Lasang Pinoy, Sundays (or LaPiS) is a weekly food event that showcases Filipino Tastes focusing on food photography. This week, the theme is fine dining. Going out to fancy dinners is a very rare occasion for us. Even birthdays and anniversaries are celebrated at home–with a huge party with several of our friends. It’s not that we don’t enjoy it. We just enjoy staying at home more. The few times that we go out, it is usually with friends. Like last Valentine’s Eve, we went to Edgewood Restaurant here in Lake Tahoe with 2 other couples for a pre-Valentine celebration. Or last summer when my husband celebrated a milestone birthday. We took the family to La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, CA. and enjoyed a seafood buffet at the famous Mediterranean Room. And I don’t have many photos of this events so I was racking my brain for something to share.
I was chatting with my friend on the phone and I mentioned to her my predicament when she blurted out, “I know the best fine dining we’ve had in the last 12 months!” I thought, well, I already blogged about Edgewood I don’t have anything more to say. She said, “No. It was in the Philippines. At that place we went to after you took us on the Intramuros tour. And then three days later, we went to that fantastic restaurant with the view of the volcano.”
It was really embarrassing when you start having ‘senior moments’ like this. By golly, she’s right! Last November, we took 30 of our friends from the US and Europe for an island celebration of my husband’s milestone birthday. We went to Grande Island in Subic for three days but prior to that, we took our friends on a city tour in Intramuros seeing that it was their first time in the Philippines. The tour was excellent and something I would recommend if you are taking guests. Carlos Celdran and his Walk This Way tour was amazing and to this day, our friends were still talking about it and exchanging notes about the historical facts they learned. Anyway, the restaurant my friend was talking about was LA COCINA DE TITA MONING near the Malacanang Palace. It was the ancestral home of the Legarda’s and they turned it into a “reservations only” dining. And I know why my friends remember it very well. It was really an old house which was partly turned into a museum. During our lunch, it was explained to us that the dinnerware we are about to use are the same ones that the Legardas used when they still lived there. In fact, the same house staff is still staying in the guest house with the same “cook” overseeing the kitchen.
So there you are…my version of Fine Dining. I must say to this day, our friends couldn’t stop talking about the trip. Inspite of the fact that it rained non-stop for three days. They did enjoy “showering in the warm rain” and just lounging around and enjoying the islands.
And the restaurant she was talking about that has a view of the volcano? It was Josephine’s Restaurant in Tagaytay. The day of their flight back home (which wasn’t leaving until 10PM), we took a short trip to Tagaytay for lunch and we were so lucky it was a clear day. We had a fantastic view of Taal Volcano from the restaurant.
As my friend said, “That’s going to be tough to top! Where are we going for his next milestone birthday?”
How about McDonald’s?