If you haven’t already done so, pick up the August issue of the locally published Rogue Magazine. It’s the annual food issue and it’s VERY WELL DONE! Probably one of my favorite local magazines, the topics, writing, photos and features are all extremely interesting and I highly recommend it. And no, I wasn’t asked to mention this magazine, I just like it.
Besides some serious eye candy is some interesting food porn. A feature on Luis de Terry, the man behind the restaurant Lu, and for marketmanila.com regulars, you might be interested to see Chris Bautista, a long-time reader and commenter and recent eyeball guest who is listed among the seven private Chefs for hire. :) He is alongside his cooking partner, Chef Farah Tolentino-Ylagan, in the two page photo.
Today is my 47th birthday. As the Teen likes to rub in, it is the last year I can say I am in my mid-forties; after next year, it’s late forties and older. Frankly, I am just happy to have made it this far without serious incident of any sort. Less than 200 years ago the average lifespan for someone like me was probably just 45 or 47 years old, assuming I made it past childbirth and newborn illnesses/mortality. It seems infant mortality was very high in the early 1800’s, meaning overall life expectancies for people seemed wickedly low at say 30-35 years old… Today, doctors might say I have another 30 odd years left on this planet statistically (if I don’t smoke, eat lechon constantly and occasionally let off steam by blowing a proverbial gasket screeching at someone or something inexplicably dense)… so I have to figure out what to do with that remaining time wisely… I am a Leo and a Wood Dragon. I admit to many of the adjectives used to describe Leo-Dragons. :)
A significant part of the last seven years has been spent feeding this blog. It started in late 2004, and I have explored, recorded, photographed, written, ranted, raved and responded to comments for the past 2,500 days, give or take a few, including some brief hiatuses in between. I just checked the statistics, and my 3,000th!!! post passed unnoticed about a month ago. Three thousand bloody posts! That’s roughly 1.2 posts per day on average every day for the last 7 years! If I only wrote 700 words per post including comments, that would be two million words I have typed over the years. Also amazing is that readers have sent over 101,000 comments or roughly 33 on average per post! Sure there’s been a lot of useless drivel and fluff along the way, but there has also been an incredible amount of information shared in both directions, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have commented over the years for adding so much more to the posts on this blog. THANK YOU! And to the 95+% of you who tune in and NEVER comment, I hope you get just a little smattering of the guilts today…hahaha. :)
Which brings me to the August issue of Town & Country, Philippines edition. Marketman is mentioned as one of the 101 People You Must Meet Right Now… how amusing/absurd is that? Readers of this blog probably know more about me and my quirks than some of my relatives! Over the years more than 100,000 readers have probably happened by for a post or two or even three thousand! I know I was only included in the dubious line up of T&C as I know several of “The Panel” of ladies who drew up the list. They just wanted to embarrass the heck out of me by doing that. So Margarita, Sevrine, Lizzie and Monique, wait till I see you next… :) The mention had to do with Bourdain and lechon, so if I were to be quoted today, I would say “See what happens when you play with your food?” Hahaha.
As if local exposure wasn’t enough, I also rated a mention in the August issue of Esquire magazine, in the U.K. edition. That was a result of a hastily arranged dinner hosted by Margarita Fores to feed visiting writer Tom Parker-Bowles. I was just the sidekick to Margarita, the hostess that evening. The article is a gritty one, but in the end probably very good publicity for the Philippines and Philippine food overall. Many thanks to the Department of Tourism folks assigned to the Philippine Embassy in London who so kindly sent me a copy of the magazine by airmail. Salamat.
So it’s been a wild and crazy August (and year!). If the Zubuchon restaurants ever stabilize (in 2021 maybe), I think the one last thing on my food bucket list will be to compile a list of favorite Pinoy recipes and finally publish a book. I might not sell enough to pay for the cost of the book, but it will be a fitting conclusion to the blog, whenever that happens… Thanks again for coming along for the journey. I am now officially on a quiet “day off”.
P.S. If there is one regret for the past year, it is that my series on credit cards started earlier this year was interrupted or overwhelmed by circumstances (travel, university tours, restaurant openings, etc.) and some of the RANT in me was lost or dissipated with the passage of time. “Horrible Service Bank” and the two densest and dopey-est bank officers I have come across in the past decade, consider yourselves lucky to not have faced a rant when it was fresh in my psyche. But if I manage to find the time in the months ahead, I WILL TRY TO FINISH that credit card series, if only to educate the consuming public.