I have the honor of announcing the engagement of Makati Congressional bet and 3-term Magallanes Councilor Nico Garcia to the gorgeous and gregarious entrepreneur/baker/leadership and management trainer and consultant/supersister/superdaughter/supergirl Goldee Salcedo.
Nico and Goldee have been a couple for eight years running. After keeping everyone in suspense, both heaven and earth are rejoicing that they are finally to be wed!
Nico proved to be a true romantic and proposed in no less than the Eiffel Tower in the City of Love.
Unbeknownst to Goldee, Nico followed us to Europe and was to surprise her at dinner on our first evening in Paris.
And surprise he did!
We were so lucky to get reservations at Le Jules Verne, the incomparable Michelin-starred restaurant of culinary legend Chef Alain Ducasse in the Eiffel Tower. (Chika lang – this was the same restaurant where Tom Cruise proposed to Katie Holmes … and the same restaurant where French President Emmanuel Macron brought US President Donald Trump when Trump visited Paris for Bastille Day just this July.)
Once we were seated at our table, Nico snuck up behind Goldee to give her flowers … and an engagement ring!
The gentlemen over at Le Jules Verne (thank you, Monsieurs Didi and Jean Jacques!), The Duchess and I “collaborated” like millennials and got it all on video:
Look at their beaming smiles after the proposal … Goldee will kill me for posting that lower pic because her eyes are closed but it’s the one that shows how deliriously happy she was!
Read the full story in today’s First Class in the Inquirer:
Here’s the link:
Congratulations, Goldee and Nico!
It was summer when I visited Paris so most restaurants were closed. But not Robuchon Saint Germain. Open at 10:45 p.m. Jackpot!!
It was comforting to find a familiar hall, similar to the Robuchon Atelier in Hong Kong. The black hall, the red hues.
The bar also allowed me to simply enjoy my meal even as I sat by my lonesome.
And the slider … that slider that has been copied the world over … that familiar bite of a damn good burger and foie gras.
Since I was in Paris, I had to order quail. For some reason, quail reminds me of that French chef in the movie Babette’s Feast. It was exquisitely rolled in cabbage, topped with bacon for an extra touch of savory …
… but inside: foie gras!
Hope to come back with a bigger group and make use of this space … Also to thank this Maitre D who made what would have otherwise a terrible last night in Paris at least a pleasant one. I love the concept of the Atelier because:
1. It’s set up like a bar so you can go by your lonesome without feeling too lonely, with the food – or the great food-tenders – as your company.
2. It’s beautifully crafted food without the stiffness of being in a ‘haute’ environment. The guys in the kitchen really treat their work like art. And very seriously.
3. You can come in jeans. And even with your luggage.
4. It is budget-friendly. It’s no McDonalds but you won’t be busting P15K (350USD) either.
5. Service is always excellent: friendly, attentive, not condescending, willing to assist, not in-your-face.
Best of all, they are consistent hte world over. No wonder Robuchon has 28 Michelin stars he can be proud of.
Robuchon Saint Germain.
5, rue Montalembert, Paris
+33(0)1 42 22 5656