Just a quick post to do some chest thumping and town crying… It was weird enough to watch myself on two recent television programs, Taste Matters (Channel News Asia) on the topic of Adobo, and a couple of weeks ago on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain and lechons. But now I find myself staring at a two-page opening spread in the current (March 2009) issue of Yummy magazine and realize that my forehead has more square footage than my rear end. Hahaha. Yes, I do appear in Yummy, as Marketman, together with several friends who I met through this blog. Joey, of 80breakfasts invited us over for a pot-luck meal, and she wrote the article, which runs 8 pages total, including recipes. I first met Joey, Katrina and Mila 3 years ago at the first Marketmanila eyeball. We have been friends since. Socky came to the second eyeball. And Ian, I met for the first time at the photo shoot, though I have enjoyed his wonderful flavors of Sebastian’s ice cream many times before.
I was asked to provide a simple yet delicious appetizer, and I brought a crab and dill mayonnaise spread with slices of french bread. The recipe is also in the magazine. Yummy is actually one of my favorite local food magazines. It is much more modern, and hits a target market I can easily relate to. The photos are nice, the recipes simple and the overall quality of the layout, graphics and printing make it a very good value. Of course there was an undercurrent of self-interest when the magazine asked all of us “bloggers” and friends to participate… I am sure the buzz provided by blog posts helps to boost awareness of the magazine and hopefully increase their sales. But that’s how the commercial world works, I suppose. So if you are curious about my forehead, or more importantly, the recipes and dishes provided by the other guests, sneak into a bookstore or grocery and check out the March Yummy. Marketman’s note to self: before another photo shoot or television appearance, use astringent on forehead and dab with powder; look up and not down, and pick an appropriately photogenic shirt. :)
A couple of weeks ago, there were two articles in major dailies where Marketman was mentioned in the context of the upcoming Season 2 of World Cafe Asia. WCA visits Manila in a 30 minute episode on the Discovery Travel & Living Channel here in Southeast Asia. I gave Bobby Chinn, the host, a tour of the Salcedo market and later invited him back home for a merienda and halo-halo buffet. I have made comments about Manila food writers/sections before, and wouldn’t you know it, the folks that put these splashy front section and full color articles on Bobby Chinn and World Cafe Asia season 2 were apparently flown (all expenses paid?) to Singapore for the press conference… Even the content of the articles looked like they simply regurgitated the contents of the official press release… Hmmm, makes you wonder about doing all the “real” work so that they have material to film, but it’s the food writers at the national dailies who end up on the foreign PR junkets. I know, I know, this doesn’t apply to ALL food writers, but it certainly does to some… The Manila episode of World Cafe Asia is airing either March 23 or March 30, I will post more details when I get them. Okay, back to food posts, up next…