Tagaytay Mahogany Beef Market

An impromptu drive to Tagaytay for the purpose of buying Batangas beef turned out to be a food and shopping trip today!

Left Manila around 5am and passed through all the closed SMs and Robinsons Malls along Aguinaldo Highway, hence the fast and no traffic drive going up to Tagaytay. I took a nap and when I woke up, we were already at the Mahogany Market. Such a cold morning too!

Weather update was after our breakfast and it still was 22 degrees!

The Mahogany Market in Tagaytay is famous for its Batangas Beef. They also have a slaughterhouse so you can be sure that the beef is fresh!

Before we purchased our beef, we made our way to the 2nd floor of the building to have our breakfast! There’s a long stretch of bulalohans and seems like they offer the same menu.

We chose Len’s.

Crispy Hipon – half order – Php100.00

Crispy Tawilis – half order – Php100.00

Bulalo – Php 350.00

Double the love for the Calamansi and Sili for the sauce!

Unlimited Senorita Banana – free

Unlimited Kapeng Barako (Batangas Coffee) – free

The Bulalo soup is so tasty! But the serving of the meat is too small compared to other Tagaytay Restaurants that also serve Bulalo. The Crispy Hipon is crunchy! But my favorite is the Crispy Tawilis. The size is just right. CRUNCHY and TASTY!

I loved it so much I bought a pack for Php 70.00.

Oh remember to bring a cooler with you so that you don’t have to buy anymore. We came prepared with 2 coolers! Haha!

After our stint in the Beef Section, we went straight to the Dry Goods part of the market where they sell Fruits and Vegetables!

Beware and be aware that some of their prices are pegged at Tourist Prices! Some are just about the same in Manila. And because of this, we didn’t buy any!

You could buy plants here too!

It really was a great morning having spent it with my loves. Another experience to add to the memories!

Wait, there’s more! We went malling at the Ayala Serin but since it’s about 9am only, some of the shops are still closed. We decided to proceed to Nuvali on our way down to Manila.

We walked around the shops. Checked the outlets and scored some deals! Then it was time to have lunch already!

It was only 11 am but Silantro (yes, the always full and have to wait a long time Tex Mex resto) was buzzing already!

Good thing we were seated immediately. We ordered so much!

Beef Nachos – it’s good and it’s one of their bestsellers!

Seafood Paella – I love that it’s not as salsa-ish as before.

Ribs (better at Gringo) It’s tender but the taste is so-so.

The Salpicado is too spicy for me.

So, after this very heavy lunch, we walked around again and shopped for shoes before we drove back to Manila.

At 3pm, we are safely back home.

Time to sleep!

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Resto in Review: Pamana

After beaching the whole day at Canyon Cove in Nasugbu, Batangas, we had a stopover dinner at Pamana.  It has been featured in lifestyle sections of newspapers and I know that its interior will be vintage themed. But I was in awe, when I saw the Pamana building from the outside.

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I loved how the building looked that night, the white paint complements the glass windows with the chandeliers hanging and with lights on.  It’s another story when I stepped inside.

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The lobby had a mini shop, a lot of cute novelties such as the mini wooden guitar on the center table.  There are also some quirky items like the lying girl tape dispenser.  There were also tons of vintage plates and serving dishes all over.  They also sell food items like sampaloc just near the counter.

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Some features from magazines are also blown up and posted on one side of the room.

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Cute miniatures of old typewriters and sewing machines adorn the cashier’s countertop.  Little somethings that make a big difference.

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Also on display is an award by Philippine Tatler for being one of the best restaurants for 2014.  Hmmm, we’ll take on that after dinner.

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Past through the counter and you will see memorabilias and vintage items that adore the sitting area.  There’s that old camera hanging, so cool right?

Now, that’s only the ground floor.  Adorning the walls of the stairs is another set of old photos and memorabilias from before and after.

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That colored piece of old wood made a nice accent on the door to the balcony.

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On a corner, old family photos and vintage items from the past.

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An old wooden rocking horse made a nice background on our table. 

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Our table is also nice. A long white lacey runner in the middle, with different colored plates set.  The chairs are also magnificent.

Now, let’s get to the food. 

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The menu stuck to its theme. It bears an old picture of the owner’s mother, Ms Liberty Ilagan on its front page. 

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