What do you say to a food tasting invite?  A BIG YES!

Recently, I attended a blogger event but it ain't related to beauty stuff.  It's food, guys.  Food.  Burger to be exact.  And it's a first.

So what's the name of the restaurant?  It's called Burgers & Brewksies, located in a relatively new dining strip, Capitol Commons.

Burger joints have been popping everywhere and competition is becoming tougher and tougher.  But I guess what people anticipate are these new, creative and crazy burger ideas - from patty blends to toppings and now, add to that, two of the best burger partners of all time, unconventional beers and out of this world cocktail mixes.

B&B offers both.  And more.

I'll stop talking for now and let you drool over these photos.  Oh yes, this post is picture-heavy so get ready for some scrollin'!

Let's start with the drinks!

Summer Hoedown (140 php)

What do you get when you mix watermelon and beer?  Well, try it for yourself because I know.  I know.  It's intriguing!  HAHA! 

Dirty Arnold (140 php)

Inspired by a famous golfer's favorite drink - half iced tea, half lemonade.  They added sweet tea infused vodka and a splash of pineapple juice for that tropical vibe.  Loved it!  

This Little Piggy Went to the Bar (200 php)

Now that's a mouthful. 

I really like how they name their drinks and food.  Quick fun fact!  If there's a job for that, I want it.  Come on, hire me please.  :P

This one has bacon-infused bourbon, tomato juice and fresh lime.

Sorry!  I forgot what this is.  But it's a combo of black beer and apple cider.

Chocnut Martini (160 php)

Genius.  I want to say that it's okay for kids.  But no.  HAHA!

They serve imported beers too and they have a kid-friendly menu.    

Now, onto the food!

Avocado Fries (seasonal)

Mothers, you can trick your kids into eating this healthier-than-actual-fries alternative because it tastes soooo good.

Angry Korean Wings (205 php)

What a better way to make Korean chicken wings than adding gochujang in the mix!

They also served Salt & Pepper (195 php) and Honey Garlic (195 php) which was a little too salty for my liking.

*top pick #1
I can't find it in the menu but basically it's a set of nacho chips with buffalo ranch flavored cheese dip placed in a bread.  Awesome.  I loved that extra flavor.  

*top pick #2
Again, can't find it in the menu.  These are ground chicken meat rolled into balls and tossed in B&B's buffalo sauce.  In short, they are Buffalo Balls.  Okay, I just made that up.  But it's the same idea.  So if you don't want to get all messy and you don't want to look like a caveman but your taste buds call for buffalo wings, try this one instead.  All you need is a toothpick, not a glove!

The blue cheese dip rocked my world.  

Fish Poppers (220 php) *top pick #3

This dish reminds me of fish balls!  But of course, it's fancier and it's in a more glorified version.  It's made of Sea Bream nuggets, fried tempura style with chipotle aioli dip.  

Bacon Chicharon (210 php) 

I guess this is the fad nowadays.  Honestly speaking, out of 3 restaurants that I've tried so far, B&B's version went straight all the way to the top.  They are perfectly sliced - not so thin, not so thick.  The best part, I could really taste the bacon more.  Surely, Kris would love this too.

B&B Sausage Platter (585 php)

Need I say more?  Bavarian Smokies, Hungarian and Thuringer Bratwurst in one plate wooden board??  

Between the two dips, I liked the curry ketchup.  The white one is spiced mustard aioli.

Okay, those are just appetizers.  Wave one done.  

Are you ready to meet the burgers?

Guacamole Burger (seasonal) *top pick #4

First, I wanna be real honest with you.  I'm in love with guacamole so I'm biased on this.  HAHA!

Btw, they serve fresh 1/3 pound 100% US beef patties.  Everything was nicely grilled and the overall flavor was top-notch.  But of course, there are a few ones that I didn't like that much.

You can also choose between brioche and whole wheat bun.

Don't Have a Cow (190 php)

Red lentil and bulgur wheat patty with roasted garlic aioli, B&B curry ketchup and shitake mushrooms sauteed with garlic and onions.

Sadly, I wasn't able to grab a bite of this one, but if you like mushrooms on your burger, I suggest you go pick this.

Call The Nurse (280 php)

It's made of spiced mustard aioli, B&B cheese sauce, seared mac & cheese and honey sriracha bacon.

Okay, the last ingredient is really inventive I must say. 

Again, I wasn't able to try this one.

