Foodtrip at Steak Ni Juan

Foodtrip at Steak Ni Juan

The Team

Steak Ni Juan is the masterpiece of friends Mon, an IT businessman who migrated from Manila, and Tristan, a Davaoeño. Even though both of them came from different backgrounds, they decided to open a unique, game-changing restaurant focused on an affordable and accessible steak dining experience but with a high quality standards.

The team includes Chef Mike, who also came from Manila, heads the product development. He worked as a sous chef in a well-known cruise ship line before. Eric, a friend of Mon from a previous work, is the Operations Head. With rich experience in the quick service industry, Eric hopes to bring best practices and industry standards to Steak Ni Juan, making it fit and ready for future expansion.

Food Offerings

Steak Ni Juan is a casual dining restaurant, small and no aircon (at the moment) but offers high quality cuts of steaks at a very affordable price. While the food offerings are still limited at the moment, more dishes will be introduced as Steak Ni Juan continues to grow.

The Steaks

The juicy and delicious T-bone steak is priced at 149 pesos which includes a single serving of rice and Steak Ni Juan signature gravy. While the porterhouse steak is differentiated by its marbling and tenderness, it is just priced at 169 pesos. It is also served with single rice and signature gravy.

The gravy is a signature recipe which differentiate Steak Ni Juan from among others. It is specially crafted to compliment the juicy, tender steaks, completing the ultimate Steak Ni Juan experience. Optional side dishes include grilled corn cob and baby potatoes for just 20 pesos each serving.

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Their house blend iced tea is brewed with all the natural ingredients and blended with a hint of citrus from fresh lemon grass. No artificial flavor and just 40 pesos per liter!

Try Steak Ni Juan now and experience the juicy and delicious steak in a very affordable price.

Steak Ni Juan is located at V. Mapa cor. Tionko Avenue, Davao City. You can also visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

 

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On Healthy Diet: Calorie Counted Meals

On Healthy Diet: Calorie Counted Meals

I have been into many weight loss attempts like having protein shake as a meal substitute or doing back-to-back yoga and zumba exercises with a little running when there is ample time. Although there is really some pounds off my weight, but I feel like I need a healthy yet effective weight loss regimen to suit my busy schedule. I am quiet busy with so many things that I do not have time to do exercise.

Then a friend told me to try the calorie counted meals by I am Sexy Chef. They offer lunch and dinner delivered at your doorstep from Mondays to Fridays. Lunch and dinner has a total of 700-750 calories.

I was hesitant at first. The food is not as tasty as what I usually eat. The sight of tofu makes me want to quit. But when I finished a week of these low calorie meals, I felt great and I continued. I am now on my 2nd month of eating these healthy meals. I now enjoy vegetables, oats, gluten-free pasta, quinoa grains, brown rice, wheat bread and…tofu!

Since I want to lose weight because I am getting old, my daily activities don’t require much movement and I just want to be healthy, having these calorie counted meals made me more disciplined in terms of food choices. I stopped eating pork since November of 2015 and today, I avoid sweets, too starchy food, coffee, cola and fast foods. Although my other reason for avoiding these food is that I cannot afford to buy them anymore, because I am spending 1,300 pesos a week for these lunch and dinner.

Of course, there was a tremendous change in almost 2 months. I lost 4 kilos. It may seem small, but people really noticed the change in me. I am happy with the results because I am losing weight yet eating healthy.

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Try these calorie counted meals and see if it work for you. Check out I am Sexy Chef  on Facebook for their photos, testimonies and contacts.

Great Food, Great Place At Batu Café

Great Food, Great Place At Batu Café

Obrero is now a booming area in Davao City where you can find lots of restos, bars and cafés.

In Loyola Street, specifically on the first floor of Las Casitas de Angela Inn II, has a small but comfy and chill café that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks and desserts in between!

Batu Café serves food inspired by different countries and culture. And what’s more exciting is that their food is really affordable with big serving.

These are the food we have tasted and believe me, everything tastes good. I will be visiting Batu Café again.

