After the Midcon, we contemplated whether or not to stay in Manila or go to Tagaytay. In the end, Tagaytay won out. We got there in record time too. The drive took about 2 hours because there was no traffic. I guess everybody else stayed home because of the typhoon. We were one of the few ones crazy enough to still travel in the middle of a typhoon. I just couldn’t imagine staying in Manila and hanging out in malls. We have enough of those in Cagayan de Oro. So Tagaytay, here we come!
Taaleño was the first restaurant we decided to visit since, according to Princess, it had nice ambiance and a view of the Taal Volcano. The Taal Volcano is the world’s smallest active volcano. It is the second most active volcano in the Philippines with 33 historical eruptions. The volcano which is located inside the Taal lake, would have made a picturesque view if not for the heavy fog surrounding it.
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The weather was so cold since it was raining non-stop outside. So we decided to try their steaming hot bulalo. I’d give it a 3 out of 5.
Mushroom Burger is a small fast-food outlet in Tagaytay. And yes, as their name suggests, the patty is made from mushroom mixed with beef. Even some of their drinks had mushroom in them. Mushroom Burger started in Caloocan City back in 1978. And now, more and more people are coming to love their burgers. I don’t eat beef, and I rarely eat burgers. But I decided to try their mushroom burger just for the experience.
Mushroom Burger with mushroom fries
Because we were still so full from the Bulalo, we just ordered one burger for all 6 of us and divided it. We got one bite each. 😛 Both the fries and burger tasted pretty good – considering it’s made from mushroom which I don’t really eat.
It was already 6pm by the time we left Mushroom Burger. And you know what that means? Dinner time! So for dinner, Princess and Roy (our hosts) brought us to Balinsasayaw. I found the place really refreshing. Balinsasayaw is composed of one huge restaurant and a lot of small private cottages. Plus, their food was really yummy. 4 out of 5.
I really like their cottages. This is perfect for lovers out on a moonlit stroll.
BAG OF BEANS
Now what comes after dinner? Dessert of course! So after Balinsasayaw we headed to Bag of Beans for some sugar. The first time I stepped into the cafe, I already loved it! The ambiance was warm and welcoming with a rustic feel. Plus, it also had a view of the Taal Volcano. It’s the perfect place to chill in with family and friends.
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Bag of Beans specializes in freshly-baked breads, home-made recipe pies, well-blended drinks and aromatic freshly-brewed coffee.
Their hot choco is made from real tablea. It’s the real thing.
Mixed Fruit Pie
This dessert is a mix of peach and pineapple. The crust is soft and crumbly, two thumbs up. For the inside, the pineapple had the stronger flavor. We gave this a 3.5 over 5.
Now this is a must try! 5 out of 5, hands down. This is the best blue berry cheesecake I’ve ever tasted. It’s even better than Bannaple’s blueberry cheesecake which is already swoon worthy <3.
This one is also very good. Their crust is just amazing! Light on the tongue and it just seems to crumble in your mouth. The filling tastes great as well. I think it just needs a touch of more cinnamon to make it even better.
After all that eating, we were more than ready to tumble into bed. And this is where we stayed – Crosswinds Tagaytay. Thanks to our friend Roy and his family for their hospitality, we had a nice house to sleep over in Tagaytay for the night. Crosswinds Swiss Luxury Resort is the first and only Swiss-inspired development in Tagaytay. It was awarded as the Best Mid Range Condo Development by Philippines Property Awards in 2014. Their products include Lots, House and Lot, Condomiums, Town Homes, Hotel Reservations
The whole development is surrounded by pine trees and pretty, picture-perfect houses. They remind me of the candy house in Hansel and Gretel. It’s an ideal place to relax and unwind in – a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. By the way, this house, happens to be for sale as well! Let me know if you want more details.
Tagaytay is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. And now I know why. Although it was raining non-stop when we went there, it didn’t stop up from having the time of our lives. Having fun is not only about where you go but also who you are with. The people you surround yourself with – they make the difference.
Go live a Truly Wealthy life!