THE FLAVORS OF KORONADAL FOUND AT THE AVIARY

Surrounded by tall old trees and the myriad of flowering and ornamental plants, the Aviary Bar and Café of The Farm at Carpenter Hill is remarkably a perfect place where great gastronomic experience is more than just a good taste. With a very warm staff and a cozy ambiance, you will get to savor and enjoy a variety of Koronadal’s famous culinary favorites.

The Aviary at The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 18During my recent stay at The Farm, I had the chance to lavishly enjoy scrumptious dining at this Café considered as one of the local favorites. For those who frequent here, they would always say that the restaurant is home to some of the must-try food not only in Koronadal City but in the entire Province of South Cotabato.

The Aviary at The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 20The Aviary Bar and Café offers a wide array of local and international menu. Personally, top on my list are the Filipino dishes I tried during my stay. My personal favorite is the crispy, juicy and flavorful Lechon Kawali. It has the crispiest rind and the moistest meat I’ve ever tasted. At first glance it looks like the ordinary pork belly fried deeply in a pan of oil but when tasted, ahhhhhh, damn good. Really good.

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The crispy, juicy and flavorful Lechon Kawali!!! WINNER!!!!!!!!

HERE ARE SOME OF THE FLAVORFUL DISHES WE TRIED AT THE AVIARY

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The Farm Chicken Salad

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Fried Noodles with Seafoods

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Huat Sai Soup

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Beef Bulalo Steak with Mushroom Peppercorn Sauce

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Honey Glazed Baby Back Ribs

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Steamed Pompano with Szechuan Sauce

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Crispy Lechon Kawali

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Binagoongang Baboy

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Seafood Chopsuey

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Tinolang Tuna Belly

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Beef with Broccoli in Huat Chai and Mushroom Sauce

For cake lovers, the Aviary Bar and Café is a haven. They have a number of flavorful cakes here. The ones I like so much are the Ube Cake and the Durian Cake. Honestly, since I came from Davao and have tasted mouthwatering cakes from my favorite restaurants in our city, I thought the cakes here won’t delight me. But voila, both didn’t fail to affect me. In fact their Durian Cake is now one of the favorites.

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The Durian Cake partnered with The Farm’s freshly brewed coffee

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Chocolate Cake

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Ube Cake

The Aviary Bar and Café supports the local products of the Province. Here, you will find bottles of wine locally made in the neighboring province of North Cotabato.

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South Tropics from Kabacan, North Cotabato

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That T’nalak Cloth draped over those wines were weaved by the late Lang Dulay, a Gawad Manglilikha Awardee.

And why called Aviary? Because the restaurant is surrounded by old trees in the middle of a tropical garden and birds fly freely from branches to branches providing a soothing avian sound.

AVIARY BAR AND RESTO
THE FARM AT CARPENTER HILL

Brgy. Carpenter Hill, National Highway,
Koronadal City, South Cotabato

Telephone Number: (083) 228-1888 / 228-9010
Telefax Number: (083) 228-9010
Mobile Numbers: (Smart) 09189210425 / (Sun) 09228489098 / (Globe) 09177260721
Email Address : info@farmatcarpenterhill.com
Website : www.farmatcarpenterhill.com

LOCAL FOOD TRIPPING DURING ARAW NG CATEEL

If there is one thing I love about “special celebrations” in my hometown of Cateel, that would be our special and hard-to-find delicacies and cuisines prepared and served during such occasions. The recently concluded Araw ng Cateel 2012 celebration is one great proof to that.

As this year’s Araw ng Cateel carries the theme “Kultura na Madayaw ng Catel-anon, Ipasigarbo, Ipalambo, Ipadayun”, the showcase of the different native delicacies and cuisines was apt and fitting to the celebration. The preparation was timely. The indigenous food cooked the native way highlighted the truest meaning of Catel-anon’s uniqueness and identity. It was a feast showcasing the Cateel’s real culture and tradition passed on from generations to generations. For proud sons and daughters of Cateel like this blogger, seeing and tasting these “gastronomical finds” made me prouder of my roots and our humble beginnings.

So without further much ado, here are the some of the most favorite cuisines showcased during the Araw ng Cateel 2012 celebration. From my hometown’s plate to yours.

