Crab ‘n corn soup – Paraiso Grill

Crab 'n corn soup - Paraiso Grill
Creamy soup with crab, corn and egg. 200 PHP
Paraiso Grill, Boracay PHILIPPINES

Meh, this soup was neither particularly good nor bad. It tasted fine, but it was definitely forgettable. I guess it was something to eat while we waited for everything else.

Pineapple daquiri - Paraiso Grill
Pineapple Daquiri: rum, triple sec, lime juice, fresh pineapple. 180 PHP

Outdoor seating
Outdoor seating along the White Beach Path. The nautilus lamps are kinda cool.

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Three-dal wave – Wave Bar & Lounge

Three-dal wave - Wave Bar & Lounge
Loaded potato skins, fried mozzarella, and tangy buffalo wings, served with sour cream, chives and marinara sauce. 420 PHP
Wave Bar & Lounge, Boracay PHILIPPINES

This was pretty good for a fried appetizer plate. The loaded potato skins ended up being bbq potato chips though. Ugh, whatever. Everything tasted great, but the chips were a bit soggy. The service was really friendly and they bring the food out to you on the beach. Lovely!

It took me a while to figure out what “three-dal wave” was referring to. I wasn’t sure if it was a tagalog thing at first, but then realized it was a play on “tidal wave”. Ugh, doesn’t sound very similar, lol!

Cocktails - Wave Bar & Lounge
Caipirinha. Happy hour 2-for-1, 160 PHP
Absolut vodka and Sprite. Happy hour 2-for-1, 160 PHP
Mojito. Happy hour 2-for-1, 170 PHP

Boat shuttle to Boracay
Boarding the boat shuttle to Boracay.

Cocktails – White Moon Bar

Mojito - White Moon Bar
Mojito. 220 PHP
White Moon Bar, Manila PHILIPPINES

Ugh, I was disappointed overall at how badly Manila made cocktails. They were either super weak or super sugary. Now I like to drink, so you better make my cocktails right, Mr. Bartender! White Moon Bar fell into the crappy cocktail category. All the cocktails were a little off. The mojito was probably the most drinkable. The malibu pineapple was too sweet and the electric ice tea was ridiculously awful. We had to send that one back. I asked if they could make the lychee martini on the not-so-sweet side, so their solution was so mix in olive juice! Lychee + olive juice, can you imagine?! LOL, that tasted like crap too! Omg, where can I get a decent cocktail?! :/

Malibu pineapple & Electric ice tea - White Moon Bar
Malibu pineapple. 195 PHP
Electric ice tea. 195 PHP

Lychee martini - White Moon Bar
Lychee martini. 210 PHP

White Moon Bar
The bar after sunset.

Spicy salt and pepper chicken – Chelu Bar & Grill

Spicy salt and pepper chicken - Chelu Bar & Grill
With sauteed onions and bell peppers, served with vinegar sauce. 238 PHP
Chelu Bar and Grill, Manila PHILIPPINES

I was really confused by this dish. When I saw the menu item, I didn’t expect it to come out with a mound of sautéed vegetables on top. Oh well, it still tasted fine. And dipping anything in a vinegar based sauce is fine by me!

Cocktails - Chelu Bar & Grill
Margarita and mai tai. The cocktails here weren’t very good at all! It was definitely better to stick with beer.

Quirino statue and sleeping homeless person
Quirino statue and sleeping homeless person, Manila Ocean Park.

Seafood fried rice in clay pot – Bamboo Garden

Seafood fried rice in clay pot - Bamboo Garden
Fried rice with shrimp, calamari. 114,000 VND
Bamboo Garden, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

Seafood fried rice in clay pot - Bamboo Garden
This dish was OK. The seafood was actually pretty tender and flavorful, but the dish as a whole was kinda boring. They actually just scooped the fried rice into the clay pot before serving. I thought that it was gonna be cooked in it so that there would be crispy rice at the bottom, but that didn’t happen. :(

Cocktails - Bamboo Garden
Caipirinha: dark rum, lime, and sugar. Two for 85,000 VND
Long Island Iced Tea: tequila, gin, rum, vodka, triple sec, coke, and lemon.

