[Event] Its more fun in the Philippines with LEGO


SM Lanang Premier unveils Mindanao’s first & largest LEGO Philippine themed show last June 3,2013 as part of its Independence Day celebrations.  In partnership with LEGO, the world’s leading maker of toy bricks and Toy Kingdom, SM Lanang Premiere brought the Lego Philippine map exhibit to promote the love of our country and national pride among Filipinos.  With its aim to re-create the country’s  7, 107 islands highlighting landmarks, icons and tourist attractions.

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Mall shoppers can get a glimpse of the LEGO exhibit which is housed at The Atrium, SM Lanang Premiere from June 3-30, 2013. Kids and the young at heart can also join LEGO’s fun activities – “My Own Creation” and “Play Area – which will run daily until the end of June at the sidelines of the LEGO exhibit. Exciting prizes awaits the winners of these activities.

Here are some of my personal favorite shots I did during the unveiling of Lego Philippine themed show:

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Malancanang Palace

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Pearl Farm

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Kadayawan Festival

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Boracay

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Crocodile Park Davao
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St. Paul’s Subteranean River

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El Nido Palawan

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Paoay Church & Bangui Windmills (both from Ilocos)

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Seeing all these, is like having a visual vacation and gives me more ideas as to where will be our next vacation destination with friends.

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[Food Tasting] Tea’Amo Bistro


Just this Monday May 20, 2013, Tea’Amo has just re-opened not just as a Milk Tea place but now a Bistro. They have undergone renovations due to its too cute and too girly place, they had decided to repaint their place into a neutral color to fit not just female customers but also the males who are visiting the place. I have been to the opening of Tea’Amo Soiree last year. I could still remember how girly and really nice the place was. Now, the place is in neutral colors, at least it would fit both the male n female market. They invited us bloggers to have a taste of whats new on their Menu.

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According to the sisters April & Chiara, what’s on their menu are comfort foods, which they loved.

Here are the food we had that night:
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Mamita’s Chicken Parmigiana @ P165  (Must Try!) – Breaded Chicken breast topped with tomato sauce, parmesan cheese & mozzarella.

(can be served either with Java Rice or Plain Rice). The chicken parmigiana is really good, reminds me of eating pizza since it has tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

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Caldereta Bordeaux @ P185 – Slow-cooked beef bathed in special sauce with a hint of wine topped with cheese. The beef is tender and the sauce is flavorful.
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Adobo Festival @ P165 – A classic homegrown recipe by the owner.

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Spicy Pork Cracklings (Must Try! ) @ P155 – Pork slices fried until its crunchy, served spicy with tangy sauce on the side. You may find it guilty to try this, but its something u can’t resist trying out.
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Curry Tilapia w/ Mango Cilantro Salsa @ P155 – Fried Snapper/ Tilapia infused in a uniwure marriage of Middle Eastern & Asian Flavors. For the health-concious. Its a good meal composed of fish and fruits.

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Creamy Chicken @ P155-(Must Try! ) Tender cooked chicken with a veil of cream, topped with fried kangkong leaves. I love the creaminess of the chicken, its perfectly paired with the fried Kangkong.

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Coconut & Pesto Braised Pork @ P165 – Slow braised pork blanketed in a mixture of coconut cream and pesto sauce.

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Home Sweet Ribs @ P175 – Soft ribs with corn & carrots.

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The taste test ended with desserts of Oreo Crinkles and Oatmeal bars & a cup of Cranberry Yogurt with Pearl Sinkers.  Together with Davao Bloggers, we really had a great time dining at Tea’Amo.

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Tea’Amo -Sanny Sweets Building, Tionko Street, Davao City

[Event] Davao Bloggers Acquaintance Party 2013


Its been a year since I became a member of Davao Bloggers Society. I had joined the Davao Bloggers group last year and met new friends, attended events and meet different personalities from Davao and from around the Philippines. At first, I was hesitant to join, since being a newbie in the blogging world means lots of adjustments. But luckily, upon joining the group, I was somehow at home being with the group. Aside from attending events, at times we get to hang-out together with bloggers to develop friendship with them. Since we all share the love for food, watching movies and hanging-out.