Pinaksiwng Ratrat (Palakang Bukid)

RATRAT

Yes, your eyes are right. These are frogs locally called in the Philippines as Palakang Bukid. In my hometown, we called this as RATRAT. Most of my townsfolk especially those living in the barrios are fond of eating this. I haven’t tasted this stuff before. Just the thought of it makes me sick. But for the sake of travel blogging, I braved so hard to eat it. The verdict: it tastes like chicken. But they say it is yummier when deep fried.

Paksiwng Kasili (Native Eel)

KASILI

This is a native eel caught in the vast rivers of Cateel. I grew up so fond of eating this stuff. This is among my father’s specialties – the Adobong Kasili sauteed in Black Beans. Native eels are pretty rare even before days. My Papa Nanoy said Kasili is food for the gods and catching one is really hard. I am just very lucky to see it again this time.

Inun-unang Sawugnun

SAWUGNUN

If you ask my townsfolk of one delicacy we are so proud of and known for, undoubtedly you will get an answer sawug-nun. Sawug-nun is a type of fish that thrives in the upper river of Cateel. I’ve heard plenty of these can be found along the waters of Aliwagwag Falls. The most common way of cooking it is pinaksiw! Its belly tastes bitter. Old folks say the bitter it is, the better.

Grilled Wabang (Native Prawns)

WABANG

Long before the advent of cultured prawn ponds in Cateel, wabang or native prawns is one of the specialties of my hometown. There are so many ways to cook it. Among those, grilled wabang is the best for me.

Boiled Kamansi

KAMANSI

This native delicacy is a lot tastier than peanuts. My love for Kamansi traces back the times I would spend my vacation in Barangay San Alfonso. My Nanay Camie, the sister of my mom, owns an old Kamansi tree. Every morning she would serve us her famous boiled kamansi seeds as part of our breakfast. Until now I still love eating this stuff.

The Red Murawu

MURAWU

Every time I go home, I would ask my brothers Nonoy and Dodong to find a red peeled banana for me. We called it in our dialect as Murawu. But they would always say it is no longer available these days. Kids my time would agree that Murawu is one of our old favorite bananas. After so many years, finally, I’ve seen one again.

HERE ARE OTHER DELICACIES SHOWCASED DURING ARAW NG CATEEL 2012

Kasili (Native Eel)

Sawugnun

Banig

Ratrat (Palakang Bukid)

Kagang (Crabs)

Tuway

Pan-on

Bokgay

Bebe

Ubod

Kabaywa

Mani (Peanuts)

Dangdangon

Batad (Corn)

Lay-ub Na Saging

Kamote

Itlog Ng Pato (Duck Eggs)

Sariwang Gulay (Fresh Vegetables)

Bamboo, used to cook Rice and other native delicacies

Durian and a beautiful Cateeleña

…and the beautiful people of Cateel!

THESE ARE OUR LOCAL DELICACIES… COME! TASTE IT! FROM OUR PLATE TO YOURS!

FOOD FROM HOME: Straight From My Plate To Yours!

One of the best things I love about going home back to my little charming town of Cateel, be it a long vacation or a short one, is the food delicately and delectably prepared before us. These are the kinds of cuisines some people in the big city consider luxurious and rare but for locals like my townsfolk these are just part of their ordinary meal. Thus, each time I’m home, I simply lavish myself with these sinful delights.

For the first time ever, I won’t be talking too much. Instead, I will let these mouthwatering photos speak for themselves and let them tickle your palate. This is my sinful indulgence – direct from my plate to yours!

The Star For All the Parties – LECHON!

MANLUHOD (Little Lobster)

This we call KAMBIRING, a polka dotted Crabs.

Our local version of Zamboanga’s CURACHA!

We call this thing – BANISIL!

One of my favorites, TAB-ANAY!

Shells from the Oceans, Not Pearly Though!

Another type of Shell. (I used to believed these were Mermaids’ combs)

Best cooked as soup, Tuway!

Everyone’s favorite, KAGANG (Crab)!

For meryenda, we have PUTO and SUMAN!

Just so you know, this is a NATIVE MANGO! Small but terribly SWEET!

My favorite street food – HAWUB!

Sweet Delight, MAJA BLANCA!

… and the festival of TROPICAL FRUITS!

Kalderetang Kambing. It Melts In Your Mouth!

Wild fern – PAKU!

The Native Garden Salad – Paku, Camote Tops & Okra!

There they are – delectable food for a PROBINSYANO like me. These are our local delights I will never trade for anything in this world!

HAVE A HAPPY MEAL!