Since I first tasted Tata Benito’s A Whole Latte Love Coffee’s Mango Crepe, I thought for sure this was going to top my list of dessert favorites. I haven’t had the chance to go back to that same coffee shop but the craving for that rich and luscious tasting dessert never ceased to linger on my taste buds. So, I single handedly conducted my own research for the best place to satisfy my crepe cravings. And that is when I stumbled upon “Crepelato” in one of many Davao Food trip blogs.

It was finally last week that I decided to pay this dining place a visit. I tagged along my boyfriend, the mandatory food trip partner, to taste their specialty, as well as try out some other dishes that’s on the menu.

We did not have a hard time spotting it, since it is located right in front of the old Sampaguita Inn along Quirino Ave. I thought the place was a tad smaller than I had expected, but that did not take anything away from the homey and welcoming feel that the overall ambiance emitted. I thought that the choice of color was a nice preview into what their specialty crepes and gelatos had to offer.

As my boyf and I were about to assume this cozy little corner table, we were invited over by one of their staffs to taste their gelatos, allowing us to choose one that we liked best to have on our crepe float. I thought it was pretty generous of them to do that free sampling, after all there is probably no other restaurant or dining spot in Davao City who offers that to their customers, and at the same time, it shows exactly their commitment to offer customer satisfaction, such that you’d know exactly how your order will taste like.

After sampling some of their gelatos, I choose to have their Capuchillo for my crepe float while Ed chose his favorite ice cream flavor – Vanilla. For our main dish, one of their waiters suggested their best-seller, which is Victorian Spare Ribs. And since I only came there for their dessert, I opted for a lighter meal – Pasta con Malunggay. I was a bit skeptic when I decided to order this pasta meal, but their owner reassured me that you won’t be able to taste any malunggay from the dish, which she probably have guessed is what worried me.

We only waited for a few minutes and I haven’t had enough time to take some pictures of their place and also observe some other customers who were (at this point) getting their free taste of the gelato, until my pasta dish was served – quick service indeed! I would have to say that I was very pleased with their spaghetti – it was a huge serving, for something that only costs P50! It was also very meaty and not too saucy, although there was nothing about this recipe that made it memorable. Nonetheless, at a P50 meal that satisfied my palate, I cannot complain really!

Then, a few minutes after my pasta meal was served followed up Ed’s order, the Victorian Spare Ribs. This one was priced at P150, although judging by the tenderness of the meat, the richness of the sauce, and the size of the serving, I would not mind paying for a bit more. It was THAT good! I earlier said I was not in the mood for rice but I could not resist tasting the dish as well – it was simply irresistible. And Ed savored every last bit of the meal! I can tell when he is happy and satisfied! 😀

Then came the crepe floats… The presentation was very charming, colorful, and vibrant! These were the exact same qualities one would often look for in a dessert. It was yummy enough to look at! So, I did not waste any second to dig in. The gelato had the right consistency and I was congratulating myself for choosing the right flavor. It was sprinkled with cereals, which offered some crunch and nice contrast to the texture of the crepe and the gelato. I am not too sure about this, but I believe that each serving costs P65. And it was not bad at all knowing how rich each serving is and I savored mine up to the last bit!

Now, here are my ratings for Crepelato…

Pros: Customer service is excellent. I liked the fact that they were very accommodating to customers the moment you step into that door and by the time you walk out of it. The waiter also were very attentive to our needs and even offered to refill our glasses with water even if we did not ask for it. The owners were there too, and she was courteous enough to speak with us and asking us about the meal right before we left. It makes a whole lot of difference when the owners are very much hands-on with the services and the operation of an establishment.

Cons: I only visited the place once and it was rather a short one. As of now, I cannot spot any drawbacks to dining in Crepelato, although I wish that they would expand on their store to make it more roomy. But since they are in operation for only a few months, I bet they wold soon consider this, especially as more people will discover their heavenly crepe floats.

Overall: Crepelato was one of my most satisfying gastronomic experience as of late. There is always something that would top of an excellent experience; for instance, food was in very good quality, then it was topped by a warm, genuine service. And when it was time to pay our bill, we were surprised at how affordable the entire meal was. I will definitely see myself trying out some of the other dishes on the menu, as well as other flavors of the crepe floats.

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Pardon all my readers (if any) who regularly frequent my site only to find an uninviting, outdated page. The love for blogging seemed to have abandoned me and there was nothing of interest to inspire me to blog, thinking that I wanted to spare my readers of listening to (or reading) my mundane musings.

