Tag: Grilled Fish

When in Davao, can’t resist Luz Kinilaw

Luz Kinilaw in Davao
Luz Kinilaw in Davao

We concluded our recent Mindanao trip with an overnight in Davao City.  With limited time on our hands, the temptation to cram never entered our mind as we took our sweet time shopping for durian candies, malongs and ref magnets at Aldevinco before heading out for dinner to where else but Luz Kinilaw.  We came on a midweek evening but the place is still half-filled with eager diners.  Funny but the times I’ve eaten here, I’ve never ordered their kinilaw (fish or seafood cooked with only vinegar or a similar souring/acidic liquid) as the biggest attraction for me was and is always, the Inihaw na Panga ng Tuna (Grilled Tuna Jaw).

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Enjoying the Sea Breeze in Virac

Crispy Pork Binagoongan (P160)
Crispy Pork Binagoongan (P160)

One of the perks of eating out of town is the chance to taste unpretentious food.  Not to say we’re jaded by city food but there are times when one would just like to sit down to no-frills fare.  So when your happyfoodies went to Virac in Catanduanes, we had to ask the locals where they’d prefer to eat out. One place that keeps popping up is Sea Breeze Restaurant.  That it’s mentioned in Jens Peters’ Philippine Guide only whetted our appetite to give it a try.

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A taste of grilled fish and history at Cha Ca La Vong

Cha Ca La Vong in Hanoi Vietnam
Cha Ca La Vong in Hanoi Vietnam

Imagine a restaurant with only one item in the menu. Hmmm, we even forgot if there was a menu at all. There is such a place – it’s Cha Ca La Vong and it’s in Hanoi.  At a time when most eating establishments adopt “the more, the merrier” approach when it comes to food offerings, this restaurant in the Old Quarters of Hanoi takes simplicity to the other extreme. Who would argue with this formula when it’s over a hundred years old? That this institution is listed among the must-visit places in Vietnam gives us an incentive to try and see what’s the fuss is all about.

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