Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2012!

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Many were called, few were chosen and I survived the DAVAO FOOD APPRECIATION TOUR – AGAIN!

It’s actually my 2nd consecutive year in DFAT and I must say that I was well prepared of the non-stop food and travel adventures that we experienced for 4 days here in Davao. Not because I’m an organizer this time but because I have unintentionally managed to immune myself of eating a lot lately. That’s why I ended up looking healthier too, if you want to know the truth. Okay fine, chubby it is - Whatever!

So the day started with me doing my 7 in the morning ritual. And that is to slap my face in front of the mirror and yell “Wake Up! Wake Up”. The yelling was much of a bad timing though because my grandmother who was then carrying a basket full of laundry happened to pass by, caught me by chance and said “You crazy?”. We both laughed and I guess that just made my day!

I felt a bit dizzy after that though and I decided to go back to bed. It usually takes me an hour after waking up to be fully awake. While snuggling my big Mickey Mouse stuff toy, I was thinking about how the first day of DFAT is going to be like. I’m nervous and at same time thrilled to meet the participants. As an organizer, I really didn’t feel like I would be much of help during the first day. I don’t know why but maybe because a part of me is worrying about school and the other is clueless about what to do while Renz is fetching up the DFAT participants in the airport, Ate Ria receiving calls and debriefing establishments for the event, Kuya Andrew and Ate Dulce doing some logistics and online thingamabob, and Anj maybe worrying about the same thing too since we both have summer classes. Peer pressure eh? Hehehe.



But as far as I could remember, I’m done with all the tasks given to me. So I figured out, maybe it’s best to serve as a tour guide and a good company to the participants for the next couple of days. J
After class, I’ve finally had the chance to meet the DFAT Participants.

This year, DFAT 2012 is composed of:

Mary Jane Cabrera (http://www.maryjanecabrera.com)
Arlene Collado (http://www.pinaytravels.com)
Enrico Dee (http://www.byahilo.com)
Charles Ortiz (http://www.dabawpinoy.com)
Mica Rodriguez (http://www.senyorita.net)

Our first food destination was Ranchero at Abreeza Ayala Mall. Last year we feasted in Ranchero for a heavy lunch where they featured their delicious Baby Back Ribs and Garlic Chicken. This time around we were greeted with a delightful merienda featuring their “Kakanin Trio” which is part of their current deal called “Merienda Cena”.

Having fun at Ranchero's while waiting for the FOOD!!Featuring The KAKANIN TRIO!!




Ranchero’s Kakanin Trio includes Tibok Tibok (Maja Blanca), Sticky Rice with Mango slices and Suman Sa Lihiya. They also served us pancit, fried lumpia and drinks. I really enjoy eating native Filipino snacks. In fact, Suman is my favourite because it reminds me well of a summer spent with my Grandparents in our farm. My Grandmother made Suman Sa Lihiya (rice cake with lye) with Latik (coconut milk and sugar syrup) every afternoon while my cousins and I would climb up on our mango tree. Eating Ranchero’s Suman Sa Lihiya, I felt as if I had stepped back into the past eating my grandmother’s delicious Suman sa Lihiya, smiling at her, hiding my wound after I fell down on the mango tree.

A while later Anj and I went out for "Picture2x". . lol.

BULLY MODE ACTIVATED    


After Ranchero, we went to Crocodile Park. I’ve been going to Crocodile Park many times this year to shoot for our travel show. So going there felt like one of those feel-good days in a Zoo! We arrived earlier than most of the participants because some of them needed to check-in to their hotels. I was with Kuya Andrew and Anj then but an unexpected turn of events made us get late for the animal show. And you know what that is? Kuya Andrew got hungry. Lelz.

Kuya Andrew, Anj and Me!


Aside from Kuya Andrew some baby tiger got hungry too! While Anj was taking a photo of the tiger that was then lying on a bench, it almost leapt on her – scaring the hell out of her. Later was the official opening ceremony of Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2012 at Tribu K'Mindanawan that featured a jaw-dropping fire show.


