14 May2014

On Friday the 13th of June, several “old-timers” from the blog (Joey, Lee, Moni, Loney Kitchen, Roy, Ging, Millet, Marla, Joan, etc.), who have gotten together once or twice a year for the last several years (since Marketmanila’s first eyeball some 8+ years ago) are coming out to our beach house in Nasugbu for a lunch time barbecue. Not sure what’s on the menu yet, but these get-togethers are always a blast with loads of laughter vying with lots of food. And this year, we are inviting both Gejo of Malipayon Farms and Nacho of Toscana Farms (both in Tagaytay) who promise to bring some spectacular produce for the lunch. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I will be opening up say 4 slots for other readers to win an “invitation” to join us for lunch. At least 1 or 2 of those winners must have a car they can use to drive out to Nasugbu on Friday, the 13th of June and if they are extra nice (might be able to give other winners a ride out if they don’t have their own transportation). I’m sorry I can’t invite more, but twenty people total is probably the maximum we can seat comfortably. We will hopefully be putting our new barbecue through its paces along with other dishes from seafood from the nearby Nasugbu market and anything else that seems like a good idea. I haven’t worked out the mechanics of how to find the four winners, but I hope to publish a post on that in the next few days or so. So please check this blog often over the next few days for instructions. Think of this as a “mini-eyeball” with old and new friends. Good luck!!! :)



  1. denise says:

    waaaa I hope I win :D I don’t have a car, but I’m sure I can figure the way :D all I can bring into the table is probably cashew araro/uraro from Bataan :)

    May 14, 2014 | 2:10 pm


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  3. Cris J. says:

    Alas, my hopes of ever attending one of your EBs has been dashed again… am off to El Nido on that date… I do hope there will be another EB sometime soon? :)

    May 14, 2014 | 2:55 pm

  4. Clarissa says:

    I’ll try to “win” this and hope my boss will understand enough if I go on leave on that day :P

    May 14, 2014 | 3:48 pm

  5. Risa says:


    May 14, 2014 | 4:44 pm

  6. Novie says:

    Go! sana po manalo ako…will try to bring something also…

    May 14, 2014 | 6:02 pm

  7. Betchay says:

    Hubby will be out of town that day so I guess I can have the driver and car at my disposal :) I hope I win!

    May 14, 2014 | 7:40 pm

  8. Natie says:

    I’ll just look forward to many pictures of the event!!

    May 14, 2014 | 7:46 pm

  9. Joey says:

    Excited! ;-)

    May 14, 2014 | 9:01 pm

  10. Marketman says:

    Footloose, if you read this, go back to the post on losing all the comments… our brilliant tech guy has managed to restore the comments in the Bistro Filipino post!

    May 14, 2014 | 9:04 pm

  11. Footloose says:

    Got it. Thanks.

    May 14, 2014 | 9:24 pm

  12. Lee says:

    See ya on the 13th!

    May 14, 2014 | 10:21 pm

  13. Eileen C says:

    I have saved the date!

    May 15, 2014 | 2:29 am

  14. ConnieC says:

    June, Friday the 13th….maybe, just maybe, it may be my good fortune to finally join an eyeball we missed coming to in Cebu with betty Q and silly Lolo ( wonder how he is).

    May 15, 2014 | 7:10 am

  15. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Just left Phil.. :'( Good Luck everyone !!

    May 15, 2014 | 7:12 am

  16. ConnieC says:

    And MM, if luck is on my side, I can load the 3 other winners in my car.

    May 15, 2014 | 7:15 am

  17. john paul sarabia says:

    me please- i’ll be there.

    May 15, 2014 | 7:31 am

  18. khrishyne says:

    awwwwww, i was hoping for a cebu EB

    May 15, 2014 | 8:10 am

  19. betty q. says:

    Ms. Connie C….Kamusta na? Silly Lolo is now the life of the party in the GREAT BEYOND!

    Shouldn’t you be back by now over here?

    May 15, 2014 | 8:23 am

  20. ConnieC says:

    Hi bettyQ. So sorry to hear about silly Lolo, but you are right. They must be having a ball with him up there. Back in ‘Pins for good, more or less, to spend the rest of the autumn/winter years of our lives. Hubby’s health issues require 24/7 care and we decided it is best for him here.

    I am even watching teleseryes, but only the fantasy ones that I can stand and lots of lifestyle programs on cooking and travel. If the TV set were a cardboard box, it would be so frayed by now with tears on demand….. ad infinitum. But good to be sharing jokes in one’s own language!

    May 15, 2014 | 10:07 am

  21. lynn says:

    dear MM, i lived too far away and i dont have a car, dont even drive. i guess i’ll just have to settle with reading your blog, you guys, enjoy and hope you will take a lot of pictures for us who will not be chosen.

    May 15, 2014 | 10:29 am

  22. Lee says:

    Rest in Peace Silly Lolo.

    May 15, 2014 | 11:05 am

  23. belle says:

    Cross my finger. Really want to win this. I was there in the 1st eyeball of MM in Galileo Enotica, he was such a generous person and always has been.

    May 15, 2014 | 11:06 am

  24. Riyaz says:

    Count me in. I have a car.

    May 15, 2014 | 11:39 am

  25. Cheryl says:

    huhuhu! Sept pa uwi ko! enjoy kau!

