Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sagada soul food

Traveling over 400 kilometers to eat may seem to be bordering on lunacy. But that's exactly what I and my good friend, ironwulf, did, in part to feed the stomach and in large part, to nourish the soul.

While the thought of revisiting caves, waterfalls and nearby mountains sounded good, the tug of just staying put and chilling out in the nippy, invigorating air proved to be more appetizing. Proves to us that Sagada is not just for the physically adventurous but also for those who love to explore the food landscape.

To wit, having breakfast at St. Jo's Cafe becomes a wonderful opportunity to momentarily stop time on its tracks.P artaking of fluffy pancakes smeared with butter and paired off with fresh blackberry jam, later washed down with mountain-grown coffee, we easily spent hours eating, talking, and staring at the mountains fringed by stately pine trees and almost always shrouded in fog.
A Sagada visit is never complete without dropping by Yoghurt house. I've always had a penchant for their vegetable rice. This time, I had the heavenly eggplant with basil pasta in a huge serving that can easily feed two. While waiting for the afternoon rains to peter out, we gladly wolfed down the house special -- extra creamy home-made yoghurt lavished with banana slices, sprinkled with crunchy granola and drenched with home-made strawberry preserve.One dinner found us in Masferre restaurant where we had a marvelous dish of chicharon with onion and tomatoes, deceivingly simple in name but pleasantly complex in texture and taste. on our bus trip home, we ordered their chunky, vegetable-laden burgers -- nothing like what our fastfood chains serve.A surprising find was Kimchi restaurant. Yes, you read it right, there's a Korean restaurant in Sagada. We stumbled upon this newly-opened place for a light dinner along the poblacion road, less than a hundred meters from the munisipyo, and got to know its owner, the affable Frank Bugnosan. a cook in Korea for a decade, He came back home to put up this small, promising enterprise. judging from the Korean clientele that streams to this place, it's certainly worth another try on our next visit.I consider it a blessing to have a travel buddy whose hearty appetite matches my own, hence this post. Our stay was too short to sample more food on offer but patting our contented tummies, we know there's always a next time. 

Contact info: St. Joseph Inn & Cafe - 0918.5595934 • Kimchi Restaurant - 0919.6364384

17 comments:

the spool artist said...

wow, sagada looks a tad different from your eyes! now i really wanna go!

arlene said...

you can start exploring food photography and i know you will excel, as expected.

lagal[og] said...

loven, i tried taking a different tack on sagada and tried seeing it through fresh eyes (or hungry stomach :-)) it's really worth the long trip even if one is just keen on chilling out and not doing much.

arlene, i've been doing a bit of food photography on the side but this passion about food i guess is obvious :-) and it shows :-D

the donG said...

"extra creamy home-made yoghurt lavished with banana slices, sprinkled with crunchy granola and drenched with home-made strawberry preserve."

>>> this is one good reason why one should really visit sagada. ganda pa ng kuha.

lagal[og] said...

hahaha, sarap ba ng description dom? if hindi lang nga talaga matrabaho, would love to have a food blog kaya lang baka sumobrang taba ko na talaga, hahaha

salingPUSA said...

Looks like those kimchi restaurants are evrywhere. Nice pictures po. My dream is to be in SAGADA one day, be at peace with the mountains and just leave all my worries behind. I am waiting for the right time. Looking at your photos though makes me wanna go there soon....

Share my point of view... said...

Skilled photographer + Good food= Devastation for anyone on a diet

The photos are so tempting, I'm drooling all over my keyboard and possibly spoiling it along the way!

the donG said...

hahaha... oo nga. natatawa ako sa pose ni wulf dyan. model na naman. alam ba nya na kinukuhanan mo sya ng picture dyan?

Ferdz said...

This is a longer posts nga than the usual. It's good to point out that Sagada also offers a lot to food gourmands who are not necessarily extreme adventure seekers but more on food adventurers. Ganda talaga ng mga shots ni master Og.

lagal[og] said...

sharemypointofview, i guess you'll have to abandon your diet for the time being to enjoy the place :-) i know i did :-D

dom, napasilip si ferdz and tiyempo naman i was pressing the shutter button. may aso nga within the frame but excluded it kasi masiyado nang busy.

wulfriend, yep, it's longer but substantial (pun intended) at busog sa info. master ka diyan!

lagal[og] said...

salingpusa, it seems the korean tourists are everywhere as well. sana nga you'll be able to wander here sooner than you expected. it's one place i wish i can visit as often as i could especially to just lose myself in the scenery.

libpuritan said...

gosh. i miss sagada. i miss pinas. thanks for sharing this entry. sagada is one of the many gems we have. pinas has so much to offer.

lagal[og] said...

naku libpuritan, totoo yung sinabi mo. we really have so much to offer.

Allan Barredo said...

ah nakakagutom! na miss ko tuloy ang yogurt na yan. at kimchi resto?!? hmm adik ako sa kimchi hehe

lagal[og] said...

bai, na-miss ko rin itong yoghurt na'to. ilang beses din akong nag-attempt bumalik pero ngayon na lang natuloy. it's sort of strange to find an authentic korean restaurant 400 km away from where we are but there really is one there now :-) and it's named after your addiction, hahaha

caryn said...

yoghurt house!!! waaah! sagada food is the best! their veggies are so fresh! waaah! i wish i could go back soon ;-)

lagal[og] said...

do come back soon caryn. di pa rin naman nagbabago yung yoghurt house food.

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