Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My love for Satie and Vivaldi

 F*ck all these RnB sh*t! I listen to classical music!

Tired of all my party music. (I am not complaining though ok?), I went back listening to some of the best classical music I've ever listened to.

The soothing impression it gives me makes me calm and slacked up. Its classy and sophisticated and elegant and I just simply love how it makes me feel refined. (Even if I am not, lol)

Eric Satie's Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes

Eric Satie, a brilliant French composer and pianist whose famous for his Gymnopedies and Gnossienes would have to top my list. I love how his music makes me feel calm and yet disturbed at the same time. I love how he creates this certain abstract mental location wherein a certain degree of sadness and yet calmness is felt. I love how his music attracts a certain level of negativity and yet I find it sensual. I love all his Gymnopedies most especially Gymnopedie no. 1 and 2. Among his Gnossienes, I would have to say Gnossienne no. 3 is my fave. 

 Gymnopedie No. 1

Gnossienne No. 3

Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Vivaldi's 4 Seasons have a very special place in my heart (insert, "I  remember the boy, but I don't remember the feelings anymore" song in the background). Its fun make up and the wholeness of its musical content made it one of the best concertos ever composed. Its revolutionary composition (at that time) made the sound very unique and inspiring. My favorite would have to be Winter and Summer. Ah I love Summer because of  its hyped and frolicked melody. I love Winter for its deep and dark strain. I love how it makes me feel cold and uncomfy but also excited and anticipating. I know, most of those adjectives seems a little weird for describing music but thats how these composition makes me feel. 



Ah good music. Good life! I have to thank these great composers for leaving these great compositions for us to enjoy.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Deadly Dead Guy Ale

And yet another great brew. :)

I have fancied some good brews from Rouge particularly the Rouge Chocolate Stout and this one is yet to tickle my fancy. 

Rouge Dead Guy Ale

Rouge Ale 
Newport, Oregon USA
Style: Helles Bock / Maibock
Alcohol Content: 6.50% ABV
My Rating: 3.5/5

The beer pours an old copper colored liquid with an off white head that leaves a good lacing afterwards. The nose gives off this malty, bready, nutty scent. The taste at first is somewhat sweet, again bready and nutty but develops into this spicy and grassy tones. At the end, there's this hint of a sweet fruit flavor perhaps of apple. The taste is not as complex and is basically considered as an easy drink. Carbonation is perfect too. I would love to have this again sometime soon. :) 

Well, alright, its not as deadly as I said it was but hey, this is one American craft beer a beer lover should atleast try once. :) 

Got this beer at Howzat Sports Bar in Makati.

Monday, March 26, 2012

3 Wishes for my 28th

I haven't really thought about what to wish for on my birthday this year. Maybe I dont really believe that wishes do come true (yes, I am already jaded) but still there's no harm in giving it a shot.

I would have to thank God for how blessed I am. To have a loving family who supports me all the time, bestfriends whom sometimes I dont have time for but are still there when I need them and are still there to see the sparks when I have em (they know what i'm talking about), friends who are always there for good times and bad, work that is very much challenging, travels and adventures to learn new things from and I am given a chance to grow everyday because of the new people I meet. Most of the time I would say, "What more can I wish for?"

As I blow my birthday candles this afternoon, the first three wishes that popped out of my mind are:

1. A sharper mind for more bright ideas.
2. More clients for my wedding / hosting business.
3. A healthy body.

Crossed my fingers, closed my eyes and wished for these. I almost have everything! Well not all things material for I still want a lot but I am happy. I am satisfied. If there will be more blessings then its cooler, if there's none then I'd still be happy and contented.

Sometimes, I do wish for someone to love. Maybe it comes with age, maybe I really want to be with someone but.... Well I dont really know if I really want to or not. Hahaha.

The past 2 years of my life are indeed full of graces. Yes, there were a lot of pains and hardships but those things made me stronger, wiser, and I have certainly became more appreciative with life.