I won 2 tickets to Maxima Aquafun during the twitter raffle.

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Davao Bloggers Society Members & Officers during the event:

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Big thanks TO our Davao Bloggers Society Acquaintance Party 2013 Sponsors:

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Joining this group had not just gain me more friends, but also had me realize that it opens me to a world of endless possibilities.

[Event] Blackberry Z10 Launch


Blackberry invited a few of us bloggers and press to its launch of  their latest unit the Blackberry z10 smartphone in the Philippines. It was held at the Marco Polo Hotel last March 08, 2013.  During the launch, we got to experience the greatness of this new Blackberry Z10 via demonstration done by Blackberry officers. I was really amazed by the features this new phone has. Its something most of the well known phone has not had for now. The lightweight phone is not just slim, but also powerful, packed with lots of useful features. I know most of us don’t consider buying a Blackberry since its a bit more expensive than others and its hard to find some of the apps we want since most of us are using Android phones. But Blackberry has an answer to this android apps. They also are producing more apps to fit our lifestyle.
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The Blackberry Z10 an all touch smartphone is the first smartphone powered by Blackberry, the re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented smartphone phone creates a new and unique mobile experience.

Blackberry’s country director of the Philippines Cameron Vernst said that 2013 is the 10th year since Blackberry smartphone were first officially introduced in the Philippines. And Mr. Vernst is excited to announce that the Blackberry Z10 is now in the Philippines. Blackberry Z10 offers a faster and smarter experience that continuously adapts you its user. Every feature, every gesture and every detail is designed to keep the user moving. It is available in 2 colors, Black and White. The Blackberry Z10 phone is elegant and distinctive, and its the most advanced smartphone yet.

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Here are some of its specs:

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-1.5GHz dual core processor

– 2GB RAM

– 16 GB of internal storage

Expandable memory card slot that supports up to 64 GBcards.

Blackberry Hub – a single place to manage all your conversations whether personal or work email.

Blackberry Flow – enables features and apps to flow seamlessly together, helping you complete the task at hand effortlessly and efficiently.

Keyboard that understands and adapts to you- it learns what words you use and how you use them, so you can type faster and more accurately.

BBM Messenger – allows you to share things w/ people that matter to you. BBM in Blackberry z10 includes voice calling and video chat, and introduces the ability to share your screen with another Blackberry z10 contact.

Blackberry Balance- Elegantly seperates and secures work applications and data from personal content on Blackberry devices.

Time Shifts- astonishing camera feature that lets you capture a group shot where everyone is smiling with their eyes wide open. Story maker, which lets you bring a collection of photos and videos together.

Blackberry 10 browser – faster browsing, scrolling and zooming

Blackberry Remember– combines memos, task, and much more into single experience.

Blackberry Safeguard technology that protects what is important to you and the business you work for.

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Cameron Vernst w/ Davao Bloggers 🙂

[Event] The Metro Burgers


Last Feb 16,2013, the Metro Burger had opened, they had a service run through exclusively for bloggers and friends. Its one of the newest burger places in town, its located at Juan dela Cruz St. near Ateneo de Davao area.

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Got to taste their Chinese burger which is a burger patty with chinese sauce, the taste of the sauce is somewhat similar to the sauce that is spread before wrapping a pecking duck. The sauce is called Hoisin Sauce. Imagine a burger with tomatoes, lettuce and chinese sauce, its somehow similar to eating peking duck wrapped in a soft flat bread. The burger was good.

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The burger patties have been stuffed with cheese before they are cooked. With this, the burger is more juicier and tastier.. Compared to other burger places, The Metro Burger is quite affordable, the place is cozy and its accessible.

