Espresso Martini for brunch.

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I knew I was not getting into just a coffee binge when I visited my friend Nico’s coffee shop in Ormoc City. I was quite hungover from the night before since I went out drinking with my friends and I was running on just 3 hours of sleep when I went aboard Ocean Jet for my three hour trip. As the boat docked and I got down, my stomach started rumbling, time check: it was 10am and I need to eat asap. It was quite hard to find a tricycle that knew where Unit 1A was, and I tried my best to explain the directions as instructed by my friend.
 
The café had glass walls and an eco-friendly feel to it. I went inside and settled in the corner facing the road. I ordered Nico’s recommendations, Kimchi Fried Rice and wait for it… Espresso Martini. I honestly was reading it when I just realized that Martini meant it had alcohol as an ingredient. But I guess, I’m really the adventurous type, because even if I could still feel the Jim Bean that I drank the night before gurgling in my stomach, I ordered it… with a shot of Patron (Tequila). Wow, I know. That’s one hell of an alcoholic beverage.
 
As soon as that espresso martini arrived at my table, I could smell the strong aroma of alcohol. Should I still drink it? I asked myself trying to weigh the pros and cons. But I paid 190 pesos for my coffee, I should definitely take a sip, at least. As soon as the liquid went down my throat I could feel my brain buzz, phew! You know what it tastes like? ALCOHOL! With a bit of coffee. Think of Bailey’s but with a lot more kick to it. Imagine drinking this one for brunch and venturing on a six-hour van ride home to Eastern Samar.
 
As the fried rice was served, I hoped that it would managed my current digestive system situation. And thank goodness, that Kimchi Fried Rice was divine which one should definitely try at Unit1A. It was a mass of orange-ish colored rice, some veggies and pork cutlets topped with a sunny side up all wrapped in savory and salty goodness. It was a perfect brunch on a bright mid morning in Ormoc City. As I chowed down and thought of the ways that I could further gulp that half-finished espresso martini smiling at me at the side of my main course, I could actually feel the alcohol settle in and let the coffee take over. My mood suddenly changed from this day-drinking lady who probably didn’t have anything else going on with her life to this person who is ready to conquer the world and whatnot. It was much like an encounter with Jager and Redbull but this time around I could remember everything.
 
After I finished eating, I made sure I savored my first time at Unit1A… like staying for their fast internet connection (haha). But the cool and minimalistic vibe that Nico had on his café was definitely hangout worthy.
 
So go check out Unit 1A when you happen to be in Ormoc City! Plus, I just tried their COLD BREW and it was the best one, so far!
 
PS. Unit1A’s Espresso Martini is vodka-based but the owner (Nico) gave me a shot of Patron instead lol
PPS. Nico’s cold brew is also available at Quality Bread Bakeshop and Cafen at Primark Tacloban! So if you don’t want to travel 2 hours to Ormoc, Primark has it for you and its just as good!
 
Check out Unit 1A’s page here
Unit 1a Bakery and Café
Instagram @unit1a
 
With love,
Beyscapades
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Doc Wings!

Yes, there’s a humble place in Tondo that offers unli chicken wings for PHP 199!

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Hey guys, I was in Manila for the weekend and amidst their samgyupsal culture, chicken wings still plummet through in the heart of Manila. Living in Cebu for five years, there a lot of local restos that offer chicken wings from Bad Boyz to Gibbs to Burrows to Wingers but in Manila City, it was actually hard to find a chicken wing place that not only was easy on the wallet but the palette as well. Doc Wings is located along a busy street in Tondo, though the place is a bit sketchy, the place boasts a cool barkada hangout visited by students and the like.

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L-R: Original, Garlic Parmesan, Garlic Mayo.

We honestly waited for an hour because the line was too long, there were a lot of people there and for PHP 199, I guess it’s a steal. We were hungry enough to order 35 pcs and for only four people, it was a lot. They have a lot of flavors too, some were good, some didn’t really tickle my taste buds but overall I think everyone should check it out. It’s a breather from your unli beef and pork strips.

 

With love,
Beyscapades

 

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What and where I ate in Siargao.

I spent seven incredible days in Siargao just this month of September and as a foodie, I know I can never leave Siargao without going to restos/cafés and munching down on whatever it is that the establishment has to offer.

Heads up, if you are going to Siargao, the price of the food is quite pricey. A lot of places offer food that starts at around PHP 200 to as much as PHP 500-PHP 1000 depending on what you are ordering. My tip is to book a hostel/homestay with a kitchen so in that way you can cook your own meals and not spend PHP 200 every time you eat breakfast, lunch or dinner and just decide on which days you want to splurge and eat out. In our case, out of the seven days, we probably splurged on one meal per day and the rest of the meals we had at the homestay where we were staying at.

Note: Some of the things I’m gonna list below, I don’t have a flatly to show just because we went there at night and the lighting is not that great so I might just insert their link or their Instagram.

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Me & my Iced Americano dilemma.

