The Eat Wide Awake movement of SaladStop! steers people towards having a more healthier lifestyle by knowing what goes into their meals.
This advocacy of the leading salad chain in Asia, got it start when they first opened a store in Singapore in 2009. They offered options of quick, healthy and flavorful alternatives for people who are constantly on the move.
They also make it a point to source their materials locally. For the Cebu branch, all of their ingredients (except for the spinach) comes from local, responsible farmers.
People of my generation can still recall that during our elementary Science classes, we were taught about the three categories of food: Go, Grow, and Glow. And that most veggies and fruits fall under the Glow group.
I remembered this particular lesson when I visited the SaladStop! branch in Ayala Center Cebu. Most folks would limit the term 'healthy' foods to eating vegetables and fruits but there's more to SaladStop! than these boxed-in ideas.
The first time I ate in a SaladStop! it was at their Bonifacio High Street Central Square branch. The restaurant is entirely dedicated to salads and wraps. One of my co-workers, who is a vegan, recommended this place.
I was a bit overwhelmed by the choices and so I ended up having the Hail Caesar Wrap which is the most familiar type of salad for me. I shared the wrap with a friend and it staved off our hunger for the next couple of hours.
It consists of the classic ingredients of a Caesar salad (Roamine, shaved parmesan, grated eggs, croutons, bacon bits and you can also add roasted chicken) wrapped inside a pita bread. Pita is a soft leavened baked flatbread that can be found in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern meals.
My second time was at their Cebu store which is located at the Level 4 Garden area of Ayala Center Cebu. You won't miss it since you'll see a lot of happy diners.
Another way of getting that perfect meal is to order from their recommended or signature salads. If you're still unsure about what to get, ask the staff for suggestions. You can also tweak the ingredients a little bit to suit your taste or preference.
Don't hurry when you're at the assembly line, take your time to make your selection.
What I love about the restaurant's menu board is that it enumerates every ingredient found in their meals. This is a conscientious effort on their part to be accommodating to the different dietary needs of their customers.
Some of you might ask about their prices. The range is from PHP 250 to PHP 350 but it's all worth it. If you're interested in trying out their food, bring a friend. A meal is more enjoyable when you share.
They also have desserts and smoothies that you can add on to your SaladStop! experience. And also try a bowl of their Soup of the Day (mine was Clam Chowder).
To help you along your road to a healthier eating habit, I'll show you some of the salads and wrap that I've tried. I would definitely go back to SaladStop! in a heartbeat.
OH CRAB LAH!
Romaine, crab sticks, grated eggs, vermicelli, cherry tomatoes, red onions, croutons, and of course, Singapore Chili Crab.
This is what the salad looks like before it's tossed.
|Oh lala , Oh Crab Lah!|
Red and white cabbage, tofu, Romaine, asparagus, carrot, soba noodles, snow peas, edamame, cucumber, sweet corn, sesame seeds, Japanese Miso, and Romaine lettuce.
Photo of Go Geisha at its pre-tossed stage.
|Oishii, Go Geshia!|
Seared tuna, avocado, edamame, cherry tomatoes, mandarin orange, sesame seeds, Romaine, Wasabi Honey Soy.
Photo below shows the pre-tossed salad
|Itadakimasu, Tuna San!|
Crab sticks, Romaine, green mango, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onions, white turnip, yellow raisins, fried garlic, Mango vinaigrette.
|Wild for Man-Go!|
ACAI BANANA CAKE
WHOLE WHEAT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
SaladStop! is open from 10 AM to 10 PM, Sunday to Thursday. And open until 11 PM on Fridays to Saturdays.
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