DAY1 1: Warm and Cozy dishes in Baguio – The KLite Food Crawl 2017

DAY 1: Cafe Adriana

Rainy days either make you feel dreary or all cozied up. Café Adriana gives you the latter as an experience while dining at their place. Located at Outlook Ridge Residences at Outlook Drive, this place gives you the feeling of warmth and comfort while looking out the amazing view of the cafe.

Café Adriana is the newest brand of Hill Station, and it really does set itself apart by offering Filipino-Spanish inspired dishes that are sure to warm your heart.

Leaving the place made us feel closer to the friendly culture of Spain and the Philippines. Café Adriana might be under the Hill Station brand, but it sets itself apart through warm and cozy dishes guaranteed to make you long for more.

All photos are by Hijo De Foto Studios during the #KLiteFoodCrawl

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Sometimes, we forget to withdraw cash from ATMs when the bill is served after a satisfying meal in a good restaurant and worse, you’re just too far from the nearest machine.

Payment channels just made everything easier for us. Paymaya is now on Facebook messenger! Our service providers gave us free access to messenger and that is why you no longer need to access your PayMaya app by using your regular data load to use its services.

PayMaya #ShareTheLove

Wouldn’t it be nice if sending money was as quick and easy as chatting on Facebook Messenger?

Wouldn’t it be nice if sending money was as quick and easy as chatting on Facebook Messenger?

Aside from sending money, PayMaya on Messenger lets you pay utility bills, buy mobile load for less, and check your PayMaya balance without leaving the Messenger app. But first, here’s what you need to know:

  • For now, it’s only available in Android devices.  Apple users, stay tuned!
  • Make sure your Messenger app is up to date. Search for the Messenger app on Google Play to see if it asks you to update your app or if you’re now using the latest one.
  • Yes, you can create a PayMaya account on Messenger. It has never been easier, friends! Like in the PayMaya app, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Smart, Sun, TnT, or Globe subscriber.
  • Yes, your PayMaya account is safe on Messenger. Every transaction will ask for your Facebook password so please keep yours safe and secure. You can also trust that your funds and financial transactions are handled and kept safely in PayMaya.

It’s a great time to be a PayMaya account holder this Christmas season with lots of discounts, rebates, and freebies coming your way.  Use your PayMaya to shop and complete your holiday gift list so you can share the love to family and friends during this season of giving.

Christmas is a season of giving, and we’re happy to help our customers share the love over the holidays with PayMaya. This is our way of thanking our customers in helping us achieve a very fruitful year as the leader in digital payments in the Philippines,” said Paolo Azzola, PayMaya Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director.

Get as much as P1,250 on referrals with PayMaya in Facebok Messenger

With PayMaya, it’s easy to let your friends and loved ones know that you care about them. And with PayMaya in Facebook Messenger, both of you can feel the love as well!

Simply sign up or link your existing PayMaya account in Facebook Messenger and refer friends to sign up too and you will both get P50 in your PayMaya accounts

To do this, all you have to do is share the promo link that you will receive from PayMaya in Messenger to up to 25 friends with Android devices to start earning the referral bonus. Subscribers of all mobile network in the Philippines may sign up until December 19 and get the bonus amount, which will be credited to their accounts in 2 to 3 business days.

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VANILLA CAFE – Where the food tastes as good as the hotel looks

It’s exactly yum time when the K-Lite Krew arrived just as all the food was served for lunch.

Along with the Vanilla Cafe’s fantasy theatrical ambiance, huge artistic chairs (they were heavy to move), among the food in front of us was a rice chicken meal. Chicken was tender and well seasoned.

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Vanilla Cafe set a very high standard to our next food crawl stop. Missing the cafe Adriana crawl that day didn’t actually make me feel so bad after dining in such beautiful resto with a fantasy-homey setting away from the city buzz.

Anyeong! Going Korean at BatoBato Plate.

ANYEONG! It’s Bato-Bato Plate Restaurant at Hotel Albergo, Lualhati Street, Baguio! The resto’s name is nothing Korean but here they serve Korean-Western tasty dishes. The K-Lite fambam arrived from some 250 meters away from the second stop and delighted themselves to the swing chairs still full but ready for the next food battle.

Bato-Bato is the Filipino term of stone. In Korea, it is actually cooking through granite stone rocks but then for convenience, it’s Korean cast iron plates and bowls that arrived when the dishes were served.

First, we begin with the array of side dishes- kimchi, chayote pickle, seasoned mung bean sprout and the stand out kimbap. We must say that the kimbap amongst all displayed to taste was spot on with its sticky thick rice rolled with sweet beef, veggies in the Kim (seaweed). This established our palate for the main dish.

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Kimchi, Chayote Pickle, Seasoned Mung Bean Sprout

Brick oven pizza at Firewood Pizzeria

Located at Newtown Plaza Hotel, Firewood Pizzeria has easy access to all its guests and the general public considering that it’s only 10 minutes away from the town center. But that is not the greatest feature of the restaurant, it’s definitely their brick oven cooked pizzas. The best thing about a freshly baked brick oven pizza is that the dough is deliciously chewy with a complementing smoky smell.

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Firewood Signature Pizza

 

Rasa Pura – Authentic Singaporean Experience

Rasa Pura, an authentic Singaporean restaurant, that offers traditional Singaporean cuisine. Located at Cm Recto Corner, Leonard Wood Rd. Rasa Pura is only 10 minutes away from Baguio City’s town proper. Their dishes were served fresh and piping hot.

Hainanese Chicken
It would not be a Singaporean restaurant without Hainanese chicken on the menu. This chicken was served juicy, perfectly poached in it’s own broth and definitely big enough to serve a group of 3-4 people.
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Rasa Pura Hainanese Chicken

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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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