Monthly Archives: May 2013

Veggie Persian Burger by Good Burgers

Persian Burger by Good Burgers (Vegetarian)

It’s sinful and it’s vegetarian. That’s what you get when you order the “Best” Persian Burger from Good Burgers. The whopper of a burger has two veggie patties and all the old spices that came out from old Persia!

Since I lost 48 pounds, I have been trying to maintain my diet so I keep to my 34″ waistline and 80 kilos weight. So whenever possible I eat only vegetables with occasional fish dishes. That’s not too hard to keep in Manila as there are quite a few vegetarian establishments in the metropolis.

A full meal. Good Burgers' persian Burger has 2 veggy patties to make sure you're satisfied.
A full meal. Good Burgers’ persian Burger has 2 veggy patties to make sure you’re satisfied.

One of the best I found is Good Burgers. They have three outlets: Maginhawa St. in Quezon City; Kapitolyo in Pasig; and one in C5 across SM Hypermarket. Their menu has about 7-8 different burger concoctions with either chicken or vegetarian patties. Their relishes are really sinful and their “Best” option with two patties is good enough for a full meal. They take orders or for a minimum of P300 per order, they can deliver to your home or office.

I have brought high level corporate personalities to these joints. Albeit without air-condition, they have enough electric fans to keep the heat down so business discussions can go unhampered. Most of the time though we order to our business lunches in the office. And it seems one of my colleagues has now taken a liking for veggie burgers. It keeps you in shape and it’s just as good as the real thing. In fact now I wonder which one should be considered the “real” thing!

I won’t debate with burger purists that the real thing is still the best. But if you must move on to a vegetarian diet, start visiting the Good Burger.

Their addresses:
162 Maginhawa‎ Metro Manila‎ Quezon City, telephone: (02) 435 4663
22 West Capitol Drive‎ Barangay Kapitolyo‎ Pasig City, telephone: (02) 636 4663
106 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, C5 Road‎ Pasig City, telephone: (02) 671 4242

Our Streaming Hero: Strong VPN

A screen shot of the StrongVPN Website
A screen shot of the StrongVPN Website

An important system that is adjunct to my SONOS system is my virtual private network (VPN). My VPN has its IP address in the US so that it will allow my to stream Pandora, Sirius, Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify streaming services. These are the more popular and reliable steaming services these days and they all form part of my entertainment system.

A VPN literally creates a tunnel from my house to an IP address in the US. Think of it this way: my house is in Pasig but I have an underground tunnel in my basement which connects to a house in the US. This allows me to receive newspapers, mails, and whatever else I need in the US from my house there. Whoever delivers in the US need not bother about the tunnel. As for as he/she is concerned, the delivered address is in the US. Then the occupant of my house in the US then scurries through the tunnel and delivers the goods to my house in Pasig.

There are, I am sure, quite a number of VPN providers out there. And I am not sure who is the best out there. I am, however, very happy with my own provider, StrongVPN. The company has been around for sometime and they have two major advantages for me:

> First, their live chat is what they advertise: live, fast, and knowledgable.

> Second, they have a partner with Sabai Technology, a router provider that provides an operating system (OS) that has been optimized to run StrongVPN’s protocols. I have a Linksys E3000 router with a Sabai VPN accelerator.

With my StrongVPN system my Apple TV setup is now more powerful. I can access its Netflix and Hulu Plus services. Streaming video around the house is fast and digital music streamed through my SONOS is of very high quality. All these hardware, however, will be nothing unless your Internet provider is giving you the bandwidth you need.

And this will be for another topic: the quality of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Philippines.