Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Thai dinner at home with friends



Last night I had some old friends over for dinner, in Manila, living a Travelife.

It was up to me to decide the venue, but I decided to create seven Thai dishes for dinner at home instead of going out to a restaurant.

Almost every day in my Travelife -- including ever single evening until I fly out for Morocco -- is spent in at least one restaurant, and more often, in two restaurants. So this time I decided to just invite my friends home.

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A REALLY FUN NIGHT

What fun we had, discussing everything under the sun, including things I don't usually talk about with other people -- like politics.

We also talked about art, as these friends who came over just love art, like me.

UNBELIEVABLE STORIES ABOUT ART



So we ended up talking about the art on my walls. Every piece in my living room has a really interesting story, and I think I entertained them with a couple of almost unbelievable stories about some of my paintings.

I don't know why, but unbelievable things really happen to me. And I mean this in a good way.

MOROCCO, SEE YOU SOON



Then we talked about Morocco, as I'm going next week and they'd been on one amazing trip sometime back, and they'd visited most of the places I'm also headed for.

Morocco was on my mind all afternoon yesterday, as I'd been discussing what to wear and what the weather's going to be like with the Travel Companion.

THE CARPET SELLER IN FES 
AND A REALLY GOOD SCAM



And even in Morocco, I had a really funny story about a carpet seller in Fes and the unlikely way we ended up buying a carpet that now lies on my living room floor.

I recalled the story last night, including how the carpet seller happily took us to dinner at Fes' fanciest restaurant (which, 12 years ago, was the formal Moroccan restaurant of the Palais Jamai in Fes) after we had purchased two carpets -- making me think he'd made a small fortune off us, in spite of all my haggling.

We all dissolved into giggles, before ending the night with home-made ice cream with a dark chocolate sauce and sea salt, and a pot of rooibos tea from South Africa. This is becoming the signature dessert for dinners at my home.

All in all, a most enjoyable evening in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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