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In Which One Has a Healthy Lunch in New Environs…

A healthy little meal...
A healthy little meal…

Posts on this blog have, admittedly, been scarce since I started my new job a short while ago.  Deadlines needed to be met, adjustments needed to be made; I attended the company orientation and pretty much lost a whole stone in the process of hunting down and submitting requirements.

Now all of that can make a girl hungry and it is fortunate that there’s a nifty little food court down on the second floor where I can get some more-than-decent nosh.  Laza, the newest food court developed by the Raintree Group (the same folks who developed the food courts over at The Enterprise and the PBCOM Building, both along Ayala Avenue), has a nice enough roster of stalls from which one can grab a bite.

Altamura, a dinky little stall, specializes in Southeast Asian cuisine and offers a reasonably priced set-lunch (rice, soup, one viand, and one’s choice of vegetables) for only P 80.00.  I was really hankering for the pad Thai I saw on the menu board, but I only have an hour for lunch, so I needed to grab something that could be served out of the steamer vats ASAP.

Fortunately, the fish tempura with garlic-buttered vegetables was a good choice.  The tempura is made with cream dory and, while the crust lacks crispness, the fish within tastes fresh and goes well with the gingery dip that comes with it.  The vegetables are a simple mix of crisp broccoli, tender cauliflower, and just-this-side-of-soft carrots tossed in garlic butter; really flavorful and quite satisfying for all its simplicity.

Nice views of the street below
Nice views of the street below

And may I just say that the view below is much prettier than what I used to see at lunchtime when I was just across the street…


Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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