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SOL JOSE VANZI's LIFESTYLE & FOOD PAGE THIS WEEK
FEATURING HER 'TIMPLA'T TIKIM' (Manila Bulletin)
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IN MALATE: LA SCALA ROCKS
(Where generations create memories while bonding over food, collectibles, Elvis, and Frank)
OCTOBER 6 -Salmon steak (Manila Bulletin) Although my grand-son Kyle has lived with me all his 25 years, our 47-year-gap is often difficult to bridge no matter how hard I try to keep up with the latest gadgets, apps, hugot lines, and social media trends. Last weekend, we suddenly found ourselves communicating. He was asking all kinds of questions and I had all the right answers. We were at La Scala, a couple of blocks from our home, gaping at a well-kept collection of what used to be everyday objects from the gentle years after World War II. I explained how a jukebox, on display in a glass case, worked. He laughed at how I used to save my baon so I could hang around a panciteria in Zapote to play Elvis songs on the only jukebox in town. CONTINUE READING...
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La Scala rocks
Where generations create memories while bonding over food, collectibles, Elvis, and Frank
Salmon steak (Manila Bulletin)
MANILA, OCTOBER 3, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Sol Jose Vanzi October 6, 2016 - Although my grand-son Kyle has lived with me all his 25 years, our 47-year-gap is often difficult to bridge no matter how hard I try to keep up with the latest gadgets, apps, hugot lines, and social media trends.
KYLE VICTOR JOSE
Last weekend, we suddenly found ourselves communicating. He was asking all kinds of questions and I had all the right answers.
We were at La Scala, a couple of blocks from our home, gaping at a well-kept collection of what used to be everyday objects from the gentle years after World War II.
Jukebox from the ’50s (Manila Bulletin)
I explained how a jukebox, on display in a glass case, worked. He laughed at how I used to save my baon so I could hang around a panciteria in Zapote to play Elvis songs on the only jukebox in town.
An all-steel Underwood, which Kyle called “a keyboard with printer” brought flashbacks of my first jobs at the Saturday Mirror and Women’s magazines. An 8-mm film projector resembled 16-mm equipment at Channel 5 and ABS-CBN.
Gramophone (Manila Bulletin)
Gleaming stainless microphones, giant glossy Hollywood photographs, and various memorabilia collected from around the world kept Kyle on his feet for hours, scrutinizing, and photographing everything like he were an alien just visiting from a far-away planet.
All this time, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra kept everyone in the restaurant humming songs from long ago.
FOR ALL AGES
Kyle was not the only grandchild in the room. There were tables occupied by three generations—some groups are in KTV rooms celebrating something-or-another.
Venerable-looking gentlemen dres- sed in jackets, sports coats, and ties turned out to be distinguished officers of civic groups, community leaders, physicians, and businessmen.
Many came with their wives and children. An air of friendship and welcome enveloped the place.
FLAVORS OF HOME
Matching the warm ambience is the array of homecooked favorites from several continents: Asia, Europe, Middle East, North, and South America.
Steak and prawns (Manila Bulletin)
We started with gambas: plump peeled white prawns bathed in olive oil, coarse black pepper, and fresh garlic. There’s just enough garlic to flavor, not overpower, the shrimps. The scant liquid at the bottom of the earthenware bowl was so good I had to stop myself from licking the container clean.
The most popular paella a la Valenciana came in a genuine made-in-Spain paellera of enameled metal, the only kind owner Crispin Go uses.
“Other paella pans produce paella with uneven or burnt crust that discriminating customers complain about. We’ve gone to the extent of handcarrying cooking utensils from abroad to ensure authenticity,” Go explained.
La Scala does not scrimp on ingredients either, generous portions of extra virgin olive oil and real saffron, fresh prawns and shellfish abound with each serving of the classic dish, which uses only whole grain imported rice.
Fried Chicken (Manila Bulletin
Our filet mignon was perfectly medium-rare, complementing the bottle of Classico Cabernet Sauvignon Ventis Quero from Chile chosen by our dining companion and officemate Nate Barretto.
Fish fillet in creamy garlic sauce (Manila Bulletin)
Good brewed coffee and fantastic desserts were perfect at dinner’s end. We lingered, relishing a rare evening of bonding in a nostalgic place that rocks for all ages.
Four Seasons drink (Manila Bulletin)
Paella Vallenciana (Manila Bulletin)
La Scala Restaurant and Music Bar, 1711 M. Adriatico corner Malvar St., Malate, Manila, 02 400 6938. Open Monday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.
LA SCALA WEBSITE & FACEBOOK
LA SCALA CAFE CLASSIC DINING
Photography By: Chestknots Studio
4:00PM - 1:00AM
american (new), filipino and spanish/basque
Parking Lot parking
Serves dinner, coffee and drinks
Good For Groups
Good For Kids
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SOL JOSE VANZI's PHNO PAGE
Photo from Kyle Victor Jose's iPAD
Lifestyle/Food and Arts & Culture columnist of the Manila Daily Bulletin.
Signature title "Timpla't Tikim" EVERY THURSDAY OF THE WEEK.
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Photo of Sol and young Kyle Victor Jose in March 2005 at PHNO/QCNet
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