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Lunch with High School Friends at Yolks Flower Cafe + Cupcakery

It’s very easy to please me. Just give me yummy + pretty and I’m one happy girl! Yolks Flower Cafe + Cupcakery is one of the newer restaurants in the city, and I’ve heard all about it on social media. Flowers and cakes? Count me in! I was finally able to try it during the holidays last December, and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint.

Unfortunately, and please forgive me, I wasn’t able to take a picture of their menu. But what we ordered was the Christmas Set Bundle for P1,395. It had two pizzas, two pasta dishes, chicken, fried dumplings, and drinks.

(You can see prices of their individual dishes in their Facebook page.)

Yolks Flower Cafe + Cupcakery

Seafood Pasta in Crab Fat Sauce

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Lunch & Dessert with Friends at Tiny Kitchen

Tiny Kitchen Davao

I’m actually on a diet but last Saturday, I just had to have a cheat day.

(I am not even losing weight yet and I already had a cheat day. Something’s not right lol!)

Anyway, the reason behind the obligatory cheat day was a pre-planned lunch date with my work colleagues. I would say we felt like catching up but, really, we were just craving for cheesecake. Yummy, creamy, delicious cheesecake. Yikes!

Photo grabbed from Jona

Photo grabbed from Jona

Two things to notice: first, Yuri’s photobombing face, and second, my round face. Ugh.

Because we wanted cheesecake, it was obvious that we would go for Tiny Kitchen. And here’s what we ordered:

Tiny Kitchen Davao

Strawberry Blush (P120)

Tiny Kitchen Davao

Yuri’s Frito *rolls eyes* (P175)

Tiny Kitchen Davao

Sarah’s Chorizo y Tomate (P230)

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Dinner At Rustic Kitchen Restaurant

Rustic Kitchen Davao

A new restaurant has opened just 5 minutes away from home!

Technically, it’s not new-new because it’s been there for just over a year now, but it’s still an awesome new addition to our “small-town-feels” barangay. I love where I live (the highlands of Cabantian, Davao City!), but I must admit that the lack of good dining options (that is not Dexter’s or Santino’s Pizza or short order food counters) can be depressing sometimes. So when I saw Rustic Kitchen, I knew I should try it!

Rustic Kitchen Davao

We were finally able to try their dishes a month ago, during Mother’s Day.

I wanted my future house to be all white and minimalist, with clean lines and natural light coming in. I was conflicted when I entered Rustic Kitchen. I want a country-style cabin, too! Perhaps I should reserve the latter for a vacation house in the province. #librelangmangarap #becausewhynotchocnut

Here are pictures of the charming interior:

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Food Trip at Red Corner Burger Cafe and Tiny Kitchen (Dulce Vida)

Red Corner Davao

I still get random cravings for Red Corner’s Pacman burger and TK’s red velvet cheesecake.

Which is quite unfortunate because I’m trying, trying, to lose weight. 🙁

Well, anyway, for those of you who can afford to eat burgers and cheesecakes without worrying about their figures (let’s switch lives? no? okay), especially if you’re planning to grace Davao City with your presence, you need to visit both Red Corner and Tiny Kitchen.

Ready for food trippin'!

Ready for food trippin’!

Red Corner Burger Cafe

Red Corner is a small ~ actually it’s tiny ~ boxing-themed burger place in downtown Davao. If you’re not careful, you can easily miss it. But it’s worth the trip.

Via Trip Advisor

Via Trip Advisor

Red Corner Burger Cafe Davao

The place is not the only thing that is boxing-themed; their burgers are, too. I don’t know a lot about boxing — heck I don’t even always watch Manny’s fights — so let’s leave that detail out shall we lol. Let’s talk about the food instead.

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Sarah and Jona, my work colleagues, including Sarah’s hubby, Xandy, have already been there before and they recommended two burgers to me: Pacman and El Terible. Since I am only one person and can eat just one burger at a time (Yuri was there but cannot eat an entire burger on his own), I opted to buy a Pacman for dine in and order an El Terible, to go. Continue Reading

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Family Dinner at Kuya J

Kuya J Davao SM Lanang

I’ve been writing about restaurants since last week (and I still have two more in my drafts plus a couple of travel posts!). Bear with me — I’m just trying to clear my overdue drafts and I’ll be back in regular programming.

A couple of months ago, we had dinner at Kuya J. I’ve been hearing and reading about Kuya J on my social media fans that I just couldn’t resist trying it! The good news? It was so worth it — we had a hearty meal at an affordable price. Read on!

Kuya J Davao SM Lanang

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Brunch with Girlfriends at Dong Juan

Dong Juan Davao Abreeza

More than a month ago, I think a couple of weeks after Yuri’s birthday, I met up with my girlfriends, Hazel and George, to watch the movie, Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis.

