The Little Baguio of Antipolo City

Sapinit Road

Marilaque highway has been one of the go-to places for the motorcycle community. Its zigzag roads, cold temperature, and beautiful landscapes are the main reasons why it is best to drive around here. And there’s one place off the beaten path that draws people from the Metro recently. It’s Sapinit Road, which was recently known as the Little Baguio of Antipolo City.

Sapinit Road

Little Baguio is the end part of Sapinit Road in Brgy. San Juan, Antipolo City. It’s a privately owned land with a 2 KM road full of perfectly planted pine trees by the roadside.

Where is Sapinit Road?

Sapinit road is part of Brgy. San Juan, Antipolo City. Brgy. San Juan is sitting right next to Brgy. Inarawan and Brgy. Calawis. Few known establishments nearby are the Boso-boso Highlands resort and the RC Cola Plantation.

How to go Little Baguio?

PRIVATE CAR: Drive to Marilaque via Marcos Highway, passing Cogeo/Padilla. A few minutes after passing the RC Cola Plantation, there is a Welcome Arch that says “You are entering the Upper Marikina Basin Protected Landscape”. Turn left when you see that arch and turn right when you reached the Loyola Gardens of Antipolo. The little Baguio is only 12-15 minutes from the highway.

COMMUTE: Take a jeepney to Paenaan. There are terminals in Marikina and Cogeo. Tell the driver to drop you off at the ‘Cabading Arch’. Take a tricycle to Sapinit Road.

Where to eat in Sapinit Road?

We discovered two places to chill around near the Little Baguio site. They are Camp Sandugo and ATV Adventure Rizal Allday Breakfast.

camp sandugo

Camp Sandugo is a biker’s stopover and they offer the best Siomai and brewed coffee at a very affordable price. They also offer rice meals, pasta, and pizza.

atv adventure rizal cafe

ATV Adventure Rizal is a place where you can rent ATVs and horses. They also have a cafe that the owner decided to set up to support their rescued cats and dogs. The profit of the cafe all goes toward the budget of the rescued animals.

A Few Reminders

The Little Baguio is a private place. When we ask to enter to take pictures, we should ask the security guards politely and abide by their rules. Parking is only allowed on the concrete part of the road, do not park by the grass. Lastly, the place is only open until 6 PM.

Links to previous blogs:

Las Cas Filipinas de Acuzar
Rizal Province
Cebu Travel Guide

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Lugaw N Toppers

Lugaw N Toppers

Small-business owners love what they do, and they treasure their relationships with their customers. They are usually the ones who have better customer engagement than big restaurants or fast-food chains. This is why we love supporting small businesses in our local community. And there is one family-owned small business in Taytay that we love coming back to whenever we’re in Rizal – Lugaw N Toppers!

Where to eat in Taytay?

Taytay is known as the garments capital of the Philippines. And now it’s slowly becoming the Tiangge capital for its affordable fashionable clothes and bargain-priced apparel. But after all that shopping and bargain hunting, where is the best place to eat in Taytay?

Taytay has too many fast-food chains around the vicinity of the Tiangge area. But if you’re looking for something other than the usual burger and fries, it’s time to explore further into Taytay and support its small businesses that are thriving during this pandemic.

Taytay

What to eat in Lugaw N Toppers?

Lugaw is essential. That’s a proven fact! But Lugaw N Toppers is not just about rice porridge, as they also offer rice meals and chicken wings. Here are some of the best-sellers in Lugaw N Toppers:

Goto overload

The best seller in Lugaw N Toppers is none other than the Goto Overload. Served hot in a bowl full of inviting ingredients topped with a crispy-licious chicharon. Wow just wow! You need to order this in advance as it tends to get sold out quickly.

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Chicken wings

The LNT chicken wings come in 4 different flavors; Buttered Garlic, Creamcheese, Garlic Parmesan, and Honey Barbecue. It’s available in a minimum of 4 pieces, and up to 50 pcs for a bulk ‘bilao‘ order.

NILAGANG BAKA

This Filipino dish has always been underrated compared to other internationally known Pinoy food. It’s probably because Nilagang Baka is known for its generally mild flavor that is far from an overpowering taste. It’s a must-try in Lugaw N Toppers!

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BINaGOONGANG BAGNET

This one is my favorite. I believe bagnet is an Ilocano word. Thus, this dish has a touch of Ilocos on it. A flavorful dish such as this is best with a bowl of extra rice for sure.

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GRILLED LIEMPO

They say that one of the best parts of the pork is the Liempo. And it’s hard to disagree. When a grilled Liempo is at the table and you can smell the smoky aroma, it’s too hard to say no to an extra bowl of rice.

