[FOOD REVIEW]: Josephine’s Pizza (Delicious Home Made Goodness)

 

Home made dough, real cheese, and good quality ingredients. We really enjoyed the pizza and also the great location just a few steps away from the beach! Josephine’s real American pizza in Digos is the best pizza that I ‘ve ever had.

 These are only a few of the comments being said from the customers who have been to this place. The only thing better than pizza and beer is pizza and beer with the people you love. My friends and I met at Josephine’s located near Aplaya Beach, Digos City to catch up on over a delicious meal and it proved to be a place I’ll be returning to again soon. Good food being shared with good people always bring good memories that are worth keeping.

 

 

Josephine’s has a variety of artisan wood-fired pizzas that you could spend your whole moment contemplating over. The good news is that the server/owner, Ms. Josephine Rible Alferez herself, can help you over with the pizza that speaks to you since the varieties range from bold, bolder, to boldest. Some of the finest gourmet ingredients they use include: spicy chili flakes, tomato sauce, pesto, fresh bell peppers, anchovies, arugula, ricotta, parsley, black olives,crushed red peppers, capers, mozzarella, prosciutto, pepperoni, onions, juicy pineapple slices, organic mushrooms . . . . you get the idea.

 

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Since my friends and I are absolute organic veggie fanatics, we opted for something that sounded a bit lighter. Their vegetarian pizza is actually full of premium grade cheese, and for us it’s pure heavenly goodness because we’re all cheese lovers too. After our order was served to our table, and even more so after the first bite, I couldn’t have been happier with our pizza choice. It’s certainly the best combination of fresh ingredients, delicious crispy crust with a spicy marinara enhanced by the red chili flakes — definitely a match in heaven!

 

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Overall, Josephine’s had a pleasant, refreshingly ambiance by the beach minus all that stuffiness you could expect at a sea-side restaurant. The service was delightfully fantastic and the interior is warm and welcoming, perfect for date nights or for dinner gatherings and/or drinks with friends.

A recent visitor compared them to a “food porn by the beach” with wood paneling and flower drop decorations. The owner’s only warning? “The crushed red peppers is spicier than you think.” My favorite comment though? “Josephine’s, you had me at crushed red peppers.”

 

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Dear crushed red peppers,

 

I’ll be back for you. 

With love and my best intentions,

Joy ❤

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And I Was Like… OMG it’s Us The Duo

Life — we can learn a lot of lessons on just about everything that we encounter, from the iconic people who keep inspiring us to the music we’re always listening to.

But first, must listen to: Rita Ora (no matter what, I’ll always love you Britney, Beyonce, and Taylor).

Her beats are full of raw feminine power, and her lyrics are so uplifting and almost kinda spiritual. I’ve already gushed about her when I heard I Will Never Let You Down, but even that can’t be said with enough justice after my office mate introduced Young Single and Sexy, which became an immediate addition to my favorite early morning coffee jams.

In her song Grateful she talks about real things in life which is a total counterpart of the typical slayin’ fave Black Widow and the very glambitious Roc’ The Life slow rap game with that old school hip hop vibe.

She’s like on another level with her powerful music. One of the things I love most about Rita Ora is the genuine dedication and that feel of connection she puts to all of her songs — she’s got significant point or central theme in sound and message.

Check out her site to hear more from her and to check on tour dates.

But then again, I’m here mainly to share the appreciation I feel towards the indie music (indie music sang by couples is getting a lot popular these days) that’s brought about by this adorable duet called Us The Duo.

I’ve been eyeing them (yup literally from their updates on Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram) since I first heard their song No Matter Where You Are from the movie Book of Life. Their Mexican sugar skull inspired music video is super romantic! Oh well… and so here comes another idea to the never ending bucket list of hash tag relationship goals.