Here is what’s inside the patty:

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Aside from the burger tasting, the owner Mr. Eight Espino,  a wedding photographer, taught us some basics in doing food photography. I was happy to learn some new tricks in taking pictures especially in doing food photography. Here are some of the sample shots I took after the photography lessons :
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here is the burger studio 😀

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Regular Burger @ P80
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Bacon Mushroom Burger @ P120

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Double Burger @ P150

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Hawaiian Burger

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Metro Burgers

Juan Luna Street, Davao City

[Foodtrip] Terriyaki Boy


I was a bit hesitant to dine at Japanese restaurants since I am not a fan of Japanese food and got  only a few Japanese dishes I am familiar with at Terriyaki boy. It was when we were invited to a food tasting event last February that I got to taste new dishes from this resto. We tried their Sushi feast together with some new meals on the menu.  I am not much of a Japanese food fan, but the food served to us were really good.  Here are what we had during the event:

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Tempura Tuna Sashimi Tartare (MUST TRY!) – this is one of my favorites during the food tasting, raw tuna with tempura breading & a hint of spiciness from the chili oil.. I love how the fresh tuna blends in with the chili oil in this simple yet delicious appetizer.

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Crunchy Salmon Salad– Salmon on a bed of greens in Japanese Mayo, this is also my fave appetizer

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Tofu Steak– Breaded Tofu, top with sweet savory sauce w/ ground pork, onions & shitake mushrooms. the tofu is soft with a hint of sweetness from the sauce

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Tebasaki– Japanese Style double fried Chicken Wings, it somehow is similar to the Korean fried chicken. The chicken stays crispy with a hint of terriyaki sauce.

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Tori Brown Rice Nabe– brown rice with chicken fillet, shitake mushrooms, young corn & Terriyaki Boy sauce.Its a meal on its own. – For white rice eaters, you will love this, brown rice fried rice.

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Terriyaki Boy Chicken– Succulent grilled boneless chicken, marinated & cooked with our very own Terriyaki Boy sauce. This is one dish I won’t miss ordering. simple yet yummy dish.

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Seafood Teppanyaki– Fresh prawns, yellowfin tuna, cream dory & squid stir-fried with bell peppers, onions, shitake & teppanyaki sauce.  This is one ultimate dish for seafood lovers like me.

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Caramel Banana Yogato- Frozen yogurt with banana, caramel & sesame seeds. Somehow reminds me of banoffee pie 😀

Now, I have a few more new dishes I can suggest to friends to try when dining at Terriyaki boy.  It was one fun lunch for us bloggers to try this dishes while having fun chit-chatting with the owner. Thanks for inviting us to experience what’s the best dishes Terriyaki Boy is offering.

Terriyaki Boy

2nd floor Abreeza Mall beside Pancake house.

1st Davao Sinugba Festival


Davao has been popular not just of the abundant fruits we produce, the clean environment and the traffic free roads.With lots of tourist around the Philippines visiting our place for our nice beaches, lower standard of living, and affordable food, many tourist loves visiting Davao. Way back when there were a few restos from different places had opened in Davao, BBQ restaurants were a hit for us Davaoeno’s, we like to have a cup of rice and a few sticks of bbq with sawsawan(sauce) would satisfy our hungry tummy at a very affordable price. It has also been known for the good food especially what we call Sinugba (char-grilled meats & seafood).One of my favorite dishes among the Filipino food is the BBQ chicken, been doing food trip to find the best tasting BBQ chicken in town. This would be a good chance for me to do the BBQ chicken food trip.

This year as our city will be celebrating the 76th Araw ng Davao this coming March 14-17, we will also be having the 1st Davao Sinugba Festival. Its an eat-all-you can BBQ Fest for P200,  There will also be a contest going on
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Here is the press release for this event: 

In time for the 76th Araw ng Dabaw,  Mocha Productions and Tienda del Mercado will host the 1st Dabaw Sinugba Festival from March 14-17, 2013 at the Tienda del Mercado in Acacia St., Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City.

