Monday, April 29, 2013

The best halo-halo in Manila is at XO46

The best halo-halo in Manila is at XO 46.
Simple and simply delicious.

Today I had a 5000 calorie lunch, but it was so worth it.

We had a fantastic Filipino meal full of cholesterol busters.  I gain weight just thinking about what we ate.

And then we ended this delicious feast with just about the best halo-halo in Manila.

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NO TIME FOR LUNCH 
IN A NEVER-ENDINGLY EVENTFUL TRAVELIFE

We were a party of four, and we ate at XO46, that great Filipino bistro in Salcedo Village.

I'd been seriously hankering for spicy laing, adobo sa gata and bangus salpicao for the longest time -- but my never-endingly eventful Travelife just didn't make this possible until today.

Finally I had a few hours free today and everyone else was okay as well.

Chicken with patatas to start


THE BEST EXCUSE FOR MEETING UP

So I skipped breakfast and waited out my hunger until lunchtime, knowing fully well I would probably eat enough for a year in a matter of two hours.

We also had a good excuse for meeting up today.

On the guise of a planning session for our upcoming trip to Spain, the four of us organized a lunch meeting.

My absolute favorite tokwa't baboy


SPAIN, HERE WE COME

Yes, one of the trips in my never-endingly eventful Travelife for 2013 is a driving trip all over Spain.

The four of us are going and we needed to agree on the parameters of where to go and what to do.

As always, I'm in charge of planning the trip -- we are Travelife, after all, and absolutely no one can plan a seamless best-of-breed trip better than we can -- but of course I need inputs from the rest.

Excellent flavored puto


MY FAVORITE PART OF PLANNING A TRAVELIFE

So today I halted work for a while to do a bit more planning for my Travelife for this year.

There's Spain, of course.

But I also have a trip to France coming up, and one to Tanzania after Spain.

It's really fun to choose where to stay -- this is my favorite part, by the way, as I'm such a hotel junkie -- but it can get quite confusing when you're dealing with hotel reservations in 15 to 20 cities all at the same time.

This was a new pancit dish from the Visayas.
And it was so good.


SIMPLY THE BEST HALO-HALO IN THE WORLD

But the real highlight for today is the fact that I've just tasted the best halo-halo in the world.

Yes, it's official, as far as we're concerned.

The best halo-halo in the world is at XO46 -- and isn't this just perfect for summer.

Wine before halo-halo.
And mojitos after halo-halo.


INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS

What makes XO46's halo-halo so special?

For one thing, it's a slush. You don't get crushed ice. You get a cold drink that's really the equivalent of a slushie -- if you've ever had one of those.

Inside, it's full of the traditional good stuff that goes into a halo-halo, including leche flan, kaong, pinipig, nata de coco, sweet banana and other things.

But there are two secret ingredients in this XO46 halo-halo that make it completely different from anywhere else.

Of course, it's a secret, so even I don't know what these are.

The best halo-halo in the world...


THE PERFECT COMBINATION

I'm not even a halo-halo person, but I really loved this one. In fact, I actually shared one order with someone, and after tasting this halo-halo, I wish I'd ordered my own.

And guess what I had with my halo-halo?

A deadly glass of mojito. Drinking mojitos is a bad habit I picked up on the Travelife to Sri Lanka last February. All the guys were drinking it practically everyday at lunch with their curries and one day I had a glass with them.

And the rest is history -- although I still have to figure out whether I really like the taste or just the crushed ice.

5000 CALORIES I SO DON'T NEED

My all-time favorite bangus salpicao



"I must've had 5000 calories today," I said, very wistfully. It's one fancy event after another this week, and I need to fit into some pretty slinky dresses.

And tomorrow, I need to actually find something slinky and orange to wear to the formal party marking the coronation of the new King of the Netherlands.

Everything was so good at lunch today that I'd had triple servings. Maybe I should start thinking about tent dresses instead of slinky dresses.

And then there was this delicious halo-halo to top another delicious lunch in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

XO 46
The best halo-halo in Manila

Valero St., Salcedo Village
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel 553-6632 / 553-6635




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