Lugaw n toppers

How to go to Lugaw N Toppers

It’s not easy to find Lugaw N Toppers because it’s located inside Ciudad Grande in Taytay. The good thing is that we already have Google Maps and Waze. LNT is just less than 10 minutes away from Taytay Mega Tiangge.

PRIVATE CAR/MOTORCYCLE: Drive to Muzon, Taytay via Manila East Road, passing the Tiangge area and Puregold Taytay. Turn right on G. Borja ave, the street beside Muzon Elementary school. Turn right into Ciudad Grande executive village. Turn right to Jade street and finally turn left to Emerald street. LNT is right across the basketball court.

COMMUTERide a jeepney to Angono or Binangonan and drop off at Muzon Elementary school. Take a tricycle to Emerald Street or Ciudad Grande basketball court.

Why we keep coming back to LNT?

The food is the main reason, but more importantly, the service also which is really great. It’s totally obvious that the business owners and the staffs love what they do. They serve food with all their heart and passion. And that is evident in their customer interactions.

Let’s support small business owners in our local community such as Lugaw N’ Toppers, and we can all get through this pandemic together.

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Contact #: 0920-787-7522
Links to previous blogs: 

Las Casas Filipinas
Cebu Travel Guide
Rizal Province

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Where to eat in Amadeo – The coffee capital of the Philippines

where to eat in Amadeo

Amadeo, Cavite is a municipality right next to Tagaytay. Thus, it shares similar cold weather. It is also widely known as the coffee capital of the Philippines. In this post, let me share where to eat and chill in the quiet town of Amadeo, Cavite.

Amadeo Cavite

HOW WE DISCOVERED AMADEO?

We once visited a friend in Imus, Cavite, and we decided to drive all the way to Tagaytay using our Yamaha scooter. We were in casual attire with just a T-shirt on, and no jacket to protect us from the cold weather. It was 4 PM already when we got to Amadeo, but the coldness of the weather stopped us from getting to Tagaytay. And that’s when we decided to make a stopover and get a cup of coffee. And since then, we have been coming back.

WHERE TO EAT IN AMADEO?

There’s one place that we have been coming back to in Amadeo. It’s Ricardo’s Coffee + Classic Cuisine. Ricardo’s offers alfresco dining. Imagine having a cup of brewed coffee surrounded by plants and beautiful art pieces in a cold-weather less the traffic and the crowd. For me, it’s too perfect not to share. Yes, we love Tagaytay, who doesn’t, right? The weather is perfect, and the restaurants are great. But most of the time, it’s too hard to drive around the city because of its traffic. The restaurants are sometimes fully booked too. That’s why Amadeo is certainly the best alternative place to Tagaytay.

WHAT TO EAT IN RICARDO’S? 

Ricardo’s saucy Chicken Saltimbocca is a must-try! Gosh, the sauce is too tempting. I’m not really a foodie, so I don’t know how else to describe it. Lol! And since this is a coffee capital, don’t miss getting a cup of coffee. My own personal bias for coffee which is Caramel Macchiato is also highly recommended.

WHY RICARDO’S BECAME A FAVORITE?

Ricardo’s offers that quiet place to unwind and think. The food is really good, the coffee is fresh and aromatic, and the place is full of plants and art pieces. They also sell those plants and paintings by the way! Sometimes they hire classic musicians too. And last but not the least, they love bikers! So if you want to bike to Tagaytay, why not make a stopover in Amadeo, and grab a cup of coffee at Ricardo’s?

WHAT’S IN AMADEO BESIDES COFFEE? 

Amadeo is also home to a beautiful waterfall, the Balite Falls. This waterfall is just a few minutes drive from Tagaytay. It is under the management of MSSL Resort, a private resort in the municipality. You can contact them through Facebook at MSSL Resort Balite Falls.

where to eat in amadeo

HOW TO GO TO AMADEO?

Like other cities and municipalities in Cavite, Amadeo can be reached through either SLEX or CAVITEX freeways. Google says you can get there from Manila in just 1.5 to 2 hours of driving via the expressways. But you can actually get there in the same time frame without going through the freeway. You just need to avoid the rush hours. Here’s a detailed guide for driving to Amadeo without going through Express Way:

PRIVATE CAR/MOTORCYCLE: I highly recommend going through Moonwalk Access Road. You can get there from EDSA-Magallanes, BGC-Lawton Ave, or West Service Rd-Bicutan. You will be passing through SM City Sucat and Villar Sipag Complex. Drive all the way to DasmariƱas, and then turn right to Trece Martirez. Simply follow the sign that leads to Tagaytay, and you’ll be in Amadeo in 20 minutes.