Hector Salamanca (240 php)

This burger is the hottest of them all!  Why?  Imagine chili oil and jalapeno mixed together.  

I immediately chugged a glass of water after one bite.  So if you're a fan of all things spicy, I dare you to try Hector.

Kandi (265 php) *top pick #5

This guy right here is overloaded with carbs - bun + mac & cheese.  But I super liked it because of the candied bacon.

P. Sherman (250 php) 

B&B cares for the health conscious people too!  HAHA!  So they came up with a fish burger made of New England style fish cakes.  Better pair this with whole wheat bun!

Oh wait, the name of this burger deserves a #iseewhatyoudidthere!

Walk of Shame (340 php)

What?!  Egg in a bun?!  Amazeballs!

There's also crispy bacon and crisp potato hay on the side.

Again, I apologize if I didn't share too much details about the taste of each.  I was super full already when the parade of burgers was served.  I only had a little room for dessert left.  BUT before I talk about the "happy ending", let's meet some sidekicks first!

S.P.F. (65 php) *top pick #6

Oh boy!  How could I say no to sweet potato fries???  It's my absolute favorite!  Crazy in love.  Head over heels.  Obsessed.

Thanks to B&B for making it more awesome!

Cuban Missile (120 php) *top pick #7

Okay, I know what you're thinking.  120 pesos for a cob of corn?  But wait, give this fella a shot.  It's grilled and the spiced shredded cheese tasted oh so good!  I didn't taste a regular cheese flavoring and even if there's mayo (you know how I super hate mayo), it's like invisible (to the taste buds).

Chocolate-Covered Bacon with Cashew (not in the menu) *top pick #8

Oh yes, the bacon doesn't stop.  Not just yet.

It's my first time to try this kind of bacon dish and I must say, it instantly became my favorite!  I love the saltiness and sweetness colliding.  I was like "oh it's sweet" and then like, "oh wait, it's salty".  

I.  Got.  To.  Have.  More.

Here are the sweet treats!

B&B Chocolate Pudding (105 php) *top pick #9

This one blew my mind.  The dark chocolate custard was gooey and rich, and the sweetness was just right.  I also liked the texture that the cinnamon oatmeal added.

If you're not into chocolate, try Creamy Soy Panna Cotta (85 php).  

A simple panna cotta is enough to make me do a somersault because of joy and excitement.  Okay, maybe not a somersault.  But my point is, there's bacon on top of this show-stopper dessert.  Yes, spiced candied bacon bits!

Chef (150 php) *top pick #10

They modified this one a little bit.  Since they didn't have vanilla ice cream at that time, they used salted caramel flavor instead.  It normally comes with two scoops as well.

It's brown because it's covered with spiced choco powder (oooh I loved the kick) and yes, you've guessed it.  Candied bacons again.

All three are a must-try, can't-leave-the-restaurant-without-trying-it type of dessert.

Burgers and Brewskies is also a perfect hangout place.  Look!  They even have a DJ!  I can't wait to eat there again with Kris and my friends.

Btw, you can also visit their branch at Burgos Circle.  For more info, like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter or Instagram.

Thanks again to Aldous for inviting me!  

What do you think?

your sweetest drug,

Chiffon and airy dresses are your best friends during this time of the year when the heat is just too intense, you can't even touch the stuffy ones and you can't even look at your pants.  I know everyone (and your closet too) is adjusting so hard to survive this scorching summer weather so here's something I think you would like especially if you're looking for a piece that's a little bit more polished for work.  Of course, you can throw on a blazer or a cardigan if you're office's "fashion department" is kinda strict.  HAHA!

It's so light.  It's comfortable.  You can easily slip into and out of it.  And yea, you can remove that string-slash-belt and opt for a more loose fitting as well.

What do you think?

Dress from The Chic Closet

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Have a nice week ahead!

your sweetest drug,

Fast forward to June, please?!

I can't wait till our beach trip next month.  Nope, not Boracay.  Not just yet.  It's Cebu!  My friends and I decided to explore the city and have a quick summer vacay.

Anyway, here's a quick post about these two honeys from Burt's Bees.  Actually, I wasn't quite sure if this should be tagged as Skin Care 101 or MUAH.  But I guess, the former is more appropriate.

The Tinted Lip Balm is no stranger to me.  I've seen it once before because I was eyeing to buy it.

Everyone loves it.  Everyone thinks it's wonderful.  And it is.

650 php

I initially thought that it comes in jumbo size, just like how the paper casing (kind of) looks like.  HAHA!

