What more can a person want when there is first class accommodation, and the staff is polite, and the food is superb? The owners want to share with you a “full service” lodgings. People can use the kitchen, but why should you do that, when the menu is really mouth-watering and served at its freshest state.
Vilma, the new cook, who worked in the Middle East as a cook, surprised us with her light dinner. She brushed the raisin bread with butter, then toasted it. The fresh green salad was matched with a mayo-mustard light sauce. And the main dish was a beef with forest mushrooms.
Lunch was heavier than dinner. Vilma served us pea soup, green beans with shrimps, and tender roast pork. The spoons and forks she laid out were from the Owner’s Bangkok collection with the Buddhas on their handles. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal.
I thought Vilma’s cooking had already shown her best recipes. But lunch came, and this one was another surprise– spinach soup with a dumpling. I like the subtle taste of the soup. It reminded me of being in a Chinese restaurant, not unlike the Shaolin Tea House that is in the Casatina Apartel in Timog, Quezon City. The Casatina Apartel belongs to the chain of serviced apartels owned by the owner of Lourdes Villa.
I can’t resist showing you the gem of a roast pork that Vilma cooked for us. It was so tender, and that sauce she dribbled over it was so artistic! Most of the time, we prefer white meat, but Vilma’s roast pork was too delicious to ignore!
Baguio is known for its freshest vegetables. Vilma always buys them early in the morning, so that the vegetables are tender with the slightest cooking. This kind of cooking preserves the nutrients of the vegetables. It is very good for the health.
Health enthusiasts will enjoy this Villa very much. For breakfast, there is fresh carrot juice and papayas to start the day. Those who like their “whatever-si-log” can make their requests the night before. Or you can ask for french toasts, pancakes, jams and preserves. The cook is at your command!
Vilma charges for three meals full board P1,500 a day per person. The meals have soup, vegetables, a main entree, and fruit for dessert. When strawberries are in season, her strawberry dessert with cream-and-cheese is to die for.
I can’t wait until the next time I visit the Lourdes Villa!