DAY 2 – The Other Bloggers Food Crawl: Your Itinerary for a Day of Bonding Over Great Food in Baguio

DAY 2 – The Other Bloggers Food Crawl: Your Itinerary for a Day of Bonding Over Great Food in Baguio

Bay Leaf Restaurant by Cris d’ Cuisine:  Chef Maricris Salinas-Agas never fails to impress! Bay leaf still holds a special place in everyone’s hearts and taste buds especially with their amazing Beef Pho, Eats in Baguio would surely give their Pho- a five star “pho-nomenal” rating! It is the best ever!

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Bay Leaf Baguio’s Pho Noodles

Bangus Sisig: Delicious, “meaty” and savory! Wonderful bits of Bangus in just the right size! Strangely enough this even tops the taste of famous classic Sisigs out there…and its Bangus! How healthy can we get?

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Bay Leaf Baguio’s Bangus Sisig

RIBS: Melts in your mouth! Soft and absolutely delicious! They have their own amazing version of this, probably a percent better than a famous restaurant who serves ribs. Somehow this has extra OOMPH!

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Bay Leaf Baguio’s Ribs

Duck Curry: It is always tricky to prepare duck, but one can quack with joy when they taste this, bay leaf aced the duck!

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Bay Leaf Baguio’s Duck Curry

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Session Café is actually a misnomer – the quaint, homey place is actually a short walk away from Session on Calderon Street.  It is the sister café of Sessions Gallery which you can read about here.

Sessions Café is a student-friendly hangout.  They serve rice meals and cakes by the slice, but the main attraction is their wide selection of drinks and cold desserts.

If you have a date or even a few friends, plan on sharing one of their monster shakes.  You can choose from caramel, strawberry, and ube.  The shakes are thick and creamy and overloaded with wafers and candies and all kinds of toppings.  They’re delicious and will also look fabulous on your Instagram feed.  If you’re ordering solo, they have plenty of hot and cold drinks to choose from.  Their bestseller is the strawberry mocha latte.

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Sessions Cafe Grand Frappe

Another must-try is their fruit and yogurt salad.  It’s a good assortment of – you guessed it – sliced fruits mixed into yogurt.  If the shakes are a little too sweet for you, the fruit and yogurt salad is a refreshing alternative.

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For a snack or light meal to go with your drink, try their embutido or another dish from their all-day breakfast menu.  As of the time of the food crawl, the owners said they plan to add pastas to the menu as well.

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Calle Uno doubles as a shared working space and a food hub – all around, just a great place for creativity and collaboration.  We were graciously given a full tour of the facilities from the long- and short-term for-rent office spaces to the library to the shared pantry.  Our purpose for going there, however, was to sample the bestsellers from the food trucks in their little park.

The food trucks on site are Munchiez Food Truck, Binge Beetle, Road Grille, Pendong Food Bug, Cheat Day and Live Long.  We encourage you to mix and match food choices and try something from every truck that catches your eye – maybe even one from each place, if you’re hungry enough.

Each truck offers something different, but here are a few of our favorites: Road Grill’s simple but flavorful ribs, smoky, grilled-just-right kebab from Pendong Food Bug, and for dessert, Binge Beetle’s deep fried cheesecake spring rolls.

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That said, one trip to the Calle Uno food hub probably won’t suffice to get a sampling of all of their best stuff. It wouldn’t hurt to come back after your first encounter with them to order a different combination of dishes…and a third time, and a fourth, and a fifth – however many it takes.

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IPIATTI: Their Italian inspired cuisine is a revelation to those who miss this quaint little place along Nevada Square, it’s a must stop before you enter Camp John Hay or Loakan. Chef Elly a long time cruise ship chef has finally anchored himself and his talents right here in Baguio City, that’s world class talent cooking for you, and he did not disappoint!

Chicken Ceasar Salad Wrap
A filling size of a meal, comes with veggies and fries, tasty inside and out!