I wanted to thank all those people who were made instruments by God to make my life full of fun and full of surprises. To by bestfriends Carlo, Jep, Tara and Rey. To my beloved PEX foodies, to my YBM family, my Merriment family, my college buds who are still there for me, to the rest of the folks I have met along the way, to all the boys I've loved before (LOL) and to my family, thank you so much for making my life worth living.

For now, all I know is, I wanted to write more. I wanted to have more adventures. I wanted to have more friends. I know I will have these things. I know I will be more blessed. I know I will have almost everything I aspire to have.

Well, Its a Happy Birthday indeed!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A night with an Arrogant Bastard

My closest buddies would have to agree when I say that sarcasm, dourness, and arrogance appeals to me so much. A lady would love a challenge perhaps, something that would bring me out of my comfort zone and would piss me off. I don't know why I seem to fancy that overbearingness but I do.

Want a proof?

Spent one hot night with an Arrogant Bastard and I'm telling you, I was totally blown away. I was pissed and turned off at the same time but I still asked for more... Give it to me baby! :))

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Brewing Co.
(California, USA)
Style: American Strong Ale
Alcohol Content : 7.20% ABV
My Rating: 4/5

The Arrogant Bastard gave an off white head with a good retention. It leaves some good lacing too. The nose smells like fresh bread with hints of perhaps cinnamon or burnt wood, also grassy. The taste.... At first sip, an explosion of flavors would overwhelm your taste buds. Its malty, caramely and smooth at first but its hoppy bitter, and I'm telling you its overpoweringly bitter, with grassy and earthy notes as you finish. It is somehow plasticky in the middle which I think is a common characteristic of Ales (well at least in most of the ales I have tried that is).

I hate it! I hate that it's too bitter for my taste but develop too much of a liking as I continue sipping, well gulping. Haha. I hate the fact that it has complex flavors, from earthy, malty, caramely to grassy, that I seem to dig very much. I hate the way the Arrogant Bastard played with me that night. He knew my weakness. He knew I would dig him. He knew I would fall for him. And so I did...

Got this great brew at Howzat Sports Bar in Makati. :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I'm one of the boys at Howzat Sports Bar (Makati)

I am so excited to write this. I was in an event earlier and rushed down home just to make this post! Why? Coz I've found a new hangout!!!!!!!! *screams* (Alright thats too much, hahaha)

Last Thursday, I met up with some of the PEX foodies for some cold beers and a lot of catching up. I was thinking before I head to this place that this is what boys will call heaven. Beer on tap, wide screen tv that shows every possible sports game that one can think of, and great beer food. If I were a guy, I would surely say im in cloud nine! Guess what? I really do thought I was in heaven. I almost hollo, "Pinch me!, I think im in heaven!!!!!"

We have been planning to visit Howzat Sports bar in Makati for the longest time since my friend Denis mentioned it but never really had the chance to do so since we were all very busy and our schedules wont match. But luckily that night, after a client meeting at Rockwell which is technically a stone throw away from the place, we finally pushed through.

Outside the bar, it was a little intimidating, or if that's really the right term to use. It looks like a sleazy little bar full of DOMs, well the place is actually situated near the red light district of Makati that's why. But once I stepped inside the bar, WHOA! It was like I was taken to another dimension, alright another country. It was indeed an English pub!

This reminded me of the TV series Cheers. :)

Wide screen TV all over the place showing different kinds of sports. Men's paradise I may say.

Aside from being a bar, Howzat serves as a little deli as well for they sell different kinds of pate, sausages and other imported cooking stuff that one can buy.

Lynne and Ray of was with me that time and we were the first ones who came and we ordered Guinness on tap as soon as we got in! Woot!!!!

My oh my. My pint of Guinness fresh from the tap. Yummeh!!!!

