KANIN Club through the years…

KANIN Club through the years…

“When I count my blessings, I count them twice.”

Kanin Club is an authentic (with a twist) Filipino restaurant which have been delighting their customers (including myself) for the past years. We have been dining at their branch at Paseo de Sta. Rosa (Sta. Rosa, Laguna) because it is my boss’ favorite, she particularly recommends the crispy “dinuguan” (it’s deep-fried pork crisp enough set in a semi-dry stew of pork blood). It is a Filipino staple food and is best with “puto” (rice cake). I personally like it with Puto Binan.

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I would have to recommend the “Turon CK”. I have been ordering it through the years and it’s still the same since the last time I tried it last month.

I don’t know why my college besties always make me choose where to dine when we find time to meet up. The two of them will first figure out the location and they’ll let me choose where to dine in that specific location. This time, they decided to meet up at Westgate Center in Alabang. It is a small village where an array of retail shops from dining, leisure, auto, wellness and even sports were lined-up. Even my most favorite restaurant: “Neil’s” is fiercely standing there.

So, I instantly thought of Kanin Club. =)

By the way, “kanin” is a Filipino term for cooked/ steamed rice.

We seldom see each other, maybe just twice or thrice a year, but each time we meet, it’s just love and happiness. And let me add lots of laughter and food too.

Here’s what we had then:

– That famous crispy dinuguan
– Crispy liempo
– Green mango and bagoong (local shrimp paste)
– Bagoong rice
– Kare-kare (It comes in three variants: seafood, ox tripe or pork legs)

We chose pork legs. Mhai doesn’t like the ox tripe. Pam and I okayed all three.

And for our dessert:

– Turon KC

So they were asking how many times do we need to stay in the tread mill just to burn these out? And Pam was saying we all need to indulge sometimes and ended it with: “I’m actually heading to Gold’s later.” Ahahaha!

Because if you look at our spread, they’re all killers!

Flavor enhancers.

It’s not an everyday thing though she said. And I agreed since it was also the same thing that my doctor told me last year. But when I was about to leave her office, she left me with: “Just make sure to always count the fats and calories okay!” with a naughty grin.

All three of us gained a little weight from the previous years and we didn’t mind at all. #sizedoesntmatter

Look at those cheeks! =)

We top it off with this sweet indulgence.

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I’ve been meaning to ask what KC stands for. Then, it occurred to me, since this is their original recipe, KC stands for Kanin Club. Lol!

Until our next meet-up.

Kanin Club has branches in the following areas: U.P. Ayala land Techno-hub, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Paseo, Sta. Rosa, Greenfield district and QC.

Try Kanin Club, you’ll love it there. =)

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Niña’s Kitchen in Biñan, Laguna

Niña’s Kitchen in Biñan, Laguna

“Everyday may not be good, but there is always something good in everyday.”

Niña’s Kitchen is probably one the most talked-about restaurant in Laguna. Or becoming if I may say. It is a residential house which ground floor they turned into a commercial one, serving Filipino dishes (with a tweak) from breakfast to dinner.

I have been seeing it every so often from social media threads lately and out of curiosity, I dragged Jen one Sunday afternoon.

What made it more famous than its’ competitors is because it was endorsed by our former Ms. Universe since the owner is a friend (and a classmate) of hers.

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Photos and memories..

The most photographed item that they offer per my research is the “suman sa lihiya (lye)”. So it was my first reason why I wanted to visit their place. My mom used to prepare this before, and I really miss it. She is old already and can’t perform usual tasks anymore.

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The place is snug, there are decorative objects equally distributed in the garden,

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there’s even a bike with a basket holding a bouquet of flowers, which created a country-feel and very laid-back scenery. Relaxing and thought-provoking as well.

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The dining area is quite huge, which can hold more or less 50 guests. There are actually three separate rooms to dine and we chose the one in a corner. The space outside is huge too.

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It leads to the front yard too though it stays unopened and the entrance for guests is the one in the main dining hall where the counter and kitchen is situated.

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Jen and I both sitted in the tufted bench beside that gorgeous red door.

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On your left upon entrance is the stairs with quotes that I spotted in several blogs. So I made sure we have a picture on it. #thisthingwithstairs

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The decors that are equally distributed in every corner were hints that most of which were from the owner’s many travels.

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We’re supposed to order pasta and burger, but they’re no longer available. According to the attendant, there was a surge earlier. When we came before dinner time, only three tables were occupied giving me the liberty to take photos of items that are interesting to me.

We then chose pizza with pepperonis and still they’re no longer available. We ended up ordering the one with mushrooms. Jen ordered for the churros and I got my suman sa lihiya.

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As a disclaimer, the attendant warned us that the pizza must be consumed immediately. The pizza is good, a healthy option since it is meatless. But true enough, in all fairness, we were warned, the pizza dough got firmer, and it’s no longer chewy to the bite.

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The churros for me is over-rated, there is nothing special to it except for that mint leaf, just as how you expect churros to be, while the chocolate dip is good, it didn’t remind me of a brand, and only a good chef can do it or it is home-made. =)

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The Filipino way of gathering is skillfully interpreted in this place. Local favorites infused with some internationally known dishes and a homey ambience. Huge tables, family pictures, souvenirs, hanging plants, a Sto. Nino to guard the place, the greenery, makes-up for the over-all cozy feel.

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Surely, we can celebrate some occasion here with friends and family. Or maybe even if without something to celebrate. =)

It is located at:

Lot 32 Blk. 8, Silmer Village, Biñan, Laguna. You can call them at: 0915-649-3952

 

Caffera as in Cafe and Camera combined…=)

Caffera as in Cafe and Camera combined…

My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” ~Steve McCurry~ (An American photographer).

There is this new place Jen is telling me about, a themed coffee shop owned by a Photography enthusiast like her. It’s name is “Caffera”.

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Second floor of Dona Zenona Suite..
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This you will see upon entry… It is actually already stimulating..
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A vintage signage is displayed too..

And she has been persuading me to see it for the longest time. I am half-hearted to go because it entails more than 3 hours travel from our place. We are in San Pedro, Laguna and the shop is in Maginhawa street, Quezon City. Eventually I gave in due to her beguiling tricks.

And without her knowledge, I am also eyeing to see in person the string of coffee shops, pizzerias, burger stands, name it that were so famous in Maginhawa street paralleled with those you will find in Aguirre Avenue in Sucat, Paranaque and Kapitolyo street in Mandaluyong and the one in Tomas Morato. Most bloggers term them as Foodie’s Mecca.

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Such a unique idea..

And so during the holidays, we opted to plot not just Caffera but some more interesting spots Maginhawa street can offer.

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Now, we’re wondering if we can have this card even if we’re not a resident of QC..

True enough, the place will be loved by anyone who have been fascinated with photography and all the materials needed in pursuing this passion is displayed in all corners. All the accessories, even those that we have might have missed is there. If there is one adjective for this place, it is “inspiring”.

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Touches of Christmas decors were neatly placed around the cafe..
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Right in front of the counter which entice guests like a food porn..
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Lots of vintage cameras you’ll see..

Please take a look:

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Notice the roll of film utilized as label? =)
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I have exceeded my expectations – I wondered if they have cakes in camera shapes..
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The glass window is written with calligraphy..
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A unique way to paint a wall..
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Jen is filled with awe..
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Several models of vintage cameras..
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Collection of emptied rolls of film, a light, camera, action display, vintage cameras..
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An old movie camera.. Most displays are DIYs! =)
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Even the menu is photography inspired: It says FRAPPerture, ISO Amaro, Mugshot coffee, etc.
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Delighted guests can’t help but express their appreciation..
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Even the quotes are all about Photography…=)
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This is my favorite part of the place..
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There’s our coffee drinks. In mugs that were made of camera lens. #amazing
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Don’t you agree?
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Brought me back during college days when we took up a few units of Photography class..
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I can’t help it, I took a photo of their mirror inside the rest room…
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Vases out of lens..

If you want locally-produced coffee beans, brewed with love and passion for photography, sweet yet not too strong iced coffee, then Caffera is the perfect place for you. The ambiance suits both millennials and the not too millennials as well. =)

Being here, you will sense the owner’s passion through the consistency of themed displays painstakingly created so as to come up with such an “inspiring” place.

Caffera Cafe is located at:

Unit 204, Second Floor, Dona Zenona Suites, 54 Maginhawa Corner Mahusay Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City.

