|Christmas eve lunch today was at Kasbah at The Fort|
In Manila living a TRAVELIFE, for once I spent a morning doing nothing more tedious than address a few gift cards while listening to old songs on the radio. It's a bit of respite before my never-ending Travelife starts all over again.
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After this afternoon, my next free window is January 3rd. So many friends have flown the coop for the holidays and are vacationing in cooler climates; but you wouldn't know it, judging from the number of friends still around to celebrate the holidays with.
|Outdoor seating at Kasbah|
So every lunch and dinner until January 3rd is booked, and happily so, as -- with the more relaxed work and travel schedule over the holidays -- I get to catch up with so many people I've been longing to see for the longest time.
A FRESH & HEALTHY LUNCH
|Lamb tagine with couscous at Kasbah|
Today we had lunch at Kasbah, the cozy North African restaurant at the Fort Strip. I really like the food here as it's very fresh.
Everything is made on the spot, and you can taste the difference between their freshly-made food -- especially with stuff like hummus and tabouleh -- and the same kind of food at other restaurants.
|Chicken tagine at Kasbah|
At lunch today, the hummus tasted like it was made half an hour before serving, while the tabbouleh tasted like it was picked this morning.
That's a rare treat for a hummus and tabbouleh lover like myself, especially in this part of the world.
After all the appetizers, we ordered only a variety of tagine including lamb, chicken and vegetable. My favorite was the lamb tagine which was truly scrumptious.
MEMORIES OF A BAKLAVA
Then we ended with orders of baklava.
|Kasbah's baklava was full of nuts and not sweet at all --|
so unlike the commercial kinds found elsewhere
Now baklava is readily available in many places including all over the Middle East, and all the way to Morocco, Greece and Turkey.
I like ordering it wherever I find it, since I remember a very good baklava I once had as a child while stopping over at a picturesque port on a sail through the Greek islands.
I never forgot this baklava and since then I've tried to have it wherever possible.
Middle Eastern and North African food, too, is way healthier than most cuisine. So it was a very good marriage of celebrations and healthy eating, in my never-ending and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
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