Power Breakfast at the Beach House, Costa Pacifica Raintree
|My cheesy starter plate: cream cheese rolled in black pepper and garlic, kesong outi, edam, marinated black olives, raisins, walnuts, assorted cold cuts|
We arrived at the newly-opened Costa Pacifica Raintree resort just when the sun had started to show up its striking rays on the horizon. Check in was a breeze as we were welcomed and assisted by the friendly management and staff of the resort. Before going to our room, Pettina, the lovely F&B manager of the resort's signature all-day dining restaurant, invited us for a hearty breakfast. Perhaps she could read our minds that we were already starving from the five hour no-stopover bus ride. =)
So we just freshened up in our beautiful Pacifica Suite and off we went to the Beach House. When we finally had our table near the buffet area, I was observing the layout and the design of the restaurant. It looks and feels familiar. Linear lines. Bubble lamps. Glass doors. And when Randy, the super accommodating resort manager, sat down with us, I was able to confirm my intuition: the restaurant, as well as the entire resort, was designed by no less than the architect Ed Calma. For some who doesn't know him (I doubt if there is), he was the man behind the Mind Museum, among others.
|The chic interiors of the Beach House|
|Bubble lamps hanging all over the place|
|Assorted premium cheeses, raisins, and nuts|
There was also a bread and pizza station, where we were awakened by the aroma of freshly-baked breads by the wood-fired oven. The breakfast pizza was also good, especially when I combined it with a few slices of crispy bacon and sausages.
|Bread and pizza station|
|Sausage and bacon galore|
|Waffles with the famous Baler peanut butter|
|My special bagnet-tofu congee|
|Condiments at the congee station|
|Tomatoes and basil|
|Biniklad na dilis|
Fruit juices are also included in the buffet spread, so you can drown yourselves with fresh coconut water, or freshly-squeeze orange, pineapple, or watermelon juice. I had four glasses of coconut water on the rocks on the first day alone. It's just so fresh and tempting to pass on!
|Fresh fruit juices|
|Fruits and suman|
|Suman de Baler, coco jam, peanut butter, kesong puti, edam, and raisins|
|Hubby's watermelon slices|
|Freshly-brewed Aurora coffee with chocnut on the side|
Costa Pacifica Raintree
80 Buton St, Sitio Labasin,
Barangay Sabang, Baler, Aurora, Philippines
4/F Universale Building,
106 Paseo de Roxas cor. Perea Street, Makati
tel (632) 576.4555 | fax (632) 893.2561
Special thanks to Mr. Randy Salvador,
Ms. Mela Sison, Mr. Sherwin Cruz,
and Ms. Pettina Mae Cruz for making
our stay memorable.