Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunset Cocktails in Bellarocca

A note that I found on our doorstep from Bellaroca management invited us to a sunset coctails at the end of our second day in Bellarocca to quench the heat of the day. It was held at the island's pier. 

Here's to me:  Ice Bear! A concoction of gin, creme de menthe green, creme de cacao and pineapple juice. My non-alcoholic companion chose the other, lemon grass iced tea. These unlimited cocktails were also inclusive and comes wih potato chips.

Our spirits lifted even higher as we sipped while gazing at the beautiful orange sun slowly drowned on the horizon. We raised our glasses and cheered....

Cheers for life!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sip Piñacolada in Bellaroca

Away from the traffic lights but still in the tropical island of Greek gods and goddesses, we ordered refreshments at the nearby Pavilion to fill the gaps between swimming into the pool and dipping into the ocean. I had a nice piña colada to cool down my body's rising temperature while we soak up the sun.

On the middle of that day, we ordered light snacks instead of taking heavy lunch. We planned to avail The Clubhouse's dinner buffet later that day. Peachy ordered Panna Cotta and fresh watermelon shake. The creamy Panna Cotta dipped in passion fruit sauce looks delicate and divine.

 Panna Cotta Php 180++

I chose to have another serving of halo-halo. It  was indeed, the undefeated and the most refreshing treat of Philippine summer.

 Halo Halo, Php 185.00 ++

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Eggs Benedict for Breakfast in Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa

Eggs Benedict, Php 320++

Eggs Benedict kickstarted our fabulous second day in the island. Like Anney and Peachy, I also tried the mouthwatering two halves of toasted English muffin, topped with ham, poached eggs and creamy, thick Hollandaise sauce. It was served with grilled tomato and veggies. At Php 320++, you might find this dish expensive. But hey, the price includes: breakfast al fresco, a scenic view of the ocean, and breathtaking backdrop of the volcanic mountain range of Mt. Malindig. If not Bellarocca, where else could you find such a wonderful breakfast at that price?

The aroma of the super soft and freshiest bread greeted us good morning as soon as we seated. It was served with butter and jam complimets of the resort.

Complimentary bread, butter and jam

My CIL ordered a set of Filipino breakfast. The set, at Php 780++, includes coffee/tea/hot chocolate, and a pandesal, chilled fruit juice or slices of fruits in season, two farm eggs, garlic rice, a soft roll, a slice of banana bread and a choice of bistik Filipino, tapa, daing na bangus or tocino. He chose tocino and shared it with ykaie.

 Filipino Breakfast Set (choice of tocino, tapa, daing na bangus or bistik filipino), Php 780++

I definitely enjoyed our brekfast. My only concern was my bigger tummy. I wondered if my extra small rash guard would still suits me, lol!

 slices of fruits in season, included in Filipino set of breakfasts.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Private Dinner at Terraza 305, Bellarocca Island Resort & Spa

Linguine with Arrabiata, Php 440++ and Penne with Pesto Php, 390++

If you could be pasta sauce, what would you be? Would you be Arrabiata or Pesto? 

Arrabiata is made from garlic, tomatoes, and red chili peppers cooked in olive oil while traditional Pesto consist of crushed garlic, basil, and European pine nuts blended with olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan cheese), and Fiore Sardo (cheese made from sheep's milk). These are the sauces of the pasta we have shared on our first dinner in Bellarocca. Arrabiata over Linguine and Pesto to Penne.

Seafood Marinduque Salad, Php 390++

It was after the long day of cam-whoring swimming when we opted to dine at the comfort and privacy of Terraza 305 where we were billeted. Terrazas in Bellarocca has a dinning area that's so glorious and encouraging to use. High ceiling, personal bar, kitchenette, and  glass-topped table with six comfortable seats. Dishes we've chosen were from the Clubhouse menu.

I loved our seafood starter. The flavorful Seafood Marinduque Salad was cooked rare, it contained of prawns, squid, tanigue and mussles on a bed of mango, cucumber and mandarin pieces with oriental dressing. It was served with fish extract, lime and sambal.

Pizza Napolitana Php, 460++

Pizza Napolitana was served the way we liked it, hot and cheesy. Toppings are tomato, mozzarella, anchovies, capers and oregano.

Lechon Kawali, Php 440++

We also ordered Lechon Kawali with pickled papaya for Ykaie and my CIL, he definitely deserves pork dish after abstaining for a year, his wifey Peachy thought so.  Alvin, my CIL, who works in Dubai also brought a bottle of bubbly Martini Asli champagne that concluded our dinner to perfection.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Meryenda in Bellaroca: Halo Halo

Halo Halo, Php 185.00 ++

"Is it the cleverest idea to post summer treats during rainy season?", I heared you asking. 

Because I felt you, like me, you missed hot weather too ...and the snacks our favorite season brings.

In between meals, meryenda is what we call snack/s here in the Philippines. A small or light meal to fill the gaps between breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another legacy from Spanish colonization, the word itself was adapted from Spanish word, merienda. We have a wide array of snacks from savory to sweet, hot to cold. Among the local snacks, Arroz Caldo, Banana Spring Rolls, Mais con Heilo, Bananaque, Champurrado, Ginataang Halo-halo, Pancit, and Rice Cakes are my favorites and are among the popular snacks here in my homeland.

A refreshing snack during summer, Halo-halo is the most popular one. Ingredients includes but not limited to; sweetened kidney beans, nata de coco (coconut gelatin), kaong (sweet palm fruit), sago (pearls similar to boba), coconut sport (macapuno), chickpeas, plantains caramelized in sugar, gulaman, tapioca, and nata de coco placed inside the tall container or bowl, followed by the shaved ice then sprinkled with pinipig ( pounded crushed young rice ) and topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, purple yam (ubeng pula), or ice cream.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Late Lunch at The Clubhouse, Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa


The original value of our package trip to Bellarocca was Php 120,560 for three days and two nights stay but we got it for Php 48,500 excluding airfare. It was a big bargain - more than 50%! Thanks to my cousin Anney who had access to the deals being offered online. The package does not have free breakfast but includes  Php 20,000 welcome value credit which can be used for food and beverage, mini bar, massages, marine sports such as windsurfing, hobie cat sailing, jet skiing, etc.

As soon as we unpacked our belongings and picked our beds, we decided to have lunch at the Resort's clubhouse where buffet lunch was served at Php 750.00 per person, ++.  I can't decide what to eat, so I made salad first mixing different colors of fresh veggies here and there and sprinkled poured parmesan cheese. Ooohh, cheese is love!

There were soup, bread rolls, different kinds of cheese, pasta in red and white sauces, pork barbecue, sausages, grilled fish and squid in lemon butter sauce, rice and sweet treats. I was so standoffish with the soup because I've been in a soup diet for 2 weeks prior to this trip so I fixed myself some pasta and picked sun dried tomato sauce and cheese. It was my first solid food after two weeks....ahhh, how I missed real food.

The grilled fish was fresh catch as my taste buds suggested, and the squid... tender. i also tried their sausages but it doesn't pleased my sense of taste. I indulged more on pork barbecue instead.

The desserts were not extraordinary but who Am I to say no to these sweet treats: fruit salad, turon de saba, and assorted cookies. 

For Php 750.00++ it was really expensive but on the second thought, considering their location and the availability of the ingredients, was fair.

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