Mouthwatering reasons to smile at SM City Bacolod

SM brings Bacolod shoppers more reasons to smile with the opening of the new SM Foodcourt at the 2nd Floor, Northwing expansion of SM City Bacolod. Always a favored one-stop shop that offers a wide selection of quality food for families and friends from all walks of life, the new and improved foodcourt opened last October 16, 2014 and boasts of a refreshed look with open kitchens, a spacious dining are, and mouth-watering dishes from all-time favorite food concepts and new brands that offer a taste of global flavor. 

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 Thanks very much to the Management of SM City Bacolod, Miss May, Jane of Iloilo Bloggers and the Bloggers of Bacolod.


US Beef Liver Steak & Sisig at Floyd's

Chicken liver is one of the things that I like to eat on sticks from the food stalls found mainly in the streets (though not very often). Oftentimes pork liver is also available but never Premium US Beef. At Floyd's Ayala Technohub in Smallville Complex, we tried their newest offerings- Beef liver steak and sisig from the USA. Surprisingly, it's very much affordable too! We're not even talking about the taste here. 

But before eating, here are two things that you need to know about Beef Liver Steaks. First, it should be tender. If there are too many fibers (most especially coming from the center), don't expect it to be soft. For this steak below in the photo? Perfect! They pick the right ones to cook and not those with fibers running all throughout the meat.
Second, after slicing, the color inside should be pink and not red. Another check here! You can never chew an overcooked liver very well. Toughness matters. The taste was good too! It was a great lunch. Try out their sisig too.
 Alcohol is served at Floyd's too. Can you just imagine pairing this with a few bottles of beer? Nothing compares!
 Floyd's has several branches around Iloilo City. Visit them at Plazuela de Iloilo @ Diversion road, Ayala Technohub in Smallville complex, Nelly Gardens @ Jaro and at the 3rd Level of the Atrium Mall @ cor. Bonifacio Drive-Gen. Luna sts.


Baked New York Cheesecakes at Coffeebreak Cafe

Coffeebreak cafe introduces its newest offering- New York-style Cheesecakes. You can choose from not just 1, 2 or 3 but 4 flavors! Unexpectedly, i tried out the Chocolate flavor first, then Caramel. The base is just baked to perfection. Unlike other no-bake cheesecakes, this type is more compact but still has a soft texture. Its baked to perfection!
Other flavors are Strawberry and Blueberry. Customers who buy a box of these cheesecakes get a discounted price.
So if you haven't tried these yummy goodness from Coffeebreak (the favorite hangout place of the Ilonggos), visit them at Delgado st., Gen. Luna, Smallville Complex, Plaza Libertad and Iloilo Airport. Their Valeria branch closed down last month.

Emperador grows the most modern vineyard in Spain

World-renowned Emperador Brandy will soon be produced on the most modern vineyard in Spain, also considered the largest vineyard in Europe dedicated to brandy production. According to Universidad Politécnica de Madrid professor José Ramón Lissarrague, who has over three decades of agricultural engineering expertise, the vineyard employs the most advanced technology in Spain.

“With its modern and technologically advanced design, Emperador’s vineyard in Toledo is expected to yield approximately 30,000 kilos of grapes per hectare. This is equivalent to five times the average yield of a typical Spanish vineyard,” said Lissarrague. The professor is part of a team tapped to develop the best implementation strategies for the vineyard. He has worked for many years with González Byass, one of the largest sherry, wine and brandy producers in Spain.

Unlike traditional Spanish vineyards, Emperador’s Toledo vineyard features state-of-the-art technology called Precision Viticulture, which is focused on promoting the high production of grapes while reducing production cost per kilogram.

Precision Viticulture analyzes the sides of the plots and the length of the rows in the vineyard. The orientation of the rows and the distance between vines and rows have both been specifically designed and implemented using Global Positioning System, or GPS. This is to help reduce the investment cost while taking advantage of the terrain, making the cultivation more cost-efficient. A highly mechanized pruning method is likewise utilized, with strict adherence to a specific vine length.

“With Precision Viticulture, everything is considered—including when to turn off machinery in order to save on production costs,” said Jorge B. Domecq, managing director of Grupo Emperador Spain, S.A.
Economies of scale are essential to Precision Viticulture, which means large quantities of land and water are required. Emperador’s vineyard is approximately 500 hectares in size.

The water necessary to the vineyard is amply supplied by the Tajo River, the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula stretching across Spain all the way to Portugal.

The vineyard uses a specially designed automated irrigation and monitoring system. Advanced sensors are spread throughout the vineyard, which constantly monitor the state of the soil, atmosphere and agricultural crops.

Continuous monitoring allows important decisions to be made regarding irrigation and fertilization. Irrigation, filtration of the water and fertilization are automated, and can be controlled remotely from any place in the world using information technology.

During harvest season, the design of the rows once again allow for increased efficiency, as these have been adapted for mechanical harvest procedures.

Aside from advanced technology, location plays a vital part in the success of the vineyard. Toledo, the medieval capital of Spain, is located in La Mancha, the biggest wine-producing region in the world. Its weather conditions are ideal, with the hot and dry climate helping ensure p

According to Domecq: “Emperador’s vineyard in Toledo is superior to other vineyards in La Mancha because its location does not experience frost during spring time. Frost could seriously affect the harvest.”

With the most modern vineyard in Spain, Emperador expects to generate a 500 percent higher yield than average Spanish vineyards.

Since 2013, Emperador has acquired over a thousand hectares of prime vineyard land in Spain.

Emperador is part of the Alliance Global Group of Companies, a major global conglomerate engaged in real estate development, tourism entertainment and gaming, food and beverage, and quick service restaurants.


Halloween Drinks at the Promenade

This Halloween, the Promenade at Days Hotel offers their finest signature drinks for everyone to try. Aside from their Haunted Halloween Lunch Buffet, these drinks are also recommendable for this limited time. This restaurant surely has something new every once in a while.
To spice up lazy afternoons, try this Pumpkin Spice Latte. It's simply our favorite everyday latte at the cafe with some pumpkin. This playful combination has a one of a kind taste that's not too empowering and the aroma is simply fragrant. Personally, I prefer adding some brown sugar to further boost the coffee's rich taste. Just not too much.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Another warm non-alcoholic brew to try is the Spiced Hot Apple Cider. Known to be effective in reducing the levels of uric acid in our body, it is also recommended for those who have just eaten their lunch buffet or dinner because it helps in digestion.
Spiced Hot Apple Cider
Muddy Cappuccino
  The only hot alcoholic beverage that they have for this line-up is the Muddy Cappuccino. Though the alcohol content in this drink is not that obviously high, for me it tasted something like dark chocolate.

Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino
Scary Sangria - pink lemonade with citrus fruits.
Bloody Red Punch - lime juice with cranberry.
Vampire's Kiss- Cherry-flavoured
Ghastly Glycool Punch
Alcoholic drinks:
Dracula's Booze - Vodka with cranberry flavor
Goblin Mimosa- Black Vodka with Orange

Gremlin's Brew- Vanilla Vodka with orange

Witch's Potion- Rhum with pineapple & cranberry

Bloody Morgue-ritas- Orange juice with tequila
Happy Halloween!

Days Hotel's The Promenade is located at the 4th floor of the Atrium Mall,
Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City
Tel No. 337-3297 / 336-8801 to 10 / 0918-933-3297 / 0917-700-3297
Facebook Page: Days Hotel Iloilo.