Well, it was supposed to be Hele. Until a series of unfortunate events (conflicting schedules, conflicting mall locations, et cetera) led us to cancel Hele. Instead, we ended up watching Batman Vs. Superman. Wut. It was waaay waaay below Hele standard, but hey, at least we were entertained for almost 3 hours.

Because Hazel and I were there at 11 and the movie didn’t start until 2:30, we started to eat an early lunch. We looked for a restaurant that none of us have ever tried before, thus Dong Juan.

Dong Juan Davao Abreeza

Hi, Hazel!

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An Afternoon at Cafe Annabelle’s

Cafe Annabelles'

You have been redirected from my review of Cafe Annabelle’s on DavaoMommy.com.

I’ve been noticing Cafe Annabelle’s for a while now. It’s this quaint and dainty cafe right in front of Ayala Abreeza mall’s Robinsons grocery; it’s hard to miss it in its pink and white glory!

I’m not sure when it opened exactly since I rarely grocery-shop at Abreeza, but the first time I saw the cafe, I knew I had to try it sometime! You know naman, anything cute and pretty with food thrown into the mix piques my curiosity. 🙂

Finally, I was able to try Cafe Annabelle’s last Sunday with my super-friends.

First Impressions

I already knew it would be a convenient choice since it was inside a mall and had a small play-area. However, I did think that the cafe itself would be cramped. Upon entering, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the cafe was actually spacious!

I also super love the decor. I couldn’t leave our table to take photos of the details (dalang dala sa chismisan), but I keenly observed the little things they included to build a relaxing (and kikay) atmosphere. You can take a lot of Instagram-worthy photos here!

Seating

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An Afternoon at Ice Giants

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One sunny afternoon last summer (way before my dad had his blood tested for various illnesses), we were all craving for ice cream. Since we wanted to try something new, we decided to go to the nearest Ice Giants to eat what else but a giant sundae!

Before that, we ordered some “real food” because we haven’t had lunch yet. Since we’re going to be eating a giant sundae, we stayed away from rice meals. But the dishes we ordered were still calorie-laden so I don’t understand my point. Here they are:

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I forgot the exact price, but it should range from P250 to P300

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This was just a small serving of lasagna – P120

Who knew Ice Giants served savoury dishes? I didn’t! While we were eating, we ordered our giant sundae to be served later. We wanted either the mango or the halo-halo flavoured ones, but the young’uns really wanted chocolate so chocolate it is. Lo and behold, the chocolate giant sundae.

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Why does my 3-year old look so binata here?

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Lunch with Friends at Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar Davao

I had a great time last Sunday! Well, I always have a great time whenever I find myself spending the day with my friends since college. Last Sunday was another of the days (although one of our friends, Christine, was sorely missed because she’s now living in Japan!).

We wanted to try the new Picobello at first, but on Saturday, we decided to try Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar instead. We’ve heard a lot of great reviews about it, and upon checking out their menu, we couldn’t wait to try their Filipino dishes with a twist.

But first – OOTD! I didn’t want one taken because I was feeling fat that day (yet I ate to my heart’s delight), but Hazel insisted, so here it is 😀

Midi dress – bought online | Denim bolero – Mags, given by George | Sandals – Gibi | Bag – Aldo, gift
On Yuri: Shirt – Garanimals | Shorts – Mothercare | Shoes – Nike | Bag – Disney

I had a crisis that morning because none of my clothes fit me. I hope I’m only kidding but I’m not. I’m so sad. How do you lose weight? Huhu.

Okay, back to Perch. I only have phone pictures here; I can’t believe I forgot to bring my camera! It was just lying beside my bag, but I grabbed my bag without putting the camera in. Blame it on my weight crisis (or is it the anaesthesia?).

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar

Freaky picture – the upper side looks cropped diagonally but it’s not

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Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit La Boutique Davao

Disclaimer: I apologise for the quality of the pictures – my Samsung WB150F doesn’t do very well in low-light settings. Perhaps it’s time to invest in another camera? Haha.

Hi, everyone!

Whew, what a busy week. I’ve done a couple of overtime work this week – good thing I actually enjoy doing my job – and there were a handful of power interruptions. The longest one happened last Thursday, where we had a 3-hour brownout. Coincidentally, that was also the evening when a Payoneer event I was invited to attend was scheduled.

Payoneer in Bon Appetit La Boutique Davao

It wasn’t technically a blogger event, but this was the first event I attended ever since I started blogging here in A Joyful Mess. Also, I think I was the only one there who wasn’t technically a freelancer and didn’t have a Payoneer account yet… Hehe. The guys from Payoneer hosted the dinner as a way to give thanks and/or introduce themselves to the online workers and freelancers (more on freelancers) in Davao City. As it wasn’t really a blogger event, let me just tell you about the restaurant where we had dinner: Bon Appétit La Boutique.

