Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pho Bac

     Curious for Vietnamese cuisine, brought us here at Pho Bac, only a few steps away from our office.  It serves exotic dishes of Vietnamese cuisine, Cambodian, Thai and Filipino dishes as well.  We ordered Cambodian noodles, Chicken Sotanghon, Four Seasons noodles, and Fresh Rolls.  A healthy meal with exotic and modern taste.


Chicken Sotanghon

Four Seasons

Fresh Rolls

Fresh Rolls Sauce

Glorietta 3 Mall, Ayala Center,
Makati City

50's Diner

     50’s Diner is decorated in an American 1950’s theme.  The interiors are painted in pink and blue.  The photos in frames are in 50’s too.  At the corner, there stands an old jukebox.  And dining is just very casual.

     They serve American food in big servings and at an affordable price.  One of the favorites are burgers, clubhouse, complete meal of chicken or steak and their famous shake.  It's such a hearty meal!

Gangsta Gangsta

Butterfly Shrimp


G. 50's Beef Stew

92 Upper Gen. Luna Rd.,
cor. Brent Rd., Baguio City

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Café by the Ruins

     I heard this restaurant from my officemates.  Many times I’ve been to Baguio City but I never got a chance to try this famous restaurant.  The moment we arrived in Baguio after a long trip from Sagada we decided to treat ourselves with sumptuous meal at Café by the Ruins.

     Café by the Ruins name came from the remaining structure of the theater that was damaged during World War II and later converted into a home of the civil governor, Phelps Whitmarsh.  Then it was turned into a restaurant.

     The interior is in Filipino style with a nice garden and homey ambiance.  Also, the place is spacious enough to accommodate big groups.

     Their popularity is not only known to locals but to foreign travelers as well.  People are lining up outside the restaurant waiting for some tables to be available.  I suggest that you come early during lunch and dinner.

     Café by the Ruins menus are prepared with the natural and local ingredients of the region.  Everything tastes excellent.  Though a little bit pricey, the experience is worth it.

Candle lit dinner

Hundred Islands Sinigang (Php 250)

Tita Susie's Crispy Tapa (Php 250)

Lemon Ricotta with Grilled Shiitake Mushrooms (Php 220)

Ruins Coffee with cinnamon

muscovado sugar

Sagada's Night Life

     Sagada has a night curfew and every establishments closes as early as 9PM.  But during weekends some bars are open until 12AM.  There are only a few bars to spend your night away in Sagada.  And we went out in a freezing temperature at night to see what they can offer.

     During that time, Sagada Pine Cafe was packed with customers, so we opt to have a few beers at Kimchi Restaurant.  But mind you, the waiter itself will sell you marijuana if you ask for one.  We even saw a couple of foreigners went here just to smoke marijuana.  I know its illegal but we didn't mind at all.

Below are photos from Kimchi Restaurant


Yoghurt House

     A trip to Sagada is not complete without trying the dishes of Yoghurt House.  The food is served with fresh vegetables, served hot and in generous servings.  Their home-made yogurt is popular among locals and tourist.  Aside from their yummy yogurt, from breakfast meal, lunch and to dinner, overall the taste is excellent.  They are the best restaurant in Sagada so far.

     The ambiance is rustic, cozy and warm.  You can smoke upstairs in the balcony.  But the size of restaurant is quite small especially if you come in group.

     I recommend this restaurant to eat, drink and relax.  And I will definitely come back for more to try their other dishes.

little kitchen


Grilled eggplant in basil pasta

Sauteed beef in onions and rice

Baked chicken with potato rosti and vegetable salad

Curry chicken (the best!)

Banana with strawberry yogurt

Granola with strawberry yogurt