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Pasalubong Ideas from Baguio – The Good, The Bad


First of all, I hope you all had a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Have a Blessed New Year everyone! :)

If you’ve been following my other blogs, especially my personal blog Just Another Pixel, you’d know that I just got home from a 5-day Luzon vacation. We’ve dined and bought a lot of goodies or pasalubong from our 4 destinations (yes, 4 destinations in 5 days! :D) and I’ll be writing about them in the coming days so make sure you keep posted for that.

Some of the goodies we brought home from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

To start, let me show you some of the goodies we brought home with us from Baguio. Some were really good and worth giving away; the rest, ugh. Read on for my Baguio pasalubong recommendations.

 

The Bad :(

Lina's Chewy Milky Balls from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

Lina’s Chewy Milky Balls are too milky for me in a not so good way. The texture is also weird that I didn’t even finish one piece. Ken also didn’t like it at all. It tasted more of coconut (unpleasantly), even the texture or the chewiness.

Lina's Chewy Choco Balls from Baguio City - CertifiedFoodies.com

Lina’s Chewy Choco Balls may look yummy in that photo, but they weren’t good at all. Well, at least for me. Again, just like the milky balls, the texture is way too weird and I barely tasted any chocolate. I think it’s just food coloring. :|

Jamber's Strawberry Lengua de Gato from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

I actually bought 2 variants of Jamber’s Lengua de Gato – chocolate and strawberry-flavored. I had high hopes that they’ll be good, but they were a big disappointment. First, they weren’t even crunchy. They were too soft and chewy. I want my lengua de gato a li’l crunchy, just like the ones from Pines Maid.

(The Good after the jump!)

 

 

The Good ;)

Now, on to my favorite / recommended pasalubong from Baguio!

Kulangot from Baguio City - CertifiedFoodies.com

Sundot Kulangot from Baguio - some may be turned off by the name of this very popular food from Baguio. But, it’s actually a smaller calamay packed in small thin shells. How it’s eaten – by using a finger to scoop up the calamay (made of glutinous rice) – is where the name was derived from.

I don’t really enjoy this as much as the calamay because it’s too small. But, I know a lot of people who enjoy this delicacy from Baguio.

Pines Maid Choco Flakes from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

Pines Maid Choco Flakes – one of my favorite goodies from Baguio! I love the crispy flakes and the flavors. If you ask me, Pines Maid makes the best pasalubong and goodies in Baguio.

Lina's Ube Crinkles from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

Lina’s Ube Crinkles - I’m not a fan of Lina’s after I tasted their chewy choco and milky balls, but their flavored crinkles is kinda acceptable for my taste. I’m not a fan of Ube :D but I enjoyed this. I also liked Lina’s Pandan Crinkles, though the pandan flavor was barely there.

Baguio Paradise Peanut Brittle - CertifiedFoodies.com

Baguio Paradise Peanut Brittle – I love the chunky peanuts and the caramelized sugar isn’t too sweet. If I only knew, I would’ve gotten more of this to give away as pasalubong to friends.

I also love MC Baguio Special Peanut Brittle, one of the more popular brands in Baguio. The peanuts are already chopped and the brittle itself is really on the sweet side.

Pines Maid Lengua de Gato from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

Pines Maid Lengua de Gato is also one of my favorite pasalubong from Baguio! It’s crunchy and the taste makes me crave for more. In fact, I’m reaching for a piece while typing this.

Aubrey Rose Choco Mallows from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

Aubrey Rose Choco Mallows from Baguio is also on top of my list. Very generously chocolatey. :)

All the goodies before this sentence can be bought for 3-6 containers for Php 100. Most of the Pines Maid goodies are 3 for Php 100 ’cause they’re good. :)

Freshly-picked strawberries from Baguio's Strawberry farm - CertifiedFoodies.com

Nothing beats freshly-picked strawberries! We picked these up ourselves at Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad. They cost Php 300 per kilo if you pick them yourself since you can select which ones you like, and also for those you’d eat while picking that won’t be weighed, and those you’d “accidentally” smash or destroy. :D

If you prefer to buy the already packed strawberries, they usually cost Php 100-200 per pack. Make sure you haggle. We only paid Php 300 for a kilo and 1/4 of strawberries that we picked and Php 100 for 3/4 kilo of packed strawberries. :D

Most of the strawberries we picked were already ripe, the rest are still green. My mother used them for her strawberry sinigang, and I’ll be sharing our recipe here! I used the ripe strawberries for our salad on Noche Buena. Keep posted for the recipes.

