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Hamburgers in Davao

Since I have lived in Davao, I have tried hamburgers at some of the restaurants here, some had good points, and some had not so good points. The most consistent in a flavor comparable to America was McDonald’s. I am not saying it was a great burger, but the taste was the same as the Big Mac I would have in America. At some of the better restaurants, I would try a burger and they were ok but not great. Either the meat...

Fish Avaliable in the Philippines

With over 7,000 Islands making up the Republic of the Philippines, fish is a major food staple for most Filipino households.  Because of over fishing, pollution many areas around the Philippines have been fished out. In addition, many of the fish habitats such as coral and Mangrove have died out. Because of this, many fishing vessels have to travel long distances to the fishing grounds.  There is a growing industry to fish...

Boyd’s Pizza House/The Garlic Bread House

A few weeks ago, I was told about a little restaurant here in Davao and not too far from my house, it is called Boyd’s Pizza House/The Garlic Bread House. It is a hole in the wall, nondescript place that if you did not know where to look, you might miss it. What I was told was their pizza was the best in town. Well as you might know, I am originally from New York where their pizza is famous. So one Saturday Elena and I...

Calamansi – a Fruit for Health and Enjoyment

Here in the Philippines one of the most used fruits is the little green calamansi. About one inch in diameter it packs a lot of flavor and is utilized in many ways. It contains calcium, phosphorus and potassium and is high in vitamin C. Calamansi is available year round and is usually seen in its unripened state as a dark green fruit, but if left to ripen it turns a tangerine orange color. It is used to make beverages,...

American Feast in Davao

Last week, for my anniversary, Elena told me we would go to the Marco Polo Hotel for our celebration dinner. Since we have the privilege membership at the hotel, we get one free meal at their restaurants. Elena checked her email to see if they were having one of the cuisine specials this month and they did. This month they are having “Wild Wild West” American Buffet at the Café Marco. We also have a couple we are friends...

Coffee Shops

How life has changed. When I was young and for many years a “Coffee Shop” was a small restaurant with linoleum covered tables and basic food menu. Then with Starbucks and other named branding emerged. They sold high end coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, teas and other similar beverages. They would have cakes, cookies, scones and other light snacks to compliment there beverages. When I first moved here so many people talked...