Sculling for Lunch?

OK, I admit it – I’m a virgin. Well, a SKAL Lunch virgin at least. Ashamedly after almost eight years on the island, I have never attended a SKAL, or any committee-type organized lunch such as BIWA or Rotary – why I don’t exactly know, but there you have it. So with my chastity belt firmly in place, I headed down to the Laguna Resort and Spa in Nusa Dua for my first entry to this tourism industry group, not really knowing what to expect. And I’m glad I did! Overcoming my shyness (stop laughing), I noticed some very familiar faces at the luncheons Café Lagoon destination – Debe Campbell who is back in town for a couple of weeks and looking fab with a trendy new buzz cut, recently pregnant Jo Macfarlane, whose baby is due in April, Andrew Charles, Ruth Zukerman, Malcolm Scott and Rob Kelsall, amongst others, but there were also a ton of faces I have never seen on the island all out to lunch (excuse the pun!). Expertly organized with toasts, raffles, prizes, speeches, international guest welcomes, fun fundraising “fines” dished out by charming Discovery Kartika Plaza GM Urs Klees and swift service for the 100-odd crowd who dined on a three-course menu of Citrus and Virgin Olive Oil-Marinated Lobster Medallions with mango salsa, tomato chutney and chardonnay pearls, a main Duo of Braised Beef Short Rib and Slow Roasted Lamb Rack with a butternut puree, Bedugal valley asparagus, mushroom-stuffed zucchini blossom and a desert buffet to satiate even the biggest sweet tooth. I noshed up, networked and nosed down a few cab-savs all within a superbly timed two-hour lunch schedule which was accomplished almost to the minute! Membership to SKAL is encouraged, with official members enjoying scrummy monthly lunches and special events throughout the year. I’ll scull to that!

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