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Remembering My 1st Uptown Food Crawl Experience (Part 1)

August is all about Cagayan de Oro because it’s fiesta month. So I’m going to put the spotlight on everything CDO for all Saturdays of this month. To start off, I am sharing an article I wrote earlier this year, and this one is all about the 1st Uptown CDO Food Crawl organized by Italpinas Development Corporation, developers or Primavera Residences and Primavera City.



Last December 18, 2017, I joined bloggers and friends from CDO, Iligan, and Davao as we went around Uptown CDO to explore its culinary offerings and adventures. Our friends from Italpinas, led by Ms. Mai Mai Romulo Galvez, also joined us. First on the list was one of the dining places I have always wanted to try out but didn’t get the chance to (until the food crawl): Secret Garden.


Secret Garden

This Korean restaurant has been around for quite awhile and I’ve heard a lot of good reviews about it. So when I found out that we were going there first, I was extra excited. I will finally be able to taste delicious authentic Korean cuisine! And I wasn’t disappointed. The experience was everything I thought it would be.


When we arrived at Secret Garden, we were ushered into a room where delicious-smelling dishes were waiting for us. The long dining table was practically covered with food!  It was an endless buffet of authentic Korean food. And I felt my stomach grumbled…with excitement!


My favorite Korean dish is Samgyeopsal (not sure about the spelling), but I loved every single item we devoured. And, oh yes, we each had our own sampling of Soju, Korea’s most popular distilled alcoholic beverage. It was the perfect way to start the food crawl.


Secret Garden is located along Masterson Avenue, just across gate 2 of Xavier Estates.


(To be continued next Saturday)


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