5 Loaves & 2 Fish Restaurant : Cooking from the Heart

5 Loaves & 2 Fish Restaurant was the brainchild of Ms. Dinah Grace M. Miro. She used to help her mother with cooking their food during her childhood days. Her passion is from the heart.

Ms. Dinah Grace M. Miro 

Her interest includes baking and cooking . She was the youngest among the sibling.  During special occasions, she would serve home made specialties to her visitors and friends.

5 Loaves & 2 Fish signage

On September 2011, Her lavosh became one of the top choices at the ” Ultimate Taste Test ” among over 50 Best Food entered at the Mercato Centrale event.

She would eventually opened a stall with her specialties at CCF Tiendesitas in Pasig City. The restaurant have a sitting capacity of between 65 to 68 people at any given occasion.  It is also wise to pre-book the restaurant whenever there is a family occasion and gathering.

inspirational messages on wall

The proprietor had two trade names in mind when they decided to register at the SEC and DTI , but they are already taken . She then prayed so that an appropriate name will be granted. She took the inspiration from the bible.

The Rock with signage of 5 Loaves and 2 Fish restaurant

John 6:1-14 New International Version

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Best Sellers Dishes

Crispy Veggie Lavosh sometimes referred to as Armenian lavash, is a soft, thin unleavened flat bread made in …. Lavash, lavosh, or lahvosh is a gigantic, paper-thin, blistery, tortilla-like flatbread common throughout Armenia, Turkey, and Iran. The bread is served with tomato and coriander salsa dip, chicken liver , pesto burlee and garlic oil with dulong fish . This appetizer is ideal for sharing between 3 to 5 people. Php 250 per serving.

The pesto is a little bit sweet and some of the side dishes are tapered to cater the Filipino palate. One can mix all the four kinds of dips and form an interesting mixture.

Balayan Salad is a combination of green lettuce, chopped fresh tomatoes with quesong puti cheese and tinapa flakes with grated parmesan cheese. ( This will be offered starting this month ) The tinapa flakes are mild and does not overpower the taste of the salad.

High 5 Salad– a healthy combination of lettuce leaves, flavorful balsamic vinegar and guava puree blend of pleasant and unique taste. with sundried tomatoes , candied nuts , diced guava , grated parmesan cheese. ( Php 285) per serving

Beef Salpicao is another must have dish, the beef tenderloin  is baked and sliced into cubes. the meat is tender topped with slices of bird’s eye chilies , banana chiliesand fried chopped garlic. This comes with rice. ( Php 375 ) – ideal sharing between 2 to 3 people.

Salmon with Four Kinds of Cheese – Salmon fillet , topped with 4 kinds of cheese and topped with melted cheese on a bed of mashed potatoes. (Php 385) per serving.

Lengua with olives – The ox tongue is cooked perfectly with special sauce .

Pasta with ClamThis pasta is among the best sellers of the restaurant.

Pork Ribs Barbecue with special marinated sauce. This takes at least  4 to 6 hours to cook the pork , hence the meat is tender and tasty.

Pastries and Cakes – The restaurant had a good selection of cakes which can be ordered on per slice or whole piece.

wide array of cakes to choose from

What is nice about the products that they serve is that the company had a special tie-up with the local cooperative of San Isidro which is based from Davao. Like sourcing their cocoa powder from local producers.

The price range is between Php 145 to Php 180 per slice. They are not overly sweet compared to some well-known bakeshop. Among their best sellers are the cheesecake, chocolate cakes, pink guava cakes, matcha green tea cheesecake , dulce de leche,  among others.

array of appetizer meal, main dishes and pastries served at the restaurant

Promotion

There is a Father’s Day weekend promo from June 16-18! For a minimum spending of P 1,500 single receipt, you’ll get a free glass of wine to go with your sumptuous feast. For reservations, please call 366-5375 or 09971094210

How to Commute:

The place is fairy accessible via all modes of transportation , there is an AUX express route from any parts of the city going to Fairview area , just try to drop off at Ever Gotesco ( Commonwealth ) and one had to cross the foot bridge going to Holy Spirit Drive going to the tricycle station bay.

There are also passenger jeep which ply SM North, Trinoma or Eaton Centris – Php 14.00

For those coming from Sauyo, Bagbag, Talipapa, Novaliches area- there are short cut route going to Holy Spirit drive which traverses several subdivisions .

tricycle station

ordinary fare coast about Php 9.00 per head , while special fare cost Php 30.00

Note: Prices for the menus, cakes are subject to change without prior notice. For more information about the prices and reservations , please visit the links below.

