For today’s post, let’s reminisce the times that people still reported to physical offices for work.
Before the pandemic struck in March 2020, I was among the members of the working class that frequently worked in the office on weekdays. People like me looked forward to lunch time after four hours of finishing tasks in the morning. However, I always took lunch at a later time (around 2:00 or 3:00 pm) as I did not want to join the noon rush.
Fortunately, an upscale grocery called The Marketplace opened in 2017 in the business complex I worked. Formerly under the wing of Philippine luxury goods purveyor Rustans, John Gokongwei’s Robinsons Retail took over its ownership and management the succeeding year. The Marketplace was known for its gourmet-style ready-to-eat food which appealed to working-class denizens such as myself.
The Marketplace offered a wide selection of food from different cuisines. Salads, sandwiches and cold cuts were spread out neatly. Pastas and rice meals were also available for those looking for a heavy lunch. Mainstay viands – roasted chicken and crispy liempo (pork belly) – were also available for sharing. Fish and vegetable options were also available for those swearing off meat.
The Marketplace also had a few chairs and tables for those wishing to dine at the establishment. But most of the time, I opted to have my food to go and simply eat it at the office pantry – especially in cases where I need to finish urgent tasks. Let’s proceed with the food items I ordered straight from my Instagram archives.
Lunches on the go
Check out The Marketplace’s official website to see a complete list of stores and stay updated with their latest promos.
Before I end, let me leave you a question: Is there a particular supermarket food from your office-working days that you miss having?
Until the next post, bon appetit and stay safe!