Some friends and I decided to do things differently and I had the idea of doing a picnic brunch. Although as Pinoys, we love food and gatherings, I think picnics are not something that is socially ingrained in our culture (survey: how many us actually own a picnic basket?) and I think that is largely due to the lack of open, green space in urban centers. (Or perhaps the weather since it can get scorching hot in these parts.)
My office is right smack in the heart of the Makati central business district, and I consider myself seriously blessed for having the opportunity to peek out my window and see trees and grass amid the concrete jungle:
Since the Ayala Triangle Gardens park opened, the space has seen a handful of joggers, dog walkers, and both casual and romantic strollers. Still, I haven’t seen anyone having a picnic, and the park has been open for like, what two years?
So on Saturday, we met up at the ‘ungodly’ hour of 8 am (actually, I was late, teehee), so we could, first, check out the Salcedo Community Market (which I haven’t been to despite my proximity to Jaime Velasquez Park); and second, have brunch at Triangle Gardens.
The Salcedo Market deserves another post altogether (and I was too shy to take out my camera and shoot) but what I can say is that I loved it. We saw quite a number of personalities, such as a travel TV host, a fashion magazine’s editor-in-chief, the other half of local TV’s famous twin celebrities (Grabe, he’s a giant! I mean, he’s lost weight na nga but super tall; I felt like a midget), and this cute writer-turned-chef (I think), who’s a hotter and younger version of Rupert Everett. There were also the moms and dads, the expats, the young professionals, who look like they came straight from their graveyard shift, and the becks like us! It was a good crowd.
There were grilled food, organic and vegetarian fare, Thai and Vietnamese dishes, sauces and spices, pastries and local desserts, taho, ‘dirty’ ice cream, handwoven products, even potted plants and flowers. There weren’t many stalls (you can easily go through the entire market in 15 minutes) but there were a good mix and variety in the type of products. Also, I can’t tell how much expensive the items were compared to grocery stores or dry and wet markets because I don’t cook, hehe.
In the end, we bought the following: