I received a postcard from Gene! It reads something to this line “I know you mentioned that you live near Tagaytay, so I sent this to you…you must miss it as I do…” (sorry Gene, my daughter took the card and secured it in her postbox – where she keeps all the postcards we receive. πŸ˜€


Anyhow, what Gene said is true, I miss Tagaytay because we grew up with it as an extension of what we call “home.” Sure, the place is totally different from how it was when we were small. It was colder, much greener – less buildings and with certainly a lot of fruit stands. I can’t say which is the better, then or now, but I’m glad that the development included restaurants that serve really good food! There’s the original Mushroomburger (which is supposed to be my post, I just can’t find my photos), established in 1978. They sold the first Mushroomburger on November 1, 1980 – a few months after I was born! There are well-loved restaurants that only Tagaytay can boast of such as Pamana, Bag of Beans, Antonio’s and Ladera. (Please correct me if I’m wrong.)

sugpo sa aligi (prawns on crab fat)


There are also relatively new established food joints which have already gained fame in downtown Manila such as Dencio’s, Carlo’s Pizza, Teriyaki Boy, Leslie’s and a lot more. With restaurant chains sprouting, Tagaytay has definitely become one of the Philippines top travel destination!

Laing (Taro leaves in coconut milk)

So today I am showing you food from Leslie’s and Carlos Pizza which I already posted on my food blog (old photos and stories). These rendezvous were during our vacation in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Β Leslie’s offer traditional Filipino food, for individual or group menu. I can’t remember which did we order but we have Sugpo sa Aligi, Nilagang Bulalo, Laing, Chicken Barbeque, Pinaputok na Tilapia and Leche Flan for dessert (rice is of course, included).

We were with my sister and her family (2 kasambahays included) but we didn’t finish everything. We went home with a lot of leftovers which is good since my mom has to be at the office then (payday), we brought her whole tilapia, chicken pieces and bulalo too.

Bulalo (beef stew with bone marrow)

While eating we were serenaded by the resident singers. The kids happily sang along. I won’t show much of the restaurant’s interior, please check Gene’s entry for that. πŸ˜‰

Carlos Pizza is one for spontaneous get togethers. It’s located at One Destination, 15 minutes or so from where we live and where a handful more of restaurants are located. You can actually pick one when you get there….like we did, we can’t decide on where to dine so we ended up there as they serve pizza. Who says no to pizza? I’d say the food is reasonably priced if not cheap. There were a dozen of us and I paid less than what I actually expected…

(Hawaiian pizza and mozarella sticks)

We ordered diverse pizza and pasta, buffalo wings with beer and other drinks. It was summer so the winds weren’t as strong. We dined al fresco sans the jacket. πŸ™‚ Back in the days we always tuck our jackets when visiting Tagaytay.