Balik Bukid Davao

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It is so conveniently satisfying that Friday’s a holiday! And so visiting a local restaurant calls for a lot of pleasure and fun with my food-buddies around to celebrate the glory of festive meals strike noon at lunch in Balik Bukid Farm Restaurant in Quimpo Boulevard Davao City.

It’s purely native in its approach, definitely in rural fashion and country home style. Twigs of woven bamboo crafts, chairs made of colorful re-utilized interlaced materials and baskets of intertwined thin bamboo skin strips hanging from the ceiling enclosing lights and bulbs highlighting this deciduous effect in situ welcomes you to the atmosphere of reminiscent farm meadows and easiness of life in a countryside.

Of course, it’s not modern, it’s completely traditional in receptivity. You can’t see flashing phones and technology of any sort inside. All you get are the smiles and gaiety entourage of customers enjoying their own share of love by exquisite Filipino cuisines.

Let’s start with my heavy salad dressing with mozzarella cheese, meat chunks and strips that its purposely vegan dressing overcrowds the carnivorous chills inside of you that I should be able to tell you its combination is desirably appropriate for my diet and with a seemingly peculiar yet tasty sauce partnered with a bowl of rice in the color of the sun! Yes, it’s yellow rice! But this one is not genetically modified, it’s added with turmeric and bell pepper cooked in butter, oh how buttery delicious it is. Have you heard of blue rice? Yep, for once I thought it was made of ice. But no it’s not and yes they prepared it for us too! Kaning Asul cooked in Blue Ternate with a dice of love and whole lot of healthy antioxidant benefits! Healthilly Wonderful!

Jenny got Chicken wings bathing in tasty barbecue sauce, and a pair of triplets in alternate -quail eggs con sliced native tomato in a cute presentation so adorable integration of spherical food porn. Jackie was served with two pairs of different sea food types Imbao Shells, Shrimps and cubes of Malasugue in creamy savoring relish, this one’s to die for. And Miranda ate a whole new approach to the very well known Biikstek smoldered with tangy delectable sauce and round slices of sweet onion rings in a bowl.

The afternoon heat had us craving for something cold and sweet. A dessert was all we need, and they too, with their homemade ice cream prepared three homemade Tablea Ice Cream scoops with chocolate syrup bounded in Tulle in a mouth-relishing explosion!

Five thumbs up for this chemical-free organically grown vegetables from their very own organic farm!

It opens 11AM to 11PM Mondays to Saturdays and 5PM to 10PM in Sundays. Its complete address is Quimpo Boulevard, Matina, Davao City.

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PS: And I’m so happy to say that all these photos are taken by me. And credits to the owner Miss Jackie with Jenny and Miranda! 😀

Crazy Wraps Davao

Well, define Crazy?
It seems like my food-buddies can undeniably discern crazy as an adjective towards food against a noun as insensible for it wasn’t surely just us being fond about trying out another food shoppe called Crazy Wraps.

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This one’s not even new to Davaoeños. I used to rent a flat in the same block before its coming a year ago and long did I want to visit. This time I was with the whole company and we were up and crazy ready to find out what was in store for us all. The place was cunningly saturated to the eye. I didn’t know heavy cool hues such as violet, green and blue can be accentuated with light earthly tones of peach and varied tinct white. The owner’s synthesis should claim its architectural glory -stylish, modern and alive. Different niches of its own ambience sets your mood bringing out the best in you in every way possible.

Their food is well deserved with good compliments. A different blend of modern Filipino food wraps inside are crazily delicious comestibles. Beef, chicken, chips, and guess what? –Dinuguan with a cup of rice. A popular Pinoy stew dish made of pig’s blood, meat and chili spice. Oooohhh, crazy, right? Take it from me, it was superb, real salivating and savoring to your craving hungry stomach.

In a few minutes, a few dozens of phone apps were updated successfully in one sitting. I recommend you enjoy network socializing with friends until 1AM in here. The staff extended their own just for us, real nice and kind gestures, that’s a five point five for the service.

We came in numbers and the peaceful midnight turned into a fiesta of sweet palaver and humble gossip. We were all abuzz here and there and every where each one perambulated every huddle in four different boundaries. Fervently delighted we owned the shop thinking the night was still young. We offered silence no chance to interrupt our own sweet time, and we liked every minute of our freedom.

It’s located at Tionko Avenue near Torres Street, Davao City Davao del Sur. It’s open 8AM to 1AM Mondays to Saturdays, and Sundays, it’s open around 11AM until midnight.

PS. These photos are mine and I didn’t want to lose all the fun taking too much time capturing moments of fun without me in it, so, these aren’t the best yet I still hope you will find it satisfying. 😀

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Seoulmate Cafe Davao

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It was a good friend of mine, not even my food-buddies introduced Seoulmate to me, and despairingly I could remember –Seoul?! As in like sa Korea? YEEHHEEESSSHHHH… with a little bit of exasperation left from the core in tolerance of my innocent act she had. Seoulmate Cafe, it’s about to open and we should be there.

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And it was Sunday evening around 11:00 PM, I was on my way to grab some burger & fries for a midnight snack and strangely quiet it may seem but yet as always that JP Laurel Avenue fronting Jollibee Bajada was indifferently surprising tonight and the newly opened Seoulmate Cafe was shining vibrantly over my belittled entity. Ah! This is what she was talking about. But I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun of a newly opened haven of food and beverage alone.