But upon deeper realization, I found out that there is one thing that I haven’t lost one bit of passion for – food! Hence, I came up with this wonderful idea of frequently updating my blog page to share to my readers some of the latest foodtrip discoveries I have here in my lovely city of Davao. Or, any other place where I happen to stumble upon good, quality cuisines! I am not an expert at culinary cuisines though, save only for the time I spend at home watching Food Network shows. But I will try to provide a fresh insight into the latest culinary destinations in Davao.

I have a few new dining spots I just visited to in Davao, so I am looking forward to writing down my blog and sharing it with everyone. Hope you’ll be there to join me when I finally post my first review! I will also be posting my reviews here, so make sure to check out both sites.

Since this blog was initiated, it has probably taken the longest break it has seen in recent months. As much as I’d like to update this blog as often as I wanted to, it just would not be possible due to time limitations. In fact, I was surprised to find several comments on queue but most of them are spammers though, to my disappointment.

However, I’d just like to share this new content and page I’d been working on if you want to check out more of my writeups and other stuffs that I have written while I have abandoned this blog for a while.

Promise, more updating soon once I have the time and I find anything of real substance to write about.

I don’t make claims to becoming an Italian food connosieur but I do recognize good Italian food. When I first visited Salutti at Casa de Habana compound, I knew that I was bound for my second Italian food trip at the said restaurant, sooner or later. That second trip took place a few weeks ago on a lazy Saturday night when my boyf and I wanted to try something new to satisfy our gastronomic cravings. It was a sudden decision to eat at Salutti since he enjoyed the Asian Beef Panini so much he’d been wondering when he’d be able to try it again.

Early in the evening, the restaurant is solemn. Casa de Habana compound is usually filled up with hippie groups of people, mostly college studes to unwind on a Saturday night, during late nights. There are options to dine al fresco but Ed took the liking of taking pictures of their lighting fixtures.

Ed opted for his favorite Asian Beef Panini yet again, couldn’t blame him because he’s been really craving for that ever since he had a taste. The meat was tender and sweet, which really blends well with the crispiness of the lettuce in the salad and the sweet-tart flavor of the mango sauce included in it. It is quite deceitful as it appears on first look as a light meal but it really does make up for one full meal in itself.

Asian Beef Panini

Asian Beef Panini

Meanwhile, I opted for the Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Dip. I admit, the serving was too much for my digestive system to take in, although it was a pleasant experience for my pallette. The dip had honey, mustard, and fresh basil chopped finely, that enabled its fresh flavors and aroma to incorporate really well with the mixture. Of course, I couldn’t finish the entire serving myself and so Ed was yet again tasked to finish the rest. 😀

Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Dip.

Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Dip.

Eating at Salutti is fast becoming a favorite. Whether you love Italian food or not, it is something that your taste buds will thank you for. Good thing I’m in no diet so devouring on these delectable dishes left no feeling of guilt at all. 😀 And besides, we’re off to start our tennis sessions in the coming weeks, so now I have a way to increase my metabolism…just in case I get too caught up with the food!

After a long hiatus, Survivor is back on. (Therefore, I warn you this is going to be a long post. Bear with me please.) I was about as excited as I can get after missing the show for entirely a month that it almost felt as good as waiting for a new season. But action’s just picking up.

Flashback: Sydney became the first casualty on my initial bets’ list. And I have two good explanations as to why I’m not feeling any remorse for her being voted off. With good looks like that, Jeff was indeed right in her assessment since she’s been unable to establish herself outside of the “blonde, hot girl” distinction. And even her flirtatious card was quite a flop.

First, she resigned herself to the “flirtatious” strategy way too hard. I mean, watching Sydney do it was fast becoming pathetic, the kind that made you cringe on your seat while watching her do it. After 18 seasons of Survivor, this is one of those strategies that wear down easily. And before she could even launch her strategy, it was already pummeling down to the ground. What with the group of people she got marooned with – I’m pretty sure either Joe or JT wouldn’t have traded the million dollars for Sydney. I bought her claim that the editing made it appear though as if flirting was her only strategy. I did. She fought hard to show that she was a competitor too. But only use flirting as one of your cards in the game, not the one thing that would save you. With Sydney, it was the latter. And second (which is worse), she wasn’t even attempting to do it subtly. See how Amber won in the All-Stars? She was flirting with Boston Rob but when it came game time, she was ahead of Boston Rob. If I were to use an analogy for that: make it your paddle, not a floating device. See my point?

On to the latest epi, there’s much to cover so I’m going to talk about the highlights here.

