1 (Fri) March 2015
from Tao Yuan [takeout]
in my apartment
TEITY (Try Every Item at Tao Yuan*). Attempting to eat my way through the restaurant, all 222 items (excluding shark’s fin and desserts). From what I’ve seen so far, it would seem to be one of the best in the neighborhood, solid on all counts: taste, quality, variety, service, vibe, proximity, maybe price. Once I’ve tried everything, I’ll know exactly what to get, depending on the circumstances, whether it’s for a quick bite on my own, a casual night out with friends/colleagues/family, or a formal occasion hosting bosses/VIPs. That kind of certainty, in the unpredictable culinary landscape of Manila, will be invaluable.
*The domain has recently expired, but I leave the link in case it comes back up.
10 new items tonight, total 211 down, 11 remaining, 35 visits so far, averaging 6.03 items per visit (as of tonight), on pace to finish at TEITY 38–I can see the end.
The masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series: (i) TERRP (…Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see completed 5.247 TERRP 85 KFC : Original Recipe Fried Chicken…); (ii) TEITY (..Item at Tao Yuan) (see most recently 6.031 Fried Fish Skin); (iii) TERNWPPD (…Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond) (see most recently 6.052 Omurice); (iv) TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) (see completed 5.339 Roasted Squid); (v) TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (see most recently 6.050 Battle Jjamjja); (vi) TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) (see most recently 6.053 Chicharones).
Hotpot, again via takeout (see previously 5.322 Shabuki), this time alone.
Try as I might, I can’t seem to finish off the ick (see for example 6.009 Awful). Tonight, I’d intended to get through all the weird items once and for all, taking the burden upon myself, within the privacy of home, where I could suffer at my own pace, but I discovered after unwrapping everything that I had neglected to order the pork liver or they had forgotten to include it (the receipt wasn’t itemized). Either way, despite the valiant effort, I’m still an organ short.
Despite the food, I enjoyed the meal nonetheless. Hotpot would seem to be more of a communal thing (see for example 6.031 Fried Fish Skin), but I found that doing it on my own was quite nice, especially while watching a movie and having a drink, as I could eat whatever whenever without worrying about others, like do-it-yourself on-the-spot anju.
10 (Fri) April 2015
Finished (see generally 6.095 Done).