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June 17, 2016

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


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since we updated our list of 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio (even the list of Tripadvisor and other sites are outdated), so we revisited our old favorites and were surprised to discover new awesome restos in the "City of Pines".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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June 16, 2016

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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June 14, 2016

MOE’S Southwest Grill: Homewrecker Burrito, Stacks, & Famous Queso now in Manila!

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MOE’s Southwest Grill, a fast-casual dining restaurant, bears the prestige of Most Popular Mexican Chain in the US--unseating its rival, Chipotle (according to Harris Poll). With over 600 locations worldwide, MOE's brings some of the best value-for-money burritos and tacos for the first time in Asia and the Philippines via The Bistro Group.

Mexican-inspired cuisine is a growing comfort food trend in the Philippines ever since Ristras opened in 2009, giving birth to local favorites such as Orale and Chihuahua in 2011, and El Chupacabra in 2013, the latter being awarded The Choice 2015 Favorite Mexican Restaurant in Manila. This 2016, we can finally add MOE’s to that list, and they're here to offer affordable and signature Tex-Mex favorites from America's most popular Mexican chain.

Check out what to expect at MOE's Philippines...

Level 4, Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City (near Texas Roadhouse)
Operating Hours: Daily 11AM - 11PM (until 12mn on weekends)
Telephone: (+632) 836 7141
Facebook: MOE's Philippines

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June 13, 2016

AMARE: Best Brick Oven Pizza in Baguio! #AwesomeBaguio


Amare La Cucina is a Neapolitan-style pizzeria in Baguio founded by a local, Edmark Bustos.

The name means "to love a kitchen" in Italian. Edmark, who is no trained chef, shows this through his passion for cooking and experimentation. This drove him to open his own restaurant, which first started in his home until it became the go-to place for good pizza in Baguio.

The name AMARE is also a deliberate combination of the Bustos siblings--Alvin, MARianne, and Edmark.

Here's what we liked at Amare...

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June 10, 2016

CAVITE: LASA NG REPUBLIKA Food & Cultural Tour with Ige Ramos! (Photo Essay) @CaviteXpressway


CAVITE, home to the vanguards of the Philippine Revolution, is not known for its cuisine. Those from Manila often bypass the other towns of Cavite and instead, opt for a little R’n’R session at Tagaytay. You are mistaken if you think Cavite does not have any notable culinary treasures.

One of the reasons why Caviteño food is overlooked is because even local restaurants opt to serve westernized foods like pasta, pizza, and steaks—the reason being that Caviteño food can simply be made at home.

This makes tasting local cuisine more challenging for hungry visitors.

In collaboration with Food Writer Ige Ramos, and Cavitex, here’s how you can get to know Cavite through its food and history…

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June 09, 2016

MELT: Affordable Steak Place in Camp John Hay by Chef Michael Ferrer

Baguio: Melt

MELT by Chef Michael Ferrer is an affordable steakhouse inside Ayala Technohub in Camp John Hay, Baguio. They use high-quality meat products imported from the US, Australia, and New Zealand, sourced from the chef's brother who happens to be the steak supplier in Baguio.

It's named Melt because the chef envisions the steaks to melt in your mouth.

Aside from their steaks, you can also check out their deconstructed versions of classic Pinoy favorites--Calderetta, Kare-Kare, and Salpicao.

Here are our personal recommendations from Melt…

G/F Convergys 1 Bldg., Ayala Technohub, Camp John Hay, Baguio City
Mobile: +639065563324
Facebook: meltbistro
Instagram: @melt.bistro
E-mail: melt.bistro@yahoo.com.ph
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10:00 am - 10:00 am

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June 08, 2016

CHAYA: Still the Best Japanese Restaurant in Baguio! (Revisited 2016)

Baguio: Chaya

Chaya is our go-to place for Japanese food in Baguio. Owned by a Josef Moselina and his Japanese wife Sonoko Taguchi, the homey resto would make anyone skeptical to find delicious, authentic Japanese dishes being served in such a typical cottage home.

This should be no surprise, however, as the wife's cooking experience comes from growing up in her grandma and aunt's restaurant in Japan.

Here's what we liked from our revisit to Chaya...

72 Legarda Road, Baguio City
Telephone: +(63 74) 424-4726
Mobile: +63 915 9054820
Email: greenchayabaguio@gmail.com
Facebook: Chaya Baguio
Website: www.chayarestaurant.com
Operating Hours: 11.00 am - 9.00 pm, daily  


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June 07, 2016

UMA UMA Fukuoka Ramen & The Bar Opens in Manila! @UmaUmaPH

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UMA UMA Philippines is a ramen franchise from Iki Concepts of Singapore of the Fukuoka Ramen Shop, "Wu Maru".  It was established in 1953 and was renamed to "Uma Uma" in 1994. The name is a play on the word that means tasty or with a lot of umami.

The flagship store in Manila is an Izakaya-Ramenya concept, offering affordable ramen, yakitori, and signature cocktails. Its claim to fame in Singapore is their "naturally rich in umami and 100% MSG-free" ramen!  

We tried the branches in Singapore and the preview here in Manila. Here's what to expect at Uma Uma Philippines...

Level 2, S Maison Marina Way (Mall below Conrad Manila)
Operating Hours: 11.00am to 10.00pm,  The Bar opens 4.00pm to 1.00am.
Website: http://umaumaramen.com/
Instagram: @umaumaph

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