For vegetables and fruits, make sure you buy from stores or sellers at Strawberry Farm. They offer them for really cheap prices compared to stores at the Baguio market.

Seedless oranges from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

Ahhh… seedless Sagada oranges from Baguio. I so freaking love them! I can’t remember the price exactly, but I think we got around 8-10 for Php 200. They’re sweet and oh-so-good! There are a lot of sellers at the Strawberry Farm so make sure you haggle to get the best deal! :)

Broccoli from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

Of course, broccoli from Baguio. They sell broccoli for Php 40 per kilo! We asked here at our local market in Malabon and they cost Php 100-120 per kilo. Gosh. :D

Lettuce from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

These lettuce are HUGE! We bought them for Php 25 per kilo in Baguio! Beat that! Again, we asked at our local market here and they’re selling lettuce for Php 60-70 a kilo. What a price difference, eh?

My mom bought 3 kilos each of lettuce and broccoli. We had to use the broccoli immediately ’cause they were already turning yellow. :D

Make sure you also buy baby potatoes here because they sell them cheap, too. Too bad I wasn’t around when my mom was buying veggies, ’cause she didn’t think she’ll use them.

Mountain Maid Good Shepherd Ube Jam from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

We went to Good Shepherd in Baguio to buy other favorites like their Ube Jam. You can buy these for Php 140 for the 12 oz bottle (pictured above) and Php 250 for 24 oz. I super love it! I love the consistency, the texture and, of course, the taste!

Good Shepherd jams and goodies are a li’l more expensive because you are actually donating for their cause (sending kids to school) when you buy their products.

We also bought Mango Jam (Php 95 for 8oz bottle) and Blueberry Jam (Php 160 for 12oz bottle). They have other fruit jams available, including Orange Marmalade, Santol Preserved, Strawberry Jam (we’ve had too much strawberries so we skipped this) and Guava Jelly.

Bee Honey from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

Oohh, I love honey. I use it a lot to sweeten what I cook. I don’t use sugar as much anymore ’cause honey just makes everything taste better and with just the right amount of sweetness. Anyway, we bought this bottle for Php 250. We already haggled so we thought that it was a bargain considering we got to take off Php 70 from its original price. After a few minutes though, someone offered us a bottle for Php 200. :D So, make sure you haggle, haggle, haggle!

Mix & Match Blueberry and Strawberry Wines from Baguio - CertifiedFoodies.com

I love, love these strawberry and blueberry wines from Baguio. Some of the sellers say they’re pretty strong, but for a heavy occasional drinker like me, it’s just okay. I love, love, love the blueberry wine! If we didn’t have too much baggage already, I would’ve bought a box of these wines to keep and give away. :)

As of this writing, all the broccoli and strawberries are gone. Waaahh! I want more! And I so love the wine! I hope you’ll find my list Baguio pasalubong ideas useful when you visit the summer capital of the Philippines (in case you haven’t).

I so miss Baguio! In fact, when we came back here, we were kinda irritable because it was so humid or warm here back in Manila. I so miss Baguio. It was really cold during our last night over there that my brother and I wanted to purchase sometatuajeand other cigars being sold at the market just to beat the cold. But, I so miss the climate over there. I wish I could stay a li’l longer. *sigh*

Anyway, we can go back anytime to Baguio. I can’t wait! :D

What are your favorite pasalubong from Baguio?

Share them at the comments section.

      
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  • Annyrose Wakit Boyocan

    hi gud pm po ma’am,

    wishing us all in good health and GOD blessing,
    with
    regards to the product of JAMBERS baguio foods that you uploaded last
    2010 to the category “bad product” from Baguio foods, we thanks you for
    uploading it in that category, it gives us lesson to give advice to our
    clients for proper preservation. its not the manufacturer faults, but
    instead the receiver. before we deliver our products to our clients we
    make sure that all is cooked well and fresh. we had already told them
    that they must return our products 1-week before it reaches the
    expiration date.. we are also concern about the health of our consumers
    not just for our own business. we are very sorry for the inconvinience
    that you encounter on our product.
    can
    we request to your respective office to withdraw the name of our
    business product that were publish in the year 2010 December-JAMBERS
    FOOD PRODUCTS.
    its also our pleasure to hear your opinion to us.

    thank you and more power.

    JAMBERS

  • richel ann sanchez

    SAN PO NINYO NABLI UNG HONEY? PURE PO B ?

  • vicky

    try Danes Bakery products next time.

  • Abi

    hi where did you buy the honey?

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      Hi, Abi. You’d see the vendors of the honey just walking around the area near Strawberry farm.

