Friday, May 11, 2012

Checking Dos Equis XX Special Lager

My partiality to Lagers made me choose this beer for this Friday's Beer-ness Session. I guess my taste with beers still tends to lean into the macro types. Perhaps its because of the fun memories it brings back whenever I drink them, you know, drunken nights with your college buds, indulging in cheap locally brewed Pale Lagers stretching the remaining allowance you have just to have a fun time. Don't get me wrong. I have equally enjoyed drinking ale's and stouts and those different beer style but still, nothing can make me feel as relaxed as much as Lager do.

This pale lager that I'm going to feature is a Heineken product and is characterized by generally a crisp and a well carbonated beer, perfect for a tropical country like ours.

Dos Equis XX Special Lager
FEMSA - Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma (Heineken)
Style: Pale Lager
Alcohol content : 4% ABV
My rating: 3/5

It comes in a green bottle just like Heineken. The aroma is malty, kinda bitter too, just like what a normal pale lager would smell, only a little bit stronger. It has a fizzy white head that disappeared in a flash (my camera didn't even caught that moment after I poured it in a glass). It has a malty, bready taste with a hoppy, bitter taste in the middle. I also found a little grass and citrus notes. It has no finish though and quite watery in the end. Carbonation is just ok.

Forgive me for an inappropriate glass I used, but I have no
lager glass here at home. Haha.

Well it isn't bad at all. I did quite enjoyed it since its refreshing and heck it has been very very hot in Manila lately. If I were to be asked if I would want to have this beer again? Well I would have to probably say yes. Next time with a wedge of lemon in it.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Is Malaysia Trully Asia? Indeed it is!

A 3 hour sleep after an exhausting day didnt cease my excitement for the next trip. I am bound to travel alone from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur that morning running for a 7 am flight. Having a little problem since Tiger Airways failed to send me an e-ticket and their website seems to be having some problems, I opted to go to the airport early just to be sure that everything will be smooth sailing (or in this case, smooth-flying) Hehe. Apparently theres no need to worry, alright im not really worried im just a little OC about tickets and all that. So I took the cab going to the airport at 4:30 in the morning and enjoyed my time alone. By the way I really enjoyed my travels alone away from my friends, not that I dont like them around, heck no! Its just the sense of freedom that I feel when I am alone in a foreign country! The possibility of adventure in every instance excites me. :)

Alright, upon arriving at Changi Budget terminal, I decided to check in right away and wait inside. I found a spot that I really liked and waited there reading my book and thinking of again our possible itinerary for our day in Kuala Lumpur.

I boarded a not so crowded flight of Tiger Airways bound for Kuala Lumpur and indeed enjoyed that very short trip. Seeing the sunrise from that flight is one of the best sights I saw in my journeys.

The moon on my side of the airplane and the sunrise on the other side. The sight is overwhelmingly beautiful. Thank God for this beautiful experience!

The flight was about 45 minutes and in no time, I have actually landed in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. That morning, it was gloomy and cloudy but my anticipation made it sunnier than ever. Again, the usual stuff, immigration check, and customs check and there I was, the early bird!

I decided to stay somewhere with wifi so that I can plan ahead of our trip. Having a mug of latte and some biscotti at Starbucks, I concluded that weve only got a few hours in Kuala Lumpur and I must choose the best places to visit and maximize our time. Of course, again, I was designated to plan the itinerary and the early flight gave me a chance to do that. Good thing as I roam around, I've found a Malaysia Tourism Board booth and ask all the possible questions I have about going around Kuala Lumpur.

The itinerary focused only on Petronas Towers and Batu Cave since weve got very limited time in Malaysia and we need to go back to Singapore by the evening to have more time to roam around Singapore again as we go back. The guy from tourism answered my questions ever so promptly and by the time my companions arrived in the airport, the itinerary for that day was already set.

So we boarded the bus going to KL Sentral through KLIA Transit. I totally enjoyed the train ride and I love their train!

From KL Sentral, we took the MRT to our first stop, The Petronas Towers. We decided to drop by KL Suria which actually is inside Petronas Towers. Had lunch and ate the best beef Rendang ive ever tasted. I have actually made a post about that here.

After lunch we headed out to finally have the photo op we were excited about. As soon as I saw the entirety of the view, I was stunned! I told my friend "Dati sa pictures ko lang to nakikita, ngayon ako na may picture dito!" It was indeed a surreal experience.

After the photo op in Petronas, we headed straight to Batu Caves. From Petronas, we then again rode the MRT and head to Batu Cave station.

Dedicated to the Hindu diety Lord Murugan, this is one of the most popular Hindi shrine outside India. I am a catholic but I do appreciate how solemn this place is for the Hindus. It felt like I was in India that time and not in Malaysia. I was amazed on how different things are in this side of Kuala Lumpur.