Address: The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive , Don Antonio Heights Subd. Quezon City 

Operational Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:00am to 10:00 pm, Friday to Sunday 11:00 am to 11:00pm 

Cellphone : 0920-9170167 / 366-5375

Website: http://www.5loaves2fish.com.ph/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/5loaves2fish.cafe/

 

 

 

 

 

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Love Desserts : Sweet Desserts Buffet for Sweet Tooth along Pearl Drive Commercial Center in Commonwealth Avenue

Pearl Drive, 2nd Floor -Commonwealth Avenue , Fairview, Quezon City -Philippines

Pearl Drive, Commonwealth Avenue

Love Desserts main branch is located in Banawe street in Quezon City. It was established in 2011, Love Desserts proudly advertises itself as “the first and the original dessert buffet in the Philippines.”  It was established by Ms. Jenny Rose Chua – who loves to cook and makes people happy . Almost the entire member of her family loves to cook and make pastries.

While it had opened its second branch, The branch is located in Pearl Drive Commercial Center along Commonwealth Avenue within Fairview , Quezon City a few months ago. The concept is the first in the Philippines with just an affordable price of just Php 199 per person !

It had been getting a good reviews among  students and customer, that is why they have chosen to open another branch in northern part of Quezon City. The place is fairly accessible to nearby schools like National College for Business and Arts (NCBA), FERN, FEU-NRMF, STI, AMA, ABE Fairview, New Era University and University of the Philippines.

colorful  array of cakes, pastries and desserts

Customers are only allowed to stay for a maximum of 2 hours. Make sense, since the place could only accommodate between 60 to 65 people while an outdoor patio area can extend up to 30 more people at any given day.

birthday celebrants together with friends and family

 There is an in house promo which enable birthday celebrant  to have a FREE buffet but the celebrant must be accompanied by at least 1 paying guest.  For other in house promos please try to visit the link below.

Celebrity Clientele

The Fairview branch is also getting some celebrity clientele like Ms.Jackie Rice, Mr. Diego Castro ( Good Morning Kuya UNTV channel 37) , Happy Wife, Happy Life of TV channel 5 Ms. LJ Moreno .

DIY -Halo-halo station

What i like about the dessert buffet station is that is is well maintained and quite clean .

nachos

The nachos is one of the Must Try when you visit this place. The nacho chip is sweeter compared to the others . The topping includes chopped onions, tamatoes, mangoes and topped with cheese.

customers

I got an opportunity to sit beside a regular patron of the Pearl Center branch . They would always frequent this branch whenever they have family occasion or craving for sweets.

sweet candies

Ms. Emily Ballesteros , online writers and bloggers

Love Desserts

Note: For those planning to visit the restaurant on weekend , try to make a reservation.

Facebook Fan Page: Love Desserts

Address:

Love Desserts is Located in Pear Drive Commercial Center Fairview, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines

Contact Person: Ms. Emily Ballesteros -0943-4257399/ 427-1204

Operational Hours:
Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

How to Commute:

From Manila and Quezon Ave in Quezon City

  • Take a jeep, bus, AUX express, FX bound to SM Fairview.
  • Tell the driver to drop you Pearl Drive
  • Love Desserts is located in the second level of Pear Drive Commercial.

    From Novaliches Town Proper

  • There is a Jeepney terminal at the Jordan Plains Subdivision near Our Lady of Mercy Church in Novaliches Town Proper with the route Jordan Plains, Fairview , Quezon Cityhall -Welcome rotunda .
  • SM Fairview or Robinson’s Mall had a jeepney terminal going to Quezon City which passes Commonwealth Avenue

Horticulture 2012 Show – New Trends and Creative Techniques

Charito Planas Garden, Quezon Memorial Circle- Quezon City L-R  Mr. Joselito ” Butch” Campos, Mrs. Cynthia A. Villar , Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe , Quezon City Vice- Mayor Mrs. Joy Belmonte- Alimurong

 

Landscape of King Louis Farm – a show stopper and a hall of fame awardee

It was a fine sunny afternoon last January 26, 2012 Thursday when the author was invited  to the opening of  Horticulture 2012 held at the Quezon Memorial Circle near the Commonwealth Avenue side. The venue of the show was the Bonsai / Araos Garden, it was recently renamed as Charito Planas Garden in honor of former Quezon City Vice-Mayor 1992- 1995, socio -civic and human rights leader, A former president of the Quezon City Parks Development Foundation Inc., which manages the Quezon Memorial Circle, she is also known as an advocate of women’s causes. – Atty. Charito M. Planas. She is accredited to have gradually developed the area into a horticulture and medicinal plant haven during her term as vice-mayor.

