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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rockin' Good Time at Rue Bourbon Eastwood

 For those who haven't visited Rue Bourbon at Eastwood's City Walk, I'll let you in on the details of their awesome food and beverages so you know exactly what you should be getting on a Friday night!



Rue Bourbon is a bar and restaurant that specializes in New Orleans cuisine with a lot of extraordinary drinks to choose from. The name comes from the famous street in New Orleans where there are lots of bars, tattoo parlors, and the likes alongside each other catering to thousands of tourists looking for a hell of a good time.


The name Rue Bourbon is French for Bourbon Street and it is also known for its famous street parties and Mardi Gras parade. The dream of the owners of Rue Bourbon is to bring a little bit of that to the Philippines which pretty much explains what's up with the masquerade and necklaces.

Here's the first floor of Rue Bourbon where the bartender can easily show of his skills. But I'll get back to that later.

 If you want a more cozy ambiance, you might want to check out their second floor. 
The seats there are so comfortable. It's really the perfect spot to unwind.

 Some of the funny signs inside

They also have a smoking area at the second floor which has a great view of Eastwood City Walk. If the view looks a little bit familiar to you, Rue Bourbon is conveniently located next to BBB.

Angeline Rodriguez from When In Manila also invited Robert Francis Rubin, the Founder of Mysterium Philippines.
His services are pretty expensive so it was totally worthwhile to try his skills for free.

I'm not going to tell everyone what he told me about my tarot card reading. Let's just say he got some things right but my reading weren't as accurate as Alice and Kate's. It was funny, Denise didn't want to have her cards read due to religious beliefs so she asked Francis if he could give her the winning lottery numbers instead.
Sadly, he refused to give them out. Hahahaha

As for the food there, I wish I didn't went there on a full stomach because I didn't get to taste a lot of the great dishes they had on the menu. Huhuhu


Shrimp and Chips (P375)
Kate and I really love this platter of shrimp and chips. The shrimp reminds me of the very fresh ones of Suzhou.
I love how tender the shrimp is along with the perfectly cooked fries. I don't like my fries too crispy so this is totally my taste.


Beef Rue Nachos (P450)
Mommy Lariza pointed out that unlike the usual nachos served everywhere, this is a little more "meatier" than the others that we got to try. It's a huge plate so if you think it's too pricey for a platter of nachos, it's not. It's good to share with 2-3 people.



Roast Beef Hash (P310)
I totally understood why my co-worker Jem, recommended us to get this. This is a must-try. Imagine a flavorful, tender, juicy beef with buttered roasted veggies.

Now on to the best part, the wide variety of beverages! Of all the places that I have been so far, I've never been to a place that serves a lot of beverages to the extent that it occupies more than two-thirds of the entire menu. They have a lot to choose from like wines, mojitos, cocktails, long drinks, shooters, local and imported beers, flavored beers even non-alcoholic drinks. It's crazy! Sometimes they even do auctions of their finest bottles. That night were able to get some shots of Patron Tequila and even go to witness an auctioned bottle of Patron go for only P1,300!


Gun Powder Shooter (P 195)
My first drink was this gun powder shooter, it's made with rhum infused with anise then sprinkled with lots of cinnamon powder. At first, I was really afraid. Not of the flames or the rhum, but because of the cinnamon powder!! I'm not a fan of cinnamon and I've heard that ingesting a teaspoon of cinnamon powder could cause you to choke uncontrollably. Nevertheless, I didn't choke and I love the hot sensation it gives when it goes down your throat, really awesome stuff.
You have to try this out!


Gummy Bear Shooter (P220)
This is my second favorite shooter next to Gun Powder! It's a fun and light drink that smells like rootbeer. Don't worry, the gummy bears doesn't pack a punch. I recommend this to everyone with an insatiable sweet tooth like me!


Love Spell Shooter (P220)
Topped with whipped cream, this sweet concoction reminds me of mudshake except instead of caramel or chocolate, it has coffee in it. According to them, this cocktail will help you feel slicker than a Harpooned Hippo on a banana tree. I'm quite sad because I thought it was some sort of love potion. I guess I have to go to Quiapo for that. Hahahaha


Classic Mojito (P230)
Kate ordered this and she finds it very refreshing. Other available variants of this are the Manileno, Mango, Strawberry, Apple, Guava, Caipiranha, Calpiroska, Pineapple and Virgin. It's also available in two sizes: a glass for P230 and a pitcher for P650.


