Chillin with Mah Homies at Los Arcos de Hermano + Overnight Stay for Two Giveaway

It was not an ordinary Saturday night as me and my blogger homies went to award-winning resort Los Arcos de Hermano for an overnight stay.  We didn't expect much in this trip and we got a heck of a lot more.  Lesson learned. Never underestimate a 4 hectare resort.

I was surprised that all my homies were such good singers which left me as the backup singer. We sang the night away using the KTV and it was a great stress buster. I tried to sing and as expected, everyone else decided to hit the sack. We all got fresh buko juice due to the abundance of buko trees in the property.

We took a tour the next day and there was this place called Nature and Wellness Park which contained a Bird Park, rabbit, duck and numerous other animals.  Kids would love this part of the resort as it is like a mini zoo. There is also a team building camp where they have a facilitator to conduct the team building activities.

Ever since it opened in 2012, Los Arcos de Herman can house 50 different types of events in its function rooms.  There are loads of things to do here so don't blame yourself if you decide to stay for a week to get away from the hustle of the city.

Inside the resort, there's a restaurant called Acacia Bistro where the food is incredibly cheap. We all got a Tapsilog that was just P60. Can you believe that? 

The event venues are the Francisco Hall, Ng Lio Hall, Remedios Hall, Erlinda Hermano Hall and the Paradise Garden. Since there are so many venues, a birthday celebration, a reunion and a wedding can happen at the same time at Los Arcos de Hermano. Wouldn't that be cool?

We decided to take a dip in their enormous pool.  There are actually 3 pools here.  One is a private one, another is the infinity pool and the last one was the biggest one which was the pool where we took a dip in. The deepest here is only 5 ft. so you won't drown here and there is always a lifeguard on duty until 12 midnight.

Thanks to the entire staff of Los Arcos de Hermano especially my friend Cheena for a warm reception from me and mah homiez Lonely J, N-Madz, C-Man2, Elalel and JDR. We're certainly going to be back.

Resort Rates: 

Day swimming P150/ Adult and P100/ KId form 8am to 5pm
Night Swimming P200/ Adult and P120/ Kid form 6pm to 12mn
Small Cabana - P800 good for 15 pax
Big Cabana- P1500 good for 25 pax

Room rates:
Twin Sharing P2000(poolside view)/ P1800 (Non poolside)
Quadruple Room P3200 (poolside( , P3000 (pool side)
Good for 6 P5200
Good for 8 P7000

Private pool :
dayswimming P6000 for 30 persons, in excess is P100/ head from 8am to 5pm
Night swimming P 8000 for 30 persons, in exces is P150/ Head form 6pm to 12mn
Overnight swimming P 10,000.00 , in excess is P 200/ Head, good for 30 pax, form 6pm to 6am.

Francisco Hall- P30000
Ng LIo Hall- P18000
Paradise Garden -P 15,000
Remedios Hall P 8000
 Erlinda Hall P10000

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Paradise, Farm, Tungkong Mangga
San Jose del Monte, Bulacan

Take Part in the Paella All You Can Festival


We are inviting you to join us as we celebrate an Eat All You Can Festival featuring a wide array of Paella choices for your own delight!

Paella Festival
Hosted by Song and Lydda's Food Service

November 21, 2014
5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

PHP 550.00 per head. Eat all you can with Bottomless Iced Tea

Reserve 1 table of 10 and you will only pay for 9!
Early Bird Reservation - PHP 500.00 only!
Senior Citizen - PHP 440.00 only!

You may pay your reservations through bank deposit.

Jesus B. Grafilo, JR.
# 006510139625

# 0007-01891-7

And email your deposit slip




1. SPANISH PAELLA (in tomato sauce with lechon and seafoods.)
2. PAELLA NEGRA MARINARA. (in black squid ink sauce with seafoods.)
3. INDIAN PAELLA (in curried spicy sauce with seafoods)
4. CHINESE KIAMPONG PAELLA (with chicken pork adobo mix with pechay, gabi and peanuts.)
5. KOREAN PAELLA (sweet spicy with sesame seeds and toasted pork ribs.)
6. JAPANESE GOMOKU GOHAN. GREEN PAELLA. (seasoned with herbs and variety of nuts)

Aside from 6 different paellas, we will serve plain rice, pork sinigang, and kansi (soup with beef kneecap cooked in langka chunks and kamias).

