Things to do in Baguio after Summer (3 of 3): Spotlight on Azalea Residences Baguio

The long wait is finally over! Hahaha. Apologies for this long overdue post. It has been a very busy/stormy/sickly several weeks for me.

Anywho, this last installment in this three part series will be focusing on the food at Azalea Residences Baguio, specifically at their restaurant — Tradisyon.

The day after the first tour for us bloggers was the first time I got to check out their buffet. The dining are was very spacious and well-decorated, and you can even see what the kitchen staff were doing. I grabbed a cup of freshly-brewed coffee (which was smooth and aromatic, even when black) and headed straight to the main attraction: the food! As with most buffets, the food was set up in a row for easy access.Tradisyon's Buffet Table

That morning they served viands such as dried fish and choices of longganisa, as well as scrambled eggs, so that’s what I got.


I had some sort high expectations for the fish especially since I come from a coastal town in Pangasinan. Dried seafood is pretty tricky to cook — your oil must be hot enough and you shouldn’t cook it for too long. Fortunately, the fish was cooked to perfection. The vinegar they served had a little spicy kick that complemented the fish and the garlic rice. It made me want to have a boodle fight with myself to complete the Pinoy-style breakfast experience.

The longganisa (I believe it was from Ilocos) tasted good but there was nothing really special about it. The scrambled eggs were fluffy, though (a task I have a hard time doing on me own). Oh and they have an omelet bar with several ingredients for you to choose from. They will even serve it to your table once they finish cooking it.

The next day, they served a different set of viands — there was fish fillet, frittata, bacon (!!!), a different kind of longganisa (looked like it was from Lucban), and sauteed chicken, onions, corn, and peppers. The coffee, scrambled eggs, and omelet bar were regulars in their buffets. They also had a several choices of juice and fresh bread with jam and butter.


The bacon was fried to crispy perfection, the fish fillet tasted fresh and the sauce that went along with is was tangy and garlicky. The longganisa served that day was a bit sweet and that onion-bell pepper-chicken viand was something new to me. I liked it but I thought it was more of a dinner or lunch dish. The fritatta had similar ingredients to the chicken dish with the addition of mushrooms. It needed a bit more of salt, if you ask me. The four seasons juice I got tasted like it was from a powdered mix. Maybe I’m wrong. It just didn’t taste that fresh to me.

More tours around town later and we went back to Tradisyon for dinner. This is where things get exciting for me since it was Italian Night! They had served pizza and in place of the omelet bar was a pasta bar where they will cook the sauces on the spot for you. Cool!

This is what I got for dinner :D

There were several choices of pizza and pasta that I lost track of some of the dishes I got, hahaha. There was pepperoni, bacon (you can never have enough of bacon), lasagna, beef macaroni, and salad (para kunwari healthy!). They also had a cold cuts platter with several sausages, ham, and other meat choices. I must say, aside from the salad, everything I got had meat in it and I loved it! The pasta was cooked al dente and the thin crusts on the pizza allowed the other flavours to be the star of the show.

The salad served as my palate cleanser in between dishes, and once I was finished with what was on my plate, I of course had to try their desserts!

With delicious whipped cream and strawberry on top! Yum!

With delicious whipped cream and strawberry on top! Yum!

The carrot cake they served had whipped cream and strawberry on it. I ate it all in one bite and was fascinated by the combination of flavors. The cake was soft and its sweetness was eased by the strawberry and cream. I also had some fluffy blueberry and strawberry mini muffins that go well with the coffee (can you tell I like coffee?). It was the perfect end to my meal.

There's always room for yummy pastries.

There’s always room for yummy pastries.

The following morning, we were all supposed to leave at around 10 but there were some problems with our shuttle services so the management at Azalea had us go to the buffet to have lunch! Hurray, more food! This time I tried their braised pork, stir-fried veggies, and some more longganisa…with rice of course! The pork was tender and juicy and the veggies were fresh and properly seasoned. The longganisa were just like the ones I tried last time._DSC1429

Overall, Azalea’s Tradisyon serves tasty food in their buffet and they have varying themes per day. The servers were very polite and they keep the dining area tidy. If you find yourself out of options to eat at in Baguio, you won’t go wrong with Tradisyon. Couple that with their great room accommodations, and you’re After Summer Baguio Vacation is perfect! 😀

Azalea Residences Baguio is at Leonard Wood Loop, Brgy M. Roxas near the entrance to Teacher’s Camp. You can also check them out here:

Many thanks to Miss Debbie and to Paul and JC for the excellent care they’ve given us Bloggers during or three-day stay! ❤

Check out the first and second installments to this series here and here.

