Tag Archives: Baguio

Cafe by the Ruins

Sorry for the backlog, I’ve been super busy with work lately.  Everyone’s just rushing to finish stuff before the Loooong weekend due to the Holy Week and Easter Weekend.  Anyway, I’ll be sharing the last of the Baguio foodscapade that we had last February.

That day was so tiring because we started the day too early to catch the festival’s famous street dance parade.  We skipped lunch time to take a nap and decided to go for Cafe by the Ruins in the afternoon.

Cafe by the Ruins is well known in Baguio to serve the finest local ingredients into their healthy and mostly vegetarian dishes.  Some of their dishes introduce organic products which makes this cafe perfect for health conscious foodies.  The place has a great ambiance because of their wooden decor and furniture as well as the nature-feel interior.

This here is the waiting area slash bakeshop where they sell their fresh pastries, coffee beans, as well as other organic products.

Inside, you’ll be greeted by the soft breeze and the plants that make it look relaxing.

Their tables and chairs are made up of wooden materials.

The menu showcases a small selection of pastries, vegetarian meals, salads, rice meals, desserts, and strawberry delicacies. (side comment: you’ll notice that the pages of the menu smells like pages from an old book).

What we had that afternoon was just right and not too filling.  We ordered their bestseller sandwich, the Cheeseburger and paired it with a simple Pasta Carbonara.

We sliced it in two (hating-kapatid!)

We absolutely loved this one because it’s a different approach to your favorite cheeseburger.  Instead of the normal cucumber and lettuce, they used some of the fresh herbs that are grown in Baguio, tomatoes, and their very own burger buns.  This was served with Cassava Fries (Kamoteng Kahoy) instead of the normal French Fries.  We really enjoyed this one, not bad for P120.00.

This here is their Pasta Carbonara.  This was simply cooked like any good Carbonara dish topped with bacon bits and parmesan cheese.  It had a strange garlic bread on the side that we didn’t manage to finish up because it was too heavy on the stomach already.  This too was good and it cost P220.00.

All in all we had an OK time at this cafe.  Value for money is good in our case because we ordered the cheapest ones from their menu.  This was our second time here and the first one wasn’t really all that pleasant since some of the prices are steep.  We ordered expensive food and it was not 100% worth it.  This time around it was fair enough because we enjoyed what we had.  In terms of customer service, I’d rate this poorly because most of their waiters are not that friendly and they also serve food quite slow.  I hope they work on this soon so that customers would have a good overall experience.  I won’t be really psyched to come back here the next time we’re in Baguio.

I do love the look of this cafe.  It gives you a feel-good vibe that makes you relax in some way.  Given that Baguio weather is already comfy, Cafe by the Ruins gives it a different spin.

Café by the Ruins Baguio
23 Chuntug Street, Baguio City, Philippines, 2600
(+6374) 442.4010

Crave Rave : Very Strawberry

Nothing much to say here and just ogle at the sight of this..

Strawberries are in season and it made this combination to die for.  I just can’t get enough!

At 190 Pesos, you won’t go wrong (as I always say :)).

You can have the Very Strawberry Ice Cream at Strawberries & Ice Cream – Filling Station, Camp John Hay.

Central Park Goodness

I feel really bad that this amazing restaurant was only our second choice that night because our first pick was full (jam-packed!).  I just want to smack myself for judging the place by the way it looks and the amount of people dining.  Don’t get me wrong, there were lots of people too but it’s nothing compared to the “first pick” where people were actually banned to step inside.  I just thought about what my dad use to say, you’ll know a restaurant is good if there are many people dining in.  In Central Park Restaurant‘s case, there’s a huge exception to that rule.

The service crew were very friendly and accommodating which is also why we were convinced to dine here.  Considering the amount of people dining in, their service was good and quite fast.  We got our orders in less than 15 minutes time.  Talk about a true Chinese fastfood experience!  We were pleased with the good start, and the free hot tea that they served.  But we were happier when we got to taste their food.  Here’s what we had..

Roast Pork Asado Rice Toppings

This was sooo good!  I had no regrets in getting this one. 🙂

Lechon Kawali Rice Toppings

Like the Asado, this was equally good too.  If not for the surreal amount of fat in that pork, we would have eaten every bit of it.  Remember, health comes first! haha

Central Park Special Dimsum

Ok, sorry, I totally forgot what this one was called.  They did name it after their restaurant but I’m not sure about that ‘Special Dimsum’ part.  Anyway, I thought about it because this one is really special.  It’s such a different way to serve pork dumplings.

It consists of the usual pork dumpling mixture with different varieties of vegetables and spices to make it unique.  What’s odd is that instead of the usual dumpling wrapper, they used ham to wrap the dumpling meat up.  They also have the same version except they used bacon as wrapper.  It’s a great idea to give your homemade dumplings a new twist.

