Thursday, December 31, 2015

In-room dining and year-end greetings

We don't usually order in-room meals as we prefer to go out and eat out or at least at a hotel's restaurant. Of course, the better hotels would have really good and even excellent food. Fortunately for us, two of our favorite hotels in Metro Manila where we usually stay at for those short 'staycations' or overnights have great meals to offer for in-room dining. I forgot where I saved the photos from Marriott but following are some photos of our dinner care of room service at the Sofitel.

Bento box with sukiyaki and tempura for the Clairvoyant
Sauces and spices for the bento box
Teriyaki meatballs for our little one
Indian food for me
Fruits for dessert

The food we ordered for in-room dining at Sofitel was good but I thought the food we ordered at Marriott was better and in more generous servings. One order at Sofitel was definitely good for one person but an order at Marriott was good for two (even if you were really hungry and could eat more that the usual single person servings). The Clairvoyant was saying that this compares with the amount of food we ordered for breakfast at our hotel in San Diego, CA last May. The photo below shows a single order of breakfast consisting of bread, cold cuts, fruits, juice and coffee.

We decided to order in as our daughter was a consideration. She can stay put for a while during her meals but eventually wants to get off her seat and wander off. Our experience during breakfast at Marriott led us to decide against eating at the Veranda or at Spiral at Sofitel. Of course, there will be a next time and I'm sure our daughter will get to enjoy the buffet breakfast at Spiral.

I wanted to end the year writing about food. I think food is associated with a lot of good memories especially among loved ones. We always share the food that we have whether its for a feast or a simple meal. Our expressions say a lot about how food is integral to our ways. "Kain tayo!" and "Hapit anay!" are common to me and in whatever language the offer to share food and drink is an expression of peace and of good will. The ways our mothers cooked the food we ate at our tables are expressions of love. And so I end the year greeting everyone with a happy meal and wishing everyone more happy and loving meals to share in the coming 2016!


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