Big Ass Cucumber Beer (P280)
Alice originally ordered this for herself but she noticed I kinda liked it a lot so she allowed me to take this huge mug of beer with me. Lol. It tastes really great and it doesn't have an awkward aftertaste. THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE GREAT TASTING BEER! I wish San Mig Light brewers would take some cues!!! Anyway, I'm really sold and I'm planning to go back to try their much talked about Caramel Beer!

They also have it in two sizes which is available in glass for P120 and big ass for P280.
Other flavors include Apple, Lychee, Hazelnut and Rose.


Green Fairy Cocktail
It's not yet available on the menu so we were also the first ones to try it. It's called as such because it's made out of absinthe. However, my lips never met with the glass because I'm afraid that I might start to see a green fairy just like in Moulin Rouge. Hahaha.


The Inception
Along with the Green Fairy Cocktail, this one is not yet available on the menu, but we're one of the first ones to try this bomber set. Lucky us! I forgot what I had with my draft beer but Alice was the brave one who took on the Jager bomb which consists of Jagermeister and Red Bull.


  
Here's the thing I was talking about earlier. Check out his marvelous skills! 
This video doesn't do him enough justice!

 All in all, I had a hell of a great time at Rue Bourbon. Surprisingly, none of the lovely drinks got to wipe out my memory of this excellent place. Maybe the experience was THAT memorable? Lol

Want the same experience? Check them out as they have four convinient branches to choose from which is in Eastwood, Makati, Bonifacio Global City and Tagaytay. Open Mondays to Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 2 AM

For more information on Rue Bourbon, follow their social media accounts
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RueBourbonPH
 Twitter: @RueBourbon_PH
Instagram: @RueBourbon_PH

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Lifestyle Bazaar 2014 + Giveaway!

It's a little too early to think about gifts for Christmas but I'm sharing with you an upcoming event that you'd want to save up for...


The Lifestyle Bazaar will be on Nov. 14-16, 2014 at the Metrotent, Metrowalk Ortigas Center.
The Lifestyle Bazaar focuses on lifestyles, its differences and its emergence in our today’s society.
Shoppers and food lovers get ready, as the delightful and trendiest fashion and food concessionaires await you!

 No tickets? I have you covered as I'm giving away two (2) tickets to The Lifestyle Bazaar + P300 worth of GC to Lulu Nails and Dry Bar to one winner. Plus, another winner will get to take home P300 worth of GC to Lulu Nails and Dry Bar + Free Makeover GC worth P1500 at PAC Cosmetics! Yup, I'm choosing two winners for this!
   
Also, if you're planning to make a few bucks for this season, they also have few booths that are still available for the event so don't miss out!

You may also check https://www.facebook.com/thelifestylebazaar and @thelifestylebazaar on Instagram for details. I'll keep you guys posted on updates regarding the event. Hoping to see you all!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BDJ Box Beauty Social: Camp Gorgeous on September 14, 2014!

Save the date for the second BDJ Box Beauty Social for 2014! Celebrate your most gorgeous self together with BDJ Box's premium skin care, makeup and hair care brands! BDJ Box Beauty Social will happen at the Skydome at SM North EDSA on September 14, 2014.



BDJ Box is a beauty product discovery subscription service for women. Brought to you by the makers of the Belle de Jour Power Planner, BDJ Box aims to help every Filipina unbox her own beauty. For Php580 a month, subscribers receive a mass-customized beauty box with at least 5-6 of the best beauty products delivered to their doorstep.

This September, they’re holding another Beauty-Filled event, celebrating your most gorgeous self with the top and premium skincare, makeup and hair care brands under one roof for you to enjoy the whole day.  Their lineup of beauty brands will definitely excite everyone who goes to the BDJ Box Beauty Social!



To pre-register for any of the talks, simply email events@bdjbox.com the following:

Subject: BDJ Box Beauty Social Registration
Name:
Mobile Number:
Your answer to the question: “What’s the one beauty move you’d like to learn?”
Top 3 choices for talks
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The event is open to everyone but only pre-registered girls will be allowed to participate in the talks, get a loot bag, and have their picture taken at the photo booth.  Slots will be given on a first come, first served basis.

For more details check our Facebook Page: facebook.com/bdjbox
To get your very own BDJ Box, visit our website: www.bdjbox.com
Time to enter Camp Gorgeous! See you at the BDJ Box Beauty Social
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