Baguio City is one of the top places to visit in Holy Week because apart from the scenic views where you can contemplate and unwind, you can also find healthy, vegetarian meals without compromising the taste. Thus, during the Baguio Food Crawl, we discovered a lot of delicious veggie meals where their taste is as vibrant as their colors. Here are some of my top choices or personal favorites perfect for your long vacation in the City of Pines.
Eggplant Parmesana | Twisted Chef by Cafe de Angelo
Eggplants are weird and that’s what I thought for a long time and so I was not interested in giving it a chance but boy, that was a big mistake – I was missing out! Eggplants are actually pretty cool because compared to other veggies it has a distinct taste. Twisted Chef by Cafe de Angelo‘s Eggplant Parmesana is a perfect choice for Holy Week or anytime of the year because it is tasty and tangy together with its creamy tomato sauce.
Tofu Cheese Balls | Twisted Chef by Cafe de Angelo
Anak ng Tokwa! Vegetarian food tastes this good I can easily convert from my old meat-loving ways to the healthier and sexier side (lol). Tofu is tofu but I’ve never tasted something like this before. I love how they turn simple ingredients into something extraordinary, I am a kid at heart and Cafe de Angelo’s Tofu Cheese Balls definitely hit home for me because of the playful presentation.
Chef’s Salad | Bay Leaf Restaurant
Salad is one of the obvious choices for the Holy Week but I can’t lie, salads can be boring sometimes because it’s always the same veggies and the same mayo dressing. Luckily, Chef’s Salad at the Bay Leaf Restaurant adds a bit of a twist in your usual salad because of the crunch from the singkamas (turnip) and the peanut brittle. The soft and crunchy textures in the dish make it an enjoyable meal minus the extra calories.
Spaghetti Puttanesca | I Piatti Cafe
If I had a fixed menu for the rest of my life, I would include I Piatti Cafe‘s Spaghetti Puttanesca because I could eat it any day. I love their puttanesca because it is simply satisfying to eat, it’s not overwhelming with flavor because it doesn’t have any artificial flavorings. Just pure goodness.
Pesto Carbonara | Arca’s Yard
Delicious and guilt-free! Arca’s Yard uses only organic ingredients freshly picked from their own backyard and the fresh bounty of Baguio. Aside from its serene location best fit for meditation and IG-worthy selfies, you can also learn more about Cordilleran art and literature. An overall experience best enjoyed solo or with friends.
Camote Pie | Arca’s Yard
If there’s a dessert you need to try before leaving the city its the famous Arca’s Yard Camote Pie. Camote, in my opinion, is a staple food in Baguio, and why not? It’s a great source of Vitamin A and Potassium. The humble camote is turned into a delectable treat at Arca’s Yard suitable for the summer season as well.
Fruit Yogurt Salad | Sessions Cafe
The weather is blazing and it’s also getting warm in the City of Pines so people scream for ice cream. However, ice cream is packed with more sugar and calories compared to yogurt naturally, yogurt is the better option. At Sessions Cafe, you find a refreshing treat to beat the heat in the form of their Yogurt Salad Bowl.
I’Marinara Di Donna | BZA Home Arts Cafe
Giving meat up or a couple of days or because of a diet is tough to do especially if you’re used to it. I am a meat lover myself and imagining life without my fave dishes is just torture. BZA Home Arts Cafe’s Shrimp Pasta is perfect for people who still want to satisfy their meat cravings the pasta also features local greens. Basically, a win-win situation.
Detox Smoothies | Live Long Restaurant
The Holy Week is a time for detoxifying the spirit and also the body. So why not detox with the combination of healthy smoothies at Live Long Detox Bar, they are located at the colorful Calle Uno Food Hub. Their detox smoothies are aptly named after super heroes which have their own super powers too, I recommend “Superman” a combination of various veggies and herbs enough to make you feel super.
Green Drink | Cafe Cueva
The Ililikha Village offers a wide selection of organic and vegetarian choices with a traditional mix. One of the restaurants is Cafe Cueva, where diners are given the garden-to-table experience so their ingredients are all organic and from local backyard farmers. A crowd favorite during the #TOBFoodCrawl was their Green Drink that includes a healthy combination of veggies and ‘secret’ herbs for a detoxifying experience.
In detoxing the body, you don’t need to settle for bland vegetable you can still find tasty meatless dishes that will cleanse your body. What about you? What is your favorite vegetarian dish?
Special thanks to Hanaoka Photography 🙂