So here comes payday and Monday it was too, we decided to visit the Korean Cafe. Despite being given half an hour before they close at midnight, the staff in-adamantly welcomed our piqued curiosity for additional food porn photos for our beloved Instagram and Facebook. No extra embellishments, no living flora, no noisy sleaze; a small haven of modern Korean architecture of radiant alabaster of the greater part and spotless in sensation it was this element that made me like Seoulmate Cafe more.

Wi-Fi is almost at First-World speed, service is at its best quality. It’s paradoxical enough to stare at the cafe’s internal design that it’s actually small and big at the same time. The feeling of comfort-ability was one11162065_702264293253065_1046820136017846547_o thing to look on, and the cozy obeisance of the night folded well with the cafe’s undeniably peculiar retreat. To those who love to feel at home while slurping smoothies or cuppas you can always escape to this nice blend of eccentric small sectional sofa beds with tables on top: your own publicly territorial nook of rest and comfort.

I asked for a simple Ham and Cheese with fries, and it was delightfully tasty for a considerable price. The best thing they can boast of was their Mint Icecinno Beverage -on top of its mug glass filled smoothie was Cotton Candy, wrapping cloud-like its thick straw considering the sweetness of its complementary flavors -something like you can luxuriate every time with your frequent card. Yes, they’re giving away free frequent cards where you get stamps every time you visit the place and soon to be rewarded with a mug of love on your fifteenth.

Beverages are here and everywhere -from espressos to smoothies, coffees and teas. Western and Filipino dishes are also available as shown through the photos below.

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The cafe opens 10AM and closes 12AM Mondays to Sundays. It’s complete location address is J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City, Davao del Sur fronting Jollibee Bajada beside D’Leonor Hotel Complex.

Seoulmate Cafe keeps you updated with the latest trends of Coffee Bars and Cafe in the Philippines, it’s a pleasure to be one of the first to visit the newly opened refuge for drinks-lover like me, and Korean fanatics too. I’m not one for sure but this started on me liking Korea this time. How adorably enticing it is go back for another meal of good food and Korean dining treat.

Food: 5.0
Price: 4.5
Place: 5.0
Service: 5.0

Overall Rating: Excellent

Cafe 52 Restaurant Davao

So we recently visited this Café and Restaurant and I was dazzled by the atmosphere of the newly found place with three of my best food buddies.

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We usually end work at around eleven and Fridays aren’t the best days for our bank accounts too, well, just saying. We were starving, almost getting broke and but yet still willing to cut off some bucks to add some photos to our Facebook walls before we go to sleep. I mean, when you’re limited in life you tend to want more, give up the shackles and feast the bounty of a week-long hard work at a Korean Resto, yet eat western style Hawaiian Pizza with Mozzarella Cheese Overload! Yes, I love Pizzas. I never even tried to shuffle the menu furthermore because the place was getting better as you stare at it all the more.

My friend, as Asian as she is, got Kimbap for her late evening snack and the other was Chicken Cutlet, which then tasted as savoring as you munch it the second, the third and the more munch times as you can. T’was definitely yummy.

As we waited for our food, we took a million shots with all our faces, it was a built-in photo studio of all style and razzle-dazzle. But I’ll be showing you some shots I borrowed from their Facebook page Cafe 52 (thank you). And, the place is a complete runway too! You can show off your best pose anywhere you like, any niche and nook will help your beauty to be as acceptable as it can be, lol, you need not use camera 360 for this one trust me.

And yet like any other Restaurants, the food price ranges from about 50-350 per course, depending on your meal. Their Ice Green Tea Matcha, was heaven, and 160 pesos per beer mug too; its design was intricately adorable. It was a bit pricey but it was surely soul uplifting at the same time. You would actually want to steal the mug once emptied. I tried that, but nah, XD. The staff service was amazing too, they had this call-for-service button or maybe I just don’t know what to call it, so if your table needs something or too lazy to get a table napkin or what, you can just press the buzzer and the food counter will announce a big resounding alarm that will mean you are too lazy to do something and yes it was savvy enough for me somehow in some ways. Lol.

Then my Pizza, or OUR pizza came, and the presentation of the overloaded cheese just melted all our hearts away, it was like every bit of scene you see in TV Commercials! We awed to its grandeur and beauty and lost our humanity we ate it by hands and stole the forks and knives away, nope, not actually. My fingers felt the soft crust and the aromatic cheese created a web of threads and it made me feel so special, I was about to cry.

We got bulging tummies by 12:30 and as Pinoys as we truly are left a slice of Pizza on the table, we couldn’t just handle another bite at all. We were full and paid almost a thousand peso bill and of course, stayed for awhile to spread the good word with smiling billion photos and satisfied stomachs online. The wifi connection was synonymous to The Flash, my friend uploaded more than thirty single photos in less than two minutes. It was heavenly satisfying to the core you need not to waste a single second. But yet as time as it is, we need can’t stay long and shouted our goodbyes.

And there’s an open mini-bar outside too, the usual drinking session you can have ending up at around 2AM. And the best thing is, the place is actually somewhere hidden in the heart of Davao, Torres Street fronting the left side of the Davao Wisdom Academy and at the back of Caltex Gas Station. Plaza de Bole, F. Torres St., Poblacion, Davao City, Davao del Sur is the exact address.

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PS: All photos aren’t mine all courtesy of Cafe 52 Cafe and Restaurant Davao 😀