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October 2017 FoodVentures: Beans Talk, Kobe Cafe, Zax’s Chicken & Waffles, Kafe Gipas

October has come and gone. Another month more and it’ll be time for feasting and binge-ing on all those Christmas treats.  Part of me looks forward to how the spread would look like, although I dread potential difficulties in fitting into my work uniform, haha! But, let’s not worry about that yet, shall we? For the month of October, I’m bringing you to four places to eat in Baguio City and La Trinidad.

Beans Talk, Session Road

Beans Talk is a bistro-slash-cafe located at Lower Session Road. It has been around for quite a while now, and if you often find yourself walking up and down Session Road, you’d have seen it already.

So I’ll just be sharing a couple of photos I took one Saturday morning when I was looking for a light breakfast. Granted, with all that whipped cream, it’s anything BUT light.

I hafta say, though, that I love their waffle. Probably one of the best-tasting waffle mixes I’ve had in a while. I got their Banana Walnut Waffle.

For more info on Beans Talk, you can check their Facebook page.

Kobe Cafe, Gen. Luna Rd., Baguio City

You will find Kobe Cafe at the second floor of Ecco Building at General Luna Road, Baguio City. One floor above Jollibee, and directly across the street from UB Square.

If you’ve been to Meow Meow Cafe, which I blogged about in this post, then you’ve also probably seen Kobe Cafe.

I’m not sure what the concept is. By the name and judging from several decor and hangings on the walls, I’d have thought it’s going for a Japanese theme. Then you’d see French phrases on the opposite wall, then see the menu… and….nope. Not entirely Japanese.

Props for innovation, though. I liked how they repurposed old tires into tables. And if you feel like having your meal while seated on the floor, you can do so. But instead of sitting cross-legged, you could just let your legs hang normally, since they had a hole made for that purpose.

Check out their menu for their prices. Click on thumbnail to view larger image.

The prices, I must say, are clearly geared towards students, which makes sense since this is located a stone’s throw away from a couple of universities and other learning institutions. Not complaining, no sirreee.

My dining buddy tried their Salmon and Cheese Carbonara, and paired it with their Hot Chocolate. She says it’s much too sweet for her liking, though.

I, on the other hand, tried their Creamy Pesto. Duh. Predictable, right? But I couldn’t resist.

I liked how it tasted, but it was much too oily for my taste. Like, when I was done, I felt there was much too much olive oil seemingly staring up at me from the plate.

And yes, also in a predictable manner, I tried their cold Matcha Latte. To be honest, I could’ve done without the cream on top. (Did I mention I’m not really a fan of cream on my drinks?)

I liked the hint of matcha, and if I just overlook the presence of the cream, then it’s fine.

I saw several items on the menu that I’d love to try in the future, so maybe I’d find myself back here soon.

For more info on Kobe Cafe, check out their Facebook page.

Zax’s, Home of Chicken and Waffles, Session Road

One floor above Swiss Baker in Upper Session Road, Baguio City is this relatively newly opened place, called Zax’s Home of Chicken and Waffles. We just happened to spot this one time, and decided to try it out.

When we arrived at the second floor, I was surprised at how spacious it was. The wide open windows also helped add an illusion of space, making it look even wider.

Looking at their menu, it is clear that this is ideal for large groups of friends or families. They’re not necessarily cheap, but maybe a notch or two above mid-range…?

Click on the thumbnails below to view larger image of the menu.

The couple of times I was there, it was for brunch/late breakfast. I’d be honest and admit that I picked this place those couple of times because (a) there was not much of a crowd (b) there’s great ventilation and lighting and (c) I can hang out guilt-free while watching or reading stuff on my phone. XDD

Since this is supposedly the home of waffles and chicken, we ordered their signature Fried Chicken and Waffles (Php245).

The chicken smelled sooooo good! Even while they were approaching to serve it, I already caught a whiff of its aroma, and it made my mouth water!

I just wish there were more than 3 pieces, though. I mean, for the price, they could’ve spared a couple pieces more…? The waffle, too, were plain. So… yeah. Nothing spectacular. But I did find the chicken flavorful.

Two of us shared this, and we thought we’re still not full so we ordered a separate order of their French Fries. Which was… well, French Fries. You know how it typically tastes.

I also was not too impressed with their Chai Tea Latte. For the price (Php 120) I could’ve gone next door and ordered from Starbucks. *shrugs*

I did enjoy their Animal Style Fries, which is basically French Fries smothered in their exclusive sauce, with caramelized onions, bacon bits and onion leeks. The serving was generous, I’d say it’s good for three or four people.

For more info on Zax’s, check out their Facebook Page.

Kafe Gipas, Km. 5, La Trinidad

A bit closer to home, this is Kafe Gipas, which is located at Km. 5 La Trinidad, directly across The Loft. I blogged about The Loft previously, so check out the review.

I am writing up a dedicated review on Kafe Gipas in the future, so let me just share several photos of when I had a taste of what this cozy little corner had to offer.

Like their Salad a la Mexicana, for example. With heaps of dressing, plus more extra for those who want to slather it on.

Look at those tea kettles and cups~ Aren’t they just adorbs?? I dunno, I kinda spent a good amount of time gushing over them before I actually got around to pouring anything from them.

And yes, this is green tea. Somehow it did gave me Shrek/Fiona/ogre vibes. XD Maybe it’s the shape of the kettle/pot, and the color of the tea didn’t help any, either.

Like what you see? Well, I’ll talk about it more in my future review. Meanwhile, you can check out Kafe Gipas on Facebook here.

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