17 Feb2015

P1050789

Cheese and fruit. Jamon Iberico. Bruschetta. Smack an errant teenager on the rear end. There are dozens of uses to this small board made from a fallen (natural death) molave tree that I bought a year or so ago, dried in the garage and had cut and sanded to each unique size/shape. This isn’t the exact board you will receive, as I may have to LBC it from Cebu, but it is representative. Don’t get anal about keeping it nice and tidy. It may or probably will start to crack a little, it is NOT varnished but rather just given a coat of food grade mineral oil, and it is expected to be used, abused and loved all at the same time. Similar type boards were spotted at chi-chi bazaars before last Christmas at a ridiculously high PHP1,800-2,300, but it cost less than that, though I have to admit there was a lot of love and labour (think hand cutting and sanding) involved. It is one of a kind, so in that way, it is quite special to me. :)

Here’s how you can win it. This will require a bit of “work” on your part. But I suspect only a hundred or less folks will put in an entry, so your chances of winning are extremely high. So here goes.

You must hunt through Valentine’s Day posts in the archives from 2005 onwards. There are almost a dozen word clues located at the bottom of each post that you must piece together. Each clue is numbered, so you must line them up sequentially. When you have obtained all the clues, answer the question in a comment below, and that will be your entry to the “contest”. Not all Valentine’s posts have a clue, so keep looking until you get all of the clues. Use the “archives” function on the website to go through the old posts… And make sure you use an email address that works so I can reach you if you are chosen as the winner!

GOOD LUCK!

P.S. Any reader can join this contest. The winner will be selected from the correctly done entries. If you live abroad, I can LBC your prize to a relative with a Philippine address that LBC will deliver to (I think there are remote areas of Jolo, Batanes, Palawan, etc. that they don’t cover). If you are a local, and it’s easier for you to pick up the prize from a Zubuchon restaurant then we can do that as well. Otherwise, I will LBC it to you. Thanks.

PLEASE LIMIT YOUR COMMENT BELOW TO YOUR ANSWER. DO NOT POST THE QUESTIONS OR CLUES AND SPOIL THE CONTEST FOR THE REST OF THE READERS. THANKS.

 

COMMENTS:

  1. ami says:

    Roughly 164.

    Feb 17, 2015 | 11:46 am

     
  2. Therese says:

    About 22.86?

    I am from Manila, but is now raising a family in California. The first time we drove up to Oregon to visit my husband’s family, I heard about myrtlewood, which grows along the OR coast. We visited a store that carried myrtlewood products and since then, the myrtlewood cutting board has been a vice and a guilty pleasure. The grain is beautiful, and the wood hard. It does require some TLC – regular applications of food-grade mineral oil to minimize cracking esp in this dry climate. I use it on fruits, breads, and cheeses only. I chop my onions and garlic on a older wooden acacia board, and a washable plastic cutting board for meats. Your molave board drew me out of the woodwork. How wonderful it would be to look at it and be reminded of home. My parents live in Las Pinas, and can keep it for me until they or we visit :-)

    Feb 17, 2015 | 11:47 am

     
  3. Marketman says:

    Therese, wonderful answer, but you may want to re-check your numerical answer… :)

    Feb 17, 2015 | 11:50 am

     
  4. Therese says:

    22.86 or 165.1 based on orientation :-)

    Feb 17, 2015 | 11:53 am

     
  5. Marketman says:

    Therese, hahaha! good answer.

    Feb 17, 2015 | 12:00 pm

     
  6. LP says:

    157.5

    Feb 17, 2015 | 12:08 pm

     
  7. Kasseopeia says:

    I am 150.8 thereabouts.

    … and good answer, Therese! ;)

    Feb 17, 2015 | 12:14 pm

     
  8. Cat says:

    About 160 :)

    Feb 17, 2015 | 12:23 pm

     
  9. Amor says:

    Around 162 :)

    Feb 17, 2015 | 12:34 pm

     
  10. jenneth says:

    about 154. Nice to read again all those posts :)

    Feb 17, 2015 | 12:57 pm

     
  11. manny says:

    I’d say 172.72 thereabouts.

