TOB Food Crawl 2018 Leg One: A Journey through Baguio for Your Tastebuds

One can’t simply say no to food. Whether you’re dead tired, pre-occupied, stressed, or even just lazy, you always get time to think of what to eat.

Now on its second year, The Other Bloggers invited co-foodies to be on a gastronomic adventure for two days in Baguio City and San Juan, La Union. (Read our TOBFoodCrawl Year 1 blog here) This year, three of our friends from PayMaya joined The Other Bloggers Food Crawl 2018 with 13 partner-restaurants offering the best of the best dishes from their selection.

Tap your summer feels (event happened on April 28-29, 2018) with delectable dishes and food expedition around the city of Baguio with our food review and recommendation on Day 1:

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Photo by Ben Pagtulingan

Grindosetamp Cafe / GDT

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One of the newest cafes in town – Grindosetamp Café.

Who would’ve thought that while drinking coffee, you can enroll yourself in a mini coffee-workshop. This café encourages you to brew your own after a short coffee school experience of mixing different concoctions.

GDT also serves scrumptious dishes paired with local coffee brew; a perfect treat after a good stroll from The Mansion, Wright Park and Mines View Park.

GDT Café supports and promotes local beans.

 

 

 

EatsInBaguio recommendation: Red Sauce Spaghetti with Kiniing, Pizza Burger, Butterfly Pea Tea

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Grindosetamp cafe is located at:  #1 Villamor Street, Baguio City 2600.

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Blaqk Bite Street Bistro

Blaqk Bite Street Bistro is the home of the famous big black burger. This restaurant serves a wide array of burgers and pastas fused with a not-so-common pair of some ingredients like chocolate and sugar beet.

Blaqk Bite Street Bistro is the place to visit if you want to fill those tummies with oversized burgers.

EatsInBaguio recommendation: Charcoal Burger, Guilt-Free Ice Cream

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Blaqk Bite Street Bistro is located at: 163 Lower Bonifacio Street, 2nd floor Perez Building

Baguio City

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Cafe De Angelo – Chapis

This is the only restaurant that we featured twice in The Other Bloggers Food Crawl just because we love the cafe so much.

Cafe De Angelo is concentrated in its cozy home at Chapis Village and still boasts an array of mouthwatering dishes all made from organic produce. They also have one of the best coffee drinks around. If you want to get out of the busy streets of Baguio, Cafe De Angelo is really worth the trip.

If you want to keep on eating without sacrificing a bit of your diet routine, this is the best cafe for you. Most of their dishes are healthy and organic.

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Cafe De Angelo is located at: 54 Chapis Village, Marcos Highway, Baguio City

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Fork N’ Dagger / FND

Filipino cuisine served in humongous portions might be this restaurant’s best feature. Fork N’ Dagger can give you table-sized barkada meals, jumbo halo-halo to a plateful all-time favorite Filipino grills like isaw, adidas and barbecue.

This restaurant can conveniently cater single to group orders everyday from 10 AM to 10PM. FND has a wide variety of seafood, pork, chicken and vegetable dishes at affordable prices.

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Fork N’ Dagger is located at No. 2 Green Water Road, Baguio City (Nevada Square)

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What’s Up Duck / WUD

You guessed it right! Main dishes are of course from duck meat. They serve WUD own recipes that would surely enhance your appetite.

Most people put duck meat on the last of their list due to its gamy and putrid odor, but WUD proved it wrong. They specialize in this kind of meat so people wouldn’t be discouraged of its smell.

This restaurant also serves other dishes like pasta and salad.

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What’s Up Duck is located at: 18 Bakakeng Road, Baguio City

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Tradisyon at Azalea Residence Baguio

The last stop of The Other Bloggers Food Crawl for Day 1 is at Tradisyon Restaurant in Azalea Residences Baguio.

From the venue, setup and music, our expectations were raised as the staff welcome us in a long table assigned for our group served with selected Italian wine perfect for our Tuscany Night Buffet.

We were greeted with other diners to a complete Italian dinner experience. Just as we thought that we can’t put on more food to our tummies, we simply couldn’t resist the pizza, pasta, chops and of course – the steak!

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Poster by Tradisyon at Azalea Residence Baguio

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For the second day of The Other Bloggers Food Crawl Day 2 in San Juan, La Union, read here.

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Fine Dining at Le Monet

Le Monet Hotel at Camp John Hay is popular not only for its fabulous accommodation but also for its unique fine dining experience. In the blog entry, we give you a rundown of our favorite dishes from start to finish.

Le Monet has a wide selection of appetizers to begin your meal with. The choice is especially difficult if you’re a seafood lover. But if you’re sharing — and especially if you’re hungry! — there’s no reason to stop at just one. We couldn’t pick a favorite, so here are our top two:

The Le Monet shrimp cocktail is a serving of butterfly-cut shrimp with three different sauces on the side. For the full experience, take a piece and dip it in all three sauces. Living in Baguio, we tend to be very critical of seafood, particularly its freshness. With the shrimp cocktail as well as the other seafood dishes we enjoyed, we did not feel the need to worry about it.

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We also loved their selection of tarts. Le Monet offers a shitake, chanterelle and asparagus tart, a four cheese tart, and a cherry tomatoes, ricotta, and herbs tart. The most savory and filling of the three is the shitake, chanterelle, and asparagus tart, because of the mushrooms; for a milder appetizer we recommend going for the four cheese or the tomatoes and herbs. All of the tarts, however, have good flavor and texture and are safe options for vegetarians.

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The sandwiches at Le Monet are enormous. Our favorite is the super indulgent grilled cheese sandwich served with a side of tomato soup. Despite being a fairly straightforward grilled cheese — some vegetable on the side but nothing extra in the sandwich itself — it’s filling and flavorful. We would definitely put it in the category of “comfort food”. If you’re dieting, keep it in mind when you’re planning your cheat day.

Our favorite pasta is the spinach and ricotta ravioli. The raviolis are quite large and packed with spinach and cheese, served in tomato sauce with more cheese on top. Fans of Italian cuisine will enjoy this one in particular. For those who can’t get enough of every manner of serving shrimp, Le Monet also offers shrimp scampi linguine.

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As we mentioned above, the Le Monet menu includes a good variety of seafood. One specific dish that caught our attention is the almond-crusted salmon. Upon ordering, you can ask that it be served according to your preference of temperature or rawness. The almond flavor is not terribly prominent, but the flaked nuts do make for an interesting texture. They also contribute to the gorgeous presentation of the dish.

When it comes to salads, Le Monet bypasses the common, run-of-the-mill styles of preparation. The shrimp and watermelon salad offers an interesting combination of flavors. If you opted for a shrimp appetizer and would like to try for some variety, we recommend the Oriental chicken almond salad. It’s heavy enough to stand alone as a meal, but works well for sharing in small groups as well. In any case, be sure to get a forkful that includes a Mandarin orange slice, as the sweetness complements the chicken nicely.

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In true Filipino fashion, we know that a meal would not be complete without some form of succulent pork. The twice-cooked pork knuckles cover this nicely. Though it may sound like an odd combination, one of the sauces provided with this is chocolate sauce. Forgo the predictable gravy and vinegar and try the chocolate sauce at least once. We did, and we were pleasantly surprised.

Overall, we had no major complaints about the Le Monet menu. Each dish is carefully, thoughtfully prepared. There is also a lot to be said about the service and the atmosphere.

Seeing as Le Monet offers fine dining, their prices are not necessarily budget-friendly or student-friendly. That said, you certainly get what you pay for, and we highly recommend it for a romantic date night or for special celebrations with the family.