Ordinary things may sometimes be extra-ordinary to some people. Like how I am so awed with those chalk-written menuboards you would often look up to when it is your time to choose the menu that you’re ordering (and probably ignore its’ beauty because it is already ordinary to you, I’m sure, you’ve seen them everywhere). I strongly believe, In a way, it helps to entice the customers. Or the type placed on a wooden tripod.
Though with me, I find it fixating. I found so many wonderful things from it. Like a special fondness. It was fun that even with ordinary chalks, we could artfully play around. I often imagine who wrote it, whether he/ she was writing it simultaneously, obediently following the strokes of an artist’s hand. How long it took him/ her to finish it? I wonder if it was re-written the second or third around or the first strokes are are done perfectly.
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I would never let it pass without a souvenir photo. Be it by my phone, my camera, or my tab. There are menus that are written in plain white only, there are those in multi-colored writings of menus and specialties which became more appetizing due to the fact that it was creatively presented.
Some board I’ve witnessed have different figures on it, like a flower, paisleys, a beer mug, or a coffee mug, or a very cute tea cup taken from those actual photos of vintage cups. Or perhaps, some were drawn out of memory.
Several times, they have been utilized as part of a wedding theme. In which case, if God will allow me to remarry? This will definitely be a part of my theme.
And I’d like it best if I’d be the one to write on it putting emphasis into writing my fiance’s name on it. Which happens to be the sweetest word that I’ve ever heard of. I imagine the first having a bigger and bolder font than the rest. In my wild imaginings, they’re almost emblematic.
Before starting on this, I researched on the fonts used as to what era they originated from. They’re like personalities, each has a special trait remembered. I must be transparent, that even after I finished this blog, I haven’t known it’s origins yet. Still, I am giving it a chance.
Chalk-written menu boards is a kind of Art that is really flexible. You can come-up with a lot and can erase them easily the moment you think you still can improve on it. The board being like your own huge playground.
Le’ts see some of the actual boards I personally witnessed through the years. They gave me a personal sense of wonder during my wanders.
Juan Carlos, Tacloban
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Paul Boulangerie – BGC
Mati’s – Filinvest Alabang
Guiseppe’s, Tacloban (Had been my favorite restaurant when I used to be in Tacloban, it’s a few blocks away from my hotel).
Libro Cafe, Tacloban
And maybe soon, I wanna see these too:
Aren’t they so stirring and lovely?