In the evening, we made our next food excursion at Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp. Lachis always gets me excited! It’s my favourite restaurant in Davao City. Lachi’s is really one of the best food destinations in Davao. They serve great tasting pastries, cakes and my all time favourite dessert – Lachi’s Sans Rival. Yes, exclusively yung sa kinala lang. :-D

They also serve meals such as their Unforgettable Baby Back Ribs, their Beef Tapa, Pork Marinara, Oriental Chicken and their killer “Laing”. But then desserts are the focus so the sweet-tooth in me went screaming, gnashing for Lachi’s symphony cake, New York style cheesecakes and most importantly the Classic, Coffee and Durian Sans Rivals. Indeed, If I have to sum up my food weakness in one word it will have to be - DESSERTS!


While in Lachi's, Coy Caballes of Globe together with Cheyser Pedregosa gave a short talk about TattAwards 2012, followed by a raffle draw where the winner took home a Globe Tattoo Stick! And guess who won? Si Anj!! J

DFAT Day 1 ended but some of us hanged out in a coffee shop for a while since it was raining. Stuck there waiting for a cab and looking forward for tomorrow’s big day in the highlands of Kapatagan.

Photo credits:
Renz, Andrew and Anj

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30 comments

  1. HAHAHAHA Winner yung instagram photo ni kuya drew, yung tayong apat.

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  2. Bakit may sumpaang nagaganap bago kumain?! :)) natatawa ako sa cartoon ni kuya drew haha ganyan na ganyan nga sya =))

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    1. Uyy..jealy na yan! Hahaha.
      Kahit ako natatawa pagdrawing ko nyan. XD
      Ganyan nga sya kasi ganyan always! LOL

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    2. Hahaha! What an explanation! Hahaha

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  3. Hala nangawat ug dragoon fruit.. heheheh ^_^

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    1. Hahaha.pero seriously, kung pwede lang kunin. lelz

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  4. okay now you're making me so hungry! food looks so delish!

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  5. mahal gud ang dragon fruit hahahaha
    na shock ko pagkita nako sa prize >.<

    anyways, kalami sa food <3

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    1. haha..lge..mahal jud.. pro bahala nah.. lami btaw..hehe

      JayRyan'sBlog.

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  6. I am intrigued with durian sans rival, haven't tried anything like this one. Only a durian ice cream.

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  7. wow interesting food, but it seems the famous kinilaw and grilled panga are not part of the menu? Desserts, fantastic...

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  8. I should have been at the Lachi's event but got stuck in my appointment, my schedule was crazy that time!

    I can't wait to read about Kapatagan etc. =)

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    1. Sayang talaga. .Lachi's pa naman yun. hehe

      And I can't wait to blog about my DFAT Day 2 Experience. Gotta finish it now. :)

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  9. I first heard/read about DFAT from Renz, and was so thrilled of the project! Would really love to join on your next one. :)

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    1. That's great! :D

      Prepare your essay na for DFAT 2013 - "Why you want to join DFAT?" . lol

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  10. i love the idea of DFAT... is there one like this here in manila? or specifically in Cavite? I would love to join!

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  11. It's my first time to hear about DFAT.. :D Hopefully I get to join the next ones. Just love food and trying out new flavors! ^^

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  12. i could be contented with just the cheesecakes!

    great project, want to join too (if sched permits)...

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  13. Sabi ko na nga ba si Renz yung nasa unag pics. saya naman nyo and food trip talaga, sarap ng mga food.

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    1. You're welcome to join! Wait until DFAT opens its submission form again or better yet visit us here in Davao! Let's eat at Lachis, dun palang winner ka na. :-D

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  14. Ang GALING! Dapat lang na ikaw ang mapili sa Food Fest na yan! You captured the essence of having feast and fun, and the plus factors are your artworks included!

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    1. Thanks. Uhm, actually organizer ako this year. O__O

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  15. Ang kulit naman lol.... How i wish meron din nyan sa Manila...

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  16. I wish there's a food appreciation tour near our place.

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  17. Sana meron ding ganyan sa lugar namin. :)
    Food looks so delish!

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  18. sarap naman!!! food plus meeting bloggers!!! pasali!!!!

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  19. galing ng pagkakakuha ng firedance.

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  20. astig ng mga pic... parang masarap makinig ng kanta!

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