I have been remiss lately in updating posts on my blog. Honestly, I have been so busy with work that I have not had the time to write. I am trying my best to do a bit of time management since it’s been quite hectic. I have traveled to 2 countries in a span of 3 months – 1 for work and another for pleasure so my schedule has been doubly hectic. My foodie explorations have also been many and as such I will try and catch up so that the blog remains current and also so that I don’t forget what I have eaten and how I felt eating the food.
Last April, my aunt and uncle from the US came home because it was their daughter’s (my cousin’s) graduation from college. They decided to spend some time here in the metro and Tagaytay was definitely on the map of places to visit. We headed off early but unfortunately a little road mishap delayed us for an hour in the small winding roads of Tagaytay. We stopped for refreshments in the resident Starbucks and took some pictures and then preceded to our lunch destination which I decided was to be Josephine’s since I think as balikbayans my aunt and uncle miss Filipino food.
So far my experiences with Josephine’s have been good so I just decided to bring them there. For our appetizers, we ordered their appetizer sampler which had crispy fried crablets, grilled shells, roasted shrimps and grilled squid. We also had some crispy calamari and everyone was happy. The seafood sampler was cooked just right and it had a clean and fresh taste and the calamari was crispy and the squid inside cooked well and not tough.
|Seafood Appetizer Sampler|
Aunt Joy also ordered 2 kinds of salads, the garden salad and mango salsa salad. The first was a mixture of greens, tomatoes, red bell peppers, boiled egg, carrots and vinaigrette while the former was mangoes, tomatoes, cucumber, cilantro and vinaigrette. These salads were very refreshing and we especially loved the mango salsa. It was spot on!
We also ordered the classic kare-kare, oxtail and beef swimming in a peanut-based sauce. It was served together with some bagoong alamang and again this dish did not disappoint. It was very Filipino and delicious. We couldn’t get enough of it especially paired with the bagoong. The kare-kare is a bit bland and the bagoong is the perfect pair for it.
Going to Tagaytay would not be complete without the requisite dish – bulalo. Softened beef in bone and this dish was very hearty and filling. The beef around the bone was so tender that it literally fell off the bone and was swimming in the hearty and flavorful broth. We also had some noodles but I wasn’t able to take a picture of it. It wasn’t really their specialty and it was just ok. The other dishes were more to my liking.
Overall, Josephine’s is really a good place to enjoy Filipino food and the view that they have is really very nice. Plus, eating with family makes everything all the more delish! No more room for dessert at this point.