Clouds began to darken and huge rain drops started to pour down as my lovely roomies for the night, supermodel/ jewelry designer Ms. Girlie Benitez, Landco’s Mrs. Mawi de Ocampo, and I, together with Kuya Bonggit (our driver for the day) bravely traveled through Tagaytay City. (Is summer fading away? I will surely miss the sun and heat as rainy season is obviously just around the corner.)
A couple of hours drive more to Nasugbu, Batangas and I started praying for some rays of sunshine to come our way. We needed a stream of natural light to capture the special menu that Club Punta Fuego’s former Executive Chef and now General Manager, Mikel Arriet Arruiz prepared for an intimate food and wine pairing event that evening.
As we began to escalade the road to the peninsula of Club Punta Fuego, it was like God partitioned the sky above Nasugbu to bring forth some beautiful light at our destination. Literally, it was like the light stayed at the peninsula of Punta Fuego while the rest of the skies were grey. It was a blessing to my sight.
In addition to this wonderful blessing of sunshine, I realized how I’ve been extremely favored to have opportunities to taste different culinary treats. I used to watch a lot of food and lifestyle shows and as I drooled over the creativity and passion of some of the world’s renowned celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver, and the beautiful Giada De Laurentiis, I would picture myself as one of their guests at their homes or shows, tasting their delicious masterpieces.
Last May 20, 2013, I had another opportunity to “Sip and Savor” that dream as I “Shoot and Taste” the specially prepared food and Spanish wine menu by Club Punta Fuego in partnership with Wine Depot. It was gastronomically exciting!
Wine Depot prepared a couple of Spanish white and red wines from Rioja region to complete the special dinner menu.
Club Punta Fuego’s members and guests enjoyed an intimate evening as they “Sip and Savor” delectable Spanish wines and culinary treats.
The special dishes for the “Sip and Savor” food and wine pairing event. I added stars to my personal favorites.
Inspiring backdrop of nature, good company, favorable weather (except for some “wind-less” times), excellent wine and food pairing, photography, and chill. It’s love, love, love, and blessings combined.
Cheers to a hearty life and to more exciting gastronomy experiences!
Think and pray BIG.
“Sip and Savor” was just a foretaste of the fine dining experiences in store for Club Punta Fuego’s members and guests. Wine Depot will provide different wines from around the world every month as its featured wine of the month until December. Other wine tasting and food pairing events will be held in August and November.