Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Hottest Place

One of the favorite quotes of the late President John F. Kennedy, as inspired by the infamous Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) - was :
"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality".

Taking that lead,
And in the context of what is currently happening in the country,
I propose that -
Those who sit on the fence and take no position about the ongoing national dynamic are destined to spend eternity with the "evil" ,
Living through a Hell that is of one's own making,
For "evil triumphs when good men do nothing"

These are times for meditation

On whatever side of the fence one may find himself,
What is important is that we realize that we cannot be mere spectators in the drama that is our own destiny
Opinions must be taken and defended
Positions must be established and reinforced
That is the essence of a working democracy
That we can agree to disagree
And in the end -the power of one cumulatively becomes the power of all, as the truth unveils itself

Much to think about ...
A good meal, a glass of wine and a warm cup of coffee in one of the Metro's "hottest" places might help

In the midst of the sprawling modernization of the Greenbelt 5 area of Makati - the developers have thoughtfully left an area where they have preserved generations old high top trees, and lush verdant foliage
Sort of an anti-thesis to the scourge of steel and concrete that surrounds it

There lies Zuni Restaurant and Wine Bar
A relaxed and casually elegant fine dining venue
Fronting the gardens surrounding the Greenbelt Park chapel.

Barely 2 months in operation, Zuni is fast becoming a word-of-mouth favorite
And why not?
Mediterranean continental cuisine
Friendly and attentive service
A fine wine list
And a vibrant setting that allows one to just "chill" ...

The menu is extensive - including tapas, salads, appetizers, soup, seafood, fowl, prime meats - all appearing to be a delight and a challenge to the palate

As is my habit, I started by benchmarking their Beef Carpaccio @345pesos
My first smile of the evening broke through ...
Then we proceeded with:
- Spaghetti with Steak and Vegetables
in olive-oil garlic sauce @350pesos
- Grilled Tiger Prawns and Scallops in cognac
in cognac-martini sauce served with brown rice risotto and asparagus @775pesos
- Grilled Steak in Adobo Jus
US top sirloin in roasted garlic-soy sauce on a bed of aubergine salad served with steamed rice @ 550pesos
- Roasted Beef Tenderloin Rossini
New Zealand beef tenderloin topped with foie gras, in truffle jus @945pesos

This was a dinner that was worth the moderately pricey tag

It was a wonderful evening among friends of different persuasions
Democracy at work over a sumptuous dinner
There was much of our national direction to ponder on
There was politics to discuss
There was truth to determine
There were sides to take

My gaze focused on the trees
My soul lifted by the spiritual strains coming from the chapel just a prayer away
A cool February breeze in the air
A glass of wine in my hand
And a slice of Chocolate Decadence cake beckoning ...

Let us see what tomorrow brings.

Zuni Restaurant and Wine Bar
Greenbelt 5
Legaspi Village, Makati
Tel: (63-2) 4673931 (63-2) 7570361


rita : ) said...

Dante Alighieri, my hero! i love. love. love his works, especially, the Divine Comedy. we were in Firenze a couple of weeks ago and i just have to have my pic taken in front of his statue. hahaha!

anyhoodles, that restaurant looks like a fun place to visit. we may have to delay our visit until next year, though. oh well. we'll make it there.

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

In Firenze?
Hey, maybe I saw his statue too - hahaha
I don't remember. Maybe I was too focused on the Duomo ...

Goshhhh - Manila beckons - hope you make it sooner rather than later.


rita : ) said...

the duomo is fascinating so i don't blame you. plus, there are so many things to see and do in that town that a person will need a month to do it all. don't worry if you didn't see aligheiri's statue - i'm just a geek and it's so pathetic. hahaha!

manila... i know. we hope to get there soon, too. the last time we were there was 2003?

Sidney said...

“An empty stomach is not a good political advisor.”
-Albert Einstein-

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

Well put ...
I guess that was why this particular dinner was so productive and interesting - we were all stuffed with food and full of ideas


gizelle said...

Nice proposition...if hell exists...

Great food photos! Do you always eat all of what you display here alone? =D

Your blog is a hit!Witty, katuwa incidents with your wife...that's like me with hubby lol-

I like best the Owwww foto (crocs) and the Be happy dialogue only complain is that you put everything in one page that makes it so slow for navigation =) Good day!

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

I am so glad that you enjoy the blog.

Yes -I eat a lot - hahahahaha
But whenever there is company , I just influence them to order more than they would ... then I would "taste" heir food .

Hmmmmmmm - let me change my archiving settings. Maybe that' ll help with the slow navigation. Bear with me - I am computer literate , but far from being a whiz. Thanks for the feedback.

Do drop by again


gizelle said...

Hehe I'm back! lol...please don't hesitate to ask about the archiving but I know you'll find your way...IKOT-TOKI! Kaya mo yan!

Sakai said...

this is the only GB5 resto i wanna try

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...


This is one of my favorites too.
I have brought some guests there since I last posted and was not disappointed ...