5.26.2017

The freshest Hawaiian Pizza & yummiest burgers at Polaris

This week Andrea and I got to visit Polaris at the heart of downtown Iloilo in Mapa st. A place where you can play billiards and enjoy good food, the place has been operating for more than 13 years. Located near the headquarters of Queenbank, there's a small alley (photo below) with jewelry shops and other small businesses. On the side of Jardeleza building, there are stairs that lead to a door and another set of stairs going up. It's not really that hard to find because there's a sign below that directs you to the place.

The place is so cool that it served as a perfect sanctuary from the summer heat. I was amazed to see a place so clean and well-kept despite being tucked inside the building in downtown. I suggest you also see the place to feel the great ambiance and most importantly, enjoy their delicious and affordable food. There's a stage where guests who want to jam are free to do so. They also have a KTV if you want.

I was glad to have visited the place because it doesn't really look like one of those fancy coffee shops or restos that you have almost everywhere now. For them to have lasted for more than 13 years is really something! People nowadays are always on the search for a new place to stay and eat and most of the time it takes them months to come back to the place most especially when their experience is not that good. The moment I stepped inside I said, "Andrea, let's bring Nana and the rest of the bloggers here for a fun shoot! The staff and management are really nice and accommodating, some of them have also been working here for years. That's really something, ha!
First,, we had their must-try burger. The patty with its mustard and other ingredients really tasted good. Everything there has no MSG. I also liked the potato wedges and its dip. What's really interesting about this burger is that before it was only available for dine-in but government office employees nearby including the City Hall people loved it and they wished to have it. For P58.00 you can enjoy this burger and get to help others too. This is one of the few business I've visited that has a constant advocacy for years. Many patients in the pedia ward of Western Visayas Medical Center through the Good Samaritan Foundation have already and still continues to benefit from the donations. The feeling is just fulfilling knowing that you're spending your money in a place that supports other less fortunate individuals. Having to enjoy their good food too, I guess is just the bonus.

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The yummiest pizza made with from the freshest ingredients. The dough itself is new because once cooked, it's so soft.










For inquiries, you may contact them at 3378339. Opening time is 9am and they close at around 8 or a little bit late. They also accept private parties and gatherings, even KTV! Go and enjoy at Polaris Billiards with your friends. Bawal po sugal dun! 

5.19.2017

A special Mother's Day celebration at The Promenade

Over the years, the celebration of Mother's Day has become more popular, colorful, bigger and more memorable. We try to prepare something special and new every year to constantly express our love and gratitude to the person who has sacrificed a lot for us. Though simple things like giving them flowers and greeting them personally should not be missed, going out for lunch or dinner is also a great way to enjoy the occasion. 

It's been quite some time since we had buffet together as a family so I thought of going to The Promenade a day before since I was already at the Atrium Mall. I reserved the newly-renovated area near the entrance where they used to place the food, now the buffet tables are on the opposite side. 

Upon arrival last Sunday, Mom's were given a special gift. I went straight away to grilling area to check out what's the special dish of the day. Thank heavens, there's lechon! I just love how crispy the skin and how tasty it was, so juicylicious!
The Promenade has done a great job in preparing not only the dishes and desserts served but the total Mother's Day experience. We were surrounded by other families and I could really sense that they were also having a great time. With this special day, it is expected that there's really a lot of guests today and everyone running the kitchen & the staff really did a great job, so kudos to them! Our good friend, sir George was all over the area making sure everything's done right.

The last time we ate out, my Mom was disappointed with the food and the service at a non-local restaurant somewhere. Hahaha! So I was relieved this time when I asked how she felt ans she answered, "Namit ang food." In buffets, it's always guaranteed that you will never leave hungry but it doesn't mean that all the dishes served were great. The Promenade, in fairness has never failed in meeting the guests' expectations ever since. 
 So thank you, Days Hotel Iloilo for making Mom's Day more special. Everyone left with not just full stomachs but with hearts full of love! 

The Promenade is located at the 4th floor of the Atrium Mall/ Days Hotel.
Daybreak: breakfast buffet- everyday 6-9AM
International Daily Lunch Buffet- Mon.-Fri. 11AM-2PM
Meshi: Japanese Buffet Dinner every Wednesday from 6PM-10PM
Indulgence: Dinner Buffet every Saturday from 6PM-10PM
Family Feast: Lunch Buffet every Sunday 11AM-2PM

For inquiries and reservations call:
337-3297 or 336-8801 to 10 or 0917-7003297 or 0918-9333297

5.17.2017

San Jose Cafe in SM Southpoint

San Jose Cafe's 2nd branch opened at the Southpoint a few months ago. I have always liked its ambiance, feel and quality of coffee served. It's one of the local coffeeshops that's well-received by the Ilonggos. I guess one reasons for its success is the location though surrounded by many competitors, it's still somehow located just outside the mall where a lot of people go to. And the Southpoint is one of the places to be when you want to try new flavors and hang out outside the mall.
The look may be of a typical cafe but more importantly, the whole experience doesn't disappoint. One time after taking my father to Mandurriao early morning, I went around Diversion Road for some nice coffee to get rid of the "zombie feel". It looks like everybody's favorite and the first Starbucks in Iloilo at the mall's southpoint entrance has been closed- maybe for renovation has closed down. Anyways, that was the place to be if you want to have coffee as early as 7am within SM City Iloilo. Though the latest Starbucks to open is located inside the mall, I headed to Southpoint first to see if there was something open that early. Indeed there is! Only San Jose Cafe.
After deciding to stay there for my coffee fix, I went inside and surprisingly, it was quite cool already! Thanks heaven! It felt like I had the cafe to myself since I was the only customer but it was nice to see more people coming in soon. It simply shows that there is a market for early morning coffee in that area. Anyways, I don't really have much to say about the staff, they were nice and courteous, as expected of course.
There are also more things that I observe when checking out cafes for the first time aside from temperature and ambiance, it's their furniture, lighting, connectivity and whether or not they have newspapers. Yes,  just feel like it's integral for cafes to have newspapers. Though we now live in a modern world where even news is readily available online, I've always been a fan of the print industry. It's just so different. 
A mochachino for me, dear! To have freshly brewed coffee with milk in the morning is just divine! It's really like fuel that gets my system running sharply. Hahaha! I asked if they have a supplier for their cakes and the staff said that it came from their commissary, I thought it came from Maridel's because I saw this Potato Praline Cake, of course the famous one that earned Madame Maridel Uygongco a gold medal in a competition in Manila. I just didn't ask further if it also didn't have flour because I was more interested in the Banana cake, my favorite!  
After being away from the City of Love for almost six months, I know that I've missed a lot of cafe and restaurant openings. I've visited some already but I have more on my list. Seeing and experiencing various restaurants and cafes in Manila have given me a different perspective in doing what I like to do. Expect more from this site. :D




