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Monday, March 23, 2015

BBC: Best Baguio Cafes - Great Food and Free Internet

Restaurants and Cafes in Baguio with Great Food and Free Wifi

Whenever we visit a new city, it's very important for digital nomads and entrepreneurs like my partner and myself that there's plenty of restaurant and cafe choices that offer free wifi. 

Within two weeks being in Baguio (you may check my blog post about our travel from Iloilo to Baguio on The Huffington Post) we've been to several restaurants and cafes in Baguio and here are some that truly stood out.

I'd say stay away from the usual recommendations such as SM City (wifi pretty much doesn't work!), Max's restaurant's wifi was absolutely useless and Zola, which is a 24-hour-cafe was full of smokers (they did not even try to dedicate a place for non smokers) and filled with youngsters and too noisy.

It's quite tricky to find the best restaurants here in Baguio as most of the really good ones (read: not overrated) are those with unassuming facade. Yet, once you get inside, the foods are just amazing and such revelations. I only have simple criteria: service must be great, food must not taste bland and there must be decent internet connection (with the speed not just to post on Facebook or Instagram, but to be able to check emails!)

1. FOTD

From pasta, to adobo, to the eggplant with minced pork, pizza to panna cota, this place has got it all right! The foods taste really good and their staff are so quick to every order and never did disappoint us during our two visits. Brownie points for serving service water infused in lemons and peppermints!

Food: 4.5 out of 5
Service: 5 out of 5
Wifi: 3.5 out of 5


Eggplant with minced pork at Php 120

Panna cota and Blueberry cheesecake

Business Hours: 10am to 10pm
Phone: (074) 442 2888
Address: #2 2nd Road Quezon Hill, Baguio City
10am to 10pm

2. Arca's Yard

While the travel to Ambuclao Road may be a bit too far (at least 30 mins from the city centre), it was definitely all worth it. The place was truly breathtaking and the food had that homey feel to it. While most restaurants and cafes felt too commercialized these days, Arca's remained untouched and the level of tranquility you'll feel in the place is just bar none. 

Food: 4.5 out of 5
Service: 4.5 out of 5 (there was only one person serving by the time we were there so it took awhile for our orders to be served and all the other customers needed to wait as well. It could be improved if there's at least 2 persons in the staff)
Wifi: None (their food is too good not to be included in the list. You need to bring your SMART pocket wifi with you. Globe doesn't seem to work in the area)





Business Hours: not sure
Address: (777) Tiptop, Ambuklao Rd.
Phone: 0922-825-1880

 3. Cafe by the Ruins

It's highly recommended by my friends and while we haven't had a chance to try their foods, I'd recommend the place for coffee (or tea), they have loads of tasty pastries as well and really lovely fireplace.

Watch out, the teapot is as heavy as two irons! :D

Food (Drinks): 4 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Wifi: 3 out of 5


Business Hours: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
 Address: 25 Shuntug Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines
Phone:+63 74 442 4010

4. Figaro in SM City Baguio

Figaro serves nice coffee, their beef tapa is a bit too salty but over-all, Figaro is a really nice place to hang and have coffee and their internet connection is pretty much the best among the cafes in the list.

Food: 3 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Wifi: 4 out of 5



Business Hours: 10am to 9pm
Address: 3rd Floor Mountain View, SM City Baguio
Phone: 0917 349 1905

 5. Patch Cafe 

Sharing the same building with the Bloomfield Hotel, Patch Cafe has an unassuming facade but very quirky on the inside with comfy couches. While I'm not a fan of their all-day breakfast meals, I'd have to give hands down to their omelete! 

Food: 3.5 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5 (it's quite difficult to get their attention, they need a bell or something as most of their staff would group in front of the cafe and since there are walls that divide the dining area from the cashier area, staff couldn't easily see what the customers need we'd have to go to the cashier to tell them what we needed or if we decide to order more)
Wifi: 2.5 out of 5

Miner's Breakfast


Business Hours: 10am to 10pm
Address: #3 Leonard Wood Road Baguio City, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines
Phone: (074) 446 9112

So far these are the restaurants we've found to have nice food and decent internet connection. Most cafes and restaurants use the cheesy and now overused cliche "We don't have wifi. Talk to each other". If you're a digital nomad and looking for great restaurants in Baguio without sacrificing your work, have a look at those cafes mentioned and share with us in the comments if there are new places we might have missed!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Healthy Kitchen Iloilo: Healthy Foods Delivered For You


Fresh and Healthy Food Option in Iloilo: Healthy Kitchen Iloilo

Quickly being added to two of our favorite healthy food restaurants in Iloilo - Midway (right across SM Delgado) and Remnant (in Lapaz), Healthy Kitchen Iloilo has a wide range of fresh and delightful foods for those who are constantly looking to live healthy. Spring rolls are def my fave - me and boyfie would always marvel at the fresh and sweet smell of cilantro! 

