2017 Fearless Forecasts for Team Aldous

10) Manfred Starts a Fashion Blog

Let the Menacing Machine show you how to dress properly when going out to a gathering, a date or to work everyday. Mind you, this guy looks a lot different when wearing a suit and tie. He is actually someone you will take seriously. He even includes dating tips in his blog. What a treat!

What's the blog called?

We look in our crystal ball and Manfred buys the domain to www.ialwaysgetmymanfred.com. Yes, it is that catchy.

9) Mish top notches the bar

Mish is currently scheduled to take the bar exam in November of this year. We are all well aware of the fact that the results don't come out until early 2018. However, Mish destroys the exam so much that they decided to announce the top notchers in late 2017 making her the third lawyer in the group after Missy and Manfred.

How does she celebrate?

Our crystal ball says a group yoga session is in store for the heavy-eating group. Why did she choose that method? Well, because why not?

8) Jam forms a Band with Via, Shiela & Tin

A lot of people don't know about it but Janine has a hidden talent in singing. This year, she finally decides to capitalize on that and form a band where she does vocals, Shiela takes over the guitar, Tin handles the drums and Via handles the trombone.

What's the Band called? 

We look at the crystal ball and find out they call themselves Jam and the Jammy Spreaders. I guess that's better than the Lady Laglagers?

7) Issa and Bea form a tandem

Team Aldous is so big that bloggers with common interests (or area of designation) pair up. You have the Cavite Connection (Jackie & Louise), the Tandang Sora Thanders (Tin & Shiela), the Dee Sisters (Mariel & Chin), Kaladkarins (Mish & Cohen) and of course the original Soul Sistaz (Jen & Cess). It will be interesting to see if this unlikely duo can co-exist.

What's their tandem called?

They decide to call themselves, "Bae & Nae" because of Issa's ability to do the..you guessed it..

6) Louise runs for public office

There is no member in the group who has more leadership qualities than the Smooth Saint. It may not be an election year but there is no harm in announcing intentions for the 2019 elections.

What position?

Because of her humble demeanor, she decides to gun for a councilor spot in her hometown of Cavite. 

5) Obie directs a movie

The Kembot Queen is by far, the member with the strongest personality. This year, she finally decides to move to the film industry and make movies.

What's the first movie about? 

Obie is slated to direct "Nandon na ba Tayo, Beh?", a tagalog version of "Are we there yet?" which is..Yep you guessed it..a movie about traveling. The movie is about a group who encounter a series of unfortunate events while traveling to a secret surfing spot. Sound familiar? I didn't think so.

4) Princess lands a movie role

After a mind boggling billboard that caused numerous motorcycle accidents (Were you one of those guys who looked a little too long?), Princess finally lands a movie role, proving that she has great acting skills too.

What will she play?

The crystal ball shows the Witty Hottie starring alongside Alden and Maine. She ends up playing the apple of the eye of Alden which breaks the Internet as the Aldub nation uses a variety of jeje hashtags because they forget it is just a movie. 

3) Jen migrates to the States

Unfortunately, not all news in this column is good news. The Testy Tita has been planning to move to the States for quite sometime and this year will be that year. When this happens, she will leave a void in the group that can't possibly be replaced.

Where in the States?

We see her moving to California to attend the wedding of The Dashing Diva, another member who has migrated to the States.  

2) Lee Min Ho goes after Cohen

Her passion for Korean telenovelas is well-documented which is why Cohen has a Korea trip scheduled in the latter part of the year. What happens there is far from what she expected as actor Lee Min Ho decides to pursue her when they meet in Notting Hill-type fashion.

How will Lee Min Ho fare with the Hyper Heroine?

We see in the crystal ball that Lee Min Ho is not that good of a manliligaw. Will it be enough? Hmmm..to quote Psy, "KOREAN I DUNNO!"

1) Jel gets a boyfriend

Before anything else, I would like say that this lucky fellow is NOT ME! On a serious note, I am going to be very happy since Madame "NBFSB" becomes Madame "NBFuntil2017." The term "never say never" holds true here.

Who is this dude?

We look at the crystal ball and it shows one tall, (very) dark and good-looking fellow. Ummm be careful, Jel. You know what they say? Once you go black....eh, you get the picture.

Satisfy your Cheesy Cravings at Melt Grilled Cheesery

Once I found out about Melt Grilled Cheesery, a restaurant where each dish in the menu has cheese in it one way or the other, my heart literally melted. This is indeed my type of restaurant and we were lucky enough to have our Christmas party here.

