cakes and pies.

Straight after a FoodPrints shoot, the crew hastily dipped their forks into the alluring desserts. So fleeting that I failed to jot down the specifics. I remember a strikingly delicious blue cheese cheesecake. And, of course, the pomelo lemon pie, which actually tastes more interesting than a key lime pie. It has the right balance of the delicate kinds of tart and sweet. One glorious forkful.

Pomelo Lemon Pie

Keep Osvaldo’s on your to do in Davao list. Did you watch the FoodPrints Davao episodes?

Osvaldo’s Cakes Ground Floor, Paseo De Legaspi, Pelayo St., Poblacion District, Davao City 0919 291 5007 0932 428 4070 Open Mondays-Saturdays 9 am-10 pm

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A Peek into Davao’s The White House

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A remnant of a colonial plantation in Davao is now the destination for fusion cuisine. The 1932  house, originally owned by Ker and Co., was rejuvenated by Ms. Cathy Binag to fit The White House.

The White House is a refreshingly homey restaurant, cafe and wine lounge, and yet an air of  sophistication surrounds each and every visitor. Harmonizing with its old meets new design is a state of the art kitchen where a team of chefs prepare stylish creations.

The menu boasts of fresh local and imported produce. On a FoodPrints Season Two shoot, host Chef Sandy Daza explored contemporary dishes anchored on Japanese flavors.

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Beautifully prepared uni shooter opened up the taste buds for more equally elaborate halibut, sea bass and pork belly concoctions, followed by a vanilla cheesecake laced with green tea meringue and topped with yamamomo berries, raspberries and strawberries.

Foodistas, don’t fail to visit this house in Davao!

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*With special thanks to The White House, Lifestyle Network, FoodPrints and DoT Davao.

The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge Camella Northpoint, Bajada, 8000 Central, Davao City, Philippines Tel. No.: (082) 2824540 CP No.:  +639154483601  Mon – Sun 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Davao’s Tiny Kitchen is packed with love

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Did you watch Chef Sandy Daza’s Binondo FoodPrints last night? Reny, Alexa and I were like hungry kids awaiting our favorite eats from Chinatown. It was a mouthwatering premiere episode of the new season! It felt different just watching. Alex couldn’t help it, she brought out a plateful of Bee Tin ma pa (pork jerky) from Eugene and Brandon’s stash without them knowing.

Tiny Kitchen

Back to FoodPrints BTS, one of the highlights of the recent Davao food trip with Chef Sandy Daza and the team was the Tiny Kitchen experience with the Rodriguez family. Vincent does the marketing and cooking while wife Donna bakes the cakes. Their three cuties are the aprrentices. Adorable 10 year-old Anna is the very efficient cashier (when she’s not in school), according to mom and dad.

A constant stream of Davaoeños and tourists enjoy the paellas and other family-style grub from authentic Catalan recipes. The menu, consisting of comidas, sopas, salads, sandwiches and an array of beautiful Dulce Vida cakes and breads, potentially corrupt the mind. Servings are generous. You’d wish for a bigger pouch to fill in with memories by the mouthful.

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We had two kinds of paellas, one was fideau negra with mixed seafood and cooked in lavish squid ink, and the other one was saffron-flavored and topped with soft, tasty duck. Paella-style angel hair pasta was also served

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Picture 511Donna’s frozen chocolate brazo de Mercedes was among the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s 25 Best Desserts of 2010. (Btw, I’ve tried at least two others from the list. The durian cheesecake by Melvin Aviles of Lachi’s, another Davao City cakeshop, here,  and the chocolate cake, from an old-fashioned UP recipe, by Chef Nic Rodriguez of Candon, Ilocos Sur, here.)

Frozen Mango Brazo

I’m not too fond of chocolate mixed with anything else.My pick, the frozen mango sans rival! It is like a subtle Filipino mango ice cream sandwiched in brazo yumminess. The moist carrot cake with perfect fresh buttercream frosting was likewise remarkable.

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We went in for a second round! There was also a third:)

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Watch the all-new FoodPrints with Chef Sandy Daza on the Lifestyle Network, Channel 52 on Sky Cable, Sundays, 8:30 pm.

Tiny Kitchen Torres St., Davao Tel. No.: 082) 305 9232

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