If you want to eat somewhere right now, where would you go?

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1 year ago

Here goes my first food blog here in read.

There is one restaurant that I have been once or twice that I have wished I should have gone more frequently. That place is called Anidu Cordilleran Bistro. I have been seeing this in my fb feed and have added it to my list. We did go to their original location but I was not able to document that experience.

Anidu Cordilleran Bistro

Anidu is a Cordilleran term for warming oneself to a fireplace or a bonfire. However, I did not see fireplace in their original location nor to the new location where they transferred. They moved to a new location which used to be a Korean Restaurant (which we frequented). I love what they have done to the place and how wider it seems now as compared before.

They seriously made the presence of Cordillera with the decors they have.

Horns of animals are popular decors here even in households. In olden times when hunting is still a practice and there are still animals to hunt and places to hunt, horns and skulls serve as trophies. It also shows how rich you are since you have butchered a lot of animals.

Woodcraft is also one of skills of the Cordillerans and that is evident in the wine holder, the furniture and some wall decors such as the wooden fork and spoon. Wines sold here are locally made like strawberry, bugnay, etc. On that note, cocktails and local beers are also served here.

Designs of weaving differ from region to region and some of it are shown here. Clay pots are also seen displayed aside from woven baskets.

Sangi or Pasiking is a knapbasket made of rattan and bamboo. It comes with tightfitting lid. The base is made of reinforced bamboo. This is lightweight and durable. It used to be an everyday bag. It is perfect here in the tropics especially here in the mountains where we have more rainy months than dry ones. Rattan contracts when wet keeping the contents of the bag dry and safe from the rain.

The menu of Anidu has variations of Cordilleran cuisine. You have choices for individual serving or for sharing.

While waiting for our order, we had a cup of Benguet coffee. It was raining that time so it's perfect for coffee.

We settled for Pinunug which is an Ifugao smoked meat sausage. This is different from Benguet's blood sausage called Pinuneg. They have supplier from Ifugao so you know that it is authentic for it directly comes from the original source.

We also tried their Bulalo or Beef Stew claimed to be cooked for hours.

We ordered rice to go with all that. Of course, you can't eat all that without rice. To fully experience this meal, rice should go along with it.

Waiting time for our order took less than 10 minutes.

This is my first time eating Pinunug. It is served on a bed of fresh cabbage and slices of tomatoes on the side and a slice of lemon. I tasted the sausage and I can taste a hint of fat. Some are chewy while others are soft. I could taste some salt in there and some sweetness but nothing more. Adding the lemon and cabbage adds a zest and different texture to it. It also has that smoky taste to it which makes everything a palate adventure.

Their Bulalo is tasty and hot, perfect for this bed weather we have, rain and fog. Drinking that beef hot appealing soup makes one's mouth water. Their version has a slice of corn, some Baguio beans and cabbages and other spices to taste. Sinking your teeth to that softened meat just makes you want to come back for more.

Adding in the ever present chili pepper to every meal makes it even more better. Their rice is what we call red rice and also has smoky taste to it which makes me think it was cooked using wood. It takes me back to the days when we were young when we cooked rice using wood.

We started and ended with locally grown coffee. One order of coffee has refill so we took advantage of that.

Our bill comes in this wooden holder which showcases Cordilleran woodcarving skill.

All in all, it was a great experience. We were served well. The place feels like home and comfortable with pleasant ambiance. Food was great and enjoyable. Price was competitive and worth it.

Aside from pork and beef, they also serve duck, chicken, vegetables and fruit shake
They only accepted cash here. Parking was limited and sometimes not available for there were other establishments there too utilizing the parking space.

We loved all the food we ate. It was one of those places that will be on top of the list. Sadly, when we checked them again, they were no longer there and another business took its place. I messaged their fb page but there was no reply. Their last update was two years ago.

I hope they open again soon.

This was originally posted here and it was edited with revisions, addition and subtraction. All photos were mine. These were edited using Pixlr and Canva.

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I've missed your food/restaurant review. The way how you describe a paeticular dish is really astonishing. I hope that influencers would also promote our local products especially the pasiking and also our weave products. I was not able to go to a weaving place when I was in Zamboanga but soon I will see to it that I get to visit that place.

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1 year ago

The weaving industry here in our country should be preserved and be promoted.

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1 year ago

Tayo na lang ang magpromote. 😊 kasi yung iba mas pinopromote mga luxury items. Meron ako nakita na bag na mala Christian Dior. Locally made na weave bag. Ganda. Kaso lang sa panahon ngayon medjo hindi nga lang praktikal bumili mga bag kasi hindi naman magagamit. Sad.

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1 year ago

Pinahirapan mo nman ako.. Hirap tuloy mamili kung saan sa dami nyan πŸ˜‚ makapabisin met aminπŸ˜…

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1 year ago

Haha! Sayang garud daytoy nag close metten.

