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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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Sunday, April 30, 2017

When in Baguio: Where To Eat When Avoiding Crowds

Let's face it. Eating out while on a road trip or out of town, is simply enjoyable

Does this sound familiar? 

It's a long weekend. You and your family decide to head up to Baguio. Unsurprisingly, you're not the only who thought of that. Droves of people are right there with you.

You arrive in the city. You're hungry and tired and the rest of your family can't agree on where to eat...the kids want pizza, the wife wants Japanese food, you want good ol' Filipino food, and you all want to eat sweet treats for dessert soon after.

The town is crawling with vehicles and tourists, so you can't go to the town center and heading over to the currently crowded Camp John Hay would prolong your hunger. The solution? Pass by Military Cut Off. (GOOGLE MAP HERE)

Along that short route that connects Kennon road to upper session road is a clump of restaurants that offer a lot of everything for everyone. Here's what's there:

1. Kubong Sawali
- opens 7am - 10 pm
- It's a Filipino restaurant that offers classic Pinoy dishes and more, in a casual setting. Our go to grilled meat and seafood lunch place with my old office buddies.
- menu link here: KUBONG SAWALI MENU

2. Sakura Terrace
- opens 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
- A good place to enjoy Japanese comfort food: sushi, ramen, curry and so much more. Portions are big and dishes are well crafted
Sakura Terrace bento box

3. Glenn 50's Diner
- opens 8 am - 9 pm
- an American Retro diner that has been around the city for decades now, with various location changes. Menu is diverse (American and Pinoy faves) and portions are big.
- see menu and openriceph reviews here: OPEN RICE - GLENN 50's DINER

4. Zio's Pizzeria
- opens 10 am - 10 pm
- a pizza, burger, pasta and chicken type of place. Food is quite good (try the pizzas) and portions are made for big appetites.
- See menu here: ZIO'S PIZZERIA MENU

5. MCO Bakeshop and Cafe
- opens at 10 am
- for us who grew up in Baguio, the Streamline Cake of Session Delight has been the go-to cake for every party and potluck contribution that there was. MCO is the new home of the original streamline cake of Baguio, as well as other pastries and rice meals too.

It's easy to find, there's ample parking in the area and it's not far from town. Perhaps, the best thing about this area is you can ask (nicely) one establishment, if you could bring your grub to another establishment (thanks Zio's for allowing mom's Sakura Terrace-ordered meal, to grace your establishment).

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

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