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Monday, August 15, 2011

Healthy Kitschen: The Farm at San Benito

The Farm at San Benito is a little piece of paradise just a few hours outside of Manila. One can go for the day, overnight or even up to three weeks if he or she fancies.

One thing that might make people balk at the thought of going is the thought of having to eat only meatless and healthy food for the duration of their stay. I myself will never ever win the Healthy Eater of the year award, but as a foodie, an open mind is always important to enjoy everything in life!

And let me tell you, you will definitely be pleasantly surprised at the food they have over there. Aside from being good for you, it's super delicious, you won't miss your steak. Really.

Take a look at these photos:

Romaine Wrap with marinated vegetables and Thai Vinaigrette. Instead of thinking everything at The Farm is raw (this isn't true) Think of it as eating living food, plucked straight from their own plots of land. The amount of time it takes from picking to eating is so short that the nutrients retained by the produce is so much more superior compared to those in markets that have been sitting on the shelf for days.

In the foreground is the Crispy Potato Napoleon with eggplant, caramelized onions and squash ginger sauce. This was actually my colleague Stephane's food but since he is apparently allergic to potatoes, it was a good day for me. haha. In the background is the Sweet corn cakes with spicy tomato salsa. One dish is cooked (and there goes that myth that EVEYTHING at The Farm is raw) and the other is fresh and uncooked)

Pasta Carbonara--- made dairy free and with coconut "bacon" that ok, does not taste like real bacon but it's a good way to add texture to the pasta--AND it's good!

If you like your Japanese, order the Soba noodles with stir-fried vegetables

Doesn't this look totally amazing (pat on the back for the awesome food shot;p)To go with their dairy free menu, that ice cream on top is made of almond milk! The caramelized pineapple in the bottom was amazing and went so well with the dark and white chocolate layers.

I really enjoyed this fruit Fruit Cassata. At first I thought it was frozen but it was more like semifreddo, kind of half cold, half gelatinous with fruit pieces generously sprinkled in it. I do love the presentation of the food at The Farm, they really take time to make their dishes look nice and do not disappoint with the taste either.

A new weight loss program is about to be launched at The Farm very soon. Dr. Claude Chauchard's Chrono-Geno Nutrition Diet which is about eating according to your blood type- which holds the secrets to your food allergies and intolerances and eating in the right order at the right time. It's really not as complicated as you think and the people at The Farm will definitely help you jumpstart your new life so by the time you go home, you can follow it on your own. It is said that you can lose 3-5 pounds per week--the healthy way of course-- so if you stay two weeks that's ten pounds off. Amazing. Can I try this?

The Farm at San Benito is located at 119 Barangay Tipakan 4217 Lipa City, Batangas. For reservations, call +63 2 884 8074 or email /

1 comment:

  1. Gosh this is going on my Manila bucket list! Everything looks so yummy, I almost don't believe it's healthy! =P