Friday, November 7, 2014

Travel, art and politics over fusion sushi and good champagne



So last night, in Manila living a Travelife, I hosted another dinner at home, this time for two friends.

One of them is a famous sculptor I've known forever, who creates lovely pieces that are very highly collectible. People line up for his works and they're not cheap.

I asked him over for a catch-up, and also with a small ulterior motive: I wanted him to find a place in my house for a sculpture of his, as I still don't have one.

But I thought that's what I'd get myself for Christmas.

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AN AMBASSADOR FROM EUROPE
AT MY HOME LAST NIGHT

Then I decided to invite an ambassador of a European country who I also wanted to catch up with over dinner sometime in a Travelife with always too little time.

What an unlikely combination this was.

FUSION SUSHI AND CHAMPAGNR



Then, just because I felt like it, I served fusion sushi for appetizers, followed by a very healthy meal of tofu, shrimp curry, and green mango salad.

I served the fusion sushi with the very good champagne my artist friend brought, and it was my second night in a row to have sushi with excellent champagne for dinner.

REAL SUSHI AND CHAMPAGNE

That's me, seated next to the global brand ambassador of Moet
on Thursday night at a dinner at the EDSA Shangri-la

The previous night, I sat with the executives of Moet et Chandon at a beautiful Japanese dinner -- not fusion sushi, this time -- that was paired with vintage Moet et Chandon champagne.

Wow. Did those juicy pieces of o-toro and uni go so well with a 2002 vintage Moet et Chandon blanc. Talk about a truly delicious dinner on Thursday night at the EDSA Shangri-la, living a Travelife.

HAPPY ENDINGS

As for last night, what looked like an unpromising evening of unlikely combinations turned out very nicely.

The fusion sushi, for one, went very well with the champagne, as I already knew it would.


ART, TRAVEL AND POLITICS

We also had a very merry time discussing everything under the sun.

We began talking first about art and travel, of course. But pretty soon we were discussing politics in the frankest possible way.

It was very enjoyable and refreshing, on just another wonderful Friday night in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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