Walking on the Gustatory Memory Lane at Ebai’s Cafe and Pastry
As a kid, one of the meals that was regularly served in our home for lunch/dinner (most of the time it was lunch AND dinner =b) was dinengdeng, pinakbet and viands that had something to do with bagoong. Since these dishes were chock-full of veggies, I didn’t really like them then. Eew, saluyot! (I suppose I went through that normal phase of childhood where vegetables were the enemy at meal time. I always felt like I could eat hotdogs, chicken, spaghetti, chocolates, ice cream and cake every meal of every day of my life. That’s six meals covered … and repeat. *snicker snicker)
There really wasn’t any choice when the mealtime bell rang and the plate laid out in front of me had a mountainous pile of rice and viand. As a coping mechanism, my brother and I would ‘play’ with our food imagining it to be other things just so we could finish it. (No one leaves the table without a clean plate in our house. That’s a strict rule. Just ask my brother who sat there … sleepily… for hours until he finished. Before he knew it, it’s dinner time! Say it like Yzma from Emperor’s New Groove =D)
Who would have known dinengdeng would be one of my cravings as an adult. (Actually, it’s more the rabong/bamboo shoots that I wanted … and the patani/lima beans. I especially liked it when there were half moon shapes of those, the rabong and the beans, on my plate.) Off with an online search I went for restaurants offering dinengdeng and one of the search results lead to Ebai’s Cafe and Pastry.
Although Ebai’s had been in business for a number of years, I never really tried eating there until 2010. (You know, I stuck to where I was comfortable before I met Beth and Karla. Big hugs, P3, my sisters from different mothers (“,)) I was so glad to have a bowl of dinengdeng with lots and lots of rabong in it while Race enjoyed his barbecue order. (They have other selections of Filipino dishes too, as you’ll see in the menu below.) I also had an interesting drink then (the name of which escapes me now. *hee)
As a cafe and pastry place, one of the most popular items that Ebai’s has on their menu is the apple walnut cake. No question about it, we had to have a slice of that and their chocolate-y dessert.
Flash forward to the not so distant present (March 2013), I wanted dinengdeng again … or maybe just one of those viands that my grandma usually had prepared for us. I was back with P3+1 brother… a brother who will eat anything and can now clean his plate lightning fast =)).
It’s a wonderful thing getting fresh fruit juices or shakes in the summer. There’s so much to choose from. As usual, my brother went for the mango shake. Beth and I went for the guyabano/soursop one. Karla got a glass of iced lemon grass tea. Definitely, a good choice for Beth and me to get the guyabano. How thick it was! It was just what a guyabano shake should be, none of that thin watery stuff in packs pretending to be guyabano. (Cue songs for recollection as I remember how we fired up the blender for this particular fruit when I was younger. (“,))
One of the day’s specials was misua patola. (I was torn! ^^,) Karla got the T-bone steak sizzling meal, Beth got the seafood in special sauce and my brother got angel’s hair in olives capers.
Sizzling meals come with soup, buttered veggies and rice. For Beth and Karla’s order this day, their soup didn’t come. It was quite all right since I had a huge bowl of soup. There was enough to go around and still keep me satiated for the whole morning. \m/
Angel’s hair in olives and (mini) capers was also fabulous (although a strange pick for my brother =D). I could see myself coming back for this. Oh you delicate strands of pasta with rich tomatoe-y sauce. Ahh capers, ahh olives. A plate of heaven for sure!
Thank you so much Ebai’s for the selection of food you offer your customers. I know where to go when I’m feeling reminiscent and I want to walk down the gustatory lane of dishes “from” childhood.
X marks Ebai’s Cafe and Pastry for good food (not only pastry but Filipino dishes) in Baguio.
