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krispy kreme.




Three words: krispy, kreme and Megamall.


On the way to Megamall yesterday: seeing that they had replaced the Forme ad with Lyn Ching on it, I had to see for myself, whether the replacement was of equal or greater value than the replaced ad. The ad that replaced Lyn Ching was . . . Krispy Kreme! Of which, I didn’t mind, at all. The Megamall branch just recently opened (this week?) and is located on the ground floor of building B.


I’ve heard of Krispy Kreme from friends in the US, and to me, a donut that good is impossible. Nothing beats Cello’s in Katipunan as far as round, ring-shaped foods go. My friend and I checked it out. She tells me that even if the customers lining up were spilling outside the store, it was waaaay less than the people lining up in the Fort branch, so we stood in line.


Seeing the donuts (or doughnuts?) being made was a treat for the eyes. Not only were you in for a mouthful of sweet tastes, you got to see how it was made too! The perceived line didn’t take too long to move either, people were walking out with boxes in hand, and silly grins. When we got into the actual store, still in line, my friend pointed out a grown man with tons of white powdery substance around his mouth, obviously enjoying his doughnut.


Just about two feet from the doughnut selection area, we were all handed a free original honey-glazed doughnut, for a free taste, just as they do in the US, so I’ve heard. My friend even jokingly told me, “ayan, pwede na tayo di bumili / now we can go skip buying.” But getting to take that first bite — I now understood the man with the powdery-substance around his mouth … these doughnuts were scrumptious! I had to take some home as pasalubong.


The dough was very, very soft, and the glaze was just perfectly sweet. It’s very light to eat, so I could understand why Clinton had an operation for eating too many boxes of the stuff. A couple more steps, we were asked what our orders were and we were instructed to go straight to the cashier, we pay, then we got our doughnuts.


The damage? 265 pesos for one dozen original glazed doughnuts. 320 (I think) for a dozen assorted variety doughnuts. 550 for a dozen glazed and a dozen assorted. What we got in return? A couple of boxes full of sweet tastes, powdery substances around our mouths and silly grins on our faces.



butter diner.


Been hearing about Butter Diner for months now, and have been wanting to go once I heard about the 30+ different kinds of butter. (Peanut butter butter intrigues me.) Been passing by it for the longest time, (or friends cancel out at the last minute) but last night, finally, I got a taste of butter!

From outside, the interiors of the restaurant reflect it’s name: it’s painted in yellow, with warm lights and tables/chairs that remind you of classic 50s/60s style diners. The waiters were prompt and immediately went to our table once we got in. They had a uniform that reminds you of diner-employees or milkmen of old, — plus, they had wigs that are either afros or elvis-inspired-pomade hair.

The menu even had images of diners, and old-style cars, emphasizing the diner-vibe even more. I ordered Asian Spareribs, but they were out, so I got the Grilled Chicken, the bread slices appetizer (with bacon butter and blueberry butter) and a strawberry shake. It took about 10-15 minutes and the food arrived at the table.

The grilled chicken’s portion was good and it was served with a generous serving of mashed potatoes and was sitting on a pool of delicious gravy, topped with a scoop of (i forgot what flavor) butter. If you aren’t sitting on a booth, you could ask the waiters to toast the bread for you in one of the toasters in the corner.

The food was great! You can literally feel your blood thicken with every succeeding bite.

Has anyone else been here? Tell me about your dining experience. If you haven’t tried Butter Diner yet, you should! It’s located in the strip of restaurants adjacent to Gateway, and is near Oyster Boy, I believe. I give it 4 out of 5 spoons, and it would have this date-place-vibe, only there isn’t anything on the menu that’s heart-friendly. (But I’ve yet to try the Fish and Chips and the Salmon.) Happy eating!



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December 2006