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A Cow Named Lulubelle

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It’s the absolute unfettered state and pristine condition of this frozen desserts store that strikes me – that and the cute pink and white cow that seems to be floating in glee right above the store’s signage.

She’s called Lulubelle, she with the enviably long eyelashes, impish smile, and darling little wings. As Isabel Celdran, co-owner of Lulubelle states, “We chose ‘belle’ because of the cow ‘bell’ and we thought she looked like a ‘Lulu.’ [And] we gave her wings because we wanted her to look like she was in heaven and lovin’ it.” The store’s tagline is, after all, “Healthy and Heavenly.”

Lulubelle store

menu

Lulubelle is a store for the frozen dessert aficionado. Of course they offer the dessert-of-the-moment – frozen yogurt – but it’s not exclusively devoted to it. An expansive array of toppings is vibrant in their variety, ready to crown scoops of ice cream, swirls of frozen yogurt, or to blitz into a personalized smoothie. Here, owners Joji Yujuico, Yoli Celdran, and Isabel Celdran decided to make creating a frozen dessert more interactive and enjoyable.

signboard

The signboard guides customers to choose a Base (ice cream or yogurt), the Serving (cup or blended into a Smoothie) and the Toppings (pick your pleasure from the display counter). “It’s about engaging people to create their own frozen dessert,” Isabel avers. “We decided not to put ‘frozen yogurt’ in the [store’s] name because we didn’t want to limit ourselves. Lulubelle is a frozen dessert place where the frozen yogurt is the main product.”

strawberry frozen yogurt

There are two types of frozen yogurt available here: natural, which is the same one served at Lulubelle’s sister company, The Ice Cream Bar (Flavors by FIC), and tart. “The natural is the slightly sweeter one like an ice cream, so that it also appeals to children, and the tart has that tang characteristic of yogurt. It’s mixed with fruit.” Yoli tells me. To illustrate, if I ask for the natural yogurt (as seen on signboard), I’ll get the typical white frozen yogurt softserve (slightly sweet, but with enough tang and rich body to remind me that it’s frozen yogurt and not ice cream). If I ask for flavored, I’ll get the pink and white serving seen above, (tarter than the natural, its tang lingers along with a pleasant berry aftertaste). As for the sugar-free, that’s coming soon, but it will primarily be regular, unflavored frozen yogurt.

frozen yogurt toppings

From the options offered, it’s almost impossible to count just how many frozen desserts I can create here. Like a mad scientist, I’m already dreaming of mixing queso (cheese) ice cream with yogurt to make one (funky) smoothie, pairing black sesame ice cream with a granola-nut-banana topping, or what about a natural frozen yogurt cup sprinkled with malt balls?

Lest anyone start thinking that Lulubelle is yet another player in the frozen yogurt go-round going on in Manila, Yoli clarifies that (mother company) FIC (Fruits in Ice Cream) has been working on this product for the past two years. “We also had to wait for the right vehicle to launch this product. We came out with our own flavor without having to think if it was the same as the others, and it was only after [we had it] that we started to taste what was available.”

mango sorbet smoothie

This is a mango sorbet smoothie – “It’s my favorite!” Yoli says excitedly – it has a very distinct yogurt-y taste and tang and it’s so creamy that I can almost fool myself into thinking that I’m drinking a mango milkshake. What you see on the cover photo of this post is a calamansi sorbet smoothie. It has no ice cream – only frozen yogurt — so it’s more fluid and refreshing than say, an ice cream smoothie. It’s cold enough to give me brain freeze but tangy enough to jolt me out of it. No wonder Lulubelle has wings. Healthy and Heavenly indeed.

Lulubelle
R3 “Playground” (near the chapel, on the opposite end of Fully Booked)
Power Plant Mall, Rockwell
515.8129

24 Responses to “A Cow Named Lulubelle”

  • ang cute nga ng cow! haha. so adorable! will give this dessert place a try when i visit power plant again. :)

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    Raphael Duculan Reply:

    I feel that the owners did not take time to proof read the menu. I was with my family from the US when we came to the store over on Monday. It VERY DISAPPOINTING AND I FELT THAT the INTELLIGENCE OF MY FOLKS WERE INSULTED!!! The pricing of the toppings- A total rip off! When we are about to make a payment, they told us that “fruits and chocolates” which i expected to be just 30 pesos became 60 pesos when i odered a fruit topping and a chocolate topping, as i pay the insisted that the menu clearly states that it is a “per topping price”. I think that the consumers are being fooled and ripped off by the owners for not being true with what’s printed on the price list. I challenge all the readers if your understanding would be the same as the owners…Even my 7 year old nephew clearly understands what is on the menu.

