Savoring Family Time in Baguio 2016


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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New in Baguio: American Southern Cooking at Ozark Diner

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Southerner Chef Kevin Mize brought the regional American Southern cooking he grew up with to Baguio as he chose to live in the Philippines yet. Ozark is a city in Arkansas. What is notable about Southern food? It is labelled comfort food, also known as soul food. Southern cuisine comes from a mix of old world cooking (such as African American, English, Scottish, Irish, German, French, and Native American, Cajun, Creole, Caribbean). At Ozark, Chef Kevin puts his own twist to the classics.

The Ozark menu consists of pulled chicken or pork, meat loaf, pork chop, grilled rib eye steak, fried chicken with biscuits, and sidings that you can choose from among coleslaw, New Orleans dirty rice with liver, house made fries, mac and cheese, fried green tomatoes, etc.. Desserts are so interesting. I tried at least the durian cheesecake (something with a local twist), dark beer cheesecake and what I liked best, the New Orleans bread pudding – very dense with good bread and the right sweetness.

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Ozark Diner is located in a residential area at the back of the St. Louis University in Pacdal. Ambiance is modern and quite low key for a diner.

Brining is one technique Chef Kevin uses for his chicken. Caught him preparing black eyed peas (the exact utong we have) and I was curious how it would taste like as the Ozark signature siding. He adds ham hock to his black eyed peas, which makes no resemblance at all to the local utong with bagnet because we put an exclamation point to the dish with a dash of fish paste..

I had pork chop. It was a little drier than I expected. I regret not trying the meatloaf coz I read rave reviews about it. I have a definite restaurant list whenever I travel to Baguio. Ozark now makes that list.

Bye for now, I have a trip to catch, I’m leaving for yet another FoodPrints shoot. Enjoy your weekend, dearies!

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Ozark Diner 2 Bear’s Trail cor. Bareng Drive, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines

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