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Mango Float Recipe

Here's an Easy and Simple way on how to prepare Mango Float for any occasion.


Ingredients:
1 family pack Brojas (lady fingers cookies)
5 pieces ripe medium size Mangoes
3 can large condensed milk
3 can large Nestle Cream
How to:
1. Peel and cut mangoes into thin slices. Set aside.
2. Using a deep bowl, mix the condensed milk and the nestle cream. Blend well.
3. Using a square plastic ware or a baking pan layer the brojas. 4. Layers of graham crackers followed by the mangoes, cream and milk mixture.
5. Repeat the layers of brojas and fillings until you’ve used it all.
6. Top the final layer with slices of mangoes.
7. Chill or freeze overnight and serve.

That simple. Enjoy!

Hongkong Kitchen, Iloilo City

I saw this restaurant at Robinson Mall, Iloilo lower ground so I figure I'm here so give it a try. Maybe a snack.


Bola Bola Siopao served with some dark sauce.
I had it with some ice cold coke. The Siopao was okey, it filled me up. Nothing special.

Flores de Mayo, Iloilo City

During my last Philippines visit I got to experience Flores de Mayo celebration, Ilonggo style.

While doing some shopping I witness the Santa Cruzan held in SM City, Iloilo City.
Flores de Mayo (Wikipedia) is a Catholic festival held in the Philippines in the month of May. It lasts for a month, and is held in honor of the Virgin Mary. The Santa Cruzan is a parade held on the last day of Flores de Mayo in honor of Reyna Elena.

It is a whole month of celebration where children bring flowers and adults lead prayers every afternoon in honor of the Virgin Mary in the village chapel.
It is a tradition in my village where a family household is assigned everyday to feed everyone who attends this celebration.
May 4th was my day. We hired a local cook to help us get started. Imagine if it's me mixing that big (biggest) wok of Pancit Bihon (stir fry rice noodles).


Now that the Pancit Bihon is done, time to wrap it for easy distribution.


We ordered homemade ice cream too for everyone. Imagine how many kids from the village came and attended the celebration? A lot!

We scooped the ice cream in little cups served with little wooden spoon.

This is me, with baskets filled with sandwiches and pancit bihon all ready for distribution.
At the end of the afternoon we were so tired after the preparation and feeding all those kids and adults but worth it. Imagine the smile on everyone's face. Priceless!


Oh yeah, I forgot to mention... May 4th was my birthday.

My nieces got me total of 3 small cakes and we all got to share it with ice cold Coke. Best birthday celebration ever. A memorable birthday that money can't buy.

Dulcinea, Iloilo City

This time desserts from Dulcinea. A Spanish inspired restaurant located inside SM City, Iloilo City.

Mango Cake

Chocolate Fudge Cake

I like the chocolate fudge cake the most. I feel the mango needs more mango to it. Some fresh mango bits will be good.

Ponsyon by Breakthrough, Iloilo City

You like eating at Breakthrough? Then give this one a try. Great ambiance and located near SM City. Air-conditioned and great staff.

I really love this new place. I had lunch twice and dinner twice too during my last Iloilo visit. Not that I don't like the original Breakthrough but this restaurant is cozy and I don't have to worry about flies or mosquitoes roaming around my food. Not sure about the price difference but seems like not much compare to the Breakthrough restaurant in Arevalo.

Lato (Seaweeds) for appetizer

Aligue (Taba ang Talangka) Rice

Sizzling Crab Meat

Managat Fish Soup

Lechon Kawali

Grilled Pork

Grilled (Cat Fish) Pantat

Grilled Managat Fish

Before

After

With my family

Located at the back part of Plazuela de Iloilo.

Mojave Grill & Steak House, Iloilo City

A Mother's Day Celebration indeed!

I was craving for some American food, some ribs or some greasy fried appetizers so my brother Marc who is just like me, have a passion for good food recommended this place and for sure he did not let me down.
I think Mojave Grill & Steak House is one of the expensive restaurant in town but really worth it. If you have the bucks then this place is a must try.

While we were ordering, we were given complimentary popcorn.

Green Salad to share.

Calamari Fingers and Deep Fried Potatoes for everyone.

Deep Fried Sweet Potatoes (I think)

Chicken Fingers and Potatoes

Buffalo Wings

Steak for my brother Marc

Baked Salmon for my health conscious Papa.

Juicy Ribs smothered with Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce
and Green Mango drink for me.

The group that ate and finished them all.

Mojave Grill and Steakhouse located at:

The Avenue Complex, Glicerio Pison Avenue,
Brgy San Rafael Mandurriao Iloilo City.
(033) 329-5616

Emilion Buffet, Iloilo City

A friend passed her local nursing board (Philippines) so it was a celebration at Emilion for a Spanish Buffet.

Some of the food I am not familiar with but I tried it anyway. It was all good but no second plate for me.
My plate consist of Black Paella, Pasta, an Egg dish something, Beef cooked in tomato sauce, and many more.
What I love most is the color combination of the food on my plate.

A super rich chocolate cake for dessert. Yummy!

They also offer all you can eat Halo-Halo... that was the highlight for me and for my buddy Durst.
Emilion International Cuisine
3rd Floor, The Grand Dame Hotel
Corner Rizal & Huervana Streets, Lapaz, Iloilo City
For Reservations call: 320-5252/0917-7188873