A quick research about this restaurant reveals that it’s Davao City’s number 1 restaurant, according to Trip Advisor. I was super thrilled to go to that dinner and discover why it’s #1.

Owned by a French man and his wife, Bon Appetit La Boutique is a really tiny, tiny place tucked into the inner corner of a restaurant compound in the heart of Davao City. When they said it’s a hidden gem, they really weren’t kidding. It actually reminds me of Belito’s Vineyard, another secret gem tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Anyway, back to Bon Appetit.  It looks unassuming when you see it from the outside, but wait until you get a taste of their dishes.

Here are the dishes served in our dinner:

Complimentary Side Dish

Bon Appetit La Boutique Davao

Freshly-baked bread with Black Olive spread

This picture was taken when the power was still out. This explains the candle hehe. It was my first time to eat black olive spread, and I liked it!

Appetizer

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Lunch at Grand Emerald Seafood Garden

Emerald Seafood Garden Review

We are a Filipino food kinda family. It doesn’t mean we enjoy only Pinoy food or eat only that — it’s just that it’s our default food when eating out.

But one Sunday, for some reason, I was craving for Chinese. I don’t know why; maybe my MSG levels were depleted. Kidding, kidding. Peace! Seriously, though, we don’t use MSG (or vetsin) at home, so sometimes I look for MSG-laden foods when I’m out. #confession101

So we decided to eat at Ahfat Seafood Plaza, a well-known Chinese restaurant here at Davao. However, when we got there, the place was full to the brim. The guard directed us to their other restaurant, Ahfat 2, but it miserably looked like a school cafeteria for some reason.

Perhaps they already so confident in their cooking that they didn’t bother anymore with aesthetics. Anyway, since we’re big on restaurant interiors, we abandoned Ahfat, crossed the carpark, and went inside a relatively less packed Grand Emerald Seafood Garden.

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Lunch at Bistro Selera

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You’ve been redirected from my Bistro Selera review on DavaoMommy.com.

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My sister celebrated her birthday last Sunday and we made a reservation for lunch at Yakimix. We didn’t go to Abreeza right away, though, because we had a couple of errands to do at SM Lanang.

However, after staying in SM for a while, we decided na nakakatamad na to have to go to Abreeza to eat (then back again to SM for groceries). So we cancelled our reservation at Yakimix and decided to just eat at Vikings.

However ulit, when we went to Vikings (it was just around 10), there were already several people in line. We asked the staff if there’s an available table, and he said wala na. Everyone without a reservation is waitlisted and for a table pa talaga outside.

No thanks!

So we went to look for another restaurant since my sister and I were already hungry (#boa). Long story short, we decided to try Bistro Selera.

Since we were there early, they were actually still closed when we got there. The waiter immediately flipped the Closed sign upon noticing us though!

I was surprised at the smallness of the area but the interior design was cozy so everything worked. I also liked the touch of art on the walls.
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Since we were the first customers, it didn’t take long before our food was served. (Later, I would eat the best karekare I have ever eaten so far!) Here are what we ordered:

Bistro Selera Kinilaw

I haven’t eaten the kinilaw because I’m not a big fan of fish, but they said it tasted really great daw. The fish used is Malasugui (swordfish) if I’m not mistaken. I think this was Papa’s favorite dish among everything we ordered!

Bistro Selera Crispy Pata
This is Bistro Selera’s bestseller, which is Crispy Pata. I loved that the skin was crunchy and the meat was very tender. I just didn’t like the huge chops because they can be difficult to eat! #poiseproblems
Bistro Selera Karekare
In the photo, the dish looks bland but only because I took the photo before the stew was mixed.

This was the winner, in my opinion. I seem to always order karekare when it’s on the menu because it’s interesting how restaurants cook it differently.

But this karekare is hands-down the best one I’ve ever tried yet. The sauce was thick and very tasty. I like that it wasn’t sweet because dishes in other restaurants just taste like peanut butter. This was different because it was really savory.

I also loved the very tender meat (although I didn’t eat the other parts like the tripe). Also, unlike other dishes where the vegetables are mushy, the vegetables in this dish are crisp!

VERDICT:

FOOD: Yummy!!! I can’t wait to try their other dishes next time!

SERVICE: I can’t say anything bad about the service. Waitstaff was really attentive and observant of our needs. Friendly, too!

PRICE: Price is surprisingly affordable! We paid only around P1200 for the meal because the waiter recommended a Fiesta combo meal (Crispy Pata + Karekare + Iced Tea + Rice) for just P900.

I was really pleased with my dining experience at Bistro Selera and would surely go back to eat it again!

(Just writing about that karekare made me hungry. Grr!)

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. 🙂

Bistro Selera Menu
Bistro Selera Menu
Bistro Selera Menu