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!

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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.

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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: https://eatsinbaguio.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/things-to-do-in-baguio-after-summer-part-1-of-3/

Pancake House opens in SM City Baguio

Pancake House held a dry run for its latest branch in SM City Baguio (the third in the city) this week. This post covers the sampling of food that your Eats in Baguio representatives tried. We wanted to have a good variety of flavors, so we had an appetizer, two meals, and for dessert — what else? — an order of pancakes.


We started off with the Fiesta Taco Salad, per suggestion of our waiter. It’s a good mix of lettuce leaves, some chopped vegetables, beans, grated cheese, chicken, and taco shells. While most taco salads have beef for protein, the chicken was an interesting substitute. You’ll also notice the texture — the taco shells, which we opted to crush before enjoying the salad, add a nice crunch. We could have done with more cheese, but overall, we loved how fresh the Fiesta Taco Salad was. It was good as an appetizer, but could also be a light meal for our health-conscious or dieting friends.

The meal proper included Grilled Ham and Cheese and Seafood Gambero for us.

The Grilled Ham and Cheese was indeed grilled right. It’s served with a side of fries and some pickles and pineapple. The cheese was melted just enough that it’s oozing and indulgent without being too messy. The fries were crunchy but a little bland. Depending on your preference, you can use salt, pepper, or ketchup to remedy this. We opted for all three. Nonetheless, we give Pancake House’s Grilled Ham and Cheese a 9 out of 10.

The Seafood Gambero is deceptively heavy. The no-frills presentation makes it look like a small meal, but it’s actually a good serving of pasta and seafood, including a mussel and some shrimp. We liked how the sauce was not sweet. There was a lot going on in this pasta. We agreed it’s a good combination of flavors, and a pretty solid fix for your seafood cravings.

Naturally, at the soft opening for Pancake House, we had to try an order of pancakes. We shared their Blueberry Pancakes and were by no means disappointed. They’re served piping hot, making the butter easy to spread. The blueberries are cooked into the pancake batter rather than piled on top of already-prepared pancakes. There are even more blueberries in the syrup, but we recommend trying the pancakes with just butter before committing to pouring all the syrup on them, because they are already quite sweet. The Blueberry Pancakes are a must try and can be enjoyed for either breakfast or dessert.

Overall, the Pancake House experience was a good one. Aside from the great food, we enjoyed the homey atmosphere and accommodation by the friendly, doting staff. There’s plenty of seating and a wide variety of meals to choose from, so it’s definitely a place that the whole family can enjoy.