Sha or Shatzli is one of my FIRST ever readers and commenters on marketmanila. Just a few days or weeks after I started the site, she left a comment and a link to her own blog. Since then, we have communicated off and on for nearly 8 years, she a Filipina now living in Europe, and employed on some of the finest ritziest floating palaces on the seven seas. I have never met her, but was just 1 kilometer away from doing so last week when she dropped off this fabulous canister of salt from Ibiza when she happened to zip by a Zubuchon branch while in a cab headed elsewhere. She will be around for another few weeks so I hope I manage to meet up with her finally. Many, many thanks for the wonderful, thoughtful and absolutely unexpected treat!
I haven’t opened the salt yet, but plan to do so for a special occasion or dish. For many years, I carefully guarded my identity and my address, precisely so that I would be able to prevent the arrival of such generous treats from readers and others… but with the restaurants open, some folks have been quite ingenuous about getting things to me via post or through drop-offs. I absolutely do not encourage it, but I have to say a huge thank you to all of you who have in the past year sent some of the most delicious, unusual, clever doodads from all over the country and the world. I am most grateful. Daghang Salamat Sha!