5/27/16

Beauty & Wellness: Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa


Whenever I pass by this chic shop at the 3rd floor of Ayala Center Cebu, I can't help but glance and feel drawn to the bright blue-and-white interiors. It looks like an instant escape from the bustling mall. 

Okay, you may be wondering why I'm writing about something totally not related to food. Well, I would just like to start expanding this blog into a more personal blog as well where I share more of my interests besides eating good food which will be including Beauty & Wellness, Health & Fitness and Travel. I guess you could say it's evolving to a lifestyle blog. After all, I'm a girl and there's more to me than just my passion for eating. I'm still trying to figure out how to redesign my blog's layout though to make it more organized. Help! I'm really no techie!



So, I finally had the chance to experience the service of this shop last week. I always had the wrong timing in previous occasions because the place was always full! There must be a good reason, right?

I just love the interiors-- blue and white is my favorite color combination and the place just really evokes such a calming atmosphere along with mellow, relaxing music to complete the ambience. 

I went for a manicure and pedicure so let me just take you along my experience through the photos below... 



I don't often have my nails done because I don't like having nail polish when I cook at home and my cuticles are thin. So, my fingers are really low-maintenance and I find it quite a waste of money if I go to the salon for my nails every week as what most girls do, since I can manage to maintain them myself. However, I do visit the salon once a month and I usually just have the basic cleaning just to trim my nails and side cuticles. I also prefer salons that let you soak your feet before the cleaning begins so, I really appreciated that Nailaholics did not only have a foot soak but a hand soak as well!  

My manicurist's name was Angel and she always made sure I was extra comfortable by asking affirming questions, propping pillows behind my head and on my lap so I can rest my hands while she did my feet first. 




Another reason why I don't really bother going to salons for my nails is that I find it difficult to find a manicurist who has gentle hands and really listens to my requests about not taking out the cuticle along my nail bed. But I was really pleased with Angel, that she seemed to be the perfect handler for me and I can tell from how she explains things (I asked her a bunch of questions about my nails) that Nailaholics thoroughly trains their staff in terms of sanitation, aptitude in service and customer care. You are definitely assured that they know what they're doing.    



And voila! I loved my nails! 


I chose OPI's Teal the Cows Come Home for both my fingernails and toenails. 
Nailaholics is definitely an instant and convenient escape from all the hustle and bustle, being a spa and salon where you get the ultimate pamper sesh while getting your nails cleaned. You can even avail of purely massage services if you just need a quick de-stresser  without having to undress and get yourself oily. 

This is also a great place to have a spa party for say, birthdays and bridal showers. 

Click on the thumbnails below for a glimpse of their service menu:



I personally find the services quite pricey compared to other salons but I guarantee that when you experience the services they offer, you'll never want to go anywhere else. 

Here are my top 4 reasons why I highly recommend Nailaholics:
  1. All the polishes are imported-- OPI and Orly.
  2. You are given full attention and your service is not rushed.
  3. The ambience is completely relaxing-- furniture, interior design, music.
  4. The best part: the basic manicure and pedicure come with a 5-minute massage for each limb (and I mean not just your hand, but until your elbows)!   
I suggest you call them to schedule your service because it really is packed most of the time. Let me know how your experience goes in the comments section of this post!



Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa
3rd Floor, Ayala Center Cebu
(beside Hannah's at Maze, fronting McDonald's)

Upper Ground, North Wing, SM City Cebu


Instagram: @_nailaholics

5/13/16

Vikings Luxury Buffet: The Vikings Are HERE!


It’s been so long since I’ve felt excited about eating in a buffet—probably for two years now. Buffet restaurants have been popping up in Cebu but most of them just don’t hit the spot for me, besides the fact that I do not like putting myself in a situation where I have to eat too much just to “get my money’s worth”. However, I’m the type of diner who enjoys variety over quantity and so the reason why I would consent myself to a buffet is just to satiate my interest in the different dishes I can taste rather than filling myself up.

