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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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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Food

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

 

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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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#Restaurants, Baguio

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

By Abigail Javellana

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

 

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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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#Restaurants, Baguio

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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AMARE: Best Brick Oven Pizza in Baguio! #AwesomeBaguio

By Abigail Javellana

amare

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

By Abigail Javellana

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…

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

By Abigail Javellana

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…

CHAYA BAGUIO
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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#Travel, Bohol

BEST OF BOHOL 2016: 7 New Awesome Experiences You Should not Miss!

The 2013 earthquake may have caused serious damage to Bohol’s popular churches and structures, but that doesn’t stop tourists from coming as there is more to Bohol than its Chocolate Hills, cute tarsiers, and old churches. 

Join us as we rediscover Bohol through Stand Up Paddling (SUP) across the Loboc River, fearlessly Bike Zipping across a picturesque view of the Chocolate Hills, Dolphin watching in Pamilacan, Snorkeling in Balicasag Reef Sanctuary, and enjoying the beautiful beaches of Anda.

Here are some of the new and familiar places we love in Bohol that will make you want to revisit…

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#Hotels, Bohol

HENANN Bohol: Best Bohol Experience in Panglao’s Largest Luxury Resort @HenannBohol!

Henann Resort BoholHenann Resort Bohol is the biggest luxury resort in Panglao island, with a 6.5-hectare property sitting on the shores of Bohol’s famous Alona Beach.

Henann is named after its founder Dr. Henry Chusuey and his wife Ann (hence the name Hen-Ann), who acquired the former Alona Palms Beach Resort and surrounding areas.

We love the resort because of its family-friendly vibe, multiple pools, white sand beachfront along Alona beach, and sumptuous dinner buffet.

HENANN RESORT BOHOL
Alona Beach, Tawala Panglao Island, Bohol 6340, Philippines
Manila landline: +63 (2) 230-3000 to 03
Resort landline: +63 (38) 502-9141 to 44
Facebook: henannbohol
Twitter: @HenannBohol
Email: manila.hbl@henann.com

Check out low rates and availability from Agoda: Henann Resort Alona Beach

 

Here’s why you should consider Henann as your resort base on your next Bohol trip…

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