Salud to the weekend at Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

What to do after a hectic week of meetings, reports and presentations?

If you find yourself in the Poblacion area, you might want to check out the newly opened Latino Cocktail Bar along P. Burgos.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Latino Cocktail Bat, Poblacion

Here, you can bid goodbye to the workweek partying the night away enjoying the hot Latin vibes from the music, the drinks and the people (mostly from the local Latino community) who are sure to frequent the place.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Together with my foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH, I attendee its Grand Opening, where we enjoyed some of its celebrated cocktails:

Mojito. A traditional Cuban highball of white rhum, lime juice, sugar, mint, ice and soda water which makes for a sweet, herby and citrusy drink.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Amaretto Sour. A drink made with the Italian almond-based liqueur amaretto as well as citrusy juices, simple syrup and orange liqeuer.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Cosmopolitan. Popularized in the TV series Sex and the City as Carrie Bradshaw’s drink of choice, this concoction is made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and sweetened lime juice.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Frozen margarita. A cocktail made with tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice shaken then frozen to create flavored shaved ice served in a salt-rimmed glass.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Together with these cocktails, we also nibbled on some of Latino’s bar chow:

Empanadas. A baked pastry turnover filled with beef, chicken on cheese.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Desitos de Queso. A popular Venezuelan snack made of fried and breaded cheese sticks.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Nuggets and Fries. If you’re wondering what these fun-shaped chicken nuggets and stick fries are doing in a Latin-American style bar, well, I’m wondering about that myself.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

So go ahead and add Latino Cocktail Bar among your Poblacion haunts when you want to say salud to the weekend!

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Thanks to the owner and crew of Latino Cocktail Bar and to Jonylle Pineda of #WeLoveToEatPH for extending the invite!

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Latino Cocktail Bar is located at 5739 P. Burgos corner San Lucas Street, Poblacion Makati (beside Gogi Korean Barbecue and Gangnam Style). For inquiries and reservations, call +63 956 4630866.

Latino Cocktail Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with fellow foodies from #WeLoveToEatPH, I attended the restaurant’s grand opening wherein the food items mentioned above were served to allow us to sample the fare in exchange for honest reviews.

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Three ways Alegria Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar in BGC is your next happy place

Describe your “happy place.”

Is it a place where you can sit back and relax after a busy workday? Is it a place where you can comfortably hang out with friends and catch up over good food and drinks? Is it a place where you can be adventurous and explore the tastes of new and exotic cuisines?

Well, Alegria Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar could just be your new happy place.

The Spanish word “alegria” translates to “joy, cheer, happiness.”

These are what Alegria Conzinha Moderna & Sangria Bar hopes to bring out in every diner that walks through its doors.

Alegria, BGC

Alegria, BGC

Together with my foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH, I attended a Bloggers Night held here and discovered the ways in which Alegria can be our happy place.

Alegria, BGC

Here’s how:

One: It’s within easy reach.

Located in the bustling and cosmopolitan Bonifacio Global City, Alegria is easily accessible to office workers and residents of Taguig and Makati. Here, you can meet up with friends for a meal or a drink or two as you while away the worst of the rush hour.

Two: It has a vibrant and colorful vibe that will lift your spirits.

The countries that make up Latin America are characterized by a dynamic culture influenced by customs of indigenous people, the European colonizers as well as those of African and Asian countries that came into contact with Latin America.

This resulted to a culture marked with liveliness and color, which mark Alegria’s premises, from the colorful murals on the walls to the lively beat of the music played in the background.

Alegria, BGC

Alegria, BGC

Here, you and your friends can groove to the festive Latin beat as you dine and shake off the day’s worries.

Three: It highlights the fresh and exotic flavors that make Latin cuisine so unique.

The same vibrancy, color and artistry also characterize Alegria’s dishes which we were able to sample, which included:

Pescado (Php165). Fish, pasilla relish, with a smoky flavor from charred pineapple and corn, and red cabbage to be wrapped tortilla frijol.

Alegria, BGC

Alegria, BGC

Agua Chile de Infladita (Php265). Shrimp, Chile watee, charred pineapple and corn, cilantro chutney placed inside inflated tortillas, resulting into an explosion of flavor with each bite.

