Although I’m still biased towards Eng-Bee-Tin when it comes to hopia, Baker’s Hill in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, was still a good visit for me. I was much impressed by the homey and relaxing feel of the gardens of this bakeshop. Baked products are good too. Baker’s Hill specializes in hopia, but what I liked most was their pizza. Continue reading On Baker’s Hill, We Chill — Puerto Princesa, Palawan→
People craving for Vietnamese cuisine will have their fix in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. I love Vietnamese food, and I was just so happy that in Puerto Princesa, tourists can have a taste of authentic Vietnamese dishes.
Of course, Vietnamese cuisine are also available in Metro Manila, but the price is a bit too unjustified. In Puerto Princesa, you can fill your hunger for Vietnamese food for less than a hundred pesos. Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) costs around 60 pesos in Puerto Princesa Vietnamese restaurants.
What’s good about it is that the food is prepared by Vietnamese migrants or second-generation Vietnamese, children of those who came to the island of Palawan after fleeing Vietnam by boat during the Vietnam War.
Some Vietnam War migrants made Puerto Princesa their home. One of the city tour attractions in Puerto Princesa is Vietville, a community of Vietnamese migrants created by the city government to welcome the refugees. At present time, there are only a few left of the original settlers, after the United States offered them an opportunity to permanently reside in America. Some of them have fled back to their home country. Still, some of the migrants chose to stay in the Philippines as they have grown to love the Puerto Princesa community.
We didn’t get to visit Vietville due to time constraints, but we tried Rene’s Saigon Restaurant, which is located within Puerto Princesa city proper, near our hotel. Rene’s Saigon Restaurant is also only a few minutes away from Puerto Princesa airport.
Food served at these Vietnamese restaurants are comparable to the pho with herbs and spices, French baguettes, spring rolls, rice meals, and other Vietnamese cuisines that tourists enjoy when in Vietnam. In a way, this was reminiscent of my visit to Ho Chi Mihn, Vietnam, and an interesting and pleasant detail of the past friendly relationship between the Philippines and Vietnam.
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.
A splendid Baguio morning for me would be waking up very early, breathing the cool air outside, knowing that I’m far from Manila for a while, having a walk at Burnham Park or at some quiet place, and then getting breakfast at Café by the Ruins. It would be forgivable to forgo the waking up early part, but dear me, not the breakfast at Café by the Ruins. Continue reading Café by the Ruins, Baguio City→
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