Baguio Holes-in-the-Wall (Benguet, PH)

“The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” -Mark Twain

Holes-in-the-Wall: these are out-of-the-way, small places like cafe, bar or restaurants that are not considered to be fancy,expensive or unpretentious… Places to eat where they impart a more homey vibe.

You see, I love eating, and I want to enjoy eating all through my lifetime. Despite my lean frame, I actually eat almost everything (well except those with fresh vinegar). I believe that the next best thing to eating food, is talking about it. And that exactly is what this write-up is for. This blog will be constantly updated whenever I get to visit a hole-in-the-wall gastronomic hub in the City of Pines.

BEANS and MUGS

Address: 2nd floor of Filipino – Chinese General Hospital’s drugstore, M. Roxas (Trancoville), Baguio City, Benguet.

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This tiny cafe that offers some of the better freakshakes I have tasted, is hardly noticeable. I think my room is even bigger than its space. Nonetheless, I like its simplicity. Found at the 2nd floor of a drugstore and is in very close proximity to a hospital along Trancoville, Beans and Mugs have so far delighted my sweet tooth for its Matcha Freakshake and Strawberry Freakshake.

YAMASHITA JAPANESE NOODLE HOUSE

Address:Beside the famous 50s Diner, Leonard Wood Rd, Baguio, Benguet

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I am a self-confessed ramen lover. And for the longest time, Baguio didn’t have a single ramen house. And so when I have heard of Yamashita, I was more than delighted. It is just a small restaurant with chairs and a single long table in front of the cooking area. Nonetheless, the wakame ramen I have tried is satiating enough for my palate. Moreover, I think the price is reasonable!

GLYCO SWEETSHOP

Address: 72 DPS Compound Access Road, Baguio, 2600 Benguet

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One of my all-time favorite desserts shop in Baguio. Glyco Sweetshop’s cupcakes are some of the best. I particularly love their green tea cuppies. The Portuguese egg-tart is also something every visitor should taste because of the delightful balance of sweetness and the right crust texture. Despite the bakeshops name (glyco which means “sweet”), the desserts they offer aren’t very sweet which to me is a good thing.

GAME and GRUB BOARDGAME CAFE

Address: 2/F 111 Jungletown Rd, Baguio, Benguet

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I love their specialty drinks (shout out to Mango G’s!). They charge customers Php50 to rent boardgames. So while waiting for your order, might as well explore all the board games you could play (although my friends and I opted to play cards without bet!) Food prices in general isn’t that bad.

TRAVEL SIPS COFFE

Address: #11 Marcos Highway, Baguio City

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A coffee shop that is an ideal stopover, near 2 hospitals in Baguio. It is conveniently located along the main highway. They serve both hot and cold drinks (and some desserts too). Just like most cafe’s in this write u, it is small with few seating options. Nonetheless, it has a pretty cozy ambiance for you and your friends to chit chat for a few hours.

CHEF’s HOME

Address: 13 Outlook Drive (corner Romulo Drive), Baguio City (near The Mansion)

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This food abode owned by a Malaysian chef (Chef Alvin Emuang) has established itself as one of the best places to eat in Baguio City. Offering an array of authentic Asian cuisine, the very modest restaurant (that looks more of a carinderia) is heaven for good, good, good food. Looking into their menu, a typical Filipino could obviously say that most of the foods aren’t the usual ones we eat everyday. To most, the, the taste could be very strong – spicy, sour, sweet. But for a person who likes trying out almost everything, I say EAT and ENJOY! I personally love their ROTI! So yummy!

Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’…

Let’s Eat: Chef’s Home (Baguio City)

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

Since I started travelling, I have become more appreciative of various cuisines – local and international. Most of the time my taste buds and stomach are able to fiddle with the different flavors they get to savor.

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Having studied and worked in Baguio for several years, I had every opportunity to visit most of the cafes and restaurants in the City of Pines. One specific restaurant most baguio foodies and even visiting food bloggers rave about is Chef’s Home.

This food abode owned by a Malaysian chef (Chef Alvin Emuang) has established itself as one of the best places to eat in Baguio City. Offering an array of authentic Asian cuisine, the very modest restaurant (that looks more of a carinderia) is heaven for good, good, good food. Looking into their menu, a typical Filipino could obviously say that most of the foods aren’t the usual ones we eat everyday. To most, the, the taste could be very strong – spicy, sour, sweet. But for a person who likes trying out almost everything, I say EAT and ENJOY!

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My friends and I had difficulty choosing which ones to sample. So after some deliberation, we ended up ordering the following. We had Pad Thai (I was on a search for the best pad thai then in Baguio so I insisted we try their version of this noodles and boy! It was delicious!). We also had a serving of their stir-fried okra which I think is also palatine-satiating just like its kangkong counterpart.

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Then we had coffeelicious pork. Okay this we had to order because we were all curious how coffee would taste when cooked on pork, and yeah, we ended up disappointing our palates with its super bitter taste. We had the usual Thai rice which I think is already a complete meal. And for dessert, we all agreed that Chef Home’s Roti is the best and is in a very generous serving. For their menu, check the photo below.

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All in all, it was such a flavorful experience. Despite the unpretentious frontage, Chef’s Home is indeed a gastronomic gem with its Asian blend offerings. By the way, if you want to eat at Chef’s Home, it is best to make a reservation (0916 444 5756). We didn’t almost have a table to eat as the place was (surprisingly full and reserved) during our visit.

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CHEF’S HOME BAGUIO
13 Outlook Drive (corner Romulo Drive), Baguio City (near The Mansion)
Mobile: +63 916 444-5756 or 0999 774-6624
Open from 11.00am – 2.30pm and 6.00-9.30pm
Note: Closed on Sundays.

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Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’…