Mom's Birthday (Part 1: Cafe Mediterranean Lunch)

Mom's Birthday (Part 1: Cafe Mediterranean Lunch)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Yesterday we celebrated my mom's birthday. It was also my parent's 30th anniversary and so we had a long photo shoot in the morning while wearing clothes in my mom's favorite color. Then we had to go to my daughter's school to get her progress report card as well as her exam results. As usual, she got perfect scores for language, math and cultural arts. And to think this year, I did not give her reviewers (I used to draw all sorts of objects for her reading and math, and parts of the plants and animals for cultural arts last year. Sad to say this year, chores and work a.k.a. laziness got the better of me.) All's well though for it turned out that she did not need any help from me, she aced the exams just the same. I think attending Kumon classes helped her in being independent when it comes to her studies. Her report card reflected very good and excellent grades for academic and personal development as well.
We had lunch at Cafe Mediterranean in Alabang Town Center. First, we ordered the Quattro Formaggi pizza or the Four Cheese pizza quite obviously. It's got mozzarella, gorgonzola, parmesan and fontina. Their pizza is thin crusted, much like a pita when bitten into but a little on the crispy side. A bit dry, but I guess that's their style. To give it more flavor, I put a little Baba Ghanoush dip on top.For my main course, I ordered the Beef Gyro Plate with Buttered Rice. You can actually choose between regular pita, whole wheat pita, buttered rice, moroccan rice pilaf or couscous (small grains made from semolina, a wheat product used in making pasta). The dish comes with three dips, Baba Ghanoush, also known as "moutabal"; an eggplant and tahini dip, Tzatziki, cucumber, yougurt and mint dip, and Tabbouleh, which is made up of tomatoes, flat-leaf parsley and cracked wheat. Thank heavens for the dips as they made up for the beef's dryness and a bit rubbery texture. The first time I've eaten in Cafe Mediterranean, I ordered the Gyros, their greek sandwiches, very much similar to Shawarma. Between the Gyros and the Gyro Plates, I loved the former better than the latter.
My dad ordered the Tunisian Fish Fillet, Lapu-lapu fillets with black olives and tomato sauce with herbs. I did get a little portion to taste, it was ok, nothing fancy and out of the ordinary.Next time I visit Cafe Mediterranean, I'm going back to ordering Gyros, those Shawarma-like pita sandwichers come in Grilled Tuna, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Beef and Grilled Lamb. I find them more satisfying and pleasing to the palate.

Cafe Mediterranean
Spot: 2nd level, Corte de las Palmas, Alabang Town Center
Telephone: +632 8501690


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