Last year I was visited by a shipmate that had broken his “Augmented Teeth” (As with breast implants we no longer call them false teeth) we sat at Texas Joe’s and he devoured a Buber Burger, and he amazed me not that he ate the burger but the amount of beer he drank. (LOL) Now that I’m in the process of doing away with the old naturals I’ve had to come up with ingenious ways of eating. The soups and Mami are good but three times a day? I think not, I know my wife and daughters can eat rice morning noon and night, but even though I love potatoes in all the varied ways they can be served I could not eat them three times a day either.
I desire beef, pork chicken and filleted fish with my meals, enter the blender. While at the meat shop I picked up a Corned Beef Brisket to be the first Sunday dinner upon receipt of my new choppers, a boiled New England Dinner Hmmmm good. While there the young lady pointed out they had fresh cooked corned beef ready to eat. I almost passed until I remembered “The Blender” Garlic mashed potatoes with corned beef. I was in heaven. Could one blend a Pizza? Call Sam’s Pizza and ask.
While out last Tuesday Mayang wanted to stop at Texas Joes for lunch and I’m thinking; “My oh my, she is one cruel lady!” I was sure that porridge or gruel was not on the menu. So I looked and found cream of mushroom soup, Not this month I thought, Gil Lee the manager stopped by and knew of my problem and said; “Paul, Road kill Chili and corn bread.” A sainted man he is and a fine lunch I had.
Vasco’s on Subic Bay has a Chicken Curry soup that is absolutely great even with the teeth I had in my twenty’s two bowls will fill me up. Mongolian BBQ at By-the-Sea Resort is another taste sensation I can avail of with gusto. Or breakfast at Sit-N’-Bull’s consisting of flaky corned beef hash and three eggs over easy. (Skip the toast and have a corn bread muffin instead.)
Alright my fears were relived, using my cagy mind and being inventive I have eaten rather well this past week or so. I never reached the eating a Buber Burger status or skill level but I didn’t wither away or pass out from acute hunger pains.
Now for the technical side, this week (As you are reading this) I will be fitted with a set of temporary (Six month) Augmented Teeth which cost PNP 8,000.00 plus PNP 600.00 per extraction the extractions are good forever, the temporary augmented teeth are good for the six months, I just wanted to clear that up. But my friend Big “P” says they will last longer if you’re out of money or too lazy to go back for the next fitting I will get up from the chair, smile a big smile for the first time in months and drive straight to Texas Joe’s for an order of Baby Back Ribs, if I have no trouble eating that, it will have been all worthwhile. Because I think I’ll bring my dentist and his wife (A dentist also) to lunch and they can adjust them if I fail at eating the ribs.
I dearly hope that none of my readers ever have to go through this, but if you already have, then you have my deepest respect. But more than the food, over these past few months I’ve missed returning the smiles to the folks I encounter in my day to day meanderings around the Isle of Luzon. The closed mouth smile never really looks that sincere.