Heading to Tagaytay City this weekend? There’s a new food park worth checking out along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, just across the Skyranch leisure park. It’s called The Barracks Food Camp on the Ridge, and it’s hard-to-miss because the signage bears the image of popular actor Derek Ramsay.
Derek’s family owns The Barracks Food Camp on the Ridge or the Barracks. His mother, Remedios “Medy” Ramsay, is the force behind the two-story food park, but it isn't her first foray as an etreprenuer. She has spearheaded a few family-owned businesses in their home city, including a medical retreat and resort. She also makes and sells homemade soaps and creams.
"She just has a knack for business. From making soap to security to the military to everything. That’s it! She’s crazy. She’s an amazing woman," Derek exclaims.
It was Medy who made sure that each of the 30 stalls offered food that could cater different taste buds and satisfy many cravings.
Filipino cuisine is broken down into street food (barbecue, isaw), kakanin (bibingka, puto bumbong), comfort food (arroz caldo, goto), and regional specialties (Tagaytay bulalo, Cebu kinilaw).
International dishes include those from Japan and Mexico. Fast-food staples abound, such as burger, pizza, pasta, and chicken wings. Meat dishes range from grilled liempo and ribs to tapa, sisig, and kambingan. Healthier stuff come in fruit drinks and smoothies.
Derek said he and his family wanted to make sure the food was affordable aside from having a family atmosphere. He was not kidding. Check out our favorites:
T-bone steak at P230
Find it at a stall called Steakhouse, which happens to be Ramsay-owned. It is the same T-bone steak that the family cook prepares at dinners and gatherings in the Ramsay Household. Aside from the steak, the price includes pumpkin soup, mashed potato, and gravy. The complete meal is quite a steal at P230.
The stall of Mister Pusit gives a twist to the popular street food and bar chow. Instead of a dip that comes with your squid, the flavor is already added into the marinade before frying the slices of squid. You get to choose from salt & vinegar, soy glazed, and sour cream.
At Yamato Japanese Foods, each food item is cooked on the spot -- grilled savory pancake balls with octopus bits and boiled soybeans in the pod -- so they are served hot. The edamame beans are P88 per tub.
A bit of trivia courtesy of the female food seller at The Grid Café & Waffle stall: there’s no such thing as a Belgian waffle. When you go to Belgium, she says, you can’t find a Belgian waffle. The correct term, she adds, is liege waffle. Just the same, it tastes delicious. Diners can have it a bit salty (opt for the chicken combo) or extra sweet (choose the Nutella S’mores topping).