On New Year's eve, we decided to escape the noise and pollution of Manila and spent it in Tagaytay. We had an afternoon merienda in one of Tagaytay's latest garden restaurants -- Marcia Adams' Tuscany. We'd like to credit this discovery to Metro Magazine, which featured this place in its November issue.
Ever since that article came out, the owners started to open the venue to friends of friends until they fully opened this January. (You can probably say you're a friend of OAP. :) ) Thanks to Marge for introducing and treating us to this place. :)
Here is a photo essay of how we celebrated the last day of 2009 in Marcia Adams' Tuscany place:
Aidan is always happy to go on out-of-town trips and considers every place that he goes to as a playground. His favorite is the staircase. :)
Bundaberg Ginger Beer from Australia (P85). Marcia prepared a refreshing concoction using fresh cucumber, carrots, pineapple and Bundaberg's Ginger beer. Most of the girls did not like it, but I've loved Ginger Beer ever since I got introduced to it at Zenses.
Bundaberg "Peachee" brewed peach, slightly sparkling, from Australia (P85).
Marcia and Neil Adams love the Bundaberg Australian beers. I love this "brewed", non-alcoholic peach drink. You have to tip it over first before opening it because some of the peach sediments settle at the bottom of the bottle.
It's OK, nothing special.
This is the main dining area of Marcia's (a.k.a. Marcia Adams' or Tuscany). At the moment, the couple is still pondering what to call the place. Marcia's sounds like Antonio's or Sonya's, so their friends suggested that they include her last name in the mix. Metro Magazine branded it as Little Tuscany Place in Tagaytay.
Just a few interesting facts about Marcia: She is passionate about cooking although she has no formal culinary background. She loves Vietnamese cuisine but had to serve Mediterranean food to complement their nice Tuscan-inspired garden ambiance.
Marcia Adams a la Carte Menu
Starters, Salads, and Soup, Dips & Side Dishes | Pasta/ Couscous/ Rice, Stews | Kebabs (2 sticks), Grilled Meats and Patties, Desserts | Drinks, Freshly Made Fruit Drinks, Hot Beverages, Wines, Beers, Spirits | Wine List December '09
Nothing beats fresh Tagaytay greens with their signature dressing of (straw- or rasp-?) berry vinaigrette with honey. I liked the sweetness of the grilled pears and ricotta cheese.
Marcia recommended her Gourmet Kamote salad for our next visit.
A simple pasta dish that was made great by the fresh mushrooms. My mom loved it.
Moist, tender, very tasty.
The only downside is that there are a lot of mosquitoes from 5-7pm. Bring an insect repellent lotion (we use the one from Ilog Maria).
MARCIA ADAMS' TUSCANY PLACE
A romantic Tuscany ambiance set in Marcia Adam's Garden in Tagaytay.
Address: J.P.Rizal St, Brgy Sikat, 4123 Alfonso, Cavite
It is located along the border of Tagaytay and Alfonso, Cavite across Ville Sommet.
Mobile: To reserve, text Marcia at +63917 801 1456
Facebook: Marcia Adams' Restaurant
Mon-Fri by appointment (24-hrs notice)
Pls book at weekends to ensure table available
To go to Marcia's, just drive all the way to Tagaytay and turn right at the Tagaytay Rotonda.
Go all the way to Alfonso, Cavite. You will pass by the restaurants along the Ridge, the Mendez intersection, and the turn to Antonio's.
You turn right when you see the Tagaytay Arch with Pineapples, and Residence Inn on your left. You should see a sign leading to Ville Sommet. You will see the entrance of Tuscany on your left.
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