  • marc

    where can i buy the honey?

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      Hi, Marc. Vendors of the honey are just walking around the area near Strawberry farm.

  • Kass0508

     The milky balls and choco balls look yummy. :( Where did you but the wines?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=753675213 Mel Austria

    thank you for your post! i shared this in Baguio Nasa Puso Kita in facebook.

  • http://kayelangit-luistro.blogspot.com/ Kayelangitluistro

    Thanks for your exhaustive review. I’ll remember to refer to your list the next time I visit Baguio. More power! Kaye http://kayelangit-luistro.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      Thank you, Kaye! I love your blog’s title – Timeless Confection. :)

  • Eihdra

    mini mini minimo… hope got that right,lol.. (to continue the song) alin kaya ang akin, alin kaya ang akin, mini mini minimo!

    Sundot Kulangot was a fave when I was in my hometown and I was 5 years old. I didn’t know that it still exist,lol..

    All are fave especially the ones you are going to send me,heheheh..

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      Hahahahahah! I literally LOLd! Will be sending it tomorrow na, sis, along with the prizes of Thirty on 30. :P

  • http://www.pigoutsessions.com/ Madz

    I’m not good at haggling, BF is the expert in that area (kaya sya namamalengke saming 2, hehe). Sarap naman ng mga nabili nyo! Yung plain lengua de gato, choco flakes, peanut brittle and some strawberries I’m already a happy camper.

    Puno naman yung peanut brittle bottle ninyo? Minsan kasi diba siksik sa gilid pero pag bukas mo walang laman yung gitna. :)

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      Puno naman sya. We check na ngayon kasi dati rin, meron kami nakuhang ganun eh. :)

      Merry Christmas, Madz! :)

  • http://www.thepeachkitchen.com/ Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    those goodies look good..to bad they don’t taste as they look…

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      Yeah, I was tricked! Hahaha. Don’t judge the food by its cover.. ermm. LOL.

  • silvergirl

    why not good to taste that chewy foods,picture looks yummy! hehehe. wow the kulangot, hahaha!! the more pangit name, the more masarap daw eh :)

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      It was chewy in a veryyyy weird way. Basta, sis!! LOL It’s not masarap.

      Waahh when I was a kid, I literally was scared to eat it ’cause I didn’t believe it wasn’t disgusting. LOL

  • PinoyMuffinTop.com

    just like you, we also buy some of our pasalubong at Good Shepherd. although, im not a huge fan of their ube anymore, after i’ve tasted a super delicious home made one from our friend…^_^ but still, good shepherd is a fave of our family.

    aside from that, we visit Ibay’s for their Silver products ^_^

    we also frequent the market to buy some strawberries, jams, peanut brittle, sundot kulangot, and of course the very soft blankets…^_^

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      Of course, homemade ube is still the best. My mother makes a way better ube than they do, but minus the hassle, I love Good Shepherd’s. :P

      We didn’t get to go shopping for anything else. I wanted to shop for silver and go to the ukay-ukay stores there but we didn’t have enough time. LOL

      Don’t shop next time at the market. Veggies and fruits are way cheapear at the strawberry farm! Even the goodies are cheaper there!

  • http://risheewishee.tumblr.com Rishee Wishee

    wow. I wanna go to baguio! are there cheap accommodations in Baguio? i sooooo wanna go! :-)

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      You have to, Rishee!! Though it’s a li’l crowded compared to before, but still, it’s a place I want to visit many times more in the future. I actually want to live there! Hahaha. I love the climate! :)

      About the accommodations, when I went there a few years ago, there were a couple of hotels along Session Road that offer affordable rates. But, it really depends when you’re planning on going there. If you want to go there in February, in time for the Flower Festival, expect higher rates and more difficulty finding hotels. We went there in December din ata nun so we only paid Php 1,500 for a hotel room good for 2. I can’t remember the hotel name, though. I’ll try to ask my aunt who lives in Baguio. But, I know it’s a hotel along Session road. :)

      • http://risheewishee.tumblr.com Rishee Wishee

        omg. Baguio is my next destination then! thanks for the input. i am soooo
        going! :-)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5TXK4NBD4YJD34YXBWFUTA7XUM pink

    omg, i suddenly missed Baguio! :( i love that Choco Flakes and peanut brittle too!! of course, must not forget the ube jam from Good Shepherd, the best!! Now I’m interested with the ube crinkles since I love anything ube-flavored. Haha!

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      Yessss the ube jam from Good Shepherd! Gosh! I don’t usually love ube, but it’s really good! :)