Sunday, December 28, 2014

A dinner with serious wine enthusiasts at Blackbird, and about a French hairdresser who does precision hair cutting home visits





Tonight in Manila, living a Travelife, eight of us had dinner at Blackbird.

The food was just okay, but the best part was really dessert. And for some reason, this restaurant has so many staff members but it's so hard to get them to do anything, whether it's refilling water, pouring drinks or opening a door.

They would pour wine for one side of the table and completely forget the other side, for instance. It wasn't full last night, either. I hope the management does something about this because this also happened before.

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OUR OWN WINES

We brought our own wines and spirits, and as the four guys are very serious wine drinkers, each with a pretty formidable private cellar, we were guaranteed an evening of very good things to drink.

We began with champagne, and this wasn't the kind you usually can buy just off the shelf somewhere.

Then we had several bottles of white and red wine.


GUESSING A CHATEAU HAUT SMITH LAFITTE

These four guys truly only drink really good stuff, and purely for the love of wine.

One of them brought a year 2000 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte and served it as part of a blind tasting.

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Someone else in our group actually guessed the wine correctly, out of thousands of possible options, surprising everyone.

Perhaps this is because we had visited Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux two years ago, and stayed at the Les Sources de Caudalie, which is the adjacent luxury hotel owned by the family who owns Chateau Smith.


A BURNT BUTTER ICE CREAM SUNDAE
WITH GLASSES OF SAUTERNES

We ended with a very nice bottle of Sauternes -- yes, we are all Sauternes drinkers in this group -- that went surprisingly well with the dessert I ordered, of a burnt butter ice cream sundae.

Somewhere in between all this drinking, we decided to do a safari together in early 2016, as most of us are pretty booked for major trips already in 2015.

I know just the place to go as well, too, as we can take the entire place for ourselves if we are a group.


SUPPOSEDLY THE BEST HAIRDRESSER
IN MANILA.
AND HE MAKES HOUSE CALLS.

Across the table tonight, I also was given by my friend J the mobile of a Frenchman who is supposedly the best haircutter in town.

This Frenchman reportedly cuts with great precision and skill, and perhaps for me best of all, he actually does house calls. Apparently, he used to cut Victoria Beckham's hair too.

One for the road at Blackbird last night

I usually get my hair cut in Tokyo, but this Frenchman sounds like the perfect alternative, especially as you can get your hair done in your own home and at international standards.

I also saw what he did for someone's hair tonight, and indeed it was the most precise cut I'd ever seen. Certainly better than anything I've seen from any Japanese hairdresser.

Watch out for more on this Frenchman who does house calls with his sharp scissors, when I finally get just another haircut in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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