Experience the New Commune at Polaris Street, Makati

For those unaware, Commune has transferred to a new location right in the middle of Makati's red light district after the building where they used to be got demolished with a wrrrecckinngg balllll. It's all good though. Everyone's favorite hangout place at Makati is back and better than ever. Aside from the coffee they are known for, they also serve superb food which are mostly breakfast meals.

They have a blackboard where all customers have the freedom to write anything they want as long as it isn't offensive. I figured that Commune is short for community where coffee lovers can hang out and converse with each other.

 Cappuccino (P120)

The floating animal (I really don't know what it is) on the cappuccino is a good reason enough to order it. I ordered it before eating all that food and it was so good that I wanted one after dinner too.

Nachos (P120)

Their Nachos is the perfect "pulutan" to pair up with their alcoholic drinks. It was great for me and my squad to meet all Ros and her partners Inigo and Mickey who is the chef. Mickey was even trained in Europe so you know he had mad skills in the kitchen.

Croque Monsieur (P195)

 Croque Madame (P225)

The only difference between Croque Madame and Croque Monsieur is the sunny side up egg on top of the Croque Madame. Aside from that, it is basically baked ham and cheese sandwich along with potato chips and I loved every bit of it. I definitely liked the one with the egg and I won't hesitate to order it on my next visit.

 Beef Tapa, Fried Egg (P285)

 Pork Adobo, Salted Egg Relish (P220)
 Arroz a la Cubana (P325)

Pollo Al Ajillo (P245)

Out of all their Over Rice dishes, not a single one disappointed. It was extremely difficult to pick a favorite among them. I highly recommend all four of them as those are really good dishes coming from a coffee shop.

 Fresh Lemonade (P185)

Cookie Shot w/ Carmen's Best (P165)

Almost all of us had the Cookie Shot with Carmen's Best ice cream and I chose Vanilla. What a heavenly treat that was. It was definitely the perfect way to end a tummy filling night.

Commune Cafe
36 Polaris corner Durban Streets, Poblacion, Makati

Are You Ready for Verdict 8: Oasis?

Aldous ate the World is a proud media partner of the biggest med-law party in the metro, Verdict 8: Oasis happening on January 30, 8 PM at the Palace Pool Club. There is a reason why I mark my January calendar every year for Verdict because it is an experience like no other. It is a combined effort from the Regina Iustitiae Sorority from the Ateneo Law School and the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity from the UP College of Medicine.

Regina Iustitae is a sorority that promotes women empowerment and independence in a male-dominated profession. They are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year and what better way to kick things off than with Verdict 8: Oasis.

Lose yourself in the oasis as the event is open to anybody who wants to come and party with smart and beautiful people at the hottest club in the metro. Tickets are priced at only P450 each. For more information, contact Edmond at 09267089824 or Ina at 09177203043.

Affordable Jap Street Food at Kantori Yakitori

For the first time ever, I had a glimpse of what the fuzz was about Aguirre Avenue. I heard it is the South version of Maginhawa. Being a Northie (is that even a word?), I have never been to this street up until now so it is a good thing we got to try one of the street's bright spots in Kantori Yakitori. We met one of the owners, Kelly Parreno who was the one who conceptualized the food and drinks as she has been in the food & beverage industry for over 10 years.

Pineapple House Infused Sake 240 mL(P308)

Their house infused sake can be served warm or cold. I loved the presentation of their glasses here too as it is literally surrounded by ice. It is what I'd like to do to my head after a long argument. The best part is the pineapple here is not the type that has 30g of sugar in it.

Okonomiyaki (P148)

The pie shaped Okonomiyaki has bacon, cabbage, kewpie and bonito flakes. When you combine the fact that it tastes really good plus we were all hungry, it did not take long for us to finish this one.

Sushi Fire Ball (P59/stick)

Due to my low tolerance in spices, I could hardly finish one Sushi Fire Ball. I loved their originality with this dish though. It is like a sushi tempura as one ball contains kimchi rice, kewpie and creamy cheese. People with high tolerance on spices will have no problem swallowing one ball in full though.

Mango Mojito (P108)

The Mango Mojito combined pale pilsen, mango rum and mint. At first, it tasted funny considering I have never drank beer cocktails before but it is actually a delightful mix to say the least since I am a heavy pale pilsen drinker.

BFF (P98)

BFF actually stands for Best Furikake Fries as it contains crispy savory fries, wasabi tartar, nori strips and furikake. I have to admit I have never seen fries have toppings like that on it and I was more than pleased with it. My compliments to the chef!

Beergarita (P188)

Wow, the presentation of the Beergarita is simply off the charts. It contains asahi, tequila and lime syrup. It is hard to not get drunk with this one and it can even be drank with numerous straws so it is perfect for big groups to dig in.

Shiro (P48/stick)

The classic Isaw is accompanied by soy sauce with egg yolk. I never liked Isaw but for some reason I loved Kantori Yakitori's version. Maybe it is the change of name?

Saikomoro Beef Japan (P148/stick), Nasu (P38/stick), Uzura (P48/stick)

Wow, what a main event. We got 3 of their top Yakitoris in one huge wooden plate. First, we got the Uzura which is quail eggs and chicken skin. What a great combination that was. The Saikoro Beef Japan is pure tender beef from the land of the rising sun and it is better to pair it up with rice. Last but not the least, the Nasu is eggplant along with karaage, tobiko kewpie and bonito flakes. I love eggplant and the other toppings added to it were like the finishing touches to a great dish. I will definitely come back and order all 3 when I am in the area.

Kantori Yakitori
51 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Quezon City

Woody's Meats Up Makati Avenue

Howdy! Dem row of restaurants at Makati Avenue will never be the same as Woody's arrival simply meats up the street if you know what I mean as they are the only Texas Barbeque joint in town. If that does not excite you then I don't know what will. In fact, the Texas BBQ fever has caught the town by storm. There was even one Sunday when they literally ran out of meat because of the overwhelming amount of customers coming in. You can say the hype is real but there was no hype to begin with. It was just a smart move of power couple Ines and Elian to turn their original Chihuahua restaurant (now at 4 branches) into Woody's.

 Rum & Coke Slush, Long Island Iced Team, Chihuahuarita

Who's Woody? He is your average Texan. A meat chomping muscular ladies man. He is the type of guy you would see hanging out in the bars and drinking a lot of liquor like it was nothing.

Look forward to 2-fer Tuesdays where you get 2 free side dishes with every order of meat. There's also the Weekend Brunch where from 11AM to 3PM they serve coffee, pancakes and eggs to go along with your favorite meats. Now that's an awesome combination!

No restaurant in the country has perfected the art of Texas BBQ like Woody's. You have ribs that is smoked for six hours and it ends up being so good that its tenderness melts in your mouth. You also got brisket that has become so popular in Austin, Texas that you have people lining up for 6 hours for it at a place called Franklin's BBQ. Finally, you have Pulled Pork which got its name because the pork is ripped off the bone by hand.

 Clutch City Sandwich

The Clutch City Sandwich will make you lose your appetite just by staring at this beauty. It is named after the Houston Rockets who won back to back titles in 1994 and 1995. This one is stacked with brisket and links, coleslaw, pickles and their special BBQ sauce.

If those mouth-watering pics of the food wasn't good enough reason to pay this restaurant a visit, then check out the neat looking interiors:

Woody's Texas BBQ & Grill
7838 Makati Ave.