Untying of the garland  led by  board of directors of different  plant societies , members,  guests of honor , vips, and sympathizers

This is a favorite venue area  of various horticultural and bonsai shows. The location was chosen because of its accessibility to joggers, students and passersby. There is a mini cemented stage were programs are held.  There are already several members of the Philippine Horticultural Society Incorporated 1976, Philippine Bonsai Society, Fern and Nature Society of the Philippines, Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Incorporated 2007, Ayala-Alabang Garden Club, Makati Garden Club and Las Piñas Garden Club among others.

Miss Joy Belmonte-Alimurong

This year marked the 37th year of PHSI annual horticulture show with its’ theme ” New Trends and Creative Techniques in Horticulture “ the show featured an array of multifaceted landscape exhibits which showcase some of the   youngest, best and brightest landscapers in the country.

 Mr. Modesto Manglicmot , Architect Oscar Duque,  Mr.& Mrs. Romeo Gutierrez-President of PHSI  ( wearing light green vests ) & Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernanbe in pink and Mr. Joselito Campos

There are around 75 commercial booths where one can buy plants and plant materials from the ordinary ones, to rare and collector’s item plants.

nepenthes alata / pitcher plant being sold in one of the stalls

There will also be a  daily lecture where those interested in gardening and plants can attend.  This year’s over-all show chairperson led by the tandem of  Dr. Romeo Gutierrez and Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe or more popularly called Tita Dorie / Dory  by almost all people in the horticultural world.

Mr. Francis Gener being interviewed by a staff and crew of PTV channel 4

Tita Dorie is very active in almost all horticultural societies in the country. She has vast collections of ferns, bonsai, cactus, succulents, orchids, exotic fruits, suseiki, antique furniture and among others, She is also well-known in other parts of the world.

Unigreen Ornamental Farm booth

There is also a member who said ” Kapag si Tita Dorie ang nag-show chairperson ng isang event, bongga ang show”   The show is quite impressive if Tita Dorie is the chairperson. Spectacular Indeed!

Quezon City band

It was around past 4:00pm when the guests of honor arrived led by Vice- Mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte, administrators of Quezon Memorial Circle, Mrs. Cynthia A. Villar and Mr. Buth Campos. They were warmly greeted by all the board members of the society and well-wishers,  from various horticultural groups. Kuratong was performed by the Boys Scouts of the Philippines that led the guests of honor in their places at the prepared garland, which was be untied.

boys scout of the Philippines with kuratong

When the guests are already properly positioned the Kuratong had stopped. After the garland was untied, the Quezon City band played a welcoming band. The sunshine ladies and gentlemen then led the guests to the exhibition site – (These are the term given to the group of usherettes and reception committee members of the society.)  After the guest had taken seats, the doxology was led by a group of kids from The Learning Tree Growth Center, Incorporated.

After the doxology , the children performed a modern song using angklung , a traditional bamboo instrument used in many Southeast Asian countries.

kids with angklung

      It was pat 5:00pm when Dr. Romeo Gutierrez -President of PHSI in his welcome addresses the need of gardening in towns and cities.   Dr. Gutierrez is a plant enthusiast, He is also a plant breeder and painting collector .    A short power point presentation was prepared before the opening speech of Mrs. Cynthia A. Villar chairperson of the Villar Foundation, This foundation is known for its meaningful community projects like assistance to OFW in distress, Skills and Livelihood assistance, various environmental projects like water hyacinth handicrafts, River Rehabilitation Programs and Social Enterprises in Las Piñas City.

native baskets  made from water hyacinth with organic compost packs

Horticulturists and environmentalists across the country would always remember the Villars as big players in the horticultural industry; plants are needed to beautify their real estate projects.  Mrs. Villar is very friendly and down to earth person,  Her passion and love for the environment truly reflected on her glowing presence.   ” Iba ang aura ni Mrs. Villar ”  . Mrs. Villar had a different aura, this was according to one of the on-lookers.  Eager members and invited guests requested her to have a photo opportunity. The foundation also gave away native handbags with compost soil packs as a started kit! For those who wanted to know more about the advocacy  and projects of the Villar Foundation here is the link:

Website: http://www.villarfoundation.org/

Another guest of honor is Mr. Joselito ” Buth ” Campos Jr. of  Del Monte Pacific LTD. Philippines and chairperson of Evergreen Holdings,  He also pledge to donate an undetermined amount of money for the Philippine Horticultural Society various projects. He is also known to be a  koi breeder, animal lover, furniture collector and specializes in collecting of rare plants from all over the world.

 Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. members and board of directors

Not to be outdone was wives of former ambassadors, members  various NGO and cause- oriented groups which  donated the trophies to the winners of the show.

Among the exhibitors is Mr. Yuyung LaO who is well known for his many exotic ornamental plant collections  from all over the world . He is also considered as one of the most-in-demand landscaper  not only  in this country but also in other Asian countries.  Mr. LaO  long list of  clientele  included  dignitaries, politicians, resorts ,  well-known celebrities, businessmen and even royalties !  Another exhibitor is  Mr. Boyet Ganigan of Aroids and Arids. He has a big collection of rare plants in Silang, Cavite.  A frequent winner in the field of landscaping and plants , His  fame led him to be featured in some of the country’s top newspaper and blogs .

Landscape booth executed by internationally known landscaper Mr. Yuyong La’O – this exhibit won third prize.

Other exhibitors were Mr. Fred Salud, Professor Serapion Metilla in tandem with Dr. Romeo Gutierrez, Mr. Francis Gener of King Louis Flowers and Ornamental Plants.  Mr. Gener has been a frequent winner in landscape exhibits both local and international.

L-R Mr. Botchie Canicula  , Mrs. Siony Ng , Ms. Rebecca C. Buenaventura &  Ms.Myrna Magalong

  Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula which specializes in fern, variegated plants, anthuriums, cactus , succulents , bromeliads, native plants  and among others.  An entrepreneur at heart , He converted their family  garden into a thematic NVC garden restaurant in San Mateo , Rizal . He was featured in some television shows like Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho ( cactus episode aired last January 10, 2009) on  GMA Kapuso channel 7  and Umagang Kay Ganda of ABS-CBN channel 2 .

Mr. George Mendoza  have their exhibit booths. While, the Philippine Bonsai Society will  exhibit their prized bonsai trees, Natural Stone Society will also display their stone collections.

Best Landscape in Show Award – executed by the tandem of  Mr. Lardy Abundo, Mrs. Teresa Baldonado and Ms. Marilois Estrella

There are also exhibits by Mr. Lardy Abundo, Tess Baldonado and Marilois Estrella, the World Flower Council,  Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Incorporated , Cactus and Succulent Society, the group of Wendy-Fern Study Group or FSG and Ariod Study Group or ASTIG , Mett’s Plant Arts and a community booth for members of the society which displayed their prized collections of plants .

The plants in this landscape exhibit had numerous awards  – executed by Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula

The Horticulture 2012 committee heads  :  Dr. Romeo Gutierrez and Ms. Dorie S. Bernabe, co-chairpersons; Mrs. Teresa Baldonado, commercial; Dr. Romeo Gutierrez, exhibits; Mr. Modesto Manglicmot, physical arrangements; Architect Oscar Duque, security; Mrs. Felicidad S. Gupit, invitation; Mr. Fernando Aurigue Jr., judging and awards; Architect Patricia Regalado, lectures and program; Professor Serapion Metilla, publicity; Mrs. Norma Villanueva, secretariat and raffle; Mr. Anthony Arbias, registration; Mrs. Rosita Yu, officers of the day; Mrs. Dorie S. Bernabe, ways and means and reception; and Mr. Vincent Canicula, finance.

Pastor Mike Lacanilao

Another media and radio personality is Pastor Mike Lacanilao a prime time news co-anchor of Ms. Helen Vela of GMA-  Balita ( 1986 to 1995 ) of GMA channel 7.

He is now a bible preacher and his passion over plants and gardening led him to become a member of the Philippine Horticultural Society.

After all the fanfare and impressive opening, the winners were finally announced, the official cater provider Ms. Baby De Leon is also on hand to supervise her staff.

Variegated Tupidanthus ” Best Plant in Show”

Hoya siarae 

Philippine hoyas was exhibited in memory of Dr. Simeona” Monina ” Siar 1962-2011 , She was accredited in identification and naming of new hoya species .