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Student Fare, Bakakeng: Cafe de Illustradoz and Food Ville

Bakakeng today (yes, I’m fixated on the location at the moment *hihi) is a far cry from the Bakakeng of my memories.  It was one that had an outskirts type of feel to it that was changed with the arrival of a school and its students.  Now, it seems like everything you’ll ever need here is attainable with the barangay residents transforming their garages, front lawns or backyards into businesses.

(This so reminds me of how my best friend, Myrtle used to say how she loved the prospect of relocating to where I lived. On the ‘university belt’, it seemed like barangays with its eateries, convenience stores, laundry shops, PC rooms, etc., could be a city on its own, she said. Big hugs, Myrtle and the kiddies! (“,))

When you need to eat and you need food fast, delicious and easy on the (student) budget (in the Bakakeng vicinity), you have a handful of choices now. Featuring two of Cholo’s recommendations (Thankies, Cholo!): Cafe de Illustradoz and Food Ville.

Cafe de Illustradoz

(Cool name for an eatery, I love the thought that went into it. Nice going, “Illustradoz”! \m/

Imagine too, if they expand their market and have like a Filipiniana, Rizal-time themed restaurant in Baguio; oh, how interesting that would be!)

Cafe de Illustradoz Baguio facade

A little house (patio to kitchen in a small floor space) establishment

Keep your eyes peeled for this place.  It’s easy to miss since it doesn’t have a screaming color scheme that would easily get people’s attention. (Ilustrado colors – makaluma/old *hee.)

Cafe de Illustradoz Baguio menu and scene

The scene and the menu *click photo to enlarge

Anyway, the Filipiniana-ness ends with the food store’s name since they have the regular (sort of, I’ll tell you what the ‘sort of’ is about, in a moment) offering for students; short orders, snacks and drinks.

Cafe de Illustradoz Baguio buffalo wing

Buffalo wing =)

It’s plural on the menu but we just got one wing (priced at P45, it didn’t matter to X+1).  For this plate, a choice of regular or spicy or regular and spicy mixed sauce was offered.  It was an okay plate, good enough I think to fuel the bodies of the youth (who are in the process of being ilustrad-ified =b Sorry, guys, I’m just so amused).

Cafe de Illustradoz Baguio snacks - old fashioned potatoes and churros con tsokolate

Old fashioned potatoes and churros con tsokolate =D

I was thinking the potatoes would be old fashioned enough to give me a taste of the 1800-1900s.  A bowl of fried potatoes ‘juicy’ with frying oil … just like what we cooked up in our house =)) it was old fashioned enough, it seemed, to take me back to my childhood years.

The churros was equally glistened with the oil it was fried in with a choco dip that brought up more recollections of youthful days like how I used to make my Milo/Ovaltine  (when no grownup was looking *sneak sneak) with 10 tablespoons (thereabouts) in a (SMALL) cup of water.  If not in water, the Milo/Ovaltine was used as a filler for one sweet sandwich. (Hhmmm, might just have that sandwich today. ^^,)

Cafe de Illustradoz Baguio sago't gulaman

Sago’t gulaman

Nothing special about these glasses of refreshments, it’s regular sago’t gulaman.  It made me crave more for the snowcone that wasn’t available then.  I haven’t had ice scramble/snow cream in ages (if that’s what they meant at the Illustradoz Cafe and not the American, colored syrup on shaved ice version).

Food: 3 treasure chests

Service: 4 treasure chests

Ambiance: 2 treasure chests

Price: 5 treasure chests

FoodVille

Having covered one place for student fare in Bakakeng, we walked one establishment up to FoodVille.

FoodVille Baguio facade

Hello, yellow (sign)!

FoodVille is a wee village (fits in the first floor of a house) of sources for grub; noodles (‘young’ noodles =b), street food, Ilocos empanada and dishes whose names escaped me until after my ilustrad-ifying days (Still not over the name *giggles) – see menu below.