The Dabaw Sinugba Festival will showcase and celebrate the BBQ and grill cuisine in the city by bringing together local BBQ and grill businesses, culinary schools, and food enthusiasts.

The festival will offer mouthwatering displays of BBQ and grill food including kababs, burgers, pork and chicken BBQ, and grilled seafood.

One of the event highlights is the “Eat-All-You Can Sinugba Buffet”. For P200, festival goers can feast on the selection of BBQ and grill dishes.  Participating in the sinugba buffet will also earn them the chance to vote for the “Best Sinugba” among the 32 food stalls.

The festival will also feature BBQ and burger eating contests, cooking demos and contests, and nightly acoustic music entertainment.

Here is the schedule of the 1st Singba Festival:

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The Dabaw Sinugba Festival will run from 4 PM -12 midnight daily from March 14-17, 2013.

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The four day festival is the launching event of Tienda del Mercado, a weekend market and bazaar, which will showcase lifestyle choices in crafts, plants, food and drinks, fashion, music, health and fitness, animal grooming, and many more.

For more info’s you can like their page: https://www.facebook.com/dabawsinugbafestival?fref=ts

[Beauty] Godiva Skin launch


Godiva Skin Care has launched its new line of skincare last Feb1-3 at SM Annex. It was a day of pampering for the ladies who had joined the event. They had the skin analysis, hand massage, beauty make-over and the photobooth for the ladies to experience a day of fun and pampering. Way back when the popular beauty creams aren’t made available in the Philippine market, mom & I tried Godiva beauty cream. It was a nightly ritual to put creams on before going to bed.

After a few years, Godiva Skin Care has made a comeback, with their popular main ingredient the Licorice which helps whiten skin that lasts. Licorice is a plant found on the Mediterranean region. The licorice roots are used as flavorings, it also has its medicinal properties which are mixed with the beauty creams.

Godiva’s beauty journey was held at SM Annex, it was consisted of 4 booths to try out. Namely the skin analysis booth, hand massage, beauty makeover and the photobooth. I had go through the 4 booths before the event has started. I must say, it was a beauty journey that we girls would love.

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The program was held at SM Davao Annex, it started with a make-up demo by Allan Alforque, a few group of singers and they introduced their lovely model for Godiva Jessica Keinle & hosted by Ms. Claudette Centeno. After a quick interview with Jessica, they had a mini program featuring Davao local talents who sang a few songs.

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Among the guest and bloggers who where invited, they also had cocktails & raffle. One of the members of Davao Bloggers won a Lenovo Android phone. We bloggers were each given a set of Godiva Skin products for testing.Godiva currently is launching its skin care products on Colleges & Universities around Davao. Watch out as they might be doing a beauty journey on your school soon!

Luvnat & Godiva Skin is giving away 3 sets of beauty products to 3 Lucky Luvnat followers.

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GOOD LUCK Beauties! 😀

LIKE Luvnatz on Facebook & click this link:
Godiva Giveaway

[Events] Bulgogi Brothers Opens @ SM Lanang


Davao has become a food haven as recently a lot of restaurants from different places had opened here at SM Lanang Premiere. One of its latest addition to its numerous new dining places is Bulgogi Brothers. A Korean restaurant which specializes on Bulgogi (which means Fire meats), its a franchise from korea brought to us by the Bistro group of restaurants which also had franchised Friday’s & Italiannis. Just a short background about Bulgogi Brothers, it has 38 stores over South Korea, its first international branch is the one in Manila.

I love spicy food, since korean food is a mix of spicy food & almost similar to Japanese food. I had no problem in adapting to it. In fact, me & my family would dine at least twice a month on korean resto’s around town.  Whats good about korea food is that their everyday meal is healthier compared to other dishes and you will feel that you are having a lite meal since almost all of the food served at the resto is not just delicious but also healthy.