By the way, ever night, from 5-8 PM, they have a promo of Buy 1 Take 1 Guinness Draugh for only Php 160! Isn't that a steal? Too bad I was 7 minutes late that night so I wasn't able to avail the said promo. I dont mind though since the beer is definitely worth to spend even to my last penny. Naks. :D

We also ordered some food to pair up with our beers.

Calamares (Php 230)

This SMB battered squid rings are cooked to perfection. Not too soft, not too gummy but just chewy enough. Great dish to go with our beers.

All Meat with 4 Cheese Pizza (Php 400)

I fell in love with this pizza as soon as I had my first bite. The toppings are hefty! Perhaps the toppings of cheeses and meats composed around 80% of this pizza. I love how heavy the toppings are in the middle of the pizza, which will satisfy you right away on the first bite and leave it light and crisp as you finish along to the end of the pie. Oh dear, I can still taste this in my mouth as I write this. This is the newest addition to their line of pizza so better try this one when you visit them. Well what can go wrong with the pizza+beer combo?

Grimsby Fish and Chips (Php 396)

As what I keep on saying here in my blog, I am a huge fan of fish and chips and this one, I could say is one of the best I've ever tasted here in the metro. The beer batter is perfect! Squeeze in that wedge of lime on top, eat it together with the thickly cut fried potato wedge and its on! If they serve this on newspaper and with vinegar, I would really have to assume that I am in England. :)

Nachos and Ground Beef (Php 220)

A big bowl of nachos came to our table and we were swooned! Those golden tortilla chips were topped with ground beef, salsa and mozarella cheese served with a cheese dip. Im telling you, its a lot! Too much that my friend Aebby said it was never left empty whenever they order it there.

The food was awesome but the beer selection is awesomer! Yeah I know there's no such term but who cares? Their beer selection are to die for, well for a beer fanatic such as me. I heard that they are one of the partner restaurant of Jim Araneta's Global Beer Exchange thus the great selection of American craft beers and Euro beers.

I'll give you a sneak peak of the beers we've tried that night. Ill write an individual posts for each of these beers to let you further savor the deliciousness of these beers. Oh and they've got these funky names and images in their bottles as well.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

Rouge Dead Guy Ale

Me and Ray enjoyed these great tasting ales while the others savor that sweet, chocolatey Guinness stout. Together with great tales of traveling, creepy hotel room experiences and just about anything under the sun, that night in Howzat was definitely one hell of a food trip.

Also glad that I was with two of my favorite couples, Ray and Lynne and Denis and Aebby together with their cute son Wacky and of course my good bud Miko.

I wish that that night will happen every week. Good times!!!!

Howzat Sports Bar Makati
Kalayaan Ave. cor. Fermina St., Brgy. Poblacion
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 897-3335

You guys can check out their Menu by clicking this:

Howzat Sports Bar Menu

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Real Belgian Pils at The Distillery for (Beer-ness)The Beer Friday Sessions

Me and the Friday crew went to The Distillery, which I would say our regular Friday watering hole, last night. Regularly, me and my buds would opt for either Jim Beam or Bacardi apple but last night, I decided to start first with a beer. The Distillery has a wide array of beers to chose from and what tickled my fancy that night was a thirst quenching pilsner from Belgium.

Real Belgian Pils
Alcohol Content : 5% ABV
My rating: 3

The reason why I chose this beer last night was because there was an unbearable thirst that ive been suffering the entire day. Perhaps I was very stressed for handling some things at work and I have thought that a Pilsner, particularly a Belgian Pils would quench that thirst. I drooled as soon as Ive seen the bottle from the display.

The packaging was pretty bland. Its not as appealing as the other bottles on display but I have thought of giving it a try since I know that Belgium is actually well known to have the best tasting beer.

