Jar of kosher dills. $2
Kiss Cafe, Seattle WA
I thought this was really cute to serve a jar of pickles with tongs. The dills tasted great and weren’t too sour or pickle-y.
I can’t remember what kind of beer this was, but they were pretty light like a hefeweizen. I’m no beer expert, so I’m probably wrong, lol!
Habanero Cider, Finnriver Cidery, Chimacum, WA. $8
The Noble Fir, Seattle WA
Mmm, both these glass were really tasty! The habanero cider had just the right amount of habanero flavor without getting too hot and making it unpleasant to drink. And the Imperial Red with chocolate was bold and delicious.
Red Sea Imperial Red with Chocolate, Caldera/Big Island Collab, Portland, OR. $9
Margarita. Happy hour 90 PHP
Happy hours can last for quite a while in Boracay. This one at Pat’s was form 4-8, but it’s often difficult to know whether you’re actually getting a deal since the prices are inflated from the beginning and they always seem to pour weakly during happy hour anyway. When in doubt, just stick with beer. :)
San Miguel light beer. Happy hour, 2 for 100 PHP
Long island iced tea. Happy hour 90 PHP
Entertainment at Pat’s Creek Bar. The bands that played at Pat’s were actually really good. I think the musicians on the island just kinda rotate between all the restaurants and bars though.
Grilled spiced minced beef tenderloin, cheese, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, mayo and mustard. Served with French fries. 380 PHP
Christina’s, Boracay PHILIPPINES
Mmm, I love getting served poolside. You don’t have to get up or expend and energy, AHHHH! The East Wing pool had menus from Chistina’s that you could order from so we got an afternoon snack to tide us over before dinner. This is why I have to work out every day, lol! (When I’m not on vacation.)
San Miguel light. 90 PHP
Kiddie pool, Boracay Regency.
Minced beef burger with shredded cheese, onion, lettuce, and tomato. Served with French fries. 99,000 VND
Sisters Cafe, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM
We were very good, and this was the only hamburger we had during our entire Ho Chi Minh trip and we even waited til the final day. Yay! It was decent, but they could’ve melted the cheese a bit. The fries were pretty good though.
Saigon Green beer. Bottle 19,000 VND
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica.
Brown sugar flavored beverage with gulaman (gelatin).
Villa Escudero, San Pablo City PHILIPPINES
They serve this “welcome” drink when you first arrive at the plantation. It tasted ok, but I didn’t really like it so I just ended up fishing out the gelatin pieces from the bottom.
San Miguel light beer. I love how they individually wrap the napkins around each bottle for service so it doesn’t fall off!
Awkward “mano” Filipino tradition statue. Hehe!
Grilled whole shrimp served with some kind of salt and lime. Half order 219,000 VND
Hai Lua Food Countryside, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM
Wow, these shrimp were SO delicious! They were probably one of the best things I ate in Vietnam. They were so tender and flavorful. We weren’t sure how to prepare/use the salt and lime so we just tried everything, lol!
Bia 333 lon beer. 21,000 VND
The lady cooks working the grill at Hai Lua in the Ben Thanh Night Market.
The seafood was really fresh here and you could personally choose some of your items directly from the baskets.
Vit cuon sa nuong. Served on lemongrass stalks. 135,000 VND
Hoang Yen, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM
Mmm, these were really tasty especially when dipped into the different sauce they provide. The duck was tender and juicy and packed with flavor. Noms!
Tiger chai beer. 21,000 VND
Typical lunch cart on the street.
Tiger beer and Saigon beer. I liked all the beers I tried in Vietnam. They were all the on the light side and super easy to drink.
Cafe Thi, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM
This bar had some great cover bands play beginning at 10pm! They sang a nice variety of songs that the entire crowd could get into. The acoustics in the place was pretty bad though.
Margarita and gin and tonic. The cocktails in Ho Chi Minh as a whole weren’t very good, but Cafe Thi did make a pretty good margarita. It was weird that they served it in a small martini glass though. I need my booze! :)
Bonsai planters along the Saigon River.
With brie cheese, lettuce, tomato, and raspberry jam on wheat bread. 250 PHP
Cafe France, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
This sandwich was a bit different. I had mixed feelings about the raspberry jam. One the one hand, I liked the fruity component, but I also thought that it was maybe too sweet for the sandwich. The balance was off.
San Miguel Light beer. Ahh, it’s always a good idea to drink at airports, lol!
Rizal Park, Manila.
I’m not a big beer drinker, but beer was much cheaper than cocktails in Vietnam. It was also VERY hot while we were there so the beers were a great way to cool down. It was fun trying all the local brews. Each 50,000 VND
Go2 Bar, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM
This was a pretty common sight – people just relaxing or even sleeping on their motorcycles parked on the sidewalks or streets. This guy was just chillin’, lol!
A pale ale in the Belgian tradition. Clean grainy malt character provides crispness to a soft, delicately fruity yeast with earthy, spicy hops in the finish. Notes of pear, hay and earth. 16 ounces $5
Urban Family Public House, Seattle WA
This was a tasty local brew by Urban Family. I enjoy Belgian style beers because they tend to be lighter and easier to drink for me. The Muscles from Brussels went down smoothly but still had a lot of flavor and personality.
Fountain of the Northwest, by James FitzGerald, Intiman Theater at Seattle Center.