Savoring Family Time in Baguio 2016

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Classic. The one word to describe Baguio. It has everything the family will mutually love. Behind the threatening traffic and the hustle and bustle of a loaded city, you can find your own peaceful spaces — at the end of the day, the heart and soul of the summer capital of the Philippines — a cheerful spot for everyone.

Cool mountain weather, nature, fresh food, diversity, indigenous cultures — what’s not to love?

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Enjoyed the weekend at the Baguio Country Club, compliments of Yek Yue. Service was great as usual. Japanese food at Hamada was excellent, and Cotterman Room (where we had most of our meals) never fails to satisfy especially their famed steaks.

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Made time for our own family adventure. Ahmad Brothers Cafe was nowhere to be found. We actually found the signage somewhere near their old location, but couldn’t locate the cafe and the traffic was crazy, so we went to Ozark Diner instead. Known for authentic Southern cooking, the smoked crispy pork rib was succulent inside, just fantastic! Brandon went to Amare with his friends, really missed that one, particularly their original foie gras pizza.

Before leaving the city, we had native food at Cafe Yagam (here) and amused ourselves at Kamiseta Hotel (here). Strawberry Shortcake was first-rate at the Vanilla Cafe.

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Lovely time!

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Baguio Photo Diary: All you can eat

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Tons of thanks to our gracious host, the Yek Yeu Merchandising, Inc., for welcoming us to the Shihlin Electric product launch complete with a grand Baguio Country Club experience. (The company’s behind the efficient power distribution system in the Taiwan 101, the world’s tallest from 2004-2010, which I’ll write about in a separate post.) Food overflowed from morning ’til evening. We didn’t have to worry about anything except burning the excess calories.

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My picks from the buffet table:

Baguio Country Club Food Adventure
First row: Caesar’s salad; assorted cheese, smoked tanguegue and Greek salad; Black Angus ribeye steak; corned beef and rice; passionfruit, papaya and watermelon; bacon, bread, mini banana-almond pie.
Second row: Grilled lamb chops with mint jelly; cold cuts, creamy seafood in puff pastry and dinner roll with butter; coleslaw salad, greens with Thousand Island dressing, smoked ham and salmon marinated in dill.
Third row: Eggs Benedict, salmon trout and salsa, lamb in port wine sauce with mint jelly; strawberry crepe with vanilla ice cream and extra chocolate syrup; sweetened banana (minatamis na saging) and macaron.

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Cheers to good food, good hotel food! Though everything was above par, I personally loved the (unforgettable) fantastic, melt-in-your-mouth Black Angus ribeye steak from the Cotterman on the first night; the tender, juicy lamb chops; the daily dose of fresh greens and cheeses; the smoked ham and tanguegue and dill-marinated salmon; and the lamb in port wine sauce with mint jelly from the special Sunday lunch buffet at the Verandah. Oh, the BCC iced tea was excellent!

Alex Calleja

Stand-up comedian slash TV writer slash TV host Alex Calleja, who performed at the Shihlin launch, says, “Kung noon ay dinadasalan muna ang pagkain, ngayon ay pinipiktsuran muna bago kainin.” LOL, nail me!

Hamada Japanese Restaurant

Passed by the Hamada. This Japanese resto consistently gets good reviews from food critics.

A stay at the century-old Baguio Country Club is incomplete without a stop by the café. The goodies include its famous Raisin Bread and Centennial Raisin Bread.

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