Tips for Fun Barbecues and Picnics in Baguio City
Outdoor Cooking and Dining
Barbecues and picnics are a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors. And boy, does Baguio City have a lot of that -- plus a lovely climate, a beautiful environment to revel in.
There's nothing more appetizing that eating out in the fresh air, plus it's a cheap way to have a great meal and entertain one's family and guests, too.
1. Have a Barbecue!
If you will be staying at a private vacation home or transient house it might be a good ideal to plan an outdoor barbecue with the whole family. Or maybe a bonfire dinner with a large green salad, grilled sausages, corn on the cob, strawberries and cream, and the list goes on... I leave it up to you!
And in case it's too chilly outdoors for the young 'uns, treat them to roasted marshmallows over the fireplace paired with cups of hot chocolate.
Fresh Strawberries with
Smoked Ham and Cheese
on Whole Grain Bread
Crisp green salad with
sun-dried tomato dressing
Thermos of Hot Benguet Coffee or Sagada
Seedless Sagada Oranges
Pork Adobo with
Steamed White Rice
Chicken, Celery, Pineapple Macaroni Salad in Light Mayo
Chilled Beverage of Choice
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2. Go on a Picnic!
Keep it simple: a large blanket, a large basket to hold everything, plates, cups and utensils, a lot of fresh fruits, cheeses, breads, cold or smoked deli meats, some strawberry wine and you're off to a good start.
Do not forget to bring along a garbage bag to put all your trash in that you should bring home and dispose of propertly.
Now, you may ask, WHERE can we picnic?
Charcoal can be bought at the Baguio City market and in some sari-sari stores while fuel or pellets for a barbecue grill and firewood are available at the SM City Baguio grocery or Ace Hardware. You may also buy firewood by the bundle at Booze, a 24-hour liquor and convenience store, on Upper Session Road or at Wright Park Riding Circle (before dark as the stalls there close by sunset).And in case it's too chilly outdoors for the young 'uns, treat them to roasted marshmallows over the fireplace. Pair these with hot chocolate.
Or try going up towards Beckel (take Leonard Wood Road until you reach Wright Park Circle, turn to Pacdal, start climbing Ambuklao Road. Between Tiptop (that's an area on Ambuklao Road) and Beckel (that's a barangay) you will see many wide open spaces overlooking the city. Just park your car, put on some cool music and have a party!
Have I mentioned that you could do the same at Mount Santo Tomas, Baguio's highest peak?
If you're planning to experience the Balatoc Mines Tour in Itogon, it may be a good idea to plan a picnic at nearby Crosby Park as there are not too many places to eat in at Balatoc Mines).
Remember, the #1 rule for outdoor cooking and dining is ... DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING BEHIND!
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