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Dining In/Out (11/18/21)

The Peninsula Boutique Christmas Feast hampers

NO Christmas is complete without feasting on savory delights and sweet indulgences. This year, the Peninsula Boutique’s Christmas festive hampers are the ultimate holiday hampers and filled with luxurious seasonal treats — from wines and champagne to cookies, chocolates, pâtés, hams, gingerbread chalets, preserves, and jams. Perfect for stocking fillers, gifting to loved ones and of course, oneself this Christmas. There are three hampers to choose from, all filled with nibbles, tipples and surprises — The Santa Hamper (P7,500), The Sweet Indulgence Hamper (P11,500), and The Peninsula Gourmet Hamper (P19,500). Prices are inclusive of taxes. Complimentary delivery service will be extended to single address and minimum single purchase hamper orders of P15,000 to Makati, Mandaluyong, Bonifacio Global City, and Pasig. Purchases of less than P15,000 are subject to delivery fees depending on location. For inquiries, orders, and reservations, call The Peninsula Boutique at 8887-2888 (ext. 7410 for the Christmas Store), mobile 0917-557-8014, or e-mail diningpmn@peninsula.com.

Sheraton opens pop-up kiosk at Robinsons Manila

SHERATON Manila Bay opened its first Pop-Up Sheraton Kiosk at Level 1 of the Padre Faura Wing, Robinsons Place Manila. The Sheraton Kiosk offers a roster of savory sandwiches, healthy salads, bespoke cakes, and freshly baked pastries and breads for takeaway, pick-up, and delivery. The kiosk also offers artisanal coffee blends, fresh juices and cold brew mixes to pair with any of its savories and sweets. Items from the hotel’s Culinary Courier menu as well as Holiday Hampers, Christmas goodies, and Gourmet Bundles for pre-order are also available at The Sheraton Kiosk. Marriott Bonvoy members and Club Marriott members also enjoy a 20% discount on all F&B purchase for a minimum spend of P1,500. For advance orders and more information, call 5318-0788, 0917-583-7294, 0917-583-7326 or e-mail sh.mnlsb.fnb@sheraton.com. For the full menu and E-brochure, visit http://bit.ly/ccmnlsb.

Hilton Manila celebrates a retro Christmas

HILTON Manila at Resorts World Manila welcomes the coming Festive season with “Back to a Better Future: A Retro Christmas,” highlighted by the ceremonial lighting of its Christmas tree streamed online through the hotel’s official social media pages, and an ensemble of gourmet dining and luxury staycation experiences. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony marked the start of the hotel’s dining and room package offerings, available from Nov. 10 onwards. At Kusina Sea Kitchens this December, enjoy a Surf & Turf premium buffet showcasing Boston lobsters and prime rib of beef among other Christmas favorites. The Dec. 24 buffet dinner is priced at P3,200 per person, on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, lunch and dinner is priced at P2,900 each. To welcome the New Year, Dec. 31, the buffet dinner is priced at P3,200. The Hua Yuan Brasserie Chinoise welcomes patrons with an authentic Shanghainese Deluxe or Premium Set Menu. Menu highlights include Shanghai xiao long bao, Emperor’s Flamed Chicken and Shanghai-style Sweet and sour yellow croaker fish with pine nuts and broccoli, among others. The Deluxe Set Menu is priced at P8,000 for a group of four, with the Premium Set at P20,800. Private dining arrangements are available. Then spread Yuletide cheer with Hilton Manila’s ’90s Edition Crafted Hampers, inspired by ’90s Filipino sweets paired with traditional Christmas favorites such as Haw Haw Dipped Crinkles, Chocnut Banana Bread, and Ube Stollen Bread, among others. The holiday goodies are presented in handcrafted Filipino hampers made by local artisans from upcycled materials. The ’90s Edition Crafted Hampers are available in four options: Waterlily Basket at P3,500, Novelty Kit at P3,900, Abaca Basket at P4,900, and Straw Chest Box at P5,900. Hilton Manila also presents a colorful selection of traditional Holiday confectionaries at the Madison Lounge & Bar. Look out for early bird and Hilton Honors discounts. Meanwhile, the Vubble Dining Experience beside the Vega Pool, will offer a Premium Christmas Menu. Dine under the stars in a private air-conditioned dome, with the services of a private butler and chef. The deluxe menu price starts at P12,500 for two persons. For inquiries or reservations, call 7239-7788 or 0917-826-6442, or message on Facebook through m.me/hiltonmanila.

