ozark diner baguio

well if you’re in baguio city and suddenly crave for american food, i’d suggest you to try visiting ozark diner.  it took me a few minutes of taxi ride from camp john hay where i was staying then at forest lodge hotel.

though the cabbie didn’t know where the diners’ location was, i have jot down the address on a piece of paper and showed it to him.  we did found the place.

as you go along through bareng drive and when you see a white small building (to the left side) with a red door, you’re there!  the restaurant is down to the right – well i was excitedly knocking on the door before i realized that.

The American South is filled with food that comes from a cross between old world dishes and new world ingredients, flavoured by cooks from Africa and the Caribbean. At Ozark, we present our own take on the classic dishes from diners, soul food and family potlucks. We stay true to the flavor and feel of the original, but may update the technique or bring in a twist on the ingredients.  It is important to be informed by tradition, but not be a slave to it. The rich past is our inspiration but our goal is to constantly improve and move forward.

orange steel bar stools creates a pop of color in the restaurant interior.

an open kitchen where you can actually view your food while being prepared.

i ordered a chicken salad on freshly made toasted sandwich bread served with french fries. for sides, some mac and cheese (it’s a bit dry though!) and for drinks, freshly brewed sweet iced tea.  the salad was creamy and delectable!

and for a delightful dessert, who can’t resist their dark beer cheesecake?! personally, i loved it (nom nom nom!) and if you’re a fan of cerveza negra, this one is a must-try.

cookies and more cookies!  you can never have enough of this thing in baguio!

that’s me and one of the restaurant owners, chef kevin mize.  i had a small talk with him and he mentioned that ozark will have a bed & breakfast inn and construction is soon to start – i’ll look forward to that!

Ozark Diner+Bed+Breakfast
2 Bear’s Trail corner Bareng Drive
Baguio City

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romulo cafe at azumi

there is this casual dining restaurant in azumi in alabang which i just found out because of my stay in the hotel.  it is one of the branches of romulo café, a restaurant that serves filipino comfort food and some uniquely flavored dishes.


romulo café itself was inspired after mr. carlos romulo, a pulitzer-prize winning journalist and was also an ambassador to the united states (that’s just to name a few, check his wiki page for more!).  the restaurant is being managed by his grandchildren according to their website.


a picture of him from the restaurant menu.


a simple table setting and polypropolene monobloc chairs, all in black.


i was dining alone but i craved for this “flying” tilapia when i saw it in the menu.


deep-fried and was given “wings”, hehe! with three sauces – chili-garlic, honey-bagoong, and soy vinegar.


also had some ginataang sigarillas with tinapawinged beans cooked in coconut milk and topped with smoked tinapa.


for dessert, suman latik! three pieces in the shot glasses weren’t enough and i wanted more actually.


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the next day, my parents and siblings visited me at azumi hotel and i invited them for lunch in the same restaurant.  here’s the food that we shared.


fried lumpia ubod  is fried heart-of-palm served with pinakurat vinegar.


tinapa roll  is shredded tinapa with red eggs and tomatoes in a lumpia wrapper.


meatless tortang talong is eggplant omelet cooked with minced tofu and onions.   


lumpia hubad is steamed vegetables with two sauces (peanut sauce and garlic sauce).


tuna sisig is gen san (general santos city) tuna belly cooked with sisig sauce   


beef kaldereta with keso de bola chunks is stewing beef sautéed in olive oil and garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes, then slow-cooked in tomato sauce and sprinkled with keso de bola .


pasta pilipino  is spicy tuyo pasta with red eggs and fresh tomatoes.  this was my personal fave.


pansit puti bihon noodles cooked in olive oil and garlic chips, with shrimp, chicken, green onions, and hard-boiled eggs.


penne carbonara with vigan longganisa has rich creamy sauce with parmesan cheese, sprinkled with vigan longganisa .


they have this cakes and tried their sans rival too – taste just average, i think too buttery.


café romulo in azumi hotel is old-fashioned filipino comfort food at it’s best!  i’m satisfied with the food, the affordable pricing and their service.  will surely go back!

read my hotel review of azumi hotel: PROLLY AZUMI


sweet peppery drink

i went to the grocery store the other day and was about to buy something to drink when i saw this powdered juice concentrate from tang which made me stop and look more closely.

it’s tang’s lemon and pepper flavor – well think about adding crushed black peppercorns in your drink!   out of so much curiosity, i bought one box and as soon as i got back to our accommodation i mixed one sachet and a litre cold water on a pitcher.  black pepper particles were swirling as i mixed it and believe me, it looked weird!

i know there is a lemon flavor (minus the pepper!) of tang back in manila which i have tried before and was too sugary for my taste.

the citrus flavor taste of lemon was masked by a sweet and peppery combination (fact that it is mostly table sugar and sweeteners on powdered drinks) and it felt so odd gulping it down because of the pepper! 😀