Monday, January 18, 2016

Best of a #Travelife 2015: Dinner with a princess on New Year's Day

This is part of our series on the best experiences in a #Travelife for 2015.

The table, still incomplete and in the process of being set for dinner...

Perhaps rather appropriately for a never-endingly eventful Travelife, I hosted a dinner at home on the very first day of 2015 and my guests included a princess, an ambassador, and an international businessman with homes in at least six countries.

This is still one of the most enjoyable dinners I hosted in 2015, although several dinners that I hosted -- ironically -- at the end of 2015 were also incredibly fun and relaxing.

THE FIRST EVENING OF THE YEAR


It was the first evening of the year as well as one of the last nights in a very long Christmas season, and I was sure that the last thing many of us wanted to do that night was to sit in another restaurant and have another very big meal.

So I offered to host everyone at my home instead, for an informal and relaxed evening, Travelife style.

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THE WORLD IS OUR TABLE

What an international, eclectic and cosmopolitan table we had on that first night of the year, living a #Travelife.

At my dinner table that night, we had six nationalities (not counting second or third passports), seven languages, and at least 12 homes, as every single guest last night spoke at least four languages and called a minimum of two countries their home.

Most of them were just visiting Manila for a few days. And one of them was a princess.

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Talk about a real Travelife of a table, with everyone so effortlessly switching languages and just as effortlessly gliding from one city to the next in topic.

And the next. And the next.


WHAT A SMALL WORLD IT IS, TOO

And what a small world it truly is, as well.

We could talk about common friends and common experiences all over the world, in places as disparate as Zurich, Marrakech, Tokyo, Hong Kong and London

And Manila.



SIMPLE BUT GOOD FOOD FOR DINNER

As for the dinner itself, well, what exactly do you serve a princess anyway on New Year's Day? 

I kept it simple and fuss-free, with sushi and tempura on a rotating table for cocktails, and salads and grilled meats straight from a robatayaki for a main course.



DRINKS ALL NIGHT

We opened a magnum of champagne to start, and then followed through with a bottle each of excellent red and white, before ending with very good French cognac which was bottled in the year I was born.

I won't tell you the year, but all I can say is that this makes this cognac pretty impressive to drink, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

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