Summer fruits, labneh, cashew praline. $18 NZD
Odettes Eatery, Auckland NZ
This granola was really delicious. The yogurt was pretty thick so we had to add a bit of milk to thin it out. I loved all the different flavors and textures of all the toppings though. Yum!
Bloody Mary: vodka, tomato, pickle, berbere. $16 NZD
With cucumber, cocktail sauce, horseradish. Each $3
Pesce, San Francisco CA
I don’t know about these. I’m not a big horseradish fan with oysters and these just had a lot of murky liquid in the glass that scared me off. I definitely spent more time worrying about taking the oyster shot than actually enjoying it. It wasn’t bad, but my it was too much work for me to shoot it.
Bad Boy: Tito’s vodka, tobacco leaf tincture, orange bitters. $10
Rucoletta. Shaved fennel, parmesan, oil, lemon. $7
Pesce, San Francisco CA
Mmm, I love peppery arugula simply dressed and topped with parmesan shavings. These basic flavors are work perfectly together and whet the appetite for more to come.
Jeepney Gimlet: Swan’s Neck vodka, coconut water nectar, lime, Batavia. $10
Not too impressed with this cocktail – it was off tasting.
Crispy egg battered squid, chili, aioli, lime wedge, cilantro. 310 PHP
Sky Deck View Bar, Manila PHILIPPINES
Mmm, these calamari were done right! They weren’t dry and over-fried and chewy. They were still tender and packed with flavor, a little heat and some sweetness. A nice early evening snack to kick off the night.
Manhattan and Long Island Iced Tea. Each 280 PHP
Intramuros view from the Bayleaf Hotel.
Fried potato wedges, truffle oil, crispy bacon bits, egg. 250 PHP
Sky Deck View Bar, Manila PHILIPPINES
We wanted to hit a rooftop bar while in Manila so we found the Sky Deck View Bar located at The Bayleaf Intramuros hotel. The bar is really cute and you get a 360 degree view of the city. We went during happy hour so the drinks were discounted. The snacks were also pretty tasty. These truffle fries were really good and sinful. Hey, I’m still on vacation!
Cuba libre & Vodka tonic. Each 280 PHP
View from the bar.
Fried potato cubes with Barcelona’s Best Selling Sauce. 350 PHP
Cozina, Boracay PHILIPPINES
Meh, these patatas bravas weren’t that good. I’ve had better versions at even cheaper restaurants, and there weren’t very many in that little bowl. I’m not sure what they mean by “Barcelona’s Best Selling Sauce”, but I’m sure it’s just a spicy tomato/red pepper sauce and aioli.
Kamakaze cocktail: vodka, triple sec and house made sour. 180 PHP
Koi pond, Boracay Regency.
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!
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
Boarding the boat shuttle to Boracay.
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. 195 PHP
Electric ice tea. 195 PHP
Lychee martini. 210 PHP
The bar after sunset.
Spicy bloody mary with vodka and special house made bloody mary mix, garnished with lemon and cucumber. $8
Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA
This bloody mary was pretty good. It could have used a little more spice for my taste but it had a lot of flavor and substance.
Hyena graffiti mural, SOMA.
Long Island iced tea and gin and tonic.
S.i. Pub, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM
After full days of walking around in the sweltering heat, cold drinks were very much needed to relax and unwind at night. S.i. Pub is actually where we witnessed a street fight break out between two motorcyclists because they got into an accident. It was kinda exciting – I’m not gonna lie, lol!
Adult badminton game, Cong Vien 23 Thang 9 Park.
Fried rice with shrimp, calamari. 114,000 VND
Bamboo Garden, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM
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. 😦
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 (Municipal Theater of Ho Chi Minh City).
Spiced with cayenne, scallions and cheddar. $8
Brenda’s French Soul Food, San Francisco CA
OMG, these were frickin’ amazing! These crawfish beignets are definitely heaven sent pouches of flavorful goodness. The filling is a cheesy gooey mess with chunks of delicious crawfish, and the beignet dough is wonderfully light and fluffy and covered in slap-yo-face spices. The addition of the scallions in the filling puts it over the top. These puppies are super rich, but you really can’t have just one! 🙂
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012
Creole Bloody Mary: garnished with creole spices and pickled okra. $7
Ugh, this bloody mary was a major let-down. IT was all tomato juice with no hint of alcohol and it wasn’t spicy AT ALL! It didn’t have any creole flavor and was actually bland. We had to add lots of hot sauce to make it somewhat decent. Lame!