April 29, 2016

ICEA Performing Arts Inc. invited us for a lunch briefing last April 13 at Claude's Cafe Le Ville for their fundraising campaign, a musical production dubbed "A Night on Broadway", featuring one of my favorite musical of all time, "Les Miserables" on April 30 and May 1 at CAP Auditorium.

Together with their beneficiaries the "Indigent Children Assistance" Inc., they are aiming to raise funds for non-tuition school needs of the indigent children of the woman inmates of BJMP City Jail in Davao City. ICEA President Ms. Conchita Suarez said that since 2007 their mission is to help children who wanted to go to school but parents can't afford to do so. "We will provide school uniforms and shoes, school supplies, PTA fees, girl and boy scout uniforms and PE uniforms, and other miscellaneous expenses and school projects for the 100 indigent children of the inmates of the Davao City Jail. And we are hoping to raise enough to help these kids.", she added.

They already staged a lot of famous musical like Sound of Music, Mamma Mia, and King and I. This year, they decided to push through in producing "Les Miserables". They had an audition for the casts in NCCC Mall earlier this year and found amazing talents from Davao City. We had a chance to witness great talents that I never thought we have in our city.

Tickets outlets:
- MPS Apartment ICEA
- Claude's Cafe Le Ville
- CAP Office
- Suarez Law Office
- University of Immaculate Concepcion Padre Selga
- Brainworks at Matina

The show will run for 2 consecutive nights on April 30 and May 1 at CAP Auditorium located at Anda St., Davao City at 4PM for Matinee Show and 7PM for the Gala Show. Tickets sold at P200 and P300 for the matinee show and P500 and P1,000 for the gala show. The P1,000 Gala tickets include a dinner at Claude's Cafe Le Ville.

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April 19, 2016

Escape the scorching heat of summer with Starbucks' newest Frappuccino Blended Beverages - the Roasted Marshmallow S'mores Frappuccino and the returning favorite, the Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino. Starting today, April 19 up to June 6, you will get to enjoy the rich summer flavors guaranteed to leave you feeling rejuvenated.

P180 / P190 / P200

S’mores are a classic treat of the American summer, evoking happy memories of campfires and the outdoors. The distinct taste of roasted marshmallows sandwiched with chocolate between graham crackers is the inspiration for the S’mores Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Beverage.
P180 / P190 / P200
Celebrating the sweetness of summer, Starbucks is also bringing back a favorite. The Summer Berry Panna Cotta combines Panna Cotta with different types of berries to create a beautifully layered Frappuccino® Blended Beverage and topped with whipped cream and a tart berry drizzle.

After enjoying these summer beverages, you can join the Starbucks Frappuccino® & Friends Photo Contest by uploading your photos to the Starbucks Philippines Frappuccino® website (http://www.starbucksfrappuccino.ph) from April 19 to 30, 2016 for a chance to win a pre-loaded Starbucks Frappuccino® Card.

Starbucks will also keep you energized with their perfectly brewed hot and cold coffee.
This coffee was processed using double fermentation, which is a two part step. The first fermentation is wet and the second fermentation is dry. It yields greater flavors and depth in the cup. Complementary Flavors: Lemon, baking spices, butter pastries.
The Montecarlos Estate sits atop a volcano where the coffee plants grow all the way around the volcano allowing the estate to fully utilize all the well-draining soil types the location has to offer. With piney herbal aromas that greet you in the cup, and flavors reminiscent of red apple and cane sugar. Complementary Flavors: Baked fruit tarts & pies, herbal breads, sweet & savory foods.
Kati Kati, Swahili for “between”, is made from beans from East Africa which produce extraordinary summer coffees. Kenyan beans bring body and distinctive citrus flavors, while beans from Ethiopia soften the blend and add more complexity in flavor and aroma.  Available in select stores only. Complementary Flavors: Citrus and fresh fruits; lemons, oranges, and strawberries.
Lightly sweetened with cane sugar and specially designed for mixing with cold water, this coffee just needs ice to hit the spot. Complementary Flavors: Nuts, lemons, oranges.