As we entered the restaurant, we were immediately serve with a cup of their corn tea, while they introduce what we will be having during the taste test. We were served with their complimentary side dishes such as pickled veggies, sweet corn, eggplant & of course Kimchi.
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For starters, we had their new addition to their choice of Salad

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Chicken Naengchae Must Try! – Honey chicken w/ Salad  in Oriental dressing.. I like this dish, something new to my taste since it has honey chicken

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Haemul Gungjung Mandu (MUST TRY!) Fried dumpling with seafood served with spicy sauce. This is one of my favorite among the dishes served. I like the dumplings with the spicy sauce.. they are perfect together (for those who love spicy sauces)

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Dubu Steak- Fried tofu steak with teriyaki sauce, its something light yet really good.
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Bulgogi Brothers Special- Heart-shaped marinated beef w/ sweet potatoes & Onions

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Premium Ribeye & Boneless Short Ribs Combination(MUST TRY!) I love the taste of this, the tender beef strips mixed with bean sprouts

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Kimchi Jigae– (kimchi Stew) is a bit spicy for people who aren’t into spicy food, but this is really good, aside from the kimchi, it has white rice cake mixed in it. its something korean-chinese dish. After gulping the soup, ul feel a bit refreshed .. (go figure) 😀

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Haemul Bimbimbap– Rice topped with shrimps, squid & veggies- If your a fan of korean rice topping, you would love this.

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For the drinks we were made to choose from the two best-sellers which are the Raspberry Tea mint ( Raspberry concentrate w/ mint leaves ) & Citrus Mint (Calamansi concentrate w/ mint leaves). For desserts they brought a bundle of  korean ice creams for us.

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It was a fun dining here at Bulgogi Brothers. I would recommend foodies & people who are game in trying different dishes to try this out. Its fun dining the korean way.

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Bulgogi Brothers

3rd Level SM Lanang Premiere

you can check their Fan page @ https://www.facebook.com/Bulgogi.Brothers.Philippines?ref=ts&fref=ts

[Event] Cellar de Boca Opening


Davao has really made it big with lots of malls, more restaurants are opening in the past month. Recently,Cellar de Boca had invited us bloggers to try their dishes during their opening held at their resto at SM Lanang Premiere. A wine kitchen that is owned by Tricie Pengson-Arcenas, her husband Vince Arcenas & wine importers Bobby Basa Tenchavez & Carlo Calma Lorenzana. It was created after the success of their 1st restaurant Cellar de Oboza, located at their ancestral house on Rizal St. owned and managed by Tricie & Vince Arcenas.

Tricie’s brothers are successful chefs in Manila. Her culinary success began when she opened Salutti last 2007, a hole-in-the-wall Italian Bistro. Her brothers are also chefs. She wanted to bring out a menu where comfort food can be affordable and reachable everyday.

Aside from the selection of quality wines from Lagarde, Cellar de Boca is something to look forward to, in terms of their selection of food on the menu. I got to try their specialties during their opening night. Here are what we had during the said early dinner:

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Since I didn’t come on time due to work, they gave me a plate of appetizers. (from left-Right) Imbao w/ chorizo, Tuna Tartar & Steak Empanada. Among this 3 appetizers, its the steak empanada that got me craving for more. The imbao with chorizo taste good same as with the tuna tartar.

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Tuna Plantsa is tuna that is cooked on its 4 sides & raw on the center with a tangy sauce. Its something new for me.

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Boca Angus Steak Must Try!- is their house specialty. Though I don’t eat steak cooked medium rare, I really have to taste this. Its really good, after a small piece, I requested the waiter to have it well-done for me to enjoy it.

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Paella Fried Rice– its one of their specialty rice, its a mix of seafood in brown rice. Its a must try! same with their Steak Rice which is really good. (no photos)
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Churros w/ chocolate dip- The dip was made of 100& pure cocoa tablea. the richness of the chocolate paired with the churros is a good match & its not too sweet.
Its really a delight to dine at Cellar de Boca, a great hang-out with friends over a glass of wine and sumptuous comfort food.

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Cellar de Boca

2nd floor Fountain area SM Lanang Premiere