BLUE POST’S GAS­TRO­NOMIC JOUR­NEY

Sun.Star Davao - - CHILL! - OFAPPLESANDLEMONS JINGGOY I. SAL­VADOR jing­goysal­vador@ya­hoo.com

Re­mem­ber Blue Post? It’s the re­cre­ation bar along Ba­jada that opened in 1995. The wa­ter­ing hole headto for a cold beer and a good game of bil­liards. It was a dar­ing move for the own­ers to open in that ad­dress con­sid­er­ing all the hap­pen­ing bars were at the city cen­ter. Lo­ca­tion though didn’t be­come a prob­lem, the bar lured in its niched clien­tele.

It was trans­formed to a con­cept res­tau­rant, the Blue Post Boil­ing Crabs and Shrimps. It’s where pip­ing hot crus­taceans in bags come out of the kitchen and dining with bare hands is en­cour­aged.

The mother branch soon gave birth to branches in Davao, Manila and soon in Al­bay. The “it’s fun to be messy” ex­pe­ri­ence is spread­ing and with it, the grat­i­fi­ca­tion of the “van­dal” within. In th­ese places, graf­fiti is le­gal.

“Man­gaon ta” is the sis­ter res­tau­rant’s in­vi­ta­tion to dine. An­to­nio’s serves pro­gres­sive Filipino fare, Pi­noy dishes with a twist, which are “iladong lami” (known to be de­li­cious). Those who have tried the crispy pata will be nod­ding in agree­ment.

Estab­lished in Davao, it now has seven branches na­tion­wide with the 8th branch open­ing in Le­gaspi City soon.

Re­cently born is the new­est mem­ber of the res­tau­rant fam­ily, Union Mar­ket. It’s a pastele­ria, ta­pe­ria, and brasserie. Steaks, Span­ish tapas and pael­las are some of the en­tries on the menu, so are the La Rose Noire’s col­lec­tion of de­li­cious French desserts. This is where you go to for mac­arons and other de­lights.

To­day, Blue Post is more than just a bar. Af­ter 25 years it is now an um­brella cor­po­ra­tion with groups of restau­rants un­der it— Blue Post Boil­ing Crabs and Shrimps, An­to­nio’s and Union Mar­ket.

The Blue Post Group re­cently held a food group trade launch and in­tro­duc­tion of the VIP Card at the Azuela cove and in­vited Davao’s food lovers, friends and

part­ners.

“Our be­lief and mis­sion of har­ness­ing re­la­tion­ships through our food and our dream of be­com­ing a na­tional brand has to be sup­ported and named as one group who pro­duces world class food ser­vice and prod­ucts. And tonight, we are of­fi­cially nam­ing it ‘Blue­post Group’, and we are proud Davao!,” said Anthony Ang, Blue Post Group’s Pres­i­dent.

“This night is a cel­e­bra­tion and re­in­force­ment of our com­mit­ment to grow this hum­ble Davao brands to be na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive food and res­tau­rant con­cept. En­joy this gas­tro­nomic jour­ney thru our food brands and con­cept.”

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Email me at jing­goysal­vador@ya­hoo.com

Joseph & Emma Ng, Jen & Chin Lim

(Back) Tom Ig­na­cio, Steve San­ti­ago, Ju­dith Gan, Jes­sica Gan, Gina Ig­na­cio. (Front) An­gelina Hao, Vi­o­leta San­ti­ago, He­len Lim & Juanita Tan

Ka­t­rina Vil­lafranca, Anthony Ang and Stephen War­ren

Jasper Huang, Coun­cilor Marissa Sal­vador and Mari­cel Huang

Rodolfo Hao, Deb­bie Hao, El­iz­a­beth Un­lay & Dave Un­lay

A toast to the new Blue Post Group: Ka­rina Ang, Anthony Ang, Nonoy Te, Jen Ang, Stephen War­ren, Ken­neth Hao & Coun­cilor Al Ryan Ale­jan­dre

(Back) Chris­tian Pa­sum­bal, Jinggoy Sal­va­dior, Eileen Sit­jar, Monette Cut­ler, Med­win Pi­atos, Ken­neth Ong & Cara de­los San­tos. (Front) Emil Sit­jar, Jen Ang, Anthony Ang & Ka­rina Ang

Patrick Tan, Ivy Tan, Lyn Tan, Christine Loy­ola and Joy Loy­ola

Guest per­form­ers Daryl Ong & Jona

Hosts Rovic Cu­a­sito & Ellen Jane Ferenel

Michele Ban­gayan, Stephanie Ban­gayan, Kathy Ban­gayan, Len Uy-Bosquit and Jia Bosquit

The Blue Post Team Ka­rina Ang, Jen Ang, Anthony Ang & Ken­neth Hao

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