Destination Chow: Mt. Santo Tomas (Cafe in the Sky and Baguio Dairy Farm)
On second thought, I’ve a final-final dining tip before the year ends.
Here it goes.
We always wanted to joyride to Sto. Tomas but it was either the road wasn’t drive-able yet or our eatsploring mobile was not in tip top condition. With all factors coming together now, Race and I set off.
It was only after that ride and a return trip to see what’s available at the dairy farm that I heard about Cafe in the Sky from Jo.
Cafe in the Sky: ♪ ♫ You’re All I Need to Be with Forevermore ♫
Please scroll down for updated information (UPDATE 12/29/2015).
Please scroll down for more updated information (UPDATE 02/28/2016).
(I guess) Inspired by the 2014 ABS CBN teleserye, Forevermore, this view deck, cafe, and bed and breakfast opened, if only to feed and provide a resting place for the fans going on the long journey up the mountain to see one of the filming locations, Sitio La Presa (and probably to get a glimpse of the actors) nearby. (Scroll down for the map and directions.)
Please let me correct myself here: As of February 27, 2016, I now know for a fact, that the cafe was opened actually as a rest stop for the people going on hikes or bike treks up the mountain. Just timing that Forevermore also happened to be filming their strawberry field shots nearby.
I didn’t recall seeing a cafe or even a sign of a cafe near the radar where it allegedly was and it’s thanks to a friend, Cheryl, that we pinpointed its exact location. (Shout out to you! Thanks much!) It IS just a kilometer before the radar and it was the newly built building I was ogling then, envying it for the view it had. =)
The Mt. Kabuyao restaurant is a spacious dining area like the space for living room and dining room for a house combined. With its high ceiling, it felt even larger. *echo echo! It also has seats in front of a fireplace which I imagine would be oh, so cozy to hang out at with a fire roaring on a chilly day … which happens pretty fast and often since it’s mega windy up top and when the fog rolls in, it gets even more so. (Don’t forget your jackets/coats, eatcentrics!)
The selections at the cafe are pretty straightforward; breakfast, appetizers, rice toppings, vegetables, noodles and pasta dishes, hot platters, desserts and hot and cold beverages. X+1 took our picks from the rice topping selection: sky rice and Kung Fu chicken rice.
Composed of the rice topping plate regulars: crunchy veggies, scrumptious fried chicken, a delectable piece of liempo, and rice topped with a fried egg; sky rice was the perfect choice for us … we, who forgot to eat something before going on the trip to Mount St. Thomas. =b Just like that, with a few spoonfuls of Kung Fu chicken also, chicken with a light kick of a sauce, our growling tummies were silenced.
We had enough energy to go … ehem, I should say, I … I had renewed energy to go cam whore with the sea of clouds and the green slope where the Mickey Mouse ears-like radar stands as my backdrop. =D
We got an order of the crispy sky rolls as well as a plate of sliced fresh strawberries with cream for extra munchies as we enjoyed watching the cloud cover build up and dissipate over Baguio City.
Stark contrasts these two dishes were. It’s zingy and spicy (that was one fine dip!) for the appetizer; and lightly sweet (thanks to the sprinkles) and succulent for the dessert. No doubt, we were pretty pleased with all our choices at Cafe in the Sky. (“,)
X marks Cafe in the Sky for good food in (metro) Baguio. With everything that the resto/viewdeck/bed and breakfast has to offer; the long, winding drive up is totally worth it.
Food: Simple, staple selections but a good enough offering (and so far the only source of sustenance) in the far flung neighborhood of Mt. Kabuyao.
Ambiance: Together with your jacket (full blast air con in this area *snickers), you might want to bring a pair of sunglasses, too. Yowzah, the bright white clouds! “I gotta wear shades.”
UPDATE 12/29/2015: Got it directly from the horse’s mouth that Cafe in the Sky IS NOT CLOSED. However, visitors in their personal vehicles or taxis are being prevented from going up the mountain at the police outpost by DENR and police (due to Writ of Kalikasan implementation). I’m sure they’re getting this issue sorted out (whether or not the cafe and B&B is included under this writ together with La Presa); while they do that, let us please be patient and enjoy the view from elsewhere in the city.
UPDATE 02/28/2016: You might have watched the GMA News TV Pop Talk feature on Cafe in the Sky last night. Again, Cafe in the Sky IS NOT CLOSED. However, visitors in their personal vehicles or taxis are being prevented from going up the mountain at the police outpost by DENR and police (due to Writ of Kalikasan implementation on La Presa). Please MAKE A RESERVATION WITH CAFE IN THE SKY (contact numbers below) so that they know you’re coming and they can come for you at the checkpoint just in case you are stopped. You can also TAKE A JEEPNEY to the cafe. Their jeepney station is located at Shagem Street, (pinned on Google Maps here.) somewhere near A Hotel. (Just ask the drivers which ones go up to Cafe in the Sky.)
Cafe in the Sky
(Directions to the radar station through Google Maps here. The cafe is just a few meters before the radar and Sitio Pungayan/Sitio La Presa in Forevermore teleserye is about 500 meters behind the radar – a short dirtroad walk to it; you’ll know it’s the right spot when you see a long line of cars parked on the side of the paved main road. See attached screen shot below.)
Mount Santo Tomas
UPDATE 08/13/2016: 0919 382 6999 (Ms. Janine Ladia)
(I thought about doing a feature on the whole mountain just so I won’t have to use that corny title above. =)) It’s a wonderful song, mind you. Great lyrics from the talented band, Side A … but I don’t think it will work as a food blog post title. *hee
Note that this will be Destination Chow: Mount Cabuyao/Santo Tomas, part 1, too, as I’m foreseeing a ton of other places opening in the vicinity soon. I’ve already seen a couple on our most recent coming round the mountain and we’ll get to them, sure enough … in 2015.)
Notable Edibles #13: Baguio Dairy Farm a.k.a. Baguio Stock Farm Milk and Yoghurt
Where the milk is tasty creamy; and the yougurt is thick, just the right kind of sour, and surely, it isn’t packed with sugar. The cheese reminded me of feta although it didn’t taste like anything to me. I would have to consult with my cook/baker friends about what to do with the little blocks I got. *harhar
With the cows being milked twice a day, at 4:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., you’re sure to get the freshest dairy product you could ever wish for. They’re open as early as 7:00 a.m. and close as late as 7:00 p.m. so it’s easy to stock your fridge up with yoghurt of various flavors (strawberry, blueberry, mango,pandan, melon, plain), milk and cheese … after a nice sightseeing excursion. Super nice and friendly receptionist as well; thank you so much, Maam. \m/
The milk from this Mountain High Dairy might just be the only milk I’ll drink from now on … and with gusto, too.
(The yogurt served at Cafe in the Sky is from here … naturally. *hihi)
That concludes this post on another great food adventure.
Soooo, have you booked your Christmas buffet at the Chalet yet? I have. Excited! Wee!
Once again, Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to you all, my foodie friends! See you, next year (for realsies, this time … unless I find something else that would make me feel like I’d explode if I didn’t tell you about it pronto. *heeharhar)
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