The nose was simply heavenly with a heavy smell of perhaps wheat, like a freshly baked bread. You can see that white head upon pouring which doesn't really stay for long but leaves a little lacing afterwards. The color is light straw to golden yellow (im not so sure since it was quite dark in there, hehe) The taste is very delicious. Its is full bodied with perfect carbonation. There is a hint of citrus flavors, maybe of lemon or lime, it has a deep malt taste and a lingering hoppy, dry finish which leaves you wanting for more. Perhaps one of the beers I would want to have again and again. Well not because it does have a distinct taste. I honestly think that Eku Pils is still my bet for this style of beer, but still this is something I would prefer over other beers available.

I just wish the packaging can be made a little more appealing. Its quite boring for me. But the taste is good, but basically not really something you would tend to go the extra mile to get.

Love beers? Check out other beers that I have tried, ranging from Asian beers to Euro beers. Just click THIS. Cheers!!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Looking Back.

I have this blog for years. I remember when I was just starting posting entries, most of it was about lamenting on my previous relationships which have gone sour. Earlier this night, I was actually reading some of it, realizing with great relief that everything happened in the past. Over and done.

The writing style was definitely different. Now I'm confused whether I write better when I'm in pain, or in love than when I'm traveling and satisfied with great cuisine. Just recently too, I have been yearning to write a love letter for someone, something I haven't done in ages. I miss expressing my inner thoughts, something not in the obvious. I miss playing with words of passion. I miss writing with great content that my authored creation was being read by someone special whom I wrote that specifically for.

I am an emotional writer. Just like me being an emotional photographer, or an emotional painter. Damn I am that emotional! I have forgotten about that!

I used to write great tales of my misadventures. The glorious days of my juvenility. Where all I care about is my love life and what to do with a lot of precious free time. Haha! Time flies and here I am. Juggling my time, dealing with every tasks, every job and every possible opportunity to relax with an impossible schedule.

Why am I even writing this? Maybe I got tired of being bitter. Maybe I got tired of ignoring emotions that I don't want to feel. Or maybe, I am ready to face the ghosts of my past, tucked away from my reality. LOL. See I'm even laughing now as I write this thing!

Maybe I should post something like this again.

No maybe on another blog. :))

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Serving Temperature for Different Beer Styles. (Now, is serving beer below zero degrees Celcius right?)

I am baffled, (well I always am) with this said beer craze. Alright, no, I'm definitely not a beer connoisseur but as I am starting my journey in getting to know beers of different styles and different origins, I also got to know some facts about brewskies.

I enjoy drinking cold beers. Back in the days when I don't know anything about beers and don't really care about the flavors, just the alcohol content, I enjoyed my beer, the ubiquitous lagers that we have here in the Philippines even with ice to make it colder. But then I realized back then, I never enjoyed its flavors. Certainly just the intoxicating effect it gives me.

A few years back, when my friend told me about a certain Beer Below Zero craze that was introduced here in the Philippines, I was ecstatic! Finally I said, definitely cold beers. But now, I have somehow contemplated on the correctness of that.

According to, serving temperatures may vary depending on the norm of a certain place (and certainly we like it cold here in the Philippines). Serving very cold beers tends to masks the taste of a certain brew. Meaning, unless you don't want to taste your beer, serving it very very cold is good. In fact they said, and I quote,
"[So] no, beer doesn’t not need to be near frozen. Good beer in fact should not be near frozen."

You notice the double negative? Hahaha! (Para bagang its really a super no-no to serve your beers frozen.) I would have to agree. Coldness numbs the tastebuds, thus making it hard for someone consuming the beer to ultimately enjoy the taste and flavors of it.

Well before we continue, lets try to look at the ideal serving temperatures for different beer styles according to :

Very cold (0-4C/32-39F): Any beer you don’t actually want to taste. Pale Lager, Malt Liquor, Canadian-style Golden Ale and Cream Ale, Low Alcohol, Canadian, American or Scandinavian-style Cider.

