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There are circumstances and events that live in one’s memory more prominently than the others and going on road trips with the family is one of them – remembering the happier days. I am transferring some of my family albums from Multiply which according to news will close in a few months and I can’t resist posting this particular album here since I loved the place when we dined there more than three years ago, a few months before I discovered that I had colon cancer. It changed my perspective about life because after my surgery, we have cut down on taking trips like this. It was replaced by regular trips to the hospital, diagnostic centers and my doctors. I am so grateful though that before  that life-changing ailment, I was able to visit here.

This was when I was still starting my love affair with my camera. I can’t remember now which one I used here, because I used to have a Pentax Optio and a much-lower-priced Samsung. I am using a Canon Ixus now with many added features. These are raw shots that were never altered, not even cropped.

Breakfast at Antonio’s (that’s actually the full name of the restaurant), is a high-end restaurant that serves breakfast meals all day long.  I remember the date, it was January 15, 2009. We came from our first road trip to Caleruega and we were on our way back to Manila. We were talking of where to take lunch even before we left Caleruega. And the kids were unanimous in saying that we will have it in Tagaytay so they could also enjoy the view of the Taal Lake. It was quite cloudy when we were there so I suggested why not try Breakfast at Antonio’s? It is about two and a half kilometers from the main highway but it is worth the time and the wait. We waited for about thirty minutes to be served. There were only about three occupied tables when we arrived. It’s gourmet dining at its best. Hubby was impressed. My two kids ordered chocolate milk drinks while  hubby  had tomato juice. I just had plain water because I had so much coffee while we were in  Caleruega.

It’s an architectural showcase, notice the high beams, it blends so well with the place.

While waiting for our food, we had one of the waiters take a shot of the four of us.

The fun part – eating! They call this Sausages and Scrambles.

Beef  tapa, a must have for a nourishing breakfast but we had it at lunch.

Ham and Swiss Cheese Roesti

Croque Madame

More than the food, I just love the ambience of the place.

This greets you at the reception area, a room full of antique items on the walls and as decors too. Even the floor entices you to go barefoot.

Ah, the Koi, we all love Koi!

Love that big pot of Anthurium, part of the charm of the place.

The main door stays closed but they open it for clients and diners.

My two kids….

A rare shot of the four of us – as always, we have to set up the tripod for this.

Love those paintings on the wall. This dining area has that airy atmosphere which is just perfect for a lovely chat.

I love that picture window and the garden beyond.

And this lush Koi pond….

The Koi fish are bigger than the ones they have at Caleruega.

Couldn’t resist these  lovely blooms….

Another shot of the reception area…

The garden in front…

That’s my son enjoying a few minutes of walking around the place.

I really hope one of these days, we could come back here and sample their other menu on the list.

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This would be the first time I would utilize the  topic suggested by Plinky.com because I like it. I love going on road trips, whether a short two-hour trip or a long  five to six hours on the road. It even feels more special when you are traveling with the whole family and discovering places which are new in your eyes and a delight to see.  We’ve taken several road trips before but the times that stand out are  those days that we spent in Caleruega, one of my favorite places. If you want peace and quiet amidst the splendor of lovely gardens and a beautiful church, it’s the best place to be. I’ve been blogging about the place and raving about it for I don’t know how many number of times. It was on our first trip there that we discovered the most talked about Breakfast At Antonio’s in Tagaytay City,  it’s gourmet  dining at its best. I remember taking a lot of pictures because I loved the place. It has a garden and a Koi  pond plus lots of antique collections and heirloom pieces proudly displayed at their reception area. Although the food was a little  expensive, it was worth the visit.

This is Breakfast At Antonio’s main dining area. The black and white motif makes the wonderful paintings and the lush garden stand out.

The front facade of the restaurant with its landscaped garden.

They call this Sausages and Scrambles...yummy!

Last December 2009, we embarked on a short trip to Tanay, Rizal, it was three weeks after my last chemotherapy.  I blogged about it here.  Did I say it was a litmus test for me?

An amazing scene, the mountain air was biting.

The unfinished log cabin where we roasted marshmallows and hotdogs and grilled Bangus for lunch.

And staying in the open field with a tent is what I call total bliss.

The best road trips are of course the times we went to our home province for short vacations. There is really no place like home.  I still dream of one special place to visit. The truly inspiring place remains a dream for now. It’s not near enough to be reached by car since you have to spend more than an hour by plane to reach it.

 

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