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Café Marco Celebrates Philippine Independence With A Salute to Filipino Culture and Cuisine

Marco Polo Davao’s Café Marco celebrates our 119th Philippine Independence with a salute to Filipino culture and cuisine this week from June 12 to 17, 2017.


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A festive lunch buffet and dinner buffet awaits you at the hotel’s resto in the heart of Davao which offers your favorite Filipino dishes and for  some of us let you explore, experience and discover new tastes from those new dishes.  

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Last night’s Independence Day dinner with influencers from DDI and media friends was fun and interesting as Marco Polo Davao celebrated the country’s national day.

IMG_20170612_182026The halo halo station blended well with the theme’s decorations.

IMG_20170612_182408They also have a variety of Filipino salads for you who are into healthy-eating while in a buffet!

IMG_20170612_235804_480The Kari Imperial above was like a special Filipino chicken curry version that is definitely not your ordinary curry dish which really made me happy!


Lengua Estofado among other Filipino cuisine dishes served in huge clay pots spread in a section of the buffet.

IMG_20170613_191822_902They also had Adobo Pizza for you to try!

IMG_20170613_230927_472They do have a live cooking station in the buffet where you can specifically choose the ingredients for your sisig that they will cook!

Now forgive me but this is my fave part of the buffet!


The festive Filipino dessert buffet spread was colorful and delicious!



Mostly Filipino inspired desserts awaits you at this section. My fave actually in any kind of buffet. *wink*


These Filipino desserts – Ube Halaya, turon, and all-time fave leche flan – which were specially served on our table were delicious!

IMG_1497278082404Influencers & media friends with Ms. Sarah & Ms. Dottie of Marco Polo Davao who were dressed for the special occasion and celebration!

After a sumptuous dinner with friends at Cafe Marco, Restaurants, Bars and Events Manager Maam Chel Galang Yabut had a short cooking demo.

Cafe Marco Marco Polo Davao 5 June 12, 2017She is also a food historian, blogger, recipe and culinary director – put on the toque and showed us how to cook the Tagalong Ensaladang Talong and Pancit Pusit ni Asiong with Executive Chef Alex Destriza along her side.

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The ever friendly and smiling Executive Chef Alex Destriza and Maam Chel Galang Yabut showed off their Favorite Filipino Cuisine dish featured in Cafe Marco – Pancit Pusit ni Asiong.

Those were some of the traditonal recipes of the Tagalogs from Southern Luzon brought to the heart of Davao for us to have an interesting feel on our Independence week celebration at Marco Polo.

Cafe Marco Marco Polo Davao 3 June 12, 2017Marco Polo Davao General Manager Dottie Wurgler-Cronin, Restaurants, Bars and Events Manager Chel Yabut and Executive Chef Alex Destriza.

“Celebrating our country’s national day or Araw ng Kalayaan is very timely and important in our times today. Food is a representation of our freedom and culture as Filipino from where you can taste the influence of Spanish, American, Japanese and Southeast Asian countries. Filipino not becoming globally recognized to be truly appetizing and sumptuous,” says General Manager Dottie Wurgler-Cronin.

Grateful to to Ms. Sarah and Ms. Dottie of Marco Polo Davao for inviting me to this wonderful celebration!

Dining guests can enjoy their favorite Filipino dishes like Kare-kare, Kaldereta, Mechado, Sinigang, Afriatada, Pinakbet, Adobo and sizzling Sisig for Php799 nett for lunch buffet and Php1,100 nett for dinner buffet. Let’s celebrate out independence the foodie way all week long at Marco Polo Davao!

For you inquiries and reservations, you may call 221 0888 local 7302 or message Marco Polo Davao on Facebook at

A Little Burger Party at Space Burger Bajada and Damosa Gateway

A recent visit with hubby and some friends to Space Burger Bajada fronting SSS office in Davao and near Save More Bajada brought back memories.

IMG_20170601_180823Space Burger Bajada branch in front of SSS

I remember those days when we somehow regularly patronized Space Burger branches in Ilustre, Gaisano Mall, Damosa Gateway and even the ones they have in SM Davao Ecoland and NCCC Mall whenever we can way back then.

During those days, hubby and I usually have Space Burger as a treat on our dates that we both look forward to whether we were then watching movies in the cinemas, doing grocery errand or simply malling.

IMG_20170601_191245When I eat burger, it is always nice to have an ice cold Coca Cola!