Taco Salad (139 pesos, serves 2-3) – tacos, lettuce, chili con carne and fresh salsa with cheesy dressing.
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Aligue Pasta (189 pesos) – cooked with aligue or crabfat, topped with shrimps.
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Brownie Ala Mode (109 pesos) – warm brownie topped with homemade vanilla ice cream and crispy brownie thins.
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Ham and Cheese French Toast (139 pesos) – ham and cheese sandwiched in thick slices of freshly baked homemade tasty bread, dipped in butter and pan-grilled. Drizzled with maple syrup and served with orange marmalade butter.
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Korean Pork Spareribs and Chagio (198 pesos) – chagio consists of Vietnamese spring rolls with pork and vermicelli, served with nuoc cham sauce.
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Three Cheese Lasagna (169 pesos) – made using homemade lasagna pasta.
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Chicago Style Hungarian Sausage Sandwich (198 pesos, with Parmesan Fries +49) – big, spicy Hungarian sausage topped with onions, tomatoes, pickles, drizzled with Mayo and Dijon mustard on homemade freshly baked bun.
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Basil Malunggay Pesto Fettucine (139 pesos, with Grilled Rosemary Chicken +60) – paired with 1 piece homemade garlic French bread.
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Vietnamese Chicken and Basil Fried Rice (169 pesos) – spicy, saucy sautéed chicken in lemongrass and Asian spices, served with Basil fried rice.
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Nachos (189 pesos, serves 2-3) – in 3 different dips.
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Pandan Chicken with Thai Bagoong Fried Rice (269 pesos) – pandan-wrapped chicken served with shrimp paste fried rice with 7 kinds of sidings.
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Indian Chicken Curry with Samosas (259 pesos) – nutty curried chicken with assorted spices served with 2 pieces Samosas and mango chutney.
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Bulalo Steak (280-380 pesos, serves 2-3) – soft beef shanks and beef bone marrow in bones, with creamy mushroom sauce.
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The food served to us were all delicious. It was also more appetizing to eat because the staff were accomodating, the interior was great, with decors and paintings soothing to the eyes that created a homey and cozy feel.
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Of course, they also serve other desserts like cakes (from Margie’s Bakeshop) and homemade ice cream where the chocolate mint flavor is my favorite. I forgot to take pictures though.
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What’s also great in Batu Café is that they have standby generator set incase of brownout, and a WiFi for browsing the internet. They are open from 6AM to 9PM.

So if you want to try something new aside from the usual mall cafés and restos, head on to Batu Café for some great food that’s great to share with great people.

Find Batu Café here.

Chez Nous: Local + International

Chez Nous: Local + International

Chez Nous, from the French word means home, is a new restaurant to go to in Davao City. Chef Chino, also the owner, has a passion in cooking that he went to a culinary school in Canada to hone his skill. Aside from that, he is the son of the owners of Chippens, also known in Davao for their good food, so no wonder that he really makes great and amazing food!

Chez Nous is located at Roxas Avenue corner Padre Gomez Streets, literally in front of Chippens. They serve meals from 9:30 AM to 9:30PM, Mondays to Saturdays.

The food had local ingredients but has an international taste. Chef Chino always see to it that the ingredients are fresh and everything on their menu is available everyday.

The following dishes are their bestsellers.

Cajun Shrimp with Mango Mousse and Salsa. Cajun spiced shrimp sautéed in brown butter, served with mango mousse and salsa for just 135 pesos.

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Arancini. Risotto balls with a melted Mozzarella center served with house-made marinara sauce and shaved Parmesan for just 145 pesos.

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Poutine. Thrice cooked thick cut fries with beef gravy and melted cheese for just 95 pesos.

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Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad. Seared sesame tuna, lettuce, french beans, honey-lemon dressing, deep fried anchovy for just 185 pesos.

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad. Iceberg lettuce, bacon, butter croutons, creamy Caesar dressing, chicken breast from just 175 pesos.

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Atlantic Salmon and Cucumber Spaghetti with Mustard Mousse. Pan-baked Atlantic Salmon with cucumber spaghetti, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, citrus vinaigrette and mustard mousse on top for just 185 pesos.

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Honey Barbecue Blazed Back Ribs. Fall-off the bone tender pork ribs, glazed with honey barbecue sauce for just 185 pesos.

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Malaysian Laksa. Spicy Malaysian chicken curry, coconut milk, savory chicken, lime shrimp, honey crab, rice noodles for just 195 pesos.

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Grilled Malasugue with Mango Chutney. Juicy grilled Malasugue served on a potato nest and with Indonesian spiced mango chutney for just 195 pesos.