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    Alex Alano Reply:

    I totally understand you! I picked mango and white chocolate chip and when they told me how much it costs, I was like, “What? I thought you can choose a fruit and a chocolate for only 30 pesos!”

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  • w00t! It’s in Rockwell! Thank God. This is a place I can actually go to and try for myself.

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  • I’ve tried their mango sorbet and it’s absolutely delightful! Can’t wait to try their other concoctions!

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  • I’m so in love with The Ice Cream Bar and I’m sure this one is a winner, too! and I think the name is catchy and fun, really makes you want to buy. =)

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  • This place is absolutely delightful! I’ve tried their strawberry smoothie and its to die for!

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  • this is the best frozen yogurt i’ve ever had in my entire life!

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  • We (Brian and myself) went there today after eating at Pepper Lunch.

    I ordered a Large Mangoes and Cream Smoothie and a small strawberry-flavored fro-yo. Lori, they were good! I am so coming back for more this weekend and every weekend afterwards. They put a big dollop of fro-yo into the smoothie, so there was a distinct tartness to the drnk. Yum!

    It was kinda funny, though, because I was only planning on getting the smoothie, but the FIC ice cream was SO hard that the staff was having a hard time getting the proper amount out of the tub! So, since I was waiting, I decided to order something easier to serve; the flavored fro-yo.

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  • This is the one in Rockwell right? I thought their frozen yogurt was one of the worst I’ve had! I ordered the plain version and the taste was completely bland and watered down! There was barely any tartiness and the texture was no smooth at all. I tossed mine after a few spoons which normally I would consider a sin in the land of frozen yogurt but it was just too unbearable to continue.

    Based on all your comments, I would like to think I got a lemon so maybe I’ll give it another shot.

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  • Hi, Jill! If you want the tart kind, try their flavored fro-yo, it’s strawberry-fic!

    I went there with my fiancé again today and went in TWICE after camping out at about 10-11am. LOL. I met Joji, such a nice lady. Breakfast was a large “twist” which is the natural and flavored twirled together.

    Then, before going home, I ordered another large twist and 2 large smoothies to go. One smoothie was mangoes and cream and the other was mango sorbet. Yes, I love mangoes I swear, if they come up with banana yogurt, I’ll just keep going back! I’ll do a strawberry and banana twist.

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  • i agree, the yogurt’s good with just the right amount of sweetness and tartness, but value for money wise?? i ordered both the small (p80) and the big size (p150), and it seems pretty expensive for the quantity they put. I know it’s in powerplant, but gimme a break pleeazzee…

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  • i immediately went to lulubelle after reading your reviews. i met one of the owners. I told her about your reviews about lulubelle and she was pleased. She was also surprised to find out that teenagers like me reads your blog. haha. She mentioned that your next visit would be free of charge. :)

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  • Yay, something near me! I’m in Power Plant at least once a week, so I will try this soon. The place looks adorable!

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  • Tried there yogurt, didnt like it at all. Yogurt isnt smooth and melts too easily.

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  • hi MCR,
    the small is p80 and the big is p120 not p150…..lol

    miss Aina Luna,
    they can blend fruits into your smoothie if you want.they have banana,
    mango,kiwi,blueberry. i suggest you to have banana. yummy

    hello evryone
    i tried their yogurt and it is so sarap. i ordered the twist top with coconut gel
    the best ung combination… babalik at balik ako dun ^_^

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  • Hi Reyes,

    I will be trying the twist with banana smoothie this weekend. Will also try natural with banana smoothie. Tee-hee.

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  • I just get bananas as a topping instead of going for the smoothie. I find myself ordering up to 5 big orders of the strawberry-natural twist to go at least once a week. And I go every week. Wala na, addicted na ako.

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  • They have blackberry frozen yogurt! I ordered it as a smoothie and couldn’t gt enough of it! Btw, found out that yogurt and yakult are good for taking away symptoms of stomach flu.

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  • dairy dairy dairy!

    OMG

    i’m so glad i don’t have lactose intolerance.. :))

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  • This is the worst frozen yogurt brand. It was so sour and the texture was so watery.

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  • Simply delicious and nutricious. I always go to one of their shops after SUnday masses and take a sip of their tasty treats. – Pinoy Pride

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  • di ko type! amoy paa! and kesong puti..yuck! its so cheesy smelly! hate it!

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