Saigon Opera House
Saigon Opera House (Municipal Theater of Ho Chi Minh City).

Rooftop cocktails – Rex Hotel

Planter's Punch - Rex Hotel
Planter’s Punch: Bacardi light rhum, triple sec, lemon juice, pineapple juice, soda. 220,000 VND
Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

So this was probably the most we spent for cocktails while in Vietnam. We really wanted to check out the rooftop bar though (and get out of the scorching heat). The Rex hotel is historic and it was quite relaxing up on the roof so I really didn’t mind too much about spending a little more for drinks here. My Planter’s Punch tasted pretty weak and not as sweet and vibrantly colored as those you would find on a Caribbean island.

Gin and tonic - Rex Hotel
Gin and tonic. 240,000 VND

Salted peanuts - Rex Hotel
Salted peanuts.

Table centerpiece - Rex Hotel
Table centerpiece.

Rex Hotel rooftop view
View from the Rex Hotel rooftop.

Hula’s hurricane cocktail – Hula’s Island Grill

Hula's hurricane cocktail - Hula's Island Grill

3 rums infused with pineapple and vanilla topped with tropical juices and Foslings Black Seal rum. $8
Hula’s Island Grill, Santa Cruz CA

I love the beautiful colors in this cocktail. They make you think of vacations and beaches. I’ve had plenty of frou frou cocktails in my life (hehe), and some of them miss the mark. This hurricane did not disappoint – it was delicious!

Red and green Fuschia flowers
Red and green Fuschia flowers (Onagraceae), The Mystery Spot.

Zombie cocktail – Hula’s Island Grill

Zombie cocktail - Hula's Island Grill

Don Q Cristal rum, passion fruit, pineapple juice, lime juice, Goslings Black Seal rum and Bacardi 151 rum. $8
Hula’s Island Grill, Santa Cruz CA

I had to order something served in a tiki glass during our visit to Hula’s. Enter the zombie cocktail, lol! This drink was delicious and deceptively easy to drink. I definitely felt a buzz after finishing off this fruity concoction.

Red and purple Fuschia flowers
Red and purple Fuschia flowers (Onagraceae), The Mystery Spot.

Hula’s mai tai – Hula’s Island Grill

Hula's mai tai - Hula's Island Grill

Appleton’s gold rum, DeKuyper orange curacao, pineapple and lime juice, orgeat, Goslings Black Seal rum. $7
Hula’s Island Grill, Santa Cruz CA

There was something off with this cocktail. Perhaps the pineapple juice was old, but something just didn’t taste right. This was unfortunate because I do love my mai tai’s.

The Mystery Spot sign
The Mystery Spot sign.

Cocktails – Comme Ca

Ramble cocktail - Comme Ca

Ramble: gin, sugar, freshly squeezed lemon juice, muddled raspberries, crushed ice.
Comme Ca, Las Vegas NV

Mmm, I LOVED the cocktails at Comme Ca! There were plenty to choose from and they were all deilcious and very different. AND during happy hour they are half off – SCORE!

Sazerac cocktail - Comme Ca
Sazerac: rye whiskey, sugar, peychaud bitters, absinthe.

Hemingway daiquiri - Comme Ca

Hemingway Daiquiri: silver rum, maraschino liquor, fresh lime juice, grapefruit juice.

Rose Eight cocktail - Comme Ca
Rose Eight: 108.2′ bourbon, orange juice, fresh lemon juice, honey/grenadine, rose flower water.

New York sour cocktail - Comme Ca
New York Sour: bourbon, sugar, egg white, freshly squeezed lemons, red wine float.

Shimmy Flappers cocktail - Comme Ca
Shimmy Flappers: vodka, aperol, fresh lemon juice, sugar, red wine float.