COMMUTE: You may also opt to commute to Amadeo. You can take a bus going to either Tagaytay or Trece Martirez and drop off at Robinson’s Pala-Pala. There is a jeepney terminal to Amadeo right across the street.

WHERE TO EAT IN AMADEO GALLERY

Links to previous blogs: 

Las Casas Filipinas
Bunsuran Falls
Rizal Province

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Le Village Lifestyle Park

alfresco dining quezon city

This pandemic has been a challenge for all of us. And the weight of the problem is twice for restaurant owners. After a few setbacks, restaurant dining is back! But to stay safe, outdoor dining is mostly preferred while Covid is still around. Recently, we discovered a good place for alfresco dining in Quezon City.

alfresco dining quezon city

Mercato Quezon City

We were just strolling around on a scooter to find a good place to dine. Then we found the lifestyle park and it looks like Mercato so we decided to check it out. We were so amazed at how the place and the food concessionaires were so organized.

alfresco dining quezon city

Organized Food Concessionaires

Le Village has everything your food cravings could ever ask for. From milk tea to burgers, chicken wings, grilled food, and more. Each of the food concessionaires does not have direct competition as each one offers a different type of food. Here are some of the food stalls in Le Village:

Puto Voom Voom & Bibingka

alfresco dining quezon city

What a witty business name! And yes, that’s puto bumbong and bibingka, a Filipino steamed rice cake that is traditionally popular during the Christmas season.

Fruitas Creamery

Fruitas Creamery

We didn’t know that Fruitas offers premium ice creams and other frozen treats besides fruit-flavored beverages. This sounds like a really good product innovation on their part.

Tea Rex and Soy & Bean Desserts

alfresco dining quezon city

These are actually two different stalls, I just didn’t notice. Lol! Tea Rex offers milk tea and Soy & Bean offers beans-based desserts.

7,107 Islands Halo-halo

alfresco dining quezon city

Halo-halo used to be popular only during the summer season. But for the past few years, this Filipino dessert is already being served all year round. The halo-halo and fresh Buko seem a perfect match. It’s a must-try in 7,107 Islands Halo-halo!

Shou La Mien Hand Pulled Noodles

alfresco dining quezon city

Are you craving for Chinese-style hand-pulled noodles? Yes, that is also available here in Le Village.

The Bomburgers

alfresco dining quezon city

The Bomburgers offers an explosive menu of hamburgers and cheeseburgers. It’s a must-try!

Wing Commander

alfresco dining quezon city

We love Wing Commander. They offer a variety of flavors of unlimited chicken wings! They have fun restaurant staff as well. But a reminder to all the guys out there, they love taking pictures! Bring ONLY your wife or girlfriend to any Wing Commander restaurant.

La Petite Parisienne

alfresco dining quezon city

Red wine, or white wine? Which one do you prefer? La Petite Parisienne is the main restaurant in Le Village. They offer French-inspired food and winery. You can choose to dine indoors, or alfresco.

Mexi-Kalye

mexi kalye

I know nothing about Mexican food. Nothing but taco.

Munifico Pizzeria

munifico pizzeria

This stall is further inside the park. We thought that out of all types of food, Pizza would be missing. Guess we’re wrong.

Boy A-Boodle

alfresco dining quezon city

Feast on grilled seafood, chicken, and pork. Don’t be afraid of what’s written on the menu. Because as they always say, it’s okay to have a cheat day.

Filipino Kuxina Fusion

alfresco dining quezon city

If there’s American, French, Italian, and Mexican food in the food gallery, there is also Filipino cuisine available.

The Pub

the pub

The Pub offers alcoholic drinks and other beverages. All the other food concessionaires are really friendly, except the ones on this stall. Well, maybe they were already tired after a long day at work. Grab a bottle of beer, just don’t talk to them. They’re no fun at all.

Free Parking

Le Village offers Free Parking. The parking area is spacious enough for cars and motorcycles.

free parking

Highly Recommended Alfresco Dining in Quezon City

This pandemic is far from over, and we may not be able to dine inside the restaurants with confidence. Alfresco dining is a good alternative to get our cravings satisfied. And with that, if you are around Metro Manila, we can highly recommend Le Village Lifestyle Park!

alfresco dining quezon city

Pet-friendly

There are community cats around the park and it’s really good to know that many establishments and business owners are already accepting them.

pet friendly

Safe Alfresco Dining in Quezon City

Safety seems to be one of the business owner’s top priorities. The place has two entrances and each has a security guard. There is also a police mobile stationed right outside the park. Therefore, I conclude that alfresco dining in Quezon City is indeed safer than anywhere else.

Links to previous blogs: 
Las Cas Filipinas de Acuzar 
Rizal Province 
Cebu Travel Guide 

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