Summer Promos at Steps of Rome

Steps of Rome by gruppo al dente can just be the hottest and most exciting dining destination in Iloilo City this summer! Located at the heart of Plazuela de Iloilo, guests can enjoy these summer treats for a great deal. With a great place to dine and unwind anytime from 10am, afternoon and 'til late evening, SOR can be the finest place to gather friends or family and spend worthwhile memories over our meals to love and promos to take pleasure in this summer! 


BANANA SMOOTHIES at Nothing but Desserts

With the day’s painful but glorious heat, there can be no denying. Summer is here!

And what is summer if we don’t indulge in some fruity delight?

These days, if you visit Nothing but Desserts, you will be enthralled with its newly launch Banana Smoothies.

Real fruity, delicious, and creamy, Nothing but Desserts’ summer Banana Smoothies will definitely bring out the summer foodie in you. 

After a luscious serving of your favorite dessert, order a glass of smoothie to make your treat more delicious. Choose from the classic sweet Banoffee, Banana Split, Choco Banana, Strawberry Banana, Raspberry Banana, Mango Banana, and Peach Banana. Served in indulgent servings, banana in every taste, these smoothies will surely be a satisfying toast to a great summer!

 (Nothing but Desserts is located at The Avenue complex, Glicerio Pison Avenue, Smallville, Brgy. San Rafael, Mandurriao Iloilo City. For reservations call, 3295815)   


ORCHARD VALLEY, home to fresh vegetables, fruits, poultry and other organic products offers Fresh Organic Cow’s Whole Milk. Orchard Valley guarantees that your daily dose of fresh milk is organic and produced without antibiotics, from grass-fed cows.

The farm boasts of breeding high quality imported cattle, Holstein and Sahiwal breed, for its organic milk. The milking cows graze in the farm’s 10-hectare pasture land. After undergoing homogenization process of the milk, the farm supplies for all Coffeebreak outlets, as well as high end restaurants in the city including Amalfi Cucina Italiana, Mojave Grill and Steakhouse, Bauhinia Filipino Cuisine, and Nothing but Desserts.

Operating since 1999 in a 22-hectare farm in, Orchard Valley is the CERTIFIED organic farm in Iloilo, supplying vegetables, selected fruits, poultry and other organic products to the best restaurants and hotels in Iloilo, including Iloilo Supermart branches and Days Hotel Iloilo.

Certified by the Negros Island Certification Services (NICERT), Orchard Valley is the first and only certified organic farm that has passed its standards. NICERT is the first organic certification body accredited in the country by the Department of Agriculture.

(Orchard Valley Fresh milk is available in all Iloilo Supermart branches.)


Valentines at Esca’s Garden Restaurant

Iloilo City is indeed the City of Love as it offers countless places where lovers or even singles on a group date can show love for one another on a lovely dinner this Valentines. I headed next to the one of the most sought after outdoor function venues- Esca’s located at Aurora subdivision, Iloilo City. A well-trusted restaurant brand along with Afrique's and as a catering brand in the City, it was surely a place to be. Everyone were surely having a good time having dinner there while being serenaded by a band with love songs.
As I headed towards the buffet selections, the savory, open-faced pastry crust dish with a filling of creamy custard and cheese or the Spinach Quiche (pronounced as ‘keesh’) was one of the most enticing entrée that I had to try. The Pizza squares were also delectable, it was made of thin crust with cheese topping on every ingredient. 
A large platter was also filled with assorted sausages and cold cuts. Cold cuts are precooked or cured meat, often sausages or meat loaves that are sliced and served cold. I really made sure to taste at least one of every kind in that platter. 

The cheese fondue also had a striking taste. A unique dish from Switzerland and Italy that made of melted cheese served in a communal pot and eaten by dipping forks with bread into the cheese. A tradition says that if a man loses his bread in the pot, he buys drinks all around, and if a woman does, she must kiss her neighbors. Most writers recommend that each morsel be put in the pot only once (no double-dipping) and that the dipping fork be used only to transport the food from the pot to one's plate, not to eat. 

A platter of crudités were also there. These are traditional French appetizers comprising of sliced or whole raw vegetables. I loved the soft “marble” potatoes that were just perfectly streamed – soft to perfection. 

The special soup that was served was Arique’s Cream of Mushroom soup. Chef Miguel Cordova really made sure that it wouldn’t taste something like any ordinary soup. 

The kind of salad completely tantalized my taste buds was the Greek Watermelon Salad. The cool, crunchy watermelon is the perfect base for the greek flavours - it's a perfect balance of savoury and sweet. There were also some Salad Greens and the Apple Potato Salad. 

Among the main entrees was the Callos- or ox tripe stew. It is a Filipino-Spanish dish made from ox tripe and veal shanks (ox feet) that were boiled and simmered until tender and well-cooked with the other ingredients that really made the viand pleasurable to eat. More entrees were the Garlic Rosemary Chicken, Pork Napolitana, glazed vegetables and the streamed & herbed rice pillaf. The fish fillet in lemon sauce was also inviting. 