Cold (4-7C/39-45F): Hefeweizen, Kristalweizen, Kölsch, Premium Lager, Pilsner, Classic German Pilsner, Fruit Beer, brewpub-style Golden Ale, European Strong Lager, Berliner Weisse, Belgian White, American Dark Lager, sweetened Fruit Lambics and Gueuzes, Duvel-types

Cool (8-12C/45-54F): American Pale Ale, Amber Ale, California Common, Dunkelweizen, Sweet Stout, Stout, Dry Stout, Porter, English-style Golden Ale, unsweetened Fruit Lambics and Gueuzes, Faro, Belgian Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Dunkel, Dortmunder/Helles, Vienna, Schwarzbier, Smoked, Altbier, Tripel, Irish Ale, French or Spanish-style Cider

Cellar (12-14C/54-57F): Bitter, Premium Bitter, Brown Ale, India Pale Ale, English Pale Ale, English Strong Ale, Old Ale, Saison, Unblended Lambic, Flemish Sour Ale, Bière de Garde, Baltic Porter, Abbey Dubbel, Belgian Strong Ale, Weizen Bock, Bock, Foreign Stout, Zwickel/Keller/Landbier, Scottish Ale, Scotch Ale, American Strong Ale, Mild, English-style Cider

Warm (14-16C/57-61F): Barley Wine, Abt/Quadrupel, Imperial Stout, Imperial/Double IPA, Doppelbock, Eisbock, Mead

Hot (70C/158F): Quelque Chose, Liefmans Glühkriek, dark, spiced winter ales like Daleside Morocco Ale.

I was surprised to see Leffe Brune served below 0 degrees Celsius. Leffe Brune is an Abbey Dubbel /Belgian Dark Ale with an ideal serving temperature of 12-14C, some say this can be enjoyed at a serving temperature of 3-5C as well. Nevertheless, I don't think that its supposed to be served below 0C. This beer is one of my favorites and I personally enjoy it at around 5C.

Poor Leffe Brune... Your distinct taste and character can never be appreciated by most Filipinos because your soooooooo FROZEN! :((

Reading the FAQ's at their website, they gave an explanation on how and why they make the beers serving temp at below 0C. Let me quote some of their statements:

What’s so special about the freezer?

It’s a modified chest freezer. We tweaked it just to make sure the temperature is just right for beer. Regular freezers are not meant for beer, they were originally made for meat, ice cream, ice, etc.

***Is there a difference in temperature if its for beer and if its for ice cream or meats? I mean, if the meat is at 0C, the ice cream at 0C and the beer 0C, is it different? Diba pareho lang naman ng temperature yun? *shrugs shoulders*

What’s great about Beer Below Zero and how has it changed a consumer’s beer drinking experience?

Beer Below Zero has made beer drinking experience more pleasurable and fun. Beer taste is heightened and a lot smoother. It gives you an instant icy cool feeling, which is great considering we are from a tropical country. The average serving temperature of beer from ordinary chillers is around 8 degrees Celsius. Beers coming out of the Beer Below Zero freezers are served between -6 to -10 degrees Celsius. It’s actually colder than ice.

It’s very refreshing….some people call it a thirst quencher. Perfect for the Philippines’ traffic, politics, crisis, 30 degrees Celsius outside but -6 degrees in the bottle. How can you beat that?

***Beer taste is heightened? Really???? (Sabay taas ng kilay)
***Its actually colder than ice? What flavors can you still get from that?

Ok I'm definitely not opposing this but I'm just being a little sceptical on how they presented the facts.

Perhaps it won the hearts of most Filipinos who are just actually after the alcohol content of the beverage. Somehow it made me a little sad for we don't really take beers seriously, not caring about its rich flavors and aromas, not caring about its real essence.

We once had a discussion about how Filipinos perceive beers when I visited Offbeat Cafe's The Beer Gallery. The owners that time were discussing about introducing the supposed real beer culture, introducing different styles of beer from different countries and how its imagined to be. We all then realized that before we reach the stage on how most people should really be comprehending what beers are and appreciate its real beauty, not just the alcohol content of which will still take us a long time, especially when another precept like this (Beer Below Zero) is introduced to the Filipino beer drinkers.

