Ridiculously plump and cheap grapes in Quiapo, Manila.
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random, conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery– celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from– it’s where you take them to.”
– Jim Jarmusch
The most interesting meal I had in recent memory was shared with a friend at Ziggurat, a Middle Eastern / African Restaurant in Makati.
We started with beyin, or calf brains, with some kind of flatbread. It was the most interesting dish of the meal, to say the least. Aside from being ‘exotic,’ (hey, I don’t eat brains everyday) it has caused me a several agonising minutes in the crapper as soon as I reached home. Tummy problems aside, It was pretty tasty and I’d like to try it again sometime. I only hope my stomach can hold it better.
I loved the rest of our dishes as well– everything was new, flavors I don’t eat everyday. We had Persian green curry, which I really like better than the usual curry with the mustard tinge. The kufteh (minced meat) was incredibly juicy and had just the right amount of spice, not too strong. I wasn’t really a fan of the couscous, or most of non-asian starchy staples for that matter, such as the polenta in Italy or the dumplings in Central Europe. (Give me rice or noodles anytime!) I have also enjoyed the Ethiopian honey beer. I am, by no means a beer connoisseur, but the taste is sweet and light and not ‘gassy’ unlike the usual Filipino beer.
Any dining experience which bundles food and travel is a great experience to be had. On this night, we had a taste of Persia (Iran), Turkey, Morocco, Ethiopia… and there are plenty of more dishes and countries to discover in my future visits to Ziggurat.
Durban Street cor Makati Avenue
Makati City Philippines