Bitten by the travel bug again!
Well, this time, it wasn’t really like that but there comes a time when we need to shake things up in our adventures. When this happens, it can call for leaving our fair city and exploring other places.
Little details: Chinese takeout “flower box” table decor. \m/
We’re living in a time where we don’t have to put so much effort into taking trips anyway. Need a change of scenery, just hop on a bus and you’re someplace fantastic … like Ilocos Sur. =)
Before the blessing of the newest addition to the Mira Hills “brand”. =)
For this hokage move from Baguio to Bantay, we’re glad Ms. Kikay and Ms. Christine called us over again for this restaurant’s grand opening. Thank you, thank you!
A couple of the Mira Hills Restaurant offering that we tried at the opening. *nomnomnom
Before getting to Vigan, on the highway (Manila N Road), we first come to Bantay, Ilocos Sur, which aside from having Bantay Church Bell Tower built in 1591, Apo Caridad Church, and the quaint Chapel by the Ruins, I heard, is a great business hub. \m/
The happy proprietors of the restaurant and bar. =D
Boasting of some form of “self-sustaining little community” in Baragay Sinabaan is Mira Hills, a restaurant with a meat processing facility behind it, as well as a pasalubong center to its right. With the farm connected to this food establishment providing the livestock (its namesake in Barangay Mira), the food here is the freshest you can get.
The cool facility
I know, you know of the jokes we sometimes tell each other at the table when our order takes too long that either the veggies are still being harvested or the protein is still being collected. Here, that takes on a whole new meaning. No delays now because the source is just a stone’s throw away. Hooray for the farm to table setup! (Click to see the Mira Hills Bar and Restaurant, Fresh from the Farm to your Table video)
Making like Miss Philippines with the Mira Hills double purpose invitation fan. *hihi
From the meat processing place to the kitchen where they cook up a storm, making the dishes you ordered from the Asian Fusion menu to the bagnet and longanisa and barbecue that you could take home as gifts for your friends that you can get at the pasalubong center, Mira Hills has got us, visitors from Baguio City and elsewhere, covered. ^^,
Meat products like longanisa, bagnet, barbecue, seafood, tinapa, tuna, prawns, Three Sisters bibingka and cupcakes, Aling Presing’s chichacorn and taro chips, banana chips etc., rice coffee, and so much more from the pasalubong area. Yey!
When the travel bug strikes and Vigan is your destination choice, do make a stop in Bantay and pop in on Mira Hills before or after enjoying the view and the refreshing wind atop the bell tower, too.
Mira Hills Bar and Restaurant on Facebook.
Enjoying my barbecue pulutan ^^,
After the VIP opening celebration at lunch, the bar was opened to the dining public in the evening.
The restobar officially opens to the public.
An eventful day, February 8, 2016, was, for sure. =D
Fireworks to mark the occasion and the new lunar year. Wee!
We didn’t want to leave. =b
Mira Hills Bar and Restaurant
National Highway, Barangay Sinabaan
Bantay, Ilocos Sur
Shout out to Sir Emil Peredo “DJ Funny Bird”, our emcee for the day; Take Two singing duo, Vigan’s Dekada band; Sir Sil Dulnuan-graphic designer; Memories in Motion-broadcasting and media production, photographic services and equipment (The Mira Hills farm to table video, they created that. Wow!); and Sir Caleb-chauffeur (Yeh!).
Bantay main sights: Church Bell Tower and Apo Caridad Church (“,)
(A short distance away from the restaurant and bar, we relished in Bantay Bell Tower, Baluarte, Flowerscents pancit Cabagan with bagnet in Bantay, Calle Crisologo by night and also by day, Chapel by the Ruins beside Apo Caridad Church Bantay, Tessie’s restaurant siopao in Vigan, sinanglao from the Vigan Post Office and coffee break at Coffee Break Vigan.)
Sightseeing … and tasting the Bantay and Vigan treats. =D
(See location on Google Maps: Mira Hills Bar and Restaurant, Bantay Church Bell Tower and Vigan Heritage Village Calle Crisologo https://www.google.com/maps/dir/17.5875728,120.4115662/Bantay+Church+Bell+Tower,+Bantay,+Ilocos+Sur/Calle+Crisologo,+Vigan+City,+Ilocos+Region,+Philippinesfirstname.lastname@example.org,120.3906918,14.75z/data=!4m15!4m14!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x338e65a73b804d23:0x98e34ebbd633520d!2m2!1d120.3916383!2d17.582227!1m5!1m1!1s0x338e6575efa12bdb:0xa642202765b45e3a!2m2!1d120.3887645!2d17.5712959!3e0 )
***Thank you so much, Sir Dennis, Sir Jessie, Maam Suzette, and Maam Joan for inviting us to witness a great Mira Hills milestone. Congratulations and more power! (“,)