5 Loaves and 2 Fish: Comfort Food for the Soul

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Discovering different dishes in a neighborhood restaurant is a great way to spend an afternoon and that’s just what I did. 5 Loaves and 2 Fish serves home cooked meals restaurant style in the bustling suburb of Holy Spirit Drive in Commonwealth, Quezon City. As explained by proprietor, Ms Dinah Miro their restaurant is an extension of her home kitchen serving up comfort food for the soul.

The restaurant name is quite unique and its origins are from the bible:

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

It was quite timely that the name that they had intended for their restaurant wasn’t available when they applied at Department of Trade and Industry. It lead them to this unique name and has been a blessing.

The interior design focuses on family, comfort and bible inspiration sprinkled all around the restaurant. Seating is good for up to 60-65 people and they can cater to intimate events.

Chef Jay executes the menu that’s comprised of dishes Ms Dinah cooks for her own family.

It was quite a spread and it did not disappoint. I was introduced to Lengua (Yes! I haven’t tried it before!) and Lavosh, 2 new dishes to my palate. There was also salad, pasta, fish and ribs served for us to try and savor.

As much as possible all the ingredients used in the dishes were sourced locally. Ms. Dinah supports the local communities and has tried to be an advocate for supporting local and homegrown products.

Lavosh (Php195)

Lavosh has a Turkish Mediterranean origin. It’s a large, thin, soft or crisp flatbread with a rough surface created from air bubbles. The Lavosh showcased at Mercato Centrale in 2011 and also won an award at the Ultimate Taste Test 2011.

Ms Dinah was inspired to give more color to the Lavosh and used carrots, spinach and other vegetables to give it coloring.

Their dips include Chicken Liver Pate, Pesto Brulee, Dulong and Fresh Tomato Coriander Salsa. Individually dipped or combined, the Lavosh with a generous slather of these dips can be a meal in itself.

Balayan Salad

Honeyed balayan dressing with pickled mangoes is the focus of this salad.

High 5 Salad – To Share (Php265)

This is their bestseller salad served with guava vinaigrette.

Salpicao (Php235)

The Salpicao was tender and tasty having been seasoned with their house blend seasoning.

Vongole (Php248)

Lengua

I was hesitant to eat this after I was told it was made of ox tongue! The adventurous side of me said to hell with it and went for it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it tasted delicious. The meat wasn’t at all tough and it actually tasted like beef. The ox tongue is slow cooked and served with mashed potatoes.

Salmon with Four Cheese (Php350)

Salmon served with 4 kinds of cheese.

Spaghetti with Chicken Parmesan (Php240)

Spaghetti with house blend rich tomato sauce topped with chicken and served with a side of bread.

BBQ Spareribs (Php255)

The BBQ Spareribs is baked for 4 hours slathered with house blend BBQ sauce. Served with a side of rice and coleslaw.

Another specialty at 5 Loaves and 2 Fish are their delectable cakes. I was able to try their Tablea Cake and Classic Dulce de Leche.

Tablea Cake

The cacao comes straight from Davao. The usual gritty texture of cacao is not at all noticeable in this very rich slice of cake.

Classic Dulce de Leche – Salted Caramel (Php140)

How lucky was I to win this whole cake of Classic Dulce de Leche? I was excited to bring it home and the verdict on this is 2 thumbs and 2 toes up!

If you’re in search of a family inspired, cozy environment and home-cooked meals then 5 Loaves and 2 Fish is just the restaurant for you! Bring your family for lunch and dinner or friends for a catch up. It won’t disappoint!

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Fathers Day- free single glass of wine with every Php1500 purchase (June 16-18)

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(02) 366-5375

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Start the School Year Strong with Motts Apple Juice

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Another year of packing lunches and snacks is upon us. Sometimes, it seems like it’s the hardest part of the day! Well, not seriously but it does cause me some persona anxiety because I’m not a natural in the kitchen. Coming up with varied lunches and snacks can have its difficulties but one of my go to drinks this year will be Motts Apple Juice.

Jael was thrilled to get a crate of it along with some red apples. Between my 3 kids, Jael is the most fond of apple juice. I love that he always pours me a glass when he pours one for himself. He keeps me healthy!

The kids will be starting the school year strong with their daily dose of Motts Apple Juice. Consisting of 100% real apples with added Vitamin C, this apple juice doesn’t contain any artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

Years back, I was drinking apple juice everyday when I was first diagnosed with gallstones. I had read up on home remedies for it and drinking apple juice was one of them.

It comes in 32 ounce and 64 ounce PET bottles with an easy grip handle. It also comes in cans for easy packing in lunch boxes.

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Alaska Milk Sweetened Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk Recipes

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One of the pleasant surprises I received on Mother’s Day was this package from Alaska Milk. Actually, I received it after the holiday and it was a #BelatedMothersDay surprise. It was a hamper full of sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. Right at the top of my head I started thinking, tiramisu, leche flan, and my fave apples with condensed. Along with the hamper came some milk recipes to help with ideas on what to cook with this generous supply of milk.
This perfectly made bloom by Te Amo accompanied my #BelatedMothersDay gift! Can you believe it’s a rose that can be preserved for up to 6 months?
Alaska has featured recipes, like Pahabol Braised Pork, May Time Pa Macaroni, Belated Banana Apple Shake, and Pambawi Milk Bread.
French Toast is a favorite in our home. I decided to make a batch of the Pambawi Milk Bread. We didn’t have syrup at the time so I drizzled a stack with sweetened condensed milk and the other stack with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Have a try at this recipe. If you find that it’s too sweet to add a drizzle of condensed or ice cream eating the cooked bread as is, is just as good. Get more recipes on Alaska Milk’s Facebook Page.
To celebrate national #BelatedMothersDay, Alaska made an online film starring a mother who works as a spa attendant. She comes home to a surprise the day after Mother’s Day.

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