One of my favourite women recently celebrated her birthday with a very special dinner composed of her closest and dearest “girl” friends which included Nix and I! LOL! I always enjoys evenings with Marielle as she is not only one of the most generous women I know but a true blue certified foodie. It’s really amazing to me how she keeps her figure that way it is because she and her husband Leo really loves to eat. Marielle & Leo compose what I call our “eating gang”! Good thing that we only see each other occasionally because if we see each other more frequently it would be the end or my weight management challenge.
The dinner was one of those magical evenings filled with great conversations, heart filled laughter and some of the most beautifully prepared food I have eaten in a really long time. Leave it to Marielle to share with us her fabulous chef Ms. Farah Ylagan. Chef Farah is a talent that should be celebrated! Her cuisine is delicate, precise, pristine and really a thing of pure joy! She has trained under some of the best chef’s and kitchen’s all over Europe and I am so happy that she has decided to come home and share all her culinary talents to all of us.
The meal began with an amuse bouche of Caviar Tempura which was so good I had to have a second serving. Crisp, tangy and with that sharpness from the caviar. Then she gave us a shot of Shitake mushroom Cappuccino which opened up my palette to the glorious feast that was about to begin.
The whole dinner was this journey through 8 courses. We began with this gorgeous gratin of Enoki, Shitake and Erigne mushrooms enveloped in a sea urchin hollandaise sauce brushed with edible gold! It looked and tasted like pure luxury. I took photos of most of the food so will explain each of the courses via the photographs. I failed to catch one dish though which was the white grape sorbet which was a bit too sweet for my taste.
In between the beautiful dinner I had to take a bit of a walk and move around, so I entertained myself by enjoying the art collection of Marielle & Leo which is really firming up. Filled with strong bold graphic artist’s like Soler, RM de Leon, Albor, Pacita Abad and several gorgeous Luz’s. I am so happy for them as their art collection is very personal and meaningful, the way a true art collection should be done.
We ended the evening’s celebration by meeting the chef Farah Ylagan. I had to shake her hand and tell her how truly wonderful her cooking was and how grateful I am to have been able to experience her talent. I am so happy that she is home so that more of us can taste and learn from her expertise.
I just want to greet my friend Marielle a happy happy birthday! I know that she is happy and I consider her friendship a blessing!