Here, There, Everywhere! – Hook’d Up, Kai Cafe, LeFern’s 181 R&B … and Le Coq Bleu
Have I got a loaded post for you, today, dear reader. =)
It’s mostly so that we could make good time since our list is growing longer by the day. (I’m not the only one scouting for new places to eat at now. I really appreciate your input and finds, eatsplorers, Ela and Jo!) For the past few days, P3 and X+1 have been here, there and everywhere in the name of our food quest.
Let’s start with a booth that falls in a number of categories, Simple but Staple, Student Fare as well as Eats Around Baguio.
1.) Hook’d Up Mediterranean Cuisine
Located (UPDATE 08/26/2015) on the 2nd floor of Palangdao 2 Building, across NOVO on Lower General Luna Road, we’ve got another source for affordable and simple AND healthy Mediterranean dishes. From the foodstuff, my foodie lovies and I have sampled so far, I found me another salad that deserves to be a favorite: Tahini salad, which is cubes and shreds of Baguio’s freshest veggies drenched in tahini dressing (also sold at the booth). As I’m already loving the dainty sesame seeds on burger buns, it’s no wonder, I love it as a dressing, too. ^^,
Race and I got so intrigued about the other offerings of Hook’d Up that we didn’t stop with ordering salad to go. It was beef shawarma (mega spicy that took away my brother’s cough in a snap \m/), falafel, pita bread to be dipped in hummus and a yogurt drink while waiting, one day; and then chicken shawarma (still mega spicy), more pita, this time to be dipped in avocado hummus, the next.
With the bread here fluffier than the ones at Ali’s, it quickly felt as heavy as a bag of coins in our tummies … tastier though with the avocado hummus dip. And my, those pickled vegetables decorating both kinds of hummus, zingy good! The falafel was okay; I think I might need to eat that on its own to fully appreciate it. As for the yogurt drink, that’s another beverage whose taste I failed to acquire. *hihi
Ambiance: TBD, once they open their dining establishment in the lower floor of this very building, the game is on (again =b).
UPDATE 09/13/2014: I just got word that their lounge/resto in the second basement is open and ready to serve us all from 10am-8pm. Looks like we’re going to be hooked once again. Weee!
UPDATE 10/04/2014: Ambiance: Maybe more because of their carpets on couches, the shisha and falafel cafe felt a bit cramped. [BUT I’ve a bigger qualm about the building itself – (small staircases to what was that?, FOUR basement levels under what seemed like never ending upper floors, I sure hope this building is structurally sound.) I kept thinking, “Wait, do I know where all the emergency exits are?”]
UPDATE 08/26/2015: Hook’d Up has moved to the building next to it, Palangdao 2 Building, 2nd floor (across NOVO). Balcony dining plus people watching while lazily enjoying shisha, anyone?
*Adding Hook’d Up Shisha Falafel Cafe to my list of resto faves. Hip-hip, hooray!
Continuing with the La Trinidad Food Quest, we, one day, had brunch at …
2.) Kai Cafe
This is a find by another one of our food adventurers, Ms. Fuwa Rinni; thank you so much! It’s a cafe with a wide area on the second floor of the yellow building across from Shell Gas Station in Km. 4, Pico, La Trinidad.
Since we haven’t eaten a bite … but we were preping for a day of food adventures, we chose to go a bit light with dishes like the cafe’s liempo classic rice meal, cheesy pesto panini, Hawaiian shore salad and a couple coolers: Cappuccino frost and blueberry cream frost. (I bet you know who got what. =D)
Race’s rice meal was the perfect pick. The serving was neither too big nor too small for the munching spree of a day we had planned out. The vegetables topped on the pieces of meat were nicely cooked and the piece de resistance of the dish was truly juicy and flavorful.
I wasn’t expecting there to be two sandwiches (four pieces when cut into triangles) for my order, but there they were. It was a good looking plate of panini that was pretty mild in taste. I was thankful for that since the drink I got was uber sweet in a way that even I, a lover of intense flavors, didn’t enjoy. It was more drinkable than one cafe’s blended mix though so I got it transferred to a take away glass (for drinking watered down later) after a word to the staff about maybe including sweetness levels to their refreshments. (Race’s cappuccino cooler was also perfect. Dang, I missed the mark a tad with my choices that day.)