 Mushroom Truffle Cheese Dip with Black Lavash (P365)

I would seriously consider using the mushroom truffle cheese dip and dip other food into it. The black lavash were kinda okay but I already thought of other stuff to dip into it like banana, pears, apples, celery, chicken, roast beef and even blue marlin.

 Melt's Mac & Cheese Bars (P240)

What a splendid idea it was for mac & cheese to become bars. Whoever thought of this deserves a pat on the back. It was one of those dishes that made me wish it had an unlimited option because it was that good.

 Cheesy Fries

We had first dibs on their version of Poutine and I loved every bit of it. There were some poutines that suffers from too much meat mixed into it but this one had the right amount. Did I wish it had more cheese? Of course! Too much of cheese is never enough.

Creamy Tomato Meat Linguini (P295)

It seems like the creamier this dish got, the better it was for me. I certainly wished it was a lot creamier than it originally was but I'm not complaining on what it already was. In fact, I'd order this again when I come back.

 Bacon Mac & Grilled Cheesy (P275)

This sandwich is without a doubt my favorite dish of the night. A single stare on that oozing cheese had me begging for more. What a delightful treat this was from start to end.

 Beefy Cheesy Rice (P375)

My compliments to Chef James Torres for this wonderful recipe. It is beef stew on top of their house melted cheeses plus candied walnuts and cilantro. This dish made me wish Melt had another branch that is nearer to my home.

Ratatouille (P285)

This is definitely not your average red sauce pasta as it is linguini tossed in eggplants, carrots, zucchini sautted in their signature tomato pesto sauce. It is a treat for all ages indeed.

 Chili Con Queso (P375)

There were chili con carne and sausages mixed with Melt's house cheese in this sandwich. It was an amazing combination to say the least and it made me have one bite after another.

 Chili Cheesy Rice (P385)

Melt had two cheesy rice options and this one took home the bacon I mean chili con carne. I would love to have two of this dish and would still have space for another one.

 Mushroom Truffle (P395)

I absolutely love mushroom truffle cream sauce til death so I definitely find myself craving for this dish in the future. It is even topped with aragula and aged kesong puti. The best part is that you can add P65 for parma ham. 

Chocolate Chip Oreo Cheesecake (P255)

We actually had three slices of cakes but the other two were gone before I can say, "Cheese." If they were as good as this one then I have to give Melt Grilled Cheesery two thumbs up.

Melt Grilled Cheesery
2F Uptown Mall

Mama Lou's Opens 4th Branch at Evia Lifestyle Center

When my favorite Italian restaurant Mama Lou's opens a new branch, you can bet your last penny that I will visit it. The branch may be far in the South but their food is worth it driving all the way from North.

Mozzarella Sticks (P180)

I love cheese so I wasn't complaining when we started off the night with their Mozzarella Sticks. This dish is gooey goodness in every bite.

 Bacon Poutine (P195)

My eyes lit up when I saw that they have Poutine choices. I love fries and fries mixed with anything is good. In fact, the same goes for bacon so fries plus bacon = <3.

Nachos (P275)

Their Nachos is what we have grown to love and they have a big serving just right for the price.

Grilled Tuna Belly (P325)

Risotto Di Mare (P350)

I am a huge fan of Risotto and this goodie has mixed seafood including mussels and squid. The creaminess of the arborio rice sure made this a stand alone dish. I loved every bit of it.

Spag Seafood Olio (P315)

The only time I would eat seafood is when it is mixed in pasta. They sure hit all the right spots with all the seafood here.

Lasagna (P295)

Their Lasagna is not the type you will expect coming out of fast food restaurants as this one is homemade. If you have tasted the other recipes of Mama Lou's then you know you are going to get something good out of her version.

Italian Sardine (P275)

Scallopini Marsala (P360)

For our meat cravings, we got tender beef slices in Marsala sauce. These beef slices also come in al limone and pizzalola sauce and that got me curious of how the other sauces taste like because of how good the marsala sauce is.

Truffle Mac & Cheese (P285)

Their Truffle Mac & Cheese took all the words right out of my mouth. In fact, I made it a point to come back to Mama Lou's just for this dish when I am in that "light snack" diet. Not only has this become my favorite dish in Mama Lou's but it has also become one of my favorite dishes of all time. What a keeper.

