I always make it a point to buy fresh strawberries from roaming street vendors, roadside stalls, or the public market. I like the sweet and tart combination of this crimson berry that has found its way into other foodstuffs. Whenever I see a taho vendor, for instance, I always order a cup of strawberry taho or two. The strawberry syrup replaces the usual sugary brown syrup and gives it a fruity punch.
The Baguio Craft Brewery (RKC Building, 120 Marcos Highway, Km 4, Baguio City) is another destination that I seriously included in my itinerary. I heard it serves strawberry-flavored beer! I was impressed by the microbrewery's offers of quite a nice selection of craft beers. While looking at the drink list, the lady by the bar offered us samples of the beer on tap and even explained each brew. While savoring the beer, we were educated about the different characteristics and flavor profiles, and discovered our favorites in the process. Since I was in Baguio, I just had to try the strawberry beer or Lagud, which is part of the flagship line inspired by Ifugao Mythology’s five realms. We happily settled on the roof deck and leisurely drank our beers while enjoying the cool breeze.
Another institution in Baguio is Café by the Ruins (25 Chuntug Street, Baguio City), a restaurant that has welcomed all kinds of customers for around 20 years or so. It took us a couple of attempts before we were able to get a table and taste its version of fresh, home-cooked cuisine. We had to wait in line for about an hour to get inside and several more minutes for our orders to arrive. While waiting, diners may purchase and munch on its signature breads like the Kamote Clover Leaf Buns, but we saved our appetite for the main course. My husband the carnivore gravitated towards the smoked Baguio-style longaniza meal. I, on the other hand, went for the healthier route and got the Sagada Rice meal, which is upland rice with stir-fried vegetables and poached eggs. We made sure to finish the last morsel on our plates since we waited a really long time for the food.