But, well, Vikings changed the game. Since I was invited to the food tasting before the opening (my previous post), somehow my enthusiasm for this food service style was revived. I was totally looking forward to the grand opening as I was writing about the food tasting. Remembering all the excellent food that we had gave me high hopes for a much better buffet output in town.

On the opening day, May 10, you could feel the excitement in the air as a crowd lined up to get a first taste of the new buffet restaurant in the city and watched an opening performance by a tribal dance group. The system in accommodating the guests was organized and everybody was seated in a timely manner.   


I was invited with the local bloggers for the opening. We were seated in one of the function rooms which featured a long table with plush, extra comfy chairs and bright lighting which would make a perfect venue for corporate meetings and intimate celebrations.

You know it's serious business when there's ribeye steak! 
GAAAHHH 
Because one chocolate fountain is not enough!

As I roamed around the stations, I almost couldn't contain my excitement from finding so many dishes I already wanted to taste and especially when I saw that everything I had during the previous tasting was also served then. Even the beverage station was a sight to behold. 


I absolutely enjoyed all the homemade juices on display. I even made my own little experiment concoction that I instantly loved—watermelon agua fresca with some citrus-kiwi-infused water! Oh, so refreshing! And, I will also admit with guilt that I went back for some milk tea with pearls, too.  


I usually take one round to scout which dishes I'd like to go for before I start picking out my food, like a predator seeking out its prey. But, always a default whenever I dine in buffets, I start with Japanese and some appetizers.  

Sashimi forever!!! That little squid ceviche was also really good!
And round 2... Time to eat like a viking! I just can't resist steak! I didn't finish it of course. That slice was too huge for me. And that amazingly tender and tasty slow-cooked rib was just addicting!

My little carving station sampler :p
Keeping it real with my Asian roots... and a little Mexican nacho with some guacamole, salsa fresca and sour cream that got lost and found its way to my plate.
Hakaw, sharks fin dumplings, chicken feet, squid balls...!!! I really wished so badly I could get more but I was already so stuffed and had to make some room for dessert... :(


Oh, the endless possibilities you could make on your plate with Vikings Luxury Buffet! What a truly impressive spread. True enough, Vikings did not disappoint; the hype was real. This is one buffet that does not sacrifice quality for quantity, that's for sure.

There are more or less 7 main stations to gorge on—Cold Station, Japanese, Western, Asian, Grill, Carving, and Dessert. The wide selection was overwhelming and as much as I wanted to taste every dish from every station, I had to concede to my distended stomach that refused to accept any more food no matter my appetite. Heck, even at dessert, I was still wishing to try the shabu-shabu hotpot and get more salmon sashimi. The food was just superb and service, impeccable.    



They were doing a promo of 50% discount for anyone who comes in wearing a full-on Vikings costume or any Viking accessory from May 10-12. More promos are still ongoing! LIKE their facebook page to get 25% discount from May 13-26! Don't miss it!  


Vikings is definitely the place to be for any special occasion whether it's nursing a broken heart or celebrating a milestone in your fitness goals. ;) 

Rates:
Weekday Lunch
Adult – Php688
Kids between 3.1 ft to 4 ft – Php188
Kids between 4.1 ft to 4.6 ft – Php388
Kids below 3ft - FREE
75 years old and above - 50% discount
Weekday Dinner, Weekend and Holiday Lunch and Dinner
Adult – Php888
Kids between 3.1 ft to 4 ft – Php288
Kids between 4.1 ft to 4.6 ft – Php588
Kids below 3ft - FREE
75 years old and above - 50% discount
*All prices are subject to 5% service charge.

Vikings Luxury Buffet
2nd floor, North Wing, SM City Cebu
Contact: 032-255-3888 or 032-255-4888

5/9/16

The Vikings Are Coming! Vikings Luxury Buffet in Cebu


The long wait is finally over, Cebu! The largest buffet restaurant in the country is opening its doors on May 10, Tuesday at SM City Cebu.


