It all started with a simple invitation from my favorite girl friend / award-winning photographer / tri-media personality Ms. Jojie Alcantara (http://www.dabawenya.me/). The agenda: To shoot Mutya ng Dabaw 2010 Janelle Tee for her birthday against the lush greenery of Wildberry Gardens in Lorega, Kitaotao Bukidnon; which I learned to be the border of Davao and Bukidnon.
Wildberry Gardens greeted us with a cool wind. The cool owners of the place (Jimmy and Thelma Tan) were also there to meet us with warm hellos and ushered us into the colorful, cozy log cabin. I fell in love with this quaint place immediately because of all the flea market finds that adorned each nook and cranny of Wildberry. The owners, who were then residing in the States, got the chance to open their little antique store. When they decided to come home to the Philippines, they brought all the knick knacks with them packing them into a 20-foot container van. And to fast forward further, most of what remained became Wildberry’s prized decorations.
After we all got our photo clicking spree done, our hungry tummies made it back to the dining area. Now, it was Ms. Thelma’s turn to impress us with her home cooking that definitely gave us Ooooohhh’s and Aaaaah’s just by looking at what’s on the table. First out, Garden Fresh Salad with Vinaigrette and Parmesan Cheese. I almost failed to mention that Wildberry grows their own veggies, and thus one can really be sure that each salad being served is definitely freshly picked. The best sellers of the house were also there to make us hungry a wee bit more.
Who would not go hungry for their Pork Tenderloin Strips, Beef Bulalo Steak and the Country Fried Chicken? For Dessert it was Turrones de Langka with Powdered sugar. It was definitely a big treat for us. I tell you, the food is really good that I would want to drive myself to Lorega again one day just to eat and smell the cold breeze.
After a long day, Tita Thelma (note how food changes everybody’s proximity status, Lol) generously gave us each a bottle of their specially made Strawberry Jam. After a few more chitchat and last-minute camera clicks, we all went home to Davao happy, full, and inspired.
Thank you again Wildberry Gardens for such a one-of-a-kind dining experience.