I couldn’t stop myself from ordering salad for its curious name. It turns out, it was fruit salad with a twist … the dressing was both sweet and creamy as well as tangy AND salty. Innnteresting … and surprisingly, we kept spearing at the cubes of fruit in the small bowl until it was all gone.
Ambiance: I don’t know about you, but I like wide spaces. It’s a plus, plus, plus, too, if it isn’t crowded (lots of different seating places in Kai, very nice!) (although I know what they say about busy restaurants where the food is always fresh since their stocks get replenished a lot *hee).
3.) 181 R&B at LeFern Hotel
After starting out early for musical chair errands at SSS and Pag-ibig today, we were hoping that the new Bay Leaf establishment would be open for breakfast. Sadly, it was going to be an hour later from when we finished our business in the Pag-ibig building, and so we opted to go back a few blocks to LeFern’s in-house restaurant, 181 R&B (behind NBI building, what used to be The Gallery).
I’ve since had an idea of what they offer at this restaurant and bar, thanks to Ms. Angeline and with so many intriguing dishes on the menu, we had to ask our attendant how this dish came to be named that way, what salamanderized oysters and octopus hotdogs were, etc. We zoned in on the crab and mango salad (I originally wanted Mediterranean salad but that wasn’t available so …), the viand, lechon paksiw with two orders of extra rice and green tea smoothie.
Oh, man, that salad! Crunchy greens, mango slices that tasted just right, sprinkles/strip of crabstick broken in smaller pieces with a salty dressing, I wanted another serving of that right after we cleaned off the plate. The green tea smoothie was well blended too in that it tasted like tea … not like nori. (Well priced as well.) And look, it’s in a mason jar. =))
The lechon paksiw had a delicious sauce but the meat in it was hard and dry … double dead as our new friend called it, slaughtered and killed a second time in the frying. *tee hee With every mouthful with the pork, I wished Race went for the pork humba instead. It also made me think of digestifs, where the French had salads/drinks at the end of the meal to help with digestion. Encore, crab and mango salad!
Wait, there’s more …
*Le Coq Bleu
Though it’s not a restaurant per se … but a homestay for two people (three, at the most) looking for a place to stay to get away from the flurry of activity in the city center if only for a little while. (For more info about this humble B&B, please feel free to send a message to the blog’s FB page.)
It was such a privilege to get to sample the food preparation stylings of our newfound friends here. Wonderful, wonderful to meet you; thank you for opening your beautiful blue house to us. (“,)
X marks Hook’d Up Mediterranean Cuisine (I’m definitely hooked! *snickers), Kai Cafe, 181 R&B (… and Le Coq Bleu) for good food in Baguio.
There you go, afoodionados, new eating places in the City of Pines that you might like to check off your lists as well. I hope that will hold you till next week. *giggles Wishing you all, rewarding dining experiences wherever you choose to get sustenance!
Tags: #1, 181 R&B Baguio, 181 R&B Baguio menu, 181 R&B La Fern Hotel Baguio, 181 Restaurant Baguio, 282 Restaurant and Bar Baguio, 7-11 Baguio, 7Eleven Baguio, accommodating owners, accommodating staff, accommodating staff baguio, Accommodation dining, accommodation dining baguio, acquired taste, additional information baguio dining, additional information baguio food, adventure, affordable, affordable baguio, affordable food baguio, ambiance, avocado hummus Baguio, B Le Fern Hotel Baguio, B&B Baguio, Baguio, baguio affordable eats, baguio affordable foods, baguio best restaurants, Baguio blog, Baguio cafe, baguio cafes, Baguio cheap food, Baguio City, Baguio City eatscapade, Baguio City eatsploration, Baguio City Philippines, Baguio dine, Baguio dining escapade, baguio eat, baguio eats, baguio eats and eats around, Baguio eats around, Baguio eatscapade, Baguio eatsploration, Baguio eatsplorer, Baguio eatsplorers, baguio favorite spot, baguio food, baguio food adventure, baguio food adventures, baguio food blog, Baguio food blogger, Baguio food escapade, 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 fresh vegetables, Baguio green tea, baguio guide, baguio guide what to eat, Baguio homestay, Baguio hotel dining, Baguio