Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Day 3 of DFAT 2016

The fun didn't stop at Primo Cafe.

I do not know with the others but I had a bit of a hungover from last night's pub crawl. I think I drank too much of Budweiser and mojito (by the way, it's really delicious). Good thing, the first stop of DFAT was BluGre Coffee, Davao's homegrown coffee shop.

Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Back in the early 90s when Davao was still a sleepy (but definitely not dusty) metropolitan city, there were only a few small time coffee shops scattered around the downtown area and one of them is BluGre Coffee. Davaoeños are known to be frugal thus there were only a few customers who were willing to shell out a hundred bucks for an iced coffee. As years went by, the coffee culture in Davao slowly transformed into what it is today and Davaoeños are starting to embrace it.

Dubbed as the 'Starbucks of Davao', BluGre Coffee had since then introduced some of their products that are uniquely Davao, among them are the Durian infused pastries and coffees. Yes, you read it right. COFFEE AND PASTRIES WITH DURIAN! Who would've thought that Durian, coffee, and pastries would go well altogether?

Here are some goodies that we tried at BluGre Coffee:

Relax and chant with me.

Duria Frapuccino!

Must try: Chocolate Torte

After our sugar, durian, and caffeine fix, we went to the second stop of our tour: This is the second time that RBG Bar and Grill participated in DFAT. From monster freak shakes, delectable in-house made ice creams, and to scrumptious meals, guests will surely have an amazing dining experience at RBG Bar and Grill of Park Inn by Radisson.

Check these out:

Introducing their Freak Shakes! (L-R) Mocha Loca, Vanilla Thrilla, Baba Banana, Bubblegum Yum, Choco Loco, and Gotcha Matcha

Stuffed Grilled Squid

Mangosteen Cheesecake

Sausage Platter

Tuna Belly

Mmmmm smores!

Who says no to Bacon? Bacon is bae.

Snacks were served at Coffee Grounds. It was yet another COCOL time with the bloggers - a time to catch up with old friends and to develop a good rapport with the new ones. It was cool to be surrounded with people who share the same interests whilst enjoying Coffee Ground's delicious pastries and coffee. What more can I ask for? And oh! Before I forget, don’t miss their selfie coffee! The first and only in Davao City! If you’re really serious with your #FeedGoals, Coffee Grounds is an instragrammable coffee shop.

Told you it's an instagrammable place.

Selfie Coffee!

Picobello Ristorante Italiano was our ‘save the best for last’. I remember the time when they finally closed their JS Citimall branch years ago, I got depressed knowing that I will never have the chance to eat their pizzas and pastas (Italian food is the bomb!). It was really a great thing when they reopened their new branch recently. They are now located at The Shoppes at Woodland along CP Garcia Highway/Diversion Road. We sampled their Carpaccio di Manzo (thinly sliced raw beef tenderloin with lemon and virgin olive oil and bouquet of salad), Carpaccio di Pesce Spada Affimicato (thinly sliced smoked marlin with extra virin olive oil and bouquet of salad), Salsiccia with Rosemary Potatoes (authentic Italian Sausage), Tris di Pasta (3 pastas in one plate - Al Pesto, Carbonara, and Puttanesca), and Quattro Stagioni (4 seasons pizza).


Carpaccio di Pesce Spada Affimicato
Carpaccio di Manzo

Salsiccia with Rosemary Potatoes

Tris di Pasta

Quattro Stagioni

Davao is indeed a great gastronomic destination here in the Philippines. It not only reflects how culturally diverse Davao is, but it also showcases our love and devotion for food.

You will never get hungry whenever you’re in Davao.

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