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

3 Places to Try at 8 Seas Food Adventure

One of the newest food parks in Quezon City is 8 Seas Food Adventure. During my first time there, I was impressed by the brand new food concepts. I wanted to try them all but I only got to try three and here is how it went:


Chickapig is a nice place for your chicken and pork cravings. They have a great selection of dishes that will make you drool after staring at their pictures.


BBQ Karaage (P110)


Crispy Bagnet Sisig (P135)



Garlic Parmesan Wings (P145)




Crispy Bagnet (P155)

I highly recommend lots of rice to go along with these crispy and yummy meat dishes. It is hard to pick a favourite among them because all of them are worth every penny. If you don't believe me, go to Chickapig now and try their food. I guarantee they'll make a believer out of you.



Due to the heat in the Philippines, it's always great to have a cold drink. The best option in 8 Seas is Kocco as they serve a variety of Frappe, Lemonade, Milk Tea and Iced Tea flavors. The best part about them is that they serve 1 liter of milk tea and iced teas for only P120 and P110.



I had the Fruity Cosmo iced tea which guarantees to hydrate you. It's still flavorful despite my request of zero sugar in it.



There are so many Korean BBQ buffets in Timog that I've lost count. However, the cheapest one by far is Samgyeop Sa Timog.  Despite being very affordable, they're not short on quality. There's a reason why people fall in line here during peak hours.



Before you're seated, they'll set up the table for you. Their pork all you can is only P299 while the chicken/beef/pork all you can is only P399. The unlimited side dishes include kimchi, lettuce, japchae, fish cake, cucumber, atchare, peanut, radish & carrots and my favorite, vegetable curry.



There's a groovy meat selection for pork (dae-pae, bulgogi, Pinoy style), chicken (chicken galbi, bulgogi, Pinoy style) and beef (beef samgyeop, bulgogi and Pinoy style). There is also unlimited melted cheese that pairs nicely with the meat.



I had a great time at the food park as all the food I tried were delicious. Hence, I can't wait to come back and try the other selections here. With 14 food stalls to choose from, you're bound to find something that will satisfy your taste buds.








For those who don't know where to take their date this Valentine's Day, this is the place to be. There are some nice food combinations from different merchants at only P999. The night guarantees to be grand too as there will be an acoustic band that will entertain you with lovely songs.


8 Seas Food Adventure
122 Timog Avenue

Soogba Brings Authentic Bacolod Chicken Inasal to Manila


When I met Chef Carlo Tanalgo at a pop-up event I organized, I got excited when I found out he owns a Chicken Inasal restaurant. I didn't expect much when I tried his food then I found out it is the only authentic chicken inasal in Manila. Others have tried and they obviously failed.



For Soogba, Carlo says profit is secondary as he cares more about giving high-quality chicken inasal to Filipinos in Manila. Yes, there is no need to travel to Bacolod just to eat this local dish because he brought it here. We definitely have to thank him for that.



All their sauces are made from scratch. They don't outsource anything. Now, those are qualities of a good restaurant. I really LOVE their chicken oil. It not only pairs great with their chicken but with their other meat dishes too. I probably lost track of the amount of chicken oil I consumed.


Original Sparerib (P180)


They also sell other meat dishes aside from chicken including this Original Sparerib. At first, I thought I was going to have a hard time slicing this meat but it's very tender. I'm actually trying to avoid pork but since it was so good, I was able to finish it.



Pecho (P160)

Before eating his delectable dishes, Carlo asked me if I know anything about the history of Soogba. Unfortunately, the answer was no but I do know the history of this Pecho that was presented in front of me and that is I devoured it in minutes. Wow oh wow! It is the juiciest chicken inasal I have ever tasted. They weren't kidding when they said their inasal is extremely authentic.


Isol, Atay, Gizzard, Spicy Neck, Garlic Chorizo, Chorizo Hamonado (P80 each)


It was my first time to try chicken ass (isol) and boy was I impressed. Chef Carlo told us their food is cheap for the quality and he's right. I tasted all these appetizers and they're certainly worth a lot more than just P80 each stick.

I guarantee I will be back here as their Chicken Inasal is <3.


Soogba
8 Seas Food Adventure
 Store Hours: 5PM - 12MN daily