I was pushing a shopping cart in the grocery a few weeks ago, when my cell phone beeped and Katrina asked if she could call. Katrina is a long-time reader, friend and one of a just a few folks who have attended all three of the marketmanila.com eyeballs I have hosted over the years. I immediately called her back, and she asked if I would consider participating in a Rogue Magazine feature on food bloggers for the August 2009 Food issue. I rarely agree to do these types of things, but for Katrina, I simply could not refuse. And since Katrina herself was doing the write-up, I was supremely confident it would be done well. A couple of email questionnaires and clarifications back and forth and everything seemed set. Then I was told a photo was needed (egads!) but Neal Oshima would be taking the shots (yahoo! I really like Neal’s photos), so I just waited for more information. Turns out I missed the originally scheduled photo shoot while I was in Hong Kong getting devoured by bed bugs. When I returned to Manila, the magazine editors snuck me into another photo shoot of Neal’s (the one with the chefs cooking at Bacchus) and in 5 minutes flat he snapped a few shots and I was done.
When I met Neal, he immediately asked if I would cover my head with a large colander, various mixing bowls, stainless spoons and other cooking utensils, or bite a large chef’s knife while he snapped a few shots. He probably took one look at me and with no help from make-up people or stylists nearby, decided it would be easier and faster to just hide my entire face… hahaha. I jest, of course. But just before finishing up, I told him I had brought along my favorite and well-worn copper fishpan (from E. Dehillerin in Paris, THE mecca of “elitist” cookware), and he agreed to take a couple more shots using the fishpan as the “face-covering” prop. That is the shot published in the magazine. :) I am mildly disappointed that I finally had a chance at a “free” portrait by Neal Oshima, but got a photo of the underside of my fishpan instead! Hahahaha! For regular readers of this blog, you will understand why this photo is just too precious for words. Fishpan indeed. And I am almost never in long-sleeved shirts these days, but I was trying to cover up my very raw bedbug bites on my arm, and if you look closely at the photograph in Rogue, you can see the bites!
Seven other bloggers are featured in the same article, including Joey of 80breakfasts, here above in a great photo that is both natural and ebullient. It made me smile that they coined her “The Cheerleader” to boot! Lori of Dessertcomesfirst.com. Ivan Henares, Spanky Enriquez, Anton Diaz, Christine Nunag of 100poundfoodie.com and the folks at Tableforthreeplease.com. Many thanks Katrina for such a fantastic write-up — short, accurate and amusing. And no, I don’t mind being labelled a “Perfectionist” at all. People seem to think that word has negative connotations, I choose to think of it as being totally positive… I mean, really, who wants to be known by the antonyms of a perfectionist? And everyone who reads marketmanila.com knows it is riddled with grammatical and spelling errors and mediocre photos, so if “perfectionism” primarily refers to my often dogged quests for uncompromising food, I’ll take that label any day, thank you. I’m sure Rogue does these features so bloggers will write about their magazine, but if you haven’t picked up an issue yet, and you are a foodie, this “Appetite” issue is, in my opinion, really worth the PHP180 price. And the gorgeous cover girl Alexandra Rocha? Yup, she’s a chef. :)