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ELBI FOODTRIP: 10 Must-Try Food Experiences Around UPLB

BY: MELVIN B. TORDECILLA

When you’re traveling to a new place, one thing to make your visit worthwhile is experiencing the best food that you could find there. As a ten-year resident, I gave my friends a tour in Los Baños, Laguna. We visited some famous landmarks inside the University of the Philippines – Los Baños (UPLB), and of course, we fed ourselves throughout the day. If you’re planning to have a food trip when you visited UPLB, I came up a list of affordable food that you could try in one day while touring around the university.

First on the list, for breakfast, you should visit Go Bald located besides Coffee Blends along Lopez Avenue and order their Pankeyks Na ‘To worth P200 (good for 2-3 persons).

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This is a 6-layer pancake with bacon strips and scrambled eggs.  

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Next, you must visit Seoul Kitchen, a Korean restaurant along F.O. Santos Street.

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They have many specialties, but one of the best-sellers we ordered to satisfy our cravings was the Cheese Rappokki, a popular Korean dish with spicy rice cakes and instant ramyun noodles. For the price of P90, it is really worth it.

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You should never ever miss the best siomai in town from Siomai Fudhaus that costs P4 each.  

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If you want affordable lunch, you should try Mang Toto’s Grilled Porkchop and Liempo worth P45 and P65, respectively. Our group also decided to buy Eatsumo Teri Haus’ Kani Salad worth P60 for our side dish.

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For your dessert after lunch, we recommend the Baked Cheesecakes of Café La Bonne Vie (meaning: Good Life) located in front of Anest Tower near Los Baños Doctors Hospital and Medical Center.

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Their cheesecakes are different from other coffee shops and restos nearby because they are rich, creamy, light, fluffy and delicious! Morover, their graham crusts are always well-baked.

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 Café La Bonne Vie offers three flavors of cheesecakes: Cherry, Oreo and Blueberry (the best one for me). Each costs P90-110.

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There’s a place in UPLB where you could find not only dormitories and apartments but also food establishments. Raymundo Gate is the street food haven of UPLB. The famous and best ones you could eat there are Proven and Isaw.

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Proven consists essentially of the proventriculus of a chicken, dipped in cornstarch and deep-fried. Mhel’s Proven, which costs P25, has the best vinegar sauce in town; maybe this is the reason that their proven has become a “box-office hit” for Elbizens

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In front of Mhel’s Proven, you could find an Isawan or food stall of street food. Isaw is made from grilled intestines of pig or chicken. In Los Baños, three sticks of Pork Isaw cost P10.

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For your early dinner, you could visit Bonitos Bar and Restaurant, one of the best food stops around UPLB. It offers delicious rice meals, appetizers, pastas, but you should never miss their Everything-On-It Pizza. This is the best pizza in town because you could taste all the flavors, and it shows incredible attention to detail and quality.

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Last on the list, if you crave for sweets, you must try Mini-Moo Ice Cream, a little shop located at corner of F.O. Santos Street. Based on the texture and taste of their ice cream, I think they have the same supplier of Yellowcab’s ice cream. However, Mini-Moo is cheaper. Two scoops of ice cream costs P35-45, depending on the flavor and cone. There are a lot of flavors to choose from such as Dark Choco, Mint Choco Chips, Salted Caramel, Avocado, Strawberry Fields, Pistachio, Bubble Gum, Midnight Cookies N’ Cream, and many more.

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This is just a suggested list of making your one-day stay around UPLB by eating affordable and commendable food. There are a lot of must-try restaurants in Los Baños not included in this article that you could find amazing and worth the visit.  

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16 Things You Shouldn’t Have to Justify to Anyone Else

  1. Why you’re putting yourself first. – During a 2011 television interview, Michelle Obama was asked if she thought it was at all selfish that she has openly admitted to making herself her first priority, to which the First Lady replied, “No, not at all.  It’s practical…. a lot of times we just slip pretty low on our own priority list because we’re so busy caring for everyone else.  And one of the things that I want to model for my children is investing in themselves as much as they invest in others.”  Spot on advice if you ask me!  There are only a few people in this world who will stay 100% true to you, and YOU should be one of them.  Prioritize your own needs into your daily to-do’s.
  2. The need to express your emotions. – Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional.  There’s no reason to be ashamed for feeling something or acting out on it if it’s real to you.  It’s a sign that you have a big heart, and that you aren’t afraid to let others know it.  Showing your emotions is a sign of human strength.  The people who judge you for being human, and not being modest, emotionless, and “in line,” are the ones who need to apologize.
  3. Your weirdness. – Where’s your will to be weird?  Where’s your resolution to be real?  Truth be told, it’s not weird to be weird.  Everybody is weird in some way.  You must celebrate your individuality and not be embarrassed of it.  If you’re lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everybody else, don’t be ashamed and don’t hide it. 
  4. Being unapologetically YOU. – We are never more alive than when we are being brave, and we can’t be brave unless we are willing to take off our masks and be ourselves.  It’s about finding the courage to be real.  When perfectionism of any kind is driving us, shame is always riding shotgun and fear is the backseat driver.  Don’t do this to yourself.  Let go of trying to be “perfect” in the eyes of others, and just be who you are.
  5. Not taking things personally. – When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless worrying and suffering.  Some people may tell you it’s best to stand up for yourself and fight back, but the best offense is always a good defense.  Defend yourself from others by not taking the things they say and do personally.  Truth be told, if you take everything personally, you will remain offended for the rest of your life.  What other people do is because of them, not you.  Period.

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