Home alone, both granddaughters in school. Decided to have a solitary lunch at Sitio Catacutan Hawkers' Alley. Had a vegetable dish of green papaya and horseradish leaves cooked in coconut milk, and a bowl of steamed rice.
The hawkers' stalls here are like those in Thailand and Singapore minus the tiled surfaces and chef's caps and aprons. One of my favorite food operators is from Iloilo and serves her hometown cuisine. The barangay provided the stalls with running water and a roofed pavilion with tables and chairs for people to eat their food in. I ate, however, in John's canteen, which he and his wife set up in the garage area of their townhouse unit.
The SCHA serves as an outdoor cafeteria not only for the neighborhood but for surrounding schools and offices as well, most especially Cubao Police Station PS-7, which looks like it is being developed to become the main PNP headquarters.
When individuals and groups prefer to be waited on, have their food plated, and watch the news on TV, though, they go to M.'s cafe.