La Bodeguita

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

LA BODEGUITA means a general merchandise store, thus, don’t be surprised that when you see baby colognes and other stuff in this tiny shop in that white building at the corner of Mabini and F. Torres Streets, the one that hosts a pet grooming shop. It’s so tiny, you might miss it. Just look closely, it’s there.

In fact, it’s been there for quite some time now, we just didn’t think of dropping by. Until Wednesday night.

With Imee and Alex in tow, and Peter making it a bit later, we explored La Bodeguita to check out what it has.

It’s tiny. There was a relatively big table at the deep corner and two tables for four nearer the entrance. That’s it.

“Paella, please,” Imee said.

Ooops! Sorry. They do serve paella, but it will take an hour to cook it. Meaning, if you intend to check this place out for its paella, you have to order an hour in advance. We didn’t have that hour, and so we settled for the sandwiches and pasta.

Imee got the spaghettini, Alex got the sausage burger, while I zoomed in on what I couldn’t resist whenever it’s in the menu – salmon. I got the Salmon Medallion Burger.

Peter was a copycat, he got the sausage burger, but topped this with olives, plus, we were treated to a serving of artichoke heart and Spanish ham, and a dessert of almond-based sweets that taste like… choc-nut. Okay, make it: sosyal na choc-nut.

I loved the Salmon Medallion, but maybe I’m biased. I love salmon in whatever form. Both Alex and Peter were happy with their sausage burger. Imee wasn’t quite happy with the spaghettini. It was too dry to start with.

But over-all, it was a happy meal. Moreso because we were able to try the artichokes heart with ham, which was really good.

If you’re not into hot and spicy dishes, watch out for the sliver of red pepper in the olives. Peter said it was hot. I put a piece in my olive. Meaning, it’s edible for us fire-eaters.

It’s fun to explore their shelves too. They got the colognes we grew up with, Nenuco and Denenes among them, and they also sell a good stash of Malagos cheese, which is a happy discovery since after moving from our R. Castillo office to Jacinto, access to Malagos cheese have been a little bit restricted. Sad.

They also sell processed meat for those craving for some Spanish zing to their home dinners, plus a lot of
other interesting stuff that can make you drool.

We still have to try their paellas, though.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 15, 2013.


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