    Feb 17, 2015 | 1:34 pm

     
  12. meekerz says:

    157 :)

    Feb 17, 2015 | 1:40 pm

     
  13. andrew says:

    around 170.18

    Feb 17, 2015 | 2:48 pm

     
  14. Nadia says:

    160.02

    Feb 17, 2015 | 2:55 pm

     
  15. EbbaBlue says:

    163.75

    Feb 17, 2015 | 3:49 pm

     
  16. Mylene E. says:

    165.1

    Feb 17, 2015 | 3:58 pm

     
  17. RVCM says:

    168 , give or take ;)

    Feb 17, 2015 | 4:01 pm

     
  18. lizcuy says:

    167.64

    Feb 17, 2015 | 4:28 pm

     
  19. ragamuffin girl says:

    160.02

    Feb 17, 2015 | 4:45 pm

     
  20. jr peralejo says:

    between 156 to 168, hehehe

    Feb 17, 2015 | 5:35 pm

     
  21. pecorino says:

    163. I bought a Jamie Oliver long wooden board (plank) recently to add to my collection of cheese boards and serving boards. Its dimensions are about 28x7inches. It has a nice enough length but now I find it too narrow. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Oh well. Your molave board looks really really nice.

    Feb 17, 2015 | 6:30 pm

     
  22. eynie says:

    1 …. really love this molave board Sir MM :)

    Feb 17, 2015 | 7:50 pm

     
  23. Francesca says:

    167.5

    Feb 17, 2015 | 8:13 pm

     
  24. Isa says:

    172

    Feb 17, 2015 | 8:16 pm

     
  25. calorie-shmalorie says:

    171.45

    Feb 17, 2015 | 8:20 pm

     
  26. moni says:

    About 157.48

    Feb 17, 2015 | 8:50 pm

     
  27. Helen says:

    162.56

    Feb 17, 2015 | 8:54 pm

     
  28. Hannah says:

    150

    Feb 17, 2015 | 9:13 pm

     
  29. eeyore says:

    157

    Feb 17, 2015 | 9:25 pm

     
  30. little mary says:

    151.765

    Feb 17, 2015 | 9:26 pm

     
  31. Pia says:

    149.86 :)

    Feb 17, 2015 | 9:37 pm

     
  32. Patrick Paje says:

    168.8

    Feb 17, 2015 | 10:05 pm

     
  33. Cha says:

    170.18

    Feb 17, 2015 | 10:36 pm

     
  34. Aleeh co says:

    156.3

    Feb 17, 2015 | 10:41 pm

     
  35. dennis says:

    167.64 + 1 = 168.64 :)

    Feb 17, 2015 | 10:56 pm

     
  36. Gillian says:

    163

    Feb 17, 2015 | 11:27 pm

     
  37. kakusina says:

    152.4.

    Feb 17, 2015 | 11:53 pm

     
  38. marznery says:

    162.56

    Feb 18, 2015 | 2:26 am

     
  39. katrina marie gonzales says:

    157.48

    Feb 18, 2015 | 3:11 am

     
  40. Liza says:

    about 1 1/2 to 2 xx more

    Feb 18, 2015 | 4:23 am

     
  41. star says:

    163.83

    Feb 18, 2015 | 5:25 am

     
  42. Guia says:

    163

    Feb 18, 2015 | 5:43 am

     
  43. Darius Kintanar says:

    167.64

    Feb 18, 2015 | 6:34 am

     
  44. scott says:

    172.7

    Feb 18, 2015 | 7:27 am

     
  45. Sunny_beary says:

    158

    Feb 18, 2015 | 7:49 am

     
  46. cher says:

    152.4

    Feb 18, 2015 | 8:24 am

     
  47. cumin says:

    157.48

    Feb 18, 2015 | 9:08 am

     
  48. Loney Kitchen says:

    167.64

    Feb 18, 2015 | 9:24 am

     
  49. dragon ball says:

    162.56

    Feb 18, 2015 | 9:29 am

     
  50. Andrew says:

    165

    Feb 18, 2015 | 9:51 am

     
  51. rosa says:

    158.75

    Feb 18, 2015 | 9:55 am

     
  52. Lou says:

    154.5

    Feb 18, 2015 | 9:58 am

     
  53. borckx says:

    155.84

    Feb 18, 2015 | 9:59 am

     
  54. erleen says:

    154.94 :)

    Feb 18, 2015 | 10:27 am

     
  55. rhea says:

    157

    Feb 18, 2015 | 11:07 am

     
  56. shane says:

    172.72

    Feb 18, 2015 | 11:22 am

     
  57. grace says:

    160

    Feb 18, 2015 | 12:57 pm

     
  58. Skye says:

    154 xx

    Feb 18, 2015 | 1:23 pm

     
  59. Karina says:

    151.77 :)

    Feb 18, 2015 | 1:27 pm

     
  60. rdm says:

    182.88

    Feb 18, 2015 | 2:08 pm

     
  61. May says:

    154.94

    Feb 18, 2015 | 2:33 pm

     
  62. khrishyne says:

    165 xx that’s over three olympic sized pools long… :)

    Feb 18, 2015 | 2:36 pm

     
  63. Lyn says:

    How about a slab for dining table? ???? wishful thinking.

