Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bloated In Baguio: The Gastronomic Adventure

I've shared tents and bunked with strangers. But I haven't had an adventure with my BFFs  - my Amigas.This trip has been brewing since...2000-something. Since we all started to earn and some disposable income. So this year, we were set to really get out of town. Where: Sa bagong-bagong Baguio.

We’ve all been to Baguio before. It is not about setting our foot in the famous tourist spots in Baguio. We just want to bond. Chos! It is accessible and you don't have to plan a lot to go around. We got by hailing taxi cabs. No need to buy plane tickets or to rent a van. We planned to just around, EAT, and just take pics of whatever.

After just five hours of bus travel, we landed in Victory Liner’s terminal in Baguio city. We walked with our backpacks going to Hotel Veniz. Dropped off our luggage and then walked to Good Taste to replenish our intestines for the day.

Day 1 Breakfast – Good Taste

We just asked directions going to Good Taste. I’ve actually been to Good Taste during my Mount Pulag trip but I didn’t know it was a “place to eat”.

Don’t let the exteriors fool you. The venue may be blah but the food is rockin in flavour, servings and amount.

We ordered the chicken wings, beef and broccoli and chao fan. The chao fan is supposed to be good for three...three extremely hungry people. The servings were more than what we expected. The broccoli is just colourful. Cooked just right. (The vegetables in Baguio are more colorful and happier looking). The whole spread just costs Php 500. We shelled out Php 125 each.

Good Taste is just beside the jeepney terminal. We jumped in a jeepney bound for La Trinidad to check out the Strawberry farm. It was quite muddy then so we didn't go berry picking.

Strawberries: Php 300/kilo and Php 75 for a tumpok. Be warned though that the big strawberries are placed on top, and those at the bottom doesn’t look  as appetizing.

Day 1 Lunch – Oh My Gulay

This spars two floors of a building in session road. There’s this sign in the ground floor.

But you have to climb these stairs. You'll be so hungry when you finally get there. 

After a morning of sun, mud and sweat, it was nice to breathe this in:                              

This is the menu of O-My-Gulay. Can't quite decide if it is handwritten or printed.  We paid around Php 200/pax - which includes drinks and dessert already. A good bargain.
Don't underestimate the dirty-looking menu. The food rocks.

Oh My Gulay Rice

Mushroom Onion Crepe

The happy family shot:

I believe the owner is an artist? Instead of putting more tables, they dedicated the space for these stuff. Cool.

Our sweet find: This cookie shop just outside Oh My Gulay's building. You get a really soft chewy cookie half the size of your head for Php 15.

We didn't have dinner during Day 1 because we ended up just sleeping at the hotel - from 4pm to 6am the next day. We were all so tired from the trip to Manila.

Day 2:
After a rainy morning at Baguio Botanical Gardens, we passed by Good Shepherd to buy some quality pasalubong - this is an SOP if you are going to Baguio. They have the ultimate Ube Jam.

There are these lines, as usual. 

And this is when I discovered this new treat: Alfajor. A definite must try. I should've bought more. 

Day 2 Lunch – 50’s Diner
I love 50's Diner!

We had trouble ordering. Everything was yummy and affordable.

Please try the milkshakes. The calories are so worth it.

Because it was raining, Day 2 afternoon was spent napping. We just went out for dinner again. I love our anything-goes itinerary.

Day 2 Dinner – O Mai Khan
We didn't burn any calories during the afternoon. We were still quite full when we walked going to O Main Khan. The resto is located at the back of SM Baguio - an uphill walk from Hotel Veniz. That burned some calories. 

Posh place
For an awesome price of Php 220, you can eat Mongolian Barbeque bowls until you are full to the brim.

My tip for surviving three bows: Don't put a lot in each bowl. Don't drink your water, just take a few sips occasionally.

The other page of O Mai Khan's menu

Day 3 Lunch – Cafe By The Ruins
This is also a short walk away from Hotel Veniz. So we picked where it is just a short walk to where we want to eat. Eat more food, burn less calories. A great formula for a vacation.

Posh-ish place.

Their menu is on the more expensive side.

My pick: Kare kare. Their kare kare is not paired with bagoong.

Yummeh! I forgot the name of this dessert dish.

Aside from all the parks, Baguio also offers an gastronomic calorific adventure. Dieters, watch out.

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