While we may have different preferences at times when it comes to food then, we do both agreed that Space Burger patties are one of the best we’ve tasted in the city… an original old fave burger patty.  I know many of you, especially those of our age group and our generation who can relate, will agree.

We had a little burger party with friends who also love Space Burger when we visited the Space Burger branch near SaveMore and in front of SSS Bajada. Check it out below…

It was a cheesy kind of night as we had a treat of extra cheese on our burgers! Actually, my hubby and I would usually order their Space Cheese Burger during our visits then to any of their branches around the city.

Now some of their branches offer combo meals.  Visit the Space Burger Bajada and Damosa Gateway branches which offers combo meals: namely STAR, MOON and SKY.  Each of their combo meals comes with fries and a drink.


They also have the ULTIMATE Cheeseburger Meal for only P155!


By the way, if you love their Ultimate Cheeseburger meal I have an ongoing little giveaway to our Instagram followers.  Check it out! 🙂

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Tell us what’s your fave burger at Space Burger in the comments below this Instagram post only.

Our old time fave was simply the Space Cheese Burger then.? With additional cheese. What about you?

We will choose one Instagram follower on June 30, 2017 Friday from those who joined below only. He/she will get one Space Burger ULTIMATE Cheeseburger Meal (served with fries and drink) treat from us @DavaoFoodTrip at their Bajada SSS branch. Tell your friends to join!

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Bagoong and More Filipino Cuisine at Bagoong Club in Davao

Bagoong Club Resto Davao Juna Subd. University Avenue IMG_20170509_190508Bagoong & more Filipino Cuisine at Bagoong Club Resto in Davao!

Bagoong Club Resto has joined the continuously growing and evolving food scene of our city. I am particularly happy to know this area in the University Avenue is becoming alive, especially in the nearby Tulip Drive in Matina, with restos opening and branching out in these areas of the city catering to our foodies in the south area.

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Bagoong Club Resto opened last April 21, 2017 at 123 University Avenue corner Talisay Street in Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City.  It is just near the Philippine Women’s College. This is the fourth branch of BC in the Philippines and the first one outside Metro Manila that opened right here in the home city of President Duterte.  The owner of Bagoong Club, Dr. Amable C. Aguiluz IX was born in Davao.

If it is your first time in their area, it won’t be hard to spot the resto particularly at night.

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You would immediately and should easily see this large, colorful sign above just like when we were approaching the place that night we dined there with friends from DDI.

The resto has a nice facade and is well lit outside with the sign that spells out the name of the resto – Bagoong Club.

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Their staff were warm and friendly in welcoming every guest and diner that came into the resto making you instantly feel at home. I hope it is a habit that they won’t get tired of doing as part of making their customers feel more at home when they visit and make their dining experience better, if not the best.

Upon entering the resto, you will see this wall of framed photos of celebrities and personalities who have dined at BC branches as well as news feature clippings about Bagoong Club.

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To the right, you will see that they have a mezzanine floor…

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They have a function room there called ‘Kare-Kare’ for a group of around 40 people. Another function room called ‘Ukoy’ for small group meeting is being used temporarily as their office.

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You will also spot this photo below of their Quezon City branch in 122 Scout Dr. Lazcano Street Sacred Heart, Tomas Morato.

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Their other two branches are in Tagaytay and Antipolo City.

I noticed they seem to have a preference of having old homes renovated to become their restaurants. It gives diners basically the feeling of being  at home just like when most Filipino families gather at the comfort of their own homes during family day which is normally Sundays for many of us, while enjoying together lunch or dinner with classic Filipino dishes.

At BC, they make you feel at home while giving some of those classic Filipino dishes some twist or a unique way of offering home cooked Filipino dishes to their valued customers.

We dined at their ‘Laing’ function room.

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It can hold a small group of people for functions or family gatherings like birthday parties and other celebrations during special occasions.

I actually like the whole home concept of the resto. It may look simple but it is spacious, clean and has a homey feeling for me.

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Now here are the dishes of Bagoong Club Davao that we’ve tried…

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Each meal at Bagoong Club comes with an appetizer, a complimentary treat of sliced singkamas (turnips) served with  bagoong dips.

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They were serving it with two kinds: Bagoong Pag-Ibig (sweet) and Bagoong Umaga (spicy/chili).

