Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mr. Jaded's sit-down dinner for 16 this Friday, and I did the guest list



So everything is coming along together very nicely for Mr. Jaded's dinner party this Friday, in Manila, living a never-ending Travelife.

If you've been reading this blog, you'll know that my friend Mr. Jaded very nicely offered to host a dinner at his house that can seat 500 people in one of the best neighborhoods of the city.




He's taking care of the venue and the caterers, and all I had to do was invite the guests and get that organized.




THE MOST PERFECT ARRANGEMENT IN THE WORLD

Isn't that the most perfect arrangement in the world?

Of course, it's not so one-sided as it looks.

Most of the guests I invited are common friends of ours, so it's not like he did the food and I did the guest list. And it was his idea to have a dinner and he asked me about dates.

THE BUSIEST DAY OF THE WEEK



So we looked at possible dates in our respective equally never-ending Travelife(s), and found this Friday as the perfect timing between trips.

Besides, Friday is usually a low-key evening in Manila, where everything seems to happen from Monday to Thursday.

However, for some reason, this Friday is so not low-key at all. I'm planning this sit-down dinner party for 16 people, and I'm triple booked for that evening -- but of course you know where I'll be for the most part.

A PERFECT DINNER FOR 16



Once we had a date, I ran through a general guest list with him of common friends we would invite, including people we'd traveled with and some contributing editors of Travelife Magazine, plus a very old friend of mine who I know would fit right in.

We have a sit-down dinner for 16 all done, and it's the perfect match of guests, actually. Everyone's into Travel and Life, and I'm so looking forward to this.

Last night, we discussed the menu and he gave me a run-through of what the caterers had suggested:



Cocktail appetizers
Spinach crackers and crispy pork belly

Main courses
Angus rib-eye
Prawns thermidore
Seabass with dill sauce
Grilled chicken

Accompaniments
Salad
Potato gratin
Creamed spinach
Pasta

Dessert
Mango flambe

I said to him: "That sounds perfect." It was certainly a lot of food.

And all the guests asked me what they should bring. I told everyone to bring wine, if they wish, as I think it's going to be a pretty long and enjoyable evening.

Perhaps I should have said champagne instead, as that's what I'm thinking of bringing. It'll go so well with the food on Friday night, for just another wonderful dinner in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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