SAVVY SOJOURNS TO DAVAO CITY'S ZIGUDO RESTO BAR

BY PIE RIVERA


I'm not much of a party person, but for the sake of getting to know more about a place that I am visiting, I prefer to go the distance - from walking down the busy streets of their downtown, getting to know about their past by visiting museums, island hopping whenever available, trying out their local dishes & delicacies and checking out what life is like during the night.

Zigudo Resto Bar at Prime Square

During one of my visits to Davao City, my beau suggested that we go to Zigudo Resto Bar at the Prime Square at Torres Street in Bajada area - this is now Davao City's most happening place to date. Inside a huge compound is a gamut of night spots from one door to the next. You could literally bar hop without leaving the compound.

The stage is set for nightly performances and events 
at Zigudo Resto Bar

Zigudo Resto Bar is a young and vibrant place. Established in March 2010, it has managed to be Davao City's most vibrant night scene providing numerous events and comedic performances. 






During our visit, a monthly local modelling competition was being held. Aspiring male and female models strut the stage besting out each others' moves. Some where strikingly inviting to the sight while others were down right hilarious, particularly during the question and answer portion. No offense meant to contestants, but bear in mind that winning a beauty or talent search does not involve looks and talent alone - remember to sharpen your minds as the Question and Answer portion is always part of the equation.  Just a tip, brush up on your speaking skills and general knowledge to avoid embarassment in front of a huge crowd. It's a no-brainer come to think of it!

I'm sure the younger crowd will enjoy Zigudo Resto Bar with its nightly offerings not to mention that they have quite an affordable line in the menu and reasonable alcoholic beverages. As for me, I would prefer to chill-out in one of Davao City's hundreds of cafes.
     
ZIGUDO RESTO BAR


Prime Square
Torres Street, Bajada
Davao City


Join me this month of June, as I bring you more of the majestic land in Southern Mindanao - Davao City. 

My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

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Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
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SAVVY SOJOURNS TO DAVAO DENCIA'S RESTAURANT



BY PIE RIVERA


Dining at Davao Dencia's Restaurant was not the plan. Originally, I wanted to treat my beau to his favorite Japanese restaurant. Unfortunately when we got there, the Japanese restaurant was still closed and we were terribly famished after a day of roaming around Davao City's downtown that we could not wait for an another hour for it to open. My beau then suggested we try Davao Dencia's Restaurant which was just a stone's throw away.


A case of serendipity perhaps, that Davao Dencia's Restaurant was one of the most memorable dining destinations I have been to when in Davao City. For starters, I wanted to eat everything that was in their menu - not sure if it was because I was really hungry, but they offer an array of well-loved dishes at very affordable prices. Some dishes under Filipino cuisine are Hilabos na Hipon for Php90, Sinigang na Lapu-Lapu for Php97, Lumpiang Sariwa for Php25 and Crispy Pata for Php350. They have a dozen of Egg and Omelet varieties, breakfast meals, sandwiches, shakes and desserts. They also have Chinese dishes, noodles, grilled meats, seven kinds of Chop Suey, seafood dishes and other extra dishes to boot. This was going to be an eating-spree to the max!

The perfect pair - Arroz Caldo and Tokwa't Baboy

We ordered a number of dishes - from soups, to pork dishes, side dishes and desserts. But I am going to highlight three that left quite an impression on me. Davao Dencia's Arroz Caldo (Php55) and Tokwa't Baboy (Php58) are to die for! This dynamic duo is overflowing with absolute goodness. Just thinking about them makes me want to book a flight for Davao City - pronto! (if only I do not have an event tomorrow!) The Arroz Caldo served piping hot in a huge bowl is filled with huge pieces of chicken meat while the Tokwa't Baboy has more meat than pork fat and is tender in every bite. The mixture of their sauce, some chillies and onions has a mild sweet taste so it was pleasing for my tummy. Davao Dencia's Arroz Caldo and Tokwa't Baboy is probably the best congee in the entire Davao City and comes close to my favorite congee in Manila.

Davao Dencia's addicting Mango Float dessert

For dessert, I opted for Mango Float (Php58) consisting of three layers of rich and thick cream flavored with mangoes plus three layers of graham crackers. The Mango Float possess the right sweetness to end a feast. Although, if I still have more space in my now full tummy, I would have tried their Blueberry Cheesecake (Php75) and Dencia's Special Halo-Halo (Php70).

Dencia's Restaurant was founded by Olegarito Brito Sr. with his wife Soo in Manila in the 1950s and eventually decided to open Davao Dencia's Restaurant in the 60s.

