On Thursday, I had a very big lunch at Carmelo's Wagyu in Greenbelt, living a Travelife.
We had the equivalent of six courses plus dessert. I really should have stopped at course #2, but I just couldn't resist the delicious food.
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THE BEST LOCAL OYSTERS
Carmelo's Wagyu, you see, has excellent local oysters.
It's almost too good to be true, as they are so big and juicy you could be forgiven for thinking they were from Australia or New Zealand.
This is what I though as well, when I first had them.
I'd ordered them for a musical evening + dinner that I hosted for 45 people at Carmelo's Wagyu about a month ago.
At that time, I hadn't bothered to check the provenance of the oysters.
I just thought then that it would be nice to serve oysters as a pass-around appetizer at my dinner party.
All my guests thought these oysters were from somewhere cold or exotic as well. So we were all very surprised to learn that these oysters were from Aklan.
And, boy, were these delicious.
So yesterday, I couldn't resist ordering these oysters again two ways: freshly shucked and plain, and also a la Rockefeller with a cheese sauce.
TWO KINDS OF PASTA
FOR A SECOND COURSE
I also tried two kinds of pasta, although I was sensible enough to share these with the rest.
I ordered a truffle pasta with portobello mushrooms, and a seafood pasta.
Both were very good.
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LUNCH
But, of course, the piece de resistance was the wagyu steak, which is neither Japanese wagyu nor local wagyu (which is usually from Bukidnon), but wagyu from Australia.
It was excellent, and moreso because I had it with very deadly wagyu fried rice.
Oh my goodness.
I didn't dare count the calories of lunch on Thursday, of course.
But I decided to re-start my diet next week and to just chalk up the 5000 calories I must have eaten yesterday to the joys of a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
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