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Spicy Tahong
A huge favorite, soft mussels infused with this delicious spicy concoction, this is best eaten with rice, it is quite spicy, mind you, but absolutely delicious!

Osso Bucco
Their Beef Shank in special sauce is as beefy as it gets, you have to try this for yourself! Beeftastiko!

Chef Salad in Tortilla Basket
They have a delicious secret recipe for their vinaigrette, that alone says a lot! Plus it’s curiously packed in a delicious bread basket!

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Primavera and Puttanesca
They have a lot of Pasta in their menu but these are NEW and AMAZING big numbers you can sink your teeth into. saucy and exquisitely tasty, we suggest you share this if your on a diet…it packs A LOT of servings

Sausage and Sauerkraut:
No one can resist premium sausage with a healthy serving of fresh saurkraut and mashed potato.

Fried Ice Cream:
How do you fry Ice Cream? Curiosity will be your guide to this pistaccio perfection, this delicious concoction is something you must experience!
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Twisted Chef by Cafe Angelo: Everyone makes it a point to keep Cafe Angelo in their itinerary whenever they come to Baguio, and one will find themselves coming back for more surprise meals in Cafe Angelo’s newest venture: Twisted Chef!

The re branding of the second branch has brought more vegetarian meals into Baguio’s first ever Yoga-Cafe studio and owner Chef Ro Quintos, who finds amazing ways to “Twist up” a recipe in an absolutely delicious way still serves your favorite Cafe Angelo meals aptly placed under “Cheat day specials”, don’t worry even their cheat day specials are as healthy as can be, for one thing everything is ORGANIC.


TOFU CHEESEBALLS:
These are literally balls of protein mainly because it’s packed with parmesan cheese and tofu, all delectably fried up with a crisp outer shell… dip it their special garlic sauce.. you have the perfect post yoga/workout meal there.

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SPICY SHRIMP:
The name says it all, delicious juicy spicy shrimp over a steaming bowl of Masala rice.

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GARDEN BURGER:
Touted as one of the best burgers in Baguio mainly because this burger’s meat is 100 percent pure organic Beef patty, and it boasts a garden of veggies under slices of delicious high quality bread, did we say, the sauce in this is one of a kind!

Eggplant Parmesana:
It has the right kind of spicy, enough to satisfy your spicy cravings. and the blending of flavors in this dish is something you shouldn’t miss, oh and it’s vegetarian! Again, a great dish after working out

Joie de Vivre is a resto-café with a chill, artsy vibe.  They offer sweet twists on familiar savory dishes.  Their choco fries makes for a nice balance of hot and cold, sweet and salty.  Most people prefer ketchup or gravy on their fries, but don’t dis this combination until you’ve tasted it yourself.  Their strawberry margarita pizza is another sweet-and-savory combination you’ll want to try while you’re there.

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If you aren’t feeling so adventurous, they also offer tender sirloin steak served alongside a baked potato.  The potato is topped with sour cream that they make themselves in the restaurant.  It’s a heavy meal served on a chopping board – a cute little feature that adds to Joie de Vivre’s artsy feel.

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We also enjoyed Joie de Vivre’s shakes served in light bulb-shaped glasses.  The chocado – an amalgamation of chocolate and avocado – was a big hit, as well as the lighter, more refreshing cucumber crush, which combines cucumber (of course), mint, and lime flavors.

Although we didn’t witness it on the evening we were there, Joie de Vivre sometimes complements their food and drinks with live music acts.  All in all, it’s a good place to bring your friends and family to just kick back and chill.

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BZA Home Arts Café is both a café and a supplier of craft materials like rhinestone art, paint-by-number kits and furniture.  The place is a large old house converted into a restaurant whose walls are decorated with the glittering finished products.  You’ll want to take a few minutes to look around and get the full effect before settling down to eat.  After the meal, we were treated to a short demo of the rhinestone art by one of the staff members.