5.10.2017

Ilonggo Family Fiesta Favorites at Ang Kamalig


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Good Food is central to the DNA of an Ilonggo. It can be said whenever Ilonggos have visitors, they worry about what to feed them so they will enjoy their stay in Iloilo. In fact for most Ilonggo families, every good memory is tied up to food. The table is where everyone hangs out, everyone can relax and exchange happy memories over a good meal. It is a known fact that Ilonggos are more discerning eaters, and they also look for food that they are familiar with.

“Good food is meant to be shared especially with your loved ones, so please enjoy yourselves today and welcome to Ang Kamalig Restaurant,” was the greeting we all got from Chef Miguel Trenas, Chief Executive Chef of Ang Kamalig Restaurant, during the preview of the launch of new Ilonggo Family Fiesta Favorites at Ang Kamalig Restaurant. “Family and food are the two things important to an Ilonggo, and today is a celebration of that, ” as per Chef Miguel.

Guests were treated to a fiesta buffet of Ilonggo Grilled favorites and Ilonggo Heritage Food, all of which Chef Miguel had conceptualized with his team.

The Ilonggo Grilled favorites guests tasted were baked oysters, grilled fish in banana leaves, Batwan Roast Chicken – simple fare found only in our own province. While for the Ilonggo Heritage Food aside from callos, lengua that Ilonggos are known for, new offerings were served such as our Kinilaw na Taningue, Pancit Molo, Fish Head soup in Miso, Aligue Pancit Palabok or Gambas in Aligue Sauce. Chef Miguel has incorporated unique local ingredients from spices such as batwan and ginger, to fresh catch of seafoods and shellfish to make these Ilonggo family favorites. These cannot be compared to any province.

It is the right time to launch the Ilonggo Family Fiesta Favorites given more and more Ilonggos are looking for alternatives on where to eat and dine together with their families for special get togethers or celebrations. May is also the Fiesta Season so Kamalig made the selection available to families who may be looking for them.

Chef Miguel will also be offering a Junior Ilonggo Chef school to 10 students only starting May 19 and children ages 10 to 15 are welcome to register for P3000.00. They will have three sessions to learn about native Ilonggo fare – Ilonggo favorite appetizers, main meals, and desserts. Chef Miguel will be their teacher every Friday from 2pm to 4pm, and for sure, kids will look forward to eating and learning at the same time. Ilonggo food is so unique, Chef Miguel wants to continue the tradition in teaching the basics to the kids so Ilonggo culture and traditions can continue.

Ang Kamalig Restaurant has two branches in Iloilo City, in Atria and Robinson’s Place Jaro. In fact, families can order from Ang Kamalig for take home, or ask them to cater in their houses for special occassions.
 Coastal Heritage Kinilaw nga Tangigue
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 Seafood Gambas in  Aligue sauce 
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 Batwan Roasted Chicken
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 Family Favorite Baked Oysters

5.08.2017

Mrs. Wharton London Bakes and English Teas at SM City Iloilo's Southpoint

From its humble beginnings at the lobby of Spa Riviera in Gen. Luna st., Mrs. Wharton London Bakes and English Teas has finally transferred to SM City Iloilo's newest dining strip- Southpoint, catering to more customers. It has gained popularity for baking cakes that aren't too sweet. Mrs. Babes Rivera Wharton recently welcomed guests to their opening featuring a mouthwatering feast of local food like lechon, fresh lumpia, hommade Wardoff salad and etc. Their Red velvet and chocolate cakes were the star of the night!
The interior and atmosphere speak very much of London. Colorful and definitely instagrammable walls, furniture and elements surely make this place very interesting and relaxing to be in. Not so intimidating and assuming.

5.05.2017

Troi Oi! Vietnamese Resto at the Boardwalk

For the past six months of being away from Iloilo, I missed a lot of events, restaurant openings and "iba pang mga ganap". Though I got the chance to explore the nation's capital region and see many places, I missed Iloilo and being around it. For years, you have been part of my journey and it's just great to be back home. Very overwhelming for the love and support. 

It's definitely summer and it's so hot, so when we don't feel like staying at home, we sometimes go out. And I'm back for my foodtrips! One of the new restaurants I've seen on Facebook that's new here is this Vietnamese resto named Troi Oi. I got the chance to meet the owner there who also owns Esplanade Uno, but I forgot to ask what the name of their resto means.

Very Asian indeed, the place looks unique and colorful! The dishes were served fast. From the ambiance, presentation of food and the flavors, I'm impressed. Truly something worth discovering and visiting with family and friends if you want to east something Asian.
Beef Noodle soup, serving is great. Pwede for 2 or more.

Shrimp rolls