MAIN Bilao meals for groups

Tired of the city? Take advantage of the cool weather and head off to Tagaytay City and check out the parks, cafés and restaurants.

From Metro Manila, going to Tagatay is now quicker by taking the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX). Another highway in the works is Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway (CTBex) that will service those going to and from Silang, Amadeo, Indang, Mendez, Alfonso and Nasugbu.

One may consider investing in a Tagaytay property with a Filipino real estate developer such

CitiGlobal Realty and Development Inc. which has several master-planned community development in Metro Tagaytay such as Tagaytay Clifton Resort Suites and Tagaytay Fontaine Villas (tel. 0949-889-3252; info@citiglobal.com.ph).

Pork barbecue

There are many dining options, but one affordable homegrown restaurant to check out in Tagaytay is Tia Belle’s which specializes in Filipino comfort dishes and delicacies available in big servings for families and groups.

Located in Silang, along Tagaytay-Santa Rosa Road, Tia Belle’s is open to all guests and offers alfresco dining. Owner Evelyn Wise is Tia Belle from Nueva Ecija, and the menu are her tried and tested recipes: party favorites pancit Malabon, miki-bihon, pork barbecue, lumpia Laguna and the bestseller pichi-pichi.

Other merienda items are bibingka galapong, suman inangit with cacao and kakanin sa bilao, best paired with tsokolate de batirol and the Tagaytay breeze, of course.

Pichi-pichi

Tia Belle’s is celebrating its ninth anniversary, and diners can enjoy Filipino food in a homey native setting with kundiman on the background. Diners can even buy pasalubong at the gift shop. Tia’s Aromatherapy & Specialty Gift offers food items and pure essential oils in partnership with Essence of Cleopatra Aromatherapy based in Canada.

Tia Belle’s, Putingkahoy, Silang, Tagaytay, Cavite; tel. 0939-3868648, 0927-7133558; facebook.com/TiaBellePansitMalabonAndPichiPichi.