As with every year-end, we looked for a more tranquil and safe place to escape the crazy New Year celebrations in Metro Manila. To me, it is like escaping a war zone. And Baguio City seems like a place to test. This year, Baguio is implementing a ban on firecrackers, considering the danger they pose. Part of us wanted to know if the ban worked.
50’s Diner is one place to remember when looking for a good place to eat in Baguio. I have fond memories of 50’s Diner in Baguio City years ago when it was located across Burnham Park. There’s a big difference. 50’s Diner was more spacious then, and the waitresses moved around on skates, giving that good ol’ 50’s feel.
Today, Glenn 50’s Diner is located on General Luna Road, near the corner of Leonard Wood Road and Brent Road, where the famous Pink Sisters chapel is located. We ate lunch at 50’s Diner, and although we were there around 11 a.m., the restaurant was already packed with people that we had to wait to be seated. Parking was also a problem in the busy area, so we had to park near the Pink Sister’s chapel.
50’s Diner serves American food at very affordable prices. People can have a hearty meal from around 80 pesos. The fruit shakes are good too. No wonder there were so many people lining up to be seated. The restaurant provides fairly fast and friendly service.
50’s Diner still retained the 50s look it had: the jukebox, posters of celebrities who dominated the decade, and of course, 50s music all day and night. It would be great if the restaurant could install a jukebox that is functional. That would be a great treat to children who can’t imagine how such a machine operates. The kids had fun playing with the jukebox and the small car just outside the resto.
How To Go To 50’s Diner, Baguio City
50’s Diner is at the heart of Baguio City. From Session Road, take Leonard Wood Road and it would be very easy to spot the restaurant at the intersection of General Luna St., Brent Rd., and Leonard Wood Road.
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Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet lets visitors pick the strawberries themselves. Tourists can choose a farm for their strawberry-picking and pay for their harvest afterward. Price per kilo is slightly higher than if they were to buy the strawberries pre-packed by the vendors. Still, it’s a fun experience for kids and city folks not used to the farm life.
It may be hard to believe, but there are people who do not know what a strawberry plant looks like. That’s why many tourists do try to include La Trinidad’s Strawberry Farm in their itinerary. By picking the fruits themselves, farm visitors are sure to take home the freshest strawberry fruits. Visitors can opt to simply buy pre-packed strawberries from vendors lined along the farm’s roadside.
It is ideal to visit the strawberry farm during strawberry season, which normally runs from November to May, with peaks during the first few months of the year.
Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad is also a good place to buy unique Baguio products such as fresh strawberries, strawberry jam, honey, ube jam, peanut brittle as well as wood carvings, pretty knitted clothes and other souvenir items.
After our Strawberry Farm visit, we went straight to La Trinidad Market to buy fresh vegetables. Prices here are a bit lower than in Baguio City’s Public Market. We made the strawberry farm and La Trinidad market trips our last activities. We headed back to Manila right after buying vegetables from La Trinidad public market. That way, the fruits and vegetables stay fresh.
How To Go To Strawberry Farm, La Trinidad
Strawberry Farm, La Trinidad is a few minutes’ drive from the City of Baguio. When coming from Session Road, turn to Magsaysay Avenue, which is the road where Baguio City Public Market is located. Just drive straight towards La Trinidad, Benguet.
The strawberry farm is beyond Benguet State University and La Trinidad Market. Parking is provided to private vehicles. Commuters can go to the farm from Magsaysay Avenue by taking a jeepney with a ‘La Trinidad’ signboard.
Baguio City is the first place that comes to mind as one thinks of an escape from the sweltering El Nino heat in Manila. Baguio is also currently experiencing summery heat during the day, but it’s not at all like the shocking and unbearable temperatures in Metro Manila.
Most people go to SM Baguio now, perhaps for lack of worthwhile tourist attractions or maybe they just don’t know where to go. When we went there, however, we tried to stay away from SM Baguio and to stick to good ‘ol Baguio – taking the Session Road, Pacdal and Camp John Hay way. Continue reading Escaping to Baguio City, Staying Away From SM Baguio