Lunchtime at The Office

I have known my boss Raul Manzano for quite sometime now. I can’t remember the exact moment that we met but I do recall when we got to know each other. We were both invited to go to Bangkok with a side trip to the island of Kho Samui on a press junket. At the time he was representing the publication Metro Society and I was with Metro Weddings. Asides from having writing in common, I soon realized that we both shared another passion, food. And what better place to discover that than in lovely Thailand? We bonded over street food on the island and the best restaurants the city had to offer.  We liked so many of the same things and shared that same excitement when we tasted something pleasing. His palate was a lot more resilient to heat than mine but still, we were able to share many things.

From then we remained close and I began contributing to his magazine. Then late last year the managing editor position opened so when Raul called me for the job, I gladly took it. Since I have started working there, I can’t count the number of times he has fed me and the rest of the staff lunch. Sometimes, when we need a break, we trek from the office to a nearby mall to all dine together, usually on him. If not, he comes to the office with a whole meal, which we just have to heat up. Anything from roasted lamb ribs to chicken pastel to amazing pasta dishes. And as the popular saying goes “beggars can’t be choosers” that we are not because everything he has brought thus far is really delicious. He is a fantastic cook.

There are also those moments when our job gets quite stressful and instead of leaving our office TV on a news station, he puts on a cooking show and we all sit back, relax for a bit and watch together. I remember last week we saw Tyler Florence make a chicken paillard and the next day he came to the office with a whole pound of it for us, side salad and bread pudding for dessert included.

This is definitely not a part of his job description but he continues to do it because of his innate need to go the extra mile for our staff. I not only feel so blessed to have such a wonderful boss but a true foodie friend whom I can always share my experiences with.

Raul and I during our press trip to Thailand

Much love dear Raul, you are truly a treasure…


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