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Tagaytay

magnifICA’s Tagaytay Escape

Our friends from magnifICA went on a Tagaytay excursion yesterday wanting to try out Sanctuario, Bag of Beans among others and here are their reviews:
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Hi magnifICA,

Just want to share with you our experience in Tagaytay yesterday. Overall, the Sanctuario experience was ok. I ordered the Bulalo Pasta. The meat was tender but it was a litlle bland for my taste. The Bangus Carbonara and the Pasta Aligue were good! The raisin bread was also up to expectation. It was soft and the sweetness was just right. The ambiance was nice. We were seated at the Ground Floor beside the glass window where we had a great view of Taal. After lunch we passed by the Pink Sisters Shrine. Maong and I took some great shots there.

We then stopped by the newly rennovated Taal Vista Lodge. The Lounge was nice. It was a huge transformation from the old interior which was dark and rustic. Now it was bright and romy. It somehow resembled the lobby of Edsa Shangrila. We then went outside to the vista point and took some pictures.

Our last stop was Bag of Beans near the town proper. Personally that was the best part of the trip. From the road you can only see the small coffee shop. It's deceptively small but they have a garden below which has an assortment of flowers and plants. It resembles a little bit like Sonya's Garden but more cozy. They had little nooks in the garden for small groups, and a covered area for bigger groups. We had dessert and coffee. The apple pie ala mode was superb! Yumm! The coffee's good and CHEAP! It costs P55 and it's reffillable. It's a very conducive place to hang out and chatter up. We had a lot of laughs and near miss experiences.

It was a really great adventure! We're planning on repeating this every month. Kind of like a monthly out-of -town get together. There are plenty of unexplored dinning places out there. So I hope the others can come along next time.

'Til then… Di

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To add, parking at taal vista now cost P100 unless you have your ticket validated at the coffee shop. For those who have pets, you can bring them at Bag of Beans. We saw a number of patrons in the garden with their dogs. Maong.

#Restaurants, Tagaytay

Sanctuario – a secret dining place in Tagaytay

Update Oct 2005: Sanctuario Revisited: Ho-hum food?


Rache in Zen Place
Originally uploaded by antondiaz.

AWESOME! I'm not sure until when we can keep Sanctuario a secret place in Tagaytay. They just moved in to an unassuming place beside the tagaytay ukay-ukay place near the tagaytay circle just a month ago. If you don't know the place you would not even venture to eat there. Since they just moved to a 50-person capacity place in the Tagaytay circle, some articles in the web would give directions in its original location beside the korean place along the tagaytay-Sta. Rosa road which is already closed now. Check this out –> Sanctuario, Tagaytay Photos

Here are 5 tips to truly enjoy a awesome dining in Sanctuario:
1. Call and reserve the best spots in the restaurants. Specially if you are a group of 10 or more, you definitely need to get the zen place! If you are a group of 5-10, you should reservce the ground floor spot with a view of tagaytay. If you are a group of 4 or less, the basement spot near the window should be cozy enough for

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Tagaytay

Inspiring story but a disappointing lunch @ Carlos Restaurant


anton & rache & yummy nudillo
Originally uploaded by antondiaz.

Good to try once . I first heard about this new restaurant in Tagaytay from the Nurture Spa staff and I immediately searched the web for information. I only came across one article in inquirer (Carlos Restaurant Article in Inquirer 03/17/04 ). We were excited to have a taste of good spanish food and excited to eat the suppose to be killer food Nudillo, cocido and the paella. We decided to eat a late lunch around 2pm and its no surprise that when we arrive there were no people in the restaurant. Also, the owner Carlos Callejo was went out so we missed our chance to interact with them.
Carlos is a spanish theme restaurant in the middle of Las Brisas de Tagaytay villas-for-rent. You order a set meal about P500/person and it comes with bread and liver pate, mushroom soup, salad with strawberry vinegrette, the home made cheesecake by his wife, Malou. Here are some insights on what to expect from Carlos:

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