Since it has been raining when we got here in Baguio, we opted for staying at famous cafes in the city. We heard there are a lot—and one of the famous is Café by the Ruins. The owners are artists- Christine Arvisu, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera (aka BenCab), Baboo Mondoñedo, Laida Lim Perez, Boy Yuchengco, Robert Villanueva, Dave Baradas Su, Louie Llamado, and Santi Bose- while the waiters can pass as GMA and ABS-CBN movie stars. The back story that the café was created by artists, the idea of being served by beautiful people, and the creative selection of food they offer, encouraged us to promote the café for tourists visiting Baguio.
1.) Pandan Chicken
Deep-fried marinated chicken wrapped in aromatic pandan-leaf packets. Served with sweet-chili deep.
Soup for breakfast or merienda on rainy days: pork tenderloin, spleen, brain, in soup stock with miswa. A Tagalog tradition and recipe of the Cafe’s friend, Pepot Ilagan.
3.) Farmer’s Morning Feast
Thick slices of home-cured bacon, one egg and garlic rice with fruits and coffee.
4.) 5- Vegetable Chopsuey
The freshest vegetables in the market stir-fried and topped with fried tofu cubes and quail eggs.
5.) Classic Pomodoro
Fresh tomato sauce with basil-pili pesto
6.) Baguio Bagnet
A typical Ilocano meal: double fried pork belly accompanied by padas bagoong and tomato relish
7.) Lydia’s Macedonia Salad
Season’s fruits and poached shrimp on a bed of shredded lettuce. Served with n extra rich-dill mayonnaise dressing.
8.) Ruins Iced Tea
Tall glass of tea with lemongrass and pandan leaves
9.) Cordillera Gold
Banana, pineapple, ginger, and turmeric juice. ❤️
10.) Iced Ruins Coffee
The cafe’s house special blended with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon powder. Garnished with coffee jelly.
11.) Agua Fresca de Jamaica
The infusion of hibiscus is slightly sour, rich in vitamins.
12.) Camote Bread