Monday, February 15, 2016

A mini private concert by the Libera Boys Choir from England. And about a tasty kedgeree and the best fish and chips in Manila.



Last night in Manila, living a #Travelife, I attended a dinner at the home of the British Ambassador. He has the best chef for British food in the city, by the way, and I've never tasted fish and chips as good anywhere else.



THE SECRET TO MAKING
THE BEST FISH AND CHIPS 

In fact, at another dinner at the British Ambassador's home, the Ambassador's chef had set up a fish and chips station in his terrace and the fish and chips were so good that I was waxing rhapsodic. I simply had to ask the chef what his secret for good fish and chips was.

It was in the kind of beer he used, he replied, and this made all the difference.

He told me what he uses and it's very much out of the mainstream of European beers, but I can't tell you what he uses as this would make it not a secret anymore.

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THE BEST BRITISH FOOD.
AND JUST HOW GOOD THIS IS.

Last night there were no fish and chips at dinner but the Ambassador served a truly excellent kedgeree which was worth all the carbs that came with it. I actually had three servings, and I've made up my mind to try and make kedgeree myself sometime.

Kedgeree, by the way, is a type of British comfort food involving flaked fish and rice cooked with some curry and spices, plus lots of cream and butter.

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THE BEST BRITISH FOOD
IS THE SIMPLEST

It was fantastic, making me think that of all the fancy meals and experimental cuisine I had on my last trip to London, and how after everything I have eaten in England, I actually like British comfort food best when it is very properly done.

For dessert the Ambassador's chef also served a British-style apple pie with a warm custard sauce. Again, I'm not at all an apple pie person, but this one was so good that I actually had two servings.

CONCERT BY THE LIBERA BOYS CHOIR



Meanwhile, I arrived at the Ambassador's home just in time for the pre-dinner recital of the Libera boys choir, an English choir of young boys from London.

It was only a mini-concert as the formal concert of the Libera happens today at the PICC Plenary Hall and then they're off to Cebu. But their performance was enchanting.

JUST LIKE IN A BRITISH BOARDING SCHOOL


But perhaps the most enchanting part came after their magical performance.

After singing, the Libera boys sat down to eat on the ambassador's long dining table, all dressed alike and with their heads bowed into their food, in a scene straight out of a UK boarding school.



And then, at the end of the party, I found all of them in the Ambassador's garden, crowded around a pond to look at the fish, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.


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