Honest Stitches of Patch Cafe

Before heading home, by coincidence, cousins and I ended up at the newly renovated and renamed cafe at Bloomfield Hotel, the Patch Cafe. Forgot what it used to be called but I do remember what it used to look like. In all fairness, the renovations plus new concept and chic decors changed the atmosphere. Along with the change in space is the change in the menu items and service. All better. Much, much better from what I remember dining there some two years ago.

Their sweet Cappuccino

Was handed the menu of 3 print-out pages on a clipboard. Cute. Selection range includes all-day brunch, sandwiches, pasta dishes and hot and cold beverages. A true cafe. Nice. Although, not on the menu are their displayed selections of cakes, cupcakes and pastries, which i didn’t notice ’til later. Note to self: need to check those out another time…

While sipping my cappuccino, I checked out more of the menu and thought, “I’m hungry”. Among the sandwich choices, the “Bleu Burger” stood out. According to the menu, it’s their “signature beef burger…” and what made it “bleu” (french for the “blue”) was the blue cheese infused into it. Interesting, yeah?

Served in a grilled store-bought burger bun (no judgement, just an observation) with fresh vegetables and a simply dressed potato salad on the side, I’d say it’s one of the good and tasty burgers I’ve had. Juicy, seasoned just right, filling and you can say it’s freshly made – no “frozen patty” vibe. I’m sure the blue cheese was in there somewhere, but since it’s mixed in with other ingredients, the blue cheese-ness was toned down, which I think is fine. Blue cheese can be overpowering, sometimes. What i appreciated on that plate, in general, is the simplicity and honesty. It’s a burger and the burger stands out, as it should.

No added grease or condiments, no fluff, no messy sauce...I like!.

No added grease or condiments, no fluff, no messy sauce…I like!.

Went back two days after to meet with friends. It’s a nice and convenient hangout spot and was kind of impressed with the burger, so, I wanted to try more of their picks. This time, had brunch…at 1 in the afternoon. It’s unhealthy, I know.

Eggs Benedict, in the strict sense, is poached egg served with bacon on an english muffin and hollandaise sauce (savory, thick, creamy, butter-based sauce). Haven’t had eggs benedict in a while, so i tried the “Patch Benedict” – their version of it. This time, it came as a poached egg served with bacon and lettuce on a perfectly toasted slice of good bread and delightfully cheesy sauce. Although I found the egg a bit overcooked, I still enjoyed the balance of velvety yolk with crisp bacon, cheese sauce-soaked bread and the lettuce gives a refreshing effect to every fork-full (which I devoured with gusto).

Because benedicts are not common breakfast menu items, this was a treat!

Also, Benedicts are not as common breakfast menu items around town, so, in a way, this was a treat!

I asked my companion to order the “Chili Tuyo Pasta”. It’s the item on the pasta menu that wasn’t common. I thought of ordering for myself but I was already full from my own plate, so, I asked him to get it so I can have a taste off of his. Thank God for enablers! Haha!

Has local zing and zang, this one.

Has local zing and zang, this one. Love it! Although, would have liked it more with garlic bread (hint, hint)

Visually, it’s linguine pasta in olive oil with flaked tuyo, chili flakes, topped with Parmasean cheese and slivered green onions. On the tongue, it’s a delightful bit more. Simple as it is, pasta dressed with oil tend to turn out with a greasy feel. I was happy that this was not. It’s neutral pasta, salty tuyo and parmasean, spice coming from the chili flakes and a dash of chili may have been infused into the olive oil. Could feel the tingle on the lips. But wait, there’s more and it’s a kicker. It’s subtle, but the tangy-ness of lime pops up wonderfully. I loved the blend of honest flavors in this!

A nice and hip hangout for small groups, pairs or for individuals to just sit and chill. It’s right smack in the middle of town so, it’s convenient. I like that each dish I’ve had, so far, had no pretensions and didn’t try too hard. It was refreshing. The build-up of expectations was subtle, it was impressive. Nicely played!

Like stitches, I hope they keep it consistent, to keep the patch in place.

(Krish note: Notice the awesome writing on this one? I could only do a fraction of what’s done here – and that’s me being optimistic :) Thanks to my favorite eating buddy (Chef) Aguinaya for this post. We indeed are happy to have Aguinaya write more delicious posts on Eats in Baguio.)

 

Eats in Baguio’s Favorite Desserts

The best advice I’ve ever taken to heart is- Life is short, eat dessert first.

That said, I’ll keep the intro short too. hehe.

In no particular order, here are my favorites:

1- Opera Cake by L’ami Frenchy; When done right, this is my ultimate guilty pleasure. This French creation is made up of layers of sponge cake, ganache and everything else that dreams are made of.

Opera Cake. Bow down, mortals!

Opera Cake. Bow down, mortals!

2- Citron Tart by L’ami Frenchy-  Yes, I admit, I have a bias toward French pastries. Deal with it. LOL. This is probably how heaven tastes like.

The single serve tart

The single serve tart

3- Green Tea Cupcake by Glyco – The amazing kick of green tea flavor makes this a cupcake that’s not nakakasuya. Very zen, this cupcake is.

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4- Strawberry Shortcake by Vizco’s- Fresh strawberries on a light sponge cake smothered with a heavenly vanilla frosting. The slight sour taste of fresh strawberries combined with everything else in this cake makes this dessert a Baguio icon.

Vizcos Strawberry Shortcake

Vizcos Strawberry Shortcake

5- Carlo’s Delight by Tea House– delicious yema-like filling mixed in bits and piece of light sponge cake- and who doesn’t like yema?