The Ox Tongue ala Afrique’s was the one entrée that I observed to be the crowd’s favorite. It was already familiar to most of our taste buds most especially for those who love to dine it at any Afrique’s restaurant. 

Guests also lined up and waited for a few minutes at the cavery for the slices of the Porchetta and the Roast Beef to be heated. It was also served per tables most especially for those who requested it. 
Lined up in the Pasta serving area were the Spaghetti Bolongese with the sauce comprising of tomato and ground-beef and topped with cheese, the Pasta El Pesto which originated from Genoa, the city located at north Italy that traditionally consists of crushed garlic, basil, and nuts blended with olive oil and topped with cheese.

The flat form of pasta known as the linguini had a white sauce with tomatoes and some basil as the main ingredients. 

I ran out of choices on what to try next since trying every menu even just in small amounts were a must. But of course, I had to get back and try some more ox tongue and porchetta that I really liked the most. 

The dinner can never be complete with just the appetizers and the main course- I invaded the dessert area located near the playing band saw the huge platter of assorted bars first. These sweets were really tempting that I had to bring back to my table 3 mini slices of brazos de Mercedes, but before I retured I made sure that I had the chewy choco bars melted in my tongue and the tart with some colorful toppings. 
What I had not missed also was the chocolate fondue in the mini fountain with the assorted slices of fresh fruits right next to it. 

This memorable Valentines night was perfectly spent with friends at Esca’s Garden Restaurant. Though it was a group date for us, most guests who came were really in pairs - the night to dine out and celebrate love for another. 

Call 3383477 to inquire for their schedule of regular buffets and inquiries for catering and hosting of special events such as birthdays, debuts, reunions and other occasions at a wonderful garden setting only at Esca’s.
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A Spanish Valentines Buffet Dinner

Una Noche de Amor: a Spanish Valentine Buffet Dinner at La Tolda in Plazuela de Iloilo 

February 14- the day of Hearts can just be more special for partners and members of the family who went to Plazuela de Iloilo at Diversion road, Mandurriao, Iloilo City to experience and taste the one of a kind valentine’s buffet prepared by Alejandro’s Catering in partnership of Plazuela de Iloilo at its premier function venue- the La Tolda. 

Ilonggos now get to celebrate the special occasion even down to the late hours of the night at this place to be where lifestyle continues to transform as tradition remains. Countless people trooped to and splurged at the different restaurants lined along the beautifully-designed complex while those who made reservations for the main buffet dinner at the big Tent had more special moments to reminisce in an event and venue that is not available all the time. 

Outside the venue while the grand dinner was prepared inside the air-conditioned tent, customers get to enjoy the photo-ops at the props prepared for this momentous evening. 

Upon making our ways in, all were surprised to see the sophisticated decorations suited for this big time Spanish-themed dinner. From the chandeliers to the finest details, all were set-up in such a glamorous matter and all were in place. 

The appetizers were then served as the music videos played in their HDR projected screen set the atmosphere in such a romantic way. 

For the soup, there was the Fabada- a bean soup with salted pork and chorizos. One of the sidings were the Croquetos- mashed potatoes rolled on crumbs with ham and cheese filling deep fried to golden brown. 

Among the hot entrees for the night was the Lengua Salpicao or Ox tongue cooked in salpicao style with white wine and lots of garlic and red & green peppers. There was also the Callos ala Alejandro- their very own slow cooked ox tripe, ox knuckles and snout sautéed in olive oil pimento with sparklings of chorizos and lots of olives. 

The Pan grilled grouper with average credys sauce can just be baked to perfection is also one hot and main entrée. At the middle was the Paella bar with seafood toppings and more ingredients to enjoy one of the famous Spanish dishes. There’s definitely more dishes and desserts to try, next time I will look forward to coming back at the La Tolda’s buffets and events.

REPUBLIQ invades Dinagyang 2013 at Flow Superclub

All photos unless credited are from Flow Superclub's FB Page.

It was a great party all night long as Republiq invades Dinagyang 2013 at Flow Superclub's paking area in cooperation with Globe Tattoo the most reliable broadband in the country. Ilonggos anticipated for this event to once again grace Iloilo City. People started to come in before 9 in the evening and the crowd partied all night long until early morning with top DJ's Jive Crew, Martin Pulgar and Nina Saputil with Iloilo's very own Team F DJs, Elmer Dado, and Gruppo Tribale.

Along with other members of the local press, Iloilo Bloggers were invited by Globe Tattoo with VIP passes. Not only that we enjoyed the beats and rhythm of the event, we also got to be treated with drinks, pizzas and many more. Guests in the VIP booths and elsewhere surely had the time of their lives. We only get to party like this with a big crowd only during this most festive season in the city. 
Photo above by Princess Efren. 
Thank You Globe Tattoo for bringing this great party in Iloilo City.
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