Category: Philippines

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Pastil: budget meal on a banana leaf

PASTIL was one of the first food items that I looked for when I finally got back to Davao City last month, after over six years of being away. Pastil is one of the most popular delicacies in Maguindanao and Cotabato, particularly at the public market area and at small roadside restaurants. It is not that common in Davao City but I remembered a couple of food stalls...

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Puto Maya and sikwate

  FOR six years, I’ve craved for puto maya and sikwate the way they cook and serve it at the public market in Bankerohan in Davao City, and the craving finally was satisfied one late night at the same place I used to have it before. Puto Maya is one of the all-time Filipino favorite  delicacies made from malagkit or sweet, sticky rice soaked before being cooked with...

The name is Roberto’s
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The name is Roberto’s

THE flash of blue and orange signboard announcing “Roberto’s Café & Restaurant” caught my attention while driving along Beach Road in Garapan on Friday afternoon, and I knew I just had to go back and see what it has to offer two hungry stomachs.     It was past 5 p.m. and I haven’t had anything yet for the whole day except for a couple of cups of...

JC Cafe: Still the place to be
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JC Cafe: Still the place to be

IF hunger pangs strike and you’re on Tinian, JC Café in San Jose village is your destination. JC Café is the local equivalent of “everybody’s second kitchen” and that’s where I and my companion headed to last Monday when we had an afternoon off. We had been driving around the island for an hour or so and were getting hungrier and thirstier by the minute so we decided...

D’ Elegance Café:  Your kitchen away from home
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D’ Elegance Café: Your kitchen away from home

HUNGRY early but is not up for cooking breakfast at home? Head out to D’ Elegance Café in Garapan, one of the few destinations that serve breakfasts in the island. A quick trip to the D’ Elegance Café yesterday with my housemate spared us the effort of cooking and washing the dishes and cleaning up after. Where else can you have a serving of fried chicken, fried fish...

puto (steamed rice cake)
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puto (steamed rice cake)

puto (fluffly steamed rice cake), a photo by ontheraks on Flickr. If you’re not from the Philippines, this might be a stranger to you but this is an Filipino all time favorites best paired with dinuguan, or pork blood stew. Yuck? ok i get you there. I don’t eat dinuguan too, just puto.

El Marino’s Haven Restaurant: A new destination in Garapan
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El Marino’s Haven Restaurant: A new destination in Garapan

THE brightly lit red and white façade illuminating the sign “El Marino’s Haven Restaurant” caught my attention when I and a buddy crossed the road from Mobil in Garapan on Saturday afternoon. The name was not familiar so we decided to check it out. Pushing open the glass door, we were greeted by the familiar and mouthwatering smell of chicken barbeque from the counters. Opened just two days...

J’s Restaurants: Destination for midnight meals
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J’s Restaurants: Destination for midnight meals

HUNGER pangs that strike midnight or in the early morning hours is always an unpleasant thing especially if one is not in the mood to cook. Everybody knows most of the island’s restaurants close at 11 p.m. at the latest, except for a very few establishments in Garapan and Susupe. We have all but turned Saipan, Tinian and Rota inside out searching for the best places to eat...

Let’s talk about food
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Let’s talk about food

THIS food stop was designed with the idea where food should come above all else, and diners will think and talk of nothing else but the food. Aptly named, FoodTalk has been steadily gaining popularity word since it entered the food arena and started serving authentic Filipino dishes with a dash of local and international cuisine last year. Here is your destination if hunger or the craving for...

Jhems Restaurant: Your home for ‘binalot’ meals
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Jhems Restaurant: Your home for ‘binalot’ meals

NOTHING can tease your palate more than having your meal served on banana leaves on top of a wooden plate instead of the regular plates in most restaurants. For years, such “binalot” — Filipino for wrapped — meals have captured the essence of authentic Filipino meals on Saipan at Jhem’s Restaurant in Garapan. Binalot meals come with a variety of viands to choose from — tocino or is...