April 6, 2011

Sonya's Garden.

It was March last year when my friend Ces and I drove up to Tagaytay. She was joining a photo contest organized by Tagaytay Highlands. Weeks before this trip, I was mentoring her on photography and postprocessing, and I knew she would win this contest. She's a very talented photographer to begin with. Smart and amazing, too. I am so proud to say she did win First Place.

After a sumptuous big brunch and after taking pictures at the Highlands almost the entire day, we headed off to Sonya's Garden for an early dinner.

It was my first visit to Sonya's Garden and the moment I walked into its pathways, I was in awe. I instantly fell in love with the lush gardens, colorful lamps, eclectic furnitures, and romantic little corners.

The dining area was dreamy and homey at the same time. It was truly a feast to the senses. It almost felt like dining in a secret oasis, except that Sonya's Garden is no longer a secret.

I will not try to put into words how amazing the set meal was or describe what exactly was served to us. Instead, I will grab the description from their website --
She lets her guests start off with a salad of greens—dill, nasturtium, oxalis and arugula leaves handpicked from her garden—mixed with edible flowers in season. She then advises guests to sprinkle it with a variety of garnishing that includes fresh fruits, crispy broad beans, green peppercorns soaked in olive oil, and grated parmesan. Then there’s her secret salad dressing that is her own recipe, one that she developed from her days as an expat in Europe.
This is followed by warm servings of freshly baked wheat bread hot from the oven of her Panaderia, which are enjoyed with a variety of dips. {from their website}
Then there’s pasta with two choices of sauce, one made from sun dried tomatoes and another creamy ensemble of chicken bits and mangoes that is a favorite of those with a sweeter tongue. {from their website}
To say that Ces and I loved the food is an understatement. We both were so full and happy and satisfied. We promised we'd take our Moms here. I know Mom will love this place.
Rate: Php610 net per person/set (eat all you can)
  • Green Salad
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Dessert
  • Drinks

We also had the privilege of meeting Sonya that day. Ces bought a copy of Sonya's book and it was very gracious of Sonya to sign it.

Sonya was the nicest. She spent a bit of her time with us, gave us seeds to plant, and invited us to check out the Bed and Breakfast area.

The sun was already setting when we walked around the compound, checking every corner and snapping pictures of flowers and cottages and each other. The bright orange glow of the setting sun was a perfect companion as we walked through beautiful pathways towards the B&B area.

A big part of every journey, I think, is defined by the experience and memory we share with the people we meet along the way or with people we travel with. And that day at Sonya's Garden will always be special. Ces is one of my favorite people on the planet and she was is an awesome travel companion. She's so fun and grounded and quite a free spirit.

We had a long drive back to Manila and we left Sonya's Garden renewed and ready for what lies ahead of us -- terrible traffic on a Tuesday night.

. . . . .

Sonya's Garden
Barangay Buck Estate
Alfonso, Cavite (near Tagaytay)

For reservations: call or text +63 9175329097 or +63 9175335140
Email: info@sonyasgarden.com

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  1. Woww, nice kaaju ang place ate. I so love it. i hope makaadto pod ko pohon. ate ai, magpa mentor pod ko nimo ug photography ate ai ng uli naho pohon.:)

  2. Hi! Thanks for this share :) Photographs are really inviting me to be there. ANd it;s nice that you have met Sonya :) Thanks again!

  3. Hi! You're photography really invites me to visit Sonya's Garden. :) I hope my love one and I can visit it as soonest as possible. It's nice that you have met SOnya! Thanks again for this share!

  4. Julai: Oh, you should go and visit, Jul, when you have the chance! I would love to teach you some tips and tricks on photography. :) Just tell me when you're ready! :)

  5. Kitchie: You are most welcome. I think you'd love Sonya's Garden. And yes, we were quite lucky that she spent time with us when we were there. :)




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