The Porch by Casa Verde – Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

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Off Maginhawa Street, The Porch is a little place that looks like a traditional American suburb house with its garden at the front yard, wooden exteriors, and of course… the porch.

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I guess the popularity of The Porch is due to it being a resto by one of Cebu’s most loved dining destinations, Casa Verde. They have pretty much the same menu. The most popular among the dishes? The Ribs!

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One Friday dinner, we went there to try the ribs. I called to make reservations, but they don’t accept any. We got there around 7:30pm. The place was packed, and we were 10th on queue.

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Didn’t take too long though for us to get seats, because it’s just the two of us. Too bad for the customers who were there in groups. They had to wait for a long time to be seated. We didn’t wait too long for our order to be brought to our table. We were just really hungry! :p Here’s Miko with his hangry face.

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We had the Classic Mushroom Soup- P128, creamy, tastes homemade, loaded with sliced mushrooms. I liked the soup, but I liked the dinner roll more! Miko nailed the description– parang KFC roll dati nung may option ka pa kung rice or roll ang kasama ng chicken. Soft and sweet!

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Brian’s Ribs (P250 single order) is big enough for 2. It’s sweet and tangy baked pork ribs that’s quite close to being fork-tender. It’s served with rice and corn and carrots.

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Victoria’s Secret Spaghetti (P178) is one of their best sellers. It’s sweet, cheesy, and meaty! Parang pang-children’s birthday party! :D

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The Roasted Seasoned Chicken (P228) lacked flavor. It was moist though and panalo ýung kasamang mashed potato. Mmmm mmmm!

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To end our meal, we had an rocky road ice cream-based dessert with chocolate cookie crust (that reminded Miko of Cornetto), and drizzled with chocolate syrup (that reminded him of Belgian chocolate) called Death by Chocolate. A dessert to die for indeed. :p Also, mamamatay na kami sa sobrang busog. We didn’t expect their huge servings!

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We liked the cozy and homey feel of The Porch and its delicious and reasonably priced food. We’ll be back to try the burgers and milkshakes. :D

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If going to Sikatuna is too much of a bother, you can just visit Casa Verde in UP Town Center. :)

The Porch by Casa Verde
113 Anonas Extension,
Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
02 9527178

// listening to The Score – Oh My Love

Whatever Wednesday – Pinoy Knock Knock Jokes (Part 1)

I love knock knock jokes. The more baduy, the better.

Here are my current favorites that I think will only be appreciated by readers 30 years old and up. :p

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Tatsulok, bilog.
Tatsulok, bilog, who?
Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Gino Padilla… Hey, tatsulok in your eyes, must bilog at first sight…

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Chicken, chicken.
Chicken, chicken, who?
Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Ogie Alcasid… Chicken-ya pa rin babalik, sigaw ng damdamin. Chicken-ya pa rin sasaya bulong ng puso ko…

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Come back to me.
Come back to me, who?
Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Donna Cruz… Come back to me-bok ang puso, wala ka nang magagawa kundi sundin ito! Come back to me-bok ang puso, lagot ka na! Siguradong huli ka!

Sharam sharam shararam :p

Hope I made you laugh, or sing at least!

// listening to Gino Padilla – Closer You and I

Kanin Club – UP Technohub

Perhaps the first thing that we crave for when the weather starts to get chilly is a big bowl of steaming hot sinigang.

Sinigang na Tadyang Ng Baka (P400, Beef Ribs in Sour Broth) was our sinigang of choice when we went to Kanin Club in UP Technohub. We also got one of their bestsellers (and their most copied dish, according to their menu) Crispy Dinuguan.

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The sinigang tasted like something you’d find in your mom’s kitchen– tender meat and loads of veggies in perfectly sour soup. Their dinuguan is crispy deep fried pork simmered in a stew of pork blood. It costs P290.

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For dessert, we had the Leche Flan With Macapuno (P85). Not pretty, but very yummy! :P

We spent around P1,100 for all those dishes and 3 cups of rice, a can of soda, and a glass of mango shake.

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Kanin Club
Ground Floor, UP Ayala Technohub,
Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
02 3325978

// listening to Mase – Feel So Good

Dampa Metrowalk – Ortigas

Miko brought me to his favorite paluto place. It’s my first time to eat at Dampa in Ortigas. I used to frequent the ones in Macapagal and in Libis.

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The one we went to is in CW Home Depot Ortigas near Metrowalk. We bought hald a kilo of shrimps, half a kilo of mussels, and one big squid. I don’t remember the exact name of the resto we went to, but it could be Aling Tonyang’s or Sis Seafood Pulutan. Anyway, here’s what it looks like…

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The shrimps were cooked in garlic butter sauce. Panalo! Sauce pa lang, ulam na! Kinda sweet. Mmmm mmm mmmm!

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The squid (or lomot) was stuffed with tomatoes and onions and grilled. It wasn’t as “malasado” as Miko wanted it, but we liked it anyway.

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And the mussels were grilled with garlic and cheese. Beer na lang ang kulang! Hehehe.

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It was a good meal, but I was still shocked upon seeing our bill. For three kinds of seafood, 2 sodas, and 3 cups of rice, it amounted to P1,600? Woaaaah. Didn’t think Dampa-dining would be this costly now.

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Anyway, we were so full from our Dampa dinner that we didn’t feel the need to get some movie munchies when we watched Terminator Genisys after. :)

// listening to Mockingjay Part 1

Jam & Viet Sandwich House – Sta. Cruz, Makati

I woke up with an intense need to pig out, but I didn’t want to eat anything that will mock my diet (wehhh), so I went to this hole in the wall near the Philippine Daily Inquirer office to feast on Vietnamese food!

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Jam & Viet is along Mascardo St. in Sta. Cruz, Makati. It’s just a few steps away from the PDI HQ, which is just at Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets.

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I love eating Vietnamese food because it’s flavored with herbs and spices (instead of oil or dairy) and is packed full of fresh veggies so most dishes are low in calories and fat. Di’ba? Wag naman araw-araw pampabata food like crispy pata or bagnet! :D

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I had some Fresh Springrolls (P25 each) with peanut sauce. Lettuce, cucumbers, rice vermicelli, carrots, basil, and shrimps in rice wrappers… fresh indeed! The sauce… sweet, savory and thick!

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The Hu Tieu (P148) was the perfect company that rainy Saturday afternoon with its piping hot pork-chicken. The rice noodles and toppings make this a very filling dish. It’s so far from the hu tieu I grew up eating in Morong though (Vietnamese refugees used to live in our town). Still, both versions make me hap-hap-happy!

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I liked their Bahn Mi better than the one from Bon Banhmi. That’s saying a lot, because I loved the sandwich in BON Bahnmi! I had the regular-traditional (P98) which has ham, shredded pork, pig’s head paste, vegetables, and their special sauce. I think what makes their banh mi better is the baguette they use. Other bahn mi fillings are barbecue, chicken, tuna, and fried egg & pate.

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The Vietnamese Milk Coffee (P68) they have is strong and smooth and mixed with condensed milk– just the way it’s supposed to taste! Sarap!

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There’s free Wi-Fi here, so that’s another reason for you to hang out in Jam & Viet, but please don’t linger, because it’s a tiny restaurant. Give chance to those customers who also need the table. :)

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Jam & Viet
3792 Mascardo Street,
Santa Cruz, Makati City
02 7582238

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// listening to the leaked Suicide Squad leaked trailer