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Cold Beer with Pakpak to End a Long Day

Sometimes you find yourself at the end of a long and tiring day. You just want to sit back and relax, and allow your mind and body to decompress. What usually works is a cold drink, like a couple of bottles of ice-cold beer, and some light chow. Anything beyond that would be another story, especially if tomorrow promises to be another long day. You can go to your fave bar, but if another regular comes in and sits beside you, chances are your evening would end up longer than you intended. Again, not a good idea if your next day looks to be a long one.

A better option I recently discovered is the JT's Manukan Grille near where I used to work. I chose a corner table so I can have some peace and quiet, and decided to have two of bottles San Miguel Pale Pilsen (sufficiently full bodied but not heavy). I figured the next time around, I would have the San Miguel Premium beer. The green color of the bottle seems more cheerful than the brown of the Pale Pilsen. I wanted something tasty but light, to satisfy my taste buds without feeling so full. I could have the pork satay or the pork barbecue, but might be harder to digest. The Paa (chicken leg) Inasal sounds good since I'm partial to dark meat, but the amount of meat might be more than I wanted. The baticolon (chicken gizzard) or the corazon (chicken heart) also seemed good choices, but might turn out to be too light yet harder to digest. I eventually settled for the Pakpak (chicken wings) Inasal.

One skewer came with two pieces of wings. I didn't mind dispensing with the utensils, and it's really more satisfying when eating chicken wings to do it by hand. I am quite methodical when eating chicken. I usually debone the meaty part and set aside the pieces. Then I pick up half a mouthful, dunk them in my dipping sauce then pop them in my mouth. With the wings, I did so with the meatier part (the one used to make chicken lollipop). Then I just dipped the smaller end in my sauce and gnawed on them. I admit it's messier eating chicken wings but it's really the most satisfying doing it by hand. Using knife and fork would be so tedious, and one would also look quite ridiculous doing it. Of course, it goes without saying that washing your hands thoroughly with water and soap prior to eating is a must. When you eat sans utensils without washing your hands first then getting an upset stomach later, that's entirely on you. Besides, it's really worth the extra effort.

The wing is the most delicious part of the chicken, yet it's almost carbohydrate-free. The composition of proteins and fats is about 30% and 20% per 100 grams of cooked meat. My nutritionist also once pointed out to me its properties and useful benefits. Turns out that properly cooked chicken wings have a therapeutic effect on metabolic disorders, such as gout, arthritis, and diabetes. Aside from the health benefits of chicken wings, I can't think of a better way of ending a long day than having them Inasal with ice-cold beer.

Slept really well that night and woke up the next morning feeling fresh. Ready for another long day.

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