It will be another wet week filled with heavy showers and thunderstorms. Umbrellas and raincoats must be kept handy especially on afternoon strolls.
Going to Tagaytay from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay, Metro Manila, usually takes an hour and a half via South Luzon Expressway if without traffic. Tagaytay is mostly flood-free because of its high elevation. Nonetheless, traffic can still be heavy when there is rain and during weekends due to the influx of travelers heading there for a weekend respite. Reports say that heavy traffic could last for three to seven hours when traversing Dasmariñas Road and Nuvali, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road.
The upcoming ROOTCON 10 to be held at Taal Vista Hotel (Photo from ROOTCON official website)
ROOTCON will hold its 10th IT Security and Hacking Conference called ROOTCON 10 on September 22 and 23. The two-day event will be held at Taal Vista Hotel, gathering IT professionals and enthusiasts. The program will include educational talks by local and international experts, trainings, contests, and a fellowship party.
Farm to table in various cuisines
People appreciating the greens at Gourmet Farms (Photo courtesy of Gourmet Farms)
As the rain washes the earth afresh, it is also a good time to appreciate fresh, farm-to-table cuisine in the city.
Gourmet Farms serves its fresh farm produce in Italian and Mediterranean dishes at The Dining Room. The farm is located at Km. 52 along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway just before reaching the city proper coming from Silang, Cavite. One can walk through a refreshing scenery of the farm before reaching The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms.
Lumipang Hubad in Sweet Peanut Sauce at Sisterfields by Cravings
Sisterfields by Cravings serves its fresh produce in Filipino dishes. Tucked away at the Summit Ridge Hotel, this fairly new restaurant harvests its fruits and vegetables from Annie’s Garden, just within arm’s reach from the back of the hotel. The restaurant also offers pasture-to-plate meat dishes and crop-to-cup coffee.
Need organic vegetables? Check theSpecialty Goodssection in the Shoppersguide Directory.
A presentation of Thai dishes (Photo courtesy of Lime and Basil Thai Restaurant)
Lime and Basil Thai Restaurant is another farm-to-table garden restaurant that offers Thai cuisine. Located on J. Rizal St. in Brgy. Sikat, this restaurant also keeps its own small farm within view for diners to appreciate.
Photography sessions might be nice when it isn’t raining
The garden with its resident dog (Photo courtesy of Lime and Basil Thai Restaurant)
When visiting any of the listed farm-to-table restaurants, bringing a nice camera is highly recommended. After a hearty meal, one can take a stroll at the restaurant's garden or farm and take photos that are surely Instagram-worthy.
Click the store names to see their exact addresses and contact numbers.
Photos are from the official websites and Facebook pages of featured establishments and organizers.
About Rei L.
A writing major from UP Los Baños, Rei is currently pursuing a career in food and lifestyle writing. She is a self-indulgent, go-getting, independent twenty-something career girl who loves coffee, solitude, and hugs. A sentimental writer, she considers coffee shops her haven and writing her refuge.
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