To further provide a cool little haven from the scorching heat, Starbucks Philippines will also have a series of Meet Me at Starbucks for a Summer Frappuccino® Party from April 26 to May 31 where you can enjoy live summer music, a One For You, One To Share (Buy One, Get One) promo on the Roasted Marshmallow S ‘mores Frappuccino® blended beverage, 10% off on summer mugs and tumblers and other exciting treats.

Check out the Starbucks Philippines’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StarbucksPhilippines for more details.

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April 15, 2016

Everyone deserves some relaxation after a busy day at work. It doesn't mean you need to go out of the city or go to the beach. A sip of coffee and a comfortable couch is all you need. Plus some friends to chit chat with. I found a perfect place that serves good food and has a relaxed and comfortable environment. I'm talking about Koffiepauze - a coffee shop we found along Roxas Avenue.

Koffiepauze is a dutch word that simply means "coffee break". The Tinio family had an idea of putting up a one-stop coffee shop that has a flower boutique, a souvenir and stationery stand with complete postal service. However, from those concepts and ideas, only the former was realized. They opened last May 8, 2014 at the Palmetto Condo in Ma-a and transferred late last year at Roxas Avenue.

The managers Ms. Donna Patricia Tinio and Mrs. Melody Liz Espinosa, invited us to their new and bigger home at 100 Roxas Ave. Dormitory. We had the chance to taste some of their dishes and hot and cold drinks.


KHANI SALAD P 150 - The plate is so full! Good for 2 people sharing. But for me, I can eat this by myself. LOL

CORDON BLEU P160 - Cheesy and tender
BREADED PORK CHOP P160 - Your all time favorite pork chop with a unique gravy
LASAGNA P155 - Yummy and cheesy, I like it!

JO'S KOFFIE P110 (Hot) P115 (Cold) - Their specialty served in a large Koffiepauze mug. For hot coffee lovers, this will complete your day. :)
KIWI SODA P95 - Sparkling and refreshing
CHOCO CUPCAKE NON-KOFFIE FRAPPE P135 - It looks like Aloha Latte and somehow tastes like it too. I can't tell the difference. :)


A good place to hang out on the 2nd floor. Wish they have more soft foam or pillows
Leave notes on this wall. It's cute!
They also have 2 small rooms that can accommodate 10-20 people. Good for private meetings or group studies.

My top three favorites are Khani Salad, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and their signature drink Jo's Koffie. So far, I love their food and drinks. Sometimes, the drinks are too sweet so when you order, tell the barista to adjust the sweetness. But the best thing about Koffiepauze is that you'd really feel and enjoy the luxury of your coffee break.

Location: Ground Floor, 100 Roxas Avenue - Dormitory, Roxas Avenue, Davao City
Email: koffie_pauze@yahoo.com
Contact Number: 082 224 4750
Store Hours: 9AM to 1AM

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April 13, 2016

If you love fresh seafood and good Filipino food, you should visit Choobi-Choobi Restaurant. They just opened their first branch in Mindanao at SM Lanang Premier, Davao City.

Choobi-Choobi is a Chinese term that means "lingaw-lingaw" in Cebuano or "to enjoy". They serve fresh seafood harvested from a large shrimp farm from Cebu. It's a unique dining experience for you and your family.

We were invited to their grand opening last March 18 and it was handled by PREP - PR, Events, and Promotions. We met the owner Mr. Stan Tanchan, who explained that his grandfather used to say "Choobi-Choobi" after he had a great meal. The opening was hosted by Rovic Cuasito and graced by their brand ambassadress Ms. Erich Gonzales.

We had a chance to taste some of their dishes and they did not disappoint! :)
SHRIMP IN A BAG P225 (1/2 pounds) P395 (1 pound) - Can be cooked in Butter Garlic, Sauteed in Garlic, and Spicy Gata
WHOLE CHOOBANG P225 / P395 - with Cajun sauce
GRILLED POMPANO P90 100/grams - perfectly grilled Pompano fish 
LOLA PEPANG'S FRIED MANOK P345 - One whole chicken. A family recipe passed on for four generations.
CHOOBI PATA P445 (Medium) P465 (Large)  - Crispy pata that is crispy on the outside but soft and juicy on the inside.

