So you’ve had dinner, wolfed down some java and dessert, and you’re looking to cap off the night with friends in Baguio City before you head back home in the morning. You have a handful of nightclubs to choose from in this small, chilly city, but you’re more in the mood for chatter rather than dancing, and conversation is impossible under the strobe lights and the over-zealous bass beats, so you settle for a more intimate,low-key setting, clinking bottles of cold ones.
For the urban millennial whose veins are pumped up with caffeine to get through what seems like a lifelong supply of paperwork, there is that insatiable craving of the once-in-a-blue-moon bed weather: that rare moment when you’re curled up in that perfectly chill temperature under the right amount of gloom. It’s that sweet spot between room temperature and too much draft, and the clouds outside your window look melancholic enough to beckon you to just stay in bed and relax.
I believe I have expressed time and again that Baguio is food for the artistic soul, which makes it one of my absolute favorite places in the country. There is something passionate and earnest about the City of Pines that is lacking in the otherwise metropolitan savannah of Manila.
And when I’m finally saturated by the life, art, music, and the chilly temperature that inhabits this northern capital, I come back for the food, if nothing else. If there is anything that makes my trips back and forth to Baguio all the more delightful, it’s discovering new gastronomical finds, be it a hole-in-the-wall eatery or the newest up-and-coming bistro.
To label EDSA Beverage Design Studio as another byproduct of the third wave coffee revolution would be, in a word, inaccurate. Neither would be dismissing it as yet another bar that served midday cocktails to the snappily-dressed twenty somethings lurking around Ortigas with time and a wad of cash to spare.
Let’s face it: Filipino food is the gastronomic equivalent of coming home.
Whether it’s your home, your friend’s or your neighbor’s, nothing speaks “comfort” like the soothing aroma of the concotions of different condiments and spices that can be only described as linamnam.