Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
90 degree angle from the view at Picnic Grove
Admittedly, this is probably the least interesting location
to view the Taal Volcano from since you cannot see the crater
from here, but it does give you the best vantage point to view
Sunday, September 30, 2007
They do serve excellent meals too at a good price. Tagaytay is a tourist spot, which means food and services there are at a premium price. Bag of Beans offers very reasonable prices for the area.
Bag of Beans is primarily a coffee and bakery which serves a variety of English pies and freshly baked breads which complement their coffee nicely. The English pies include the Apple Pie, Beef & Vegetable, Beef & Mushroom, Shepherds Pie and Steak & Grave which go from a price range of Php55 to Php95 (US$1.20 to US$2.10). Larger 9" pies are available from Php300 to Php360 (US$6.65 to US$8.00). The bread choices consist of white bread, braided bread, whole wheat, cinnamon & raisin and country herb bread which sells for Php50 to Php65 (US$1.10 to US$1.45) for a loaf.
They also serve main course mills here. Our favorites are Roast Beef served with mashed potatoes and gravy, Fish & Chips, Chicken Alakiev, Grilled Blue Marlin and Grilled Tuna Belly. They also serve a variety of pastas. The price range of meals at Bag of Beans ranges from Php175 (US$3.90) for a Garlic & Mushroom Pasta to Php395 (US$8.75) for a Garlic Steak.
What you do not get here is a view of Taal Volcano. But it is a nice quiet secluded spot which is great for outings with friends, family and even pets. Also, with Tagaytay's growing commericialization, it is one of the establishments that is "Originally Tagaytay". One which started here and opened branches in the metropolitan areas later. It still maintains that rustic homely personal feel today.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
List of establishments in One Destination:
Junzi Oriental Cuisine
Mile Hi Diner
The Grill by Antonios
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
The hotel also has its own restaurant and cafe, swimming pool, spa, gym, game room and an indoor children's area. If you feel like a little gambling, Casino Tagaytay Filipino is located right across the hotel. The ground floor of the hotel is covered by WiFi for those who need to stay connected while on vacation. The hotel is also within the coverage of the major local carriers 3G networks.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
One of our favorite blends is Bag of Beans' own Excelsa (Baraco) Blend which sells for Php184.80 (a bit less US$4) for a 500 gram bag of ground coffee. Baraco coffee, is a type of coffee grown only in the Philippines, particularly in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite. It belongs to the species Coffea Liberica.
We are fond of the rich strong taste of the Baraco Blend. On every trip, together with the Excelsa Blend we pick-up a bag of Josefino brewed Barraco and Tropical Blend coffee. A bit of variety is always good.
Josefino brewed Baraco is produced in Alfonso, Cavite, and retails at Php156.80 (a bit less than US$3.50) for a 400 gram bag, ground. Tropical Blend is produced in Amadeo, Cavite. It is made from roasted and ground excelsa, robusta and arabica beans. Tropical Brew retails for PhpP120 (a bit less than US$3) for a 500 gram bag.
Bag of Beans also carries their own Arabica Robusta Blend for Php235.20 (US$5) for a 500 gram bag. If you perfer beans to grounds, they carry those too, and they sell for Php5-Php11 (US$0.09-0.19) less.
Monday, May 21, 2007
The Grove itself is a scenic
Friday, May 18, 2007
Taal Volcano has erupted 33 times since its first mention in Philippine History in 1572. Most of the eruptions were minor erruption sowing little devastation. But in 1749 a major eruption occured destroying the entire Volcano (Pulo) Island and the towns of Taal, old Sala and part of old Tanauan. Ashfall was witness as far as 60km away.
This was followed by an even more devasting eruption destroying the towns of Sala, Lipa, Tanauan and Talisay five years later in 1754.
Between 3 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon of the said 29th, it began to rain mud and ashes at Caysasay [12 miles from the volcano] and this rain lasted three days. The most terrifying circumstance was that the whole sky was shrouded in such darkness that we could not have seen the hand placed before the face, had it not been for the sinister glare of incessant lightnings (History of Taal's activity to 1911 as described by Fr. Saderra Maso)
In 1911 another major eruption occured devastating Volcano Island and killing 1334 people. Ashes reached the City of Manila. The last major eruption occured in 1965, killing 200 people.
Taal Volcano is one of sixteen Decade Volcanoes in the workd identified by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior as being worthy of particular study in light of their history of large, destructive eruptions and proximity to populated areas.
One of this was the Sardine. The saltwater sardine adapted and survived resulting the creation of the worlds only freshwater sardine --- the Sardinella tawilis. The Sardinella tawilis is only found in the Taal Lake. Taal Lake is also home to the Hydrophis semperi, one of only two sea snake species that live entirely in freshwater. A few other marine species have also adopted to the freshwater.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Being less than two hours from Metro Manila, the Tagaytay is my favorite hideaway when I need respite from the stress of city life. It is just near enough so that you can go there on a whim. The roads going there are good, making it is an easy drive. On several occasions I have packed my laptop and sought refuge in this serene place. Meeting a deadline is easier and more pleasant, over a cup of coffee in the cool crisp mountain air. Click the button on the browser, send the email on its way, and sit back and take your last view of the lake as twilight sets in while taking another sip of Starbucks Coffee.