Vikings Luxury Buffet offers you a buffet dining experience parallel to hotel buffet standards—a buffet that does not sacrifice quality for quantity. Something to note about Vikings is also that each branch is unique owing to different interior designs and special dishes inspired from its locations.


The design in Cebu City is sleek and modern with a generous aisle space for optimal convenience in navigating your way around. It also allows for an easy eagle's eye view of the whole spread so you can easily locate the stations you want to go to. 

With KTG and blogger friends with the Manila chefs of Vikings and Ms. Raquel Bartolome, Marketing of Vikings 
With some of the beauties from KTG, Jill Bantang of thefoodscout.net and Yen Dreyfus of thetummytraveler.ph

I had the privilege of being among the first to taste the dishes that Vikings Cebu would be offering thanks to my KTG family and dear friend, Richie Zamora of The Pickiest Eater. So, here’s a little sneak peek of some dishes to expect at the buffet…

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Bone Marrow and Truffle
At our first dish, I could already imply that Vikings values a good first impression. I absolutely loved the rich yet perfectly balanced soup. The unmistakable aroma of truffle was already seducing me even before I could take a sip of the soup. It was just so indulging, all flavors in perfect harmony, nothing overpowering. This definitely got me excited for the next dishes.

4/10/16

The Suite Room: Old Favorites, New Favorites

            The restaurant that charms people with its plush ambience and equally alluring food is dishing out new items that will surely give you more reasons to keep coming back. 

            The Suite Room continues to create a unique experience for you as you step into a cozy yet classy ambience that makes you forget the busyness and noise of the real world while enjoying heartwarming quality meals. I still can't forget my first dining experience in this restaurant that has left an imprint on my palate. You can read about it in the link below:


            This restaurant has become a favorite to many with their quality meals and service that satisfy one's perception of value for money. With that, I'll gladly share some of my old favorites as well as the new ones from their new additions on the menu. 

              Let's start off with the old favorites...

Skewered Shrimps in a Blanket  P158
               This is one of my favorite appetizers. Well, because I love shrimps and cajun-spiced anything. I also love how the crostini adds to the texture of this dish. And c'mon, anything wrapped with bacon is a winner. The Suite Room somehow consistently cooks their shrimps perfectly juicy and plump. 

2/20/16

KPub BBQ: KPop Meat-All-You-Can + GIVEAWAY!

Hello, world! I’m alive! Haha! Since I’ve been away from the blog for some time now, I want to make up for it with a GIVEAWAY for my first blog post! I’m giving away a P1,000 gift certificate for the newest and coolest Korean restaurant in town. Read on to find out what it has to offer!            

Samgyupsal is my favorite Korean food and I often have terrible cravings for this. I love grilled food and I find that Korean samgyupsal is one of the tastiest grilled dishes I’ve tasted, and its interactive D-I-Y nature makes it really fun, too. As if samgyupsal couldn’t get any cooler, KPub BBQ has just brought it to a whole new level. You can’t miss this new huge restaurant at Ayala Terraces, with its psychedelic-themed fa├žade and interior.




         It may not look like a restaurant from the outside but that’s because it’s no ordinary restaurant. This 600-square meter dining space features a main dining hall, six VIP rooms, a smoking area, an al fresco area that can seat up to 350 people, PLUS, it’s equipped with a stage and band set-up, state-of-the-art lights and sound system, and three large LED screens. That makes it a perfect venue for just about any corporate gathering and special event such as product launches, concerts, birthday parties, acquaintance parties, graduation parties, and the likes.

Kpub BBQ first opened in The Fort, Bonifacio Global City in Manila in 2013. This is the first branch outside Metro Manila, bringing in a downtown Seoul vibe with a Kpop theme. But, rest assured, you certainly don’t have to be a Kpop fan to dine here.

The restaurant offers 4 packages to choose from—Eat & Run, Eat & Run Level Up, No Limits, and To the Max—all featuring selected barbecue main dishes to be cooked on the smokeless grill top on each table, along with accompanying side dishes and special sauces.

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