My top 3 food choices in Choobi-Chobi are Stan's Fried Black Pepper Shrimp (Not included on this blog but it's super yummy!), Choobi Pata, and Grilled Pompano.

I heard a lot of good reviews from my friends who visited Choobi-Choobi before I did when they had their soft opening a month ago. So I suggest that you should go there and experience a "lingaw-lingaw kaon" with the whole family.

CHOOBI-CHOOBI "Lingaw Lingaw Kaon"
Location: 2nd Floor, SM Lanang Premier Fountain Court
Also at Capitol, Mabolo, Mactan Newton, SM NRA, SM Seaside, SM Manila, Panay Avenue Quezon City, SM Ilo-ilo, SM Bacolod, SM Davao, Limketkai CDO and Centrio Ayala Mall.
Store Hours: Mall Hours
Contact Number: (082)321 1828 (Direct Number @ SM Lanang Premier)

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April 5, 2016

In the midst of looking for a good place to eat, I came across Batu Cafe. A uniquely designed restaurant with a bohemian and Asian feel. When you get inside, you can really tell that this will be a good place for a bestie meet up or just a chill place to eat alone or with friends.

We were invited by the owners last March to taste the wide variety of food they serve daily. Along with my friends from Davao Bloggers Society, we tried their breakfast staples, pasta, heavy meals, and desserts. Here are some of the food we tasted.

HAM & CHEESE FRENCH TOAST P139 - Ham and Cheddar sandwiched in thick slices of freshly baked homemade tasty bread, dipped in batter, and pan-grilled. Drizzled with maple syrup, served with orange marmalade butter.

HUNGARIAN CHILI DOG P229 - Open-faced sandwich of Hungarian sausage, chili con carne and cheese using homemade freshly baked bun
KOREAN PORK SPARERIBS AND CHAGIO P198 - Chagio: Crispy Vietnamese spring rolls w/ pork and vermicelli, served with nuoc cham sauce
VIETNAMESE CHICKEN AND BASIL FRIED RICE P169 - Spicy, saucy sauteed chicken in lemon grass and Asian spices, served w/ basil fried rice
ADOBO FLAKES RICE P198 - Crunchy chicken and pork Adobo flakes, with green mango and scrambled eggs on a bowl of rice. Serves 2-3
INDIAN CHICKEN CURRY W/ SAMOSAS P259 - Nutty curried chicken w/ assorted spices served with 2 pieces samosas and mango chutney
PANDAN CHICKEN W/ THAI BAGOONG FRIED RICE P269 - Pandan-wrapped fried chicken served w/ shrimp paste fried rice w/ 7 kinds of sidings
ALIGUE PASTA P189 - Cooked with Aligue (Crab fat) and topped with shrimps. With 1 piece homemade garlic bread
BASIL MALUNGGAY PESTO FETTUCINE P139 (W/ GRILLED ROSEMARY CHICKEN P60) - Paired with 1 piece homemade garlic french bread
THREE CHEESE LASAGNA P169 - Made using homemade lasagna pasta
CRISPY TADYANG P280-350 - Serves 2-3
BULALO STEAK P280-380 - Serves 2-3

RED VELVET CUPCAKE (by Margie's Bakeshop)
YEMA CAKE (by Margie's Bakeshop)
We actually ate a lot of homemade ice creams in different flavors - Mango, Ube, and Durian P65. Their Brownie Ala Mode P109 is super yummy too!

For my top choices - Ham and Cheese French Toast, Aligue Pasta, and Pandan Chicken. They have a wide menu to choose from, so I suggest you ask for recommendations from their friendly staff. They can help you pick the best dish for you. By the way, they also serve fresh juices, shakes, craft beers, and boutique wines.

Location: Las Casitas Hotel, #509 Loyola Street, Barrio Obrero, Davao City
Store Hours: 6AM - 12MN/1AM
Contact Number: 082 222 6552

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