It's very rare that I go out of town nowadays but when one of crazy friends invited me to go on an impromptu trip to the mountains of Tagaytay I can't say no even if I get agitated with unplanned trips. We both needed it since we're a bit burned out from work and everyday life actually.
It was just a short day trip but you know how and what just a few hours away from the city and a change in atmosphere can do to a tired body and mind. Seeing all that greenery, enjoying the cool mountain breeze and inhaling fresh air (is the air in Tagaytay still fresh?) can somewhat ease the s-t-r-e-s-s!
And what else should you do in Tagaytay? Eat! Of course! We had our late lunch in Taaleña but didn’t find the desserts that appealing, plus we needed coffee. So where can you get best coffee in Tagaytay? Bag of Beans of course! But it was full... one of the staff suggested their other branch which is Charito by Bag of Beans.
I immediately fell in love with the restaurant! Because I am a sucker for restos with beautiful interiors, you know the Instagram-worthy kinds... and Charito is all that. Plus the view of Taal Volcano and lake is just perfect!
I love old houses turned into restaurants, just like Romulo Cafe Timog and Green Coffee in Davao. It has the rustic feel with themed rooms, ghost chairs, upholstered vintage looking chairs, vintage decors, beautiful chandeliers etc. Btw, both indoor and outdoor dining areas are available, but when you're in Tagaytay and if isn’t raining, the best seats are the ones outside so you can enjoy the cool mountain breeze and the view.
So what do you order when you're in Tagaytay? Cold food and beverages to make you feel colder! Just kidding! It's just me and my friend's preferences.
Apple Pie Ala Mode - warm homemade apple pie topped with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream and cherry. Bit on the sweetest side but the yummiest!
Banana Split- good old fashioned way to enjoy ice cream. The ice cream servings were on the generous side. Easily melts even in the cold Tagaytay weather but still good.
Black Forest Frappe - the coffee was strong, they might have used the Kapeng Barako native to this part of Luzon but had the obvious cherry flavor just like the black forest cake.
Mocha Frappe - my all-time favorite coffee flavor. Just like the black forest, the coffee tasted strong, which I like.
They also have a mini store which sells bread, pastries and other goodies that you can take home back to where you are from. This is in keeping with the other or original Bag of Beans restaurants in Tagaytay.
From what I can remember from the last time I ate at Bag of Beans, their food is good. So there's a good chance that I will go back to this place to try out more of what they have to offer. The restaurant is perfect for friends and families who wants to enjoy good food, desserts, cool weather and a beautiful view. Definitely a stress-reliever and a treat for the eyes and palate.
CHARITO BY BAG OF BEANS
Maharlika East, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway,
Tagaytay City, Cavite, Philippines
Contact no: 046 4831279
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