Tag Archives: Tagaytay City

Photo of the Day: Red is the New Black

Yep, the shoes are white, not red. The rocks are red, though. And it’s the new black. Travel, we mean, is the new black. It’s gaining momentum nowadays — airfare is getting more affordable, people have more appetite for exploration, instagram/facebook is boring without awesome travel photos. Many travelers, however, wander and explore to cleanse the mind and inspire the soul. Some sights are simply breathtaking. Take, for instance, this photo of the red lava rock in Taal Volcano‘s crater, photo courtesy of Noemi Ruth Hernandez (check her Instagram account, @doyounoemi, for more photos). Saying “Taal Volcano” is quite tricky because you can also say “Taal Lake” or “Taal Volcano within a lake within a volcano” and still be correct. It’s an active volcano. Yep, an ACTIVE volcano, which means it is, uhm, not dormant. It can explode, yes, something which is probably not in the minds of those dining in bulalo at Leslie’s or lounging at Balai Isabel. It’s probably the least of Noemi‘s concern when she took this nice photo. Explorers are crazy, you know, which is actually a good thing. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Red is the New Black

Photo of the Day: Philippine Alps

One of the main reasons why we love Baguio and Dahilayan is the sight, and smell, of pine trees. There’s just something wonderful about pines trees. And snow, which somehow evokes a lovely image of the alps with its cozy chalets. Maybe it’s like the usual Christmas / winter sight which we all love. Maybe it’s the mixture of deep green and clean white. Maybe its the cold temperate associated with snow, alps or winter. Whatever the reason is, we simply love that sight. Now, imagine the same sight — except without that white snow — and imagine it in the Philippines (closer to Metro Manila than Baguio and Dahilayan). What do you get? The lovely view of the Tagaytay Highlands. Can’t imagine it? Here, look at the nice photo (click to enlarge) by Vera (iamveravenus): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Philippine Alps

Take Two at Bag of Beans, Tagaytay City

Love is sweeter the second time around. We can start a whole new round of debate on whether love is indeed sweeter the second time around, but we’d rather focus on something else: food. Is food better the second time around? We’ve visited Bag of Beans before, you see, and we’re trying to figure out if things have changed for the better. Continue reading Take Two at Bag of Beans, Tagaytay City

Rustic Seclusion at Hacienda Isabella (Indang, Cavite)

Life is an endless struggle for something. Many struggle for power, many for beauty. Many strive for economic or business success, many strive for freedom and ideological superiority. Many fight for basic daily existence. Most struggle is against others and the world, yet so many also struggle mightily for something that is seemingly simple — inner peace. Continue reading Rustic Seclusion at Hacienda Isabella (Indang, Cavite)

Comfort Food, Open Space at Taaleña Restaurant (Tagaytay City)

This place has all the right ingredients, the must-haves when you wish to enjoy good food when visiting Tagaytay City. Fresh air. Cool temperature. Great view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. And, of course, the food. But there is something else that makes Taaleña Restaurant stand out from the rest of the Tagaytay City restaurant crowd. Continue reading Comfort Food, Open Space at Taaleña Restaurant (Tagaytay City)

Rowena’s Tarts and Pasalubong in Tagaytay City

Sometimes good things come in small packages, or shall we say small wrappers. Tart wrappers to be exact, though it’s like a cupcake wrapper, except that it holds another delicious treat. But why should we be preoccupied with wrappers? Because if we could only eat the wrappers, we would. Continue reading Rowena’s Tarts and Pasalubong in Tagaytay City

The Original Hawaiian Bar-B-Que in Tagaytay City

The restaurants that abound in Tagaytay City, a city which offers a breathtaking view of the Taal Volcano / Taal Lake, offer different cuisines to satisfy a whole range of tastes. There’s the usual Filipino food, anchored by the bulalo. Steaks, pizza, pasta, desserts and a whole lot more. Distinctly standing with the rest is Hawaiian food, the specialty of the original Hawaiian Bar-B-Que. Continue reading The Original Hawaiian Bar-B-Que in Tagaytay City

Buko Pie and Special Cassava Cake of El Mare

If you’re traveling from/to Tagaytay City, Laguna, Batangas or somewhere in San Pablo City, the usual food gifts or pasalubong for family and friends would be buko pie, cassava cake and other delicacies. One brand probably known by more people, and definitely with more outlets along the way, is Colette’s. Nothing here should detract from the fact that we all have different preferences when it comes to taste or flavor. Continue reading Buko Pie and Special Cassava Cake of El Mare

Tagaytay Ridge Zipline and Cable Car, Picnic Grove

“Could we go horseback riding and try the zipline in Tagaytay?” our son said one weekend. Ah, the perfect excuse to go out of town. No need for convincing. Doesn’t matter that it’s past lunchtime already. Pack the necessaries and off we go to Tagaytay. Continue reading Tagaytay Ridge Zipline and Cable Car, Picnic Grove

Mushroomburger in Tagaytay City

A burger with mushroom patty. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, that one of our criteria for checking a burger is the quality of the patty — that’s all-beef patty. Then here comes a restaurant that serves burgers made of mushrooms (it also serves other Filipino dishes), with a name that proudly declares that fact — Mushroomburger. At first, I really don’t know what to make of it. Continue reading Mushroomburger in Tagaytay City