Monday, February 28, 2011

PNKY Travel Cafe Baguio: A Travel Back In Time

I slogged up the driveway of PNKY (pronounced as pinky) Home Bed and Breakfast. My hubby Shervin, laboriously carrying our heavier than normal 5-month old daughter, panted as he tried to keep up with my already slow pace. It wasn't even a steep climb, nor a long walk. We're just so darn unfit.

A non-manic Monday.
Or old.

And how befitting it is to mention that because today is Shervin's Big 3-0 today. No big celebration though. I'd love to say we have gone past the stage of having insane I-dunno-how-I-got-home-last-night parties... but the truth is, we're just far from our friends. There's no one to party with.

Plus with an infant around, heading to a smoky bar is out of the question.

I have been eyeing PNKY Travel Cafe for ages. Four months of residing in Baguio, we only went this noon because I was saving it for a special occasion.

Back in early 2000, it was still Q Bar. A quaint watering hole which hosted folk performances every weekend. Its interior showcased interesting pieces from chairs to lamps, made by Baguio artists. Some of it were for sale. We never dined there so I don't have an idea if they served good food, but we did sample their to die for chocolate cake.

Top: Old dining area of PNKY Home. Bottom: One of the spacious, sparsely furnished rooms. Click here to see how the house looks like now!

PNKY Home Bed and Breakfast on the other hand, was just another house with rooms rented by vacationers. We frequented this place during that time, three to four times a year in fact. I remember the rooms were very basic and rates varied according to size. Guests can cook in the kitchen, something our family mostly did because we were too cheap to eat out.

Our fave spot in the house was by the fireplace... Where my aunts, cousins and I would catch up on each other's love life (or lack of) and future plans. Slurry at that, due to the booze treat by whoever had the highest paying job.

There were times we braved the arctic outdoors and lit bonfires beside Q Bar. And once one of us accepted the dare of entering the Laperal House's gates, across the property. The caretaker caught her and said she was trespassing. We laughed our arses off. In case you haven't heard, this house is known to be haunted. Some members of the family who lived here were brutally murdered by Japanese soldiers during World War II.

It's uninhabited now, and hasn't changed ever since. Unlike PNKY Home whose face and interiors have been revamped (the original structure still intact). I miss the old house with the chipping white paint. But hey, it has turned into one of the loveliest acommodations in the city, designed by owner Pynky Magsino and her daughters. How can I complain?

Left: Cozy corner. Right: Travel depicted everywhere.

I smiled as I entered the cafe. No one was there except for the staff who warmly welcomed us. My eyes excitedly shifted from one decor to another. From old suitcases, to framed postcards, to lomo photos. All of which were collected by the Magsino family.

Left: Homey dining area. Right: Cute camera tissue holder!

Pynky opened her daughters' eyes to the world of traveling when they were young. Something I know I'll be doing to Luna as she grows. And boy, I imagined our future house (wherever it will be) looking like the cafe - with trinkets gathered across the globe!

The menu, looking like a coffee table book.

Okay, so the ambiance rocks, but how about the food?

Our selection: Le Louvre P120 (spinach, mushrooms and tofu on rice) for me and El Prado P240 (pork ribs with tomato and pineapple sauce with rice and veggies). I'm pretty sure my dish will score a thumbs up from vegetarians (meat-eaters won't find it outstanding), while Shervin's ribs were uber tender and tasty. What made me jump up and down was dessert. We ordered Message in a Bottle P75, PNKY's homemade ube crepe. It's filled with grated kamoteng ube and cream. We also ordered Organic Lemon Grass Juice P60 (yum!) and Strawberry Smoothie P95.

Clockwise: La Tomatina Soup, Le Louvre, Message in a Bottle and El Prado.

By the way, you may dine al fresco. Food will get cold however in a couple of minutes. So better gobble it down quick.

Perfect nook for reading and sipping a piping hot cup of Chocolate de Tablea.

It was an awesome, hearty lunch. I am no food critic, so pardon my puny adjectives. Hopefully, the photos are enough to entice. Too bad our baby's not taking solid food yet. She would have gone nuts over the dessert list.

PNKY Travel Café
13 Leonard Wood (a short stroll from Session Road)
Baguio City
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tina said...
March 22, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Nice ambiance and the food looks delicious :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 22, 2011 at 10:34 PM

I think I'll be back for the other desserts, Tina. The main course dishes are pricey for my usual dining budget :)

Kate said...
March 22, 2011 at 11:26 PM

I love this place :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 22, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Would like to hang out here more often, Kate. So love it too!

Kate said...
March 22, 2011 at 11:28 PM

and Happy happy birthday to your husband :) I'm turning 3-0 this month too. eeps.

Nelieta said...
March 22, 2011 at 11:47 PM

This looks like such a charming place! What is the purple haze? It looks very interesting!

Ed said...
March 23, 2011 at 9:04 AM

oh my. labas muna ako. nagutom ako bigla sa pagkain!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 23, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Kate, the hubby says thanks :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 23, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Charming place indeed, Nelieta. Purple Haze is a dessert. It's a crepe with grated purple yam in it and cream. Yum!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 23, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Ed nagugutom din ako pagnakikita ko pics. Hahaha!

AJ said...
March 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Love quaint homey cafes like this! Mental note: must visit in Baguio. Thanks PTJ! :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 23, 2011 at 10:05 AM

A must stay too if you got a big vacation budget :)

Markyramone said...
March 23, 2011 at 11:53 AM

cozy place to spend the whole afternoon...Luna looks serious again hehe...

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Haha! Marky, just that one photo actually.

Jorie Pacli said...
March 23, 2011 at 1:26 PM

You just stirred my desire for Baguio!!! Thanks a lot! And, I love that Purple Haze btw... Looking at it now makes my stomach rumble... Thanks Gay for sharing your story...:))

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 23, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Make sure you drop by then when you're in the country, Jorie!

Jim said...
March 23, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Purple Haze looks interesting. Never seen that before.

lakwatsera de primera said...
March 23, 2011 at 5:46 PM

The purple haze looks yummy!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 23, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Hi Jim! It's pretty attractive :) Guess it's their orig creation.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Claire, I wanted to suggest sana na puntahan natin nung Eurotel event... Kaso medyo pricey :)

chyng said...
March 24, 2011 at 2:54 AM

Whoa, the alfresco area looks romantic! I like the ambience, it's so homey. Will surely drag anyone to go there with me when I get back to BAguio.

and happy bday to your husband! =)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 24, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Chyng, bring a date! Yihee! Hubby says thanks.

Anonymous said...
March 25, 2011 at 5:44 AM

will try this come April after the Pulag climb...looks masarap!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 25, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Wow Pulag climb. Jealous :)

doi said...
April 2, 2011 at 3:02 PM

ang ganda ng place. sana makapunta ako dito pag makabalik ako ng Baguio =)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Visit again, Doi! You had a short stay lang the last time.

Anonymous said...
April 5, 2011 at 3:48 AM

this place is all sorts of gorgeousness!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 5, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Hey gurl! Thanks for dropping by. Love the way you describe it, 'all sorts of gorgeousness'.

Anonymous said...
October 5, 2011 at 3:28 PM

how much for overnight stay?

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 5, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Hi, kindly refer to their website for the rates,

markyramonego said...
May 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Ang liit pa ni Lunnaaaa :)

Marky also posted something about PNKY:

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