La Trinidad, Baguio La Trinidad Benguet food trip, Baguio Le Coq Bleu, Baguio Le Coq Bleu French cottage, Baguio Le Coq Bleu homestay, Baguio Le Coq Blue French cottage, baguio matcha, Baguio panini, 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 shawarma, baguio simple food, Baguio student fare, Baguio sweetness levels tea, Baguio vegetables, Baguio where to eat, bake, basement levels, bed and breakfast Baguio, best, best kept secret, best restaurants in baguio, Beth, better, binge, blog, blog categories, blogger, blogs, blogs about baguio food, Blue House Baguio, blueberry cream frost cooler, breakfast, broken strips of crab stick, budget, budget friendly, budget friendly dining baguio, burger bun, business, businesses, buttered vegetables, buy mason jar Baguio, cappuccino frost cooler, carpets on couches, center, cheap eats in baguio, cheap food, cheap food baguio, cheap restaurants baguio, cheesy pesto panini, chest, chests, chili shawarma sauce baguio, city, City of Pines, comfort, comfort food, comfort in the familiar, comfort in the familiar Baguio, compare, comparison, comprehensive baguio food blog, comprehensive details about Baguio food, comprehensive information about Baguio food, connoisseur, cook, cost, costs, crab and mango salad Baguio, crab sticks, crabstick, crabstick Baguio, craving, cravings, crunchy buttered vegetables, crunchy greens, customer, customers, dejeuner, delectable, delicious, delicious sauce, delight, delights, dessert dining set up, digestif, digestif baguio, dine Baguio, dining around baguio, dining at accommodations, dining hideaway baguio, dining out, dinner, discover, discovering, discovery, dish, dishes, double dead, double dead cooking, easy on the pocket baguio eating, eat, eat and dine Baguio, eat at the baguio hotel, eat at the hotel, eat baguio food, eat out baguio, eat-in-baguio, eateries, eatery, eating out Baguio, eating out in baguio, eats, eats around, eats around baguio, eats baguio food, eats baguio foods, eats in Baguio, eats in Baguio City, eats-ploration baguio, eats-plore, eats-plore baguio, eatscapade, eatsploration, eatsplore, eatsplore baguio, eatsplore La Trinidad Benguet, eatsplorer, eatsplorers, eatsploring Baguio, emergency exits, encore, errands, establishment, establishments, explore, explore Baguio city, explorer, explorers, extra info on baguio food, extra information baguio food, falafel Baguio, falafel cafe Baguio, fancy, fantastic, favorite, favorite dishes, favorite orders, favorite place to eat baguio, favorite restaurant, favorites, find, find good Baguio food, find good food in Baguio, flavorful, food, food adventure, food adventures, food and drink, food escapade, food establishment, food establishments, food preparation stylings, food quest, food trip, food trip in baguio, food trip with Xine, food trips, foodie, foodie trip, foodie trip Baguio, foodies, foods, fresh vegetables baguio, fresh vegetables harvested Baguio, fresh veggies baguio, fresh veggies La Trinidad, friendly and accommodating staff, friendly and accommodating staff Baguio, friendly owner, friendly owners, friendly staff baguio, fruit salad, funds, garapon mug Baguio, garapon mug Baguio where to buy, garlic sauce for shawarma pizza, garlic shawarma sauce, garlic shawarma sauce baguio, gastronomic, General Luna, General Luna Road Baguio, get away from the hustle and bustle, good, good Baguio food, good eats, good eats Baguio, good food, good foods, great, great time, green tea, green tea frap, green tea shake, green tea shake Baguio, guide, guide to restaurants in Baguio City, Hawaiian shore salad La Trinidad, health 100 Baguio, Health 101 Baguio, Health 102 Baguio, Here there everywhere, homestay in Baguio, Hook'd Up Shisha Falafel Cafe Baguio, Hook’d Up Mediterranean Cuisine Baguio, Hookd Up Baguio menu, Hookd Up Restaurant Baguio, Hooked Up Baguio, Hooked Up Baguio menu, Hooked Up falafel Baguio, Hooked Up shisha Baguio, hope the building is structurally sound, hotel, Hotel dining, hummus Baguio, hunt, hustle and bustle in the Baguio city center, hustle and bustle of the city, illustrated representation, info baguio eats, info baguio food, info baguio restaurants, information about baguio restaurants, information about dining in baguio, information baguio food, instant fave, intense, intense flavor, intriguing dishes, Kai Café Baguio La Trinidad, Kai Café Baguio La Trinidad menu, Kai