ANOTHER “SWEET” MANGO MOMENT….
Today was a good day for picking up some much-needed groceries so we headed to town after our first cup of coffee. When we get an early start, we will usually stop in at Isla Cafe in Calbayog City for a quick breakfast before the grocery store opens where we can drink brewed coffee and do the WiFi thing before our breakfast order arrives. I will usually order a ham and mushroom omelet with toast and my wife will order the American Breakfast with eggs, ham, bacon and toast (no butter). Today we were served our toast but without the usual strawberry jelly (or jam as it’s known here in the Philippines). So, I asked about the jelly and naturally I get the standard “Sorry Sir, Out of Stock” response. So I asked for my goto backup… Honey. After a short blank stare, our waiter says “wait for a while sir,” and quickly disappears. He returned a few minutes later with a coffee cream dispenser and says “I have your honey sir.” I thanked him and as I picked up the dispenser I noticed it looked awfully dark. I poured it out on my toast and it was so thin it actually spread itself out (no knife needed)! As soon as I took my first bite, I knew it wasn’t honey. The taste was very familiar but I couldn’t quite get a handle on it. So I offered a bite to my wife and after a few chews she offered up her assessment “This is not honey, its pancake syrup!” I took another bite and yup… Maple syrup to be exact! I soooo wanted to ask if they had any hotcakes available, but I just quietly ate my toast and asked for my free coffee refill. I really wasn’t in the ‘training mode’ today – unless I was getting paid for it – and that’s never very likely. No need to upset the mango cart today! It’s just another day in paradise.