Davao Dencia's Restaurant is another reason why I keep coming back to Davao City. On your next trip to Davao City, I suggest you try it too! Kain na!
    
DAVAO DENCIA'S RESTAURANT, INC.
General Luna St.,
Davao City
Open daily from 7am to 9pm
Contact : (082) 2264336 / (082) 2278867 / (082) 2276777
www.davaodencias.webs.com
    
Join me this month of June, as I bring you more of the majestic land in Southern Mindanao - Davao City. 

My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

BLUGRE COFFEE IS DAVAO CITY'S LANDMARK COFFEE SHOP


BY PIE RIVERA


Choose from a wide variety of brew at Blugre Coffee

Pleasant memories are rekindled when I think of Blugre Coffee. This is the first coffee shop I have been to during my first visit in Davao City. I was with a team of fellow producers, marketing associates and our male TV host that had a Mindanao leg for our TV reality cooking show. It was a fun-filled yet exhausting week for all of us.  After our event, our executive producer who originally came from RNG Davao suggested that we spend the night going around Davao City. We were treated to a sumptuous Davao feast, checked out the infamous Seawall (which I will be featuring in the coming posts), exchanged laughs at the Matina Town Square (MTS) grounds and when we were chilling out, we transferred to Blugre Coffee Shop.

Blugre Coffee's version with Durian fruits

My executive producer commended Blugre's coffee and insisted that we should try the Durian-flavored coffee. To be honest, I was too afraid what my coffee would taste like if spiked with this exotic fruit. Too bad I did not know what I was missing. So during my return in Davao City, after getting approval to do an article about Durian from my Editor-In-Chief at 7107 Island Travel Magazine, the Durian Coffee at Blugre Coffee shop was top of my list.

Another brew of Durian-flavored coffee at Blugre

Some things are worth the wait, as Blugre Coffee delivers what I hope it would. My executive producer was absolutely right! The Durian-flavored coffee is rich and creamy. The marriage of the two ingredients - coffee and durian compliments each other. Just a dash of cinnamon on top and you're ready to enjoy this refreshing brew.

Durian Tart at Blugre Coffee

Blugre Durian Coffee is best paired with, what else - Durian Tart. It may seem to be thin, where the durian tart topping resembles an apple crumble pie, but the serving is just right. Creamy durian custard awaits your every bite. I like this version of Durian Tart with its mild durian taste - good for novice Durian eaters like me.


One of Davao City's pioneer in the coffee shop industry, Blugre Coffee Shop opened its doors in 1998 by a couple - Gatchi and Larcy Gatchalian. Soon food-related magazines where featuring them left and right. It was one of the best places to unwind and has now became one of Davao City's landmarks in the cafe industry. Blugre Coffee has grown over the years. Now with three Davao City branches, at MTS, Landco Corporate Center and SM City. In recent times, boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee opened a franchise outlet in General Santos City.


BLUGRE COFFEE

Branches : 
Matina Town Square (MTS), Landco Corporate Center and SM City
Franchise : 
General Santos City - Pacquiao Building and Robinson's Place
www.blugre.com

Join me this month of June, as I bring you more of Durian and the majestic land of Davao City. 

My article "Durian The King Of Fruits" was published by Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine, Issue 1 Volume 3. For back issues or subscriptions, kindly click the link www.7107magazine.ph   



My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

SAVVY SOJOURNS TO DAVAO CITY'S SEAWALL



BY PIE RIVERA


 Golden sunset at Davao City's Seawall

On the last day of one of my trips in Davao City, my beau brought me to what the locals call the Seawall. I have almost forgotten this place (my previous executive producer for a TV reality cooking show first brought me year) located at the Times Beach and what locals also refer to as Baywalk. It resembles a small Roxas Boulevard where the open water is at arms-length and a magnificent sunset can be witnessed (only the sunset here is at the right side whereas as in Manila's Roxas Blvd. it's fronting the seawall). But the similarity ends there as Davao City's Seawall has so much more to offer - to locals and tourists alike.