They have other kinds of bagoong: Bagoong Lipunan (regular), Bagoong Buhay (with coconut milk or gata) and Bagoong Europa (Italian-inspired, mixed with European herbs and spices), Bagoong Asya (Asian flavors) and the Bagoong Club Special (with crab fat).

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Another appetizer or ‘pampagana’ was served… | Ukoy - Bagoong Club Davao IMG_20170514_135540_477

Ukoy is one of the best sellers in Bagoong Club.  I actually enjoyed eating this as our group were chatting. It is a heap of fried shrimps, slices of carrots and sweet potato fritters.

Basta Binagoongan

Of course Bagoong Club Resto won’t be called such if they don’t serve Filipino binagoongan dishes. In the BC menu, they have Basta Binagoongan – different kinds of bagoong sauce infused dishes such as: Grilled Pork Binagoongan, Crispy Pork Binagoongan, Binagoongan Baboy Mismo,  Binagoongan Combination, Crispy Pata Binagoongan and this one below…

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They served their Club Binagoongan Special.

One of our all time fave is the pork binagoongan.

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What is interesting to realize for me when we dined at BC for the first time is that their bagoong tasted sweet and not the usual salty type of bagoong that most of us are used to. A friend pointed out that the bagoong dishes in Manila aren’t as salty as we usually expect it to be. Well the taste of bagoong varies now from salty to spicy and sweet. I used to like the spicy bagoong of the BF brand in the market in particular.

Kanya-Kanyang Kare-Kare

Many Filipino families like bagoong added to their dishes like a fixture added to their meals. Or simply have it as a side dish just like this traditional Kare-Kare at BC.

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This is one of the Kanya-Kanyang Kare-Kare in their menu which offers four kinds of Kare-Kare.  I like their creamy peanut sauce for this one.

Kanin Nga

Filipinos love rice which a must-have at the table during meals. Their Bagoong Rice has a light taste of bagoong…

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Katakam-Takam na Minandal

Here’s a best seller that I indulged in… their Pancit Inasal! It’s good for sharing and a tummy-filling dish on its own.

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Higop Muna

Their Bulalo sa Monggo or monggo beans cooked in beef and bone marrow soup is also a must-try dish in BC.

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Puro Kababuyan

Now this popular dish and perhaps an all-time favorite for Filipinos when they dine out and is somehow a must-have in the menu of any popular Filipino restaurants in and out of town… the Crispy Pata!

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Those pork legs which are deep-fried until golden and crispy! It  has been chopped before they served it on our table. Look at that heap!

They also have Crispy Dinuguan… now if only I have puto! *wink*

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Sisiga-Siga Ka Ba?

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Mula sa Puso or crispy puso ng saging sisig that has an interesting dip made of mayonnaise and pig brain!

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Nasa Kalye

I find it interesting that BC serves popular Filipino street foods  just like the ISAW!

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It is a street food popular in the Philippines which is made from pig or chicken intestines.

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From what I have heard from other people, they really like BC’s Isaw.

Mga Panghimagas

Dessert is a must on any Filipino family gatherings… Bagoong Club has this Maja, Mais and Turon rolled in one dessert.

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Huling Hirit

We enjoyed sharing this Ensaymada Pudding… which is best eaten while it’s served warm.

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Mga Panulak

Since it is still summer (or at least for us having an extended summer this year)…

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Quench your thirst for refreshing drinks on any hot day not just this summer. They have these fresh fruit shakes for you!

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I got the fresh melon shake and I could only wish it was unlimited! We’ve been having melon drinks at our place with my boys and I am sure they would love it too to have those refreshing fresh fruit shakes!

Another option for refreshment is their Gulaman Lang (walang sago).

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There are more dishes you can try at Bagoong Club. Check out below their Davao menu…

It has interesting and amusing names for their menu categories, if you would notice, once you go over their menu.

I will be back there with my boys next time. There are still many dishes we can try on our next visit to this resto. My boys and I still have a long and extended summer vacation ahead of us this year. I  am quite sure we will find time to visit this and explore the other dishes that Bagoong Club has to offer.

Father’s Day is coming up this month. If you are looking for a place to dine with the family and celebrate this special day for dads, well Bagoong Club Resto Davao will be happy to have you and welcome your family! We will love it if you do tag us @DavaoFoodTrip in your photos on social media!

You may also visit their Facebook page: for more updates especially on their promos.

Telephone number: (082) 298 5968

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