Baguio, a year later


Back where it all began, in Mama’s Table where we had our very memorable reception.

Last November 28, we celebrated our first year wedding anniversary. I know, time flies! It’s a life milestone that only comes once and we wanted to celebrate it by going back to Baguio where we had our wedding and reception. My husband Carlo and I will never tire of the place no matter how busy and congested it has become. Once we reached the top of Kennon road, it felt like home. We like to explore the off the beaten path just to find new places to visit and most importantly, eat in! Luckily, our friend Vicky Tinio suggested two new (at least, to us) homes that serve delicious homemade fare that are by appointment and pre-order only. I called ahead of time for our orders after battling a nasty bout with dengue, thankful that I got better just in time for the trip. It was meant to be!

First on the list was Le Coq Bleu, a charming bed and breakfast owned by lovely couple Boi and Chantal Pangilinan. Chantal is French, hence the special menu that left us speechless. When I googled their house, I was pleasantly surprised that they were listed on Airbnb. You can actually experience living the French way for a few days right at their second floor bedroom and another room downstairs. Boi serves what they eat for breakfast to the visitors and lets them chill and relax by their living room fireplace until it’s time for bed. “We’ve had people come back every Christmas and New Year to spend it with us here. There’s a good view of the fireworks from our window.” I can only imagine how cozy it must feel to welcome the new year there, complete with birds serenading you during your meal. Feast your eyes on their lovely home and scrumptious food!



Started the meal with squash soup and fresh bread while we took in the view.


I could live right here on this corner. Birds were singing to us while we ate!


Their rott, Hestia, is probably one of the friendliest dogs I’ve ever met! She got the bone of my osso bucco, lucky girl.


Chantal with her two french poodles, Juno and Zeus who were also very sociable.


The highlight of my day was this mouth-watering osso bucco made by Boi! Yup, it tastes just as good as it looks!


Carlo had the moussaka, which was Chantal’s recipe, paired with a yummy pesto spread made by Boi. Both also so so good!


Happy hubby.


Sensory overload inside their kitschy cottage!


You can find Le Coq Bleu on Airbnb. Meals are pre-ordered a week in advance. Oh, and the house is green not blue and is inside a residential village. Look for the rooster logo on the wall.



Another home resto Vicky suggested we try was Foggy Mountain Cookhouse, owned by Chef Babes Reyes who made really good mediterranean food. He converted a part of his ancestral house into an informal resto, putting tables and chairs on the balcony overlooking a magnificent view of a still-green Baguio.b14-1-of-1Can’t beat this view from the eating area!


Herbs he grows by the balcony goes into his dishes.


Daydreaming yet again of life in the mountains.


We had Crispy Squid Fries for appetizer. These are thick strips of giant squid, truffle oil infused mashed potatoes and a dill tartare sauce on the side.


Had the Oven Roasted Chicken for our main dish. It’s actually good for four so we had the rest wrapped and ate it the next day. It was still just as good!


Delicious Pumpkin Puree for dessert. This is complimentary and comes with the meal along with a salad, pita bread and hummus and moroccan rice cooked in the chicken juice from the roast. Yuuuuummm!

Text Chef Babes your orders a day in advance here +63 916 767 4687 | +63 932 762 3639. You’re welcome!



How cute is this place?

A side trip to Outlook Drive before heading home accidentally brought us to this six month old Greek resto Lemon and Olives. We originally meant to eat somewhere else but did a quick u-turn when we saw their inviting facade. How could you not be curious about the place when it’s the only commercial property in the area surrounded by huge homes? We had to try it out for our last meal. It did not disappoint! Will definitely be coming back to try more—and mind you, there are a lot to choose from.



That’s a mixed souvlaki and  part of the meatball dish we also ordered. Plus pita bread and hummus for starters.


This view awaits you!


And that wraps up Year One of adventures, misadventures and more food tripping!


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