We had the best meal of day and I’m really glad we went here.  We could’ve also ordered their yang chow rice since it looked so yummy but we’ll have leftovers for sure.  Value for money is great because their dishes, especially their rice toppings are pretty affordable.  Their rice toppings were priced from 100-150 Pesos per meal which is already a great deal considering the food tastes really gooood. 🙂

The interior looks nice with this huge wall art.  Everyday Fresh!

The place was quite small but it was enough to accommodate hungry tourists and visitors.  We’d definitely go back here when we’re in Baguio again and I hope you guys try it out too!

Central Park Restaurant
Kisad Road, Carino Street, Baguio City 2600, Benguet
Visit their Facebook Page. 🙂

Nothing Beats Their Old Sizzle!

Going back to Baguio, our foodscapade continues as we visit another fave restaurant in the city.  True to it’s slogan, nothing really does beat the ol’ sizzle of Sizzling Plate Baguio as it is known to be one of the best sizzling stops in the summer capital.  Plus points for us since this restaurant is just across the hotel that we stayed in last month (wee!).  People flock over just to get a taste of their various Sizzling Plate specials and for this season, we do have to hustle.  To give you an idea of how crazy Baguio went on last month, here’s a good snapshot:

Need I say more?  But don’t be scared, we did have fun.  Festivals are indeed fun here in the Philippines. 🙂

Going back to Sizzling Plate Baguio was very heartwarming since we did really miss the food here.  We came a bit early for dinner that’s why there were only a few people.

The wooden interior gives a good western-ish theme to the place and it keeps it kinda warm given the chilly weather outside.  People started piling up minute after minute until it was actually dinner time.  All of their sizzling dishes come with free mushroom soup which is a perfect pair to your steak.

The cow doesn’t look to be happy.. obviously.. haha

We both had Tenderloin Steak served two ways.  One is the classic cut..

This time with gravy (yum!).  I had this medium cooked because I don’t want my beef all dried up.

another is called Tenderloin Bits where it’s cut into smaller pieces and served with veggies (excuse the blurry photo)..

It was really good and a very nice way to heat up in the cold Baguio climate.  We loved this restaurant so much that we went back the following day.  This time, we had a different set of orders.  I went for their Australian Beef Porterhouse Steak and I was so happy that it turned out pretty well.

The beef was so soft and fresh.  A true Australian quality beef!

We also had their Salisbury Steak which was definitely yummy.

It even tasted better with that egg on top (sorry, the egg is covering the pattie..).  You’ll never go wrong here because they serve the freshest and finest choice of meat cuts everyday.  Value for money is fair enough since their food prices range from just 100+ up to 200+ per meal.  Their Australian Beef servings usually cost 200+.

Sizzling Plate Baguio has three branches and my favorite is the one in Abanao Extension, Cariño Street.  There’s also one along Session Road and another in SM City Baguio.  I had a bit of a bad experience with the one in Session Road because the staff wasn’t very accommodating and they served me with chewy steak.  Because of that, we said that we’ll always go to their biggest branch in Abanao.

Sizzling Plate Baguio is open daily from 10 AM to 9 PM and you may visit their branches below.  Happy Sizzling! 🙂

Sizzling Plate – SM
Lower Ground Floor Entertainment Area
Upper Session Rd., Luneta Hill, Baguio City
Tel. no. (074) 619-0826
 
Sizzling Plate Cariño
135 Abanao Extension cor. Cariño St., Baguio City
Tel. no. (074) 443-8486
 
Sizzling Plate Session
86 Session Road, Baguio City
Tel. no. (074) 442-4219

Blast from the Past at 50’s Diner

If you have read my previous blogs here and here, you’re probably aware that I’ve been on a short trip recently.  We went to our now fave chill spot, Baguio and it continues to just amaze us everytime.  I admit, I’ve added a few pounds yet again to my exercise-lacking bod. hahaha  I know, I’ll start to live right, I SWEAR!  To prove that, I’ve just signed up for the free Zumba class here in the office next week.  (wish me luck, really..)

Glenn’s 50’s Diner marked our first stop as we had our brunch that morning.  We arrived in Baguio at around 11 am after 7 hours in the bus and it was too early to check in the hotel so we decided to eat first.  50’s Diner is one of our many favorite restaurants in Baguio so we never fail to visit each time we’re there.

The name itself and the exterior is a major giveaway to what this restaurant is all about.  It has been named as one of the famous snack bars/restaurants in Baguio not just because of the way it looks but also because of the delicious yet affordable food they serve.

