A foodie is a person who has a particular interest in food, someone who has a discerning palate. A friend once asked me if I am a foodie and in a heartbeat, I said “NO”. I don’t think my palate is sophisticated and discriminating enough to be considered one. Don’t get me wrong. I love food and I will eat anything you serve me for as long as it is edible and especially when I am famished. Most of the time, my goal is just to fill my stomach and that makes me happy and good to go.
When asked to rate food I will only say things like – “too salty”, “can we add salt on this?”, “I believe the chef’s family has no history of diabetes, too sweet”, “the food is like my skin, flawless but with a twist”. Judging food should be as simple as that, right?
But don’t under estimate my self-proclaimed un-sophisticated palate, because the same mouth where my palate can be found is convincing enough to draw the eating public to your restaurant. (with narrowing look and a slight giggle) So instead of a foodie, just call me a food PR.
For me, reviewing food should include not only the taste but the presentation and ambiance. Imagine mo nalang na ngumunguya ka ng spaghetti na lasang sinigang habang katabi ng table mo ang pintuan ng CR at habang painum ka ng iced tea ay maririnig mo pa na may nag flush ng toilet bowl kasabay ng iyong paglunok. How would you feel?
Going back sa being foodie and making a food review. Sa akin, dapat yung itsura ng food bagay sa taste. If you ordered adobo, dapat lasa at itsurang adobo ito. Hindi yung:
Kuya D: “Excuse me. Kuya, I think I ordered adobo, not dinuguan”.
Waiter: “Sir, sorry but that is adobo.”
Kuya D: (tumbling 5x, sabay split).
On a serious note, here in Baguio City, there is this hidden food paradise that only food hunters will discover. Along Ambuklao Road, a huge glass house warmly welcomes people with adventurous palates. This food paradise is called “Mama’s Table” by Chef Vicky Tinio-Clemente.
Reservation starts by texting Chef Vicky and receiving the message below:
Without traffic, the paradise is only a 10 minute-drive from the city. Upon arriving, you will be ushered by Chef Vicky to this wide sala: Where you can entertain your guests:
Toast to a colleague’s success:
Fight over who’s going to foot the bill:
Plain soshalan lang:
It is also in this part of the house where you’ll get the warmest food welcome through Chef Vicky’s special appetizer:
While waiting for your food, you will be tempted to take pictures of the beauty that is before you. A huge glass house, wide garden, sophisticated furnitures, paintings that only altas can identify and appreciate (Wala akong na-identify kaya na bad trip ako. But I was able to appreciate naman kahit papano, I said “hmmmm nice painting” and I immediately went outside to count how many pine cones fell). Here are some dramatic pictures from the place: By the fire place and the living room.
Mga maaring eksena sa garden habang hinihintay ang pagkain:
After taking pictures inside and out, ito na ang pinakahihintay ninyo – DEGUSTATION:
The very first time that I’ve been to this place, there is only one thing that I captured and that is – PASSION. Only a person who loves what he/she does can come up with something like this and I salute Chef Vicky for being an inspiration.
After every visit, you will never “not want” to have a picture taken with the lady who, like an orchestra conductor, played melody for our stomach.
We enjoyed the food and the place and I hope that you enjoyed the read. Visit Chef Vicky one of these days and be inspired.
I intentionally did not edit her digits above so you can contact her and have this once in a lifetime experience. Again, this is DEGUSTATION at its finest.
NOTE: (Night pictures courtesy of Atty. Yzanne Merced (Except the group pic in the garden); Day and Food pictures courtesy of Atty. Louella Navarro)
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Dexter Diwas is a Strengths Advocate. He reaches the world by conducting Strengths Coaching and Strengths Awareness Sessions online for individuals, teams, and organizations.
As a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, he uses Clifton-Strengths Finder Assessment to help people discover their talents, embrace what they are naturally good and start leading an engaged life.
He is also a lawyer by profession and has moved from being a litigator to a full-time preventive lawyer.
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