Vegetarian could delight from fresh Vietnamese spring rolls, to Chicken Shawarma, to Eggplant Burger, Healthy Kitchen Iloilo lives up to every health and fitness buff - the foods are delicious (who said healthy foods can't be tasty?). Definitely reminds me of Shake Shack! 

Do they have food delivery within Iloilo City? 

Yes! We contacted them via Facebook and Viber and Myka immediately got back to us with our order and was scheduled to be delivered in Injap Tower Hotel later in the afternoon. 

Contact Number: 09178556952


Healthy Kitchen Iloilo Menu and Pricing List 
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Shrimp at Php 150
Chicken at Php 125



Spicy Tuna Pasta at Php 100

Chicken Swarma with Tabbouleh Rice at Php 140

Veggie Meat Barbecue with Green Mango Salad at Php 135

Vegetarian Eggplan Sandwich at Php 85

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Places to Have Great Breakfast in Iloilo - Cafes and Restaurants


Cafes and Restaurants - Breakfast Meals in Iloilo

Constantly being on the lookout for great restaurants and cafes in Iloilo to have breakfast, our feet led us to Chika-an in Iloilo (located at Robinson's Place). They serve daily traditional Filipino breakfast meals such as Topsilog, Beefsilog, Longsilog and the likes. 

Chika-an Restaurant in Robinson's Place Iloilo (photo source)

They also serve unlimited brewed coffee for Php45 and their wifi is surprisingly good for such a well trafficked place. 

I also really enjoyed their buttered shrimps, puso ng saging while boyfie enjoyed their grilled blue marlin. 

Don't be daunted by the fact that the place is constantly full. Their helpful staff will immediately usher you to their available tables as soon as you enter the place. I also love that their staff are dressed in traditional Filipino clothing like Filipiniana. 



Monday, December 1, 2014

Langford's Place Cafe in Iloilo



I've been hearing a lot of great reviews about Langford's Place (located at B.S. Aquino Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Iloilo, near Philippine Airlines Office in Mandurriao - or near SM City Iloilo). The place has a homey ambiance and the first visit to the place proved to be a great experience. There were a little bit of inconsistencies during the consecutive visits, but the crew have been open to our feedback and they tried to be consistent when we visited next.


The foods are reasonably priced and tasted quite nice as well. Favorites have been the peach mango crepes and ham and cheese omelette! (sorry Dova, your omelette is definitely topnotch, but Langford's quite a good one as well)

 
Ham and Cheese Omelette in Langford's Place at Php 100

Brunch Meal at Langford's: Bacon Pancake at Php 100


Langford's Place
Address: B.S. Aquino Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Iloilo
Phone:(033) 396 2138

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review: L'Aurora Restaurant and Cafe in Iloilo


L'Aurora Restaurant and Cafe: Cosy Place to Dine in Iloilo


In our quest for great cafes in Iloilo with wifis, we've found L'Aurora Restaurant and Cafe located at Door 3, Rosario Building, Maria Clara Avenue, Aurora Subdivision (a few minutes away from San Agustin, right next to Han Cook Korean Restaurant).




The place has quirky and simple interior, no fancy decorations whatsoever. We've ordered Potato Wedges, Marinara w/ Meatballs, Pasta with Tuna Mushroom and Crispy Pork Belly (with rice) and Blue Raspberry Lemonade. 

I really enjoyed the potato wedges and the crispy pork belly has the right amount of crispyness to it and absolutely love the mixture of onions, garlic and soy sauce in its dip. You may find their full menu here


Marina with Meat Balls at L'Aurora Restaurant and Cafe

Pasta with Tuna and Mushroom 


Business Hours: 9:00 am to 9:00pm
Address: Door 3, Rosario Building, Maria Clara Avenue, Aurora Subdivision
Iloilo City, Philippines
Telephone: (033) 503 3887