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1 year ago

Hindi man lng ako hinintay bago magcloseπŸ˜…

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1 year ago

Oh, those mouth-watering foods. If I want to eat somewhere right now, anywhere is the place to be. I don't mind eating street foods or dining in a fancy restaurant. Im up to any foodtrip invites.

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1 year ago

Lol! I'm up for that too but even if I want it right now, the weather is so bad I'd rather stay home :D

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1 year ago

Oh. I see. Noodled would be great for that weather. I'm thinking of eating noodles now too.πŸ˜…

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1 year ago

We have been having noodles for how many days because of this weather so no for now lol!

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1 year ago

Hahaha. My bad. Try bulalo or sinigang

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1 year ago

Haha! Much better ;D

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1 year ago

If I wanna eat right now, naku Korean food. Last time pa ko nagcracrave hahaha

Sasabihin ko pa sana na gusto ko yannn. Kaso wala na pala πŸ’”

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1 year ago

Parang naumay ako sa Korean food haha! Sana may iba naman na madiscover soon. May resto dito nagse-serve ng African dishes kaso parang di ko bet haha!

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1 year ago

Niceee nang place ahhh ❀.

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1 year ago

Oo nga e kaya nakakamiss. Pero may attachment din ako jan kasi dating restaurant ng friend ko yan kaso nalugi din. Pangit kasi talaga yang location na yan.

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1 year ago

Everything looks so tasty. I love trying new food. And I think one of the pleasures of traveling is to try new savors. The place seemed very nice. It was very sad to read your last paragraph and learning that they are no longer open. It seemed a really good place.

And it has nothing to do with the food, but I love the Pasiking bag. :)

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1 year ago

Yes, that bag brings lots of memories. It always reminds me of my grandparents, my mom's parents. We would go to their garden and we would like to get there. Our food is placed in a bag like that. Sometimes they would let me carry it.

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1 year ago

They are beautiful bags. How nice that they bring you such good memories. If I ever visit the Philippines. One of those bags is something I would definitely like to bring with me.

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1 year ago

They surely are for keeps :)

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1 year ago

When we went to sagada, i have seen these types of sausages... i remember we have one of that rattan bag. I used it when I was in elementary...

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1 year ago

Parang gusto ko nga bumili ng bag na ganyan e hehe. Gumagawa lolo ganto nun kaso matanda na siya di na nya kaya.

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1 year ago

I want this place! πŸ₯²πŸ˜

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1 year ago

It's so easy to fall in love with this place. Simple but leaves you wanting for more.

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1 year ago

Aww I want that. Simple but leaves you wanting for more. ☺️ nature is really tempting. Beautiful and calm.

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1 year ago

Sayang, siguro dahil sa pandemic kaya sila nagclose? San kaya sila lumipat? Ang ganda ng presentation mo. Para kang nag aadvertise ng sariling kainan mo.😊

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1 year ago

Mukha nga. Kasi April 2019 ata un last na update nila sa FB.

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1 year ago

Ganda naman ng place. At sure ako masasarap din iyong mga pagkain kahit di ko pa natitikman. Sa way kasi ng pag kwekwento mo masarap talaga siya. Sayang naman po kung nag close na sila. Sana lumipat lang.

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1 year ago

Every now and then check ko fb nila e baka sakali may update pero gang ngayon wala pa.

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1 year ago

Sayang. Pero kung nag close man po talaga sila dahil na rin siguro sa matumal talaga ang business ngayon. Nasa bahay lang kasi halos ang mga tao dahil sa COVID

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1 year ago

Tama. Pero I'm hopeful pagkatapos neto babalik din sila at sana sa mas naganda location na.

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1 year ago

I love exploring beautiful restaurants too where I get to taste different kind of meals and how they taste like. I have been to two restaurants and I really like their service there.

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1 year ago

That's great! Here more and more different kinds of restaurant serving different cuisines are opening. We have Asian, European, American and now there's an African restaurant. I feel like I can travel the world through food :D

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1 year ago

@z_graeden @zxeon @gwennie , kayo naalala ko habang binabasa ko ito.

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User's avatar Yen
1 year ago

Hahaha.... Thank you. 😁❣️

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1 year ago

Sadly, nagclose n daw ung bistro..😁

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1 year ago

Tara na mag food trip tayo :D :D

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1 year ago

Malayo ako haha. Nueva Ecija πŸ˜‚ pero after pandemic gusto ko pumunta dyan hihi

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User's avatar Yen
1 year ago

Pwede na umakyat :D

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1 year ago

the interior design is really nice and the food look so delicious. And if I'm gonna answer the question, I'd would go to Jollibee. I just miss eating fast food. πŸ˜‚

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1 year ago

I would love a chicken bucket too lol!

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1 year ago

haha. 2 pieces of chicken is already enough. hehe .haha

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1 year ago

Ay, bakit? haha!

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1 year ago

Masama pag sobra.hehehehe. Mangangati ako

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1 year ago

Ah kaya pala.