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Tuna Tornado. Juicy tuna belly poached in olive oil finished on the grill and glazed with lemon-soy sauce for just 185 pesos.

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Marbled Ribeye Steak with Mushroom Gravy. Locally sourced Australian ribeye steak, cooked to your preferred doneness. Served with mushroom pan gravy and three cooked fries for just 350 pesos.

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Beef Bourguignonne. Fork tender beef short ribs with caramelized onions in a rich red wine sauce for just 185.

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Crème Caramel with Blueberry Coulis. Smooth baked vanilla lemon custard served with warm blueberry coulis for just 145 pesos.

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Triple Layer Smooth as Silk Chocolate Mousse with Muscat Strawberries. Three layers of velvety smooth dark, white and milk chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream and Moscato marinated strawberries.

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The servings are big enough for 2 people to share. They also serve coffee, tea, ice blends and fresh fruit juices.

I have tasted all the dishes featured here and everything tastes good. You can really taste the freshness in each ingredients. The price is not that expensive also. Also, the place is accessible so there is no problem if you go out there late, taxis and jeepneys are always available, plus it is so near the Night Market so there are a lot of people in the vicinity.

It was such an experience dining in Chez Nous, food with international taste but made from local ingredients. Made with passion and love.

Heng Kee Dimsum Experience

Heng Kee Dimsum Experience

There’s a new place where you can satisfy your cravings for Chinese food in a very affordable price. It is in Heng Kee Dimsum!

They offer different kinds of dimsum and dumplings where you can feast on anytime, all for a very affordable prize. They also have frozen delights where you can just steam and serve at home.

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Here are some of their yummy choices, in pork, chicken, beef and seafoods.

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This newly-opened place is located at the Food Court, 4th Floor of Gaisano Mall, Davao.

With the other members of Davao Bloggers Society during the opening, we tasted almost all of their food and all of us agreed that the food were amazing. It tasted so good.

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So the next time you want to eat Chinese food, or in a tight budget, go to Heng Kee Dimsum for a satisfying experience.

 

Coffee, Massage and More at Balai

Coffee, Massage and More at Balai

I am sure that Balai Coffee and Spa is already popular to the people of Tagum, but not all have experienced their services.

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First, Balai Coffee and Spa is a homey coffee shop that serves hot and cold coffees and teas, juices and shakes paired with sandwiches, pastas or cakes. They also serve lunch and dinner with their variety of sumptuous meals.

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Second, they also have massage services. You can choose from Swedish to Shiatsu to Stone Massage in an ordinary room or couple room. Either way, you will be relaxed and de-stressed when massaged. They also had sauna.

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Third, they have this service called Ear Candling or, according to Google, is a thermal-auricular therapy, an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal. Although if you read scientific literature about ear candling, most of it says it is ineffective and dangerous.

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Therapeutic or not, effective or not, with scientific proof or not, I tried it for the sake of trying. I just want to try it to know how it feels and I felt good. Good because I was brave enough to have a lighted candle stuck in my ear canal. The experience was worth it.

Balai Coffee and Spa is really a good place to to meet and stay connected with friends, have some relaxation, or just eat good food.

A Taste of Italy in Tagum

A Taste of Italy in Tagum

If you are are craving for an Italian pizza and pasta, there is no need for you to travel kilometers away from Tagum City because there is already an authentic pizza house – from their music, interior, food and drinks. Even the owner, Franco, is an Italian himself!

Letran Pizza Italiana is situated literally at the back of the Rotary Gym. As you enter the place, the aroma of freshly-baked pizza will welcome you. The place is not air conditioned but it is well ventilated and spacious. The decors and furniture are simple yet classy, and the background music is alluring even if nobody understands, except the owner of course.

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We ordered three kinds of pizza (Quattro Formaggi, Tonnara and Frutti Di Mare) but to our surprise, it was knead and made infront of us. It was really made fresh! The pizzas were delicious and we want to try all of them. So there is another plan of going back to this place soon to try other varieties and their pasta.

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In their menu, pizza, pasta and garden salads are available, with Italian names, but below it are lists of ingredients so that you will know if it contains pork (for non-pork eaters) or other ingredients that might trigger allergic reactions. The price is amazingly cheaper.

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Franco is always around to supervise the store operations, ask customers about their experience and the food, and sometimes take pictures with them.

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Letran Pizza Italiana is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 3:30PM to 10PM.