How was your school break? Ours is awesome. We spent our semestral vacation at Casa San Pablo together with Mendiola family. Indeed, the reviews that we read from other families who have stayed in the resort were all excellent. These families all came home very relaxed and energized. Our children enjoyed the activities a lot, which they said were unforgettable and they never experienced in other vacation.
Casa San Pablo offers a lot of fun activities. Native cooking demo, Clay Art Making and Camp Adobo Bonfire are some of the resort’s sem-break activities lined up not only for the children but adults as well.
During the native cooking demo, the children participated and were very eager to know of the past and how the coconut became favorite as basic ingredient of Laguna dishes. The kids showed interest during the whole session. There’s also a Native Cooking Tour at Lake Pandin but our time prevented us to do so. In Lake Pandin Tour, you may choose hands-on or educational cooking tour and will experience to harvest fresh shrimps and fishes like tilapia and bakuli, then cook in traditional way.
Before we proceeded to native cooking demo, the owner of the resort, An Alcantara shared the rich history of San Pablo and the story about the coconut.
The setting where the cooking took place is quite like my old hometown with typical Filipino kitchen. We cooked Adobo sa Gata, Kulawo and Pinaltok.
You could tell by the photos above that they were happy but it was the experience in native cooking demo that make them the happiest.
Adobo sa Gata‘s main ingredients: coconut cream, chicken, dahon ng
sili, dried kamyas.
glutinous rice balls: coconut milk, tapioca and jackfruit for added flavor.
Kulawo: coconut cream squeezed from burnt shredded coconut , roasted eggplant, onion & vinegar.
Adobo sa Gata
Casa San Pablo is a B & B resort at the heart of Laguna. The place is perfect for family getaway, retreat, reunion, wedding, anniversary celebration or just traveling alone for me-time.
The owners, Boots and An Alcantara run Casa San Pablo as husband and wife team. Boots is an avid art collector while An is a magazine writer and editor.
Each room has different themes and can accommodate small or large group.
They got their inspiration during their travels in Europe and other countries.
How Casa San Pablo started.
From a day resort called “Kay Inay” Boots decided to put up his own country inn inside Gomez compound, a family compound where Boots grew up. He built the first six rooms together with his friends using an old house in Quezon. They rebuilt the house using antique items, doors, windows, old flat irons. Every piece in bedrooms in Casa San Pablo has different pieces of art. Casa San Pablo can accommodate 130 guests. There are rooms that can accommodate 2 to 4 people, 8 people, 16 people and more. The price for overnight package is quite affordable including 3 meals, (lunch, dinner and breakfast). Check the website for the rate.
What to do at Casa San Pablo?
Check out this video I provided below. The video below is from Casa San Pablo.
For more photos during our vacation, please click here.
I suggest that you book now for early Christmas vacation. Don’t go far to smell the fresh pine trees this coming season. Casa San Pablo is just an hour and few minutes away from Manila.
Congratulations! Casa San Pablo Native Cooking Tour was included among the Best Tourism Practices in the Philippines. Read full article here.