Chicken Diavalo (P390)

My mouth literally dropped when I saw their Chicken Diavalo which is oven roasted chicken with rosemary, garlic, oregano, chili in extra virgin olive oil. This dish is best paired up with one of their risotto dishes. What a treat.

 Chocolate Cake (P160)

For those who love chocolate, their chocolate cake is a must try. It is also made up of Belgian chocolate and that's always a plus.

Take the Cannoli (P200)

We had a sweet ending (literally) to our long meal with the Take the Cannoli. It looks like it had whipped cream and chocolate inside those crisps sprinkled with pistachio nuts.

Mama Lou's is not only one of my favorite Italian restaurants but is also one of my favorite restaurants hands down. After visiting their newest branch, I can say nothing has changed. I would still line up just to eat here.

Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen
GF Evia Lifestyle Kitchen

Enteng 10 Opens November 30

Before Enteng 10 opens November 30 in theaters nationwide, the cast participated in a Bloggers' Conference to answer questions from the bloggers. Vic Sotto was accompanied by the kabarkads Jose, Wally and Paolo and they first tackled how surprised they were when they found out their movie isn't going to be included in the MMFF lineup this year. Bossing did say that the kids will have an early Christmas this year when they catch their movie in theaters on Wednesday.

In one of the best questions of the night, Paolo Ballesteros was asked what he thought when one of his movies got included in the MMFF lineup and one didn't. I got impressed by his answer when he said he gave the same effort in both movies which prompted Vic with the best joke of the night, "Indie ka eh. Indie mo naintindihan."

The actors had a great time when an English speaking blogger asked them a question and they were forced to speak in English. Sotto pretended to have a nose bleed, Wally started his answer in English but ended in Tagalog, Jose simply said, "What a wonderful question. Next question please." and Paolo said, "Like what he said." 

In Enteng 10, Enteng enlists the help of the Abanagers in defeating the villainous Kwak-kwak who has the power to control the mind of anyone who plays a virtual reality game. Sotto praised Epi Quizon who was the one who played Kwak-kwak, saying he is a very good actor and they ended in good terms when they work together before.


Feel the Baolistic Vibe at Bao on the Block

Despite being named Bao on the Block, the restaurant is not actually located at SM North Edsa The Block. They are located in front of ABS-CBN and they offer free delivery to those who work and live within the area. That's BAObastic news for those who are living in South Triangle. They have such a unique concept centered around the Cua Pao which for me is such a good idea.

 Pork Siomai


The Pork Siomai is P55 for 4pcs. and P85 for 8 pcs while Dumplings are P65 for 4 pcs. and P95 for 8 pcs. You also have the option of having it either fried or steamed. I prefer steamed myself since it is healthier. The fried version feels incomplete without a cup of rice to go along with it for me. Both versions are good though as we ended up ordering another set of 8 pcs. of siomai and dumplings.

Pork Hoisin

Chicken Chop

Fish Wasabi

All 3 rice meals were what you would expect from them. For me, I wish the vegetables would be replaced by corn & carrots instead and there would be an option to turn the white rice into fried rice or make it unlimited. I'm sure the crew over at channel 2 loves them some rice.

Bao to the King

The Bao Specials with their witty names did not disappoint whatsoever. My favorite is the Bao to the King which is composed of Chicken Teriyaki and beansprouts.

Fish Bao with You

Seafood lovers will love the Fish Bao with You as it is made up of fish, wasabi mayo and nori. Despite not being a seafood lover, I liked it and it is because the fish was cooked nicely.

Chicken Teriyaki

Being a long time fan of Chicken Teriyaki, it was no surprise how it was my favorite among all the rice meals served. We were all such pretenders like we were watching our non-existent diet and we ended up eating more of the meat and less of the rice.

BOTB Classic

The BoTB Classic has pork hoisin and nuts and it is a favorite among the people who work in the kapamilya network. They don't even have to walk far to get their favorite BAOs as they just have to dial 0995-7839797 and the BAOman would hop onto his BAOmobile to deliver those fresh BAOs.

Back to the Baosics

Back to the Baosics includes chicken, picked veggies and coleslaw. This bao sure is healthy and it pairs nicely with their Tsing Tao beer. Just ask the BAOtender about that classic beer and you won't be disappointed.

Deep Fried Ice Cream Bao (P99)

Do you know what the theme song of their Deep Fried Ice Cream is? Rihanna's Take a Bao! That's because it deserves a round of applause. It is also time for it to go....in less than five minutes because it is so yummy.

