Foodie Fridays : Baler Food Adventure

A pimped up Volkawagen beetle used as a BBQ grill. Drinking fresh buko juice, moments after it was taken from the tree. Fresh and healthy Pako salad. Unlimited seafood and dessert buffet for two hundred bucks. These are the thoughts that come to mind when I look back at this food adventure. This post will kick start the summer posts for the Foodie Fridays series.

After a being tossed around by the waves of the Pacific Ocean, our group was famished. We decided to leave the resort for lunch and explore a bit of Baler after.  Our trusty friends, GPS and Google lead us to the bay walk area of Sabang Beach. From what I’ve heard this part of Baler is quite popular with surfers, true enough there were surf boards on display. Surfers and those who want to learn how to surf were out on the beach.

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It’s safe to say that the place where we had our lunch took its inspiration from its location. Baler Surfer Grill is an alfresco food place that offer grilled meat and seafood. The food choices are split in  two categories, the Pro Surfer meal and the Beginner meal, they are basically the same except for the serving size. While eating the sea breeze will keep you cool and the sound of the waves will be the background music.

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The bright red Volkswagen beetle immediately caught my eye. I found it odd that they have it displayed there, it did not seem to be cohesive with the theme of the place. I got my answer after a few minutes when my buddy pointed it out to me. The beetle was a BBQ grill! How awesome is that?!

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After ordering our lunch, two of our companions set out to buy our drinks and came back with buko, fresh from the tree. Here was my lunch.

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Baler Surfer Grill’s Bulalo BBQ, Pro Surfer size at Php 200

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A quick groupie before eating.

The whole dining experience was extremely satisfying, all senses being fed at the same time. If you are planning to visit Baler be sure to include Baler Surfer Grill in your itinerary.

We went ahead with our plan and explored Baler, more on that on my next posts. After our mini field trip around Baler we visited the public market to buy goods for our dinner that night.

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I was pleasantly surprised that we only had to pay twenty bucks for a kilo of native tomatoes and a half a kilo of green mangos. The pako was also not that expensive compared to how it is priced here. After buying chicharon and singkamas we were done and ready to go back to the resort.  Here was our spread that night.

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The next day was our last day in Baler. After a day full of adventures we decided to have lunch at this buffet  restaurant that is famous among the locals and was even named the best place to eat in Baler by a television show. For only two hundred bucks one can enjoy unlimited seafood and dessert buffet at Gerry Shan’s. I was so excited to eat that I only got to take a picture of the food on my plate and nothing else. Lol.

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One hack I often use when eating at  buffet or even at parties and fiestas is to get a bit of rice and small portions of all the dishes I wanted to sample, that way I get to taste all of what is served before feeling full. Needless to say we all left the place happy and satisfied. The food was worth every cent that was paid for it. Gerry Shan’s is indeed one food places you need to visit if you ever find yourself in Baler.

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Biyahe ni Tolits

Over all, this awesome Baler food adventure gets five, unexpert Foodie Fridays  stars.  Good job Baler!

The Practical Dude : Tale of Two Sandos

It’s time to put those jackets, cardigans and sweaters back in storage. Summer is just around the corner and it would be tank top season again. For this post, instead of tank top, I’ll use the word sando just because it sounds better for the title. Haha.

When I first started the Practical Dude series I mentioned that I would try to give some tips. I think I have given three so far. Here are some more, this time on how to look awesome this summer without breaking the bank.

Tip #4 : There is always a less expensive alternative.

This is the mantra of a practical dude. This is a bit tricky since choosing the less expensive option does not mean you have to sacrifice quality.

Check out these two sandos. Except for the color, the two are quite similar and can come from the same line. Can you guess which one is from Forever 21 and which is unbranded?

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Sirit na?  Hehe. Alright here’s the deal..

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Forever 21, it was on sale when I got it but it originally priced at around Php 500+.

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Unbranded, scored at a local mall for 100 bucks.

Tip #5 : Dress appropriately.

Wearing a hoodie during summer while on the beach, bad idea. If you’re worried about your skin, use sunscreen.

Here’s what I wore on two recent summer adventures.

Puting Bato, Mount Arayat, Arayat , Pampanga

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printed cap, (Oxygen), sando (unbranded), shorts (Baleno), mandals (Sandugo), backpack (unbranded)

Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora

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straw hat (SM Accessories), sando (Forever 21 Men), swim shorts (Portside), mandals (Sandugo)

Comfort is the keyword for summer dressing. Aside from sandos you could also opt for light colored shirts, Dri-fit shirts and tropical button downs with subtle prints.(avoid Lito Atienza prints, unless you want someone to suddenly sing the Maynila theme song when you pass by) What ever look you decide to sport this summer season, the main thing is you enjoy your summer adventures.