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!)
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.)
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.
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).
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. ^^,)
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).
Having covered one place for student fare in Bakakeng, we walked one establishment up to FoodVille.
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.
Beautiful wall art, especially the black floral vine on white. They’re funny, too; re: restroom sign.
Chicken cacciatore, Monte Cristo sandwich, southern fried chicken with bechamel sauce … anong saveh/what did (it) say? *guffaw guffaw guffaw
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.
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)
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.
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
Tags: #1, adventure, affordable, affordable baguio, affordable food baguio, ambiance, American snowcone, an saveh, anong saveh, backstreet, backyard, Baguio, baguio affordable eats, baguio affordable foods, Baguio Bakakeng student, baguio best restaurants, Baguio Cafe de Illustradoz, Baguio Cakes by Yda, Baguio cheap food, Baguio City, Baguio City eatsploration, Baguio City Philippines, baguio eat, baguio eats, Baguio eatsploration, Baguio eatsplorer, Baguio eatsplorers, Baguio education, 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 Food Ville, Baguio foodie, Baguio foodie blogger, Baguio foodies, baguio foods, baguio guide, baguio guide what to eat, Baguio outskirts, 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 student, Baguio where to eat, Bakakeng, bake, balanban lechon liempo, beautiful wall mural, bechamel sauce, best, best restaurants in baguio, Beth, better, binge, black floral vine on white, blog, blogger, blogs, blogs about baguio food, breakfast, budget, budget friendly, budget friendly dining baguio, budget meal baguio, buffalo wings Baguio student, business, businesses, cacciatore, cacciatore for students, Cafe de Illustradoz, Cafe de Illustradoz menu, cakes by yda, Cakes by Yda Baguio location, cakes by yda baguio menu, center, cheap eats in baguio, cheap fast food, cheap food, cheap food baguio, cheap restaurants baguio, chest, chests, chicken cacciatore student meal, childhood years, chix a-hoy best seller student meal Baguio, choco dip, churros chocolate dip, churros con tsokolate, city, city center, city in a city, City of Pines, Ciudad Grande Baguio, Ciudad Grande Phase 1 Baguio, climb stairs, comfort, comfort food, compare, comparison, comprehensive baguio food blog, comprehensive details about Baguio food, comprehensive information about Baguio food, connoisseur, convenience store, cook, cost, costs, craving, cravings, crouton, customer, customers, delectable, delicate cheese shavings, delicious, delight, delights, dining around baguio, dining out, dinner, discover, discovering, discovery, dish, dishes, drab colors, easy on the pocket baguio eating, eat, eat baguio food, eat out baguio, eat-in-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, eatsplore mobile, eatsplorer, eatsplorers, eatsploring Baguio, establishment, establishments, explore, explore Baguio city, explorer, explorers, extra rice, fancy, fantastic, Filipiniana, find, find good Baguio food, find good food in Baguio, fixated, 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, Food Ville menu, foodie, foodie trip, foodie trip Baguio, foodies, foods, Foodville, Foodville Baguio, frappe, front lawn, funds, garage, gastronomic, getting an education in Baguio City, good, good Baguio food, good eats, good eats Baguio, good food, good foods, great, great time, Grown ups, grownup, guide, guide to restaurants in Baguio City, hello yellow, hidden, hotel, hunt, ice cream shop in between, ice scramble Baguio, Illustrado Baguio, Illustrado Cafe Baguio, Ilocos empanada, ilustrado, Ilustrado cafe Baguio, italian soda for