There is this cute little cafe right down the road from my house. It’s easy to get to, easy to park, and Nino and I like to go there for dessert sometimes on date night. We can sit outside (when it’s not so hot) take in the fresh air, have a glass of wine (from Ralph’s next door) or even enjoy Sweet Bella’s Hot Chocolate and indulge in a mini cake.
I got to know one of the partner’s of Sweet Bella in Molito, through another gig I had which was super fun. Philips tapped me last year to give healthy living talks for their Mall Roadshow. It was very easy for me to say yes to joining the roadshow panel, because Philips has some pretty great innovations which help make my life (and the lives of others) easier AND healthier. The entire experience was another opportunity for me to grow, and of course to make new friends like Veron, Dinah, and Mary.
When Veron and I became friendly during the Philips roadshows, she shared that one of her “day jobs” included running her cafe that is near to my house. When Nino and I finally visited Sweet Bella, we realized that it was so much MORE than desserts and actually, a great place for lunch and dinner too!
Veron invited us for lunch so that we could share the love we have for her yummy dishes and delectable desserts. It was a nice treat to enjoy such a filling lunch with some new (and old) friends on such a hot day. The concept of Sweet Bella Cafe is the baby of Cristina Santiago Rivera. Veron, Tin, and Chef Carlo dela Concepcion are all so close (like family) that the idea took root for the three of them to open the third branch of Sweet Bella making the trio a team, which would open the third branch together.
We ate upstairs, which is perfect for small groups like ours. The kids took over one of the tables which left the Mommas to enjoy pleasant banter and adult conversation. They were completely entertained by their loom bands and each other, so it was totally fine.
I was super happy to see my favorites come to the table. Both the Truffle Pasta and the Gambas are dishes Nino and I order regularly. As many of you know, I’m a carb junkie (besides being an ice cream momster) and pasta and bread are something I find it difficult to say “No” to. Usually, I use the focaccia to mop up all that yummy garlic and oil.
I think the Capellini Truffle Pasta is my favorite dish. There are so many different flavors going on in this dish that it’s perfect for me. There is a little pesto, a little pomodoro, a little truffle, a little cream, a little crunchy panko, and a little sweet balsamic glaze. It might not sound like it all works-but it totally does. (Fact: I have ordered this each time I’m there for a meal.)
After we had all of these delicious dishes, came the main courses. The kids had already finished their Five Cheese Pizza and Pasta Carbonara, and were working on dessert, but apparently, the adults were just beginning!
When we were finished eating, we gave our tummies time to rest, but Veron reminded us that we needed to tap into our reserves and make space for dessert. (Of course, I had no problem finding room for sweets.)
As you can guess, Sweet Bella is now one of our “go to” favorites in Molito. We are so happy that Alabang is becoming such a fun place to go out and eat. We really don’t have to go so far all the time to get great food, not just for date night, but even more importantly to take the family out for a nice meal.
To make reservations call: 556-4247 Or contact Sweet Bella thru Facebook.