Sunday, March 3, 2013

A dinner invite from a helicopter, and the exotic flavors of Thailand at Mandarin Oriental Manila's Paseo Uno



For my very first lunch in Manila today, after a series of back-to-back trips to other countries, what a treat it was to have this at the Paseo Uno of the Mandarin Oriental Manila.

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I had lunch with Mandarin Oriental Manila's General Manager Oliver Kreuzer and Thai Airways Country Manager Sern Chupikulchai, for the first day of the sixth annual "Tastes of Thailand" food festival.

TOO MUCH IN COMMON




I'd just been to Bangkok about three trips ago.

On this trip, I'd stayed at The Siam, Bangkok's best boutique hotel, and then had a spa day and afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, which is Bangkok's grande dame hotel. And of course, I'd flown Thai Airways all the way to Bangkok and Colombo.

So I had lots to talk about with these two gentlemen.

SIMPLY WONDERFUL THAI FOOD



The food was simply wonderful, too.

I ended up breaking my self-imposed fast, supposedly from today. I just couldn't resist having the green chicken curry, pad thai, and lots of other delicacies.

Just look at the photos of all the tantalizing dishes in this blog.

TWO BIG MEALS IN A DAY

Soft shell crab. I should've had more of this one...

There goes the diet, I thought, as I happily tucked in.

I was planning to be very good at lunch because someone had invited me to dinner tonight at supposedly one of Manila's best restaurants. And I think it's going to be on the heavy side as we'd decided to ask the chef to make something good.

The Thai chef from the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is here for the festival

INVITATION BY HELICOPTER

This friend invited me to dinner, too, with a lot of chutzpah: he suggested dinner by text just as he was getting into his helicopter.

I'd booked a spa treatment tonight as I really needed it after the freezing cold of Tokyo.

But then he and I were on text this morning and he said: "Dinner tonight, if you're free? I'm using the chopper now going to Manila, but I'll call you when I land in an hour."

Then he decided on the restaurant, and it just so happened to be a place I wanted to have dinner in sometime soon as well.

So I decided to re-schedule the spa treatment and have dinner with him instead.

That makes one very big lunch and probably one big dinner tonight, on my first day in Manila, living a never-ending and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

THAI FOOD FESTIVAL
at the Mandarin Oriental Manila

March 4 - 10, 2013
www.mandarinoriental.com





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