52 Sgt. Esguerra
South Triangle, Quezon City

Party Toques by Chef Rob Lau - The Food Platter Expert

Just in time for Christmas, Chef Rob Lau transformed his calorie counted meals into Party Toques. Now, those who are planning for small and big events can take advantage from Chef Rob Lau's tasty food. A lot of celebrities already took advantage because Chef Rob Lau was able to make them fit without them going on a strict diet.

For the first time, I got to try Serradura and they have 3 flavors: Matcha Tiramisu, Black Sesame with Mango and Cookies & Creme. I absolutely loved the Matcha Tiramisu so much that I took home the entire thing. I knew I was being selfish but I have never tasted anything that good.

The Thai pork glass noodles is one dish that was too salty and that might be because I did not sprinkle lemon on to it.

The Sushi is something that got me and my fellow foodies talking about it. The Beef Kebab is a dish that will stand out when it is a one of the choices with other good food selections.

Another one of my favorites is the Valencia Rosted Chicken with Paella Rice. When you first take a look at it, you will notice a lot of things are happening in one platter. The best part in the paella is seafood so there are clams and squid mixed in there. When you combine that with their well-cooked roasted chicken, it is such a golden combination.

Wow, I ended up taking out the entire Matcha Tiramisu all by myself. Of course, I didn't do that in one day. It was so good I am always craving for it. I am so sad that they don't supply it to restaurants that are near me. I'm very ecstatic about eating this again though.

Contact Party Toques by Chef Rob Lau for your special events and experience great food like you have never experienced before.

Interact with People Face to Face using Findr

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be on top of your social life? Findr is a new app that lets you do just that. All you have to do is to log in your Facebook, Google and FourSquare accounts and your social life will become a whole lot easier with just a few clicks.

Findr's main goal is to have people of the same interest interact face to face instead of just online. After logging on your Facebook or Google accounts, you can now create events like pub crawls, art events, garage sales or even a simple dinner. Your contacts can let you know instantly whether they will be able to come or not. The best part about it? You will be able to know where they currently are which means you will know if they are lying or not. No more lame excuses of not being able to make it to your event.

One additional feature of Findr is being able to find the best deals in town. If you are an avid shopper then this is one feature you will love.

Taking over the Soban K-Town

Wow, if there is one town I'd want to take over as mayor it would be Soban K-Town. It is a place that will always have a special place in my heart. I rarely eat at Korean restaurants but they really impressed me with what they have to offer. They simply took my breath away when I got to taste their food.

Because of the BBQ combo set, we had unlimited servings of Kimchi rice. It was certainly spicy from the name itself which made me look for other options when my mouth is suffering from the spicy food I just ate since I am used to rice as the fire extinguisher. It certainly needs to be water in this case.

Tacos (P75/pc.)

We had 6 servings of the Tacos and I was really surprised at how a Korean restaurant has Tacos. Each of them had grilled beef along with cheese, tomatoes and greens. It was a healthy alternative to having unlimited Kimchi rice to go along with the meat. I'd recommend this to all the taco lovers out there.

Premium BBQ Combo Set (P2120)

We had the Premium BBQ Combo Set which had 180g marinated premium beef, 180g pork belly, 180g boneless fried chicken, 2 japchae and a maximum of 4 unlimited kimchi rice. They say this combo set is good for 3 to 4 people but I actually think it could fit around 6 to 8 people. I loved the way they grilled the meat in front of us. We could have done it ourselves but we let them do it for picture purposes. The price is more than worth it for all the food that was served.

Kimchi Fries (P199)

One of the crowd favorites here is the Kimchi Fries which is fries with roasted pork bits, kimchi and lots of cheese on top. I have low tolerance on spicy food but I still had a lot of it anyway. It is perfect to go along with their superb cocktail drinks.

Dak Bulgogi Set (P320)

Their version of caramelized boneless fried chicken is so good that it made me dive onto the other table and get more of it. The sesame seed is certainly the icing on the cake as they say when it comes to finishing this yummy dish.

Japchae (P195)

We had one of the best Japchae I have ever tasted. It is extremely flavorful. It definitely fits hand in hand with their grilled chicken or pork.

Before getting back to the food, I must applaud the ambiance and service of Soban. Their staff were certainly trained well and it really showed.

Coffee Prince (P120)

For dessert, we had the Coffee Prince which is homemade coffee ice cream lying on salt graham and red beans. I must applaud whoever came up with this combination because it was a great way to end a sumptuous meal.

 Soban K-Town
2nd Floor, Eastwood Mall