    Feb 18, 2015 | 2:55 pm

     
  64. ness says:

    160.02

    Feb 18, 2015 | 4:40 pm

     
  65. hellotigerkitty says:

    151

    Feb 18, 2015 | 5:07 pm

     
  66. J says:

    165.56 – i learned something new today :)

    Feb 18, 2015 | 5:18 pm

     
  67. kikas_head says:

    172.72

    Feb 18, 2015 | 6:42 pm

     
  68. Chinky says:

    156.21

    Feb 18, 2015 | 7:50 pm

     
  69. dianne says:

    152.4 :)

    Feb 18, 2015 | 11:20 pm

     
  70. Beatrice Tan says:

    149.86

    Feb 19, 2015 | 12:46 am

     
  71. Riza says:

    165.1

    Feb 19, 2015 | 5:26 am

     
  72. FestiveRebel says:

    165.1

    Feb 19, 2015 | 5:26 am

     
  73. Kaye says:

    155.54 :)

    Feb 19, 2015 | 7:01 am

     
  74. elaine says:

    168.91cm ;)

    Feb 19, 2015 | 7:33 am

     
  75. linda says:

    18 :)

    Feb 19, 2015 | 8:11 am

     
  76. Muzzy says:

    183

    Feb 19, 2015 | 10:56 am

     
  77. Guits says:

    151.765

    Feb 19, 2015 | 1:49 pm

     
  78. AngelOz says:

    160.02

    Feb 19, 2015 | 2:06 pm

     
  79. sophie says:

    160.02

    Feb 19, 2015 | 4:17 pm

     
  80. Rona Y says:

    155

    I don’t want to be greedy but how can I resist trying for such a beautiful board? My mother would love it!

    Btw, jams are safely packed in my suitcase all nice and protected. Thanks for the thoughtful wrapping! I was going to send a photo of me eating the chicharon. Sooooo delicious!

    Feb 19, 2015 | 5:48 pm

     
  81. peterb says:

    167.64. That’s a really nice board you’re giving away MM! One lucky winner! Thanks for the mini game and the chance to win! :)

    Feb 19, 2015 | 8:53 pm

     
  82. Nina says:

    I’m 177.8

    Feb 20, 2015 | 6:24 am

     
  83. Pita says:

    163

    Feb 20, 2015 | 10:17 am

     
  84. Ronee says:

    170.688

    Feb 20, 2015 | 11:33 am

     
  85. Regina SFO says:

    154.94 – my 1st post! =)

    Feb 20, 2015 | 3:43 pm

     
  86. Tin says:

    150

    Feb 20, 2015 | 3:58 pm

     
  87. nono says:

    152 :)

    Feb 20, 2015 | 5:17 pm

     
  88. Melanie says:

    154.94 to 156.94cm or thereabouts :)

    Feb 20, 2015 | 5:18 pm

     
  89. Susan says:

    161.29 cm

    Feb 21, 2015 | 5:42 am

     
  90. Monique says:

    161.7

    Feb 21, 2015 | 8:15 pm

     
  91. liza m.c. says:

    approx 157.48…

    Feb 22, 2015 | 12:28 am

     
  92. Jakbkk says:

    About 185…..

    Feb 22, 2015 | 4:59 am

     
  93. Cynthia says:

    155.

    Feb 22, 2015 | 12:41 pm

     
  94. Blaise says:

    154.94

    Feb 23, 2015 | 12:31 pm

     
  95. Mike De Guzman says:

    167.64

    Feb 23, 2015 | 7:33 pm

     
  96. MariaD says:

    151 cm

    Feb 24, 2015 | 12:27 am

     
  97. Len says:

    Pls pls can we buy these boards at your stores? Are they available already ?? :-)

    Feb 24, 2015 | 5:22 pm

     
  98. Len says:

    So excited!!!
    I meant 157 ;-)
    Sorry about my earlier entry :-(

    Feb 24, 2015 | 6:07 pm

     
  99. michelle h. says:

    172

    Feb 25, 2015 | 1:04 am

     
  100. melody says:

    158

    Feb 25, 2015 | 5:58 pm

     
  101. Lei says:

    154.94

    Feb 26, 2015 | 11:03 pm

     
  102. Risa says:

    170 as a given; up to 180 based on life choices

    Mar 1, 2015 | 1:33 am

     
  103. Christine says:

    157.48 :)

    Mar 2, 2015 | 8:59 am

     
  104. faith says:

    around 167.64

    Mar 3, 2015 | 5:25 am

     
  105. Cel says:

    167.64

    Mar 16, 2015 | 4:33 pm

     
  106. Mari of NY says:

    162.56

    I hope I am not too late.

    Mar 18, 2015 | 2:18 am

     
 

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