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ArtisAna Comfort Gourmet

Hubby and I were back in an old neighborhood at a new restaurant at an old house that goes way back to the 1950’s in Araullo Street in Davao City. The house has since then been renovated and looks like new yet still retains the original wooden arcs which used to be the living room. The grills in the house visible outside and the second floor hardwood  are all part of the old house. The details of the craftsmanship of these parts of the house reminds us of the old era making it more homey for me as diners will enjoy more the comfort gourmet Filipino dishes that will delight you when you dine in this new resto.

ArtisAna Comfort Gourmet restaurant recently opened and we passed by this resto a couple of times before. The modern Filipino themed resto is owned by Chef Annie Cacho Garcia and Raffy Garcia. Familiar names that makes me think of Spirale and Pastanni, their two other restaurants.

The ArtisAna resto is being filled with artworks as you would see around the place hanging  on the walls as you try to take a quick tour perhaps while waiting for your food to be served. They are also open to art exhibits and pieces of your art to be displayed on their walls. ArtisAna connotes a living space where art and good food are celebrated and appreciated together with your family and good friends’ company.

Their signature dishes are mostly traditional Filipino cuisine that have been tweaked as they say to offer a taste that makes you experience another level yet still have the basic Filipino elements of Chef Annie’s personal recipes as they open their resto doors to you and your family.

Here are the dishes we have tried and mostly enjoyed during our first visit at the resto:

SALAD ARTISANA mixes the Pinoy staple kangkong (watercress) and camote tops with lettuce, seedless grapes and Malagos chevre cheese topped with mangosteen pineapple dressing.

BALUT AL AJILLO cooked like the common street food kwek kwek, the balut (duck egg) is enhanced with plenty of garlic.

KBL (KADIOS, BABOY, LANGKA) salutes the famous Ilonggo delicacy with slowly simmered lechon and pork meat.

CRISPY PATA LIKE NO OTHER is a hefty serving of two way pata where the hock is fried to crispy juicy perfection and the knuckle is braised in the Chinese pata tim sauce.

DUCK ADOBADO is shredded crispy duck meat cooked in a home made adobo sauce.

PAELLA MARIANO is an heirloom recipe passed down from the Cacho side and named after Annie’s father. This is the localized Spanish mixed rice paella using the Ilocano Bagnet as the topping.

ROAST PORCHETTA BINAGOONGAN uses the crispy lechon roll cooked with a home made Bagoong shrimp paste.

CHIPIRONES ADOBO EN SU TINTA uses the ink mixed into a home made adobo sauce.

BEEF PARES is a trio dish of beef, rice and soup inspired by the Binondo Chinese practice of rice topping with a clear broth.

BIHOD LINGUINE is an interesting mix of salted egg and fermented black bean based sauce mixed into rice vermicelli and topped with Bihod or Tuna fish roe.

GotChow & GotTsaa Opens in Davao

GotChow and GotTsaa opens in Davao City with their store beside each other with a connecting door that allows customers to easily move from one store to the other.

Both stores are located in Guerrero Street, Davao City across 711, near Infinitea and Mang Inasal in front of Holy Cross of Davao.

Their grand opening was last October 12, 2019. We had a chance to try their food and drinks during their soft opening last October 8.

GotChow has big servings of dishes compared to some restos. For hubby and I, an order could be good for sharing. Just add extra rice and we are good.

Among the drinks they offered during the opening, I tried the Lychee drink from GotTsaa. It was good and light for my taste. Not too sweet unlike the other similar ones I have tried in other tea shops in town. Perhaps that is good for this Tita of Davao after all.

Hope you get to try them and tell me how was your experience!

Wellmade Launches Select Soy Sauce and Sukang Puti in VisMin

SELECT Soy Sauce and SELECT Sukang Puti by Wellmade was launched last September 10, 2019 at the Dusit Thani Residence Davao.

14 Sulit Sarap meals by Chef Jauzer 2

Dusit D2 Executive Sous Chef Rauzer Garcia prepared two dishes using the two products launched in these two popular Filipino dishes namely: chicken adobo and pancit guisado.
2 dusitD2 Executive Sous Chef Rauzer Garcia 2

Read on to know more about these SELECT cooking products that will surely make your fave Filipino dishes more delicious and loved by your family!

Wellmade Manufacturing Corporation Launches Select Soy Sauce and Sukang Puti in Visayas and Mindanao

Wellmade Manufacturing Corporation is a trusted brand by Filipinos. For 44 years now, the company and the Select brand is synonymous to quality and taste, essential elements of a product that make food taste extra special.

Select is proudly Philippine-made. It is the brands mission is to provide high quality, healthy, cooking products that are affordable to the average Filipino consumer.

“A husband and wife Chinese migrants established Essential Manufacturing in 1975 with Select Soy Sauce and Select Vinegar as the company’s main products. With limited capital, they started a small business with minimal production and distribution limited in Luzon,” said Joseph Charles Cruel, the managing director of Wellmade.

12 Joseph Charles Cruel, Managing Director of Wellmade

“We’re a year short of turning 45 years old. We took small yet sure steps with the company’s growth. This year will be another milestone for Wellmade when the Select products will start its distribution in Visayas and Mindanao,” he said.

Select products has been tried and tested for more than four decades now. It uses a Chinese tradition of fermenting soy sauce, which is passed from generation to generation. The soy sauce is made with with naturally-fermented soy and the vinegar is made from naturally fermented sugar cane.

The high quality raw ingredients and the process makes a big difference in flavor. The Select Soy Sauce has the right degree of saltiness with a hint of sweetness, while the Select Vinegar has that fresh, lightly salted taste to it.

True to the mission of Wellmade, making quality products affordable for all, Wellmade wants Select to be available to the VisMin market.

“In fact, in Luzon, we are priced lower than the brands Select shares the grocery, sari-sari store and even the public market shelves with. The 200ml Select Soy Sauce with Easy Twist Cap is only Php 7.50 while the 200ml Select Sukang Puti with Easy Twist Cap is tagged low at Php 5.35. Price and positioning of the products should be very accessible to everyone. We will make sure it is the same in Visayas and Mindanao,” he added.

With the high quality and safety seal of Select Soy Sauce and Select Sukang Puti now available in the market, every household chef can whip up the favorite family recipes at a lesser cost. Now, that’s Sulit sarap!

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