the four year old cutie completed an important milestone in her life last week by graduating from prep school (ha.ha., but hey, that’s what got us started!) 😛 her parents were so proud because, like her ate, she was awarded a “bright child” medal. (she wore that medal from morning till night, by the way, while she “collected” her gifts (she prefers cash, thank you) from lolos, lolas, titos and titas 😀 (smart girl, isn’t she?)
anyway, we had lunch at partyplace and their popular buffet spread. (you remember partyland, don’t you?) the place was jampacked so i wasn’t able to take a photo of the buffet. if i remember right it had kilayin, bopis, chicken pastel, lumpiang shanghai, and lechon paksiw — typical of a capampangan fiesta spread (and all of which have been exhaustively blogged here previously, ha.ha.).
i zeroed in on the freshly fried hito (catfish) though — straight out of the kitchen to the table. i tore a mustasa (mustard) leaf, layered it with tagilo (fermented rice with fish), dumped some chunks of hito, and then rolled it like a tobacco. the bitterness of the greens, the sour-salty pungency of the tagilo, and the crunch of the hito pieces — pure heaven! this alone was worth the price of the buffet.