Here’s one I’ve been sitting on for awhile…
There’s a new craft beer (homemade beer) scene here in the Philippines!
Leading the pack is Katipunan beer. Starting out in a kitchen, this enterprise has grown by leaps and bounds, as this video will attest to:
Katipunan beer video
Where to get Katipunan beer
Second is Fat Pauly’s, a beer from Iligan I’ve been wanting to try, and finally did last Halloween. I had their Mont Lelong Smoked Mocha Porter and their Smashin’ Pumpkin 2013 Limited. The latter was better. Now I have to try their classic Iligan Pale Ale and their Ilaya Intensely Hopped Pale Ale.
Third is Bogs Brew from Bacolod. I like their Primo more than their basic. Try to get it at the Ilonggo fair they throw once a year here in Metro Manila.
The fourth is 7107 Islands beer. I had their summer beer which was copious but not that exciting.
And where can you get all these beers? At Global Beer Exchange, of course. Located in the Paseo de Magallanes Center, this unassuming bar is a mecca for local and foreign craft beers.
You can also get most of them from Anton’s High End Sari-Sari store in Bel Air Village (09178844111).
And so I’ve tried all the local craft beers… wait… what is this Craftpoint beer?
Back to the Barcave!
The Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) has opened up to Gerona, bypassing Tarlac City, tengkgad! Will try it out this weekend. Will let you know how it goes.
I took it it this weekend (Nov. 8-10, 2013) and it was awesome! It must have cut travel time by an hour or something. I used to hate passing thru Tarlac because it was so long and traffic. The next time I pass the TPLEX it will probably reach past Carmen Rosales by then.
As if Polaris St. couldn’t get any better, nearby Felipe St. has a street taco place. The Mexican food wars have been getting ferocious and I thought the old stalwart Mexicali was down for the count, but I was wrong. Underpricing but out flavoring the competition, they opened El Chupacabra!
Cheap street tacos at roughly 90 pesos each. Yesterday I had a sisig taco, chicharon taco (soft though not fried chicharon), and a fried spicy shrimp taco. It still reminds me of Mexicali, but, boy, is it good! I would go back for its faux street ambiance and the general camaraderie of the patrons. Next on my list would be the fish taco and the goat meat taco. Across it is Heckle and Jeckle, now called H&J. New location for H&J, too.
One more thing, the tacos are so good that they give you two fajitas. One for the taco, and one for if ever some of the trimmings start falling off.
All other Mexican places, your move!
Would be more useful if we had more trains to begin with, but useful nonetheless. Wouldn’t recommend taking the PNR train unless you are heading to Divisoria or Bicol (If you’re heading to Bicol by train, you’re awesome.)
The ramifications of this will be endless.
It seems they are planning to start a Ro-Ro from Davao to Manado, Indonesia this October 18, 2013. Then a Ro-Ro from Batangas City to Da Nang, Vietnam (passing near Hong Kong first) in 2015.
And it also seems there will be a Ro-Ro connecting the southern part of Palawan, Brooke’s Point to Kudat, Sabah in January, 2014.
In honor of my 101th post, I’ve finally decided to purchase the domain name backpackertrail.com Be ready for a flurry of baller bands, calling cards, stickers, and t-shirts, hehehe.
Also I don’t know if I’ve posted this before, but here is my list of the best Mexican food in the Metropolis.
- Ristras = best burrito
- Orale = best enchilada
- Chihuahua = best burrito bowl
- Achiote = best soft taco
- Mexicali = best cheaper burrito
And we have a new contender, El Chupacabra = best street taco!
I just saw two copies of Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia in Fully Booked High Street. They also had a lot of his fiction books. (This is my 100th post, it seems.) I also saw paperback versions of Simon Garfield’s On the Map. Plus lots of Theroux’s The Tao of Travel.