Bad: It’s a distress signal for Brendan. I cannot even muster watching Coach talk about being the dragon slayer and it makes me puke to think that he claims to be a man of integrity when he’s promised JT the exact same things he promised Brendan during their long 4-mile hike at the start of the game. It’s simply ridiculous to watch and made me even wonder what supernatural powers he possessed to have reached this stage of the game without being voted off. It’s simple how this turn-around came about – his insecurity for Brendan! Even Tyson, I’m kind of in a toss-up right now. Not sure about where I stand about liking him still now that he’s sided with Coach but I’m not too surprise. What I’m surprised about though is how they came about with the idea of Brendan being such a manipulative and untrustworthy individual. Is having the idol being manipulative? Come on, he hasn’t done a thing to reap such opinion about him. Isn’t their scheming just the very same thing they’re accusing Brendan of? And JT’s getting a free ride too just cause they need the numbers? My head’s spinning with all these scenarios but I would literally fall on my knees if I saw Brendan voted off before  Coach does. Just you wait.. Another unlikely prospect is Stephen’s tightness with JT. How ironic, huh? Now, he’s dragged along the plan to get rid of Brendan. I knew the 4-way Secret Alliance was too good to be true and with the way they’ve built it up on the show.

Brendan is nonchalant about the plans of blindsiding him.

Brendan is nonchalant about the plans of blindsiding him.

Good: Tyson won the Immunity Idol for nothing. Brendan indeed lives to fight another day and so is his hidden immunity idol. With three more days, I don’t believe Brendan is THAT insensitive to not see something brewing behind his back. Hopefully, he’d be able to win immunity this time to at least keep the hidden immunity safe for one more day until he’s ready to flush it out. Overall, this was not too good of an episode. The only bright side was that there was no tribal council. When I watched the reaction on Coach’s face when Jeff announced there was no tribal council that night, I think it was enough to redeem Brendan. Served him well!


In-between: This then makes the perfect segue for the other blindside in this game, Joe Dowdle’s case. Watching someone being airlifted off the show due to injury is NEVER good. In Joe’s case, his own injury blindsided him, snapping him out of the game without warning. And worse, it’s usually the

Coach looks on as his plans fall apart...for now.

Coach looks on as his plans fall apart...for now.

competitive ones that get themselves injured and taken out of the game. With Joe’s ouster, it takes away some competitive spirit of the game. Also, he’s not sealed any strategic allegiances so he might be pulled over to Brendan’s side and contend with Coach’s fivesome.

Nonetheless, I can’t wait to see the dragon slayer back in action next week and be slain himself.

*photos courtesy of survivor.com

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Below is a poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her ‘beauty tips’. It was read at her funeral years later.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived,
reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,
you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands;
one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

*from an email forwarded to me by a friend. Share this amongst your friends to empower other women you know. 🙂

Spencer Duhm, 19, student is the 5th casualty in Survivor Tocantins.

Spencer Duhm, 19, student is the 5th casualty in Survivor Tocantins.

I was neither a Spencer fan, nor did I hate him from the beginning. However, his not-so-recent boot in Survivor Tocantins’ 5th episode was heartbreaking (not really to the level when it was Brendan who got voted off, but still heartbreaking).Why, you might ask?! I’ve listed my reasons below…

1. Spencer needs to redeem himself. For the first 5 episodes, I don’t believe Spencer has shown exactly what he’s capable of delivering in the game when it comes to competitive aspects. For one, he hasn’t had much share of air-time and the only time he did manage to step into the spotlight was the episode he got voted out. He’s being “gay” held no factor in him being voted off or of his team’s opinion of him, I hope he thinks that way. There was just too much fire in him that I think the show failed to bring out. He might have proved to be an interesting player post-merge. Tsk.

2. JT misjudged the situation. Yeah, he’s the typical alpha male. JT’s overzealous personality tells me he will not go that far into the game (I could be wrong). But Survivor is all about subtlety. You need to know when to pull out your cards, and you do not necessarily need to show off how “good” you are. Sometimes, it’s all about performing well when it matters. Spencer did not perform poorly in the immunity challenge for the episode where he was voted off. (Recap: Spencer went through some major bashing for his “poor” challenge performance because he had to go up against a fairly strong competitor in Tyson. While JT? Don’t even bother asking how well he did against Sierra.)

3. Spencer is a Survivor superfan. He might as well have represented a major demographic of Survivor fans out here, who religiously watch the show on a weekly basis. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that he’s smart. He could have really brought in a lot of strategy into the game.

The most striking revelation with Survivor Tocantins, episode per episode, is that Coach has the makings of a good leader… in theory. But Survivor is a game that requires action, that subjects your action in a microscopic view such that your strengths and weaknesses are magnified for other castaways to see. Consequently, these are the determiners on whether you get booted out or they prefer you to stay.