students, Karla, laundry shop, learned, lechon liempo Student meal Baguio, life, life in excess, list, little village of food sources, location, location in baguio map, location of baguio restaurant, lunch, makaluma, mark, marks, memories, memory, menu, menu for the day, Milo, Milo Ovaltine filler for sandwich, monte cristo sandwich, no.1, no1, noodles, oily fries, old fashioned potatoes, one food establishment away, open for business, origins, outskirts, Ovaltine, P3, P3 food trip, pampering, park, passion, passion for food, PC room, perfect refreshment, Philippines, photoblog Baguio, photos, pieces of lechon liempo, pines, place, places, places to eat, price, quest, quests, Race, rating, ratings, regular student fare, relocate, reminisce, restaurant, restaurants, restroom sign, Rizal, rock my world, sago't gulaman, school and students, scrumptious, search, searching, secret, service, short orders for students, simple, SLU Bakakeng student, snack, snacks, snow cream Baguio, snowcone, spot, stairmaster, staple, student budget, student fare questing Baguio, sunny afternoon Baguio, sustained me, tapioca and jelly drink, taste, tasty, the spot, theme restaurant, thought went into it, time, tips, tips dining out Baguio, towering plate of pasta, transform residence to business, treasure, treasure chest, treasure chests, treasures, treats, tried, tried all Baguio restaurants, truly nutty, Try, try eating at Baguio restaurants, university belt baguio, vanilla macadamia frappe Baguio, vibrant color scheme, where to eat, where to eat in Baguio, where to eat in Baguio City, x, x marks baguio food in baguio map, x marks baguio restaurants in baguio map, X marks the spot, X+1, X+1 Baguio, Xine, xmarks, xmarks baguio, xmarks baguio food, xmarks baguio restaurants, zingy tomato herb sauce
Search for Good Baguio Food
X Marks the Spot for Good Baguio Foods is a personal blog. Everything posted in this blog is PERSONAL OPINION DERIVED FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE and since TASTE can be pretty SUBJECTIVE, should NOT be taken as THE NORM or the LAW OF DINING around in the City of Pines.
Its (prosaic =b) contents are meant to help with the question “san tayo?”/where do we go? in relation to eating out in Baguio, to ENCOURAGE EXPLORING (eatsploring) and TRYING NEW THINGS offered in the City of Pines.
By all means, eat where you want to eat and eat what you want to eat. May you have a great experience with all the places you visit and may all the restaurants you go to deserve a ton of treasure chests! (“,)
(Also, if you have any second thoughts about a certain place you arrive at, please DON'T LET THIS BLOG BE THE REASON YOU ARE FORCED into ending up anywhere. If the restaurant doesn’t have what you want, please FEEL FREE TO WALK AWAY.)
Who Picks Up the Tab? ^^,
Relive Recent Eatscapades =)
- Season’s Eatings Continue to 2020: Menus for Your Reference
- Seasons Eatings 2019: Menus for Your Reference
- With Master Tea; 1,2, Tea; and Nham Cha; Let’s Have A Tea Off!
- Pho Hanoi: Home of Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine in Baguio
- Baguio Good Eats Online
- Celebrating National Sardines Day with Mega Brand Sardines
- Mario’s Sunday Lunch Buffet: Baguio Sundays Made Special
Food Trip Archives
Where to Eat in Baguio
- ***TabLe of bLoG ConTenTs*** (1)
- **iNFoBiTes for Dining in Baguio (94)
- *Comfort in the Familiar a.k.a Xine's Favorites (",) (94)
- Accommodation Dining (Eating at Baguio Hotels, Inns, etc.) – Is It Worth It? (75)
- Baguio Breakfast Buffet Bonanza (9)
- Baguio Diner Dash Competition (5)
- Baguio Food Photo/Blog (80)
- Contrasts & Comparisons (17)
- Fine & Fancy … Dress to the Nines Dining (or not, if you don't want to =b) (32)
- Food for Thought a.k.a Think Before You Eat (5)
- Healthy Eats, Shoots and Leaves …and then some (17)
- New in Town (150)
- NotabLe eDibLes Ű (25)
- Origins (21)
- Staple Foods Baguio (51)
- Uncategorized (28)
- Updates & Supplements (103)
- ~*Intermission*~ (46)
- ~ScrumpTiouS GiveAwaYs!~ (13)