For some reason when I think about family, I almost immediately associate it with Uncle Cheffy. Probably because their serving is huge and ideal to enjoy with the family. So last Father’s Day (ahem, yes late post) we decided to go there and celebrate with my mom (who is also my dad) and grandma. I was really glad they accepted my invitation to treat them for lunch.
Going there during lunch time and on Sundays, AND on Father’s Day means falling in line and counting the passers by outside. The place was packed! After several minutes we finally got a seat. This was probably the only time I didn’t quite appreciate Uncle Cheffy because of the seat they gave us. I noticed that the exact spot of our table was uncomfortable. We were in the aisle and in the first table you’ll see in front of you as you walk in the main entrance. Waiters with huge plates and trays passed by us and I was a bit scared because of the busy-ness there, that it would accidentally fall on me. (You see, I don’t know why I’m attractive to those kinds of mishaps). The aisle was narrow and it was easy to trip or lose your footing.
But anyway I tried not to let that get to me. Cheers to Pineapple shakes that eased some anxiety. 🙂
Maybe because it was Father’s Day that it took an unusually long time for them to serve the food. I remembered it was close to 30 minutes when they served us our orders.
I know I should be grateful but I was quite disappointed with this one. It was served with salad and marble potatoes and aside from that it was also served cold. I presume they forgot to serve our order right after it was cooked and left it in the kitchen. Though the meat was tender, it could be better appreciated if this was served fresh and hot. It was also very soggy, maybe because the meat soaked it up while waiting for it to be served to us. =/ It wasn’t appetizing.. =( I didn’t want to return it – we were beyond famished the time it arrived. It was good enough for me.
Asian Fried Rice was okay. It had tomatoes, eggs and java sauce. It was plenty for a Junior sized order good for 2-3 persons. 🙂
This one was a bestseller among us 3. It had walnut-dilli pesto and potato salad. We attacked this chicken like anything else and left only its thin bones to dry. It wasn’t too salty and the potatoes were a good combination for this.
Of course we didn’t pass up the chance to order what they’re known for – PANIZZA.
We had the Uncle Cheffy Favorites – with oven dried tomatoes, mushroom garlic, anchovy, chili flakes, basil and 3 cheese. There was a way to eat the Panizza. First was to get a slice of panizza then put onions, alfalfa and the greens. Roll it and start munching. There was no other way to enjoy it but to keep on rolling. Good thing there was panizza to cover up all the boo-boo’s. I still enjoy this “ritual” before having my panizza because it seems more satisfying that way. I mean the anticipation of waiting until you finish the “ceremonies” just to have that bite. If it was worth the waiting and all that rolling – I’ll be coming back to try out their other flavors 🙂
I still remember the dishes and the experience like it was yesterday. But getting to bond with my family beats the quite unfortunate experience that day. 🙂
You might ask what’s the secret to enjoying food? Regardless of what it is.
I’m suddenly reminded of this whenever I eat and find that it didn’t quite meet an expectation.
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these
pleasures are from the hand of God, for without him who can eat and find enjoyment?
Enjoyment in anything is from God, whether it be food or drink or work. Everything may be routinary – eating, drinking, working. But these routinary things become more pleasurable with God, the provider – the giver of life. Without God indeed, who can find enjoyment in anything? 🙂
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