Bag of Beans: Not Just for Coffee Lovers

2 02 2009

It took us about 1 1/2 hours to reach Tagaytay via Sta. Rosa, just in time for lunch.  I was considering either Josephine’s (the last time I dined there was during my MBA days, 13 years ago to be exact) or Leslie’s (haven’t tried it yet).  But mother wanted a simple lunch as we were heading to a wedding a little later.  Ok, let me think….

Bag of Beans

We still had an ample time to drop by Bag of Beans, so there we went first.  I was planning to just purchase some freshly baked goodies at the coffee shop but when we checked out the dining area a few steps down the left wing, my curiosity began.  I liked the ambience so I asked mother if we can take a look at their menu.

Dining Areas

After a quick rundown, no more dilly-dallies.  I ordered the must-try steak and mushroom pie for our starter.  Haha, what?  A pie for a starter? Why not?  I couldn’t wait till we get home to have a bite of this famous pie.  I wanted to taste it right there and then, while it was still warm.  When it was served, I didn’t realize it was that big.  Yeah, quite big for me.  Time to judge it…. It was not that outstanding to me.  The beef filling had a hint of a sour taste.  I couldn’t figure what made it taste a little sour.  Must be the mushroom?  Shouldn’t the steak be a little salty and sweet?

Steak and Mushroom Pie

Anyway, the puttanesca and the pan-broiled mahi-mahi were served simultaneously as our main course.

Puttanesca, Mahi-mahi, Cheesecake

The pasta was good for sharing while the fish dish was good enough for one person only, but we decided to share, anyway.  Both passed for a satisfactory rating.  The blueberry cheesecake, for our dessert, had a frozen ice cream-like texture.  I can say that this version of cheesecake was a little more than good enough for its price.

Back at the coffee shop, I bought two loaves of raisin bread and a box of cinnamon roll for pasalubong (small gift item from travel) and a souvenir mug for myself.

On the overall, Bag of Beans is also another good option for dining in the Tagaytay area.  It’s not just for the coffee lovers.


Tagaytay Here I Come

21 01 2009

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I haven’t seen Tagaytay after our Nurture Spa experience three years ago.   I and my friends were planning to come back to Tagaytay the following year for another breathtaking experience but this time at  Sonya’s Garden.  Unfortunately, it didn’t materialize due to conflict of schedules. 

This Friday’s wedding will enable me to see Tagaytay again (one of my dream locations for a vacation house) and hopefully will be able to relax a bit.  I’m going alone since the invitation stated that I got one reserved seat.  I’m a little nervous as of this writing coz it will be my first time to drive down south via the SLEX.  I’ve always been ”just a passenger” until two years ago when I learned how to drive.  So, I’ve been asking friends for directions and landmarks to get there in the most convenient way.  The wedding was set at 2 p.m. so I’m planning to leave my house at around 9 a.m. to give me ample time to go to Bag of Beans, Gourmet’s Cafe and Ilog Maria.