Thursday, April 17, 2014

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

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.

Ang-sarap.blogspot.com: Cioccolo, Angeles City

Ang-sarap.blogspot.com: Cioccolo, Angeles City


You can choose to dine al fresco or be comfortable in the warmth and the cozy atmosphere inside the restaurant. The interior is designed to feel like home. You can comfortably sit with your friends in the couch while enjoying your choice of coffee and cakes.

Ang-sarap.blogspot.com: Cioccolo, Angeles City

Ang-sarap.blogspot.com: Cioccolo, Angeles City

Ang-sarap.blogspot.com: Cioccolo, Angeles City


The place was renovated last March and, as I heard, they had a re-opening event. The photos in this blog post, unfortunately, was taken prior to the event. So, I guess, I need to visit the place again and check out what's new.


Food and Budget

Cioccolo is quite popular for their amazingly delicious cakes. Forget your calorie count and enjoy your slice of Brazo de Mercedes Cheese Cake, Almond Roca Cake, or Ferrero Rocher Cake.

Ang-sarap.blogspot.com: Cioccolo, Angeles City

Ang-sarap.blogspot.com: Cioccolo, Angeles City

Ang-sarap.blogspot.com: Cioccolo, Angeles City


But before dessert, eat your dinner first with their delicious meal. I tried their seafood pesto pasta--it was cook to perfection. The bread with the pasta dish was served oven-fresh. It was one of the best bread I've tasted. It is not the toasted garlic bread that other resto would typically serve. And the plate of greens was just awesome.


Ang-sarap.blogspot.com: Cioccolo, Angeles City


Ang-sarap.blogspot.com: Cioccolo, Angeles City


A budget of P1,000 for two is enough for you to enjoy a choice of meal, drinks, and a cake to share.



Cioccolo
Royal Garden Estate
Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Circumferencial Road, Angeles City
(045) 887-2009 


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)



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