28 August 2006

Bag of Beans: English Pies and Bread

Have you ever been to a place that took you by surprise, and got all delighted by it that you'd want to share it with everybody else? It's your piece of Narnia (pardon the comparison; I'm still having a Narnia hangover from last night's DVD watching) that you'd want your friends to join you in your adventures.

I found such a delightful place in Tagaytay last Friday. Bag of Beans is tucked unceremoniously by the roadside and if you don't look close enough, there's a big chance you'll miss it.

When you do find it, the narrow entrance leads to a downstairs pathway, culminating in a high, narrow cage with parakeets inside. You find yourself in the middle of a small garden, with paths leading to cozy nooks where you can relax and chat the afternoon away while sipping your coffee and breaking bread with friends.
Hmmm... I didn't realize this little piece of Narnia was quite popular because all the nooks were occupied (there are three in all I think) so we settled for the bigger venue.

After getting our orders in, Follen and I settled on the daybed. But I settled for the chair soon afterwards. It was too inviting, you might as well find yourself dozing off.
Dessagirl and Follen settled for strawberry cheesecake and banana split, respectively. Are they facing the firing squad right after this?
I couldn't decide on what to get for a mid-afternoon snack, so I settled for the cinnamon-raisin bread. Dessagirl's eyes lit up. Good choice!
And it was! The bread was served warm, with butter and jam. Wham bam! Shazam!
The bread was so good that Dessagirl and I bought a loaf each to bring home.

We would have loved to linger on but there was still work to be done! We were on occular duty. We sighed, looked around a bit not sure when we will ever come back, then walked up to the parking area where our service vehicle was waiting to whisk us away back to reality.


  1. kasama ba sa per diem ung snack na yan? :)

  2. first time i heard that place and saw the place!

    from your pic, i could say that the bread is real good, yummy talaga sya!

  3. If I had all three put before me, I wouldn't be able to leave without eating some of all. That cheesecake looks to die for.

  4. actually cherry...I think my boss used his "influence" hehehehehehehe....

  5. cheryyyy.... alam ko gawain mo yan. bwehehehe

    Mmmy Lei! Sarap talaga. Pero the best raisin bread I ever tasted came from Baguio Country Club. Sarrraaap!

    Hello Ed! Which reminds me, I was not able to sample it.

    Follen: shhh!

    Mama Jenn, reasonable naman food. Yes, merong rice meals din. Kid-friendly? Yes it is. Garden setting ito, so your kids will love the place and enjoy looking at the birds. If you're coming from Tagaytay proper, drive on and go past the marketplace. Look to your right, malapit na yun.

  6. Anonymous5:40 pm

    hmmm, seems like a good place, kinopya ko na sa cell ko yung name para pag nagawi ako dun sa tagaytay, pupuntahan ko to... thanks for the tip.... :)

  7. looks like a good place to unwind. :) sige puntahan ko yan.

  8. Anonymous1:10 am

    I love banana splits. But I don't get to have it often. Masarap nga ang warm bread with butter.

  9. Nice place nga. But have you been to Sonya's? It's also a "narniac" place. :D

  10. Ay nakoooo Watson! Tatandaan ko itong Bag of Beans na ito ha at pag-uwi namin maglaan ka ng araw para samahan kami dito. Hindi puwedeng hindi. Pagkatapos mo ako'ng patayin sa inggit... hehe.

  11. Lino, you're welcome1

    Dyezebel, pwede sumama? hehehe

    Niceheart, photo pa lang masarap na!

    Abaniko, more info on Sonya's please!

    Jeeettt! Treat mo ko? Yehey!

  12. First thing first... I love Narnia, I read the books (all 7 in 3 days) after I saw the movie and I felt like a kid. hehehe

    Grabe! I really like the place. I get this Baguio vibe from it. I love such places na hindi gano pinupuntahan. Mga spots na you really just stumble upon. The desserts look sooo good. I throw my diet out the window when such are placed before me.. haha

    On the raisin bread... Is it as good as the "Scout Barrio Raisin Bread"? hehe... I have yet to taste raisin bread baked elsewhere that can compete with my current fave. :P

  13. si nick, parang mashado na ako nalilink sa kainan. bakit ba? malakas ba ako kumain? hindi naman ha.. hindi nga ako mashado mahilig kumain eh

  14. Anonymous9:07 pm

    Hello! I'm planning to go to Tagatay 10 days from now.. i can't wait. Unfortunately (sometimes fortunately) i like to plan things ahead. I already booked where i would stay (after about a week of searching, reviewing and getting feedbacks), so now i'm researching where i would EAT. I would like to go to Antonio's but unfortunately, they need reservations way way way ahead of time, so seeing this post about 'A Bag of Beans' really made my day. I'll definitely visit this place. I guess they have everything i like, a bed, coffee and good pastries. yum yum. only thing that's needed would be a computer. hahaha.

    Anyway, question is, being the OC that I am, could you give me a price range for this place? Only if you could remember it, it would really HELP me a lot. Because i always want to budget things as well. I kinda like to itemize my activities for my upcoming tagaytay trip and that would include expenses. This 'trip' is a gift from boss (worked 2 years without a vacation at all, kinda forgot i could take one), i would need to give him an estimate of how much the trip would cost. i decided tagaytay because in case of emergency at work i could go to work immediately. thank you so much.


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