Immediately after my Tagaytay food trip, I headed off to Dusit Hotel in Makati to meet my fellow Blogkadas led by Sachiko who planed in from Tokyo with her husband Michiyo. A few months ago, I met Sachi in Japan and so I was naturally excited to see her in town this time. First thing, she raved about how much she enjoyed her Bora vacation, the second honeymoon with hubby in their 20 years or so of marriage (whew!) And I was titillated to find out that during her Philippine homecoming, Sachi had chosen to stay in the places I earlier recommended in this blog (and newspaper articles): the Red Coconut Resort in Bora and Traders Hotel for its panoramic view of Manila.
The Blogkadas including Doc Emer & his uber-nice soulmate, Karla, and Mari met at Recipes Resto in Greenbelt 3 where we ordered food based on Mec’s recommendations. I didn’t get the names right now but we feasted on the chicharon bulaklak, crispy beef ribs, spicy squid, breaded tilapia fillet and the gising-gising, a spicy dish of finely-shopped baguio beans and grund pork simmered in coconut milk. My hands-down favorite was the pre-avian flu General’s Chicken which just had the right mix of sweetness and sourness. Its taste has got me hooked and I am definitely going to Recipes to try this again. Of course it helped that all throughout the meal, I was seated next to Tito Rolly who was eating as heartily as me (hehe). The only problem was that we thought the servings were too small. Recipes ‘ dishes are hardly meant for sharing 🙁 We capped our delicious meal with sips of Japanese sake which Sachi brought in a bottle, amid our cheers of “kampai!”
From Greenbelt, we made the long walk back to Sachi’s official residence, the Dusit Hotel, to try the live band offerings of Fiesta San Miguel. Luckily for us, Sabor Latino was playing that night and they almost got us dancing with their Latin American Songs. However, I was more focused on finishing my huge half-liter mug of beer (see pic) and I did before the night was over! It was also remarkable of Sachi to be spreading her Japanese rice crackers all over the table despite the fact that it wasn’t part of the corkage, hehe. Hmm, definitely we preferred munching on omiyagi rather than sisig that night.
Finally, here’s the souvenir picture taken at the Dusit Hotel lobby that night. The Blogging Berks Manila Chapter were all glad to meet Sachiko and will meet up again for Mec’s wedding this December.
If birthdays were this fun and event-filled, I really don’t mind getting old. Cheers!