Alegria, BGC

Alegria, BGC

Feijoada (Php395). A savory dish of grilled bacon gordita and black bean stew, farofa, edamame, sausage with fruity accents from burnt oranges and smoked grapes.

Alegria, BGC

Alegria, BGC

Fricase de Pollo. Tender and flavorful braised chicken, sofrito, morita, hoja aguacate, potatoes and cilantro served over rice.

Alegria, BGC

Alegria, BGC

Carne de Gaucho (Php1,865). Also known as “the Argentine Asado,” this dish made of 500G USDA prime grade rib eye steak served with corn and zucchini asada, garlic confit served with chimichurri and Pasilla barbecue sauce. Each bite of the perfectly grilled meat is just so tender and buttery.

Alegria, BGC

Alegria, BGC

Cayo (Php205). St. Louis Avocado Ice Cream under an inverted cajeta cona on a bed of muscovado crumble and kiwi slices.

Alegria, BGC

Alegria, BGC

Along with the delicious food, we also enjoyed Alegria’s drinks such as:

Tropical. A refreshing berry-flavored mocktail perfect for those who want to enjoy the night without having to imbibe alcohol.

Alegria, BGC

Basic Sangrias (Php325 each). Sangrias are festive drinks traditionally made with wine, chopped fruit and rhum or brandy. These may be called basic sangrias but there is nothing basic about them in terms of taste or appearance.

Alegria, BGC

Verde (Php300). A refreshing sangria made of white wine, rhum, apple, kiwi and cucumber.

Alegria, BGC

Litchi (Php320). An exotic sangria made of white wine, vodka, eiderflower and flavored with lychee.

Alegria, BGC

Between the happy vibes, delicious food and refreshing drinks here, Alegria sure seems poised to be our new happy place!

Alegria, BGC

Thanks to Denise Liao and the crew of Alegria for the warm welcome and fabulous meal, and to Ojie of PiggingOutOnSundays for extending the invitation!

Alegria, BGC

Spend your after-office hours at Alegria and take advantage of its Happy Hour 5+1 beer promo! Buy five Heinekens or Coronas from 3pm to 7pm on Mondays to Saturdays and get your sixth beer free.

Alegria Conzinha Moderna & Sangria Bar is located at Fourth Floor, Uniqlo Building, C3 Annex, 7th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 3pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 945 2647828.

Alegria Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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Flavorful Latin dishes at Cocina Peruvia, Podium

The South American country of Peru is home to a cuisine that is a melting pot of various influences: from European (Spanish, Italian and German), to Asian (Chinese and Japanese) and West African.  With the culinary inputs from other cultures arising from colonization, trade or immigration, Peruvian cuisine has grown in flavorful and inclusive diversity that it has been cited by food critic Eric Asimov as one of the most important cuisines, being a model of fusion fare.

This much-vaunted fusion of flavors came into play when I had lunch together with fellow foodies from #SaanSaPH at the Cocina Peruvia branch in The Podium in Ortigas Center.

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

The place had a colorful and festive feel to it, highlighted by greetings of “Buenas tardes!” from the staff.  The dining area was spacious and airy with window seats offering a chill view of the Ortigas commercial district.

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

Cocina Peruvia’s menu was developed by Chef Him Uy de Baron, with Peruvian chef Andres Higa as consultant, to bring Peru’s grand fusion of tastes to Filipino diners such as those included in our tasty lunch repast:

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

Anticuchos de Corazon de Vaca (Php320). Skewered grilled cubes of ox heart, accompanied by aji anticucho (mayo-mustard) sauce and chimichurri (garlic-parsley) sauce.   Definitely one of the restaurant’s more exotic offerings, it exemplifies the types of meat dishes that became popular as inexpensive street food in Peru.

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

Patacones Salmon (Php320). Flavorful slices of cooked salmon covered by a parmesan cheese and mayo mix on top of a patacon or a twice-fried slice of plantain banana and served with sofrito sauce. If you ever need to satisfy a craving for cheesy baked salmon, try this out!

