Sunday, July 17, 2016

BLACKBEARD'S Seafood Island Boodle Fight

Travelers coming to this part of the world, the Philippines to be exact, may have encountered the phrase where eating is concerned. Sometimes even a local would also be confused when they hear these two words. Together they may ask in curiosity: What in the world is a “Boodle Fight”

In simple terms, the boodle fight is a style of presenting and a way of eating food that has its roots in the military – it may have been known by that name in military circles as far back as the 1950s. To describe a boodle fight in a nutshell, it’s an improvised mealtime. Material such as banana leaves are spread over a flat surface, whether it’s a long table or even just the ground, and food is haphazardly laid out on top of it. Over here that almost always means heaps of steamed rice dumped in mounds, with the rest of the meal – the viands, as it were – arranged either around the rice or as toppings.

The eaters then crowd around and help themselves, usually using only their bare hands. In a military setting, such an impromptu feast is about the only few times when rank and station are set aside as they eat as quickly as they can. A boodle fighter’s share of the meal is only determined by what they were able to scoop up and scarf down, before someone else takes a fancy.

Hard to believe then, that something so thrown together and, well, common, could then be elevated to some remarkably fine dining. A number of grill and seafood restaurants however have seen the appeal of serving up a boodle fight for large groups of diners with the best samples of their cooking, and let’s just say the rest is history. But if you’re on the hunt for a boodle feast that is both delicious and affordable, then look no further than Blackbeard’s Seafood Island.

The Seafood Island aims to please its diners with an impressive menu for their boodle feasts, for that is exactly what you’ll be getting. Each item in the boodle menu is patterned around a specific theme to make your mouth water with specific selections of grilled or steamed seafood, vegetables, meats and fruits. Furthermore, each boodle feast can be ordered in either a more manageable 3-4 person setup, or a splendid 5-6 spread fit to feed a squad. Have a taste of Cebu with the Magellan’s Landing feast, Ilocano eating with Vigan, Davaoeño delights with Mt. Apo or Davao Gulf, Northern Luzon with Dagupan Festival, Chavacano cuisine with Dapitan’s Pride, white-sand beach party with Boracay’s Feast, or go really massive with Chang’s China Chow (5-7 people). They also serve All-Crab or a dedicated Breakfast Boodle. Prices can go as low as 745 pesos for the 3 to 4-man setup.

Blackbeard’s Seafood Island Crab House & Seafood Grill has many branches all over the Philippines, and the availability of a specific Boodle theme may depend on the branch’s location. Notable branches are in SM Mall of Asia in Metro Manila, Ayala Center in Cebu City, Abreeza Mall in Davao City, and SM City General Santos.

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