Don’t get me wrong, I love these Youtube couple sensations too: Tyler Ward + Alex G, also a huge fan of the famous musician ❤ beauty guru TEAM ELLEX Alex Goot + Elle Fowler, and last but not the least Alex Kinsey & Sierra Deaton (the famous American pop duo who won the 3rd and final season of X-Factor USA).

Oh but I just looove the chemistry and love story behind this folk-pop couple Carissa Rae Martin and Michael Alvarado, the way they sync their voices whenever they sing is whoa pure harmony. But it’s not just purely their music, I also admire Carissa’s bohemian fashion sense. She’s so lucky to have such an amazing voice, and it’s a plus because she’s proudly half Filipino like Bruno Mars.

And when they went to Manila for a FREE meet and greet with more than 1000 fans, I was really hooked that I asked one of my friends from there to go see and oh my gosh I could still feel the tingle of excitement from here! Checkout the short video clip of their visit here.

Heck, I was like oh my gosh these people are just super lucky to see these adorable couple in person. ❤

All of their songs are really good, but Never Gonna Leave You is my most favorite (even the funny Youtube comedy couple icons Rolanda and Richard made a hit video parody of this song, and made it big with 18 million views).

By the way, sign-up to their official newsletter site to be the first to know (yes, they will come back for more) about exclusive news, promos and upcoming tours in the country! You may also want to check their Facebook page for more updates. Peace! X O X O

P.S. Who else here in the Philippines are true-blue fans of Us The Duo? Spread some real love! Let’s keep in touch, shoot me a message 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

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Timeless Filipino Favorite: Special Batchoy Noodle Soup

…but things just get so crazy, living life gets hard to do. And I would gladly hit the road, get up and go if I knew that someday it would lead me back to you…that someday it would lead me back to you. That maybe all I need, in darkness she is all I see. Come and rest your bones with me. Driving slow on Sunday morning, and I never want to leave. ~Maroon5

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Today I met an old friend way back high school days, we got reunited and talked about a lot of things — mostly about web programming, engineering jobs, and Vietnam (since she was already working there). I was so fascinated with the way she talked about Vietnam and their way of living. In fact, their food there is as delicious and appetizing as our food here in the Philippines.

As our conversation heightened from work to food, she started talking about her favorite little pho stall in Hanoi that she really likes to eat at. It’s called Pho Thin. During weekends, she goes there for a morning pick-me-up with a savory bowl of pho (beef noodles) right after an early jog in the park. Well, it’s been a proven fact that this flagship family noodle shop is truly a regal testament to its popular legacy.

Just like our version of batchoy noodle soup here, theirs are also served with the right ratio of broth and noodles: with perfect slices of beef and some rarely cooked steak that’s topped onto these flavorful noodles and garnished with fresh green onions.

…and with that inspiration, I’m making another food blog today ❤ 🙂

I'm not actually going to rush out and eat a bowl of noodle soup haha! I wonder if anyone around here is a fan of mango smoothies like me? If you happen to be around our humble city of Digos, check out our ever so regal Prangel's Snack Inn that has been around for generations. Located at Magsaysay Street, they also have a bigger branch along the Davao-Cotabato National Highway, just a few meters from Digos City Diversion Junction. It is right across the Benedictine Monastery, which makes it a good stop from long trips before going back on the road.

They serve a lot of home-cooked meals, variety pasta dishes, desserts, and delicious smoothies which is just right for budget-conscious people like me. My friend and I ordered Mango Smoothies and Kilawin paired with boiled rice (Kilawín is a raw seafood or meat dish from the Philippines, similar to Ceviche). It's absolutely and refreshingly cool to the palate, the creamy-sweet Mango Smoothie contrasts the sourness slash spiciness of the Kilawin. I'm telling you, this pair is totally a thumbs-up for this summer season!

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Oops…in the end we still ordered a steaming bowl of their really delicious and bursting of flavorful spices Special Batchoy Noodle Soup (yes, they have it on their menu too). X O X O

Here you go… I wonder what classic stories have been shared upon this timeless Filipino favorite:

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