Looking at the photos and basing on my visits on establishments which serves beer below zero degrees Celcius, mostly they have the pilsners and lagers. Ok, sige, it is really enjoyable for us here in the Philippines to drink cold beverages. No questions about that. But why? Why? (alright im starting to be a little frustrated here)

I think we were wrongly informed. I think we are just carried away by how these guys are marketing this fad. Oh well. The wonders of marketing and consumerism.

O sya sige na nga. I rest this case. But of course whoever can defend, explain, and give their thoughts about this thing is highly appreciated.

Fried Food Galore at Stackers Burgers (Eastwood Citywalk Libis, QC)

Me and my friend were particularly craving for something fried that night before heading off to the airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh. I wasn't in the mood to eat burgers but the only place we can think of that doesn't have too much diners was Stackers in Eastwood City walk.

I have previously dined at Stackers and tried their burgers which I think is just quite so-so and nothing really to rave about.

We chose to order the Mushroom Soup, Fried Mozarella Sticks, Fish and Chips, and Fried Chicken.

Fried Mozarella Sticks

Fish and Chips

Fried Chicken

Our Fried Feast for that night. Yeah calorie galore! :D

I would totally recommend the Fried Mozarella Sticks. Even if I find it a little bland (for mozarella cheese is actually bland) the Tex Mex sauce that comes with it made the dish balanced. I was actually craving for it this morning! Their Fish and Chips is also good. I love how they battered and fried the fish because it wasn't that oily. Im not sure but I even tasted a faint beer batter flavor in it when I had my first bite. The Fried Chicken is ok. Nothing special on its taste. Mushroom soup is ok too.

Well that night, the fried food cravings were certainly solved!

Stackers Burger Café, Eastwood City Walk
G/F, Eastwood City Walk, E Rodriguez Ave., Bagumbayan
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 709-2134

Hed Kandi Beach House 2011

As soon as I felt that the temperature is starting to heat up, I definitely know that my hunt for my summer anthem is on. Being one of my favorite time of the year, every summer must have its own annual anthem and for this summer, I've found not only one but a whole album!

Hed Kandi records once again released their annual Beach House series with great summer anthems to bring with you to the beach. I have a few favorites as of this album and my replay button was definitely abused as soon as I acquired a copy.

Tracks that I really do love are as follows:

Stephanie Cooke & Diephui - Beautiful Life (feat Han Litz - Jose Carretas Son Liva vocal remix)
Carl Hanaghan - Summertime (feat Kaysee - Richard Earnshaw Classic mix)
Miguel Migs - Do It For You (feat Li'sha - original vocal mix)
Office Gossip - Street Talk (original mix)

Its great to listen again to my favorites Miguel Migs again this time with Lisa Shaw. Office gossip, Seamus Haji and Rasmus Faber also have their contribution to this sexy, funky, and festive collection of great beach music to make your hot summer nights hotter and sexier!

Uncle Cheffy Brick Oven Global Cuisine (Eastwood Mall, QC)

I thought I did but I was surprised that I didn't. I was talking about writing something about Uncle Cheffy in Eastwood. A good friend of mine declared this place as our 4th? 5th? favorite place to hang out in Eastwood since their location is good and the al fresco dining area is huge. I have countlessly been there and I know I will keep on coming back.

They have super courteous staff that attends to their customers every needs. You need not to ask to have your water glasses replenished nor request for more table napkins to be provided. They are attentive and its something commendable about this establishment.

Now here are our favorites!

Grilled Prawns and Pomelo Salad (Php 295/495)

I love this salad! I can eat this everyday of my life. The roasted sesame vinaigrette is delectable and the combination of flavors and texture coming from the different ingredients makes this salad great.

