The Meranti’s Saturday Brunch Club at Two Serendra

I spent a good part of my Saturday morning at Two Serendra last October 13, 2010.
Alveo LandI was there for the Saturday Brunch Club, a series of events that celebrate diverse passions as represented by The Meranti, Two Serendra’s third and newest high-rise section.

Forest Park at Two SerendraIt was my first time inside Two Serendra. We were given a guided tour and I was amazed by the lush greenery that greeted me. We were told that this is due to Alveo Land’s 65% green philosophy, giving residents more open space which is virtually unheard of in condo living. There are actually several parks and gardens all over the property. Normally developers would opt to maximize the land area by fitting in as many units as they can, but this just isn’t so at Two Serendra. You can stroll, jog, or even throw frisbees around with all the space.

Swimming pool at Two SerendraSwimming pool at Two SerendraSince Two Serendra is comprised of several clusters of high-rise condominums, there are several strategically-located swimming pools residents can enjoy. This is so that you won’t have to walk too far to swim. 🙂

Underground basketball court at Two SerendraWe went underground and were surprised to find a basketball court and a badminton court. Talk about recreation, I think this is the first condo complex I’ve seen which has both — and I’ve seen a lot since my hubby and I are always on the look-out for good investments.

Almond Veranda at Two SerendraTwo Serendra has a lot of places where you can just lounge and chill, or meet up with friends. Shown above is the Almond Veranda. Part of Alveo Land’s sustainability program is coming up with naturally illuminated and open air common areas which require little to no electricity to light up and ventilate properly.

Inside the Enterprise Lounge at Two SerendraAfter our tour, we proceeded inside the Enterprise Lounge, one of the social halls which can be used for gatherings. Jim Araneta of Global Beer Exchange was there to give us a primer on beer-tasting and food pairing. Apparently, beer is the new wine. :p

Craft BeersJim had us sample six craft beers in all, starting with the mildest and moving on to the strongest and most bitter one. Craft beer refers to beers brewed using traditional methods. They are meant to be distinctive and flavorful. He detailed which dish from the buffet provided by Chef Laudico best matched each beer. I’m not really a drinker and so I just took one sip of everything except for the first beer which I liked best.

Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen BeerThe first beer was Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen. It was the mildest and least bitter one. It’s 5.4% alcohol at 12 IBU (International Bitterness Units). The higher the IBU, the more bitter the beer is. The fifth beer, Southern Tier India Pale Ale, was the strongest and most bitter one with 6.9% alcohol content and 65 IBU. I could manage only a small sip of beers 2 to 5.

Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutThe last beer served was the Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, which Jim referred to as a dessert beer. Despite its dark, almost black color, it’s actually not very bitter with an IBU of 13. It has sweet hints of hazelnut, malt, and chocolate since they really do put chocolate in it when brewing. It even smells like chocolate. Jim says this goes very well with some Flourless Chocolate Cake for dessert. 😀

You may be wondering why The Meranti’s Saturday Brunch Club would have a beer-tasting session. Well, we were told that since it’s October, they wanted to capture the month’s theme — Oktoberfest!

It was a morning filled with new discoveries for me, makes me wonder what The Meranti’s Saturday Brunch Club has in store for us next. 😀
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