WHERE TO EAT IN BAGUIO CITY
Ebai’s Cafe and Pastry
151 Upper Session Road, Engineer’s Hill
Baguio City, Philippines
***This is where Narda’s is located. Handwoven arts and crafts, anyone? (“,)
Tags: #1, adventure, affordable, affordable baguio, affordable food baguio, ambiance, angel hair olives capers pasta, apple chunks, apple walnut cake, apple walnut cake baguio, backstreet, bagoong, Baguio, baguio carrot cake mini, Baguio City, Baguio City eatsploration, Baguio City Philippines, baguio dinengdeng, baguio eat, baguio eats, Baguio eatsploration, Baguio eatsplorer, Baguio eatsplorers, baguio ebai, Baguio ebai's cafe and pastry, Baguio Ebais, baguio food, baguio food adventure, baguio food adventures, baguio food blog, Baguio food blogger, Baguio food establishments, baguio food guide, baguio food map, baguio food photo blog, baguio food quest, Baguio food review, Baguio food reviews, baguio food trip, Baguio foodie, Baguio foodie blogger, Baguio foodies, baguio foods, baguio guide, baguio guide what to eat, Baguio nardas, Baguio Philippines, baguio restaurant blog, baguio restaurant blogs, Baguio restaurant connoisseur, Baguio restaurant food, baguio restaurant guide, baguio restaurant map, Baguio restaurant review, Baguio restaurant reviews, Baguio restaurants review, Baguio restaurants reviews, baguio restaurants to eat, Baguio vegetables, Baguio where to eat, bake, bamboo shoots, best kept secret, Beth, better, blog, blogger, blogs, blogs about baguio food, breakfast, brother, budget, budget friendly, business, businesses, buttered vegetables, cafe & pastry, cafe&pastry, capers, carrot cake baguio, center, cheap restaurants baguio, chest, chests, childhood, childhood memories, chocolate cake, chocolate cake Baguio, chunky cake, city, city center, City of Pines, clean plate, comfort, comfort in the familiar, compare, comparison, comprehensive baguio food blog, comprehensive details about Baguio food, comprehensive information about Baguio food, connoisseur, cook, coping mechanism, cost, costs, craving, cravings, customer, customers, delectable, delicious, delicious pasta baguio, delight, delights, dinengdeng, dining around baguio, dining out, dinner, dinner time, discover, discovering, discovery, dish, dishes, dishes from my childhood, eat, eat baguio food, eat out baguio, eateries, eatery, eating out Baguio, eating out in baguio, eats, eats baguio food, eats baguio foods, eats in Baguio, eats in Baguio City, eats-ploration baguio, eats-plore, eats-plore baguio, eatsploration, eatsplore, eatsplore baguio, eatsplorer, eatsplorers, eatsploring Baguio, ebai, ebai's cafe & pastry, ebai's cafe and pastry, ebai's pastry, Ebais, ebais cafe&pastry, Ebais menu, Emperor's New Groove, Engineers Hill Baguio, enough to go around, establishment, establishments, explore, explore Baguio city, explorer, explorers, fancy, fantastic, feeling reminiscent, Filipino cuisine, Filipino dishes, find, find good Baguio food, find good food in Baguio, flash forward, flavorful, food, food adventure, food adventures, food and drink, food establishment, food establishments, food quest, food trip, food trip in baguio, food trip with Xine, food trips, foodie, foodie trip, foodie trip Baguio, foodies, foods, fruit shakes in the summer, funds, gastronomic, good, good Baguio food, good eats, good eats Baguio, good food, good foods, grandma, grandmother, great, great time, guide, guide to restaurants in Baguio City, gustatory, gustatory memory lane, guyabano shake, handwoven Nardas, handwoven products, hidden, hotel, hunt, it's dinner time, Karla, kids don't like veggies, lemon grass iced tea, life, life in excess, lightning fast eating, list, location, location in baguio map, location of baguio restaurant, loofa, loofa squash, luffa, luffa squash, lunch, mango shake, mark, marks, mealtime, memories, memory, menu, misua patola, misual noodles, mucus, Narda, Narda's, no.1, no1, normal childhood phase, olives, open for business, origins, outskirts, P3, P3 food trip, pampering, passion, passion for food, pasta baguio, Philippines, photoblog Baguio, photos, pile of rice, pinakbet, pines, place, places, places to eat, play with food, price, quest, quests, rabong, Race, rating, ratings, reminiscing, restaurant, restaurants, saluyot, scrumptious, seafood in special sauce, search, searching, secret, service, Session Road Baguio, siblings, siblings day, siblings day theme, simple, sisters from different mothers, snack, snacks, soup, soursop, spicy seafood, spot, staple, strict rule, t-bone steak baguio, taste, tasty, the spot, thick guyabano shake, time, tips, tips dining out Baguio, treasure, treasure chest, treasure chests, treasures, treats, tried, tried all Baguio restaurants, Try, try eating at Baguio restaurants, vegetable viands, vegetables, veggies, viands chock-full of vegetables, Victory Liner Baguio Bus Station, walk down memory lane, walnuts, where to eat, where to eat in Baguio, where to eat in Baguio City, will eat anything, x, x marks baguio food in baguio map, x marks baguio restaurants in baguio map, X marks the spot, Xine, Xine's brother, xmarks, xmarks baguio, xmarks baguio food, xmarks baguio restaurants, young Xine, youth, Yzma
Search for Good Baguio Food
Where to Eat in Baguio
- ***TabLe of bLoG ConTenTs*** (1)
- **iNFoBiTes for Dining in Baguio (9)
- *Comfort in the Familiar a.k.a Xine's Favorites (",) (43)
- Accommodation Dining (Eating at Baguio Hotels, Inns, etc.) – Is It Worth It? (33)
- Baguio Breakfast Buffet Bonanza (6)
- Baguio Diner Dash Competition (3)
- Baguio Food Photo/Blog (40)
- Contrasts & Comparisons (8)
- Fine & Fancy … Dress to the Nines Dining (or not, if you don't want to =b) (11)
- Food for Thought a.k.a Think Before You Eat (5)
- Healthy Eats, Shoots and Leaves …and then some (9)
- New in Town (31)
- NotabLe eDibLes Ű (8)
- Origins (17)
- Staple Foods Baguio (20)
- Uncategorized (14)
- Updates & Supplements (39)
- ~*Intermission*~ (31)