The Wholesome Market: Cebu's First Healthy Lifestyle Market

Cebu has been brimming with food markets lately but there's one that seeks to make a difference and which I hope would ripple in waves towards an active movement that cultivates a healthy environment and lifestyle in Cebu.   

The Wholesome Market is Cebu's first premier healthy lifestyle fair organized by Modus Vivendi Events in partnership with Robinson’s Galleria Cebu. It aims to support local and home-based entrepreneurs who provide wholesome, organic, and sustainable solutions to the needs of your body inside and out. 

With fifteen hand-picked vendors advocating for healthy living, The Wholesome Market is a well-curated lifestyle fair that features vendors who bring something new to the table and are passionate in creating food and beverages for the soundness of soul, body and mind.

Here are some of the brands/products you can expect to find there...

Aside from the carefully selected group of vendors, The Wholesome Market also encourages visitors to create a better lifestyle for themselves by offering free consultations with a holistic cleansing expert and nutritionist to help everyone maintain a balanced diet. Yoga108 will also be joining the fair by providing a free yoga class and a capoeira demonstration on Sunday, June 12.

FYI, that nutritionist is me! I will be there on June 12 from 10:00 a.m. 'til 9:00 p.m. Early birds (first 20 guests) get FREE consultation! And aside from my nutrition consultation sessions, I will also be displaying my favorite granola line by Sense & Serendipity Kitchen as well as my own salad dressing recipes and salad-to-go cups. 

All this is happening on June 11 and 12 at the Upper Garden Deck of Robinson’s Galleria Cebu. More dates will be announced for the next opening. 

To know more about this community, visit their Facebook page The Wholesome Market Cebu and on Instagram @WholesomeMarketCebu. For more details on future events, contact Hannah at 0917 822 2837 or email  natashalilja@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there! And I hope you'd come over to try some of my healthy grub! 


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


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.


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 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.