There are menu items to suit every taste.  Some of the ones we enjoyed best were the lamb chop served with their special sauce and the marinara pasta.  We also had our fill of canapes.  If you order them for an appetizer, be careful not to have too many (no matter how tempting) or you’ll be full already by the time your meal is served.  You can also enjoy after-dinner (or after-lunch, as the case may be) coffee in the same big, comfortable space.

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Dates, small groups, and even large groups can be accommodated at BZA as they offer plenty of seating both inside and outdoors.  It’s a sit-down dinner kind of place – perhaps not the best option if you’re in a rush or looking for just a light meal.  We recommend it for your big and little celebrations.

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The establishments mentioned in this post were all participants in The Other Bloggers Baguio Food Crawl 2017.  For more information on the restaurants and the crawl, check the hashtag #TOBBaguioFoodCrawl or #TheOtherBloggers or see our press release here.

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Joie de Vivre: the art of eating well

Joie de Vivre: the art of eating well

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Artisan feels and the smell of good food greets you once you stepped into Joie De Vivre Cafe (zwa de viv). It is not hard to pronounce especially if you love to learn French words, but one will be surprised when you discover that this is not a French restaurant but a mishmash of Mexican and Pinoy inspired one at that.

No, it is not your typical Tex-Mex type of Mexican, Joie De Vivre Cafe is a homey artisan cafe located just a little bit on the outskirts of Baguio City (Marcos Highway to be exact). The place is a delight to the senses, owned and managed by Lars. it is a perfect spot, where one can enjoy glorious Baguio sunsets and the regular rolling Baguio fog that comes and goes during the afternoon even on hot sunny days, and if you enjoy art, this place is hosting exhibits for local artists.

But really, the best thing about this restaurant is that the food here is really something you should experience, and we all praise Miss Lars’ attention to detail especially with her food, and yes, presentation and taste wise, it was a fabulous gastronomical adventure, and we are sure you will agree with us when you dine here.

SISIG

First, we cannot help but rave about their sizzling Sisig, it might not be considered a “starter” of the bunch due it being a common dish, but one cannot forget how meaty and delicious their version is, let us put it this way…..it was the first plate emptied, really, gone in mere minutes, that’s how delicious it was, you can tell that it had no extenders, just pure meaty goodness.

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Joie de Vivre Sisig 

PULLED PORK FRIES

Real potato fries (not the store bought ones) with bits of fried pork oozing in cheese, fresh greens and Lars’ special sauce makes this a filling beer mate or something to munch on if you want something not too heavy or too light of a meal.

 

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Joie de Vivre Pulled Pork Fries

MR. BEEFY BURGER

One of the best burgers in town, we all want pure unadulterated beef in our burger, no extenders, just pure beef goodness! it is something you should really have if you want something deliciously heavy, or you just want to fulfill burger cravings.

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Joie de Vivre Mr. Beefy Burger

NACHOS

This regular snack/beer mate is different, for one thing the Nachos themselves are not your typical store-bought ones, and the sauce is not like anyone’s, because it’s recipe (along with their other sauces) have been passed down to Lars from her family, we’d say that this is the best nachos we had so far, it is on the spicy side, has the perfect ratio in terms of cheese, meat and that special sauce.

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Joie de Vivre Nachos

ENCHILADA

Maybe we haven’t covered the cityscape enough to know if others serve this heaven of a dish for basis of comparison, but this is really delicious, authentic Mexican enchilada, another filling meal punched up with a lot of actual meat, fresh greens and that special sauce we talk about so much, it is protein supremo!

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PULLED PORK PIZZA

You maybe thinking that this pizza will just fill you up and not enjoy its flavor and thin crust, but surprisingly this pizza is just light! There are also other pizza flavors you can choose from their menu.

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Joie de Vivre Pulled Pork Pizza

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Joie de Vivre Cafe is located at 4th Floor MM Gara Building, Marcos Highway, Baguio City. They’re open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 MN.

Check out these amazing colors from their veranda 🙂

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