OMG : Oh My Gulay at Session Road , Baguio City

La Azotea Green Building , Diego Silang Street Corner Session Road  Baguio City, Benguet

OMG is located at the heart of infamous Baguio’s Session Road, Oh My Gulay is a unique dining restaurant which is popular to vegans, local artists , foodies and tourists. You have to climb the stairs going to  fifth floor of the La Azotea Green Building along Session Road. You have to climb an old wooden staircase leading to the penthouse floor.

staircase 

Ms. Tina Perez, Ms. Vance Madrid and the author took a side tour of this famed restaurant within Session Road.  This is my second time to visit this restaurant , The first one was way back in 2010 .

signage 

One could not missed the signage at the front door leading to the penthouse where an artist’s oasis is located .

dining area with a view of Baguio’s city scape 

We arrived just before the sunset around past 4:30pm  ,  There are still some rays of the sun . Our group decided to take some photos of the place and we ordered some of the famed dishes for merienda ( snacks) . We ordered 3 kinds of dishes in their menu , The OMG salad ,  Lumpia Salad and Dayap Ice Tea. One can look at the surrounding places like SM and Burnham Park .

OMG salad 

I think that the key to the OMG salad is that they are made from fresh quality ingredients which is found in Benguet province.

OMG Lumpia Salad 

The lumpia  salad is very crispy with a lot of lettuce and special sauce.  The lumpia rolls had tofu rolls on a bed of mix green tossed with honey mustard , Asian dressing and with picama / singkamas as additional topping .

There are assortment of the decors that could be found there and there is a koi pond in the middle. There are a lot of tropical plants and foliage indoor plant , making this place a rare treat . This is visually appealing to the eyes .

kois pond with wooden bridge 

stage area

There is also an elevated area where Igorot huts and props are displayed . There are cultural shows and the elevated platform serves as a stage area .

local painters gallery

Oh My Gulay! is owned by the film director Mr. Eric de Guia (aka Kitlat Tahimik). It is part of the art community called Victor Oteyza Community Art Space (VOCAS).

It began raining very hard and it is almost sunset by the time we finished eating, It was past 7:00pm when we left the place after a hearty snack and took a service van to  Azalea Hotel.

OH MY GULAY ARTIST CAFE
La Azotea Building, 108 Session Road,Baguio City, Philippines
(Green Building in the middle of session road opposite Don Henrico)
Opens daily 11.00am to 9.00pm (Kitchen closes at 8.30pm)
Note: Cash Only
Telephone: +63 74 446-0108
Facebook: Oh My Gulay

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Shopping at Baguio Night Market

Harrison Road , Baguio City-Philippines

It was past 9:00pm when we left Azalea Hotel premises on our way to the famed Baguio Night Market or Baguio Ukay-Ukay Market .  The entire Harrison Street near Burnham ParkMelvin Jones grandstand is converted into a large street market .

fashion and travel bloggers

The word ” Ukay-Ukay ” came from Filipino phrase ‘halukay’ or hukay-hukay  which literally means “digging” or “make a mess.”

There were over 1,000 street hawkers and street food sellers along a kilometer or so of the street .  The busiest night will be during weekends and during the summer months , when there were a lot of tourists from Metro Manila and surrounding provinces. The street hawkers would start to sell their goods by 9:00pm and end sometime early morning , But if it is raining or if there are few customers , most of them will pack-up by 12:00 midnight .

stuffed toys

For first timers in Baguio , Not all the items being sold at the night market are pre-loved / second hand or ukay-ukay items. Some are brand new or imitation from popular brands. There are also native products like key chains, wood crafts and knitted bonnets made by the locals .

key chains , refrigerator magnets  

For old clothes , price range from as low as Php 10.00 to a few hundred of pesos. The fashion , lifestyle and travel bloggers participated in a contest where they were given Php 500 per group for a challenge to buy a complete outfit for about 1 to 1/2 hour .

food hawkers

I am looking for some matchbox toys but was quite disappointed not to see them .  I have seen that there are a lot of people walking within the street market .

fish balls, squid balls, tokneneng , calamares , kikiam on stick and fried chicken

I have met some foreign students and tourists, They are up for a different challenge , sampling local street foods  , local delicacies.

We left the street market at about 10:40pm on our way back to the hotel.