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36 posts categorized "[Travel] VIAJE DEL SOL Series"

[Viaje del Sol Series.6] Sumptuous Lunch @ Ugu Bigyan!

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By this time, it is already 1pm coming from the Kubli Springs. The highlight of the tour has always been Ugu Bigyan which is a sure winner in terms of food and overall ambiance. This is my first time to eat lunch here and we already know that the merienda is superb. For P350/head, you get a generous serving of the best Filipino lunch I ever tasted and looked forward to. This is not your usual Gerry's grill or Dencio's but home-cooked Filipino food at its finest. They don't have an ala carte menu but a fixed lunch set depending on what fresh ingredients would be available. C'mon lets savor Ugu's food via these food shots...

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[Viaje del Sol Series.5] The Charm of Kubli Springs

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Jay was very kind enough to let us visit Kubli Springs which is still an undeveloped properly owned by their family. You have to cross this spring and go upstream where Jay had setup lunch picnics or evening dates all for the same price of P500/person (standard line pricing). This springs is an extension of the Kinabuhayan Cafe and once developed, I'm sure this is one of the nice secret dining places in Dolores, Quezon. I love nature and settings such as these are priceless and I can already imagine a better alternative to Villa Escudero's lunch where you also eat with your feet submerge in water and tables are setup on top of the water.

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[Viaje del Sol Series.3] "Starbucks" stop @ Jay's Kinabuhayan Cafe

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I've always wanted to check out Kinabuhayan Cafe's rustic homey ambiance and it is renowned for being the jump off point for trekkers of Mount Banahaw. Since we just came from Kusina Salud, we decided to make this our starbucks stop during the tour. The ambiance of the place is enough to create headaches for Photographers because it is charming in any angle you shoot and it challenges you to create that perfect composition. The best part about it are the windows where it would act as picture frames of the live scenes happening behind the windows. Jay Herrera was there to greet us and give us a hospitable welcome and later on toured us to the Kubli springs. Jay is the co-owner of the place with Winston and he is also the chef behind the delicious innovative food in Kinabuhayan.

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[Viaje del Sol Series.1] Breakfast @ Kusina Salud

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Last December 29, I got the privilege to tour my brother's friends in my favorite Viaje del Sol route in San Pablo, Laguna and Tiaong, Quezon. I'm sure you'll love this series which is a travel log of this day tour of the best culinary delights in Viaje del Sol. There is a new Viaje del Sol brochure which added a few more places and I got to tell you that some of them are not worth to go to. In this tour, we only went to the best places and the adventure starts with a breakfast @ Kusina Salud.

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October 04, 2005

Viaje del Sol Review

Viaje del Sol

Viaje del Sol is the newest destination 2 hours away from Manila (besides Tagaytay). I checked out all the places already and I can save you the trouble of being disappointed in going to Patio Verde or the Laguna Lake. Sorry for starting this on a sour note, but we were disappointed because the Patio Verde is a hole in the wall grilled beerhouse and even if the food is great, the whole ambiance and crowd is not appropriate. The laguna lake on the other hand, is ugly, and I do hope they are able to revitalize this lake -- soo sad :(

I'm glad that is out of the way, here are the best of Viaje del Sol:

Colette's Original

Collete's Original Store -- This is big and you can say that you have bought your buko pie from the original store in San Pablo. You will see this immediately after entering San Pablo along the Maharlika hi-way. There are a lot of pasalubong goodies and they opened a new cafe beside it.

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>> Casa San Pablo -- Cozy Place for a retreat

Casa San Pablo -- A writer's retreat place. When you enter the main city of San Pablo, you would see this. Check out my detailed blog post on this with the link above. I'm checking this out and have an overnight stay on my next trip.

Contact Information/ Directions:
Gomez Compound, Barangay San Roque, San Pablo City, Laguna
It is along the main road going to San Pablo city proper (see website for map)

email: inquire@casasanpablo.com
website: http://www.casasanpablo.com/index.html
mobile: 0917-8126687, 0917-5268628

Cucina Salud 8-28-2005 7-08-54 PM

>> Quezon Culinary Night Cap @ Kusina Salud

Kusina Salud -- Bohemian atmosphere with an excellent food. Patis Tesoro was the one who started this Viaje del sol concept and I'm glad that they marketted the whole San Pablo and Tiaong as one destination rather than competing with each other. Buffet lunch on the weekend and massage is one of the things you can enjoy here.

Contact Information/ Directions:
One you are in the main highway, Maharlika along San Pablo City, There are alot of signs going to Kusina Salud. You won't missed it.

Mobile: 0921-7726985, San Pablo: 049-2466878, Manila: 726-5058/ 59
email: kusinasalud@yahoo.com

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>> Carlito's Workshop 1-- Intimidating House with Surprisingly Hospitable Host!
>> Carlito's Workshop 2 --Photogenic House with an Outstanding Garden :)
>> Carlito's Workshop 3 -- Carlito's Coffee

Carlito's Workshop -- I was smitten by this place that I had to wrote a series on this. No food here, just plain coffee, puto and rambutan/lansones during this season. But it is a must to have a good chat with Carlito and that would complete your afternoon coffee break.

Contact Information/ Directions:
Just a word of advise, there are no signs from the maharlika highway going to Carlito's workshop. If you are coming from Manila, after passing the left turn going to kusina salud, you will make a right turn to Brgy. Sta. Ana. The only landmark is a direction going to 3j foods corp. It's a big road with alot of tricycles in that corner.

Carlito Ortega Cellphone # 0919-837 7755 or (049) 5620351
Open on Saturdays. For the rest of the week, please call to give prior notice.

Ugo Pottery Gallery 8-28-2005 5-19-02 PM

>> Quezon Culinary Series 10: Ugu Bigyan's Secret Pottery Garden

Ugu Bigyan -- This is a winner by itself and you go here for pottery, food, and ambiance. I'm raving about this place so you should check this out if you decide to venture into Tiaong, Quezon

I don't have the passion to blog about Villa Escudero not unless there would be something new or I'm accompanying a balikbayan. But, one of the last place I want to visit would be Kinabuhayan Cafe and I've heard alot about this place. Maybe this coming long vacation, we'll take the opportunity to check it out. Good luck on your own adventure!

Contact Information/ Directions:
If you plan to go here, there are no signs along the national highway because Ugu wants it to be a secret. I made a mental note of landmarks along the national highway in Tiaong, Quezon which is the Ebreo Castillo Agri Poulty Supply, Lusaca highschool, and old Petron Station.

Ugu Bigyan
Telefax: (042) 545-9144
Mla. #: 250-8416