Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Black angus prime rib, rack of lamb from New Zealand and a sacher torte from the Hotel Sacher in Vienna for an impromptu dinner with my neighbours tonight



So today, there we were at a small Korean sweets shop in the Fort on the second to the last afternoon of the year, having green tea ice cream with red bean paste and sweet shaved ice with sour mangoes with our neighbours, living a #Travelife.

It was just a very casual get-together but then one thing led to another and we all decided to do dinner somehow.

EATING OUT IN A RESTAURANT EVERYDAY
FOR SIX MONTHS STRAIGHT

At Steirereck in Vienna last week,
living a #Travelife...

"We can go to a restaurant," one of them said. But I've been eating in restaurants every single day -- and often even twice a day -- for about six months in a row now, so I was quite happy to not eat in another one just for one night.

In fact, I'd even planned on having dinner at home -- one of the few nights I could actually do so -- so I had a Black Angus prime rib semi-waiting in the oven.

WAY TOO MUCH GOOD FOOD

Lobster bisque at The Fireplace
of the New World Manila last night,
living a #Travelife...

I say "semi-waiting" because I thought we should have a festive dinner at home as it was December 30th, so I had prepared accordingly but we weren't really very hungry.

We'd had a massive steak dinner with some old friends of mine at The Fireplace of the New World Manila until 2 AM the previous night, you see, and then we'd had a mixture of Korean dumplings and Japanese sushi for lunch at Resorts World for lunch today.




And then after that Resorts World lunch, there we were having afternoon tea at this Korean sweets shop at the kind invitation of our neighbours.

AN IMPROMPTU DINNER PARTY AT HOME

In between the traveling, work and partying,
this is what I've been doing at home, living a #Travelife.
I've been re-coloring the wallpaper in one of my corridors myself.

I was quite happy to have everyone at home instead for prime rib under these circumstances. So I said: "Why don't you just come over for an informal dinner? We'll rustle up something."

So we agreed to meet in an hour back at my home, during which time I put the prime rib in the oven and did the mashed potatoes and gravy, lit the candles and then supervised the setting of the table.



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RACK OF LAMB FROM NEW ZEALAND



My neighbours came with a salad and a very nice rack of lamb, still warm from their oven. It was incredibly delicious as it was the meat of a young lamb from New Zealand that they'd picked up on a recent trip to Hong Kong and hand carried back to Manila.

Usually we open a Bordeaux red to go with such a menu, but tonight we opened a New World wine, albeit a very good one.

SACHER TORTE FROM VIENNA
FOR DESSERT



And for dessert, I took out one of my remaining boxes of sacher torte, handcarried from the Hotel Sacher in Vienna and we each had a slice while I recounted the history of the sacher torte and the interesting rivalry between two shops about this.

Not bad for an impromptu dinner with the neighbours, decided and undertaken in an hour, as always living a never-ending #Travelife.

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