15 (Sat) December 2018
-BGC (One Serendra), Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines-
The grapes had sunk to the bottom of the sangria vat. After several hours, they had become little sangria bombs – sweet and boozy. Awesome.
I had 14 bottles of red wine – courtesy of a generous Philippine senator, leftover from the Welcome Dinner of the Fourth Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health (see 9.230 Grilled Prawns with Laing in Coconut) – so I made sangria and invited some people over.
A far cry from my initial assumption that sangria would be easy to make, the seemingly simple cocktail requires quite a few ingredients.
The food was potluck.
My initial contribution were snacks that I had acquired in Lebanon (see 9.337 Sundubu Jjigae), including smoked almonds, curry cashews, and sugared pomelo rinds.
Among the contributions was this fried chicken – my first taste of a dish by KF. I’ll just say that I enjoyed it very much and won’t comment otherwise – for example, about how … thoroughly … the pieces were cooked – lest she accuse me of being judgmental. If not for the grapes, this would’ve been the post’s featured dish.