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June 17, 2016

BAGUIO: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio (2016 Edition)! #AwesomeBaguio

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It's been a while since we updated our list of 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio (even the list of Tripadvisor and other sites are outdated), so we revisited our old favorites and were surprised to discover new awesome restos in the "City of Pines". We asked prominent local foodies for suggestions and came up with a comprehensive list of go-to places.

Team Our Awesome Planet together with Donny "The Last Don" Elvina of the KTG visited and tried all the shortlisted Baguio restaurants in a span of 4 days. Each establishment was individually ranked from 1-10 and their food needed to be good--and we had to have tasted it for ourselves--to be included on the list.

(Note: I have to admit that the team who rated the restaurants is predominantly young, so there's a subjective millennial bias on the choice and ranking of the restaurants.) 

Here are the top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio for 2016... 

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RODRIGO'S ROAST: Adobo Dish Recipe Fit for a President by the Adobo Queen!

The simplicity of Adobo makes it so versatile and adds room for creativity in preparation. TV Personality and self-proclaimed Adobo Queen, Nancy Reyes-Lumen, demonstrates Rodrigo’s Roast—just in time for our president-elect, Rodrigo Duterte.

 

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Rodrigo’s Roast is made of rolled pork belly braised Adobo style and seared with brown sugar—eggs are added for that extra protein kick.

As a recipe by renowned cook, Enriqueta David-Perez, this dish was inspired by her father who used to make an Adobo-like roast in the Monastery.

(Note: Fatty pork shoulder was used in this recipe. Fat adds flavor and prevents the meat from drying out. )

Here’s how to make it yourself… 

Adobo Movement Series:

- ADOBO MOVEMENT: Making Adobo the National Dish of the Philippines!
Chicken Pork Adobong Puti by the Adobo Queen, Nancy Reyes-Lumen! (Recipe)
- ADOBO CHALLENGE: Best Adobo in Manila! @Mercatocentrale
- RODRIGO'S ROAST: Adobo Dish Recipe Fit for a President!

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COOKOUT: Embracing American Comfort Food Culture with Sausages, Burgers, and BBQ in Baguio!

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Given the long history of Filipinos with American Colonialists, it's no surprise that most locals have developed a taste for western food. COOKOUT is one such type of restaurant that embodies this--embracing the salt, grease, and fat of American comfort food that we’ve all, somehow, been programmed to enjoy.

Cookout started as a standalone grilling station along Baguio's Session Road among 3 friends--Russell Go, Melvin Perez, and JR de la Paz of Size Matters, another American comfort food joint in Pasig. The more their homemade sausages and burgers made stomachs happy, the more customers urged them to open a restaurant. Thus, Cookout by Size Matters was born as a collaboration between the 3 gentlemen. They essentially serve the very same sausages and patties as Size Matters, but with a menu unique only to Baguio.

Standing strong for about a year now, Team OAP went for a visit to see what they had to offer…

 

COOKOUT by Size Matters
Cookout, EGI Albergo Hotel, #1 Villamor Street, Brgy. Lualhati, Baguio City.
Mobile: +63 998 971 2151
Telephone: 074 424 3220
Facebook: Cookout Baguio
Instagram: @Cookout_Baguio

 

Awesome Baguio 2016 Series:
-CAFÉ BY THE RUINS DUA: Best Breakfast in Baguio 2016!
-BAGUIO CRAFT BREWERY: Beer and Food Pairing Experience! @AwesomeBaguio
-HILL STATION: Revisiting an Old Favorite of Baguio in 2016!
-FOGGY MOUNTAIN COOKHOUSE: Have you Tried the Best Restaurant in Baguio in 2016?
-AMARE: Best Brick Oven Pizza in Baguio! #AwesomeBaguio
-MELT: Affordable Steak Place in Camp John Hay by Chef Michael Ferrer
-CHAYA: Still the Best Japanese Restaurant in Baguio! (Revisited 2016)
-GOOD TASTE: Best Budget-friendly Restaurant in Baguio! (A Review)
-CHEF'S HOME: The Chef is Back Home in Baguio! (Revisited 2016) 

 

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Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2016: Why should you fly to Bangkok for this?

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The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale is the biggest shopping sale season in Bangkok that happens from June 15 to August 15, 2016. The campaign is the brainchild of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, which started in 1999 in partnership with VISA International. It's scheduled ahead of the Singapore and Hong Kong sales.

Here's why you should consider flying to Bangkok for this...

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June 16, 2016

CAFÉ BY THE RUINS DUA: Best Breakfast in Baguio 2016!

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CAFÉ BY THE RUINS DUA on Upper Session Road is the newest extension of the original establishment in front of the Baguio City Hall. While it still keeps many of the old favorites from the first branch, Dua’s menu is more dynamic and seasonal.

The restaurant’s reputation for great breakfasts is unintentional, says Feliz Perez, 2nd generation owner of Café by the Ruins Dua. She insists, however, their early operation hours and hearty servings may have contributed to this.

