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Staying at Poro Point, La Union's posh resort, Thunderbird, for relaxation gave me more than my share of its Greek-inspired architecture and the sea. Awaken by a flash of sunshine through my room's curtain from my 5-star hotel quality bed, I looked forward to a non-Filipino breakfast.
Olives Restaurant inside the resort with friends that included Komikon President Ariel Atienza. The dining area was remarkable for having a spectacular view of the South China Sea fronted by the sprawling property of the resort. There were no annoying structures dotting the seashore, so I actually sipped my cup of tea looking at an immense landscape and overcast sky.
Wood-Fired Stone Oven Pizzas
We tried one of Olive Restaurant's thin-slice pizza selection, the Pizza Ilokano, as it's been praised by many to taste authentic Ilokano but cooked the country way for being prepared in the restaurant's wood-burned oven which was right inside the dining area.
A Sampling of Greek Salad
A few minutes more and I drowned my palate with a plate of Greek Salad or horiatiki salata, a rough country salad of juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumber, sliced red onion, green pepper, crumbly feta cheese and plump black or kalamata olives. Its strong salty flavor even rivals the more subdued Spanish olive. When served right, it should be mouth-watering. We also had farfalle-styled spaghetti which was a bit heavy on the tummy and when we got to the hotel lobby to relax, we mellowed down on a slice of white chocolate cake.
Dining outside proved to be a challenge because it was breezy that morning. I even took a a few minutes of standing by the garden just right outside the restaurant, overlooking the rough waves of the location's seascape.
It was a treat dining at the Olives Restaurant of the Thunderbird Poro Point resort. I will want to return to sample the other classic Mediterreanean dishes in its menu.
|Komikon President Ariel Atienza with his cup of tea|