Some friends wanted to go to Taal Lake and Taal Volcano this weekend, and Saturday being my "lazy day", I chose to skip the volcano part since I have seen it before and go meet them straight at Sonya's Garden in Tagaytay.
Prior to being car-less, I did not know how convenient it is to go out of town via public transportation. Well, now I do! To get to there, I took a van from Edsa/Taft (Php170) that dropped me off the tricycle station where I took a short ride (Php30) right to the entrance.
This was the first time I went back to Sonya's as a vegan, so I made sure I was wearing waistband pants in anticipation of all the food that I had planned to eat. I only have the salad in the picture mainly because I got very distracted and very busy after this first course. I really liked how fresh the veggies were. The bread and the dips were quite good- pesto, black olive, fresh tomatoes. I mixed my pasta with the tomato sauce, lots of pesto, olives, and capers. I'm a big pasta person so this was quite a treat for me. The desserts were banana rolls and sweet potato glaze. Everything including the dalandan juice and tarragon tea were bottomless, which justifies the waistband pants. The entire meal cost Php683, which works out even better for me because I ate twice- once alone while waiting for my friends and another time with them. (They got held up for 3 hours because they were treating a sick animal and providing information to people who were riding the horses. In case it is not clear, riding horses is exploitation. And the Taal horses get little or no medical attention at all. As a side note to this side note, it is very disappointing to hear that some people were very mean and told my non-Filipino friends "to go home" because they did not liked what they heard. Veganism aside, they talked to my friends in this manner in front of their own children, teaching children that it is okay to talk to others that way. End of rant.)
In the spirit of seamless transitions (inside joke so don't worry if you don't get it), I found a vegan lip balm at the gift shop. It's Sonya's housebrand so it is locally-made, and yes, no beeswax! To understand why vegans avoid products from bees such as honey, beeswax, and royal jelly, please read more about it.
Next time you're in Tagaytay, check out Sonya's Garden. While there, why not choose to eat only vegan food? It's good for the animals and good for you. Win-win.