Sunday, August 9, 2015

Best Beer Brews in The Tasting Room at Baguio Craft Brewery (Baguio)



Visited Baguio with some of the coolest bunch of people a couple of months back and thought that it was the perfect time to visit Baguio Craft Brewery. I have been dying to sample their brews but never had a chance to do so since 1. Baguio is 4 hours away from Manila, and 2. Last time I was there was with my mom and dad. Both do not drink anymore. Good thing my work team mates decided to go to Baguio for our Team Bonding, and this is one of the activities I planned for us to bond. Come on, who wouldn't bond over good beers and fantastic conversations? :P

It took us about 30 minutes to get there even if its just a few kilometers away from the city center since Baguio traffic is as worse as EDSA traffic. We visited twice during our 3 days stay there and never regretted doing so. There were two guys playing the sax and the guitar on our first night and it was such a treat together with the fantastic brews.

Huge Baguio Craft Brewery sign. (Photo by:  Donyel Yabut)

Live performance that night was exceptional! (Photo by:  Donyel Yabut)

I was excited like a kid on Christmas day. I was going berserk wanting to taste all the brews! We talked to their lovely staff, asking for recommendations and gladly gave us samples so we can discover what suits our taste best. Customer service is also splendid! The staff were chit chatting with us a couple of hours after our first night, and was talking to us like we were old friends when we went back the following day. :) 




Dami dami daming choices! Ahlovet! (Photo by:  Leima Sevilla) 
Knowing how much of a stout lover I am, I went for the chocolate stout (St. Francis the Beareded)  but also tried their American wheat beer (Kabyunyan) and their German amber lager (Bergnebel). The rest of the gang ordered Kiwi flavored beer (Keywheat), Passion fruit flavored beer (Ripe), and Strawberry fruit flavored beer (Lagud). Everyone seemed to enjoy the brews, most specially my friend Mond and I who are both beer enthusiasts!

Craft Beers Galore!

St. Francis the Bearded (Chocolate Stout)

I wanted to take a moment and focus on my most favorite brew in Baguio Craft Brewery which is their St. Francis the Bearded Chocolate Stout which I think deserves a proper beer review. :) 

St. Francis the Bearded (Choco Stout) 
Alcohol Content:  6.3% ABV
Brewery: Baguio Craft Brewery 
Style:  Stout 

The beer pours into a very dark colored liquid with a milky white head, very good retention and lacing. The nose gave off a grainy smell with hints of coffee, chocolate and little bit of molasses. Mouth feel is creamy and silky. It also has a malty finish and moderate carbonation. All in all a fantastic stout! Yaaaaaay!!!

The rest of the brews are also terrific. I also tried their wheat beers and their lagers and both were really good. The fruit flavored beers or lollipop beers as how I call it was a hit with my lovely lady friends. I'm sure non-beer drinkers would also dig that. 

Now here's the gang enjoying the beers. I will certainly be back in there to get more good brews. Know what? You should do to! Go to Baguio and never ever fail to visit this place. :) 



PROST!!!

The Tasting Room at Baguio Craft Brewery 
Ben Palispis Hwy, Baguio, Benguet
Contact Number:  (074) 422 5043
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Baguiocraftbrewery 
Website:  xavierbier.com

Happy Hong Kong and Magnificent Macau (March 2015)

Another post long overdue but here's a round up of my first international solo trip! I have spent my 31st birthday exploring Hong Kong and Macau and it was the best travel experience for me this year! Yay!

After visiting some cities around Asia, I realized that Hong Kong comes second in my list. (Manila will still be the first and forever be my favorite). I love how awesome and convenient their transport system is, I love the food, I love the shopping scene, I loved the weather during my stay, I love everything! 

Here's a summary of all the posts I have for this trip. I hope readers will find this useful.

Hong Kong 


Accommodation: 





I love love love this hotel! Super bango and super pretty lobby! Will definitely stay in this hotel again when I'm back in Hong Kong. :) Oh, customer service is also superb! 


Food:

Good food is never scarce in Hong Kong. You may find good places to eat in every turn and every corner. Here are some of the restaurants I have tried during my trip. 

Ho Hung Kee 

One of Hong Kong's Michelin Star restaurants. Tried the famous Wanton Noodles and was a little disappointed. Should have managed my expectations.





A quaint Cha Chaan Teng in Causeway Bay that serves all day breakfast food. 





