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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Hair Color and More at Hair Philosophie by Jing Monis

Hair Color and More at Hair Philosophie by Jing Monis

I really wanted to go to a posh salon in Davao City and avail of their services, but hesitations sometimes struck me because one, I do not know the hairstylists and I have trust issues. Two, I have doubts on the products because it might be fake, harmful or too strong, and three, the most important, is the price. Since I am just living in Tagum City, prices are quiet low and I am used to that. So when I plan to have my hair done in Davao City, my basic questions are: Is it affordable? Is it too expensive? Is it value for my money’s worth?

Good thing was that the Davao Bloggers Society members were invited to attend a meet and greet event at Hair Philosophie by Jing Monis, with Jing Monis himself! Of course, we were able to avail services of our choice and we were also given freebies to maintain our hair condition. The products were from Osis and Wella.

I availed the hair cut, full highlights, full hair color and hair treatment during my schedule. Mr. Mario, the senior stylist, was very accommodating and gave advise on what is the best for my hair. Together with Mr. Eric, his junior stylist, they did an amazing job on my hair. The color was toned down and the highlights gave some oomph on my boring and untamed hair.

Hair Philosophie by Jing Monis is a great salon. With my experience, the hair stylists were really good, the products are of the best quality and the price…the price is reasonable.

With my medium-length hair, the prices were: haircut in round layer style – 450 pesos, full highlights in special blonde ash – 2,200 pesos, full hair color in medium blonde cendre copper – 2,400 pesos, and macadamia treatment – 1,500 pesos. Total is 6,550 pesos. Yes, it is expensive but you will not regret it. The products and services were all worth it.

I am very satisfied and will visit Hair Philosophie by Jing Monis again in 2 to 3 months for my maintenance and trim. If you want to visit it too, they are located at the 2nd Floor, Abreeza Corporate Center, every day during mall hours.

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.

Vibrant Paint & Music Festival in Davao

Vibrant Paint & Music Festival in Davao

Imagine fist-pumping and jumping to hardcore electro dance music (EDM) while being blasted with neon glow paints all night long. This 2016, Vibrant Paint & Music Festival is making its way to the Philippines to bring the wildest neon and black light paint party yet!

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Featuring some of the finest local and international DJs playing the best EDM tunes, Vibrant is set to make every festival goer #gowildwithpaint in a one-of-a-kind experience using paint canons that can blast over 3000 liters of neon glow paints! If that isn’t wild enough, special effects like flame jets, cyro jets/guns, confetti blasters, and fireworks will keep the energy rising all throughout the night!

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With regional stops in Bacolod and Manila, Vibrant Festival, in partnership with Manic Nightnings Production, will make its debut in Davao City on March 12, 2016, Saturday 6PM at the Lanang Business Park Davao for the 79th Araw ng Davao celebration. Davaoeños will get to experience the ultimate neon paint and black light party to the sick beats of international DJs Lera, Mid, and No Class and Davao’s very own DJs Law, Torch, Jin, Wacky, and Jack plus Manila’s DJ X-Factor and MC Victor Pring.

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The event will also feature program highlights such as paint drum beaters, blacklight hour, and the Vibrant Angels. Other festival activities which will surely make everyone #gowildwithpaint include paint ball wars, the wall o reflection, the paint & glow station. Rave merchandise will also be sold during the event. Vibrant is produced by MadHatter Events, a Manila-based team that stages nationwide music & paint festivals. Aside from being a productions company, they are also the only licensed Philippine distributor of cosmeticall certified paint brand in the world.

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To get more information about Vibrant Festival 2016, visit https://www.facebook.com/vibrantfest/ and follow @vibrantfest on Twitter and Instagram.

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Date With The Elderly

Date With The Elderly

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) Philippines had another activity last February in the 3 key cities of the country – Manila, Cebu and Davao, called Valentines Date with the Elderly. Although the activity was already done in Manila and Cebu earlier in February, Davao’s schedule was last February 27. Kinda late for Valentine’s Day but it was fun, exciting and emotional.

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I got invited because I followed the instructions on how to be invited. Hahahaha. Actually, I follow CBTL’s Facebook and Instagram pages so I am always updated with what’s new. So I read their post, did the instructions and tried my luck (with prayers, too) because only 25 slots were given. Although the venue is unknown to me and I know no one there, still I was eager to join.

Then I was chosen. Came February 27, I explored alone again to the other side of Davao City, somewhere in Calinan, to a Barangay called Biao Guianga, Tugbok. I miscalculated the expected time of departure and arrival so I was 1 hour late. I nearly got lost, and got so confused. Good thing I got with me my data connection, power bank, coins, small bills, umbrella and advise of friends so I was able to ride the right jeepney, got off the right spot and eventually arrived at the venue, The Care for the Elderly Foundation, Inc.

Though late, I was just in time for the major activities like paper flower making, serenade, dancing, speech and group photos. It was fun.

During the activity, when I look at the elderlies, I felt a little emotional but happy for them. Emotional because some of them cannot walk already and in wheelchairs, some cannot move by themselves and rely to other people to transport them from one place to another, some cannot eat by themselves, some are already senile due to cardiac attack or stroke.

At the same time, I am happy for them because they have reached that far, very far that some of them are nearly 100 years old! I am happy for them because even in that situation, there are still people who care for them – the people who run the center and those who keep on donating for the daily expenses.

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After the activity, I am sure that all of them were entertained. If only I could go there more often, I would, because those elderlies need love and attention especially that their days are counted.

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Kudos to CBTL for a very meaningful activity. We ended the activity with a group photo and snacks from CBTL.

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Thank you so much CBTL. Hoping to join more exciting activities soon.

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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.