Cafe by the Ruins Baguio

Cafe by the Ruins (since 1988) recently opened up a new branch on Upper Session Road (right beside Mario’s).  This extension is called Cafe by the Ruins Dua (dua, meaning “two” in Ilokano), and Baguio natives have fondly nicknamed it Cafe Dua.

To you old Cafe by the Ruins loyalists, fret not because Dua is still the same old Cafe you have grown to love through the years, except it is now more modern-looking in terms of facilities, The bigger Dua branch is also in charge of producing and supplying Cafe by the Ruins’ pasalubong and bakery products: bread selection (Ernie’s kamote bread, Ensaymada, Whole Wheat Pan de Sal, etc.) and deli meats (home-smoked bacon, lamb sausage, longganisa, etc.). It is located in 25 Shuntug Street, Baguio City

First time trying out Cafe by the Ruins since we failed to do it last Panagbenga.

I didn’t expect that the place would be like that. Since it’s like a small bakery from the outside.

The place is nice and has a homey feeling. Wooden interiors, wine and bread on display.

Breads on display

So here’s their menu
We ordered the following:
We didn’t expect that both of our meals will be served with fresh fruits and juice/coffee.
Really a power breakfast!
Filipino “lon-si-log” (340 pesos)- Longganisang Hubad/ Marinated Pork Cubes. I was hesistant to order this one, since I’m not fan of longganisa, but when I read on their menu that it’s marinated pork cubes, I thought it’s the fried porkies with just longganisa flavoring. But indeed, it’s really a longganisa cubes. Kinda disappointed since I thought my meal would be like that (my fault anyway) Flavorful, but it’s a bit tough upon my liking. But I’m sure longganisa lovers will love this one!
Bacon and Eggs (340 pesos)- Thick pieces of bacon, egg and rice or pandesal. It was my girlfriend’s order and she was disappointed when she found out that the bagnet is not available during breakfast, but this Bacon and Eggs made his day! Combination of perfectly crisp bacon plus thick slabs of bacon. Not the Poco Deli style, but it’s home cured bacon.

One of the best places to have breakfast in Baguio is Cafe by the Ruins so without second thought we immediately went there to know why. I suggest you go here before you start your day activities in the city. I love its charm and rustic interior design. I find the meals to be a bit expensive like the longsilog  for PHP340.00. It comes with a big serving of marinated pork cubes and egg, one cup of red rice, drink of your choice, and fresh fruits. The staff is attentive and courteous, which makes dining really comfortable.

I choose this as one of my blogs because of its great food and excellent service; however the price of their food is quite expensive but I assure to you that it is worth it and delicious based from our experience, I can guarantee you that this is a must-try place in Baguio City.
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Cafe Yagam Baguio


Cafe Yagam is located at  25 J. Felipe St., in Barangay Gibraltar.The place is a house-turned-cafe that had homey vibe. They had a menu on the wall written with chalk. The prices were reasonable and you kinda get a hint that the place served great food. There were several other guests in the area who were jamming while having beer;  They had a lit fire place and above it was a load of books anyone was free to browse. Unlike most food places, Cafe Yagam had a variety of seating arrangements ranging from typical tables and chairs to cushions on the floor around a low-rise table.
The owner of the place gave us a quick introduction why they were serving the particular dishes they prepared that night and also explained the traditional context of the food.

She first introduced Pinkipikan — a meal prepared by beating a chicken with a stick to make its blood clot near the surface of its skin, making its meat tastier. It is then smoked and served together with sayote and soup (which you can add rice wine to if you liked).

Traditionally served to visitors to a Cordilleran family's household.

The meat of the pinikpikan was indeed tasty. It reminded me of tinola only its meat was firmer. The sayote was fresh and the soup was brothy and light; I tried it with a bit of local rice wine but I didn’t like how it tasted. Maybe there was a particular proportion of rice wine to soup that I wasn’t aware of.

The second dish was called Pinuneg or blood sausage. This dish is exclusive to the Benguet Kankanaey and is typically served when a pig was butchered during a ritual or ceremony.

This kind of sausage is made to avoid wasting any part of the animal.

The sausage had chunky bits inside of it. As a fan of dinuguan, I enjoyed eating this dish. It is paired with a red spicy sauce that is not for the faint of heart. Based on the taste, the sauce had seemed like it had a fermentation stage in the process of making it. It goes well with the sausage but I recommend that you only put a little on it or perhaps use it as a dip instead to avoid overpowering the flavours of the pinuneg.