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

Adobo Peruvia (Php400 | Php1,190 grande). It’s the first time I’ve heard of Peru having its own version of adobo.  Well, I shouldn’t have been surprised considering its similarities to the Philippines when it comes to having a colonial past. Tender, slow-cooked pork belly slices are place on a bed of cream sauce and accented by sliced tomatoes and onions.

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

Arroz Verde con Pollo (Php320 | Php790 grande).  Chicken slivers sauteed with rice, mixed veggies and cilantro, great when paired with the Adobo Peruvia.

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

Pollo a la Brasa (Php380 | Php750 grande). Roasted chicken served with fried potatoes, aji green (mayo-cilantro) sauce, chimichurri and salsa creole.

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

Linguine con Carbonara (Php280 | Php520 grande).  Peru’s version of seafood carbonara with shrimp, squid and mussels in a creamy garlic butter sauce tossed into linguine pasta.

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

Galera de Chocolate (Php350). A exotically decadent dessert of dark chocolate ganache served with candied figs and tortilla chips.

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

Banana Shakes (Php120).  Both choices offer a fresh take on the banana shake: the Banana Pineapple has a more tropical taste while the Banana Mint features a cool, refreshing taste.

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

These dishes gave me and my fellow foodies an awesome taste of Peru’s fusion cuisine! On my next visit, I look forward to trying out more of Cocina Peruvia’s parilla line and desserts.

Cocina Peruvia, Podium

This Cocina Peruvia branch is located at Fifth Floor, The Podium, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, open Mondays to Thursdays from 11am to 10pm and Fridays to Sundays from 10am to 10pm. For inquiries or reservations, call +63 2 9073958 or +63 9176351862.

Another branch is located at Level 3, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City, open Mondays to Thursdays from 11am to 9pm and Fridays to Sundays from 10am to 10pm. For inquiries or reservations, call +63 2 9892752 or +63 9176315797.

Disclosure: Together with other #SaanSaPH foodies, I was invited to attend a foodie meetup held in this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Cocina Peruvia Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Latin Foodgasm at Tittos, Kapitolyo

Another recent addition to the establishments in the foodie-friendly Kapitolyo neighborhood is Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew. The family and I were treated here by the in-laws for SIL’s birthday.

Tittos’ imposing exteriors lead into bright and airy interiors, complete with festive and colorful artwork and decor that give the place a vibrant South American feel.

Latin American cuisine is an amalgamation of food from South American countries wherein common items include maize-based dishes (such as tortillas, tamales and tacos), various salsas and other condiments such as guacamole, chili and chimichurri.  This cuisine is also heavily influenced by other cultures, particularly Native American (from which Latin cuisine got its predilection for corn), African (from which the use of less desired cuts of meat are perfected into distinct dishes), and European (resulting from colonization of several Latin American countries during the Age of Exploration).

Our food orders certainly embodied Tittos’ myriad of influences.

Our starters:

Churrasco Beef Salpicao (Php345).  Grilled beef cubes sauteed in herb butter with mushrooms and onion crisps.

Salted Egg Shrimp Taco (Php145). The crispy shrimp morsels, curry leaves and salted egg sauce give this dish an Asian flavor.

Verduras Taco (Php125).  Another Asian-inspired dish with steamed cauliflower and tofu flavored with sweet and spicy soy glaze, pico de gallo and melted cheese.

Our main dishes:

Arroz Negra Paella (Php495 for Medio, good for 2-3 people). The squid-ink flavored rice served as the backdrop for the chorizos, oysters, prawns and squid rings.

Titto’s Chicharon (Php650). Our favorite crispy pata served with spiced vinegar and chimichurri.

Pollo Asado (Php695 for Todo or Whole Chicken). Roast chicken served with chimichurri, mango relish and side vegetables.

Our desserts:

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake (Php195). The delectable caramel-based cheesecake with a new twist – a chocolate sauce with oodles of caramelized cornflakes.

Frozen Brazo de Mercedes (Php195). The favorite and familiar brazo de mercedes modified intona cheesecake.

Ube Churros (Php225). Sizeable ube churros served with white chocolate frosting, caramel and drizzled with chocolate syrup.

All in all, it was a happy celebration made even more so by Tittos’ festive food offerings.

Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew is located at 16 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.  For reservations, call +63 2 5323414 or +63 917 8122243.

Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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