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HILL STATION: One of the BEST Restaurants in Baguio! (Revisited)

Read First: HILL STATION & Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Baguio

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HILL STATION is one of the best restaurants in Baguio showcasing the different flavors and influences of Mitos Benitez-Yñiquez’s  travel all around Europe, America and Asia. It won back-to-back recognition in the Miele’s Best Restaurants in Asia awards.

It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the Philippines because you can explore the world through her food with fine-dining quality but with a casual Baguio log-cabin ambiance.

We want to revisit Hill Station to savor their meat dishes especially at night.

 

Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time!

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio

TAM-AWAN: Baguio’s Artist Village and Gardens in the Baguio Sky

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TAM-AWAN Village is a reconstructed Cordillera village showcasing the traditional Ifugao Huts, and Baguio’s art and culture scene. It was established by National Artist BenCab in 1998 together with Chanum Foundation to promote the local Baguio Artists. Tam-awan is a local word which means “vantage point”. 

You can check out the permanent and occasional art exhibits from various Baguio artists. Also, artists are always available to sketch your portrait. There is a Cafe where you can get a taste of Cordillera flavors. Lastly, you can immerse yourself in the culture by staying overnight in the village in one of the authentic Ifugao huts.

Here’s a quick tour of TAM-AWAN Village:

Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time!

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

ROSE BOWL: Baguio’s Home-Grown BEST Chinese Food since 1945

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ROSE BOWL Steakhouse and Restaurant is the de facto Chinese food of choice when you are in Baguio. It was known as Rice Bowl from 1945 to 1968 and renamed Rose Bowl on March 7, 1969 by Artemio and Lourdes Nang.

To ensure the original high quality of the food they serve, they decided not to franchise but decided to put up a lone branch in Bauang, La Union operated by their son, Dr. Peter Paul R. Nang. 

Their food is Cantonese Chinese cuisine served in family-sharing portions.

Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time!

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#Restaurants, #Travel

SOLIBAO: Baguio’s BEST Filipino Restaurant since 1972

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SOLIBAO is a home-grown Filipino restaurant established in 1972, now with 6 branches around Baguio and still counting. Its name was inspired by the drums used by the Igorot in the Cordilleras. It is best known for its yummy Filipino recipes like Pancit Palabok, Kare-Kare and Puto Bumbong. 

We tried the Solibao which is the in-house resto of the Heritage Mansion. It was my first time to tried Solibao, and here is our experience:

Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time! 

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#Travel, Catanduanes

CATANDUANES: Exploring the Catanduanes Isles in Bicol

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Catanduanes holds a special place in my heart because this is where our roots are. My mom was born into the Soria and Rojas families in Bato, Catanduanes.

I remember visiting Catanduanes when we were still kids and I was excited to go back and explore the southern part of the island from San Andres to Virac to  Bato, and all the way to Puraran in Baras.

Here’s a photo essay of our Catanduanes trip:

MAJESTIC CATANDUANES Series:

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CATANDUANES Food You Should Not Miss to Eat :)

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I love Catanduanes food specially the Mud Crabs and fresh seafood, Pili Nut (which is like Macadamia nut), the Catanduanes Cacao, and different kakanins.

Food in Bicol uses a lot of coconut milk (gata) but those in Catanduanes are not as spicy as in other Bicol towns. 

I also love the scenic picnic lunch by the beach and boodle fight in Sea Breeze.

Your Catanduanes Trip is not complete without trying these Catanduanes food:

MAJESTIC CATANDUANES Series:

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CATANDUANES: PURARAN’s Majestic Wave (From a Non-Surfer’s Point of View)

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One of the top surfing destinations in the country today is Puraran in Baras, Catanduanes.

It is home to “The Majestic Wave” that top surfers from all over the world visit during the surfing season, July to October.

For non-surfers like us, we love Puraran Beach because the beach area is wide and not crowded, the beach-surfer food is yummy, and you can really smell and feel what clean air is all about. Just be careful because the island life in Puraran will seduce you to stay for a couple more days. 

Puraran is the top destination in Catanduanes — here’s a photo essay of our experience: 

CATANDUANES Series:

For surfers, please read this:
When in Manila | When in Catanduanes: Surf Majestics (or at least try to) by JB Gamboa

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#Travel, Food Tours

An Invitation to a 7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy: Pilgrimage to San Antonio de Padua, Romantic Tour of Venice and Verona, & Shopping in Milan and Outlet Villages!

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I would like to personally invite you to join us for a 7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy!

I’m personally excited about this trip because we will be going on our first European Food Trip in 2013 from Milan, Padova, Venice, Bassano, Verona and Vicenza in the Northeastern Part of Italy.

Also, I’m excited to go finally to a Pilgrimage to my Patron Saint — Saint Anthony of Padova (Padua in English). Saint Anthony is popularly known as the patron saint of lost articles but little do people know that he also helped a lot of Filipino entrepreneur devotees with miracles in their businesses. We will have a Sunday English Mass at Saint Anthony Basilica🙂

Finally, we will go on a romantic tour of Venice, the city in the sea and Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet 🙂  Of course, there will be enough free time to do your own shopping!

Here is the detailed itinerary of our trip to Northeastern Veneto Region in Italy:

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#Travel

PARAGLIDING High in Manila in 2013!

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Paragliding in Manila started 4 years ago (with only 20 paragliders to date in Manila). It started to become popular when the Main Fly Site in Carmona, Cavite was discovered by Jonathan Thayamora, a 2nd– generation paraglider. The other paragliding flysite is in Saranggani.

Recently, Buko Raymundo – an Airsport Specialist, offered tandem Paragliding in the Carmona flysite to those who want to experience the Paragliding High in Manila 🙂

2013 is definitely the year of Paragliding in Manila 🙂 Check out our Tandem Paragliding experience:

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FOOD TRUCK Hunting in LA: @TapaBoyLA, @GrlldCheeseTruk & @WhiteRabbitTruk

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It was harder to hunt food trucks in LA since it has a wider geographic area unlike SanFo where it is concentrated in the downtown area.

Thanks to Emilie (@Nuts4Pilinuts), a Filipino Food Blogger of Food Truck Adventure ,who is passionate about hunting food trucks in the LA area. 

Here’s a photo essay of our food-truck hunting experience and my favorite food trucks in LA:

Food Truck Hunting Series:

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