Café La Trinidad, Kai Café menu, Karla, Km 4 La Trinidad, know where all the emergency exits are, La Fern Baguio, La Fern Hotel Baguio, La Trinidad Benguet eatscapade, La Trinidad dine, La Trinidad dining escapade, La Trinidad food adventure, La Trinidad food establishments, La Trinidad food quest, La Trinidad Philippines, La Trinidad restaurant, Le Coq Bleu, Le Coq Bleu Baguio, Le Coq Bleu Baguio homestay, Le Coq Blue House Baguio, Le Coq Blue Suello Village Baguio, Le Fern Baguio, Le Fern Hotel Baguio, Le Fern Inn Baguio, lechon, lechon paksiw, lechon paksiw Baguio, LeFern Baguio, LeFern Inn Baguio, liempo, liempo Baguio, liempo classic La Trinidad, life, list, loaded, loaded blogpost, location, location in baguio map, location of baguio restaurant, longer by the day, Lower General Luna Road Baguio, lunch, lunch dejeuner in French, make good time, mango slices, mark, marks, mason jar, matcha, matcha drink, matcha green tea baguio, Mediterranean cuisine Baguio, Mediterranean diet Baguio, Mediterranean food Baguio, mediterranean salad, meeting owners, memories, memory, menu, mild taste, murdering meat with overcooking, murdering steaks, musical chairs at SSS Baguio, new favorites, new friends, new in town, new in town baguio, new place to eat in Baguio, new places to eat in baguio, newfound friends, newly opened, newly opened establishment, newly opened establishment baguio, newly opened food establishment baguio, newly opened restaurants, newly opened where to eat in baguio, nice and friendly restaurant owners, nice and friendly staff, no seaweed taste, no.1, no1, nori, North Hills Building Baguio, noteworthy restaurants La Trinidad, octopus hotdog, open your house to someone, organic veggies Baguio, owner, owner and chef, owner staff, P3, P3 food trip, pampering, panini baguio, Panini sandwiches, passion, passion for food, pesto, Philippines, photoblog Baguio, photos, pickled vegetables, pines, pita bread baguio, place, places, places to eat, pork humba, price, quaint cottage Baguio, quest, quests, Race, ran errands, rating, ratings, replenished, restaurant, restaurants, roast pig Baguio, running errands, salad as digestif, salad dressing, salamanderized oysters, salty salad dressing, sandwich, scouting for new restaurants Baguio, scrumptious, search, searching, seating places, seaweed, service, sesame seed, sesame seed dressing, sesame seed paste, sesame seeds, sesame seeds on a bun, seven eleven Baguio, shawarma, shawarma baguio, shawarma sauce baguio, shisha Baguio, shisha cafe Baguio, shredded veggies baguio, simple, simple but staple, simple but staple baguio food, simple but staple category, simple but staple food, simple but staple food baguio, slaughtered and killed in the frying, snack, snacks, spot, staff, staple, strips of crab stick, structurally sound, student fare, student fare questing Baguio, Suello Baguio, Suello Village Baguio, sweet and salty salad Baguio, sweet tooth, sweetness level drinks, tahini dressing Baguio, tahini salad Baguio, taste, tasty, techno hustle and bustle, the blue rooster Baguio, the spot, time, tips, tips dining out Baguio, treasure, treasure chest, treasure chests, treasures, treats, tried, tried all Baguio restaurants, Try, try eating at Baguio restaurants, veggies, wait there’s more, watered down, welcome, where to buy mason jar in Baguio, where to eat, where to eat in Baguio, where to eat in Baguio City, wide floor space, wide spaces, wider floor space, worth it, x, x marks baguio food in baguio map, x marks baguio restaurants in baguio map, X marks the spot, Xine, Xine favorite, xine favorites, xine's favorite, xmarks, xmarks baguio, xmarks baguio food, xmarks baguio restaurants, yogurt drink
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 =)
- 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
- A Whole New Meaning to “Local Dining” at Bistro Lokal
- Dining La Trinidad: The Barn Resto
- Notable Edibles #24 – Chelcius Delicacies Matcha Crunch & Menus in the Baguio Dining Scene
Food Trip Archives
Where to Eat in Baguio
- ***TabLe of bLoG ConTenTs*** (1)
- **iNFoBiTes for Dining in Baguio (92)
- *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 (16)
- 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 (149)
- NotabLe eDibLes Ű (25)
- Origins (21)
- Staple Foods Baguio (51)
- Uncategorized (28)
- Updates & Supplements (101)
- ~*Intermission*~ (46)
- ~ScrumpTiouS GiveAwaYs!~ (13)