And be ready for a mini raffle draw wherein you might take home prices and souvenirs!


Artisanal Desserts and Beverages at Dolce

Last Sunday, I was a media sponsor at Dolce - a fund raising event organized by the UP JMA for the benefit of the Kids Integrated Through Schooling (K.I.D.S.) program at Glorietta 5. 

The bazaar had a variety of yummy desserts and delicious drinks. I was very happy to have been a part of this event. I can't wait for UP JMA's next event.

Vegan for a Day at Green Bar

One day (I hope it's nearer than I originally planned), I plan to become a vegetarian.  However, it's probably going to be a long time before that happens since the word "diet" doesn't exist in my vocabulary right now.  I did decide to become a vegetarian for a day when I hosted a mini-blogger event at Green Bar. I decided to go all the way from north to south just to try this much talked about Vegan restaurant.  

Was my trip worth it? Let's find out.

Green Bar is located inside the Beyond Yoga building at Westgate because it is brought to us by the same people who owns Beyond Yoga Alabang branch, sisters Sarada, Michelle and Jaderani. It is a nice place to relax after an hour of yoga.

The Hail Seitan (P350) is far from a devilish dish. It is inspired by New York City's finest foodies so it is no surprise this is their best seller. Inside this tasty looking sandwich is caramelized onions, crisp seitan, cashew cream and vegan mayo.  The fact that it is served warm by grill just makes it even better.

Mama Mia! The Cuban Burrito (P200) contains red rice, black beans, fried plantains, mildly spicy seitan, pico de gallo and chimichurri sauce. Despite the number of ingredients inside the burrito, the taste is simply magnificent.

I would highly suggest starting the day off with the Breakfast Burrito (P220). This goodie is loaded with scrambled tofu, roasted potatoes and slightly sweet seitan sausage. Breakfast has never been this good.

The Sweet Basil (P200) contains grilled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and of course sweet basil. The ooziness of the cheese made this dish really worth it. There is no need for meat indeed as this sandwich is my favorite out of all that was served to us.

Bourbon Street (P100) contains bacon but it is actually mock meat.  This cupcake will surely get you up in cloud 9 in no time.

Chocolate lovers would love the Chocolate Hill (P100).  Its fudge filling and peanut butter cream would make you crave for it over and over again.

Havana (P100) is an addicting cupcake despite the fact that it doesn't contain a lot of sugar. It's vegan fluffy whipped creame inside moist vanilla cupcakes.  The taste of coconut is without a doubt the highlight of this cupcake as it is sprinkled with coconut bits.

This margarita pizza with vegan mozzarella and basil is looking to become a favorite among vegans who are also pizza lovers. It's the perfect afternoon snack for health conscious people.  It just needs a name.  How about the Pizard of Moz? =P 

The power balls are ideally taken before exercise as these things would surely get you energized.  It contains nuts, almond butter, chia, flax, goji, perfect crunch and a touch of sweetness. Substitute this for your chips and watch the benefits.

I must thank Michelle, Jaderani and Sarada for a fun day of being a vegetarian.  Anyway, it turned out to be just half a day for me but I am still hoping that somewhere down the road, I would discipline myself and eat healthy. For all the South vegetarians out there, do check out this new vegan restaurant.

Green Bar
Beyond Yoga Building, Westgate

Create Pizza from Scratch at Fratini's

Fratini's isn't your ordinary Italian Restaurant.  Get ready for some authentic Italian food that would wet your appetite and leave you wanting for more. This is actually their first branch in the Philippines after several branches in Brunei. We were welcomed by the manager Riam Mangua and F & B manager Jojo. The restaurant has a very homey ambiance and courteous staff. Now let's see how the food was...

The Antipasto (P475) is loaded with 6 different types of appetizer.  There are so many choices that you don't know which one you will eat first. In fact, when I was pointing my fork in this dish, it kept on going into different directions. It had Crispy Prawns, Tomato Bruschetta, Stuffed Mushroom, Mussels Gratin, Cheese and Zucchini Salad and Ceasar Salad.  I thought the crispy prawns was the best among the six but the other bloggers thought differently.  Oh well, to each his/her own.

When I eat at a restaurant that I haven't eaten before, I would always make it a point to sample their house iced tea.  Fratini's has the wonderful Butterfly Iced Tea (P105) which is fresh orange juice on top of their house blend iced tea.  It turned out to be one of the best house iced tea versions I have ever tasted.

