Lunch @ Kinabuhayan Cafe, Kubli Springs

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho is an award-winning TV show on one of the largest networks in the country. Jessica Soho has been a constant presence on Philippine television for a long time now, establishing her mass influence, integrity and solid journalistic reputation through the years.

Her show is the first one to feature and acknowledge the Food Bloggers on primetime TV. It’s also the first time that Joel of Market Manila, Lori of Dessert Comes First and I appeared in one TV show feature — we were all excited about it.

Here is the inside story…

For my segment, we wanted to feature the food, travel, and Filipino angle of the blog. We decided to travel to Dolores, Quezon (2 hours away from Manila) to feature one of my favorite restaurants — Kinabuhayan Cafe, Kubli Springs.  (see: Top 10 Awesome Restaurants of the Philippines)

I first discovered Jay Herrera’s Kinabuyan Cafe in January 2006, and I’ve loved it ever since.

Here are the blog posts about Kinabuhayan Cafe:

The shoot was made extra special because Lori decided to join us. Although a self-confessed “city girl”, she was happily still game to check out this restaurant hidden at the foot of Mt. Banahaw.

Kinabuhayan Cafe is awesome because the entire place seems like a production set. There’s the rustic bed and breakfast; there’s the charming tree house (that most foreigners love); and there’s Onion, Jay’s pet pig. What’s not to love? 🙂

Jay decided to make risotto on the spot for the cameras, and he cooked it from scratch.

The food at Kinabuhayan Cafe is special because Jay personally cooks for all his guests.

It costs P500 per meal. You can stay overnight for FREE at Kinabuhayan Cafe by just paying for 3 meals — lunch, dinner and breakfast.

Jay’s Risotto is a Filipinized version already. He showed us how easy it is to cook it. His version requires a shot of lambanog (Quezon is known to have the best lambanog) and he ignites it as part of the cooking process of this dish.

The most tedious part is mixing the risotto for a few minutes.

Lori and Jay got along well — two highly creative people who share the same passion for food!

Lori shares her own version of our food trip to Jay’s Kinabuhayan Cafe:
Dessert Comes First | Tailing Mr. Awesome Planet in Quezon Province

Tucked away in the wilderness is Kubli Springs, which is just 12 minutes away from Kinabuhayan Cafe.

The best part about eating at Kubli Springs is being able to eat good food in a lush, natural setting. The spring waters caress your feet while you eat. This is the best place to drink lambanog, too! 🙂

Jay’s popular Alagaw Salad is made with local leaves and is eaten like fresh lumpia, where you put different ingredients inside the leaf, roll it up and eat it in one bite.

There are only two places in Manila where you can eat Alagaw Salad — one in Crescent Moon in Antipolo and here in Kinabuhayan Cafe.

After the salad, Jay prepares the risotto for the cameras and for the best part of the shoot — eating time! 🙂

Jay’s Risotto was very creamy (there’s no cheese in it) and flavorful because it was cooked in beef broth and a shot of lambanog.  It is actually best paired with grilled meat.

Alagaw Salad, Mushroom Risotto, Breaded Eggplant with Cheese, Veggies and Tofu served on a natural boulder formation along Kubli Springs.

Thanks to Lori for making this trip awesome with her stories about the blogging life and other things. 🙂 We truly bonded after spending time together during this whole day shoot in Quezon.

Visit Lori’s for the best of home-based bakers and desserts in Manila.

Thanks to Jay Herrera for the consistently wonderful experience at Kinabuhayan Cafe and Kubli Springs. You never fail to impress me or any of your customers!

Kinabuhayan Cafe, Kubli Springs
Dolores, Quezon
Contact Jay Herrera +63 916 221-5791

Thanks to Jacq and the Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho crew. They are one of the most professional and talented TV crews that I’ve met from our local TV networks. They were game to troop all the way to Quezon, and they will do whatever it takes to make the segment look artistically great.

Here is the Food Bloggers Segment during last Saturday’s episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho:

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Full Disclosure: We paid for our meals (with discount) at Kinabuhayan Cafe. That’s probably why Jay or Kubli Springs was not mentioned in the show because they did not sponsor the meal.

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