Tiffin now delivers authentic North Indian food   

TIFFIN Indian Lunchbox specializes in Indian comfort food, inspired by the centuries-old tradition of meals being reliably delivered to busy professionals in the city, day in and day out. Tiffin delivers to one’s home or office (or home office) authentic, time-honored recipes crafted by Indian chefs whose expertise lies in North Indian cuisine. Delivered are dishes like hearty Biryani, Butter Chicken marinated in spiced yogurt, and Prawn Curry. These are just a few of the stars in Tiffin’s short but considered menu. There are options for vegetarians, seafood fans, and meat lovers alike. Order a spot of tiffin, any time of day, through the restaurant’s delivery partners, Food Panda and Grab Food. Visit www.tiffin.com.ph to learn more.

Mimi & Bros offers party trays

MIMI & BROS brings its Party Trays back again this season. The Porchetta Party Tray is created for meat lovers, with a price of P990 and good for four to five people, while Mimi’s Fried Chicken Party Tray able to serve 12 to 15 people for P1,600. The Truffle Honey Butter Wings Party Tray is good for six to eight people and costs P1,100, and the Filipino classic, Lechon Belly, is P990 and already good for four to five people. Lola’s Ragu, the iconic Italian pasta dish with beef chunks, sweet tomato sauce, topped with parmesan cheese, serves six to eight persons for P1,350. For a lighter option there is the Corn Dog Party Tray which costs P990 for six to eight persons. This year, Mimi & Bros is jazzing up its Party Tray lineup with Rice Party trays that come in two serving sizes: Tray, which feeds seven to 10 hungry people; and Solo, which good for two to three people. The Rice Party Tray options are Chicken and Chorizo Paella with Crispy Lechon Belly Party Tray (P2,900, and a solo paella option for P1,000); Truffle Mushroom Paella with Porchetta Party Tray (P3,200 while the solo paella option is P1,200; and Bagoong Rice with Crispy Bagnet Party Tray (P2,500 while the bagoong rice solo is priced at P950). Order the Party Trays two days in advance. Call 0945-798-5176 or reach Mimi & Bros through Facebook Messenger (m.me/mimiandbros) or via Instagram (@mimiandbros). A 50% downpayment is required to confirm the order.

Nespresso, Johanna Ortiz collaborate on limited edition

THIS holiday season, Nespresso collaborates with Colombian fashion designer Johanna Ortiz on its annual Festive collection, inspired this year by the forest. The collection features a range of limited-edition coffees, along with festive accessories, making for inspiring gifts for family and friends. Coffee lovers can also gift this holiday season knowing Nespresso is giving back to the forest, as the brand goes beyond its agroforestry commitments by helping to protect 10 million trees in the Amazon. This year’s Festive coffee range includes two flavored coffees and one black coffee. Forest Black is a blend of shade-grown coffees from Colombia and beyond. A spicy espresso, it has exotic woody notes. The Forest Fruit Flavor has juicy berry aromas running through the espresso, made with South American Arabicas which take on a festive sweet pastry note. Finally, Forest Almond Flavor has sweet, nutty flavor tucked into this espresso’s South American Arabicas. The collection comes with recipes for Nespresso infused cocktails. The Gift of the Forest with Nespresso’s limited-edition accessories will be available by end November. These include the Nespresso x Johanna Ortiz advent calendar; the Nespresso x Johanna Ortiz Nomad travel mug which comes in a Deep Cherry shade; and a reversible organic-cotton tote bag and a notebook made from sustainable materials, both decorated with the signature Nespresso x Johanna Ortiz pattern. For a limited time only, Nespresso is also revamping its iconic Touch travel mug which will be available in a golden color. Nespresso is partnering with Conservation International to protect 10 million trees in the Amazon Forest in La Pedrera, Colombia. The limited-edition Gifts of the Forest collection will be available on Nespresso boutiques, pop-up stores, and online at www.nespresso.ph.