Things to do in Baguio after Summer (Part of 2 of 3), Spotlight on: Balajadia Kitchenette and Tam-Awan VIllage

Things to do in Baguio after Summer (Part of 2 of 3), Spotlight on: Balajadia Kitchenette and Tam-Awan VIllage

Here’s the second post of the three-part series of things to do in Baguio after Summer as organized by Azalea Residences.

After our tour of BenCab museum, we headed to Slaughterhouse Compound for our lunch. I’ve heard that eating at Slaughterhouse Compound was a must if you were touring Baguio for its food. Our destination was Balajadia Kitchenette located in a small covered court area. It was a no frills, carinderia-style place that appeared to have a lot of customers eating inside. We were greeted by smoking grills with several pieces of skewered and fish as we went inside.

Unapologetic Carinderia Feels

The place felt like home when you’re preparing meals for a lot of people (and they were doing exactly that!). We were sat down and I chatted with my fellow bloggers as we waited for our lunch to be served. We were given bowls of soup from their bulalo which only made me hungrier, haha! It was the perfect appetizer, if I say so myself.

Sabaw is love.

Sabaw is love.

The first dish given to us was chopsuey that was steaming hot and saucy, just the way I like it. The veggies were fresh as one would expect in Baguio and everything was seasoned well.

Balajadia's Chopsuey

Served next was pinapaitang kambing and baka. Now, I don’t actually eat pinapaitan so this was the first time I got to taste it; I was not disappointed at all. It had only a tad of bitterness to it, the meat was chewy yet tender, and the ginger did not overpower the soup. I now kinda understand why manginginom eat this as pulutan.

Slightly more bitter than their Pinapaitang Baka (which I forgot to photograph).

Slightly more bitter than their Pinapaitang Baka (which I forgot to photograph).

And then came their grilled liempo served with dara which means blood in Ilokano (a sauce made of cooked pig’s blood seasoned with what seemed to be salt and a bit of vinegar). The meat was chopped into bite-sized chunks and eating it with the made me think of dinuguan but only the meat was grilled. I liked it. 😀

It's like eating dinuguan but with grilled pork!

It’s like eating dinuguan but with grilled pork!

Then, the star of the day finally arrived — the bulalo!!! Just like the chopsuey, the veggies in the bulalo were fresh and crunchy. The soup was darn good and boy oh boy was the meat was tender and tasty. By the end of lunchtime I had downed several cups of rice. #NoRegrets

The reason why we order extra rice.

The reason why we order extra rice.

Just when we thought that lunch was over, they serve us what they called “B and B.” One of my fellow bloggers asked what it meant and to our surprise, they said “Butt and Balls.” Interestingly (or should I say fortunately), it looked nothing like what it actually was. It had a little bit of spice and was a little chewier that other body parts I usually eat. It was seasoned with soy sauce and tasted like it could be a pulutan as well.

Which stands for Butt and Balls!!!

Which stands for Butt and Balls!!!

We thanked our hosts for that hearty and filling meal at Balajadia. We then headed t Tam-awan village where we had our potraits drawn. While waiting for our turn, we were served mountain tea together with honey. If I recall correctly, I was told that the tea leaves were organic. I liked how smooth it was and how it had an interesting, sort of minty, after taste.  Oh, and I bought some taho to go with my tea!


I headed to the cafe in the area after I’ve had my turn in the portrait drawing session, and we were served some lady fingers. As if I wasn’t still full, I of course ate it, hahaha. It was fresh, soft, and it’s sweetness was just right. I ordered another cup of mountain tea, but to my disappointment, it didn’t taste as good as my first one. It was steeped too long so it left a weird texture in the mouth when you drank it.


One of my fellow bloggers ordered a cup of hot choco that had a lot of cute little marshmallows on it, but unlike their mountain tea, it had nothing special about it. Just your regular hot choco (which was still good, though).

And so after chatting and exploring Tam-awan village, we left and headed to the other locations in our itinerary. After everything I ate, I felt like napping, so that’s what I did. Good job, me! Hahaha 😀

Stay tuned for the third and final post in this series! Here’s the link to the first post: