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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!

Foodie Fridays : Indonyaki

Few weeks back, I had the chance to visit Maginhawa Street in Quezon City. The street gained popularity due to its numerous food places. The whole extent of the street was a collection of coffee shops, restaurants, hole in the wall food spots and diners. Due to time and budget constraints we were not able to fully explore all of what Maginhawa Street had to offer. This gives me an excuse to plan another visit soon.

We were starving, and looking for somewhere to eat was our top priority. Good thing we were at a place that gives us plenty of choices. Two of my companions just came back from Indonesia, one because of a language scholarship and one for couch surfing. They we telling us of their encounters with Indonesian cuisine. Luckily, I did not have to travel all the way to Indonesia to get an idea of how their food there looks and tastes like.

Indonyaki is one of the hole in the wall food spots in Magihawa Street. The place serves Indonesian cuisine, the dining is al fresco style and it’s awesome! Since the two of them know what the words on the menu corresponds to, we let them order. (How am I supposed to know what Ayam Goreng is?! Lol.) Then we waited with hungry anticipation.

We had different ways to pass time while waiting for our food to be served.

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When our food arrived, I found out that Ayam Goreng was a big serving of fried chicken! Here is the rest of what they ordered for us to feast on.

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The food was awesome! Nasi Goreng is similar fried rice, it was the perfect base for our main dishes. Paired with the two dipping sauces, the lumpia and ayam goreng will make you forget your diet. Sambal, the red sauce was my favorite. It was like salsa but spicier and tastier.  Saus Kacang for me was a hybrid of gravy and peanut sauce. According to the two who have been to Indonesia these dishes we tried were a bit more flavorful than the authentic ones they have tried there. I stored this trivia in the subconscious part of my brain to use when I do get the chance to sample the authentic dishes myself. (One can dream right?! Lol.)

After a very satisfying late lunch, we then went to this interesting cafe, to pass time before we go to the next place in our itinerary. Will blog about my adventure on that cafe soon. For now, here are my unexpert ratings for Indonyaki.

FOOD = ☆☆☆☆☆

PLACE = ☆☆☆

PRICE = ☆☆☆☆☆

SERVICE = ☆☆☆

more adventures coming..

Foodie Fridays: Tsokolate Batirol, Isaw at Fishball

Hindi ko alam bakit nung naiispan kong mag blog ay English ang ginamit kong wika. Hindi madaling magsulat o magsalita ng English. Aminado ako na hindi ako maalam sa proper grammar at kung saan  dapat ilagay ang mga puncuation marks. Basta hindi pangit sa pandinig pag binasa ng malakas, okay na yun. Siguro ego yun, para mapakita ko na kaya ko mag English, pwede ding para maintindihan din ito ng ibang lahi, universal language nga naman hindi ba. Hanggang ngayon wala akong maibibigay na siguradong dahilan bakit hindi Filipino o Kapampangan ang ginamit kong medium.

Ito ang unang post ko na sariling wika ang gagamitin ko. Pinoy street food ang topic ng Foodie Fridays ngayon at  sa palagay ko mas bagay gamitin ang sariling wika. Nakakapanibago.  Sanay ako magsalita ng Filipino pero ang huling sulat ko ng ganito ay noon pang college. Hindi ako dalubhasa sa pagamit ng purong Filipino kaya malamang maghahalo halo ang English, Filipino at Kapampangan sa post na ito. Iyon ang gusto ko sa pag bablog, walang istriktong panuntunan, basta naiintindihan ko at ng mga magbabasa, ayos na. Iyan naman e opinion ko lamang.

Kagabi, nagkaroon ako ulit ng pagkakataon na sumali sa pratice ng bago kong nalaman na ehersisyo. Matapos nito masarap at magaan ang isip at katawan ko pero gutom ako. Gusto ko ng inihaw na isaw! Noong nakaraang taon ay inayos ang harap ng Museo ning Angeles. Nagtayo sila ng cafe sa loob at may mga nagbebenta din ng samut saring street food sa may bandang gilid nito. Magandang ideya ito dahil malapit ang lugar sa simbahan at mga eskwelahan. Tila pinagsama ang bago at luma dito, mula sa disenyo ng lugar at mga pagkain na maaring orderin. Kaiba sa mga naunang Foodie Fridays na mga unexpert food review, ito ay simpleng pagkukwento lang ng experience ko kagabi.

Una kong nalaman na may nagbebenta ng inihaw isaw dito mula sa isang kaibigan. Masarap ang sauce at mura ang tinda nilang isaw. Tila isang naglilihi, ilang araw ko din inisip at ginusto kumain ulit nito. May mga iba pang maaring bilhin gaya ng hotdog, pork at chicken barbeque, at betamax. Pero nung gabing yon, isaw lang talaga ang nasa isip ko.

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Tsokolate batirol at fishball naman ang cravings ng kasama ko kaya pagkakuha namin ng puwesto, kanya kanya kaming lakad papunta sa aming kaligayahan. Sa pagkakaalam ko, ang tsokolate batirol ay isang old school na inumin na bumabalik sa mainstream ngayon.   Unang beses na matitikman ko ang inuming ito. Excited ako. Nakalimutan kong mainit pala at napaso ako mula dila, lalamunan at gumihit hanggang tiyan. Hindi talaga magandang magsama ang katakawan at excitement.

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Masarap maupo sa isang open na lugar, kumain at magkuwentuhan. Maganda sa mata ang paghahalo ng luma at bago. Mula sa kinauupuan ko tanaw ko ang simbahan ng Holy Rosary at sa gilid ko naman ay ang dati kong eskuwelahan. Presko ang hangin.  Sa harap namin ay ang mga pagkaing simple pero masarap. Samahan mo pa ng makabuluhang usapan. Solb na ang gabi! Sa madaling sabi, nakuha namin ang gusto namin.

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Ayos! Nairaos ko ang unang Filipino post ko! Masarap pala sa pakiramdam. Uulitin ko ito.

more adventures coming..

Peace out!

Foodie Fridays: YMERLEE

I recently discovered a new way to exercise. It’s something different than what I was doing before. This new practice engages not only the body but also the mind. More on that later, for now I will focus on what I did after.  What’s the best thing to do after an intense workout? Eat of course! After our practice one of us craved for the tapsilog of a certain eatery in Angeles City. He sounded so enthusiastic about it and we were all hungry, so it was decided that we have dinner there.

It’s fairly easy to get to this place, but since I am not very good in giving directions(I sometimes get confused between right and left. *sad face.) you will just have to bear with me with this one. From what I can remember we rode a gray Check Point Hi-way jeep until a place in Angeles City called Crossing. I think the place got its name because back then it was the part where the railroad tracks crossed paths with the streets.  The train and its tracks are now long gone and in its place is a newly landscaped public park. Crossing is quite popular due to the long line of eateries here that serve delicious Kapampangan dishes including the famous sisig. Sisig was not the reason we were there that night though, we started walking to this tapsilog place.

Interesting but embarrassing fact. It was my first time to go to Crossing. I only pass by it on my way to places but I’ve never had the chance to actually experience it. I was fascinated with what I was seeing while we were walking, as I always am when in new places. I tried to be discreet about it though since I did not want my companions to notice my fascination and explain it was my first time there. Lol.

After about  five minutes of walking we reached our destination.

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The place was packed. It’s either all of these people had the same idea as we did or the place was really popular. I think it was both. We ended up getting a table outside by the side of the eatery. Eating alfresco was fine by me, my only concern was that the ground slanted downward hence the table was slanted too. I got the honor of sitting on the side where table slants downward. One wrong move from anyone of us will send all the contents of the table down to my lap.

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I was hungry. The place was packed. I did not want my companions to be in the same predicament I was in. I took it as a challenge. Hehe. When our food arrived, it looked normal. Nothing out of the ordinary.

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My thoughts on it changed after my first bite. Man, it was good!! My companions were engaged in a conversation while eating but I was too busy stuffing my face to join their conversation. I finished the entire meal plus extra rice roughly ten minutes ahead of them. To say I enjoyed it will be an understatement. Haha. Here’s the best part, if I remember it right the meal cost less than P70! San ka pa?! I joined the conversation when my plate looked like this.

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My brother, the one who suggested we eat there pointed out to me that directly behind us was the building of the old train station. Being a Potterhead, I had flashes of platform nine and three quarters after he told me this. Haha.

The only bad thing I can say about YMERLEE is the face and attitude of the cashier when we were paying our tab. Her face was sour and scrunched up when she told us they do not have change for one of my companions bills. Maybe she was just tired. The taste and memory of the food I just ate was stronger, so I still left the tapsilogan a happy customer. It’s another place I will return to for another meal.

My unexpert ratings? Alright.

Food = ☆☆☆☆☆

Place = ☆☆☆

Price = ☆☆☆☆☆

Service = ☆☆

more adventures coming..

Peace out!

Weekend begins Thursday

When life gives you lemons don’t just make lemonade, sell it! Make money out of the d#mn thing! (Cliche alert!) This is exactly  what I always try to do, metaphorically of course.

In this story my lemon is my ambiguous work schedule. That will be as much as I will say because I don’t want this post to turn into a full on rant fest. This is a feel good story on how my weekends now begin on Thursdays.  It was supposed to consist of three parts, unfortunately the turn of events did not permit the third one to happen.  So yeah, I owe you that ONE coffee, you know who you are. The story is now down to two parts, the unexpected 24 hour challenge and the awesome session with my brothers. Both of these involve booze and good friends. Don’t judge and drink responsibly.

My phone alarm goes off by 2:00 am and my day begins. Wake up. Eat. Shower. Leave home. Work. Leave work. Home. That was the routine for the whole week. Thursday ends that routine and begins my weekend of adventures!

I as much as I can, I never pass up invites from friends. Kaladkarin is the word I often use to describe this trait of mine. I am a firm believer that time is the most important gift we can give people. This belief of mine lead to a adventure packed weekend.

