Salt from Ibiza, thanks Sha!

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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!

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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!

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26 Responses

  1. Yippee! MM’s back!

    Oooh, another variety of salt … thankfully, I’ve regained my taste sensitivity, so I’m slowly relearning how different kinds of salt taste and feel on the tongue
    And I’m loving that shagreen box the salt’s perched on, MM :)

  2. Oh yeah, Shalimar’s was one of a passel of Filipino food blogs I found around the same time as Market Manila. I devotedly followed all of them until new postings whittled down to a precious few and then vanished altogether. As you said, eight years is a long long while in cyberspace.

    What’s the story behind the green shagreen? I came across somewhere that they are being cultured in the Philippines now. Once they have been worked into precious objects though (usually by the French who call it galuchat), their price ticket can cause shock and even inflict chagrin.

  3. Wooooohoooooo!!! Got my Zubuchon delivery early this morning courtesy of a friend who works in Cebu…. Salivating, fingers itching to open the packs (plural he-he) but can’t cause I still have to report for work :( so patience, patience, patience….. wait until I get home tonight.

    To MM , Mrs MM, The Teen and the entire Marketmanila community – a meaningful Christmas and a Blessed New Year ahead!

  4. Wooooohoooooo!!! Got my Zubuchon delivery early this morning courtesy of a friend who works in Cebu…. Salivating, fingers itching to open the packs (plural he-he) but can’t cause I still have to report for work :( so patience, patience, patience….. wait until I get home tonight.

    To MM , Mrs MM, The Teen and the entire Marketmanila community – a meaningful Christmas and a Blessed New Year ahead!

    Oooopps! Sorry off topic entry ko.

  5. marketmanila and wanderlust are two great bloggers i’ve accidentally found 6 years ago, since then i never fail to read your post.

  6. mm!i saw you in salcedo earlier today! :) i wanted to have mu photo takes with you sana but i got super shy.baka maistorbo ka.sayang! :( it would have been nice to have a photo with my fave blogger. :)

  7. MM, I have the opposite problem…. You know where I “work” so you can drop off stuff for me while I am powerless to return the favor! I would copy Sha but there’s no Zubuchon in Manila. Many thanks and Merry Christmas!!!

  8. Merry Christmas Marketman. I been following your blog for 4 years now. Congratulation .

    when ‘he’ happened or when ‘she’ happened to zip by a Zubuchon branch

  9. Maayong Pasko, MM, Mrs. MM and the Teen. Yes, I was wondering what happened to Shalimar. Was following her blog and then it disappeared. Must be visiting her family, MM. Enjoyed reading about her adventures. Regards to her should you meet.
    Merry Christmas to all!!

  10. Merry Christmas MarketMan! Your site has been my gateway to a lot of fascinating foodie sites. I wish you and your family enjoy a blessed and happy holiday!

  11. The 2 of you remind me of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto who have been penpals for many years but only managed to see each other after 2 years and 120 letters to each other :) it’s fascinating how we can build friendships even without seeing the other person

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