Aren’t we supposed to be great by this time? – musings over breakfast at Café by the Ruins

I am now on a sort of “that-thing-called-tadhana-inspired”, solo-backpacking, kinda-finding-yourself, should-be-able-to-write-my-thesis gastronomic adventure.

My first stop was breakfast at Café by the Ruins in Baguio City.

“Aren’t we supposed to be great by this time?”—Mace, That Thing Called Tadhana

“I am great, but can be greater.” –Diuvs De Jesus

The aroma of freshly brewed coffee, oven-fresh bread, Cordilleran cuisine, artsy and nature inspired ambiance add to the rustic charm of this restaurant built from the remnants of Word War II.


(upper left) Carabao cheese caroza- white carabao cheese and grilled peppers in a whole wheat pan de sal, dipped in egg and fried like a savory french toast. PhP 200.00

(lower left) Ruins coffee- Arabica coffee steeped with cardamom and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. PhP 80.00

(below) Ernie’s kamote bread with kesong puti- A Cafe by the Ruins favorite, this bread has highland sweet potatoes, mik and mollasses served with carabao cheese.


“I judge a restaurant by the bread and the coffee.” -Burt Lancaster

“Man shall not eat by bread alone…” – Jesus Christ


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