The third dish introduced to us was called Binungor. It is a Kalinga dish that is served as an appetizer or side dish and not a viand. It is made of various vegetables found around a Kalinga household along with tenga ng daga and other wild mushrooms, and Ot-an, that spiral shaped shell-fish you suck to get the meat inside.

The spice packs quite the punch.The Binungor had slight hints of sweetness and spiciness to it. I tried sucking on a couple of the Ot-an but I wasn’t successful.😦 Oh well. The vegetables tasted fresh and were deliciously chewy. I kind of understand why it’s served as a side dish because of it’s consistency.

The last dish is called Kini-ing — a smoked or sun-dried piece of pork. The owner told us that this is different from Etag (a piece of pork also smoked or sun-dried) because it does not undergo a fermentation process. She also told us that Kini-ing is only smoked when it rains, otherwise it is left under the sun.

Or at least what's left of it. I should remember to photograph food first before eating haha.

The meat was sliced thinly and had a smoky flavor. It was well done but the layer of fat was too thick compared to the portion of actual meat it had. Nevertheless, it was seasoned perfectly. After the concise background on all of the dishes served, we were then allowed to serve ourselves. I had to try everything of course!😀

I got a good portion of each of the dishes to fill my plate. Yummy!

I got a cup of fluffy brown rice, a hot bowl of Pinikpikan soup, and a steaming cup of coffee to go with all the dishes. At that moment, everything felt like it was where it’s supposed to be. Each of the dishes complemented each other and combining them with every bite was a fascinating experience for the palate. After the hearty dinner and tummy-warming soup and coffee, we were told that there was still dessert! I felt quite full but I was sure I had room for dinner, because who doesn’t, right?

They served a sticky-rice dish called Kiniwar (hinalo or mixed) which somehow reminded me of Biko, another sweet sticky rice dish. It was still hot but I immediately got a piece before it ran out. Talk about patay-gutom, haha.

Chewy and sticky and delicious!

The kiniwar was topped with two kinds of coconut: the first one was coconut with gata (coconut milk) cooked to become malapot (thick; viscous) and underneath it was also coconut but was caramelized, kinda like Pangasinan’s bukayo. The coconut toppings made the kiniwar even more delightful for the taste buds. To our luck, they served another freshly-cooked batch! Oh my goodness!

The dessert paired very well with their coffee from Sagada which was smooth and light just like the blues nights the Cafe occasionally hosts. If you enjoy black coffee, this is a must try. It also tastes good with sugar and creamer, if you’re that kind of person.:)

This is how black coffee should be.

We played a couple of get-to-know games several minutes after dinner. I had some more coffee while others had tea and before the night ended, they served us Tapuey (rice wine; similar to the one you can mix with the pinikpikan soup) made from Mayuyao, Ifugao. The owner of the cafe told us that tapuey from that particular area had a sweeter flavor compared to other rice wines in the Cordilleras.

Cafe Yagam's TapueyCafe Yagam’s Tapuey had a smooth texture and had no after-taste unlike most mass-produced alcohol. It was also a great night cap for a tiring and fun evening together with our fellow bloggers. We thanked our hosts and left the place happier and closer to each other. It’s the kind of place I would definitely go back to (alone or with friends) especially on a cold and rainy day.

The food was really good and exotic. But I had fun because of its unique and cultural based dishes. I choose this restaurant as one of my blogs because of its great food and excellent service to customers.  The owner of the said restaurant was really accomodating and friendly. If you go to baguio just try this Yagam Cafe and you will experience the true food of the people of Baguio.

Rock View Beach Resort Bolinao

Rock View Beach Resort is such a wonderful accommodation. It’s really confusing as its downsides were also its strengths. To sight an example is the location, it’s far from the white beach where all the cottages crowds. Thus, it was serine, silent and very relaxing, in fact we had the entire rocky view all for ourselves. However, swimmable part is nowhere in this area during Amihan (Northern Monson) which means that you have to travel down around 2km to beach bum.

