A Cultural Tour of Taal, Batangas Part 5 of 5

The Appetite and Carnation Family Food Trip was fun and educational, but we had to head back to Manila. Before we left, we has breakfast, where I once again had champorado.

They offered tapa and tocino, but since for some reason they didn’t offer eggs, I decided to skip that. Strangely enough, their coffee wasn’t barako. Weird, since we were in the middle of coffee country. They also had tawilis, a tiny fish that can only be found in Taal Lake. These look more like tuyo, but the sign said tawilis.

After breakfast, we were treated to an exhibition of latte art.

There was a tour of a seedling sanctuary, and then it was off to Tagaytay Highlands for lunch.

And what a lunch it was! We had:

Vegetable salad, the first I’ve had the whole trip, yay!

Hipon sa Gata (prawns in coconut milk). The prawns were big and juicy, and were fun to take apart with fingers.

Halbos ng Tahong, with lots of tahong-y goodness;

Jumbo Bangus, which drew crowds whenever it came in. Fat milk fish cooked in margarine and served sizzling, it tasted way better than it looks.

For dessert, we had assorted native delicacies.

A great and filling way to end a road trip.

Thanks Carnation and Appetite!


Yvette Natalie U. Tan is a multi-awarded author of horror fiction and the Agriculture section editor of Manila Bulletin.

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