Skip to main content

A Time to Unwind for Filipinos Like Us at Charito Bag of Beans, Tagaytay - Part 2

Like you, yes YOU, searching via Google or TripAdvisor is always part of the game plan of going to places you admire the most. Indeed, people nowadays use the power of Online Search as well as Social Media in getting to know better the whereabouts, features, food, people and overall ambiance of a place - be it a resort, theme park, hotel, restaurant, foreign land, etc. And my wife Juliet of course did the most intensive search for the best restaurant-to-be in Tagaytay these days.

And guess what she’s found?




Welcome to Charito Bag of Beans Tagaytay!

Sumptuous breakfast, lunch or dinner, Charito Bag of Beans is the place to be. Well, it is not about being rich or poor. Everybody can be in a place where someone has been - don’t ever forget that statement. Cozy and pricey, it will not matter at all if you plan it ahead, save the right amount needed, and when the time comes, just treat everything as a reward to yourself.

At Charito Bag of Beans, the birthday girl and I celebrated our success in terms of good health, nice job, several accomplishments, and the reality that we are together strongly bonded for almost a decade - the credit of which is to the God Almighty.



So what about the place?


It's More than a Bag of Beans
Okay, at Charito Bag of Beans, you can be fun, relaxed, mesmerized, astounded, and full all at the same time. Why not? The beautiful Taal Lake and Taal Volcano are just right in front of you while taking a gentle bite of roast beef or sipping the hot mocha cappuccino. Here they are for you to believe!





Frankly speaking, the restaurant is one of the bests. I’m not a food blogger, not even a travel blogger per se, but in my opinion, Charito has it - that rustic French style, the delicious food menus, the classy sofas and dining sets, the elegance of the interior, the magnificent view of nature, the nice waiters and waitresses, and of course, the cool breeze of Tagaytay highlands.

I remember those days when I am working in a catering business where I used to serve international cuisines to VIPs in elegant venues like Fernwoods Gardens. Charito is several inches ahead in terms of quality and presentation, to be honest. I know the business. In fact, I will never forget our tagline: “Delight your customers and exceed their expectations”.




At Charito, we feel delighted and our expectations were exceeded. Five star for Charito!


The Main Course
I ordered “Grilled Salmon in White Wine & Dill Cream Sauce” and here’s what it looks like:



My wife ordered the signature “Roast Beef”and here you go for that one-of-a-kind recipe:



The taste is really great. The presentation will speak for itself. The serving size is just right (thought I ordered an extra rice to satisfy my hunger, lol). And we were served lemon water, plus this Caramel Cappucino thing, as requested by the celebrant. And mine, a tower of mango shake. There you go...





Truly Fine Dining
The conversation is fine as I would describe it. (No wonder since it’s a fine dining restaurant.) Every bite, every sip, every slice and dip, we both enjoyed it. Afterall, we paid a hefty bill after a 2-hour dine. So we cherished every moment; staring at the lake, wandering in the green wilderness, hearing the sounds of birds, focusing on a specific thing somewhere in the mountains or lake, and circling our attention to the amazing architecture of Charito Bag of Beans restaurant. Being with nature is so fulfilling.

Get relaxed with these amazing shots at Charito Bag of Beans.





The Dessert
“Himagas” time as we speak of it in Tagalog. In their tongue, it’s dessert. What tempted our taste buds weeks and months before, are now served chilled, nicely-sliced and well-done right in front of us. These food stuffs, you should give it a try one day.

Carrot Walnut

Blueberry Cheese Cake

Chocolate KitKat


Nature Heals
The resto’s location is overlooking an environment that resembles culture, tradition and beauty of the Philippines. Tagaytay has become so famous because of this scenery, and the inviting cold breeze you can’t feel at home and at work. An hour of two of sitting in a soft couch and looking in amazement in God’s given wonder is priceless! I mean, you can relate to what the “can-afford” class is saying when it comes to the reason why they spend this much to comfort themselves. They say, “To be here is priceless!” And anyone can say that too - including you.




Depression, stress and loneliness is curable by nature’s offerings. Each one of us needs it - the poor, the rich, and anyone in between. That’s why when the budget and energy allows, go find a place where nature is there to give you comfort in the most natural way.



Going Back in Time
Our stay in Charito Bag of Beans didn’t just end in eating and drinking. We of course tour the whole house (yes, it’s a house-turned-resto) and what pleases our eyes is beyond comprehension. Here are the corners and alleys of the place for your own appreciation.