Davao City's Seawall


 Baby sharks as if guarding the statue of David


Towering statue of David, a replica found in Davao City

It's quite an infamous place for conservative locals as a naked statue stands towering at about 30 feet. To some who see this erection (pun intended) as vulgar and indecent, for generations this statue has been regarded as one of Italy's greatest masterpiece. The original statue I am referring to is David, created by Italian artist Michaelangelo and was unveiled in September 1504. What stands at Davao City's Seawall is obviously a replica of the original statue of David in the Renaissance era. The replica has been painted and shimmering in gold. In front of the statue is a structured body of water surround by plants and has live baby sharks swimming, as if guarding the statue. I honestly do not see why some locals would maliciously tag the statue of David as indecent when in fact, it is quite a blessing for the locals to see such an art, without going to Florence in Italy where the actual statue is displayed for over 500 years. Two other replicas where built around the globe - one is London and the other in Brisbane, Australia. 

A replica of The Little Mermaid, 
originally found in Copenhagen, Denmark

Another statue was created  on the shallow waters at the left side of the Seawall. I'm sure you are all familiar with Copenhagen's Little Mermaid. The legenday statue has been used in many location shootings in Hollywood films. The Little Mermaid sits on a rock at the Churchill Park in Copenhagen, Denmark for about 100 years and for Dabawenyos, they do not have to fly to Denmark just to see something like this. A replica of the Little Mermaid, facing the sea, can be found at the Seawall.


Apart from these two world-renowned replicas, at another part of the Seawall are caged animals -  a number of ducks and elegant ostriches roam around. My beau and I just enjoyed these international statues and a breathtaking sunset while some locals prefer to catch some fresh fish.

Davao City's Seawall is just one of the many reasons why you should visit Davao City and the entire Mindanao region. What are you waiting for? Isn't it more fun in the Philippines?


SEAWALLEcoland, Times Beach
Matina Aplaya, Davao City
Philippines

*The Seawall in Ecoland is near SM City and Queensland Motel

My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


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SAVVY SOJOURNS TO THE LAND OF THE KING OF FRUITS



BY PIE RIVERA

I cannot express my fondness for Davao City. Even before I met my Dabawenyo beau five years ago, I have heard wonderful news about this paradise in Mindanao. My mom would often tell me that celebrities like Margie Moran and Dawn Zulueta resides in Davao City and one of my favorite fruits, pomelo (suha) are locally produced in Asia's largest city.

Davao City is blessed with the abundance of Durian fruits


One of my trips to Davao City brought me to one of the wonderful reasons to be (moreso to live) in Davao City. As a food columnist for an internationally published magazine, my editor-in-chief at 7107 Island Travel Magazine gave me a go signal to produce an article about the king of fruits - Durian.

Durian's thorny, protective husk with delicate flesh

Rich and creamy in texture, Durian will always have a love-hate relationship with anyone who takes a bite at this exotic fruit. Quoting the author of Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain, "it's taste can only be described as... indescribable, something you will love or despise... your breath will smell as if you've been French-kissing your dead grandmother."

Savor Durian's delicate and creamy flesh


Repugnant to many, but for those who appreciate its heavenly taste, despite possessing a striking scent, the Durian fruit is probably one of God's precious creations. In 1856, a British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace wrote that "to eat Durian is a new sensation worth a voyage to the east to experience... as producing a food of the most exquisite flavor it is unsurpassed."

Very low prices of Durian at downtown Davao City

The abundance of Durian fruit in Davao City is truly amazing. What you can buy in Manila for Php250 per piece, I actually bought it for only Php45. When Durian is in season (from August to October), this fruit can be bought for Php30 to Php45 per kilo.

Durian, the king of fruits, is one of the reasons you would keep coming back to Davao region. I know I would, as there are numerous concoctions that Dabawenyos have made from this magnificent exotic fruit.

Join me this month of June, as I bring you more of Durian and the majestic land of Davao City. 

My article "Durian The King Of Fruits" was published by Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine, Issue 1 Volume 3. For back issues or subscriptions, kindly click the link www.7107magazine.ph   

My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

SAVVY SOJOURNS HONORS CEBU'S BLESSED PEDRO CALUNGSOD

Cebu's Blessed Pedro Calungsod


As I was researching for various churches in the province of Cebu, I came across the website of the Cebu Archdiocese which highlights the coming canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod. I could not pass up the opportunity to be as elated as the Cebuanos are, and I felt that it is a must for Savvy Sojourns to share this wonderful news. Beatified in March 5, 2000 by Pope John Paul II, Cebu's native will be canonized in October 21, 2012 as announced by Pope Benedict XVI.



This is absolutely wonderful news not only for the Cebuanos but the entire Filipino Catholics in the entire globe.


I hope to be posting more updates in my future posts.

I would like to thank the Cebu Archdiocese and Msgr. Ildebrando Leyson who allowed me to upload the photo of Blessed Pedro Calungsod.



My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.