Travel Date: May 15, 2011
Baguio is one of my favorite cities in the Philippines. Its cool weather is soothing, the pine scent in the air refreshing, and you never run out of things to do. I have such beautiful, even romantic memories in Baguio that I will forever treasure.
One thing that I never miss whenever I'm in Baguio is to eat in one of the local restaurants. Whether Baguio is my final destination or just passing through, I always allot time for some fancy meal. It's just comforting to be dining in such cool weather, feasting on sumptuous meals and delighting at the vibrant people around.
My visit to Baguio in this particular night was to catch a bus back to Manila after conquering Mt. Pulag. Months ago, I saw a post on Kate's blog about PNKY Cafe, a quirky little place on Leonard Wood Road. That dinner is something that I really had to do, after all the sweat, energy and good vibes I spent on the climb.
We got to PNKY Cafe a little after dark. It was drizzling, but we decided to stay outside to enjoy the evening chill.
The place is really quirky with a lot of travel-related knick-knacks, beautiful furnitures and creative vibe.
|the main cafe|
I ordered the Belgian Frites (PNKY: thick potato wedges served with mayonnaise -- just how the Belgians like it!) and Chicken Spinach Riviera (PNKY: chicken strips, spinach, mushrooms and tofu in white sauce served with rice and vegetables)
|Chicken Spinach Riviera with soup, P195 / US$4.50|
|Belgian Frites, about P120 / US$2.77|
My friend had the Schnitzel and Mash (PNKY: breaded pork fillet accompanied by mashed potatoes with parsley and vegetables) and this lovely purple crepe called "Message in a Bottle" (PNKY: purple crepe filled with PNKY's homemade ube/yam topped with whipped cream)
The menu is as quirky as the cafe:
They also have a little shop and a bed and breakfast, where I plan to stay the next time I'm in Baguio.
It was definitely a nice little getaway after two days of hard work in the mountain. The jolly waitress told me that they see a lot of people with big packs, supposedly coming from Mt. Pulag, who dine at PNKY before heading back to Manila. Apparently they are popular among the mountaineers, maybe because of the relaxed atmosphere and great food.
PNKY I will be back! :)