Carlo's Delight from Tea House

Carlo’s Delight from Tea House

6- Tiramisu Cake by Don Henrico’s – hindi tipid mag-serve! That coffee kick in a cake always gets my attention. A really great way to temper the sweetness of everything else.

TIramisu is about 2.5 inches tall, about 4-5 inches long and 1.5-2 inches wide. Every square inch is yum! A bit too rich when eaten too quickly and without the proper drink.

TIramisu is about 2.5 inches tall, about 4-5 inches long and 1.5-2 inches wide. Every square inch is yum!

7- This Roti dessert by Chef’s Home– Finally, an Asian on my list! :) I love the crunch of the Roti and that mild sesame flavor – and peaches and ICE CREAM! What’s not to like?

The Heaven sent Special Roti

8- Ivan Pavolva by Cafe by the Ruins. Ok. Ok. I kid. I kid. It’s just Pavlova. This is something you DON’T always find in the dessert menu in restaurants- so this one’s really worth a try. It’s light, it’s meringue based- and it’s fruity. All that chocolate richness in lots of desserts ain’t for everyone. Sometimes you just want something sweet and light.

Pavlova

9- Deep Dark Chocolate Cake by Hill Station. This always, ALWAYS takes care of my chocolate cravings. It’s rich, it’s moist, it’s dark, it’s got that bitter undertone. Overall,  it’s a very VERY sexy chocolate cake.

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

10- That hot brownie topped with ice cream by Volante – To be fair, any brownie with Vanilla ice cream on top of it will almost always win my heart. This makes the list because I don’t know any other place in Baguio that serves this.

The dessert whose name, I know not.

The dessert whose name, I know not.

 11- Carrot cupcake by Divine Sweet Delights (by order only) – the cream cheese frosting is tart and sweet, the cake is moist and nutty and slightly sweet with a hint of saltiness. I fell in love with this at first bite.

Carrot cupcakes by Divine Sweet Delights

Carrot cupcakes by Divine Sweet Delights

Inside the carrot cupcake

Inside the carrot cupcake

The next couple of desserts are the picks of my friend, Aguinaya, my always-present taste buddy. She will be (or try her best) to – write for Eats in Baguio – as I have been eating in another city, in another country since October. Eats in Chennai, anyone? Hehe

12- Sans Rival by Sizzling Plate– Another Baguio guilty pleasure. We Baguio folks eat this like popcorn- just one mouthful after another. There’s nothing spectacular about it, really, but it is a staple in Baguio parties. Oh, and this cake is the eaaaaaaaaaaaasiest to transport. You can even tuck it in under your arm like a folder or something. :)

Sans Rival Photo from Flickr.com/karlaredor

Sans Rival
Photo from Flickr.com/karlaredor

13- Rum Cake by Waistline Luxuries (available in Cafe d’ Angelo) – dense, just the right sweetness, filling and the rum-flavor is not overpowering. Try doing it ala mode (vanilla ice cream) and it will bowl you over.

Rum Cake by Waistline Luxuries Photo from Cafe d'Angelo

Rum Cake by Waistline Luxuries
Photo from Cafe d’Angelo

14- Peach Mango Tart by Waistline Luxuries will make you forget that the Jollibee peach mango pie ever existed. It’s a tart but is made like a peach-mango open pie. The pie crust is buttery and flaky and once you get to the fruity filling, you’ll not only forget Jollibee’s peach mango pie- but also your name. So make sure to eat this with a name tag on.

Peach Mango Tart by Waistline Luxuries Photo by Cafe d'Angelo

Peach Mango Tart by Waistline Luxuries
Photo by Cafe d’Angelo

Honorable Mentions:

15- Dark Beer Cheescake by Ozark – rich, creamy, tasty and sinful . They’ve got the most unique line up of cheesecakes in Baguio City

Dark Beer Cheesecake

Dark Beer Cheesecake

16- Kiwi Cake by Kiwi’s Bread and Pastry Shop – . I particularly like the light, refreshing combination of flavors of kiwi fruit and strawberry. Nothing too sweet or overpowering. The combination of textures and fruity flavors is a winner!DSCN0432

17- Prestige Cake by L’ami Frenchy – yep 3rd time in the list. They are , after all- a pastry shop run by a French chef. The mousse at the bottom was light and airy, blended with the custardy- caramel on top and the chocolate in the middle plus the slab of chocolate- on the side. WOW!

Prestige Cake at L'ami Frenchy

Prestige Cake at L’ami Frenchy

L'ami Frenchy's Prestige Cake

L’ami Frenchy’s Prestige Cake

18- Green Tea Ice Cream with Azuki Beans by Chaya – Ice cream pleasure minus the guilt. Very zen, this ice cream is . :)

Green Tea ice cream with  Azuki beans Photo by: morefunwithems.wordpress.com

Green Tea ice cream with Azuki beans
Photo by: morefunwithems.wordpress.com

19- Special Cassava Cake by Everything Nice- it’s amazingly soft, creamy, coconutty- and best of  all, very Pinoy!

Special Cassava Cake Photo from: http://grumpyurbanslacker.blogspot.in/

Special Cassava Cake
Photo from: http://grumpyurbanslacker.blogspot.in/

In memoriam

20- Ube Crepe- What’s a Baguio visit without something ube, right? Sadly, last time I checked, PNKY near Teacher’s Camp is closed.  Not sure where they are now.

Ube Crepe

Ube Crepe

And there you have it, folks- a few of my favorite things :)