FoodVille Baguio dining area

The dining area

Beautiful wall art, especially the black floral vine on white.  They’re funny, too; re: restroom sign.

FoodVille Baguio menu

The menu. With one Chix A-hoy best seller that is posted in another part of the counter.

Chicken cacciatore, Monte Cristo sandwich, southern fried chicken with bechamel sauce … anong saveh/what did (it) say? *guffaw guffaw guffaw

FoodVille Baguio chicken cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore (“,)

Chicken cacciatore, you rocked my pasta loving world! A (mini) towering plate of macaroni with zingy juicy tomato and herbs sauce and croutons with delicate shavings of cheese, I’m going back to the Ville for more of this.

FoodVille Baguio Balanban lechon liempo

Balanban lechon liempo ^^,

As for Race’s lechon liempo meal, he loved it so much he was sad not to have enough tummy space for extra rice to eat every little scrumptious piece of pork with.  (Because he ate MY buffalo wing meal. *heehaha) When we return, I guess he’s going to have this again, too. (And maybe a plate of the best seller as well, just curious what the hype is all about. =D)

FoodVille Baguio vanilla macadamia frappe

Vanilla macadamia frappe \m/

Vanilla macadamia frappe was the perfect refreshment for the beautiful sunny afternoon when we went student fare questing in Bakakeng. Truly nutty vanilla, smooth and cold, it sustained Race and me till we finished climbing that StairMaster (My gosh, Cholo, what you have to climb! *I bow to you.) back to Cakes by Yda where our eatsplore mobile was parked.

Food: 4 treasure chests

Service: 3 treasure chests

Ambiance: 3 treasure chests

Price: 5 treasure chests

X marks Cafe de Illustradoz and Foodville for good, affordable food in Baguio.

Cafe de Illustrados and FoodVille

Ciudad Grande, Phase 1, Bakakeng  [They’re on the same (side of the) street, just an ice cream shop between them.]

Baguio City, Philippines

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14 responses to “Student Fare, Bakakeng: Cafe de Illustradoz and Food Ville”

  1. McQueen says :

    OMG I love your blog! Very informative! ‘Cause right now I am looking for a good place to eat with my friends. Thanks! Maybe you should create an Instagram account. Your blog inspires me to try the different restos in Baguio, not just the mainstream, usual ones!

    Thanks! BRAVO!

    • XiNE says :

      Welcome aboard, McQueen! I hope you have a wonderful dining experience wherever you choose to eat with your friends. Thank you so much for visiting the blog and for the suggestion. Happy food trails to you! (“,)

  2. Anonymous says :

    Cafe de Illustradoz relocated, it’s now at the front of KnV net shop. It expanded and took over the whole 2nd floor of the bakakeng mart at the start of 2015, i think.

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there! Thank you so much for the information. I think I did see their new and bigger resto coming from one of my food trips at Ozark. Will try to fit in a visit to their new place soon. Thank you for visiting the blog! Happy Baguio food trails to you! (“,)

  3. AC says :

    Couldn’t help but giggle a little. I was looking for a place to get wings (and maybe some ribs) for my husband’s birthday on Feb and stumbled upon this blog post. Illustradoz used to be my front yard. Haha! And that window right above it used to be the window in my room back when I was a student studying at SLU Maryheights campus. LOL. Students there today are so lucky. So many new dining options.

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, AC! Thank you so much for visiting the blog. I’m also glad that you had a nice time reminiscing your student days, too. * hihi Whoa, uncanny that Cafe Illustrados used to be where you were boarding. Today, Illustrados is a bigger and prettier cafe across the street. I’m not sure if another establishment took over the space where you used to live.

      I hope your found what you were looking for in this Baguio food blog. First place that comes to mind when i think of wings and ribs is Route 55 on Legarda. For ribs, Beggang and Canto (you should try their newest branch if you haven’t yet). Happy Baguio food quest to you and your hubby! (“,)

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