I got the shade Honeysuckle, a light-caramel color.

It contains a lot of natural conditioning ingredients but the key one is shea butter.

It gives a pretty tint but this shade is almost unnoticeable and sheer.  I'm sure the other ones are a little bit more opaque.

And the scent?  Oh dear!  It's so good!  Some might consider it as a crayon fragrance, but personally, I love it.  

Now, this one's a simpler version.  Colorless but with a "cool" twist.  Burt's Bees considers this as an all-time favorite, an oldie-but-goodie.  

Instead of shea, it has beeswax, which is also a great moisturizing natural ingredient.  The famous anti-oxidant, Vitamin E is also present.

325 php

Because of the peppermint, it gives a cooling effect.  Some people might not like this though (some hate minty stuff).

Since it's very waxy on the lips, I only use it at night because it kinda messes up lipstick application.  I love how it makes my lips supple the next day!

Both are very moisturizing.  I cannot argue with that.  I love 'em.

If I have to choose only one, that would be Tinted (and I guess most of you would support me on this pick HAHA).  I use it daily.  Sometimes, I even reach for it instead of my LOTD to keep my lips hydrated and less-flaky.

How about you?  What would you choose?  :)

You can buy Burt's Bees products at any Beauty Bar store nationwide or through http://shop.beautybar.com.ph/

your sweetest drug,


Today, I'm gonna talk about two summer essentials.  I don't need to explain why sunscreen's one of them but for the other one, you might need a little more convincing.

During this time of year, when sun rays are too intense, it's hard to avoid skin darkening even if we slather on sunscreen especially when you're basking on the beach or poolside or if you're doing an outdoor activity.  That's why aside from sun protection, something that would maintain that "Snow White" skin, would really help.

Check out these two!

UV Active Water-Burst Sunscreen

Even though this particular sunscreen, UV Active seems to be appropriate only for days when you're going to be exposed to the sun for a long time maybe because sports, trekking, swimming and the likes, I still don't hesitate to use this daily as part of my regular skincare routine. 

It contains Nyamplung oil which is known to be highly emollient and rich in anti-oxidants.  

720 php

What I love about it

  • nice packaging (I prefer pump bottles for sunscreens!)
  • has a moisturizing effect
  • watery consistency (I love how it "melts" as it lands on the skin)
  • easy to blend 
  • no irritations/breakout
  • doesn't mess up my makeup (as long as I let it dry completely)
  • doesn't feel greasy (though there's still some stickiness as it dries but it doesn't feel oily and annoying)

It somehow falls short on the SPF power.  For sunscreens, I expect 50 or higher, but 45 is not bad!  

I think adding fragrance is also not necessary, but the citrusy scent is nice and not overpowering, so no biggie.  It disappears after a minute or two.

If UV Active is not your type, check out its siblings!

UV Milk has extra bonuses such as Vitamins A, C and E, plus 5 SPF, so grab that instead if you want your sunscreen to double up as a skincare.

UV Gel is designed for oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin.  Hence, it's gentler and doesn't contain any fragrance.

UV Baby is safe and gentle enough for babies 6 months as older kids.  This is great to have if you're travelling with the little ones.  Make sure you protect them from the sun too!

Moving on to the next summer must-have.

499 php 30ml

Dermax Professional has a special skin whitening line is called NanoWhite.  They sent me this Night Essence, which also has a day-cream counterpart.  It claims to help even out discolorations, which we often get from sun exposure and of course, it helps make complexion brighter.

There's Vitamin C in it, which is a Classic skin brightener and 97% glabridin (extracted from licorice), which is a common whitening agent.  Aside from those two, there's also brown algae, ellagic acid from pomegranate, alpha-arbutin and pine needle glycoprotein, hyaluronic acid, ceramide and lecithin in the mix.

Okaaaay, those names are making me dizzy.  HAHA!

What I love about it

  • very moisturizing (I feel like I don't need to put a separate moisturizer whenever I apply this)
  • smells so good 
  • feels light on skin
  • fast-absorbing
  • makes the skin texture bouncy

To be honest, it's hard to tell if this whitening product really works on me or not.  I haven't noticed any drastic changes yet, but despite of that, I love how it hydrates my face big time.  I still continue to use it especially now that my complexion got darker due to our Baler trip, of course with the help of my ever dependable whitening soap, Kojie-san. *wink

What do you think?

your sweetest drug,