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You see, I am not a coffee person though I think the baristas at Cafe Stellar (shameless plug) would beg to differ because every single time I would pay a visit I would get an Iced Americano (2 shots of espresso, please) sometimes with a pump of irish cream. Like a trying hard minimalist, I like my coffee black. I get a lot of grimace when people take a sip of what I order and a bunch of awestruck questions here and there but I like it just the way it is. Honestly, I like the bitterness of it but most importantly, I like how it doesn’t have too many calories for me to burn later. I like how it acts as a palette cleanser when I ate something that was too sweet or too salty. I like how it keeps me awake till 4am even if I don’t have anything to study for. I just like the acidity, the fruity aftertaste and the smell of coffee beans flowing through your nostrils like aaaah, more please! Milk and sugar definitely ruin the vibe but I don’t mind a shot of syrup depending on my mood. You see, I am not a big coffee enthusiast although I have friends who are with their coffee grinders and french presses. But just like my love for these people who also love adventures along with their love for coffee, I enjoy their company. And I enjoy the company of my iced americano anytime of the week whenever deemed necessary.

So yes, I will forever be in denial of my bond with coffee no matter how many coffee binges that I do because when I’m at home, I prefer tea over any other beverage but that’s for another story.

RECIPE!

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Disclaimer: NO FROZEN BANANAS IN THIS RECIPE. I will be putting the brands I used so you guys don’t ask me in the future (though I love answering queries.) All of the ingredients are from Rustan’s Fresh Supermarket.

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ON THE DL.

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Life has been on the down low lately. Though I don’t show it at school or at the hospital, whenever I come home and change into my clothes and lie on my bed, I fight the urge to cry every time. Emotions keep on pouring in and I don’t even know where they are coming from. Maybe it’s the stress? But I’m not that stressed out these days so I don’t even know anymore. In all honesty, life has been great. It had its worst days but I’m still living & breathing smiles & laughs yet somehow, there’s still that pulsating thought of sadness, longing & even self-pity. I did cry last night, I didn’t know what else to do and when I was done I distracted myself with movies and waited for a calm mind.

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Calories Day In and Day Out

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It has been raining since Wednesday and all of our plans to go out and wander Negros Oriental have been cancelled. A typhoon, Typhoon Pablo, is in our midst and Dumaguete is in a state of calamity with some roads broken and flooded with water that overflowed from the river.

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MAGNUM MNL!

And when in the metro, one would definitely drop my SM Mall of Asia and get themselves a serving of Magnum Ice Cream.

Since my flight was still at 7pm that day, I decided to drop by MOA before heading to the airport. I also needed to buy a sandwhich at Subway as requested by my good friend (There is no Subway shop in Cebu).

As I was looking for the store, I stumbled upon Cupcakes by Sonja (which I got a cookies and cream cupcake) and the magnum stall on the second floor. I was skeptical whether or not to get one since I already bought a cupcake but when it comes to ice cream, I can never say no to its goodness. So i decided to line up, which was a pretty quick line at that time, and get myself this delicious ensemble!

Here are the specific details:

Ice Cream Base: Vanilla with a chocolate coat.

Toppings: Pistacchios, Almonds & Crushed Oreos

Dip: Dark Chocolate

Drizzle: White chocolate

It was soooo good. I mean a magnum bar itself is alreay heaven but with these  chunky bits added on top of it made it worth the one hundred twenty pesos pricetag, plus it’s pretty instagrammable too! Definitely recommend you guys to grab a bar and eat and lick away.

With love, beyscapades.

MOOSHI GREEN BAR!


My dad is in the city! We were supposed to have dinner at this new korean eat-all-you-can in Ayala Center Cebu called Kpub but my pharma class ended at like 6:30 and there were no taxis available because of the heavy rains plus rush hour hence, I had t ride a jeepney to SM and SM to Ayala which took me about an hour.

When I arrived, my dad and my brother had already finished eating and I just decided to get a smoothie bowl from prolly one of the best places to dine on healthy goodness; Mooshi Green Bar! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a fresh smoothie/juice store that makes the yummiest smoothies and juices (I have tried Tonic befor but nothing beats this one). I was supposed to get a smoothie but I wanted something with a protein boost and they recommended the smoothie bowl instead. It was sooo good. The cacao nibs were a bit too bitter but I loved it anyway. Definitely a 9/10.
I guess I just really wanted to do a quick update. I have a new instagram account btw in case you guys didn’t catch that one. I do not have pictures on it yet so I am really sorry but I think I’m going to post one tonight (if I don’t get too lazy).

I’m supposed to be studying for my Electro Stimulation class because I have an exam tomorrow on Biofeedback and HPVC but here I am and I am writing this because why the hell not.

With love, beyscapades.

New Instagram + Update

I guess I just really needed a clean slate and what better way to do it than making a new instagram account. Well, basically, it’s not a new account. This was my account when I used to sell my old books for a good cause (I gave half the profit to charity). So yeah, it was such a hard task unfollowing and following everyone back again just so that I could filter out the audiences that I wanted for this one.

Basically, this account is for my travels + foodblogs + PreMed hype. What makes it different from other blogs? Well, the medical content that will be incorporated along with all of my wandering and my foodtripping. It’s a bunch of random things from the three that I hope will come together as an organized masterpiece. 

I hope you guys support me and follow this account and I hope to be blogging and instagramming a thousand more words and a thousand more pictures to share with all of you guys. 

With love, 

Beyscapades 19