Let's look at how to “Ruin” your breakfast…

 

CAFÉ BY THE RUINS DUA
Upper Session Road, Baguio City
Operation hours: Daily - 7AM to 9PM
Email: cafebytheruinsdua@gmail.com
Telephone: +63 74 442 4010
Facebook: Cafe by the Ruins
Instagram: @cafebytheruins

 

Related posts:
-Cafe by the Ruins Breakfast!
-CAFE DUA: Cafe by the Ruins 2 Baguio Dinner! (A Review) #CafebytheMarios
-CAFÉ BY THE RUINS DUA: Best Breakfast in Baguio 2016!

 

Awesome Baguio 2016 Series:
-BAGUIO CRAFT BREWERY: Beer and Food Pairing Experience! @AwesomeBaguio
-HILL STATION: Revisiting an Old Favorite of Baguio in 2016!
-FOGGY MOUNTAIN COOKHOUSE: Have you Tried the Best Restaurant in Baguio in 2016?
-AMARE: Best Brick Oven Pizza in Baguio! #AwesomeBaguio
-MELT: Affordable Steak Place in Camp John Hay by Chef Michael Ferrer
-CHAYA: Still the Best Japanese Restaurant in Baguio! (Revisited 2016)
-GOOD TASTE: Best Budget-friendly Restaurant in Baguio! (A Review)
-CHEF'S HOME: The Chef is Back Home in Baguio! (Revisited 2016) 

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BAGUIO CRAFT BREWERY: Beer and Food Pairing Experience! @AwesomeBaguio

Baguio Craft Brewery

BAGUIO CRAFT BREWERY is Baguio's first and only craft brewery with freshly-brewed beer from 18 rotating taps.

The owner, local Christopher Ordas, began this passion for brewing beer in his own garage in Canada. He later expanded his knowledge by studying the German and West Coast styles of brewing in Munich, Prague, and San Diego.

The beer and food pairing menu brings another level of taste to beer lovers and converts who enjoy both. The menu is a collaboration between Edmark Bustos of Amare and the whole Baguio Brewery Team of Orando Tenorio Jr., Arnold Miguel, and Shellah Yzanne Merced.

Team OAP was back at Baguio Craft Brewery to check it out...

Baguio Craft Brewery
RKC Building, 120 Marcos Highway,
Km 4, Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines
Website: www.baguiocraftbrewery.com
Facebook: Baguiocraftbrewery
Twitter: baguiocraftbrew
Instagram: baguiocraftbrewery

 

Related Blog Post: BAGUIO CRAFT BREWERY: Lagud Strawberry Beer and iHop Attack! (A Review)

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HILL STATION: Revisiting an Old Favorite of Baguio in 2016!

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Over the years, HILL STATION has established itself as one of the top restaurants in Baguio (via Trip Advisor). Awarded as one of Asia’s Finest Restaurants by the Miele Guide in 2011-2013, Hill Station is celebrated for its eclectic array of Asian and Continental cuisine.

Owner Mitos Benitez-Yñiguez is no stranger to the restaurant business. She got her culinary know-how from her mother, the brains behind the famous Mario’s of Baguio. As a cook, Mitos has always been about good food. It isn't just her extensive library of cookbooks that shaped the Hill Station menu but also the gastronomic techniques and experiences picked up from her trips around the world.

This 2016, Team OAP revisits this beloved local favorite to see how it’s been doing… 

 

HILL STATION
Luneta Hill, Upper Session Rd., 2600 Baguio City, Philippines
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7AM to 11PM
Telephone: +63 74 424-2734, 423-9100, 423-9558
Emailinfo@hillstationbaguio.com
Website: HillStationBaguio.com
Facebook: Hill Station

 

Related posts:
-HILL STATION: One of the BEST Restaurants in Baguio! (Revisited)
-HILL STATION & Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Baguio
-HILL STATION: Revisiting an Old Favorite of Baguio in 2016!

 

Awesome Baguio 2016 Series:
-FOGGY MOUNTAIN COOKHOUSE: Have you Tried the Best Restaurant in Baguio in 2016?
-AMARE: Best Brick Oven Pizza in Baguio! #AwesomeBaguio
-MELT: Affordable Steak Place in Camp John Hay by Chef Michael Ferrer
-CHAYA: Still the Best Japanese Restaurant in Baguio! (Revisited 2016)
-GOOD TASTE: Best Budget-friendly Restaurant in Baguio! (A Review)
-CHEF'S HOME: The Chef is Back Home in Baguio! (Revisited 2016) 

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June 15, 2016

Foggy Mountain Cookhouse: Have you Tried the Best Restaurant in Baguio in 2016?

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Foggy Mountain Cookhouse, a gem nestled in the nooks and crannies of Baguio, guarantees you the most intimate dining experience. As home to the tastiest Mediterranean dishes in the area, this reservation and pre-order only establishment is well worth your time and money.

Owner, Marianito “Chef Babes” Reyes, started this humble cookhouse during his retirement in the exporting business. His travels abroad have widened his culinary horizons, which he now shares through his love of honest, rustic food.

Chef Babes invites you to the comfort of his home to experience the Foggy Mountain treatment…

 

FOGGY MOUNTAIN COOKHOUSE
172 St. Joseph Street, San Carlos Heights, Purok 24, Baguio City
Operation Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 11AM to 3PM | 6PM to 11PM
Closed on Sundays
Email: chefbabes@gmail.com
Mobile: +63 916 767 4687 | +63 932 762 3639
Facebook: Foggy Mountain Cookhouse

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