It’s been episode 4 so far and lots of the talks that transpired with every discussion for each episode has one element that has never went missing – Coach. After the debate of whether whose going to be a leader of the tribe, Brendan finally comes to term with the idea of leading the tribe if his tribe feels it is the right decision. It probably hit Coach’s ego so hard, thinking that he’s been refused the role he claims to do for a living, but Coach claims he is okay with Brendan being the leader, provided that he can assume the role once Brendan is voted out. (Did he just have the temerity to say that?) Anyway, Brendan is finding it quite pointless because it has been all talk and no action, which he believes is what impedes the tribe’s success.

Then, Coach goes off to say that he isn’t going to vote off Brendan.. after all, he’s made the claim to bring the best into the finals. He isn’t going to cower in front of Brendan’s growing power in the tribe, is he? Let’s see though.. Coach then let out one of the most quotable quote of all quotable quotes in Survivor history, “iron sharpens iron” so he decides it would be better to keep Brendan around since he (Coach) is obviously the stronger one.

Which brings me to the next topic, the reward challenge. He claims to be much stronger (physically) than Brendan: “If you look at me, and you look at Brendan, who looks stronger? I do.” Of course you’d say that, Coach. And why was the leaner and skinnier Tyson assigned on carrying the pole during the challenge? I thought Coach was stronger than Brendan, as he claims at least? Now, why was he given the task of putting on the weight bags to the pole? (pauses) As a Survivor recap at EW pointed out, “I was a bit surprised to see Timbira pick the scrawny Tyson to be one of the weight bearers instead of the sturdier Coach, but then I remembered that Coach is Coach.” Coach never fails to amuse me with his irony, either.

Sierra is stoked to be part of the four-way Exile alliance and she did nothing about it.

Sierra is stoked to have been initially voted as the weakest and now is a part of the four-way Exile alliance.

One interesting development, and one more worthy of being talked about, of the episode is the solidification of the four-way intra-tribe alliance that was built on Exile. Now that Taj has found the last clue to the immunity idol, this alliance has the makings of going all the way through. If everything goes as planned, we already have the final four determined. And I tell you, it isn’t quite bad as three of my bets are part of it: Brendan, Stephen, and Taj. Hopefully, Tyson won’t spoil the party next week.

As for the boot, Sandy knew it was coming. It was one of the less surprising part of the episode. For a while there, I did fear about Sydney’s position given that she exposed her own game in a conversation she had with Stephen at the shelter wherein she revealed that the conniving part of the game is what she loves. Hmm.. Going back to what I said on top, it’s really about magnifying what you say or do in the game as it could ultimately affect how your tribemates perceive them. In this case, it could have cost Sydney the boot.

*photo courtesy of mtv.com

*photo courtesy of mtv.com

The 8th season of American Idol has been marked with several changes and revisions to the show’s mechanics right off the bat. The most evident being the addition of Kara to the AI judges and the longer Hollywood week period leading up to the final 12 finalists that will compete to become the next American Idol. Well, well, well… I admit, I fell for it. I had been reading lots of spoilers but the announcement of a final 13, instead of 12, was so spontaneously done that I shared Anoop’s reaction.

To provide a little context, 8 contestants who failed to garner enough votes during the first three rundown of the top 36 contestants to determine the top 12, were given a second chance in their so-called Wildcard phase. The best feature about this stage of the competition is that it is the judges who get to decide which singers make it through.

One episode was dedicated to allow the top 12 (or 13, now that we already know it) another shot at performing, and impressing, the judges to show they have what it takes to be the American Idol (as they often bill it.. pardon me for the cliche). Some were impressive, while others nailed their own coffin. But the results were pleasing for my part since two of my bets made it through… Megan Joy Corkrey was chosen over the-girl-who-just-won’t-stop-crying-that-she-starts-to-get-on-my-nerves Tatiana del Toro. Huh, even her attempt to mimic Jorge’s “when I get emotional, I turn into Spanish” plea did not do much.

Last, but certainly not the least, to perform for the night was Anoop Desai. I had to agree with Simon that it wasn’t the best vocal performance, but Anoop never fails to charm the audience. So, it came as a total shock when Anoop was about to leave the stage after Matt Giraud was announced to be the 12th finalist, and Simon announced that they just made a decision to make it a top 13 instead of 12.  13 wasn’t such an unlucky number, was it for Anoop?

Now that Anoop’s part of the pack, I look forward for more exciting weeks at AI. Keep voting guys! 😉

I can almost smell the kick-off for American Idol Season 8’s “real” competition. Now that the first top 9 of the final 12 have been indentified, previous contestants will have a shot of becoming the final 3 that would complete the top 12 that will get to compete to become the American Idol winner for this season.