Interior-wise, the place looks very much vintage just like how it looks from the outside.  There’s a bar at the side where their famous milkshake or ice cream shake is prepared.  Aside from milkshakes, they also serve fresh fruit shakes and what better way to start the morning with a refreshing Ripe Mango Shake.

As you wait for your food to be served, you may feast your eyes on the wall decorations and the interior design since you won’t see many of them here in Manila or there in Baguio.  Feels like a 50’s flashback you never had!

For this one, we ordered light meals that were not too light because of their large portion.  Most of their dishes here, although set for solo, are more likely to be shared by two since they really are big in serving.  Here is where I saw the biggest club sandwich I have ever seen up to date.  Too bad I don’t have a photo because I did not dare order it knowing I will be consumed by it instead of the other way around. hahaha

We had Fish and Chips (cream dory fillet + potato fries)

and Pork Cordon Bleu (which somehow tasted like chicken..)

Please excuse the bite, someone was pretty hungry… haha

So far, these two tasted good.  Given that these are affordable, the taste was fairly justified.  I’ve tried some of their dishes before, some were OK,  some were good, but it’s best to just be the judge of it yourself.  All I know is that I keep coming back because it’s quite cheap, simple, and I love their milkshake!  Here’s a glimpse of their menu:

After that fulfilling meal, we were set to conquer the day. haha  We just loved the cold summer breeze in Baguio so much that we decided to stay outside of the diner for a while before going back to the hotel.

This red vintage car never leaves this spot!  Cute right?  This is probably owned by Glenn too, who knows.

If you’re looking for affordable food, or a worthy snack bar in Baguio, be sure to drop by 50’s Diner. 🙂

GLENN 50’s Diner is located in Baguio along General Luna Road (near Teacher’s Camp, Leonard Wood Road).  They have a new branch along the Military Cut-off Road.  Just tell the cab driver to take you there. 🙂

Vizco’s and the Famous Strawberry Shortcake

Wow, here I am with yet another Baguio foodscapade. 🙂 Baguio, along with Vigan (blogged about this here) has been my fave Northern destination because it’s so versatile when it comes to food.  You can go for several dishes may it be Filipino, Italian, Chinese, American, Mongolian, and a lot more because Baguio has it all.  We have visited this city several times now and it has been close to our hearts.

One of my favorite restaurants here in Baguio would have to be Vizco’s Restaurant and Cake Shop.  Along with all the many restaurants and shops lined in the famous Session Road in Baguio, Vizco’s stand out because of their delicious cakes and pastries.  All-time favorite would have to be the Strawberry Shortcake.  As I blogged about here before,  Baguio holds the biggest strawberry farms in the Philippines.  The berries grow beautifully because of the cold weather.

See?  Fresh strawberries on top and bits of it on the center.  I just keep coming back for more!  If it weren’t for the 6-hour travel from Baguio back to Manila, I would have taken home a whole cake for sure.  haha

Aside from their lovely cakes (which I sadly wasn’t able to take photos of, fail!), they also serve the finest Pizza and Pasta.  We’ve had a couple of these during our first few visits but the last time, we had these..

Beef Stroganoff

So sorry I forgot what this pizza is called.. looking at it pretty much says everything about it though..  (reminds me of authentic Neapolitan pizza.. yum!)

Value for money is good since it’s not too expensive and yet their food is delicious (i must say).  Best to give it a try yourself when you get the chance to go to Baguio.  Session Road is Baguio‘s Central Business District  so you won’t miss it!

photo credit : life.georgeputong.com

The building you see here has been renovated so it looks so much better now.  Will take photos next time 🙂

We’ll be going back to Baguio this coming month-end because of their yearly Flower Festival or better known as Panagbenga.  I’ll take photos as usual so I can share them with you.  This is a fun event because townspeople and even tourists (mostly from Manila) all gather up to watch and join the festivities.  When we first came here, I found this site very helpful for all you need to know about Baguio.  To give you a glimpse of how many people flock over, here’s a photo from last year’s event:

Craaaazy right?? haha..  That’s what makes it more fun 🙂

Pick Me Strawberry

Up north Baguio for one is famous for housing the freshest and sweetest strawberries in the Philippines.  Many people come over during the summer season to get a hold of the best picks of the strawberry farm throughout the year.  We went over last year to celebrate the Flower Festival which is also held during the summertime.

Freshly from the Farm

Most of the ripe strawberries were already picked to be sold by the kilo hence the greener fields.

Now this shot is more convincing than ever.  Picking strawberries wearing a skirt.  Classic.

There, much better. hahaha

We’re coming up again by the end of this month and I’m crossing my fingers that we still get as big and as delicious strawberries as last year.  Mission:  Get loads, and I mean LOADS! 🙂