Affordable and delectable Roast Goose and BBQ Pork in the heart of Central Hong Kong. 






A Hong Kong culinary institution that serves killer noodles. Yum! 



Street food!

Haven't had the chance to try a lot of street food when I was there but here are some of the things I tried while roaming the streets of Hong Kong. 

Eggets

Clay Pot Rice

Oyster Cake 

I can say that this is one of the best meals I've ever had in Hong Kong. Saw this place near the MTR station  near Temple street night market. Knew it was a great place to eat after seeing a lot of people lining up to be served. 

Been passing by a Honey Comb booth near the hotel where I stayed. Not an ice cream / gelato / sherbet fan but tried it anyway since I keep on seeing a lot of people buying from it. It was a bit cold when I was in Hong Kong and never really enjoyed what I got. Though I can say its quite ok because it is not that sweet. 

Places to Visit:

I totally enjoyed going around Hong Kong. Getting from point A to point B is easy because their transportation system is superb. It was quite a challenge for me thought asking people around for directions since not everyone can speak in English. However, if geared with a map and if you plan ahead, sure things will be a lot easier. 

Some of the places in Hong Kong I have visited are the following: 



Macau

I never had a chance to stay in Macau for a long time since I just almost half a day going around as I wait for my flight back to Manila. But from that very short span of time, I was enchanted and also find the place mesmerizing. It's unique character makes it one of the must-go-to places in Asia. 

Where to eat? Try Wong Chi Kei in Senado square that serves superb noodles.



And here are some of the pictures of Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul and The Venetian Hotel.


















Well, go pack your bags and book a flight as soon as you can! It is very easy to plan a trip in Hong Kong and Macau and it's much easier to go back again and again. Till my next trip! 


Wandering the Streets of Hong Kong

It was months ago when I went to Hong Kong for my first ever solo trip and it was well worth it! I fell in love with the city and I've been wanting to go back since. I love the feel of the city, how vibrant the culture is and how beautiful the food scene is as well. 

I'd want to share with you some of the photos I took when I visited some of the must see places in Hong Kong. I wish I have stayed a little longer. But I know I still can go back any time very soon. And I will! 

The Peak

It was quite a challenge finding the Peak Tram station but once there, everything was a great experience. I had a chance to ride the iconic Peak Tram and took time to relax and enjoy the view at The Peak.












Avenue of the Stars

One of my best moments in Hong Kong was walking along the Avenue of Stars on that cold breezy night. I was able to witness the Light Show and it was indeed superb. Hong Kong skyline is one of the best I have seen in my life so far. :) 








Ngong Ping - Big Buddha- Lantau Island


Got to explore this beautiful part of Hong Kong and it was indeed a fantastic experience. I got to ride a cable car for the very first time and I was ecstatic! Such a great feeling. 














The Streets of Hong Kong

As I keep on saying in all my Hong Kong posts, I really fell in love with the place! One of my favorite city! 

I took this shot when I was about to give up looking for the Peak Tram. Haha! 


The Infamous Chungking Mansions

Times Square in Causeway Bay





Hong Kong, oh Hong Kong... I shall see you again, very soon! 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Wong Chi Kei (Macau)



Visiting Macau has been one of the highlights of my year. I fell in love with the charm of this beautiful place, the architecture, and of course the food. In retrospect, the reason why I enjoyed my visit to Macau, of course, aside from the fact that I badly wanted to visit The Venetian hotel, is the food! Portuguese Egg Tarts, meat jerkies, phoenix rolls and a whole lot more! 

But my main event would be my visit to Wong Chi Kei in Senado Square. It was past lunch time when I arrived and the place is still packed with hungry customers, waiting to be served. I was excited to try the famous fried Shrimp Wantan and their Shrimp Roe noodles which I have ordered the moment I got a seat on the second floor. 


Shrimp Roe Noodles

Fried Shrimp Wanton

The Fried Shrimp Wanton is superb! Huge fried fluffy wanton wrappers with succulent shrimps inside. The Shrimp Roe Noodles is also fantastic with the most delectable steamed shrimp wanton I have ever tasted. The meal I have ordered is good for sharing and tables around me even wondered if I was dining alone, and yes I was! :P 

I have finished the meal in no time and I was wondering when will I be back to taste other dishes that they offer. When will I back in Macau? When will I have the Fried Shrimp Wanton again? 


Wong Chi Kei
17 Largo do Seal Senado, Macau
Contact Number:  +853 2833 1313