Batangas beef, coffee and dessert in Tagaytay

Spent the weekend in Tagaytay but we had to forego our Bag of Beans addiction this time. Long story. At any rate, we did discover Java Jazz Cafe (read the related story) on Saturday evening and that made missing Bag of Beans bearable. We drove to Alfonso, Cavite for a lunchtime christening party on Sunday (that was the primary reason for the trip) and were back in Tagaytay just in time for afternoon coffee. Parking at Bag of Beans was full so we decided to go straight to Mahogany Market, buy Batangas beef and head home earlier than we planned.

Mahogany Market was teeming with shoppers. The meat stalls, the fruit stalls… people were everywhere. People, I suppose, just like us — in Tagaytay for the weekend and making the most out of cheaper beef prices.

casaveneracion.com Mahogany Market in Tagaytay

There were fruits galore. It was my husband, Speedy, who checked out the fruit prices, decided they were the same as Metro Manila prices and didn’t bother buying anything. Mangoes, he said, were selling for P50 a kilo. In Antipolo where we live, the price is P40 a kilo. Not surprising, really. Most mangoes in the markets come from Central Luzon (Pangasinan and Zambales, especially) and the cost of transporting them to Tagaytay is higher. I did buy beef though because the prices were cheaper by 30 per cent. We brought a cooler (we always do when we go to Tagaytay) and we would just get a bag of ice before leaving Tagaytay.

casaveneracion.com Batangas beef, Mahogany Market, Tagaytay

There were some other things that I bought at the Mahogany Market though. Grafted fruit trees and you can read about that part of the story in my other blog, House On A Hill.

Ten minutes after leaving the town proper, the craving for coffee was getting stronger. We drove to Tagaytay via Sta. Rosa, Laguna but decided to take the Silang route on our way back. Perfect decision, it turned out, because Gourmet’s Cafe was along the way. Nice place to get a caffeine fix. The girls would love the desserts there too.

So we stopped at Gourmet’s Cafe. Speedy ordered banana split (below), Sam had white chocolate cheesecake…

casaveneracion.com Gourmet's Cafe: Banana split

casaveneracion.com Gourmet's Cafe: Blueberry cheesecake

Alex ordered blueberry cheesecake and mango shake (above) and I had mango crepes with chocolate. All the desserts were good (have I mentioned that in my family we sample what the others ordered?). And so was my cappuccino.

What we missed was the trip to Gourmet’s Farm. Gourmet’s Cafe is a unique establishment as the menu consists of produce from its own farm. It was after 3.00 p.m. by the time we finished our desserts and coffee and guests were only allowed in the farm until 3.00 p.m. Next time.