Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Baguio's Best: Chaya x Lemon and Olives

Its been a while since we last drove up to Baguio and this time around, we had a toddler in tow to consider when looking for a hotel to stay in and restaurants to try. Our first choice was The Manor but it was full so we stayed in the nearby Le Monet Hotel. It was my first time to book there and it was disappointing given that the room we stayed in was not maintained properly (holes in the bedding, carpet stains, etc.) and there was no air-conditioning! I know Baguio's weather is cooler compared to Manila but it can also get pretty hot especially during day time so I can't imagine how it is during summer time - good thing we were there on a gloomy August weekend.

We had a chance to go back to Chaya, our no. 1 favorite restaurant in Baguio!

Location is still the same but they now offer a bigger dining area compared to our last visit a few years back. Menu also became quite extensive but still delicious, affordable, and served in generous servings. We were so happy to be back in Chaya! Even our daughter loved the food that we ordered for her - kani and tamago sushi.

Spicy Tuna Salad - Php320 (half serving)

Chirashi - Php490.00

Chaya Restaurant
72 Legarda Road, Baguio City
Benguet, Philippines
Tel.: (6374) 424-4726

Pita and Hummus - Php130.00
Now, this restaurant is our new discovery being on the list of highly recommended restaurants to try when in Baguio. Though Lemon and Olives has been around since 2017, this was our first time here and I must say that the food, the ambiance, and the service were impressive. Staff were courteous and friendly and the food were superb! I wanted to try a few more other dishes but servings were big enough for sharing so maybe next time. 
If only Lemon and Olives is an hour drive, we'd probably dine here every week! I can imagine spending our lazy Sunday lunches here with our daughter who's a sweetheart and tries everything Mama and Dada puts in her plate. We definitely have a foodie in the making!

Cucumber & Yogurt Drink

Lamb Rack - Php990.00

Pork Greek Kebab - Php300.00

Greek Yogurt - Php150.00


Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna
26 Outlook Drive, Baguio City
Benguet, Philippines
Tel.: (6374) 442-4079

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Hotel Review: Two Seasons Boracay

Ample room space with big bed;
Pool is optional;
Big bathroom;
Delicious food;
Proper sanitation is a must!

It was our first time back to Boracay after almost 4 years and while CS and I were used to staying in our favorite resort in the island (hello Zuzuni Hotel!), coming back with a toddler in tow during this pandemic is a whole new experience. Not only do we need a bigger bed but the resort must be beachfront, kid-friendly, and with excellent sanitation records as this trip must be a safe and memorable one especially for her having been indoors for most of her life.

Having reviewed our basic requirements brought us to Two Seasons Boracay!

Junior suite room with pool view

Pros: Walking distance to the beach, clean room with spacious bathroom, decent-sized pool, friendly and accommodating staff, delicious breakfast, and priority reservation at Barlo Lounge.

Cons: None - we hated bidding them goodbye!


Two Seasons Boracay Resort
Station 1, Boracay Island
Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Tel.: (6336) 288-4384

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Sunday Treats No. 68

Calamansi Pie - Php195.00


Burrow Cafe at Antipolo Beehouse
Beverly Hills Drive, Antipolo
Taytay, Rizal, Philippines
Tel.: (63917) 622-9795

Monday, April 4, 2022

Why We Kept Coming Back to True Home

Days after indulging our tummies with Two Seasons' famous Four Cheese Pizza and Sizzling Oyster Sisig, we decided to venture out and try something new. There were actually several restaurants on my list that we planned on checking out but some were either fully occupied each time we visit or we simply cannot find it anymore, closed perhaps? 

On our way back to Station 1 after a disappointing second attempt to dine at Maya's, we got curious with True Home's beautiful interiors and full occupancy on a late night. We took a chance to get a table and after that night, we were hooked! It was indeed love at first sight because we just kept coming back to try more of True Home's delicious offerings.

What we ordered

Mango & Banana Shake

Their mango shake is on the bland side so we always ask the server to add banana instead of sugar because our little one likes to take a sip too.

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl - Php490.00

My staple at True Home! A bowl of mixed goodness which includes spicy tuna, mango dices, edamame, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, and wakame over rice. I love the spiciness and burst of flavors and texture on every bite - I could eat this everyday if I could!

Chicken Satay - Php450.00

Delicious and authentic as it can get - my little one's first meal at True Home.

Belgian Fries

Crispy and perfectly seasoned - the best appetizer ever!

Shrimp Pad Thai - Php550.00

CS didn't like it too much as it lacks the flavor he expected. Since we found a gem in Makati offering authentic Thai dishes, we have yet to find a place to beat its taste and affordability.

Soft Taco Tuna

A yummy mix of spicy tuna, mango, tomato, spices, drizzled with special sauce and wrapped in a soft taco - another favorite of mine! This was on the limited time only menu but I am hoping to meet this again when we come back to Boracay.

Grilled Mahi-Mahi

Another limited-edition dish, the fish was fresh and had the right amount of seasoning which was perfect for my little one's and her dad's picky palate.

Brownie ala Mode

We trekked down to True Home for the nth time, hours before our flight back to Boracay and we made sure to order their brownie ala mode for dessert - chewy homemade brownie with vanilla ice cream. The perfect dessert to end an amazing vacation indeed!

True Home Hotel & Bistro
Station 1, Boracay Island
Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Tel.: (6336) 288-3784
Website: www.truehomehotelandbistro.com

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Sunday Treats No. 67

Sizzling Oyster Sisig - Php495.00


Barlo Resto Lounge
Two Seasons Boracay Resort
Station 1, Boracay Island
Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Tel.: (6336) 288-4384

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