When we were there, we met a family whose visiting the temple. We talked to them and they were very open about explaining the traditions they have in their religion. It was such a blessing meeting them and it only goes to show that regardless of one's religion, pure heart's see everyone through. Naks. Hehehe.

Thats Malini, the beautiful lady on the left side with her mom (far left), dad and her 2 sisters and brother. Thanks so much for making us part of the ceremony. Bless you Duruka family!

Another surreal experience came to an end and we needed to rush back to Singapore. We took the bus going back to the city proper and went to the central bus station to take the bus going back to Singapore. We got lost in the middle of Kuala Lumpur, in Central Market in particular. Unconsciously, we have explored the Chinatown and the Central Market without our knowledge. It was a little difficult to ask for directions around since most of the people we asked cannot speak English, or maybe we just asked the wrong people. Hehe. Just a backgrounder, I am the planner for our our trips, which means I set the places we are supposed to visit, the Angie is the navigator, checking the maps for directions and Tara, uhm well our supporter. It was working ever so properly until that time when perhaps we have all exhausted all our powers that lead us close into an argument. Good thing that little adventure turned into a funny scenario as we laughed about it on our way back to SG.

Now if youre going to ask me if Malaysia is trully Asia? Well all I can say is Hell Yeah!!!

Midnight Mercato @ The Fort - Munchies for Midnight Snackers

Im not much of a midnight snacker. Its somehow a "taboo" for my diet regime (though I really dont have one, hehe) But there will be times when you would want to feast into a hardcore midnight snack after a nightout or a late overtime work in the office.

Midnight Mercato has been around for quite some time and I have personally been there a lot of times. Let me share some photos of what to get, what to see, and what to expect in this place as the clock strikes midnight.

So midnight snackers, attack!!!

Midnight Mercato
34th street and 8th avenue (across MC Home Depot)
Bonifacio Global City
Operating Hours:
Friday and Saturday from 10:00pm to 3:00am

Bagnet or Bacon?! Manila Q's Bagwang

I love Bagnet. I love Bacon too. Now how am I going to resist Bagwang?

Earlier this morning, me and mom who woke up early decided to have breakfast at Mercato Centrale in BGC. On our way there, mom was telling me how she is craving for a good bagnet and would eat anything close to it even a simple lechon kawali. I told her Mercato is a good place to really find what she was craving for early in the morning.

As soon as we arrive, mom eyed on Manila Q's Bagwang. I have heard about this from a friend of mine but totally forgot about it until that moment As soon as I saw these golden brown pieces of thinly sliced pork jowl, I know I should have it.

Manila Q's Bagwang

Bagwang is served with dried fish fried rice and fried egg (PHP 170)
I was totally swooned! So as my mom. We both love the fact that its crunchy and tasty like bagnet but not as salty as a bacon. Its not sliced as thick as a bagnet but not as thin as a bacon. I would have to say that its a totally great breakfast.

Veteran's Village
Quezon City
+63 2 87878

or visit them
Mercato Centrale
Bonifacio Global City
8th and 34th Streets
(beside MC Home Depot)
Opens every Saturday and Sunday

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Good Girl Gone Bad, Good Beer Gone Bad

I have been trying my very best to be a good girl. Yes yes you read that right. Little Jessica wanted to be a good girl. I have been feeling a little guilty lately for devouring too much beer and sometimes, my crazy mind even thinks I'm starting to be an alcoholic (insert suspense background music)

And so for a moment I thought about a non alcoholic beer. I know, for a beer lover, someone who probably say drinking beer with no alcohol is boring. Well, yes for me perhaps it would be the same precept although I know some great beers have very low alcohol content that would go as low as 2% ABV. 

In my pursuit of finding a "good" beer, when I said good I meant a non alcoholic beer, I came across this beer from Holland called Bavaria. 

Style: Low alcohol
Alcohol Content : 0% ABV
My Rating: 0 as well. :( 

Flat. Everything is flat. From the nose to the head. The color as well is flat with a blonde straw yellow color. The taste is flat as well. At first, it is very malty then would shift into being slightly sweet then slightly sour with no bitter finish at all. 

It was a worthless try. Why in the world would someone who want to consume beer would opt for a non alcoholic one? One could have at least thought of really, totally forgetting beer or screw the thought of avoiding alcohol in their beverage and stick with the good ole beer we all used to drink. I actually dont have any idea if the other non alcoholic beers would taste as bad as this one, but if all were the same then I guess I should really forget that I am trying to give up drinking. 

Got this beer from the Distillery, Eastwood City