CASA QUESADILLA at Maginhawa street…

CASA QUESADILLA

“Mexican food is so full of colour, life and music. It’s like a pinata exploding in your mouth.” ~Kate Mclennan~

Nowadays, finding a TexMex restaurant is as easy as ABC.

Being a fan of Mexican food, Jen and I didn’t have a hard time looking for one should the cravings set in. Filipinos and Mexicans have similarities in culture, food and even language due to our common root. Both countries were being inhabited by the Spaniards. This historical trail is evident up to this very time.

At Maginhawa street, while eyeing Caffera: Cafe and Camera combined. We intentionally treaded the stretch of this famous street at Sikatuna Village in Quezon City to explore and choose food spots we intend visit in the future. Which obviously made us very hungry.

We weren’t surprised to find out that there are a lot of Texmex spots that we can choose from. We opted to try Casa Quesadilla.

It is easy to be spotted.
It is easy to be spotted.

Jen being crazy with quesadillas, immediately entered the multi-colored entrance of Casa Quesadilla. I, on the other hand like quesadillas too but my favorite Mexican food is Chimichangas, though there a few restaurants which offer this, they usually offer Burritos instead. I am good with Burritos but I like Chimis better since the latter has no rice.

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Colorful..

The Casa is like a hole in the wall type of Texmex joint. Still, they have a wide array of recipes to choose from.

We just had quesadillas and nachos salad. Quick and light. It took them less than 10 minutes to serve it.

Quick and light..=)
Quick and light..=)

I had to use the loo, and I have to pass by their kitchen to get there and I can attest to the cleanliness of their kitchen. The loo is clean too.

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They also offer alcoholic drinks and there are 2 groups enjoying their drinks outside while we dined inside.

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Unli beer from 6pm to 8pm..

And much to our content, their food is satisfying, Texmex is like comfort food to me and Jen.

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Now, we’re ready to stride again for our next stop. We passed by a bespoke restaurant on our way to Casa Quesadilla and it honestly looked interesting: When Uan met Sally. While Gourmet Gypsy Art cafe is befitting. =)

Casa Quesadilla is located at Unit 1, 176 Maginhawa, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

The very popular Maginhawa street..
The very popular Maginhawa street..

I shriek for shrimps! – Bubba Gump, Greenbelt 3, Makati City

I shriek for shrimps! – Bubba Gump, Greenbelt 3, Makati City

Broadly speaking, I am not much into seafood, but when when we talk of shrimps, hhhmmn, I could have just hoard anti-histamine medicines from the drugstores.

I haven’t been visiting Makati in a while, and been planning to visit Bubba gump for a long time. I have frequented this place years ago when my work is still located in Makati.

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Facade..
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And there’s the famous bench where guests have their photos taken..
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10 years ago, Makati was one of my two options when it comes to malling and eating -out, the other one is Alabang. Nowadays, there are options everywhere. =) The country has evolved and comes with it is the escalated taste F&B Industry has to offer. They are now capable of giving variety to most consumers. Both for its’ look and taste of their food.

For me, it is a good thing, as I am a natural foodie. =) When you check my weekly viands at home, it is very balanced, since my mom had to follow a stricter diet due to old age. I give into my cravings outside (some feast both for my tummy and eyes) a secret I kept from my mom, or else, she will torture me with her own cravings too. =)

So, I had this chance, and even if Greenbelt, or the streets of Makati offer hundreds of equally worth – it food spots, I am much into trying Bubba Gump for the nth time.

It’s just that I binged over lunch at 2pm, so we weren’t able to get as much as we want. It was only half past 500pm.

And we opted for the Shrimper’s heaven.

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Hefty..

And for our dessert, we had Mama’s bread pudding.

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This is my first time to try this and I must say it is one of the best pudding I’ve tasted. =)

You wouldn’t believe, foodies as we can be, we apparently requested the attendant to pack our food as we weren’t able to consume even half of it. We almost forgot that it’s American size.

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Still, I am happy to be here again. =) Thinking of this place as characterized by some of the elements I mostly love, not just shrimps, but the photos of some scenes from one of my most favorite movie of all time. =)

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Oh the lieutenant!

jen

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I also have its’ book which hubby gave me. One of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read. He used to say It is our story.

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I wondered if I’m like Jenny? (–)