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A New Meaning to the Phrase ‘Food for Thought’

It’s not always fine and dandy, full speed ahead, the wind in my hair and the sun on my face when I went on the quest to find good food in Baguio.  There were a few (thank the gods, just a few) instances when restaurants disappointed me (Race and P3, too =D) with their food, their service or worse, both.  For some of these establishments, they were even given chances to redeem themselves (which they didn’t take *pft).  These chances were much to Race’s annoyance who said that if they sucked the first time we visited them; you can expect them to suck again.  =b.

At the very least, good food and first class service should always be consistent.  It’s true I did say before that money was not an issue with this quest but I would still like to get some value for my hard earned money, alrightie.  (I’m not running a charity and if was going to give money away, I would do it standing on a crate in the center of town letting the bills fly like an ATM gone bonkers.  Maybe when I win the lottery jackpot prize…  On second thought, maybe not even then *muhu ha a A.)

For the restaurants in Baguio that failed to deliver, we shall categorize them under Food for Thought.  Simply put, think before you eat there.

Shipwrecked or Marooned Pirate

Shipwrecked or Marooned Pirate = No More Treasure Hunting =(

Here’s a snippet of my Baguio Restaurant list – the restaurants that failed to impress.

Food for Thought

1)      Hotel Supreme

  • Ivy Grill and Restaurant – No pictures
  • Gloria Jeans Coffee

2)      Summer Place Hotel

  • View Deck

3)      Mile Hi Diner

4)      Pines View Hotel

  • Café Roma
  • Pines Garden Cuisine

5)      Heaven on Earth Vegetarian Center

6)      86 Grill

7)      Prince Plaza Hotel

8)      Bohemian Café

9)      Hebrews Bookstore and Cafe

Failed Quests for Good Food in Baguio

Hotel Supreme – Ivy Grill and Restaurant

When I told you about my food adventures in Future Diner, I mentioned that we were supposed to dine at Ivy Grill and Restaurant.  However, it was all dark, deserted and spooky.  If you want to eat in the old Hotel Supreme, better dine at the Lotus House across from Ivy Grill instead.  (More on that establishment in the future.)

Hotel Supreme – Gloria Jeans Coffee

In two words, Gloria Jeans beverages are overrated and overpriced.  I remember ordering something mixed berry then.  They might want to rename that the mixed seeds drink.  I’m okay with my drink having some seeds in them but not like this.  I could go like a cartoon character using the seeds as ammunition.  Puttoooey!  =b) As for Race’s (I think that was) cookies ‘n cream mocha chiller, it had too much ice in it that it’s probably what the wash water tastes like when you pour water in a coffee cup to rinse it out.  Sorry, Gloria Jeans.  =(

Gloria Jeans Coffee

Utilizing the establishment surroundings…Race is not amused. =b

Summer Place Hotel – View Deck

I wanted to eat at this place because the view coming up on Marcos Highway seemed really beautiful what with the Christmas lights and Christmas ornaments (parol) blinking on and off around the place.  We ordered something like the clubhouse sandwich which was palatable enough but it was a tad too common that you could make this for yourself at home (and more deliciously I might add. =b)  We also got an Alfredo pizza or something of that sort and it seemed like the chef who made this was unhappily in love.  A la the movie, Sabrina, “A woman happily in love, she burns the souffle.  A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven.” =)) If they got one thing right in this establishment, it’s their name.  The view of the fog rolling in on the trees and the houses was spectacular.  I’d give them one treasure chest for service too.  The waiter did seem like he was trying.

1 treasure chest for our attendant that day.

View Deck food, drinks, view

View from View Deck, food, drinks. Us utilizing the foggy backdrop and the hotel exterior by night. =D

Mile Hi Diner

The first time we came to this establishment, it was almost closing time for most restos in Camp John Hay.  We ordered this and that but the staff said these weren’t available.  Too famished to find another place to eat, we got what was available (waha, sounds like the food was forced on us… which it sort of was), burger steak for Race, tacos for me with an extra order of mashed potatoes.  The meal was okay, not particularly filling but we were glad to have some food in our stomachs.  Then when it came time to pay the bill, guess what, they didn’t have change either.  What people regularly say in these situations is, “Wala naman pala lahat, eh, di magsara nalang kayo.”  (Literal translation:  You’ve got nothing left to sell.  Maybe you should close.)

Mile Hi Diner

Race having a tough time picking what to order… =S

We came back here just recently because I wanted to give them another chance.  (Picture, Race’s unamused face or maybe even Mckayla Maroney, Olympic gymnast, and her not-impressed face.)  I just thought that they didn’t have that much to offer then because we arrived late.  At that visit, we arrived at lunch.  (Good plan, right?  *snicker snicker.  They can’t escape us now!)  Armed with pre-researched food items to order, I was relieved when we got just what we wanted (chicken cordon bleu and Hawaiian something – a slab of meat with diner rice and coleslaw).  When my order came, I thought they got it wrong.  My plate had something that looked like a dry sausage.  When I sliced into it, ooohhh, it WAS my cordon bleu, a burnt cordon bleu.  Fail for presentation. =(

Our drink for this meal was a different story.  We wanted to get root beer floats and our attendant just said that it wasn’t available.  I went on to order a milk shake and he practically bit my head off saying, there’s no ice cream.  Oooookay, Mr. Snooty.  (I’ve had some experience working as a member of service crew some years ago; and I diagnose this guy as being sick of his job.  Makes me wonder if they have a walk-in chiller at Mile Hi Diner because that could’ve helped him.  That’s what I did to chill at work when the pressure was on.  I literally chilled in the chiller. *heeharhar)  For our drinks,  we were reduced to cans of Coke and Sprite.

Mile Hi Diner 2

My sausage looking chicken cordon bleu, Race’s slab of meat and Race…still not amused. =))

Shyeew, I didn’t know bashing restaurants (that didn’t serve good food or had bad service in our visit) was such a tedious job.  I’m rumbly in my tumbly! Let me go grab some grub and I’ll continue this later.  Tata for now!  (“,)

***credits to http://zenseeker.net/Kid/PirateLegend.htm for the photo of the marooned pirate.  Thank you so much! (“,)

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7 responses to “A New Meaning to the Phrase ‘Food for Thought’”

  1. XiNE says :

    Hello there, lesleycarter! Thank you very much! Where NOT to eat in my city…i might give them another chance some other day…but not with Race *hihi Have a wonderful Sunday! (“,)

  2. freeze dried food says :

    I have read some good stuff here. Definitely price bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you put to make this kind of great informative site.

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