This summer, I am sure that you’ve experienced those days when you don’t really feel hungry, but you just need a quick dose of sugar. And that, preferably, must be cold. No, nothing too fancy but nothing too ordinary as well. Most of all, it must be unique. These days, it only takes a little to be bored.
That is why, I’ve created a quick list of the yummiest unique desserts I know from Davao. Here’s my summer gift for you:
1. Sweet Spot Ice Cream – This quaint and colorful ice cream joint is located at the Davao Crocodile Park complex, a few steps away from the entrance of the park. For me, it’s the best homemade ice cream in Davao. The cream is think and the flavors are unique and bold! You’d know that they really didn’t scrimp from including the best ingredients and it will really show as soon as they give you their one-scoop-wonder. Price range is around P40-50 per scoop. Must try flavors: beer and mango.
2. Tea Leaf’s Milk Tea – Dear Milk tea, you know that before all this fame, before you appeared in the places where overpriced coffee used to reign, I was there for you. Sorry if you had to listen to that conversation. I have a very personal relationship with milk tea because I’ve been drinking it for a very long time. So when all the milk tea joints began popping up like chicken pox, I decided to scout for the best one. And yes, I found it within a kilometer radius from where I’m working at. For me the best milk tea is Tea Leaf’s Milk Tea. This simple, affordable joint is located at City Triangle. They have over 20 different milk tea mixes and the prices range from P35-P60 only. The best part: tapioca is juicy and chewy; it will put your ordinary sago to shame.
3. Zabadani’s Cucumber Yogurt – There was a time when yogurt was a huge fad. Thanks to overexcited tweens. I’ve tasted those from the colorful mainstream boutiques and the ones from the fastfood range. I also tried to hit the small not-to-mainstream yogurt places. Over all, the best for me was Zabadani’s Cucumber Yogurt in shake form. The taste is very clean and refreshing. Whenever the sun is announcing its greatness during noontime, a tall glass of this will really taste like salvation. Zabadani is located at Ponciano st. Davao city, near Tesoro’s Printing Press.
4. Merco’s Melon Basket – Honestly, I am not sure if Merco still makes these. However, if you’re lucky, it’s available! I used to order this at the Bolton branch because they have the widest and most complete dessert selection all the time. Merco’s Melon Basket is made from a watermelon cut in half, with zigzagged edges, filled with cubed watermelons, sliced bananas, three ice cream scoops (the flavors are up to you!) and topped with whipped cream . It’s truly a wondrous treat for anyone who wants to indulge in a round of healthy sugar overload. Merco branches are all over the city.
5. Duo Commis’ Mango a la Mode – Ever heard of the brownie a la mode? It’s exactly like that, only, the footing is made from homemade biscuit and the toppers are fresh, ripe mango slices, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The headdress? A pinch of herbs and sweet mango syrup. The bland taste of the biscuit complements the sweetness of the mangoes. I discovered this dessert when I was doing a story for a food magazine. This little treat only costs a little over a hundred pesos. Duo Commis is located at Plaza del Carmen, Obrero, Davao city.
It’s painful to reread this and not crave more desserts. I’m itching for this list to grow longer soon! So I better head off to my next best dessert-scouting round!
Got recommendations? Come on! Make my (summer) day! 🙂
This story appears @ Mindanao Times Lifestyle today, April 14, 2012.