Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

B A G U I O   C I T Y


I normally splurge on a hotel room and food during an out-of-town vacation. My most recent Baguio City trip in the province of Benguet with my family was no different. I had them imbibe my getaway style because it's not every day that we get to huddle and escape Metro Manila's busy schedule for an overnight vacation.

Aside from choosing the decent middle class rate of Microtel Suites-Baguio for our stay in the city, I chose Te Quiero for our lunch destination. The Spanish-oriented restaurant is the in-house restaurant of the hotel and is conveniently situated next to it between the room area and the bus terminal of Victory Liner.

First Impression

My first impression of the restaurant was good. And it seemed to have lingered with me. I always associate Baguio City with rustic living because of its famous cold climate, so seeing Te Quiero's wooden flooring made me a bit giddy to take my first meal in the city that weekend.

Restaurant With A View

I also adore how the restaurant was not short on views of the city with its big windows which let the warm sunshine in while we feasted on a few authentic Spanish cuisine. This is because Spanish food is best experienced al fresco (outdoor dining) and with wine. Guests can see various bottles of wine that dot the humble walls of the restaurant. The view allowed us to see the nearby congested commercial space and the lush green of the distant mountain range of the city.

Spanish Dishes and Heritage

I had the restaurant recommended Salpicao De Carne (beef salpicao at Php225) which I tore into with toasted bread on the side. The meat was surprisingly tender living up to its meaning -- tender cuts of beef. I hardly had to chew! Especially remarkable was the pungent quality of its garlic sauce.

A relative of mine ordered Te Quiero's version of Pollo Frito (fried chicken at Php175) which was served with a side salad. It was crispy and seemed to have been marinated in lemon juice because every bite of it was citrus-y in flavor.

Feasting on the hotel-restaurant quality dishes at Te Quiero was sort of our way of looking back in history when the early Spaniards established more than 20 settlements in Baguio a long time ago. There's no escaping the rich Spanish heritage in the city because Benguet province's coffee, for starters, was introduced in the area by Spanish colonizers. Also, La Trinidad, a municipality next to Baguio, was named after the wife of a Spanish commandant who was known to have conquered the place for Spain. This makes sense that a taste of Baguio City is also a taste of Spain.

M Y   B A G U I O   C I T Y   V A C A T I O N   P O S T S

- A Chilly Afternoon At The Bell House and Amphitheater

- My Stay at the Microtel Suites-Baguio

- Mines View Park: Then and Now

- Baguio City Stopover Before Sagada

- The Two Faces of Baguio City

My travel stamina partner, Laminine   +   My personal blog, New Self    +   Pasig City Natin


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