A Brand Spanking New Menu at Concepto


It is no secret Poblacion has become the entertainment capital of not only Makati but Metro Manila too. In fact, new bars and restaurants pop up all the time. One place you should visit is Concepto and we visited at a great time because they recenty released a new menu. Are the new items any good? Let's find out:



Balbacua (P450)

This is certainly far from your soup of the day. The Balbacua is filled with 6-hour slow cooked beef cheeks, ox tail and brisket. It kinda reminds me of Monggo Soup but this one is a lot better.

Concepto Liempo

Concepto curates their own meat. They even sell meat because one of the owners has a meat supplying business. In other words, they certainly know their meat. Hence, it is no surprise that the Concepto Liempo satisfied my taste buds a lot.


Lechon Belly Pritchon (P550)

Lechon always brings a smile to my face so you can only imagine what Pritchon does.There are 3 kinds of salsa and all of them are a must-try. The healthy part of me wants to eat it with the tortillas but the chubby part wants to eat it with rice. I ended up doing both.


Steamed Fish (P300)

Those who know me for a long time are aware that I don't really like eating fish. However, their Steamed Fish is a winner. I was hesitant to try it at first but I'm glad I did.


Steak Caldereta (P400)

Out of all the dishes, the Steak Caldereta is my favorite. I always eat Beef Caldereta at home and it just became 10x better since it is Steak Caldereta. I love the tenderness of the meat and the mixture of potatoes and carrots. Two thumbs up!

Dark Upsidedown Chocolate Cake (P200)

Despite looking so chocolate-y, this cake is actually not that sweet. Don't forget to combine the macapuno ice cream with it. It tastes so heavenly.

Overall, I'm definitely hanging out at Concepto in the future. They also have acoustic bands every Thursday and DJs every Friday.

Concepto
6234 Manalac Street

Enjoy These New Dishes at Alegria Cozinha Moderna Sangria Bar


I rarely go to BGC and when I do, it is for something special. Hence, I was glad I stumbled upon this lovely hidden bar, Alegria. It is actually located in the Uniqlo building which was totally unexpected. Imagine going here after a day of shopping. They do have new items on their menu and here they are:
















I loved all of their drinks from the sangria to the cocktails. I'm sure their patrons adore their cute glasses too. Who wouldn't, right? Watch out for their promos too like their Ladies Night every Wednesdays where ladies get 30% off on sangria. 


Aguachile Infladita (P350)



Chipotle Con Carne (P350)



Calabresa Brasileira (P290)

Out of all the 3 appetizers served, my favorite has got to be the Chipotle Con Carne. It is prime roast beef hidden under tortilla. Yummy! Don't get me wrong though. I also liked the Calabresa Brasileira as it is a mixture of sausages, potatoes and bell pepper. I found the Aguachile Infladita a little light which makes it perfect to mix and match with their drinks.



Mexicano


Japonesa


Koreana


Pescado

It was hard to pick a favorite among all the tacos as all of them were really good. It is easy to tell which taco is which due to the ingredients. Koreana has kimchi, Mexicano has Salsa, Japonesa has wasabi aioli and Pescado has Bacalo fish. All are great for those who want a light dinner.

Camarones (P550)

I love shrimp with a passion and their grilled tiger prawns with harissa verde, elote and salsa tatemada impressed in more ways than one. This is definitely a dish I am ordering again when I go back to Alegria.


Posta Negra Huarache (P670)

I put a focus on this Black Angus Roast Beef because it is huge. It is also very tender as I loved the way it was cooked. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be this one.


Moqueca (P415)

It doesn't get any traditional than Moqueca. What I liked most about this flavorful dish is the tenderness of the Sous vide Bacalo Fish. There are a lot of other seafood in there too and that is never a bad thing. The list includes squid cracker, clams and coconut camaron bouillabais.


Pollo Peruno (P445)

My compliments to chef Charles Montanez for this amazing flavorful chicken dish. The corn and rice are perfect compliments for it too.

'Foi Mal!" Taco

You always save room for dessert and we had their Chocolate Tacos. It is definitely for those who have the sweet tooth as it is goodness in every spoonful of it.

Dining at Alegria for the first time was a wonderful experience. Do you work or live in BGC and you've never heard about Alegria? What on earth are you waiting for? Check this place out!


Alegria Moderna Sangria Bar
4F Uniqlo Building 7th Ave cor 30th Street

Homebase Surf Camp Makes Waves in Zambales


It's always a great feeling when a friend achieves his or her dreams. I recently found out that Obie (Team Aldous' Kembot Queen) achieved her dreams when she put up her own hostel along with 5 partners in Liwaliwa Beach, Zambales. Believe it or not, I actually had a little to do with this hostel (Okay, that's wishful thinking). Obie became passionate about surfing when I organized a blogger surfing trip to Circle Hostel, Baler. After that, she frequently goes to surfing spots Zambales and Baler. She met five other surfing addicts and they decided to put up a hostel where they could crash for the night in Zambales since it is a couple of hours nearer compared to Baler. The result is Homebase Surf Camp, a very affordable and basic hostel.



When I said affordable, I meant it because the bunk beds are just 350 per night while the hammocks are just 250 per night. Can it get any more affordable that that? For surfing lessons, their manager Ping is a damn good instructor and his fees are affordable too.







We stayed at the gazebo that can fit 8 people. Just remember to bring an anti-mosquito repellent or you may end up being dinner.



There is a common area where there is free water. They also have open mic night every Saturday. I waited for the perfect moment to sing my favorite song, "Ilong Ranger." The moment came when everyone was either drunk or asleep. Unfortunately, I forgot I didn't know how to play the guitar.



This is definitely an affordable and great place to stay in Zambales. It is for not only surf enthusiasts but for beach people too. I had a lot of fun making new friends and awesome memories. Looking forward to making many more in the future here.

Homebase Surf Camp
Liwa-liwa Beach, Zambales