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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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.