Sweet Cravings by San Jose

Who doesn't love sweets? Well I know a couple of persons who have sweets at least once a year, Hehe. But most of us really crave for sweets once in a while. The doctors may advice to have it in moderation for health reasons but I guess there's nothing wrong in indulging into it once in a while (really! #oneinawhile). Haha! We were at Sweet Cravings by San Jose last time and I was surprised to see more food and drinks aside from the ones always posted on social media by some friends.

Though their cakes look pretty interesting, I just don't feel like its too mouth-watering. Except for the cheesecake!
Healthy Tonic Juices - not bad for 95. Fresh and healthy, cool!
Halo-halo! This I love! #shavedicedesserts

Sundae creations!

and last but not the least, this grilled cheese sandwich is really awesome.

 Sweet Cravings is located at the Ground FLoor of SM City Iloilo Southpoint.
Open during mall hours.

Carlo's Bakery launches its new Big Loaf

Carlo’s Bakeshop at 30 years
Carlo’s Bakeshop is on its 30th year of business in Panay Island. It has grown from its initial offer of cakes to now include breads and pastry,es aside from merienda, pasta, and other dishes.

Carlo’s has embarked on activities to celebrate their year-long anniversary and has given back to the loyal consumers. Some earlier activities were the launch of new products like the All Occasion Rolls Collection and its thanksgiving anniversary promo the Carlo’s Anniversary Blow Out where P35,000.00 worth of prizes such as a kitchen showcase, flat TV and washing machines are to be raffled away before the end of the year. They have also joined the City government’s Buluwanon na Nanay project last May to honor the mothers of Iloilo. Carlo’s has also identified the mother as a key component in the success of their business and has focused their activities this year on the family’s decision maker.
Yours truly as one of the judges in the Bulawanon nga Nanay
The next generation Trenas children who now run the company keep innovating and upgrading offers to the more demanding consumers, and try to keep up with the ever changing lifestyles of the consumers with their new products. 

New Carlo’s Big Loaf
This August, Carlo’s Bakeshop has launched the new Carlo’s Big Loaf as part of its anniversary celebration plans.

Months of planning and testing the product has resulted to the new Carlo’s BIG LOAF one can see now in shelves of leading supermarkets and suking tindahan. Definitely, one can see the changes in the way Carlo’s Bakeshop has made and marketed the Carlo’s Big Loaf from the actual product and its characteristics to its packaging and its ads.

“Consumers are changing and of course, you know even tastes change,” says Paolo Sarabia Trenas, Marketing Director of Carlo’s Bakeshop, “we keep making new products and improving on old favorites to cater to the ever altering needs of the consumers. Nowadays, with rising costs, mothers worry about feeding their family with good food, but making sure they are within budget. A practical mother is the super star of the family. ”

Miss Teen Iloilo royalties Sharon Idone, reigning queen Colleen Chan and April Rhose de Silva
Together with value for money, consumers want to know what the usual loaf of bread qualities are and they would be: 
  • Good taste even without palaman (consumers especially in Iloilo seem to like just the right kinf of sweetness in their bread which can make it stand alone with spread or without) 
  • Tenderness/Softness (which is why consumers squeeze the loaf in supermarkets) 
  • Buttery smell (which consumers attribute to bread tasting well) 
  • Color quality (not too white, not too yellow, because color in loaf would mean it uses too much preservatives and bread is processed bread) 
  • Freshness (bread normally expires after 7 days and get mold, if it stays any longer than 7 days, then it is processed bread with too much preservatives) 
Carlo’s Big Loaf is a loaf that has more than just what consumers look for. Carlo’s Big Loaf has added and emphasized its offer of being heavier at 720 grams. It is 50+ grams heavier than the leading competitor in Panay, making it actually the heaviest bread. At the same price of other loaves, customers get a bang for their buck at P57.50 ranging 8% more per gram. Bigger and with more slices now, mothers can now provide for breakfast, school baon, and merienda for the family. Carlo’s Big Loaf is indeed it is BIGATIN in weight and savings.

Indeed, practical mothers will choose the loaf which offers more and new Carlo’s Big Loaf is the best loaf for the practical moms of today.


