Don't we all love pizza? Be it pepperoni, margherita, 4-cheese or Hawaiian, we always look forward to the generous toppings and the gooey mozzarella cheese. There are even dessert pizzas with chocolates, fruits and more. But most of these pizzas we all love are considered junk food because of the high amount of refined carbohydrates, fat and sodium it contains. But some are the opposite like this Herb, Roasted Garlic and Shrimp Pizza.
SM City Iloilo invited members of the Iloilo Bloggers Inc. for a gastronomic adventure showcasing SM Southpoint.
|SM Southpoint makes dining al fresco a lot better with lots of greeneries and open spaces.|
The newest hang-out of the Ilonggos is an al fresco wing of the biggest mall in the region consisting of local and home grown restaurants and cafes as well new local and "imported" players in the food service industry. It's time to discover what SM Southpoint has to offer ...
"Promoting healthy living through healthy eating" is LIVE's tagline. The health food restaurant/store by Healthy Kitchen caters to the health conscious Ilonggos who want to nourish their body as well as their mind and soul! “I want to contribute positively to our society so what I can do, in my own little way, is to start educating or introducing different health food that not only tastes good but could also contribute to one's overall health and wellness” said Myka Perlas, owner of Live by Healthy Kitchen. (source)
Our healthy gastronomic journey started with this Vietnamese specialty - Gỏi cuốn. This spring roll is a Vietnamese specialty and LIVE's version consists of rice noodles, herbs, sprouts, cucumber, carrots and one of the following - chicken, shrimp of tofu. It comes a peanut sauce dip and chili sauce.
From Vietnam, our food journey went to India with an assortment of Roti - unleavened flat bread. They serve this traditional South Asian specialty with a variety of dips - garlic yoghurt, curry, mint chutney and hummus.
Giving this Indian specialty a Mexican twist is the Roti Quesdilla. The roti is filled with cheese , mushroom and roasted garlic with garlic yoghurt and tomato salsa as dip.
If you are Yoghurt person, try this "deconstructed granola" served with yogurt and fruits. It's one delicious and healthy snack you cannot LIVE without.
And we meet the Herb, Roasted Garlic and Shrimp Pizza again. On a wheat based crust, toppings include olives and mushrooms on top of the roasted garlic and shrimps plus feta and mozzarella cheese.
Going local, there's the Ilonggo soup called Chicken Binakol - a chicken stew with coconut juice as soup base with hints of ginger and lemon grass plus made creamier with corn. The taste almost bordered to Chicken Arroz Caldo which I really loved.
Another meaty dish yet still on the healthy side is the Chicken Kebabs served with garlic yogurt as dip and vegetable purple rice.
And saving the best for last is the Tofu Sisig. I didn't mind it at first for it was just the usual sisig but one spoonful got my tastebuds attention that I wished I don't have to share it with others (lol). But I think I got the most serving that night and it's now on my list of must-eat and must order at LIVE.
What's your flava? These fruit drinks are topped with chia seeds and comes in a colors and flavors. Mine was the Coconut Chia Booster (rightmost) made with coconut and soya milk topped with chia seeds. Completing the cold beverage gang above are Cucumber, Grape, Lychee, Mango and Live cooler.
Ending our gastronomic journey are some of the healthy desserts which are both soy cream based - Green Tea Panna Cotta and Dairy-free Fresh Fruit Salad.Aside from the healthy dine-in comfort food and hardcore healthy to-go meals and drinks, there's also a mini-grocery. And just like any journey, travels - even just food trips, can end with souvenirs and there's a lot to choose from LIVE!
I will end this SM Southpoint series with my Top 3 picks based on my personal taste. This is just limited on the food served to us during the food tasting and is not representative of the whole menu.
My LIVE by Healthy Kitchen Top 3 Picks
- Tofu Sisig
- Yoghurt with Fruits
- Gourmet Binakol
Almost making it was the pizza but all-in-all I really enjoyed everything that was presented to us and looking forward to tasting the other specialties at the same time having the ones that tickled my taste buds during this foodies adventure.