Food Trip with Strangers? Why Not!

Is couchsurfing scary? An easier and safer alternative to enjoying local experience, meeting new friends and being shown around remarkable places is to get to know your local couchsurfers.

Staying at a stranger’s house in a foreign land is not the only way to do Couchsurfing. How else do we do this? Attend CS meetups! This year, I got to know more local couchsurfers by joining food trips. They have regular “Thirstday” meetups at 121 Bar in Makati. Until finally QC couchsurfers meet up at the famed Eat Street, Maginhawa which is my home.


Couchsurfing Foodtrip Stop #1 Maginhawa

The first food trip we had was on June 12 — the Independence Day holiday coupled with the International CS Day. Our first stop was having a mini-boodle fight at the Filipino jeepney-themed restaurant, Gerry’s Jeepney to get the feel of “Araw ng Kalayan”. Our table was filled with a lot of strangers. But it wasn’t hard to make friends at all. There were plenty of introductions and stories that filled the air.

We capped of the night by walking to Handuraw, located at Anonas Extension. It is actually one of our favorite places to chill because every Thursday to Saturday, they have a line up of great Filipino musicians and the place is not so crowded. Plus, the pizza is good! On one of those Thursday nights spent at Handuraw I got to sing live.


Couchsurfing Foodtrip Stop #1 Makati

The most recent food trip, our couchsurfing group went to Makati to try out the famous tsukemen (“dipping ramen”) of Mitsuyado Sei-Men, which is ranked as one of the best ramen restos in the Metro. It certainly did not disappoint! We tasted the bestseller, double cheese sauce tsukemen, which is ramen seasoned with parmesan cheese topped with cheese sauce to be mixed with the soup.

Even though it’s quite a hassle commuting to Makati night before a holiday, I have to say I really enjoyed the new setup. Mitsuyado Sei-Men has an interior of that of an old Japanese rural street where you expect samurais would walk in quite casually :)) We met familiar faces from the previous foodtrip, as well as new ones that night.


What’s great about these food trips is not just enjoying new places to dine in, but engaging in great conversations with people who have much to share. Couchsurfers I believe have the best, most non-pretentious insights on travel and adventure because they are open to new experiences such as these.


It truly feels like a reunion with a bunch of people you meet for the first time.

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  • Reply
    Louisa Mercado (@2livelovelaugh5)
    August 29, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    This sounds great! A way to meet new people and try new food! Is this group still around or something similar maybe? I hope there’s a QC one still in existence.

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    August 24, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    How cool is it to meet new people? To hear new stories? To get new ideas from a new mind? I would love to participate in those kind of trips.

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    August 29, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    I have to take my hubby to Mitsuyado Sei-Men soon. He loves ramen so much!

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    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    August 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I still haven’t tried eating at Mitsuyado Sei-Men up until now. 🙁

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    Que Sullano - Gavan
    August 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Registered for couch surfing but not been active to do any activity with the group. hopefully soon

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    Mitch Ryan (@mitchryan23)
    August 29, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    It is definitely a fun and yummy way to meetup with friends.

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    Michelle Solee (@michisolee)
    August 27, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Eating while sharing stories and experiences is a good way to bond.

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    August 24, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    I’ve been hearing about coach surfing but I’ve always thought that it was just staying in other people’s homes instead of hotels or hosting foreigners in your place as well. Hearing that coach surfing is also about sharing meals with strangers is an entirely new concept for me. That’s sounds interesting too!

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    Peachy A.
    August 16, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Couchsurfing is a great new way to travel and meet new friends. I haven’t tried it, though.

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      Peachy A.
      August 16, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      i think it’s great that you guys are meeting for a food trip. It strengthens your friendship.

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    August 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    I am very curious to try that Mitsuyado dipping ramen! Is it very spicy?

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    Sol Felice Alvarado
    August 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Couchsurfing is a great medium to meet people from different parts of the world. I’ve heard about it from my sister who is dying to get into CS. 🙂

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    August 15, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    One of my friends was asking me last time if I had tried couchsurfing. Answer is now, because I feel scared to meet strangers when I’m far from my house. Haha. Wow, all the food looked delicious.

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    Franc Ramon
    August 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    I thing meeting couchsurfers would really help expand your network and allow you more contacts in different areas.

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    Manu Kalia
    August 15, 2014 at 5:02 AM

    I do love the dishes, I’m just curious, how much do the average for a meal?

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      Samantha Isabel
      August 15, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      Hi! For the double cheese tsukemen, it costs around USD 8 only 🙂

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    Leira Bhagwani Pagaspas
    August 14, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I like the concept of couchsurfing.,Haven’t tried it but I will..

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    Franc Ramon
    August 14, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    This looks like a really nice bonding experience. I’m in Makati and 121 bar would be close by.

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    August 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    I’ve known about couch surfing for so long but still can’t grasp it as something i’d do. I feel like it’s so risky…

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    FX777 Classified Articles
    August 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    This is an excellent way to bond for them and know each other. Weekly meeting makes yo all comfortable with each other..

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    August 13, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Love couch surfing. Looks like you had fun!

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    August 13, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    I’m not really familiar with coachsurfing but it seems fun. I love meeting new people! 🙂

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      Samantha Isabel
      August 13, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      It is. It’s a great way to meet friends and learn 🙂

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    Rikka Redrico
    August 13, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    Wow looks fun! I would love to try this next time! THanks for sharing this 🙂

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    Michelle Solee (@michisolee)
    August 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    I would love to try the double cheese sauce tsukemen too. I think coachsurfing is not for me.

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    August 10, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    Cool. Looks like a very fun meet-up and the food looks good too.

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    May De Jesus-Palacpac
    August 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    looks fun! it’s been a while since I’ve hung out to enjoy a good meal over good music.

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    August 8, 2014 at 5:36 AM

    looks like a lot of fun 🙂 but that food dipping ramen caught my eye . Thanks for sharig

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      Samantha Isabel
      August 13, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      It’s also new to me until then, but I enjoyed it 🙂

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