    May 15, 2014 | 12:42 pm

  26. Cindy says:

    MM, for a follower to have a chance to see and mingle with foodie greats, this is one event that I look forward to joining if the odds are to my favor =)

    May 15, 2014 | 12:52 pm

  27. Irene says:

    Sand between my toes is something I need for my sanity! Not going anywhere anytime soon though. Enjoy and I’m keeping an eye out for photos from the beach party! :)

    May 15, 2014 | 1:01 pm

  28. Kasseopeia says:

    Oh my, condolence to the family Silly Lolo left behind – both of blood and virtual.

    MM, if I don’t win, can Uyab and I crash your party for a few mins? We’ll ride on two wheels from Alabang to Batangas for this! Hahahaha!

    May 15, 2014 | 2:11 pm

  29. pixienixie says:

    I’m NEVER lucky when it comes to winning things, so medyo nalungkot ako. But I’m still keeping my fingers crossed! :)

    For those of us who won’t be picked, puwede kayang we meet up na rin? :)

    May 15, 2014 | 3:22 pm

  30. manny says:

    Friday the 13th can’t be celebrated any better!

    May 15, 2014 | 5:01 pm

  31. titashi says:

    There are 365 days in a year and it has to be June 13! I will be in Cebu that day…oh well will try my luck next year. Congrats to the winners! I’m sure MM will make you full and happy : )

    May 15, 2014 | 5:24 pm

  32. Kasseopeia says:

    … oh and should I win, I’ll definitely be willing (and eager) to get my hands dirty in the kitchen. Probably with stars in my eyes too! =)

    May 15, 2014 | 8:09 pm

  33. Footloose says:

    You-all sure that news of Silly Lolo’s passing away is not exaggerated huh? because there’s nothing more irksome than hearing the impatient news of your own demise. It’s worse than this fellow dying upstairs smelling the cookies that his wife was taking out of the oven so he rolled himself out of bed, inched slowly down the stairs and into the kitchen. As he reached up the kitchen table for a cookie, the wife saw his hand and swatted it saying “that’s for your wake!”

    May 15, 2014 | 9:29 pm

  34. Marketman says:

    Footloose, actually the news is several months old, as a reader had earlier confirmed with his daughter about the sad news…

    May 15, 2014 | 9:46 pm

  35. ConnieC says:

    Footloose: Keep commenting or if we start missing you after long stretches, we may think you too have passed!:)

    May 15, 2014 | 10:21 pm

  36. general says:

    OffT: footloose et al, here’s the link to silly lolo’s daughter’s blog. it’s not on private so i hope she won’t mind if it’s posted here–http://vmontes.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-post-where-i-say-my-father-died.html

    May 15, 2014 | 11:25 pm

  37. Footloose says:

    @General, am grateful for the link.

    May 16, 2014 | 12:01 am

  38. Connie C says:

    General: Thanks for the link.

    May 16, 2014 | 5:15 am

  39. Pam says:

    13 is my lucky number! :) i will bring taboo taboo for the kinilaw :D

    May 16, 2014 | 9:28 am

  40. Pam says:

    Oh! Oh! i meant TABON TABON for kinilaw! hahaha

    May 16, 2014 | 9:34 am

  41. rosa says:

    i hope i win a slot, and i have a car and i will volunteer to bring others who need to get there but cannot (or do not want to) drive all the way to nasugbu. :)

    May 16, 2014 | 9:53 am

  42. Didi says:

    It would be a wonderful thing if I win a slot!
    I was at your eyeball at Gourdo’s before..

    I can’t believe it has been YEARS already!!

    Love, Didi

    May 16, 2014 | 10:30 am

  43. Edwin says:

    Already won chicharon but I would really love to go.

    May 16, 2014 | 10:40 am

  44. betty q. says:

    Silly Lolo was one of those lolos you wish you had! Ms. Montes sure is very fortunate! There was one post in her blog about Silly LOlo orchestrating a Dungeness crab race between her apos! Now who would have ever thought of having a crab race?!? Anyone has ever seen a crab dash to the finish line? I can just imagine Silly LOlo coaxing the crabs…DALI!!!!!!!.. A sight to behold and you can catch a glimpse of Silly Lolo!

    May 16, 2014 | 3:44 pm

  45. Footloose says:

    Yes, really hard to pull off since crabs are side-crawlers. You have to ply them with liquor first until they are drunk so they would crawl in a straight line.

    May 16, 2014 | 4:01 pm

  46. jA says:

    Wow! Wish you’d do this in Cebu too.. ^_^

    May 16, 2014 | 9:37 pm

  47. sophie says:

    how i wish to experience one of your eyeball MM and to meet up the gang that makes this blog so lively.

    am glad also to see/read that all comments are back ^_^…

    May 17, 2014 | 1:21 am

  48. Tricia P. says:

    Shucks, I missed the one in Cebu years ago. I hope to get/win an invite again this time hahaha!

    May 17, 2014 | 10:07 am

  49. ssa-ssa says:

    Long time lurker here. So saddened by the news about silly lolo. :( he’s one of the peeps here that I always look forward to for his comments . Oh well, must be in a happier place now. Pretty sure he’ all be looking down at you guys who will be having a blast on the 13th! Will wait for the post then and pics plus witty comments. I actually panicked last time when I checked the site. Thinking carefully if I was able to save some of the comments w/ recipes specially from ms Bettyq. :) glad they’re back.

    May 17, 2014 | 2:15 pm

  50. Elit says:

    Sad to hear about silly lolo. God bless his soul and condolence to those he left behind….

    May 21, 2014 | 10:46 pm


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