Another thing is that, this resort is not too commercialized – you get to live a very rustic experience here, few cottages and two open cabanas which mean few visitors making it unreasonable for the owners to provide food services. Yeah right they offer nothing apart from the use of the kitchen. You have to shop and cook for yourself, something I am so lazy to do on a vacation. Anyway I wasn’t prepared for it, we were just told to buy everything we need (and by saying everything we need that includes drinking water to toiletries) by ate Lita’s son when he fetched us in Bolinao town proper.
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I love the place because it reminds me of my province life. Rock View Beach resort is really awesome were you would experience the bahay kubo setting or ambiance; moreover, you would experience the cool breeze of the sea which is very relaxing most especially during siesta time after lunch. The place was really relaxing, it calms my soul, it somehow erases all the stress in my body and all the problems in my mind when I stayed in this resort.
The price of the said resort was really affordable because we only paid 800 pesos per night. The care taker was so nice and friendly that they treated us like one of their families. They helped us how to spend less and have a memorable experience in bolinao. They also toured us on the said province. But we paid extra for their service of accompanying us to tourist spots like lighthouse, enchanted cave, and the famous patar white beach
Lighthouse
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8-10minute walk away from our accommodation.
Enchanted Cave
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this cave too has a very clear turquoise water. Based on the staff on duty that time, the cave is connected to the sea which explains the enchanting color of the water. It’s a nice place, and the water is very refreshing. The cave itself is very small though, I don’t think it’s worth a hundred and fifty for a quick tour and dip.
Patar Beach
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Beyond my expectations, the place specially the shoreline when we visited was very clean. The sand color is cream while most of the review says its dark beige. According to the owner the golden sand is most of the time an effect of flooding water from highlands which makes its color darker during rainy season.

True Food Indian Cuisine Boracay

I absolutely love the taste and look of Indian food. It warms the soul and there’s something very appealing about eating with one’s hands. This restaurant did not fail to deliver a great view and even better food!

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Our amazing view – yes the beach is right there. There are no seats only cushions to lounge around on. We were the only patrons upstairs so it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. This was mainly because we were having an early dinner because we’d skipped lunch:).

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We ordered the butter chicken curry, vegetable biryani and 2 pieces of naan.

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The portions may look small but they are not!

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Here is the butter chicken. Not too spicy but amazing flavors. The naan was really big. The biryani was so yummy.

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The chicken pieces in the curry were also a good size. The Indian food was so good that we were really satisfied in terms of its taste

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The restaurant’s menu and entrance.

I choose this restaurant as one of my service blogs because its good service and good ambiance. The waiters were really accommodating and friendly to customers. There could be instances that the manager or waiter would talk to you and ask if we liked the food or how is the food. The price of their food is quite expensive most especially in terms of their stake and lamb prices. But the food is really great most especially when you wanted a real taste of spices and Indian food. This restaurant is great for spicy lovers and for those people who love to eat exotic foods; So if you are in Boracay you have to visit this place. It’s hard to miss since it has a great view and you can smell the indian cuisine from outside. The food and atmosphere is amazing. I want to go again

Zarks Burger Megamall

When I crave for burgers, the first thing I can think is Zark’s! My girlfriend and I were craving to eat here for a week now, and we got the chance to do it after a Sunday mass at Megamall. As we went here, we already expected a queue for the tables and yup, we patiently waited for it. We were able to get our orders ready while waiting to be seated. I decided to order one of their famous burgers, the Jawbreaker, and a glass of bottomless blue lemonade for my drink. I must say they never disappoint! The mere look to the burger was appetizing. The juiciness and the meatiness of the burger was real, the taste was oozing with flavors as you take a bite. The cheesiness was there, right amount of salty, and the combination of the meat were perfect! Guess I will never get tired of going back here for more. The staff were very accommodating to our needs as well. We all went home with a satisfied appetite.

The service was really good because the receptionist was really accommodating despite they have many customers to entertain. They do not fail to smile and explain to customers how willing are they to wait because of overflowing customers. The price of the products offered by the said restaurant is quite expensive but the quality of burgers is worth the price. The size and the taste of their patty was really good. It is good for customers who really loves to eat burgers and meat eaters. When you experience the burger of Zarks you would eventually forget the calories and fats that a burger contains because of its great taste of burger. Their ingredients of making a burger is great. The combination of tomato and onions in a burger with lettuce is my favorite type of burger, then I would put heinz ketchup and a little bit mustard sauce.

I choose this restaurant as one of my blogs because burger is one of my favorite food since I was a child and I want to share to you how lovely this Zarks burger is… the price of the burger is worth it despite it is quite expensive. But to those higher middle class families the price of the burger is just okay and affordable.  I really like the recipe of mixing tomato and onions with lettuce in a burger. Then you’ll add ketchup or mustard sauce.