Jamie's Steakroom introduces affordable lunch and snacks

Ilonggos and vistors can now enjoy a more affordable set of lunch and snack offerings at

It's my privilege to present you these new dishes that are truly delectable and light on the pocket. These are the by the way created by Chef Gab who has previously worked in one of the famous hotels in Manila (known for their lavish buffets). He personally presented to us over a tasting session these following dishes that are collectively known as their #LUNCHEXPRESS. Each serving costs P198.00 with steamed rice and house side salad with mango vinaigrette (though I'm not sure if they're still offering these with unli rice promo).
1. BBQ Spare Ribs 😋
2. Fish Fillet Teriyaki 😊
 3. Tenderloin Tips with House Mushroom Gravy 😋
4. Chicken Schnitzel 😊

And if you're visiting the mall during afternoon then you feel tired of roaming around and buying things or just waiting for the next schedule of movie, come and visit Jamie's at The Southpoint from SM City Iloilo's main mall by passing through their skybridge and enjoy these mouthwatering and affordable #AFTERNOONSNACKS

1. Chicken Burger 😊
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 2. Surf Sandwich P130.00 😊
Jamies Steakroom SM city iloilo food cafe restaurants foodtrip travel cafe ilonggo
 3. Baked Mac & Cheese P130.00 😊
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 4. Monte Cristo P150.00 😍
Jamies Steakroom SM city iloilo food cafe restaurants foodtrip travel cafe ilonggo
 5. Onion Steak Sandwich P150.00😋
6. Baked Penne P120.00 😊
If you ask me if these are already worth the cost, my answer would simply be "Very much indeed!"

Jamies Steakroom
2F, Southpoint
SM City Iloilo


Spicy Elements at SM Southpoint

I'm not really a big fan of spicy food. In Manila, I've seen countless restaurants and cafes with different concepts and there are some of course that specialize in serving spicy food. And I didn't really had the interest in eating there. 😂

Of course, in Iloilo everybody knows that we just love sweets. It cannot be denied that there are restaurants that introduced foreign concepts particularly spicy food but didn't really impress a lot of people since their recipes were not authentic. Some of them even said that they had to adjust to the Ilonggo palate by adjusting their flavors. Though they made some people come back but if you ask me, I don't think that's authentic anymore. But I always had it in mind that whenever a restaurant that really specializes in spicy food, I might try it.

There are times indeed when I feel like trying them, you know just to have something else. And luckily, I've been invited by the management of SM City Iloilo along with other blogger friends to try what Spicy Elements has to offer.
Located at the second floor of SM Southpoint near the entrance to the mall's cinema, it's location I believe is very much strategic. The place is also compared to the average restaurant in the city. They have a nice big bar with a space for acoustic bands to perform. It's also well-decorated and the colors are just so lively. The ambiance is really great.
Here are some of the must-try dishes at Spicy Elements:
Bicol Express (Bicolano selection)
Lain con Lechon (Bicolano selection)


Liz-E Kitchen's very own burger

Every time I go to or come back from the airport, I always see Liz-E Kitchen along Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Ave. in Ungka I, Pavia. From the outside, the restaurant looks like a big house. So when we finally visited the place recently, we realized that the design speaks of the kind of cuisine that they serve which is home-style.
Pancit Salo Salo- my unexpected favorite dish of the day. It was really good. I've never had thai noodles in a long time and this one was surprisingly cooked Filipino-style. I would really like to have this dish the next time I return.
Sotanghon Guisado
assorted seafood, vermicelli noodles, vegetables

Pancit Guisado
canton or bihon noodles, pork and shrimps, vegetables

Pancit Salo Salo
Thai flat noodles, vegetables, oyster sauce, seafood, pork

Pancit Luglog
traditional seafood egg sauce, chicharon, tinapa and boiled egg

Royal Ribs Pizza- this appetizing thin crust pizza was so flavorful. It had the juiciness taste of BBQ. Perfectly-cooked. Great dish!
Four Cheese
bleu, mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan

Royal Ribs
grilled ribs, barbecue sauce, mixed cheese

Mixed Seafood
sauteed squid, shrimps, mixed cheese

Sausage Feast
Hungarian, Bratwurst, Chorizo
Liz-E Burger- this one is also must-try! The 2 other dishes were really good but this one really raised the bar. The burger's patty was seasoned perfectly and the cheese with bacon was just heavenly. It complimented the tomatoes and vegetable just right below it. It's served with more sauce and potato wedges.