Baguio Food Trip 2013

Approximately 250 north of Manila is that highland haven hailed both by locals and foreigners alike: Baguio City. The primary attraction comes from its cool-to-cold mountain climate which purportedly seldom exceeds 26 ºC.

when you need a walis tambo, you must get it from Baguio!

when you need a walis tambo, you must get it from Baguio!

signature bags from Baguio

signature bags from Baguio

Another reason why we city dwellers are willing to brave the dizzying zigzagged roads to the Summer Capital of the Philippines is the abundance of delicious food. Fresh vegetables and fruits abound in Baguio and tourists flock not only to the famous city landmarks but also to the public market to buy cheap goods. Strawberries, Sagada seedless oranges, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower are some of the most common edible products to be found in the clean market located near Burnham Park.

Aside from fresh produce, Baguio is also famous for its strawberry jam, ube (purple yam) jam, peanut brittle and sundot kulangot (coconut jam in wooden orbs picked with sticks much like how one would pick a booger). These can also be found in the market but most tourists prefer the ones made by the Good Shepherd Sisters near Minesview Park.

sundot kulangot - funny name for a fun snack

sundot kulangot – funny name for a fun snack

And during our visit there last weekend, I discovered another scrumptious treat: the grilled dried squid at the Mines View Park. I had always wanted to try it but whenever I went to Baguio with my relatives, they never seemed to keen on eating any. It was a really good thing that Moche was willing to give it a try so there we were, consuming stick after stick of grilled, dried, and vinegar-dipped goodness. We even went out of our way the next day to go back and eat some more!

grilled dried squid P20 per stick

grilled dried squid P20 per stick

Moche and I enjoying ourselves way too much

Moche and I enjoying ourselves way too much

We did not buy any dried squid to take home because then we would have to kidnap her. Her grilling skills were that powerful.

We did not buy any dried squid to take home because then we would have to kidnap her. Her grilling skills were that powerful.

corn on the cob

corn on the cob

enjoying our shredded corn (P30)

enjoying our shredded corn (P30)

Mr. D with Dy, our beautiful tour guide

Mr. D with Dy, our beautiful tour guide

From there we went to the Good Shepherd Sisters and bought loads of pasalubongs. The line was long but the counter ladies were very efficient. We were out of there in no time at all.

Good Shepherd products

Good Shepherd products

Our next stop was the Camp John Hay where my officemates bought some raisin bread at Le Chef at the Manor.

Christmas message on the gingerbread wall

Christmas message on the gingerbread wall

After several hours of touring Camp John Hay, we went to the much talked about 50’s Diner. It was jampacked when we got there but we were just in time because one group was already on its way out. Our very beautiful resident tourguide assured us numerous times that the sandwiches were already good for two. But lunch seemed like a thing of the very distant past and the prices were cheap so we ordered a sandwich each. Needless to say, we could not finish off everything!

Chili Burger P105.  Big in portion but not so big in taste.

Chili Burger P105. Big in portion but not so big in taste.

50s Diner Burger P90

50s Diner Burger P90

these are no CBD shakes but for P75, I am not one to complain

these are no CBD shakes but for P75, I am not one to complain

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This experience made us wiser so when we had our late lunch the next day, Moche and I shared a B.L.T. sandwich and we were happier.  And at this point, I would like to make a recommendation:  the Barista Kiss frappe.  According to the description on the menu, this is a coffee-based shake with a fruit infusion. I asked the waitress what is the fruit for this frappe and she said it’s banana.  I am not a fan of banana shakes but I still took the risk and got rewarded for it.  The Barista Kiss is to die for.  I loved it at first sip!

mango shake, BLT sandwich P105 and Barista Kiss P100

mango shake, BLT sandwich P105 and Barista Kiss P100

We stayed at the Vistro Pension House along Session Road, beside the Microtel Hotel. This made it possible for us to sample the breakfast buffet served at the Te Quiero Tapas Bar & Restaurant the following day. For the price of P250, we were able to have our fill of continental and Filipino breakfast. It was definitely worth it.

Te Quiero breakfast buffet. Too bad I forgot to take a photo of the omelette.

Te Quiero breakfast buffet. Too bad I forgot to take a photo of the omelette.

I am no newbie to Baguio City as we used to go there yearly en route to Ilocos Sur or on our way back. But our road trip last weekend allowed me to experience Baguio City in a different way. Because of this, I can’t wait to go back there and finish what I have started: a gastronomical tour of the city. I am yet to eat at Oh My Gulay and I promise not pass it up next time.

***photos were taken using a 4th generation iPod Touch

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

5 Comments:

  1. you look like having a great time in baguio!? because when i been there i also do too!

  2. I have never tried sundot kulangot before though I have seen it many times when we travel to Baguio. I think it’s hard to eat.

  3. Wow, I would love to try those milkshakes from 50s diner.

  4. The grilled dried squid looks interesting! I’ve never seen it skewered. Other than that, it looks like you really had fun eating for the whole trip! 😀

  5. Ohhh. It’s been a while since my family and I went here for a 3 day vacation. I’m so happy you all seem to enjoy this trip of yours to Baguio. Everything seems familiar to me. I remember that pa, sundo’t kulangot haha. When I was a kid, I’m afraid to eat that thinking it’s really kulangot lol!

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