Have you ever wondered how even the faint aroma of something you ate on a vacation instantly takes you back to the moment you experienced it?
The smell of baby back ribs — smoked the natural way — sizzling on the grill transports me back to Farmstead, a former nursery barn turned restaurant along Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena, the heart of Napa Valley, where the food is delicious, creative, fresh and unique. And just a tiny bite of crocodile ceviche reminds me of my memorable, exotic food journey in Sydney.
Food, indeed, has the ability to define your memories and shape your journey.
Two Seasons Coron Bayside’s Lengua Sisig
Two things stuck in my mind during my first trip to Palawan: the scary flight during an impending typhoon, and the delicious food that awaited us at Baya Resto Lounge at Two Seasons Coron Bayside.
The hotel, which opened a year ago, used to serve as the welcome center for guests booked at Two Seasons Island Resort & Spa. Those whose flights arrived late would often have to stay overnight. Today, Two Seasons Coron Bayside is a new full-service hotel that’s become the talk of the town, not only for its exceptional service and amenities, but also for its food, glorious food.
Baya Resto Lounge chef Felwin Pangilinan makes use of ingredients that are in season or readily available at the nearby wet market.
Coron is quite known for its abundant and inexpensive seafood and chef Felwin takes advantage of these fresh produce to come up with his signature dishes that have made a lasting mark on our palate.
Danggit lamayo is a must-try when in Coron — make that Two Seasons Coron Bayside. A cross between your regular danggit and daing, danggit lamayo is rabbitfish that’s cut in half, not heavily salted (as compared to the regular danggit), partially sun-dried, then marinated in vinegar, garlic and pepper.
Chef Felwin then fries it in hot oil, making sure that the head and fins are crisp. And because it’s partially dried, it’s meatier and the taste of the garlic comes through. It’s best eaten with garlic rice and a sunny side-up egg.
So fresh: The lobster sashimi
Then there’s the sensational lengua sisig topped with egg; the succulent and tasty butter garlic prawns; the crocodile barbecue, the well-seasoned lechon kawali that’s deep-fried to perfection; the über-fresh lobster sashimi; and the restaurant’s signature fare — Four Cheese Pizza. The crust is crisp yet chewy and oozes with cheesy goodness.
The food at Baya Resto Lounge of Two Seasons Coron Bayside is so good that it’s slowly gaining popularity not just among the locals but foreign tourists as well.
Did I mention that the resto is IG-worthy? The marine-themed restaurant features resin lamps that look like oversized jellyfish and change color every few seconds. Wooden posts, weathered tabletops and the staff’s scuba-inspired uniforms complete the nautical theme.
Your gateway to Coron Island
Baya Resto Lounge is IG-worthy: The marine-themed restaurant features resin lamps that look like oversized jellyfish and change color every few seconds.
At Two Seasons Coron Bayside, guests can choose from four spacious, elegantly designed room categories: Standard Bayview, corner Bayview, Deluxe and the Grand Panorama Suite.
A total of 48 well-appointed rooms and suites afford comfort and convenience, as well as relaxing views of the bay and of forest thickets. For sweeping perspectives of Coron Bay, book the Panorama Suites. These rooms (there are only three) offer such incredible sights.
Aside from the accommodations, the hotel boasts superb amenities: a Skyjack Jacuzzi Lounge, a conference room, a gym with views of the bay and an infinity pool where you can take in Coron’s spectacular sunset.
Two Seasons Coron Bayside is also a jump-off point to neighboring lakes, islands, dive spots, the Maquinit Hot Spring and mysterious sunken ships. It’s your gateway to the treasures of Coron Island: Coron Bay, Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, and the Twin Lagoon, among others.
Two Seasons Coron Bayside is your jump-off point to neighboring lakes, islands, dive spots, the Maquinit Hot Spring and mysterious sunken ships.
A trip to these exquisite sites can be arranged at two Seasons’ Pawikan Aqua Sports Center. Not only will the hotel make you sure you’ll have a fun and safe day out at sea, the amiable staff will also ensure that you’re well-nourished by a delicious picnic lunch on Balete Beach. Here, our bingeing continued as we feasted on grilled seafood, ensaladang talong, grilled squid, sweet-and-sour fish and fresh fruits.
There’s a world full of incredible foods beckoning to be eaten. And Two Seasons Coron Bayside is just a plane ride away.
Indeed, adding food to your travels will greatly enrich your experience. So eat a little, learn a little, and take home the leftovers.
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