Alavar resto a hit in Madrid Fusion PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 April 2015 14:27

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

 

Zamboanga City’s famous gastronomical place, the Alavar Seafood Restaurant, represented Mindanao in the Madrid Fusion Manila Trade Exhibits held on April 24-26 ,2015 at the SMX Mall of Asia in Manila.

The trade exhibits dubbed as Philippines-Spain : A 300-Year Gastronomic Journey featured top chefs from Spain and around the world presenting their top and delicious recipes, quality cooking demonstrations, best wines & brandy and the one of its kind  — giant paella.

Couple Pedro and Marissa Alavar Alfaro led the Alavar Restaurant delegation.

Marissa said she brought and presented some top products and recipes of Alavar Seafoods Restaurant like the famous Curacha con Salsa de Alavar, Imbao con mantiquilla y Ajos, Imbao en La Hurno and Chupaculo con Pako (fern).

She described the Madrid Fusion event as something like a non-stop party. Guests, participants and many visitors — local and foreign — from the different agencies of the government, business groups enjoyed and savored  the great taste of different recipes, wines, brandy and other beverages from Spain.

The Alavar couple was very happy because the people present during the event really liked the taste of Zamboanga’s recipes as displayed by Alavar Seafoods Restaurant.

Marissa thanked the City Tourism  Office under Ms. Sarita S. Hernandez for the invitation and assistance and the successful presentation of their products.

“Hour after hour, we are very tired because people come and go enjoy eating Zamboanga’s recipes,” Marissa said.

Meanwhile, Alavar is currently reviving and launching their traditional product known as “Abiyo (Binalutan sa dahon ng saging in tagalog), a complete meal. Abiyo’s different varieties are:  Rice with beef tapa and fried egg,  daing na bangus with rice and atsara, adobo with egg, chorizo with egg and rice, tapa pork with egg and rice.    Garnishes available are mangga con bagon gata and salted egg with tomatoes.

Alavar Seafoods Restaurant started in 1978 as a seafood carinderia in Barangay Tumaga at the residence of Mr.& Mrs. Miguel “Jun” Alavar. It became a restaurant along R.T. Lim Boulevard in October 1. 1979.

Marissa opened a branch in Tetuan in 1984 when she married former Philippine Basketball Association Great Taste Player Pedro Alfaro Jr.. Later Alavar branches opened in Metro Manila, Davao City, Cebu and Bacolod City. — Allen Abastillas