Phew! Tallying 540 comments in less time than Namfrel puts out election results is a bit of a feat! Thank goodness an assistant of mine kept track of the comments, though he was a bit confused by noncommittal responses or those straddling all four choices… So here are the somewhat surprising results and my reactions to them:
A. “Writing a cookbook” garnered the second largest number of votes, or 176 readers choosing this, or roughly 32.5% of total responses. I am flattered to say the least, and yes, have always wanted to write a cookbook, but every time I sit down to do it, I tear my hair out after just 2-3 recipes written the “way they should be”… I have several dozen recipes already, but nowhere near several hundred needed for a book. I do intend to do it eventually, but maybe start that later this year, so this was NOT the correct answer to the poll.
B. “Marketman doing stints in related media like newspapers, magazines or television” got the most number of votes (truly shocking for me) with 202 readers choosing this answer, or roughly 37.5% of total responses. Perhaps I misled with recent posts on Pinoy Junior Masterchef, but maybe this is also a reflection of more votes from “recent” readers, who haven’t read many of my earlier posts that display a serious dislike of cameras, a desire to remain fairly anonymous, etc. I guess this is very much still a possibility (currently still talking to several folks in these areas) but apparently speaking straight English, crooked Filipino and no Taglish slang is a serious hindrance to one’s media appeal… :) So no, this was NOT the correct answer to the poll, but stay tuned on this front, I don’t know what will happen in the months ahead.
C. “Marketman (and Crew) will open a lechon restaurant” was picked by only 75 readers outright, or 13.8% of total responses. THIS IS THE CORRECT ANSWER! Egads, how could such a small percentage get into the running for a modest prize which doesn’t seem so modest now given the odds. Your chances of winning the prize are now just 1 in 75. To amuse you, assume you were in grand lotto and your odds of winning were say 1 in 26 million, then if you scaled this promo up, then your PHP4,000 peso prize is like winning PHP1.39 billion pesos! Hahaha. How’s that for making a mountain out of a mole hill?
D. “Marketman going on a long vacation” got 38 votes or 7% of total responses. It’s not farfetched as the summer is upon us, but we have no such long vacation currently planned.
E. 50 votes or 9.2% fell into the none of the above categories or were just too confusing to tally.
So what gives? Marketman and crew are not only opening ONE, but TWO simple lechon restaurants in CEBU CITY by mid- to late- May 2011. We have signed the leases on spaces, and are currently finalizing our designs. It’s a long road to the first day of resturant operations, but you will hear about the journey on this blog in intermittent updates or posts on the restaurant adventure. Those of you who remember my first post on building a lechonan years ago (that was the beginning of a whole lechon odyssey on this blog) will see the entire history from the kernel of an idea to an actual operating business. It’s exciting but also seriously scary.
And just when all the planets seem to be in alignment lechon wise, we have recently received wonderful news. For Zubuchon so far, we have NEVER used comments from Mr. Anthony Bourdain in our company materials, advertising, etc. We have put a photo of the crew with Mr. Bourdain at our outlets but it has really been the press that has made that close association without much prodding from us at all. But now that things are getting more serious, a year’s worth of hesitation to ask Mr. Bourdain for his permission to use his quote about our lechons led to a simple email sent last week…
And his immediate response?
Paraphrased… “Sure, of course, go ahead and use my quote. More than happy to help the crew out. Good luck with the new business.” We were ecstatic. So with Mr. Bourdain’s approval, we are now truly proud to say…
“Best Pig, Ever!” – Anthony Bourdain
The crew are simply over the moon. We look forward to seeing all of you at the restaurant(s) in the months ahead. Wish us luck. We will need it along with a whole lot of hard work. The prize winner will be selected and announced soon. :)