You only hear about Lydia Go or Tita Lyds as most of the advertising world calls her, from stories of legendary food photo shoots. You hear stories about how Tita Lyds is the only food stylist who can execute the right pizza stretch so that it can be properly captured by the lens. You hear about secretive photo shoots where only members of the family are allowed to be present and the materials used in the shoot are collected and properly disposed by Tita Lyds herself. Lastly, you also hear about her delicious and unique twist on filipino cuisine served exclusively after every photo shoot.
For a foodie and a person who is not into the advertising world, it was a challenge for us to convince Tita Lyds to cook for a group of foodies who is in constant search for the best dining experience in the Philippines. Thanks to Socky for making this happen!! (read inside story here –> A Night With A Food Whisperer) It was a truly a night to remember, and just listening to the stories first hand was priceless. She should write a book about her funny adventures and how she became the Philippines’ Greatest of All Time Food Stylist.
For P1,000/head (oops, can I divulge this?), we were treated to the best of Tita Lyd’s cooking and to legendary stories of her food styling career which dates back to the days before I was born! Coincidentally, she is the mom of my Bosconian high school friend Edward Go, who I just learned is the most sought after (?) and most expensive (~ P10,000/ photo) photographer in the advertising industry. The venue of the feast was in the actual photo studio where the “secret” food shoots happen. She is also a fan of Ugu Bigyan so most of the dinner ware came from him. (You should read Nena’s account of the evening with Tita Lyds –> Tales of a Food Whisperer )
Overall, it was truly a night to remember and well worth the P1,000/ head price tag for the delicious buffet feast served that night. Although, some might be turned off by the venue which is in Edward Go’s home photo studio located in San Lorenzo Village, Makati. If Tita Lyds is really serious about venturing into an alternative career of chefs-for-hire, she should leverage on her strengths as a food stylist or her son’s strength as a food photographer. One concept could be Dinner-ala-Photo Shoot where you are treated to Tita Lyd’s delicious meals and you would have a chance to have a group photo shoot by Edward Go included in the package. Another concept would be to tie the dinner with a food styling or a 3 hour private food photography course and charge P3,000/ head.
Tita Lyds shared with us her legendary stories of how she bought thousands of chicken for the Max’s chicken photo shoot, or finding certain fruits during the off season, or how she executed a perfect pizza stretch to be captured in the photograph. Nena and Socky captured some of the stories during that night. I just remembered laughing my hearts out with each of the stories 🙂
Pako (fiddlehead fern) salad with a red egg & tomato dressing and Ginataang taong (eggplant cooked in coconut milk). This reminded me of the Ugu Bigyan Pako salad except that you have an interesting twist in the dressing.
Fresh Tilapia. Nothing fancy but grilled to perfection.
Pork and Chicken Adobo. Simple and flavorful.
Lydia Go’s Dessert
Chocolate-cream cheese-walnut log. This is the legendary Lydia Go’s Christmas Chocolate Log. It is not for sale and this is Tita Lyd’s unique gift every Christmas to her friends in the advertising world. We were wondering if we can be included in the mailing list or gift list of people this Christmas?! Please…
Sarap no? It was unfortunate that I was not feeling too well that night. I missed on some of the goodies and I’m just reliving the experience via the parade of the food shots above. Also, I do hope the photos of the food, pass Tita Lyd’s standards 🙂 I’ll end this post with Aidan’s photo with Tita Lyds.
(P.S. Please let me know if you want to join us in one of our food trips. I don’t really mind inviting a few people every once in a while. One of the reasons, we started this informal group is to have a group who is “game” to pay P1,000 up / head for those by-reservation only establishments who cater only to groups of 10 or more. Also, we are looking for unique dining experiences in the Philippines. Please email me privately. )