Global-Inspired Casual Dining with a Filipino Twist (in Baguio)

Pancake House

The Filipino Pancake House has been embedded in the Baguio food scene since the ’80s. The old Pancake House along Session Rd. later on moved to the familiar spot on Kisad Road corner Marcos Highway (BGH Rotunda), and currently has a second location at the new Techno Hub in Camp John Hay.

Comparable to IHOP, the Pinoy pancake and waffle place serves more than breakfast food. I’m biased about their salmon and bangus meals.

Pancake House 3

The Sunday morning we were there, police escorts were all over the place. Team PNoy and UNA senatoriables were reported to have campaigned in two different venues. I heard the President led his bets besides fulfilling his duties as head of state at the Philippine Military Academy graduation ceremonies.

Pancake House 2

Alexa was walking on sunshine with her classic waffle. Father and son each had pancakes with country sausages that resembled tiny Vienna sausages. The little one snatched some of my sweet ham which I snapped with red velvet pancakes that honestly felt hefty inasmuch as I’m a reluctant breakfast eater.

Four Eyes

Sighted Dulcinea before going to Wood Nymph on the Military Cut-Off Road. Unlike most Manila Dulcinea shops with that mallish feel to them, the Filipino-Spanish dessert place housed at the boutique hotel style Chalet Baguio is distinct and cozy.

Dulcinea at the Chalet, BaguioTiras Mango

Quite lamentably, they didn’t have the full line of pastries, although savory entries were on the menu. We sat on Spanish cakes instead of churros con chocolate. Something was dismally lacking in the Dulcinea sylvanas and sans rival in comparison with both the mango and strawberry tiras which were the spotless combination of sweet, buttery and crispy features.

Dulcinea Madrileño and Ponchesitos

After a day at the race track, we (along with Chef Jack de la Cruz) unanimously voted for the Filipino-owned cult classic Brothers Burger over Seafood Island and Sumosam at the Techno Hub. I guess cold weather makes you cry out for brawn. Upscale burgers and no ordinary fast food hamburgers.

Speaking of the Ayalaland Techno Hub, it is a stretched-out office and retail complex, housing specialty shops, current Filipino dining favorites, and local restos such as Pizza Volante and Everything Nice. For the traveling foodistas who worry about parking space, the Techno Hub is your zone.

Brothers BurgerBeef Salpicao

Though Brothers Burger is not recognized for rice meals, their beef salpicao was unexpectedly satisfactory. Quite like tapa, but more like dry bistek, the tender Spanish-style beef was neither dripping nor greasy.

How could they run out of onion rings? Brothers Burger’s are the best breaded onions in the land so far!

Lamb Burger

Even Alexa ate one whole beefy burger by herself. Brandon prefers lamb burger which is alien to Ilocos, though it’s somewhat a karnero country.

MoonleafButter Cream Cupcakes

We found ourselves (girls) running to Moonleaf for after-dinner tea. The tea shop with phenomenal beginnings in the UP Teacher’s Village in Diliman is growing its following around the country.

They serve only cold tea drinks, so I requested for an uniced wintermelon oolong tea. It is on the sweet side, however.

Next on the blog, the killer downhill mountain bike race organized by Twenty Six Hundred.

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Everything nice…

Everything nice

I’ve been going over and making minor edits on the MayDay Mt. Bike Downhill Race photos for how many days now.  My eyes are tired. And I have yet to start the story. The photos of the prearranged pinikpikan are literally lifeless … ugh, taking a break…

Before leaving Baguio, we dropped by the Mile Hi Center in Camp John Hay for a burger lunch at Brothers Burger, but after placing our order, Alexa and I ran to Everything Nice to check out the cakes. Italian cheesecake was the closest thing to my fave New York cheesecake… one for me, and Alex, predictably, a chocolate fudge — both to go.

Cakes at ... Everything Nicecake shop and caféItalian cheesecakecarrot cake

Caramba! Salsa!

Do you know that there’s so much history in our own extrahot chili (Capsicum chinense or Capsicum sinense)? Ours is one of the hottest peppers in the world. The Caramba! Habanero’s product description reads: The mother chili habanero bush originally cultivated since prehistoric times in Peru and Mexico, made its way to the West Indies, brought to Spain in 1494, survived the Acapulco-Manila Galleon trade in the 15th and 16th century, and propagated in the Philippine Islands for its medicinal effects.

The Caramba! brand of Habanero is a fine hot sauce. It’s blended with Philippine mango puree and palm vinegar “to round up its full traditional indigenous taste and aroma, evidenced by its top-note jerky prickly heat, and arrested by its back-note soothing sensations.” Well, a little too complex for me. To put it simply, it’s hot enough, yet it doesn’t burn in the mouth. No overwhelming hotness when I tried it with my Black Angus Burger.

Love Brothers Burger consistent quality and lavish portions. Read this old post if you want to know more about the Filipino Brothers Burger.

Brothers Black Angus Burger with Blue CheeseBrothers Burger Meals

Brandon’s Lamb Burger with mint sauce was yummy as well!

Let’s back-pedal to Everything Nice. My cheesecake was kinda gritty and the color was off. I don’t know if it’s normal, but it had a strange orangey hue. The cheese is supposed to be ricotta. Alexa was not satisfied either with her choco fudge. I used to get splendid sans rival from the shop. I have not seen theirs in the last decade.

Sweet then spicy or the other way around. I need a jolt while blogging.  Right now, I’m craving for kooky kiamoy. The temperature in Ilocos is getting unbearably crazy humid. I really don’t know if global warming has something to do with brain function, tell me.

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