Indeed, we did get back in time and in a place we'd never been before. Great as we were allowed to see and feel the entire place. The birthday celebrant as you will see below fully enjoyed being at Charito Bag of Beans.





The months of research paid off, of my wife in particular. Nothing to regret about spending (the planned spending I would say) for that is something that will cradle your heart and tinker your mind. It’s a memorable weekend date, truly a day to remember.





Because Tagaytay is just minutes away from our place, the most convenient way of being there for us is via commuting. Who needs a car? At this point, not us. What I am trying to convey here is that anybody can be in Charito Bag of Beans or any other luxurious restos and resorts out there, either on foot or on wheels. As a matter of fact, I can see cyclists and motorbikers eating here and on nearby restos. Believe me. Just work for it, save for it, and it will happen.



Going back home by bus ends our memorable tour at Sky Ranch and Charito - with stomach full, mind unwind, and soul re-energized.


Read Part 1 of this post. Click here.


About this Post
Hope you enjoyed reading this post. The post is about that time for unwinding and relaxation, as a way to relieve our stress at work or in our daily lives. We need it and there is always ways to calm down our nerves and release the toxins from our veins. I shared our short getaway story to remind everybody, tired and overworked Filipinos especially, that going out every now and then can help heal ourselves from boredom, depression, fatigue or restlessness. My wife and I do it whenever the time allows, or at least once a month - and without spending too much. It was wife's birthday too and so there is more reason to celebrate!

If you enjoyed reading the post, please share it with your friends, families and colleagues.

Comments

Popular Posts

“I Love Baguio City” - My Travel Story in the Summer Capital of the Philippines

The Strawberry Farm, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, the Mansion, Wright Park, Lourdes Grotto, and Session Road; these are among of the popular landmarks in the more commonly known “Summer Capital of the Philippines” – Baguio City. Why so? Well, the temperature here seldom exceeds 26 degree centigrade. During the cold season of December to February, the temperature falls down to even below 10 degree centigrade. The record low temperature was 6.3 degree and that was on January 18, 1961. How to Travel to Baguio City? Going to this cold city in the mountainous province of Benguet, Philippines is a six to seven hours travel by passenger utility bus from Manila. Starting from EDSA, traversing the NLEX, entering SCTEX, exiting the province of Tarlac and going through the neighbouring provinces of Pangasinan and La Union, and then exploring the zigzag road of either the Marcos Highway, the Kennon Road or the Naguilian Road, the coldest place in the Philippines will be reached. Baguio is a

Jesus Christ’s Hands (Kamay ni Hesus) – an Image of Ultimate Devotion

We visited Kamay ni Hesus in 2011. That big statue of Jesus Christ, similar to that one seen in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, is a magnificent wonder. Probably, this hidden place in the province of Quezon is not yet known to the world. Then this post is a good starting point to share it. More than 85% of the Filipinos are Catholics. Many are truly devoted. Some are not. This holy place is a place of worship for many Catholics. At about 50 feet tall, this statue of Jesus Christ is a magnificent structure made even more noticeable when placed on the mountain top. About two thousand to three thousand visitors come into this place everyday to pray, to stroll and to witness the beauty and holiness of this man-made mountain park. On the Photo: A view from the Foot of the Mountain at Lucban, Quezon, Philippines Kamay ni Hesus “Kamay ni Hesus” in Lucban, Quezon is proving it all. A structure, a park , a holy place – many believes that it will last for a lifetime. On a larger scale, Chris

"Business as Usual" as the Filipinos Define It (Vulcanizing Shop, Sari-Sari Store, Bakery) – Part 1

I asked the shop owner about these old unused tires on what are they doing with it. The Vulcanizing shop owners says, “Oh, someone will pick up those tires and pay us 5 or 10 pesos each. Sometimes they just take it for free”. Vulcanizing Shop - A Classic Example of Filipino Business You’ve most probably seen and been into a local, typical vulcanizing shop like this one in the photo. The business concept is very simple. Here’s a customer with his flat or deflated tire and the vulcanizing boy will repair it using a rubber compound patch, a heating tool, and an air pump. If it’s a regular car or van tire, repairing one may only take 10 minutes the cost of which is around 30 to 60 pesos. If it’s a tire from a truck or bus, it could be around 30 minutes and the repair would cost the vehicle owner around 100 to 150 pesos. Here’s the thing. A shop like this one could potentially earn a revenue of 1000 up to 2000 per day just by repairing a flat tire. Why? Well, with thousands of

