Linamnaming

I was playing Paula Cole’s classic 1997 album This Fire on the drive to Paranaque. We were looking for Linamnam MNL, a small home-based restaurant serving an 11-course tasting menu, which was given glowing recommendations by Rollypolyoly and Wakicaboose, . In the first track of the album, Paula Cole sings the fantastic song “Tiger” with the growling lyrics:

“AYAYAY! AYAYAY! AYAYAYAYAY! HAYAYAY! HAYAYAY! HAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!”

“Ay… galit sya?” Armando Gormano exclaimed. On further googling we would learn that HAYAYAYAYAY was actually “High and noon! High and noon! High and noon!”

Paula Cole is mostly known for “I Don’t Want To Wait” popularized by Dawson’s Creek, and her Buddhist convictions to not shave her armpits. Her pop stardom quickly fizzled after the ninety’s, but she has been regularly releasing great albums since then without much fanfare. Old concerts in Youtube reveals a brilliant vocal powerhouse of a performer who can beatbox, play all sorts of instruments, move around the stage with grace, and whistle entire verses effortlessly. It would have been fun and intense to watch her live in concert at her peak.

We were welcomed by Chef Don Baldosano, who was a former Junior Masterchef contestant. Since the pandemic he would reserve the entire garden of his house for only one table of diners. Chef prepared each dish while we waited, after which he would present it to our table, and leave to prepare the next dish. And so on until the 11 dishes were completed. Each small dish was described meticulously down to what the pig was eating while he was waiting to be butchered (peanuts and carrots to give sweetness). It was a memory test after each presentation.

“What’s the description again?” Armando Gormano asked. I attempted to echo Chef:

“Uhmm… 2-month old pig named Christian who was only fed peanuts and carrots… hogtied, hit on the head with a hammer, then thrown to the grinder while he was still alive and oinking in pain. Served with fresh human blood for more vitamins and minerals.”

I was JOKING. I was obviously following the Armie Hammer stories of cannibalism.

We ooh-ed and aah-ed after the tinapa tart appetizer, realizing flavors we never thought existed. Since then the gustatory experience just escalated, culminating in the latik turon and tamarind-strawberry-vinegar ice cream. The menu changes every week, so no two experiences are the same. So if we want more of that ice cream we need to eat there more often for greater chances of randomization!

https://www.instagram.com/linamnam_mnl/



Categories: Blogs

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Inkhaven

A temporary haven for my restless words

aysabaw.com

Life as an expat in Maldives, freediver and hotelier

no roads to follow

only trails to leave

L U C E

Fashion - Lifestyle - Travel

When It's Hot

A Blog for Eaters

Mikki Bihon

Alone No More

Revolt Magazine

The Stories of Our Time

Rich Cervales Blog

Life snippets documented

JessicarulestheUniverse

Personal blog of Jessica Zafra, author of The Collected Stories and the Twisted series

The Gastronomy Gal

Simplicity in food and travel

Sachified

Beneath the nurse’s apron and soon-to-be doctor’s coat.

KatFredTing.com

Snippets of our journey in life, love, and everything in between.

Brilliant Viewpoint

Discover • Motivate • Inspire

Jonas Diego

Write. Shoot. Sleep. Repeat.

Pinay Mama in Singapore

working mom. wife. student. ofw.

Starloggers

Observations, Reports & Remarks From Out Of This World & Beyond

Too Dangerous For a Girl 2

Comics reviews, chat and commentary

%d bloggers like this: