March 16 last week saw back-to-back events that tested the limits of my stomach.
The afternoon to early evening was spent mingling and standing in 4-inch heels (painful) at One Serendra’s social hall for the book launch of “Shadow of Doubt” by our editor-in-chief Marites Vitug.
There were many heavyweights from political, business and legal circles. It took every ounce of my being not to ask them all for their calling cards. You know, just in case.
The high points of that event were: helping former Sen. Jovito Salonga to a chair (and worrying that if he fell, it would be my fault if he shatters to pieces) and having a funny photo-op with former president Fidel V. Ramos who walked the streets of Serendra holding a glass of wine in one hand.
Also some high points: seeing my college friend Jam after so many years and eating such good food from Cafe Uno including delicious spinach lasagna, dainty cheese and herb quiches, and mini-pizzas.
The Venice Piazza’s main building looked like a palace, with ornate facades and a balcony that curved inwards. It’s beautiful at night.
At the moment, it’s quiet and peaceful because not too many people have discovered it yet. But wait until it gets peopled by the dog-walking, Crocs-wearing crowds of Serendra and High Street.
My parents chose Kusê (short for Kusinero), a Filipino restaurant that has a wide menu of gourmet Pinoy food.
The restaurant fronts the wide plaza dotted with benches and palm trees. About 20 of us dined al fresco, to the wafts of gentle breezes. Everyone was happy.
Multiply these dishes six times over and you’ll have an idea of how much we ate.
Laing is an Ilocano delicacy made of taro leaves cooked in coconut milk. I have never in my life tried this dish, but my Ilocano cousins had glowing reviews for the restaurant’s version. I’ll take their word for it.
The menu describes this as a crispy fried mixture of taro, shrimp and vegetables that you dip into a sweet soy and vinegar sauce. It was crunchy and tasty like shrimp-flavored flat meatballs. Really good!
The best part of the meal, however, were the desserts which we got for free because it was my Dad’s birthday. (And the restaurant manager turned out to be the cousin of my Dad’s brother-in-law. Kamag-anak Inc. Hehehe.)
Happy birthday daddy and Congratulations Ms. Marites!