Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cioccolo, Angeles City: Romantic Air, Renaissance and Relaxing Dining

We'd all come to that age that crowd and bars do not appeal anymore. And when that time comes, what we consider as fun would be as simple as having dinner or coffee with your friends or family.

Cioccolo is precisely the place that a person who adores serenity like me would love to go. It is a good place to have a relaxing meal, a nightcap or  conversation over coffee away from many people in Angeles City.  Though it's been in the business for several years already, I only visited the place for a couple of times.

Cioccolo is located in Grand Palazzo Royale, an event venue that defines elegance and style. Surrounded with the beauty of nature with statues and columns in reminiscence of Ancient Greece and Rome (err, except for the Elvis statue),  it s a perfect escape from the city turmoil. It is also a very romantic place that makes you want to get married (well, that's sounded too much).

The Place

It is best to come here at night as you get to enjoy the romantic evening ambiance.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Shake It, Baby!

If it looks good, it must tastes good! One of my fave hobby is pinning in Pinterest. As a visual person, I love checking out photos. That is the same reason why I don't write lengthily--it simply bores me.

Among my favorite pins are food. Of course, what else can it be!

I was checking out some pins on shakes or smoothies. These all look yummy! My goodness! Some of these are even good for weight watchers.

Since we really can't beat the summer heat, might as well enjoy it with some cool refreshing smoothie of your choice.


Chocolate Chunk Mocha Shake



Ingredients:

Coffee flavored ice cream (2&1/2 baseball sized scoops)
2 oz-Half & Half
2 tbsp -Chocolate chips
2 tbsp -Chocolate syrup

(source: Hott Mama In The City)


Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake


Ingredients:

8oz. Almond Milk
1 Scoop Protein Shake Mix
1 Tbsp. peanut butter
1 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
6 ice cubes

(See more at: My Cooking Spot)


Bananarama


Ingredients:

1 peeled frozen banana
2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
2 tablespoons cacao powder
 1/3 cup water

Extras:

Throw in protein powder
2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
a handful of raw almonds
pinch ground cinnamon, or
2 tablespoons rolled oats.

(source: BuzzFeed Food)


Strawberry Coconut Oat Smoothie


Ingredients

3/4 cup frozen diced strawberries
1/2 (5.3) oz container Coconut Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk coconut milk blend
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup quick oats
1/2 large, peeled and frozen very ripe banana

(source: Cooking Classy)


Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie



1 cup frozen strawberries 
3/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1/2 cup low-fat milk 
2 ounces low-fat cream cheese 
1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar

(source: The Suburban Soapbox)



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Meat Plus Cafe @ Northwalk, Clark

Craving for meat? That carnivorous pangs is sometimes so hard to resist. When you are craving and salivating for a bite of tender, juicy and flavorful meat, a quick stop to Meat Plus Cafe could be the heaven-sent answer.

Meat Plus Cafe in Northwalk, Clark is one of newest resto in town. They are quite popular in Subic. Thank goodness, you don't have to drive all the way to Subic just to taste their succulent meat.

You can choose US steak meat from the chiller--they have tenderloin, New York and rib eye-- and they'll cook it the way you want it. They also serve burgers, grilled meat, roasted beef, and barbeque pork ribs in combo meals. They also have pasta choices for pasta lovers. If somebody in your gang dislikes meat, then there is salmon steak, fish fillet, soup and salad. For the sweet tooth, they offer desserts like apple pie, rum cake, and carrot cake.

The Place

Meat Plus Cafe is a self-service or cafeteria-style resto. You have to fall in line, tame your hungry stomach and wait for your turn.

Found in Foursquare, Photo by Beck Villarin D.

The place have that canteen appeal. The area gets tight as crowd come in and it may be difficult to squeeze in between chairs as you go to your table.

You can dine inside the air-conditioned area or if you like, especially if you have a smoker friend, you can dine al fresco.



Food and Price



I have no complains at all. It was a fantastic meal and it satisfied my meat craving.

I had my steak medium rare. It is tender and perfect to the bite. I even love the strip of fat in it--yum! (LOL) It was flavorful and the gravy complements it. I am looking forward to my next Meat Plus Cafe experience. As a matter of fact, I already have a planned meal in my head.

The price is pretty reasonable. Depending on the meat or the meal you are going to order, allot P200 - P500.


Meat Plus Café Clark Northwalk
Northwalk, Clark

Angeles City