The Divisoria Malls - Defining Shopping in the Philippines

They call it the 168 Mall. It is one of the busiest places in the Philippines during shopping days like Christmas season when longing for enjoyment and relaxation is on the air once again. From Cavite, my home place, going to Divisoria, it will take you about an hour travel under normal traffic flow. What is in this place? Well, Divisoria is the Bargain Shopping Capital of the Philippines . This is where wholesale and retail prices make shoppers say “WOW!” on delight. Visiting this place will definitely give you a realization about shopping on a different dimension. Find out why on the next paragraphs. On the Photo: The Popular 168 Mall in Divisoria, Manila, Philippines Divisoria is located in Binondo, Manila. It is accessible via Quiapo(where the famous Black Nazarene of Quiapo Church is) thru Recto Avenue and via Lawton near Manila City Hall. Divisoria has been there since the early 90’s. As it is near the North Harbour, Manila’s main seaport, the freshest and cheapest produc

Beautiful Life in the Philippines in These Times of Pandemic

Life is beautiful if you will find ways to make it beautiful... This is what I learned from life experiences here in the planet. As the line from the poem Invictus states: I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. We are responsible for our happiness, at least in a world where everyone has freedom. Now, as to what happiness would mean to you, it something you must know. But defining happiness should not be complicated. Perhaps, this blog post can explain...  Cows Freely Eating Grasses in a Green Field A Lady Witnessing the Rising of the Sun Morning Sun as it Climbs Up to Start the Day We all experienced the horrible impact of pandemic over the past two years, and yet we still feel the difficulties and challenges up to this very moment coping up with the so-called "new normal". Maybe its already too much to say what this COVID-19 virus bring us...that's enough! An inspiration may cure our broken hearts and souls. This is the best way to calm us down, make us

“Fixer” in Philippine Government Agencies Like the Social Security System (SSS) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) – What We Filipinos Can Do About it?

Maybe in this post, I can clearly explain how “fixing” works in many government offices in the country. The idea is first, to warn you that such illegal fixing happens, and second, to give you tips on how you should avoid them. Plain and simple, we will not in anyway damage or speak against anyone or any particular office of the government in this post. It just happened that this is about my experience with LTO and SSS Tagaytay. I want to emphasize that still many government employees in the Philippines are doing their jobs right - including those who are working in the said branches. If you have experienced transacting with any government offices here in the Philippines, whether you're a Filipino or not, you should already be familiar with these signages. NO TO FIXER Banner in an LTO Office NO NOON BREAK Banner in LTO Tagaytay Here’s a bit of knowledge for you to digest first. What is “fixing” or who is a “fixer” by the way? In the Philippines, these good w

Who are These OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) and Why are They the Modern Heroes of the Philippines

At the turn of the millennium, the Philippine government launches this campaign program calling the overseas Filipino workers or OFWs as “Mga Bagong Bayani ng Bayan” (Modern Heroes of the Nation). From then onwards, different organizations established programs giving awards and recognitions to selected OFWs who did a remarkable contribution or action to their family, friends, work or in general, to the country. OFW ka ba? Bakit? Eh kasi dating mo pa lang, mayaman ka na. Boom!  (Are you an OFW? Why? Because with just the way look, it seems that you’re rich. Boom!) My Cousin Dado as an OFW in South Korea  At present, OFWs around the world are estimated to be around 12 – 14 million. This is approximately 10 – 12 percent of the Philippines total population. These OFWs are distributed on many countries all over the globe majority of whom are in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Singapore, Hongkong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Italy. Immigrant workers in the United States, Aust

Interesting Facts from the Historic Province of the Ilocanos - Ilocos Norte, the Philippines

In 2016, my friends traveled to the northern part of our country – in Ilocos region. The views there are truly amazing, so I decided to create this post about Ilocos Norte. No wonder, some of the places I am going to share here do exists in the Philippines for centuries. Yes, that old! Not only that, I researched more facts about these places that may help you appreciate more the beauty or importance of them. Ready to be fascinated? Here we go. Sand Dunes, Paoay, Ilocos Norte The Sand Dunes in Paoay Ilocos Norte is in some ways comparable to the desert safaris found in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Marrakech. Land cruisers or 4x4 rough terrain vehicles will tour you around the dunes. The place is also known as the Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes (INSD) and is considered a National Geological Monument. The locals call it La Paz Sand Dunes or Bantay Bimmaboy. Notable feature of this tourist destination is that it is an 85 square kilometers dry zone facing the West Philippine Sea. Today, adventu