I'm so pooped! I was out by 9am this morning and I just got back from a very very very long day of Christmas shopping. I was having tons of fun, until the crowds got bigger and the bags got heavier. It's so good to be home. I just finished a slice of Dulce de Leche Pecan Tart and I'm sippin' on a nice hot cup of tea - the world is right again.
Dinner went really well last night. It was so nice to catch up with old friends. One of them moved far far away last year and is in New York visiting for just two weeks. The other - well he lives in NYC but we just haven't been able to sync up for various reasons.
I didn't go easy on my non-Filipino guests. I didn't serve them the proven "western-friendly" Filipino dishes like Pancit (noodle dish) or fried Lumpia. Instead, I opted for Kare-Kare, which is an Ox-tail peanut butter based stew and a vegetable dish with Calabaza, Okra and shrimp. Of course these dishes don't even come close to something like Dinuguan (a really delicious dish made out of pig's blood. I know, I know - but it really is good!!), but the flavors in the two dishes I chose were pretty bold and did a good job of representing the cuisine (at least I thought so).
Luis, is a pretty picky eater and after he went for seconds I knew I hit a homerun. Or it could've been Fabienne's infamous French-tardiness (I love you Fab!) which caused him to work up his appetite. As for Fabienne, I wasn't too worried about her. She's always up for anything. So, I think overall it went well.
I served a Dulce de Leche Pecan Tart for dessert - I thought they deserved it, after putting up with all that fish sauce!