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Posh Nosh

07 Mar

On my travels I came across this wonderful Swiss restaurant, Vieux Chalet.  Set back far from Manila, in the hills of Antipolo, this charming place brings a slice of Europe to the locals and has a wonderful ambience and setting.  Outside there is a lovely atmosphere of silence, only broken by the sound of nature.  Inside friendly hosts and relaxing music compliment the wonderful food and intimate surroundings, the Beef Filet Mignon is definitely recommended.

There is another reason to head over to the restaurant and that is to photograph the skyline of Manila.  Sadly it was too challenging for my photography skills and the scope of the phone camera too.  The openness of the view is impressive, especially during the sunset and reminds the diner that it is good to be out of busy city and appreciating life in peace.

Then there was this amazing doggie, named Beast. He happily and patiently accepted all of our attentions despite the heat, which must be intolerable in the summer. He was last seen ambling off into the distance to where, we were told by the owners, he knows of a cooler place to rest.  That ambling backside was perhaps the most enduring image of an altogether wonderful experience.

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Posted by on 07/03/2018 in The Philippines, Travel

 

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27 responses to “Posh Nosh

  1. Alastair Savage

    07/03/2018 at 15:34

    In Switzerland, they always make fondue using the local cheese so it differs from place to place. When I lived in St Gallen on the Austrian border, they usually used Appenzeller Cheese. I wonder which one they use at the Old chalet? (Probably one from the French-speaking part with that name).

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    • Ste J

      07/03/2018 at 15:58

      It is as good an excuse an any to go back and find out. I did not know that about Switzerland, impressed to know you lived in yet another country as well.

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      • Alastair Savage

        07/03/2018 at 16:00

        I am the littlest hobo. I’ve lived in the USA, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. I was born in Boston though (the real one, in Lincolnshire, me duck).

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        • Ste J

          07/03/2018 at 16:19

          Impressive, and still time for more as well.

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          • Alastair Savage

            07/03/2018 at 16:29

            The more you show us of the Philippines, the more I want to go there. I knew very little of the country before you started blogging about it.

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            • Ste J

              07/03/2018 at 16:35

              I wasn’t too in the know, just that it was hot and in the Pacific. We are aiming to go places once a month to explore and we also have a trip abroad planned already for next month but I shall keep that one back for the moment until Crissy has actually got the time off work.

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  2. Claire 'Word by Word'

    07/03/2018 at 16:56

    He looks like a little lion! How interesting to find a place like this, it reminds me of climbing the Annapurna’s in Nepal and coming across French gateau in the most unlikely places.

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    • Ste J

      07/03/2018 at 18:27

      I love these places that pop up unexpectedly. It was tempting to steal the little fella but couldn’t bear him being sad.

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  3. Toby Almy

    07/03/2018 at 20:34

    That dog though ❤

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    • Ste J

      08/03/2018 at 07:52

      I could have sat with him all day, he was adorable!

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  4. shadowoperator

    07/03/2018 at 21:19

    Dear Ste J, Note the little doggie’s two-tone tongue, the sign of the chow. It’s a very enduring gene marker, and persists even when the chow gene gets crossed with several other ones. You are having such a good time–God is punishing you in a very peculiar way for having been a loner at some time in your life before, by giving you an abundance of experiences and friends. Enjoy!

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    • Ste J

      08/03/2018 at 08:29

      Facts, I crave them, I shall add that to my armoury. We have a lot of plans for heading to other places, which is great and I still get time to focus on reading, writing and language learning as well so life is great! I look forward to each day with its now customary surprises, if that little juxtaposition works.

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  5. Asha Seth

    07/03/2018 at 22:23

    Seems like you really found yourself a paradise of a place. I love Beast. He looks so adorable.

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    • Ste J

      08/03/2018 at 08:14

      It is a lovely place, I hope to find more soon as well. Beast is great and loves the attention, you would adore him.

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  6. LuAnn

    10/03/2018 at 19:19

    What a lovely find, the restaurant and that adorable little fella.

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    • Ste J

      11/03/2018 at 10:26

      It was a great day all round, we even went for a massage afterwards, in which I was stretched into positions hitherto never experienced.

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      • LuAnn

        11/03/2018 at 17:13

        You are living the life! 🙂

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  7. Clare Pooley

    11/03/2018 at 07:39

    I love that teddy-bear of a dog! It must get so hot with all that fur! What a lovely place! When we were in Switzerland last summer we visited the Engelburg region and went up Mount Titlis where we were surrounded by hundreds of Indian Bollywood fans visiting the location of many of their favourite films! The restaurant served mainly Indian food and chai was easier to find than coffee!

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    • Ste J

      11/03/2018 at 10:27

      I love that there is such a cross pollination of food and that it is always found in unexpected places. I love the taste of a new culture, especially when in a culture not yet familiar to me. It feels like a mini holiday within a meal.

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  8. macjam47

    14/03/2018 at 20:32

    That little dog should be named “Bear” instead of Beast. It’s always a surprise and an honest-to-goodness-treat to find such a restaurant when you least expect it.

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    • Ste J

      15/03/2018 at 08:49

      I like that his gentle nature belies his name, plus you don’t want to confuse an animal with another one, we call our dog Rambo Shark (due to a popular kid’s song Baby Shark) I think it’s one of the reasons that he is so crazy.

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  9. Resa

    15/03/2018 at 10:56

    You enjoyed your feast, and I enjoyed Beast. I’m so happy to hear about good books, and good times. 😀 😀

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    • Ste J

      15/03/2018 at 11:01

      I am flying with my books at the moment and have a whole host of of local travel posts planned, I am trying to do one a week so I always have plenty to show. It’s exciting times my friend, thank you for journeying with me.

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  10. Carolyn Page

    22/03/2018 at 09:15

    Yum and; Oh Gosh, he’s sweet..
    If I ever make it to Manila in the hills of Antipolo (fingers crossed) I know where I can get a great filet mignon.. in a Swiss Restaurant… Hahah..!
    Beast sure is a cutie. Should you care to read a reflection of this gorgeous beast; here’s one I prepared earlier!
    https://abcofspiritalk.net/2016/02/17/chow-chow-reflection/

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    • Ste J

      22/03/2018 at 10:59

      It’s well worth the trip if you find yourself over here. You will most likely get all the vitamin D for a month from the sun too!

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