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April 19, 2012

Eve's Garden Organic Lunch

April 19, 2012

Eve's Garden Organic Lunch

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Story has it that Eve (or Tita Eve, as most people would call her) migrated to Baguio and built an organic garden to nourish her cancer-stricken husband with organic food everyday. She opened her home for lunch (by reservation only) to share the delicious and healthy food with others.

It was our final day in Baguio and we decided to have our lunch there. It was a last-minute late lunch reservation but I'm glad she accepted it. We were able to try Eve's Garden (which is like Sonya's Garden but in Baguio, and more focused on healthy, organic food), but we did not have the pleasure of meeting Tita Eve herself.

Here is our Eve's Garden experience...

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Eve's Garden is only open by reservation for lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm. You have to reserve at least a day in advance and order your main dish.

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The dining area has a garden dining set-up with paintings of bountiful harvest lining its walls. The gentle breeze of the Benguet mountains provide natural air-conditioning. :)

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The set meal at Eve's Garden costs P650/person (and P300/child -- take note, their serving size is half also). Strictly no sharing.

We recommend reserving this family table that overlooks the garden and the mountains (below).

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The dining hall is on the street level, and the garden sprawls like rice terraces all the way down.

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Freshly squeezed pineapple juice with lemon, mint and sage, sweetened with Muscovado sugar.

The set menu starts with a serving of refreshing pineapple juice, which tasted really good after the long 30-minute drive down Naguilian Road from Baguio City.

The kids get half serving of the juice. Better drink water first to quench your thirst, and then enjoy the juice to prepare you for the healthy meal ahead.

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The squash dominated the soup; nevertheless, we loved its homemade taste (you can tell how healthy it is!). Eat it with the croutons and cheese for added texture and flavor.

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★ Salad Platter made of 6 to 8 lettuce varieties served with carrots, turnips, walnuts, raisins and a caesar-type dressing made from organic flax oil, olive oil and sunflower oil prepared with seven fresh garden herbs.

The centerpiece of the set meal is an abundant serving of organic vegetables with edible flowers and their signature dressing. It was really a lot--you can get full by finishing all of it. I must admit it was a challenge to eat the flowers.

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I think most people don't finish it, so they have a nice plastic doggie bag for you to take home the vegetables and to preserve them a little longer.

For the main dish, you have to specify your order when you reserve. Here are the main dish choices:

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Grilled Chicken Breast with pesto fettuccine served with whole wheat buttered fingers.

The chicken, served with pasta and bread, was perfect for the kids. Like the juice, this was a half-serving for them as well.

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★ Grilled Tenderloin soaked in sake, strawberry, wine, honey and herbs, served with organic red rice, corn and turnips.

We liked the tenderloin marinated well in their signature sauce.

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★ Steamed Norwegian Salmon with caper dressing, served with organic red rice, corn and turnips.

The best (and healthier) option for me was the salmon with lots of capers. It was perfect with the organic red rice!

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Choice of ★ Coffee or Ginger ginseng with mint tea and a homemade dessert.

The coffee was really good as well.

The only thing we did not like was the dessert. :(  I hope they can come up with a yummy dessert that would be a fitting end to the entire healthy, organic meal.

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After lunch, the boys toured and played around the gardens.

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The garden goes down, down, down...

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You can see the different kinds of lettuce. We wanted to know what's happening in the garden but our tour guide did not know anything about it.

Tip: Ask for Tita Eve to show you around the gardens and request it in advance.

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Overall, it's a great healthy dining experience, especially for those looking for that authentic Old Baguio charm. It's a bit far from Baguio City itself, though, so you have to really integrate it in your itinerary.

Here is a suggestion for a one-day, D-I-Y Old Baguio experience tour:
Strawberry Fields in the morning, Lunch at Eve's Garden, Visit BenCab Museum after lunch, have a Cafe Sabel Merienda, and finally end the day with a Mama's Table Dinner.
(Note that you have to reserve in advance for Eve's Garden and Mama's Table.)

 EVE'S GARDEN -- "Experience Healthy in your Meal"
132 Upper Lamtang Road, La Trinidad, Benguet
For Reservations Only 
Lunch Only from 11.30am to 2.30pm
Mobile: +63920 947 6264, +63 917 506-6264.

★ - Happily Recommended :)

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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals. We are not connected with the establishment and any organization promoting it.

P.S. As for the story about the beginnings of this garden, I don't know if it is true. Would you know? 

P.P.S. Here are the driving directions to get to Eve's Garden:

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From Baguio City Hall, go down from Baguio via Naguilian Road. You should pass the following landmarks: St. Vincent Church, Cooyesan Mall (on your left), Cemetery, Jun Labo, San Miguel Depot, St. Joseph Church, Irisan High School, and PNP Station.

After PNP Station, you should see a 10-meter cement bridge and a blue and white structure to your right (picture above) and a sign that reads Baguio Bawang boundary to the left of the road going up. Turn right here after the bridge. 

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If you are going up via Naguilan Road (instead of coming from Baguio City), you should turn left when you see the dog above.

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Eve's Garden is 2km away. Just follow the road and you should see the sign and parking space above.


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