Some of those that skirted through the first 9 positions in the top 12 were tough competitors, but after a four-year absence, the Wildcard mechanic to the show was brought back. This provided an opportunity for previous contestants that did not get enough viewer votes to prove themselves yet again, this time to the judges. Personally, this delighted me as some of my favorites in the top 36 did not make the initial cut.

Before providing a rundown of the eight contenders vying for the three wildcard positions, let’s do a little recap of the first 9 contestants who are set to compete in the top 12.

First round:

*Alexis Grace

*Jeremy Michael Sarver

*Danny Gokey

Second round:

*Adam Lambert

*Kris Allen

*Allison Iraheta

Third round:

*Lil Rounds

*Scott McIntyre

*Jorge Nunez

Two people I am most pleased about of making it into the Wildcard round after failing to get enough votes to make the top three for their respective batches are Megan Corkrey and Anoop Desai.

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Simon Cowell of Anoop Desai: original, likable and talented.

Anoop Desai impressed judges right off his initial audition and during the Hollywood elimination. But more importantly, he endeared several fans of the show. He did a pretty magnificent job with his rendition of Monica’s “Angel of Mine”. But he was undeniably a part of a tough group during the first batch of elimination round. Cowell referred to Anoop as “one of the easiest decisions out of the eight [for the Wildcard]”.

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Megan Corkrey is one of the judges' favorites all along.

These two contestants have the talent, plus they are both spirited and fun performers. I believe they’d deliver much to the weekly competition, if they do make it to the final 12.

The rest of the eight contestants vying for the final spot after the Wildcard round include: Matt Giraud, (drama queen) Tatiana del Toro, Von Smith, Jasmine Murray, Ricky Braddy, and Jesse Langseth.

I think Coach is used to being a leader, but I think that it is a role that Brendan does better.” – Erinn Lobdell, in reference to Benjamin “Coach” Wade

The third episode for CBS’ exciting new season of Survivor Tocantins was living up to the hype that host Jeff Probst single-handedly started (thank goodness!). At least, we, Survivor fans, have more to be excited about, especially after CBS has confirmed that two more Survivor seasons will be on the way, thus you can expect to watch Season 20 (how is that possible?), if you’re such a fan. Not complaining though. Anyways, off to my episode analysis…

Brendan finding the hidden immunity idol at the treemail.

Brendan finding the hidden immunity idol at the treemail.

Good: The highlight of the episode for me has got to be Brendan finding the hidden immunity idol. At least now with his tribe all shaken up after losing three challenges (and two people) in a row, plus Erinn and Coach’s unending word war between talks of trust and leadership, he knows that he’s in safe hands in this game, provided that he’s smart enough in flushing out the idol. Knowing Brendan, I can be confident of that. Another bright side to this episode is Taj and Brendan’s plan (while on exile) to form a ‘secret alliance’. It would be interesting to have two players from opposing tribes to plot this out together and have something to look forward to come merge time. I mean, members of the opposing tribe might enter the merge thinking it is going to be one tribe versus the other in a ‘survival of the fittest’ scenario. But this ‘secret alliance’ formation is going to deliver ‘the biggest upset in Survivor history‘, as Taj would put it. Strategy is definitely shaping up real fast.

Bad: Coach. During Jeff’s pre-show assessment of Coach, he pointed out how he’s never seen any previous castaway so full of himself, except of course Richard Hatch, as Ben Wade (or Coach) is. Truth is, I have no problem with Ben being in-love with himself. I just wish he has the actions to back it up. But so far, he’s been all talk and no action. And his performance hasn’t been as impressive as his resume appears, so far. I am glad that Erinn is stepping up to him and trying to put him in his place. Erinn’s reference to Coach being the leader of the Timbira tribe probably took a huge hit on Coach’s ego that prompted Jeff to respond. Funny, funny, funny!

Jalapao tribe working together in building the staircase for the Immunity Challenge.

Jalapao tribe working together in building the staircase for the Immunity Challenge.

In-Between: Timbira was initially my favorite tribe, thanks to Brendan and Tyson. However, Jalapao’s recent success in the game is quite impressive. They are the ones showing more unity and strategy in the challenges. JT and Joe are leading them during these physical challenges while the rest are hanging in there. And I do believe there’s more upfront game involved in Jalapao, while the Timbira camp is filled with so much drama and animosity. This should set the stage for an exciting episode this week as we see the continuation of the battle between, no not Timbira and Jalapao, but Erinn and Coach.  😀