Taal Vista’s Culinary Gems: A Festival of Filipino Food Flavors with Chef Babes Austria

A Celebration of Filipino Flavors at Café Veranda

Open to serve in as early as 6 in the morning up until 10 in the evening every day, Café Veranda at Taal Vista Hotel continues its commitment to serve excellent cuisines of varying Filipino and Continental dishes. More than just a place of good meal, you can enjoy the gentle afternoon breeze and panoramic view of Taal Volcano while dining at the place.

Culinary Gems A Festival of Filipino Flavors
Culinary Gems: A Festival of Filipino Flavors at Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hwy

Taal Vista Hotel Event

In celebration of Taal Vista Hotel‘s diamond anniversary, Café Veranda will host to a number of celebrity guest chefs namely chefs Fernando Aracama, Sau del Rosario, Babes Austria, Edwin Santos, Bruce Lim, Rolando and Jackie Laudico in an almost 2-month event entitled Culinary Gems: A Festival of Filipino Food Flavors wherein these chefs are to take over the Café Veranda kitchen to present their unique interpretations of the Filipino cuisine. The event is only active during the weekends throughout the duration of almost 3 months.

Chef Babe's famous Lumpiang Sariwa
Chef Babes’ famous Lumpiang Sariwa

During the weekly event, each chef will present their cooking to guests starting at 11:30 in the morning which will lasts until 3 in the afternoon. Scheduled for appearances at September 6-7 and 13-14 respectively, Chef Fernando Aracama graced his diners with his own cooking. Chef Sau del Rosario, on the other hand, had his similar appearances last September 20-21 and 27-28, followed by Chef Babes Austria last October 4-5 and 11-12. Doing the same feat, Chef Edwin Santos will showcase his cooking on October 18-19 and 25-26, followed by Bruce Lim on November 1-2 and 8-9. Lastly, couple chefs Rolando and Jackie Laudico will have their duo cooking appearance on November 15-16 and 22-23.

The Celebrity Chef

Chef Babes Austria at work
Chef Babes Austria at work

Some of us may have known that among these celebrity guest chefs, one has already worked in the government doing paper works only to choose to cook in it instead – it was no other than Chef Babes Austria herself.

Banana Heart Salad with Smoked Gata
Banana Heart Salad with Smoked Gata

Originally employed in the financial sector of the government,Chef Babes Austria chose to hold the position as an executive chef in the Malacanang Palace which she held most notably during the administration of former president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Kinamyasan na Balaksila (Saltwater Fresh Baby Shrimp in Bilimbi Fruit)
Kinamyasan na Balaksila (Saltwater Fresh Baby Shrimp in Bilimbi Fruit)

Not just that, she also was formerly an executive chef of Taal Vista Hotel itself to where she is coo king at again just for the event. Currently, she is now a food consultant for SM Hotel Group and now owns her own restaurant called Garden Family Restaurant in Tagaytay City.

Yellow Camote and Macapuno Panna Cotta (Yellow Sweet Potato with Coconut Panna Cotta Fruit)
Yellow Camote and Macapuno Panna Cotta (Yellow Sweet Potato with Coconut Panna Cotta Fruit)

Atis Mousse with Sago in Glass (Custard Apple Mousse with Tapioca Pearl in Glass)
Atis Mousse with Sago in Glass (Custard Apple Mousse with Tapioca Pearl in Glass)

Holding the spotlight of the topic, Chef Babes Austria will surely delight her diners with the following list of recipes specifically made for the event:

  • Sugba Kinapusan Tadyang ng Baboy sa Tuslobua Sauce (Barbecued Pork Ribs with Pork Brain Sauce)
  • Tiniwarik na Manok sa uling
  • Guava Sayote Prawn Salad
  • Tuba Battered Tawilis (Deep Fried Fresh Water Fish Marinated in Local Cocowine Rice)
  • Pastillas Chesa con Keso (Canistel and Eggfruit Milk Candy with Cheese)
  • Ube Cheesecake with Fresh Tinumbaga Langka (Purple Yam Cheesecake with Fresh Jackfruit Meat)

Pinipig con Leche
Pinipig con Leche

Pinipig Rice Cake con Leche (Rice Pop Cake with Milk)
Pinipig Rice Cake con Leche (Rice Pop Cake with Milk)

The Chef’s Own Recipe

Uniquely Chef Babes Austria’s own interpretation of existing Filipino cuisines, these meals prepared for the occasion are the first for any Filipino’s palate and is only made possible for this event.

Sugba Kinapusan Tadyang ng Baboy sa Tuslobua Sauce (Barbecued Pork Ribs with Pork Brain Sauce)
Sugba Kinapusan Tadyang ng Baboy sa Tuslobua Sauce (Barbecued Pork Ribs with Pork Brain Sauce)

Catering a unique twist to barbecued pork ribs as we know it, Sugba Kinapusan Tadyang ng Baboy sa Tuslobua Sauce’s added pork brain (literally) sauce adds an exotic appeal to the usual pork barbecue with its mushy yet creamy and salty taste.

Tiniwarik na Manok sa Uling
Tiniwarik na Manok sa Uling

Trying to make a different approach to roasting chicken, Tiniwarik na Manok sa Uling’s soury-sweet taste blend and tender meat makes it a unique taste to roasted chicken we’ve known as sweet.

Guava Sayote Prawn Salad
Guava Sayote Prawn Salad

Enjoy a combination of fruit, vegetable, and seafood meat with Guava Sayote Prawn Salad.

Tuba Battered Tawilis (Deep Fried Fresh Water Fish Marinated in Local Cocowine Rice)
Tuba Battered Tawilis (Deep Fried Fresh Water Fish Marinated in Local Cocowine Rice)

Experience lambanog not just a drink, but as part of a cooked meal with Tuba Battered Tawilis.

Pastillas Chesa con Keso
Pastillas Chesa con Keso

Ube Cheesecake with Fresh Tinumbaga Langka (Purple Yam Cheesecake with Fresh Jackfruit Meat)
Ube Cheesecake with Fresh Tinumbaga Langka (Purple Yam Cheesecake with Fresh Jackfruit Meat)

Finally, finish your meal with the delighting desserts, Pastillas Chesa con Keso and Ube Cheesecake with Fresh Tinumbaga Langka.

Foodies with Taal Vista Hotel Management
Foodies with Taal Vista Hotel Management

As expected from a good dining experience, this has been a filling experience so far from the ones we were able to attend, literally. Although while not yet finished, we are yet still to be graced by Chef Babes Austria’s last batch of recipe this coming weekend, followed by chefs Edwin Santos, Bruce Lim, Rolando and Jackie Laudico’s for the coming weekends.

Melo Villareal with Chef Babes Austria
Melo Villareal with Chef Babes Austria

Foodies Night at Cave Veranda
Foodies Night at Cave Veranda

As early as now, I bet the coming weeks will be another days of events that is pack full of goodies that as surely will fill the heart as it is with tummy.

Taal Vista Hotel (check rates)
Kilometer 60 Aguinaldo Highway
Tagaytay City 4120
(63 46) 413-1000
http://www.taalvistahotel.com/

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