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1 year ago

kaslang naimas ta pinunug ..sana asideg lang dita..

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1 year ago

Wen naimas isu. Han nga tay mararamanan nga taba. Nagclose ngaminen daytoy ngay nga resto isu nga sayang.

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1 year ago

Sayang baka immadayo dan..

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1 year ago

Bareng agsubli da malpas pandemya

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1 year ago

Wow sapay kuma ta mapasyar min to met hehe

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1 year ago

Natakam ako sa pagkain at gusto ko rin ma try yung coffee nila..aigooo.baka iba nna name na ginagamit nila since nagclose na sila sa dating lugar

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1 year ago

Di ko lang sure kung san sila lumipat. Walang reply sa message ko sa fb nila e hehe.

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1 year ago

sayang..maganda pa naman sana at masarap pagkain nila as per you say

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1 year ago

Kaya nga e

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1 year ago

Did you notice the cup plate ? This is first time i am watching // this is kinda look awesome than usuall .. After that they system of beer decorate .. amazing!

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1 year ago

Right? Amazing stuff you can see there.

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1 year ago

i think the same mate

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1 year ago

Wiw ganda ng ambience, Igoy na igoy xa. Sadly, close sila.. han da ngata nag-alis met?

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1 year ago

Madik garud amu nu nag-alisan da. Incontact ko fb da ngem awan reply.

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1 year ago

Waw... Those food look very delicious! Sayang i hope they just moved some place. Id like to try pinunug!

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1 year ago

If you have Ifugao friends, maybe you can ask about pinunug :D

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1 year ago

Happy cordillera day! Nabasa ko lang kahapon! Sakto cordilleran dish sana

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1 year ago

Iniisip ko nga if i have... πŸ€”

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1 year ago

Ah oo nga pala haha! Nakalimutan ko pa. Parang nasasanay na na walang celebration.

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1 year ago

Wow! It's pretty cool restaurant. I wish someday I can visit that too. I like the foods, it's perfect..❀️

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1 year ago

Sadly, the business closed. I hope they will reopen somewhere soon.

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1 year ago

I love the look of tha bulalo! Tingin palang nakakatakam na.

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1 year ago

Di ba? Lahat masarap actually :D Sakto pa kasi maulan nung time na yan kaya panalo ang bulalo.

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1 year ago

Wow, sana all nakakapag foodtrip ng ganyang kasarap 🀧

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1 year ago

Nakakamiss nga e. Since pandemic wala na ganyan na food trip.

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1 year ago

Oo. Though meron pa din naman, kaso very limited na. :(

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1 year ago

Ah oo din.

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1 year ago

Hindi ko balak mag breakfast pero tinakam ako ng article mo. Haha. At mukhang ang sarap tumambay dyan 😁

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1 year ago

Masarap talaga jan hehe. Kaso wala na nagclose na sila.

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1 year ago

Im drooling right now. Natatakam ko sa bulalo. πŸ˜… Ang ganda ng ambiance. πŸ’— By the way yung bugnay ba diyan is same sa naiisip ko, yung maliliit na green yung color?

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1 year ago

Black or red siya pag hinog. Bignay ata tawag sa ibang place.

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1 year ago

Parang iba siguro yung nasa isip ko pala. Hahahaha hindi pala yun yun. 🀦

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1 year ago

Di ko din sure haha!

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1 year ago

Sigeee move on na tayo sa bugnay na yan hahahahaha

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1 year ago

Haha!

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1 year ago

While reading, one question I have was to ask the location only to have it answered pla sa last part :D Sayang at ngclose sila.

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1 year ago

Sayang nga e. May potential siya. They have presented local cuisines in a better light. Mali lang ung mga locations na pinipili nila.

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1 year ago

Ahh, that must be the reason na ngclose sila, yug mali ang location. Saka ang mahal ng upa sa commercial spaces, isa dn cguro yon.

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1 year ago

Oo din. Di nasustain tapos nagka pandemic pa.

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1 year ago

Nagmayat met ditan! Makapangpanganak sinanglaw tuloy hehe

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1 year ago

Haha! Mayat agsabaw nga agpayso tadta ta nalammin.

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1 year ago

Hah, if there's one place I would like to go back to for food that would be in Cebu! Fresh scallops ftw! I mean baked scallops. Yum yummm and the cheese. Ah I love it. And I can eat a dish with real crab meat! Oh my goodness. Hahaha.

Oh but that restaurant looks interesting too.

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1 year ago

Fresh food is always great!

Sa Cagayan naman ako naka experience ng fresh catch. Ang sarap kumain tas sabayan pa ng shot by the beach pa kaya solb na solb haha!

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1 year ago

Ay oo hahaha. Sana lang makapag-beach ulit.

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1 year ago

Nakakamiss na un lasa ng dagat e haha!

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1 year ago

Kaya nga. D bale makakadagat ulit next time. Hehe.

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1 year ago

Ayoko na muna isipin haha!

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