During the day, Joel Darwin juggles two insanely demanding jobs: one as a corporate trainer in a BPO, and another as part-owner of Natural Selection Design Co. with his wife, Marla. Given that background, maybe that’s why Joel named his pizza “The Fat Bitch”—the crossbreed between a long, tiring day, and the need to have something wickedly greasy in your mouth.
But Joel clarifies this silly assumption of mine by telling us the story behind the real “Fat Bitch” (don’t worry, it doesn’t involve females, may they be humans or dogs).
“This pizza was based on my love for deli meat. The main ingredients were a part of a special order deli sandwich I used to enjoy during my undergrad days in Philadelphia, PA. The sandwich was called the ‘Fat Bastard’ and was only available after midnight to cater to the beer-forged appetites of the drunken masses stumbling back to their dorms. I always thought it would make for an amazing pizza, especially now, with the creation of pizza cones and sandwiches.”
The Fat Bitch uses wheat pizza dough in a frail attempt to counter the fatty food that follows: Poco Deli’s Wagyu Sausages and Bacon, Buffalo Chicken Popcorn, Bleu Cheese, and Ranch Dressing. It’ll make you forget that Meat Lovers Pizza ever existed as this devilish deli pizza hogs the spotlight.
“I’m not partial to the thin crusts or gourmet pizza places that are popping up everywhere these days. I like my pizza chewy, foldable and loaded with cold cuts, meats and sausages,” Joel shares. That said, he tells us about Chef Gusto’s (formerly Nectar) in Legaspi Village, Makati where he gets his pizza fix. “They offer a really thick and chewy, deep dish, 20′ Parma Ham pizza. Top stuff.”
But despite all the heavy, meaty stuff that goes into Joel’s pizza idea, a part-time job as a seafood cook made him realize that his favorite grub is Asian seafood. Palawan crab soaked in garlic sauce and beans, to be exact. Despite his share of travels, Joel still fawns over our local fare as the best seafood in the world—and we couldn’t agree more.
Being an ultimate Frisbee player in a former life, Joel is currently in search for a new hobby that involves some sort of exercise. Say what?! Right now, he enjoys collecting records with his wife, as well as tinkering with models on Google Sketchup. Given the means and the time, he would get into diving or deep-sea fishing. For someone who loves seafood that much, we are not one bit surprised.