Holiday gift sets from Marks & Spencer

SIMPLIFY holiday shopping with Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) festive, ready-to-gift holiday gift sets. For foodies, there are food and wine like the Sunrise Bliss with a hearty selection of goodies like Dutch Shortcake, Traditional British Porridge Oats, Breakfast Blend Tea Bags, and more. For the tea-lover, there are Teatime Treats, complete with afternoon snacks and tea bags in different flavors. The Sweet Nostalgia set for someone who loves a good snack, with treats like Custard Creams, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Bar, and more. For the sweet tooth there is a bundle of chocolate goods with Chocolate Indulgence which includes Triple Chocolate Crunch and Swiss Dark Chocolate Mountain Bar. Then there is the Coffee Lover’s Surprise which has Italian Ground Coffee, Rich Roast Instant Coffee, Instant Latte, Pure Honey, Dutch Shortcake, Rich Tea Finger Biscuits, and Custard Creams. These are just some of the many gift sets which are available. There are also wine sets from the award-winning in-house winemakers of Marks & Spencer. Check out the gift sets catalog at bit.ly/MandSChristmasGiftSets. Order now in M&S stores or through the M&S Philippines Viber Community at bit.ly/MSPH-VC. Get a free P250 Gift Voucher for every P5,000 purchase of food and wine gift sets until Nov. 30. The deadline for orders is on Dec. 18.

McDonald’s limited edition Coca-Cola cups, new desserts

MCDONALD’S Philippines adds announced the return of its Coca-Cola collectibles, this time aluminum cups in six festive colors — red, yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink. They are available at McDonald’s stores for a limited time only. To get one of the six cups, add P49 to any of the participating McDonald’s meals. These collectibles will be available in McDonald’s stores nationwide via dine in, take out, drive-through, and McDelivery. Meanwhile, McDonald’s has come out with new Filipino-inspired holiday desserts: Ube Pastillas Sundae and Ube Pastillas Frappe, and, inspired by Brazo de Mercedes, there are the Brazo Sundae, Brazo Frappe, or Brazo Iced Coffee. For the classic sweetness and warmth of the season, there is McDonald’s Hot Chocolate. The new McDonald’s Ube Pastillas and Brazo desserts are available for a limited time only.

Samsung Philippines launches bespoke refrigerator

SAMSUNG Digital Appliances is applying this concept of made-to-measure to its latest innovation: the Bespoke Refrigerator, customizable home appliances that gives homeowners the freedom to choose their own configurations, material, and color. Samsung’s Bespoke Refrigerator comes in a modular design with a one-Door Flex Convertible Freezer and Fridge and a Bottom Mount Freezer. These can be mixed, matched, and combined to the consumers’ needs and wants. The Bespoke Refrigerator comes in Cotta White and Cotta Charcoal colors in store, and can be customized with glass panels that are sold separately. The available colors are in Glam Glass Pink, White, Navy and Satin Glass Sky Blue. Installation services for the panels are free and can be booked through the Samsung Customer service hotline for installation assistance. For more information, visit samsung.com/ph/refrigerators/bespoke-refrigerator/.

Facebook page promoting Japanese food launched

TO BRING the Japanese experience to the Philippines, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) Manila has launched a Facebook page to promote and expand the sales of Japanese foods and restaurants in the Philippines. Through the page, high quality Japanese food products will be made available for people to buy online. The Japanese apples and pears that will be offered through this project will have a logo sticker to identify them as genuinely produced in Japan.