Memphis Barbeque US Beef Rib Finger (Php595)

This succulent slab of ribs served with marble potatoes and garden salad is a complete meal itself. Its tender, its juicy and its great to eat with fingers. :)

Mushroom and Brown Rice Pilaf (Php 295)

Rich tasting rice pilaf that always always goes very well with the Memphis ribs. Its rich with flavors and juicy mushrooms.

All Meat Barbeque Panizza (Php 450)

Their famous Panizza which is served with tomato salsa, lettuce and alfalfa sprouts always makes me think pizza can be a guilt free food without worrying about the calories. Well the greens masks its high calorie content that's why. Hehe. This thin crust pizza is topped with loads of cheese and tasty bits of barbequed pork. Roll the pizza with the greens and you'll enjoy the added crunch.

When will be my next time at Uncle Cheffy Eastwood. Im guessing in a few days. Hehe.

Uncle Cheffy, Eastwood Mall
2/F Eastwood Mall Veranda, Eastwood City, Libis
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 383-7215

Asahi Super Dry (Beer-nes Beer Friday Session)

This post is actually long overdue. :) It was a few months back when I first visited Ramen Bar at Eastwood Mall when I rekindled my liking for Asahi Super Dry.

This as one of the first few foreign beers I have tried and liked. Well of course the fact that it is a pale lager and my partiality to lagers always persist.

Anyway for this Beer-ness beer Friday Session we look at one good Japanese brew.

Asahi Super Dry
Asahi Breweries (Japan)
Style: Pale Lager
Alcohol content : 5% ABV
My rating : 3

Golder colored liquid upon pouring, with very thin head that disappeared right away leaving no lacing. No particular nose. Taste is of very very faint malts, a little grassy with a slight metallic taste. Carbonation is just right. Crisp and very light. Very refreshing if served cold.

I just love the good memories this beer brought back. It is indeed one beer i'd enjoy drinking with my buddies while watching a basketball game or perhaps indulging on a horror flick.

For more Beer-ness Sessions, Click THIS!

Friday, March 9, 2012

O'sonho Portuguese Fusion Restobar (Eastwood Mall, Libis QC)

And another lunch out was set again by me and my co workers. We were thinking of where to eat this lunchtime and was torn between Italian and American cuisine, then we thought of this Portuguese restaurant that we always just pass by whenever we are in Eastwood mall (and I should say most of the time we are at Eastwood mall, hehehe)

As soon as we entered, I noticed that they do have a huge dining space with high ceiling. The tables were set spaciously and I think they still can squeeze in more tables if there's a need to do so.

It didnt feel much comfy for me though. Maybe there's too much light from the outside since the whole place is entirely surrounded by glass walls. Dont get me wrong, I do love sunlight. Thing is, perhaps I was wanting a little more coziness that time for a relaxing lunch.

Whenever I hear Portuguese cuisine, the first thing that comes to my mind is their traditional Bacalao and those sweet Portuguese tarts which I love. Aside from that, I don't really have any specific dish in mind besides the fact that I can somehow compare its similarity with Spanish cuisine. Well, I was not wrong.

Okay, I know you don't want too much of my blah blah blah's so here are the dishes that we ordered.

We started our lunch with buttered toast (bruschetta as what they call it in Italian cuisine) and minced fresh tomato in olive oil. Certainly kicked up our appetite.

Next up, we ordered their house salad.

O'sonho's House Greens (Php 280) - A bed of farm fresh Romain lettuce with glazed walnuts, dried tomatoes, goat cheese, quezo de bola drizzled with a sweet balsamic dressing

According to my friend, the salad "taste healthy". Haha, fun way to describe the taste huh? The balsamic dressing was a little too sweet for me. Its almost like a cranberry or prune dressing and I didnt quite like it. But the combination of the dried tomatoes, quezo de bola, goat cheese and the sweet dressing is divine.

Then here comes the main dishes.

