Long Lunch With Loved Ones At The Pen

Classes suspended because of the typhoon. A birthday to celebrate. Lunch for 2 is now lunch for 4. Those elves got lucky!


The Buffet Spread at Manila Pen’s Escolta

Lunch at Manila Peninsula’s Escolta it was. The buffet spread may not be as long and varied but hey, we’re not complaining. For starters, the sashimi and sushi bar is tempting. As this retiree woke up late, this brunch started with a good cup of my favorite brew. Then some salmon and tuna sashimi.



Salmon and Tuna Sashimi. Great Starters!


Shellfish. Anytime. Anyday.


The lechon kawali in all its sinfulness. Some choice meat good for flame-grilling. All-beef burgers or steaks and fish as well. Much that I wanted to indulge myself, I stuffed myself with the sashimi, prawns, salad and soup so I can forget about the meat dishes.







SINIGANG. Shrimp or Pork?


Let the elves have their fill. Those extra calories work for them growing boy and girl. Not for moí. Every spoonful adds an inch to my waist and hips. 😢. So I stuck to my greens and seafood diet. Got to skip the carving ang grilling section……






Now, I may have managed to skip the meats but it was a short lived pride. All willpower broke down as soon as I found the cheeses and desserts.






Well….. Those mango crepes and yogurt ice creams were truly good. I hardly felt guilty for those meal-ender pleasures. After all, I skipped some favorites to leave room for these. 😃





All those choices. We stayed a good 3 hours enjoying our lunch. A day well spent at the Pen.






About lifeisacelebration

Retired early, but still active. Very involved in celebrating life! I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. Sure, you sometimes get a raw deal in a few trips, or feel hassled by flight delays and cancellations, but the joys and simplicity of the present far outweigh the negatives. Oh, btw, I always end up gaining more friends after each trip. Many I kept......
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