Check out my Instagram @team_aldous for more pics of the pizza making

All 6 of us bloggers actually got to make our own pizza (P225 with 3 toppings) from scratch.  It was a fun experience to say the least.  I suddenly realized what F&B Manager Jojo meant when he asked us if we were ready to get our hands dirty. My pizza looked like it was used as a frisbee in a pick-up game but it wasn't bad for a beginner. I put bell pepper, onion and chicken in my pizza and called it the Piznatch for some reason. Since I was the one who made it, I would probably charge P990 because of the TF alone. Haha!

The Supreme Pizza (P495 12", P815 187") is actually half tomato sauce and half cream sauce.  The white half had mozzarella cheese, tuna, prawn tails, onion, chili, capsicum while the red half had tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, chicken breast, onion, capsicum and pineapple. I ended up liking the cream sauce half better than the tomato sauce half.

In case you can't decide which pasta dish to order, why not go for the Pasta Trio (P755)? It is a combination of their 3 best-selling pasta dishes. The Spaghetti Alla Pugliese, Fettuccine Carbonara and Lunguine al Fruiti di mare all showed why they were best-sellers.  I loved all of them especially the Lunguine al Fruiti di mare.  It is one pasta dish I could eat all day long.

Meat lovers, get ready to drop your jaw at the sight of the Mixed Grilled Meat (P1455). It has freshly grilled lamb, tenderloin and chicken breast in black pepper sauce accompanied by vegetables and mashed potatoes. I think it would have been better if this had mushroom sauce instead of black pepper sauce as there were times when I swallowed the pepper in full. I loved all the tender meat in this dish though and it is pretty much worth the price.

My favorite cake is Tiramisu so I got ecstatic when I saw their Tiramisu Tradizionale (P205). I loved their version a lot and it is something I would recommend to other Tiramisu lovers.

We ended the night with their Classico del pudding di choco (P175). It is their version of fresh home-made chocolate pudding and its warmness made it very tasty. Word of Advice: Don't wait until this one gets cold.

SM Jazz Residences
Jupiter Street, Makati

The Legacy of Bagneto Lives On

It's a's a plane...

Oink oink!

Burp, it's Bagneto!!!

Known as the superhero who takes out leftovers from the buffet table, Bagneto takes no prisoners (when it comes to restaurants). His super powers include being able to have an endless appetite so it is impossible for this person to say "I'm Full!".  This is one guy you shouldn't invite to your party unless you don't want the other guests to eat.

As an ordinary citizen at day, feed him Bagnet and he turns into an anti-crime superhero that criminals don't want to mess with at night.

Today, his legacy lives on through this Bagnet themed restaurant inside The Zone, an outdoor food court located at 33-A Malingap Street.  Bagneto CEO Raz tells us that Bagneto was always an inspiration for him growing up and we are pretty sure a lot of people idolized this superhero when they were kids.  I mean, have you ever seen a superhero as fat as Bagneto and still fight crime?

Bagneto opened last May 30 with the theme being all their dishes are bagnet based but with different flavors.  When we visited them, I forgot to bring my Bagneto trading card but I am sure he was there in some shape or form (getting eaten by us that is).

Since Raz is from Bicol, the Bicol Express (P129) is his hands down favorite.  I tried it and the sauce is really good but I could not take the spiciness of this one because I have a low tolerance on spices. I loved the way they presented the meals with a huge cup of rice and the meat in the middle.  It was pretty creative to say the least.

The Binagoongan (P129) actually belonged to me since me and the rest of the bloggers had one dish each.  It had that irresistible sauce that I would always crave for.  The fact that bagnet was there instead of pork cubes made it even better.

My favorite is the Kare-Kare (P109) and it even comes with bagoong.  It is hard to turn down bagnet with vegetables mixed with peanut butter sauce. It's a shame it went to another blogger.

For those who like their Bagnet the traditional way, the Bagnet with Rice (P109) would fit you just fine. It will give you the feeling that something is missing though so it won't be long before you go with the other flavors.

The Bagnet Sisig can either come with egg (P145) or without egg (P129). I actually preferred it to be with egg.  It is the type of dish that would make you order several cups of rice.

33-A Malingap Street
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