Ciao Madrid Paella Pasta (Php 350) - combination of chicken, their home made Portuguese chourico, fresh squid, prawns and clams in a delectable paella sauce. A must try dish.

I certainly enjoyed the Paella Pasta. You actually wouldn't notice the difference between the rice paella and the pasta paella because its certainly the same! I like paella in general, perhaps one of my favorite dishes that's why I definitely enjoyed it.

Lengua de Vaca / Carne de Lingua (Php 290) - Braised Ox tongue sauteed in a special spices infused with peri peri sauce.

The lengua was spoon soft and it was heavenly. The sauce was a bit weird though. It kinda resembles the Pata Tim sauce. I was just a bit surprised with the taste for I was expecting something like a mushroom sauce being incorporated with the dish. Overall, i'd give it a 3/5.

Portuguese Baby Back Ribs (forgot to take note of the price) - succulent slab of baby back ribs in a sweet tangy sauce served with mashed potatoes.

This Portuguese baby is definitely a winner. Roasted perfectly with that sweet tangy sauce, I would have to say that its one of the best baby back ribs I've ever tasted.

Black Paella / Paella Negra (Php 480) - this serving is good for sharing. Paella with squid ink, bell peppers and quality seafood. Another must try.

But the star is this! Their Paella Negra is the bomb! The squid ink married to those tiny grains of rice with a hefty toppings of different seafoods such as clams, prawns, mussels and fish fillet is ohhhh sooooo goooood! Never skip this dish to order when in O'sonho.

Oh and I love their Iced Tea too!

For me the dishes were superb, its just that its a bit too salty. Or maybe, just maybe since I am in a certain condition right now that hinders me to eat anything salty made me notice the salt level of every food I take. Either way its a great place to get quality Portuguese Fusion food. I would love to go back and try some more dishes from their menu.

O'sonho Portuguese Fusion Restobar
Unit 1880-5, 1880 Building,
Eastwood Mall, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
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Monday, March 5, 2012

Good Beer Books to Read

I have certainly found a new passion. Maybe its the love for life and all things fun. Maybe its the love for food and culture. Maybe its my love for history. But I would say, its my love for celebration.

After tasting my first ales and stouts, after getting hooked with our very own pilsners and growing up exposed with all kinds of brewski , I have definitely decided I need to know more about these fine tasting beverages, rich not just with flavors but with history.

It was important for me to make researches about the things I like and reading books, as also one of my passion is reading. So far I have three great beer books that I wanted to recommend for those who wanted to know some beer basics.

1. Beer by Eve Adamson

The very first beer book that I have purchased. Its a must read for those who does not have any idea about beer styles and its origins. It made me personally be interested more, not just with the ubiquitous pilsners that we have here in the Philippines but also with the wide range or choices from different parts of the world, particularly the Trappist Ales from Belgium, English Ales from the UK, Russian Stouts and Belgian Lambics. The book also features the must-try beer from different continents, with of course our very own San Miguel Pale Pilsen and San Miguel Cerveza Negra being featured.

2. Great Beer Guide by Michael Jackson

No, not the Michael Jackson that sang Ben or Beat It or Dangerous. He's Michael Jackson, an English writer who authored several books about beers. He is called "The Beer Hunter" and his works became beer bibles for beer enthusiast all over the world. In this book, he featured 500 classic brews from all over the globe. He presented it with photos of beer bottles and its traditional serving glass. I drooled over Alaskan Smoked Porter, Belle Vue Kriek, Rodenbach Alexander, Samuel Smith's Imperial Stouts and many many many more.

3. The Beer Devotional by Jess Lebow

Talk about a daily beer reference. The author Jess Lebow featured one beer for 365 days of the year! Youll never run out of new beer styles to try. However, most of the beers featured in this book is not available in our country. Still, this is a good book to read for those who wants a good running list of good American brews.

Im still in search for more good beer books to read to expand my knowledge in beers. Do you have anything to recommend?