Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Restaurants: Allan's Talabahan

You can't leave the province of Iloilo if you haven't visited this place yet. Not only do they serve absolutely delicious and mouth-watering talaba, they sell it at a cheap price too!

Welcome to Allan's Talabahan in Oton, Iloilo City. They serve the biggest and juiciest oysters in town.

Here, you'll find that you just can't get enough of those oysters. You can also add other grilled dishes to complete your meal. They have the uber-tasty, grilled pantat (or hito in Tagalog, catfish in English). I don't know where they get their fish, but I'm grateful because the fish they serve is meaty and tasty to the bone. They also have the classic grilled liempo, chicken, BBQ, and other seafoods. You can never go wrong with the food they serve.

And more than that, you get super value for your money! The small bucket of talaba (oysters) only cost Php25.00. Beat that! And their oysters are HUGE! Here in Manila, you'll get it at around Php100.00 already. Imagine this: there were 7 of us, we ordered 7 buckets of talaba, 5 orders of liempo, 4 orders of pantat, 7 bottles of softdrinks. But we only paid a total of around Php800.00. Hah!

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Allan's Talabahan is a bit far from the city proper, but I promise you, a few minutes of travel isn't enough for the satisfaction you'll get.
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Nothing But Desserts

At the heart of Iloilo's sizzling night life is a shop where you can get all the sweets your teeth are craving for. After a night of partying, drinking, karaoke-ing, and food tripping, the perfect way to end the night is simply by having a taste of desserts at Nothing But Desserts.

They offer mousses, cakes, and trifles. All their desserts are prepared intricately and delicately, as if they were wonderful pieces of art. From chocolates to caramel, to coffee, to fruity cakes, they have it all. Prices for their cakes-in-a-glass (I like to call it this way because most of their signature cakes are served in a small glass) are at a standard Php110.00 -- Not bad for a fully-loaded sweet experience. They also have square cakes that range from Php 500.00 ++.

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Nothing But Desserts is located at The Avenue, Smallville, Iloilo City. Oh I do hope they'll open one here in Manila real soon! If you happen to visit Iloilo, you MUST visit this place. =) Read More

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Vacation Spot: Potipot Island

Potipot Island is one of those islands that can be called "paradise." It is a small island surrounded by white sand, calm clear waters, and trees that provide shade along the beach and on the water. To get there, you would need to 5-minute banca (small boat) ride from the mainland shore of the Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales.

The crystal clear water, warm sunshine, and cool sea breeze will give you the feeling of peace and serenity. Potipot Island is the perfect place to relax after a stressful week at work. It's the perfect place to be in touch with nature and with yourself. It's the perfect place to enjoy with your friends, family, and loved ones.

The island itself is quite small that there are no resorts on it. You can easily walk the island's shores for only a few minutes. Visitors bring their own towels, food, and other beach paraphernalia and set up their "camp site" somewhere around the island. They usually stay at the resorts on the mainland, and just hire bancas (small boats) to take them to Potipot island.

One of the most popular resorts in the area is Dawal Beach Resort. They offer decent accommodation and also a package for a roundtrip boat ride to and from Potipot Island for onyl Php 400 (good for 6 guests). To know more about the resort, please visit: www.dawal.com.ph. Read More

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Manila Restaurants: Fuzion Smoothie Cafe

If you're looking for the perfect place to sip a nice, cold, refreshing drink made of fresh ice-cold fruits on a terribly sunny day, then Fuzion Smoothie Cafe is the perfect choice. They offer an array of natural fruit smoothies to quench your thirst, and they also serve a variety of food which include rice meals, pizzas, pastas, chips, salads and desserts, etc.

One of the nice things about the drinks they serve is that they guarantee an "all-natural" fruit smoothie: No Ice, no sugar. The fruits are kept frozen, and are only blended upon ordering. This is to keep the natural sweetness and coolness from frozen fruits at their peak of ripeness. Today, they have expanded their menu and now offer a full range of coffee, chocolate, and tea lattes.

Fuzion Smoothie Cafe also makes your stay more pleasant because of the very cozy ambiance of their stores -- perfect for your families and friends to hang out. They have large, comfy chairs and stylish tables to make your stay even more relaxing and refreshing. Fuzion stores can be found at popular hang out areas such as Greenbelt, Eastwood, and Greenhills. (Note: Image grabbed from their site.)

For more information, please visit their site at: http://www.fuzionphils.com Read More