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SerendraTwo days after invading the Trinoma foodscape, another food tour was sponsored by Spot.ph, this time in upscale Bonifacio High Street and Serendra.

The meeting place was at Krispy Kreme Bonifacio HS where we were treated with our choice doughnut and frozen blend Lotta Latte or ‘Orange You Glad’. We then started with Texas Roadhouse Grill, Kabisera ng Dencio’s, Starbucks, TGIF, and Italiannis. New Orleans capped the set in Bonifacio while Portico started the Serendra group.

KabiseraNewOrleansFull meals greeted us in Portico, Mezza Luna and Polu Kai Grill. Food tasting continued as offered by Cuillere, Mamou, Chelsea and Fu. Coffee break at Kape Isla and our intentionally belated dessert stops at Choco-late De Batirol, Xocolat, Miss Desserts, and Cupcakes by Sonja where we happily received a box of 4 take-home cupcakes! Yum yum! (others maximized the box space with 5 – hmm..)

Similarly in the 1st food tour post, let me personally acknowledge some which stood out.

We were filled with the generous servings of Kabisera ng Dencios and Polu Kai Grill.

PorticoCuillereRecognition for the restaurants with great interior themes and appetizing atmosphere – collectively referred to as ambience, is a giveaway since most of the spots are upscale and is expected to be so. Although many of them deserved to be mentioned, Kabisera, TGIF, New Orleans, Portico, and Mezza Luna topped the list.

Blogger friendly (informative) spots are Krispy Kreme, Texas Roadhouse Grill, Cuillere, and Miss Desserts.

Most accomodating hosts and friendly establishments are Kabisera, New Orleans, Mezza Luna, and Xocolat. At the top of this list is Polu Kai Grill; Aloha!

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Interesting food finds are Polu Kai’s Spicy Garlicky Shrimp, Chelsea’s Hickory Smoked BBQ Baby Back Ribs Pizza (left photo, upper-left quadrant of pizza), Starbuck’s Black Forest Sandwich – Ham, Egg White & Cheeze on Ciabatta Bread (right photo; copyright of establishment),

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and Texas RoadHouse’s Shrimp & Salmon Skewer (photo provided; copyright of establishment),

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And to sweetly cap this article – the sweet lovers’ finds are Kabisera’s ‘Sinturon’ – ube-langka- macapuno-filled turon & ice cream,

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Polu Kai’s Pineapple Shake (right photo) served in actual pineapple body, Cupcakes by Sonja’s Red Velvet Vixen (left photo provided; copyright of establishment),

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Mezza Luna’s ________(I failed to note this down, anybody?; photo below),

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and Choco-Late de Batirol’s wooden-stick-stirred Hot Chocolate.

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*most pictures from http://joneluy.multiply.com
*Review of some establishment/dishes/food/sweets in future posts

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1st Spot.ph Blogger’s Tour. 18 Restaurants in 4 hours. That’s like 13.5 minutes to shoot and eat in each of the participating food establishment (not counting pee breaks and eye blinks). Moreover, the blogger teams (go Orange!) had to present and have their “spot passes” signed in each of the ‘spot’.

Each shop was an experience, but some stood out. Allow this blogger to recognize them accordingly on a personal level. I call them the ‘hot spots’ in this tour.

Hot Spots

Cyma Trinoma Cooking Flare Ruby Tuesday and Cyma got my fancy for their generous servings. They brought ‘food tasting’ to a new level; they had full servings for each blogger! We could have stayed in these two spots and eat all afternoon! It came to a point that we had to tell them to stop serving the dishes (what!?!) coz we had to move on to the next spot! I never thought I’d refuse free gourmet food. **

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Bubba Gump Bubba Gump provided a unique ambience. Their menu design, table & chairs and interiors brought us to a different place. They also prepared a ‘Forrest Gump’ inspired room & buffet. **

Five Cows

Two shops revealed to be the most accommodating and informative. The blogger friendly spots are Five Cows and again, Cyma. The former’s managers were very pleasant (I also had my camera charged there =) ). The staff even lent us their ‘cow hats’ for the girl’s photo op. Cyma made us appreciate the goodness of Greek food. For a while, it’s like having a crash course on Greek food and culture while tasting them at the same time. And all this came from no less than chef and partner Mr. Robby Goco. **

Lastly of course, are the outstanding sweet finds from Cafe Breton’s Deja Vu, Five Cow’s Triple Choco Bombe & Mango Cheesecake, and Cyma’s Molten Chocolate Cake. There are two more from Cafe Breton but I forgot their names (due to its goodness, perhaps?). Food labels do help you know (see Five Cows pics).**

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Other interestingly good finds are Haiku’s Oyako Roll and Salad, Ruby Tuesday’s Ruby Burger Minis, La Maison’s La Maison Spareribs & Recipes’ General’s Chicken. I was excited to try some new interestingly flavored Krispy Kreme doughnuts but was limited to the ‘original glazed’ and coffee, so there’s nothing new to review. Hopefully the Bonifacio HS branch would offer varied choices on Monday.

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Other spots included Fish & Co., Itallianis, Starbucks, Holy Cow, The Madison Grill, Red Box, Cold Rock and TGIF.

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** Specific food reviews to be posted on future posts
* Pictures from joneluy.multiply.com © 2008

Spot.ph Blogger Tour
I’m excited for the upcoming Spot.ph Blogger’s Tour happening on the 25th and 28th of April. We’ll be touring some restos in Trinoma for the first day and that of Serendra & Bonifacio HS on the second. And of course, the main objective of this endeavor, food-tasting!

I’m secretly nervous on how to conduct myself since this is my first time to join a group blogging field activity. By the time I invited my writer/blogger friend, the 100 blogger slots have been filled! I’m now going to be alone amidst 100 blogging strangers (and most of them are probably professional bloggers too) while I’m a noob. This is just my second post (although I have a 3-month old travel blog – Travel-Tayo.blogspot.com, plugging)! Anyway, I know I can handle it and everything will be ok. With great tasting food who’ll not be?

Surely the sweets shops will land in this blog in the next few weeks or so. We could also feature deserving entrées from a number of dining restos, with their matching desserts! Among others, participating restaurants on Friday as per http://www.spot.ph/bloggerstour are the following:

  • Cyma
  • Cold Rock Ice Creamery
  • Fish & Co.
  • Five Cows
  • Italianis
  • Krispy Kreme
  • La Maison
  • Red Box
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • The Madison Grill

From Serendra and Bonifacio HS, here is a partial list:

  • Chelsea
  • Choco-late de Batirol
  • Cuilliere
  • Cupcakes by Sonja
  • Mezza Luna
  • Miss Desserts
  • Polu Kai Grill
  • Portico
  • Xocolat
  • New Orleans Bourbon Street Steaks & Oysters
  • Texas Roadhouse Grill

There are also non-food establishments in the line-up such as Abbey Road, Carnevale, and Luna.

Feel free to comment and share with me your experiences on the above-mentioned establishments.

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