By Julia Arenas, Christine Carreon, and Angela Sy
Who doesn’t get excited over food? Christmas is the perfect excuse to experience new, delicious dishes that our tummies and taste buds totally deserve! Check out who, what, and where the buzz is when it comes to holiday eating!
Generous and healthy, indeed! Vita Coco’s program Ambassadors Ellen Adarna and Bogart the Explorer visited General Santos, Mindanao earlier this year and witnessed where all the five pesos per pack bought by the consumers for the Vita Coco Hope were put into. In a school where classes were once held under the shade of trees, now stands 12 classrooms for the students to enjoy. The two also had a crash course on Coconut Farming 101. The Vita Coco Hope in a Coconut program allows YOU to directly lend a hand and become a part of strengthening the coconut farming community. Five pesos from every pack that you purchase will go straight to the funds of the program—all the more reason to stock up on the coconut water!
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without ham—something that King Sue Ham knows all too well. They’ve been around for 86 years and have since expanded its selection to better suit Filipino taste and holiday celebrations! From Sweet and Pina hams, to Chinese and Hawaiian, mix bits of King Sue in your next holiday, home-cooked meals. Or eat them just as is! Either way, this is one heritage brand the whole family can enjoy.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Classic Confections! To celebrate, they now offer specialty holiday cakes that comes in six flavors—the newest being Chocolate Pecan Pie. They also have the Naked Red Velvet Cake, S’mores Tart, and the all-time favorite Dulce de Leche. Also available is the Meline’s Chocolate Cake with fudge icing and the Apple Pie, the dessert that holds the heart of the mind behind Classic Confections, Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto.
The renowned leader in gourmet olive oils, condiment, and seasonings, Oliver and Co., invites us to celebrate the holiday season with their Christmas Collection this year. Of course, if you are going to celebrate inside the house and have the luxury of time to cook for everyone, these collections are the perfect partners for each meal. Enjoy the full Olivier&Co. experience in each of the 6 Christmas Gift Sets, with each set carefully curated to surely excite the senses. The O&Co.2017 Best Gift Set includes Sabino Leone Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar Noel that is perfect for vinaigrettes, vegetables, poultry, or tuna. The Condiment Taster Set, Limited Edition MiliMelo Set, Essentials Set (basic oil, limited edition condiment, and olive paste), Starter Seasoning Set (eggplant caviar, black olive relish, mix for meat, mix for salad, and mix for fish), and Truffle Collection as the ultimate indulgence (white and black truffle specialty oils, salt & white truffle mix, parmesan & truffle cream, summer truffle in olive oil, and porcini mushroom cream with Truffles).
Queso de Bola is an iconic holiday food, deserving of a spot on your Noche Buena table together with lechon, pasta, salad, and other dishes. But with most brands priced at PHP300-400 for 500g, you may find that ordering one will be unpractical. Eden, however, offers a delicious alternative that costs just PHP159 for as much as 400g a carton, which you can buy all the way up ‘til the end of Christmas! From the appetizers down to the main course, leave it to Eden to make Christmas (literally) cheesier!
Where’s The Buzz
Inspired by the quaint charm of French night markets, Fruitas Holdings Inc. (FHI) opens Le Village—the city’s newest lifestyle park that offers Filipinos a dining experience similar to the night markets of the gastronomic capital of the world. FHI also plans to build more and more lifestyle parks to cater new dishes that can make our taste buds crave for more. Says Peter Carrillo, Marketing Manager of Fruitas Holdings Inc., “With the holidays just around the corner, we find it fitting to introduce a new gastronomic venue that will offer a relaxing ambience, while also giving diners a diverse selection of food and beverages. Le Village will be a perfect place for families and friends to dine and hang out under the cold starry nights.” Le Village will be the home to 15 various food stalls that will feature the finest choice of epicurean delicacies. The food park is open from Mondays to Sundays from 4PM to 1AM.
Now here’s a gift that can satisfy your sweet tooth without hurting your budget! For just P95, you can yourselves a Cadbury Dairy Milk Christmas Stocking at any department store, supermarket, and convenience store nationwide. It’s filled with four different kinds of chocolate, namely the Milk Original Flavor, Dairy Milk with Oreo, Milk Honeycomb with Nuts, and 5 Star. Its about time we #FreeTheJoy this season, yeah?
All that Christmas shopping must make you hungry. For a quick bite, might we suggest heading to your nearest Jollibee? We hear their PHP99 chicken and spaghetti meals make for an Unbeatable Double.
Our mouths are watering as we simply recall the taste of their Honey Garlic Chicken starter. The largest casual Italian dining restaurant chain in Singapore has just opened at Food Street, Upper Ground Floor, SM Southmall. They not only have yummy pasta, pizza, and other dishes, but they also have Doughworkz, a kids pizza-making workshop you can inquire about. Doughworkz by PastaMania is a pasta and pizza making program customised for children from 4 to 12 years old. You can book a session for your kid or with their friends for a fun get-together party! Pastamania is definitely a family Italian restaurant experience you shouldn't miss.
Indulge in the warm flavors of luscious chocolate, succulent fruits and Christmas spices in a tantalizing yuletide feast with TWG Tea this December. TWG Tea’s full Festive Set Menu is priced at P995 for the main course, tea, and a choice of dessert. The pan-roasted beef with potatoes and Christmas Light Yule Log are also available ala carte and is priced at P595 and P190. Not to mention, the Christmas Lights Tea infused macaron is priced P60 each. These are all available at TWG Tea Salons & Boutiques located in Greenbelt 5, Central Square, Shangri-La Plaza and S Maison Conrad Manila for the whole month of December 2017.
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