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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review: L'Aurora Restaurant and Cafe in Iloilo

L'Aurora Restaurant and Cafe: Cosy Place to Dine in Iloilo

In our quest for great cafes in Iloilo with wifis, we've found L'Aurora Restaurant and Cafe located at Door 3, Rosario Building, Maria Clara Avenue, Aurora Subdivision (a few minutes away from San Agustin, right next to Han Cook Korean Restaurant).

The place has quirky and simple interior, no fancy decorations whatsoever. We've ordered Potato Wedges, Marinara w/ Meatballs, Pasta with Tuna Mushroom and Crispy Pork Belly (with rice) and Blue Raspberry Lemonade. 

I really enjoyed the potato wedges and the crispy pork belly has the right amount of crispyness to it and absolutely love the mixture of onions, garlic and soy sauce in its dip. You may find their full menu here

Marina with Meat Balls at L'Aurora Restaurant and Cafe

Pasta with Tuna and Mushroom 

Business Hours: 9:00 am to 9:00pm
Address: Door 3, Rosario Building, Maria Clara Avenue, Aurora Subdivision
Iloilo City, Philippines
Telephone: (033) 503 3887

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cafes and Restaurants with Great Food and Free Wifi in Iloilo

Whether you want some good coffee or simply want to mix pleasure with work, finding a great cafe with decent internet / free WIFI connection here in Iloilo is quite a challenge. For the past 3 months, me and my boyfriend have scoured almost every deli, cafe and restaurants here in Iloilo in quest for great food and decent internet connection.

Below are some of our favorites, and we'd love some heads up for any cafes we might have missed! Feel free to share them in the comments section:

1. DoVa Brunch Cafe

Best pancakes, herb roasted chicken and ham and cheese omellete. To say that they have the best all-time food (though they brand themselves as Brunch Cafe) would be an understatement. Their staff were trained to always be alert and quick in responding whenever they see you need some assistance whether it be a new fork, extra tables or service water.

Food: 4.5 out of 5
Wifi: 3 out of 5

Location: Dova Brunch Cafe is located at Huervana Street Extension (near Plaza Lagoon). 
Opens from 9am to 9pm. 

Budget: Php 200-1000 / dish

2. Uncle Tom's at Diversion Road

First you'll be attracted to the swinging chairs and bean bags but after that you'll definitely stick around for the absolutely great service and their chicken dishes. 

Food: 3 out of 5
Wifi: 2.5 out of 5

Budget: starting 300 / dish

3. Buon Gelato

Wonderful selection of desserts from gelato, banana split and espresso. 

Food: 2 out of 5
Wifi: 3.5 out of 5

4. Cilantro

Love their pad thai and spring rolls!

Food: 3.5 out of 5
 Wifi: 4 out of 5

5. Happy Kitchen

Great selection of foods for those who are health-conscious - sandwiches, salad wraps and nice coffee!

Food: 4 out of 5
Wifi: 5 out of 5

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Spa Riviera: Indisputably The Best Spa Center in Iloilo

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Spa Riviera: Still the Best Massage Center in Iloilo

With the advent of new massage centers in Iloilo, I thought that Spa Riviera will be replaced in my heart as my top most favorite. I've tried them all - Nuat Thai, Salog, Spa Circle at Injap Tower , Remnant Institute of Alternative Medicine and many others but nothing beats Spa Riviera when it comes to great service and precise massage. 

Last night, me and boyfie had our spa date at Spa Circle. Since they gave us wonderful service during out sauna last week, we were to excited and decided to have our spa date there twice a week. After having our dinner at Bistro Carcosa, we immediately caught a cab to Injap Tower and arrived 10 minutes before our appointment which was 7:00 pm. Stella, the receptionist, immediately recognized us and requested us to wait as their massage rooms were still occupied. After the wait, we were then courteously escorted to Massage Room 5 to change in our sauna gowns. After 15 minutes, we were then escorted to a couple room where we had our mixed Swedish and Shiatsu Massage. 

My masseuse, Christie, was polite and I immediately told her I would want a moderate pressure. Thinking it would be similar to the kind of massage they give in Remnant (since I was informed they were trained there), I was really disappointed with the first few parts as I could not feel anything at all. Since Christie has difficulty hearing, I didn't bother and ask her to make the pressure intensity into Hard so I could feel the massage.

It reminded me as to how I would always get consistently great experience and precise massage at Spa Riviera. Since I don't usually sleep whenever I have massages, I always get surprised and delighted as to how accurate and precise their massages were. I've had many massages in my life  - in Davao, Cebu, Singapore, Indonesia and many other places but two of my most favorites are from the Philippines - Spa Riviera and Pacific Spa in Davao

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Chooks to Go Chicharon

I'm a huge fan of "masarap kahit walang sauce" chicken by Chooks to Go so I've decided to try their Pork Barrel Chicharon  - Garlic & Vinegar. 

It was the right amount of crunchiness and sourness! Totally no need for vinegar and immediately became my fave Chicharon :) 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spa Circle at Injap Tower: Possibly The Best Spa in iloilo

Spa Circle in Iloilo: 5th Floor of Injap Tower

I'm such a sucker for great massages. Every time I visit a new city, I would always go to a spa center and get a whole body massage, ventosa (cupping) and a great foot massage. The first ever great massage experience I've had was at the Pacific Spa in Davao. The music and service were so great and unbelievably reasonably priced too! 

So I'm always good for a great massage here in Iloilo. Much to my pleasure when me and boyfie learned that we both love massage so much. So last Sunday, we decided to get a whole body massage. Since Spa Riviera has always been a favorite, we've decided to go there first. We were told to wait for 1 hour and 30 minutes since we didn't book an appointment. Not wanting to waste time and simply relax, we've decided to go to Spa Circle where we've been received with warm smiles by the receptionist. She was so helpful that she actually checked to those who booked whether they want to cancel or not. Unfortunately the couple who booked the couple service arrived after 3 minutes. We then went to Nuat Thai in Diversion Road and was told that Nuat Thai in Sarabia Hotel had 2 female masseuse available. We had 1 hour body massage and 30 minutes foot massage and ventosa (cupping) to which we paid Php 380.00 each. It was relaxing experience though we wish there was a shower room in their Sarabia Hotel branch (their Diversion road have!).

Last night, we've decided to check out Spa Circle again. The same hospitality we've experienced when we inquired last Sunday was extended to us. The receptionist along with other Spa Circle staff were so friendly and attentive. We've decided to have 30 minutes sauna which costed us Php200.00 each. If the service is availed together with any massage, it would be Php100.00 per 15 minutes. 

After payment, we were escorted to our room where we changed to our designated robes. We then headed to the sauna room which is slightly smaller than that of Spa Riviera but noticeably more modern. The experience was definitely great as the room was complete with towel and water and all the necessary things you'd need inside a sauna room. 

There were two separate comfort rooms (toilets) and shower rooms for men and women complete with shampoo and shower gel. The rooms were noticeably spic and span, smells refreshing and there's a constant soothing music in all rooms. Spa Circle definitely is climbing up the charts of my favorite spa centers not just in Iloilo!

Spa Circle is located at 5th Floor of Injap Tower, opens at 12 noon till 12 midnight. 
You may call them for inquiries and reservations by dialing 3307100 or 09228157091