Adventure number one, the 24-hour challenge one involves a good friend who is like my brother, awesome new people, food, booze, love and life talks, sexy singers, a motorcycle, and elementary school buddies. I joined my brother and his work buddies for a couple of beers. What I found amazing about this session is how comfortable I immediately felt. Except for my buddy, it was the first time I had met these people and yet it somehow it felt we had known each other for quite some time.

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The night progressed into more stories and laughter with the voices of the sexy singers slash dancers serving as our background. When a familiar song is played we sing along, we swapped stories and views about love and life like we were indeed old friends. New friends, new adventure, life is good.  It was around 12 in the morning when this part of my adventure ended.

A buddy from elementary school happened to work nearby. I was lucky to be able to hitch a ride on his motorcycle, since public transportation to my place at that time of the morning are hard to come by.  My elementary school friends and I kept in touch even though we don’t get to hang out that often. This was our topic till we reached our hometown.  Imagine our surprise when we saw one of the people we were talking about having an after work session at a store owned by one of our friends. we joined them for a few beers and planned a full scale reunion.

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It was past two in the morning by the time I got home. The unexpected 24 hour challenge accomplished! #feelingproud Haha.

The next day I had to wake up early (I woke up at 10:45am. Haha.) to prepare my place for visitors. This is adventure number two. My brothers from college, the Busy Boys, were coming over later that day for one of regular sessions. These sessions are held alternately on each of our places. I was able to convince them that it was now my time to host. This was one of our longer sessions since they will be staying the night. These guys are the people I see myself hanging out with when we all have our own families until we are all old dudes. We were not complete, which was usually the case since we all have different commitments to attend to, but those who can always come to these session. After a dinner of home cooked sinigang, store bought sisig and Kapampangan chicharon (the one with a bits of meat stuck to the skin. Sarap!) We started the session. Stories from this session will be for us to know and for you to find out. Altough I will say this, it was quite uncomfortable since I found myself being the one on the hot seat. Haha.

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Session continued till the wee hours of the morning. The next day was movie marathon day and before we knew it it was 5:00 pm. Before they went home, a sudden craving for samgyeopsal led us to this place.

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I have eaten in some Korean restaurants before but It was my first time to try eating at this place. I must say I enjoyed it. I have had samgyeopsal on a different restaurant in the past and this experience is way better than the first one.

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This unlimited samgyeopsal meal is complete with unlimited rice, egg soup and ice tea for only Php 289 per head. Sulit na! Lalu na kung matakaw ka. Haha.

Adventure number three sadly  did not push through and had to be rescheduled at a later date. That’s how I made my lemonade and earned from it. Hehe. Looking for next weekend’s adventures!

more adventures coming..

Peace out!

Foodie Fridays: Champas

Disclaimer: It’s Friday on other parts of the world. Haha.

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A few weeks back we were treated to a movie night. The choice was between X-Men and Maleficent. Unfortunately, Mrs. Jolie-Pitt beat the mutants and we ended up watching her movie. Then again it was free and so was the food so I did not complain that much. Hehe.

This post is not about that. It is a short visual diary of the Mexican dining experience I had before the movie. It’s an attempt at being a food blogger. Haha. I’ll try to post one every Foodie Fridays.

Champas was not that big, just enough for an intimate gathering.

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It was decorated to give off a Mexican vibe that would be cohesive with the food they serve.

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Not sure what these are called. Are they even Mexican? Lol.

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Sumbreros on the wall.

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There’s another sumbrero, along with corn and spices on the wall.

Alright! Enough about the place. Lets talk food.

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The Menu. Its slightly blurred, izoom nio nalang. Lol.

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I guess this is called.. Lemon water? Hehe.

The food was good! Manyaman!

First to be served was this plate of tacos.

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Was not able to taste this one since I was busy taking pictures (*sad face) but it looked good.

The tacos were followed by this colorful plate of nachos with cheese dip.

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I was curious to find out how it tasted so after this picture I took one and ate it. Much to the disappointment of my companions who were also planning to take a picture of the nachos. Sorry guys! Haha.

Next came the quesadillas. I think they ordered two kinds. The classic and the chicken. I enjoyed the chicken one. It is a must try.

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Then came this.

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I believe its called Chili con Carne fries. Man, it was so good! The dish was comprised of the colorful nacho chips, and of course chili con carne and fries. The combination was just perfect. We had two plates full of this one. Haha. Its another must try dish of Champas.

What’s good meal with out the company of good people right? 

Team Cachu

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Team QA

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If I were to rate Champas on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, Id give the place 3 stars, because it was a bit cramped, the food 4 stars, most of it was good and the price 5 stars, we only had to shell out 150 bucks each, for all of that food.

 

Champas is located at a recently built strip of restaurants  in Fields Avenue, Balibago, Angeles City just right across SM City Clark. One of their staff said they also offer deliveries.  Visit them and enjoy. I know i did.

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There you have it folks. My first attempt at being a food blogger. Hehe.

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‘Till the next Foodie Friday guys!

 

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