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An occasionally belligerent mother of five and an autism parent / advocate who believes that traveling, good food and good company are vital to keep one sane. I've worked as a news writer/newscaster, a quality systems auditor, a ISO9001 consultant, an FM radio DJ, a Filipino tutor, TOEFL reviewer and have gone into the food industry both as an entrepreneur and as a mommy chef, giving a sponsored demo on healthy cooking in a mall and on local TV. My favorite job however, is being a mom and a wife.

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

My La Trinidad Stopover : The Calajo Food House Review

all day breakfast!!!
Back in high school, I remember having snacks with my friend Olive and her family in a cafeteria in La Trinidad Benguet. As I got older, I revisited that place whilst pregnant with my eldest. The place was named Calajo pronounced as KAH-la-JO or "welcome in Kangkana-ey* ).

*one of the many dialects in the Mt. Province

The said cafeteria was located at the second floor of the Pines Supermart and showcased home cooking styled meals and snacks, using the best produce that the La Trinidad Valley (dubbed as The Salad Bowl of the Philippines) had to offer.

What's been around for decades has expanded their business and has a bigger and better location of their own.
towards the turo-turo area
Passing by the area after a business meeting, my consultancy "powers that be", Weng and John treated me out to lunch. The food selections at the "turo-turo" area seemed to be fewer, but that was probably because they now had a sit down menu to show for.
Weng, John and the stairs leading up to the 2nd floor :)
Food available in the menu was tweaked a bit (ex. Tocino Tonkatsu), but otherwise the same. They have fabulous veggie dishes, try the salad, it's well recommended.
Tocino Tonkatsu
all the ala carte meals come with Bible verses stuck on em :)
Here's a look at their menu:

highly recommended!!!

STEAKS with all the trimmings

a long dessert list..mmm!

The place itself offers the comforts of a regular restaurant, with clean washrooms to boot. The roof deck of the 2-story structure serves as a function room as well.
kare kare - one of the food selections at the turo turo..
consumed thoroughly
Cost-wise, they've managed to keep their food selections reasonable priced and is still a popular hang out for government employees, students and the locals.

Overall, it's not a bad place to be. The food portions are quite huge, the flavors passable and the location, just along Pocna Road, km 6. It's a stone's throw away from Benguet State University.

Not bringing a decent camera with me at that time, I promise to be back at Calajo to take better pics and do the place justice :)

From TMW, may all your wanderings be better than ours.

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