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Dining In/Out (12/16/21)

Sheraton Manila Bay offers holiday goodies

KEEP traditions alive with a basketful of holiday goodies with the spruced-up Classic Sheraton Hamper priced at P2,688 net. This basket includes Christmas banana bread, Christmas crinkles cookies, assorted macarons, French fruit cake, luxury jams and honey, and red wine. For a more luxurious treat, the Luxury Sheraton Hamper at P3,688 net features French fruit cake, assorted macarons, assorted chocolate truffles in a jar, orange pound cake, assorted Christmas cookies, sesame peanut brittle, a German fruit bread baguette, homemade granola, luxury jam and honey, and red wine. Each basket includes an eco-friendly Plantable Cards of Care —  a 10-piece Christmas Greeting Card Set made of biodegradable paper infused with basil and spinach seeds which come free with all Sheraton Hampers. Proceeds from the Cards of Care will be donated for the educational needs of the students of Aurora A. Quezon Elementary School and children of Barangay 699. To upgrade a hamper, adopt a panda toy for P1,000 net and take home a signature WWF Plushie Panda which comes with an adoption certificate. Proceeds from the sale of panda plushies will be donated to the wildlife conservation projects of the World Wide Fund. Meanwhile, the Sheraton’s artisanal charcuterie graze boxes are filled with specialty cheeses, tapas items and indulgent festive treats. The Deluxe Grazing Box for two persons is priced at P599 net. This includes beef pastrami, smoked sausage, brie, cheddar, nuts, crudités, red grapes, olives, dried fruits, salted pretzels, crackers, and Sesame Grissini. The upgraded Premium Grazing Box, priced at P888 net, includes chicken terrine with roasted capsicum and spinach homemade liver pâté, chorizo pamplona, beef salami, smoked sausage, mortadella herbed cream cheese, cheddar, nuts, crudités, red grapes, olives, dried fruits, salted pretzels, crackers, and sesame grissini. For the ultimate grazing experience, the Supreme Grazing Box good for six to 10 persons includes chicken terrine with roasted capsicum & spinach, homemade liver pâté, prosciutto di parma, chorizo pamplona, smoked sausage, beef salami, mortadella herbed cream cheese, brie, swiss cheese, marinated anchovies, red grapes, olives, dried fruits, nuts, crudités, salted pretzels, crackers, and sesame grissini with complimentary super country baguette and assorted macarons, priced at P2,499 net. Three Christmas Gourmet Bundles have been created especially for the holidays. The packages are good for five to six persons. The Sobremesa is priced at P3,899 net, and includes honey-glazed leg of ham, roasted potato, chorizo, cherry tomato, lengua in creamy mushroom sauce, pesto and truffle pasta, seafood paella, tiramisu in a tin can, assorted Christmas cookies, and soft rolls. Home for Christmas, for P4,899 net includes roast turkey in butter, garlic, and herbs, seafood lasagna supreme, classic buffalo wings, steamed rice, country baguette, pumpkin pie, and ube salted caramel in a tin can. Elevate home parties further with a Christmas Gourmet Feast, priced at P6,899 net, featuring bestsellers and signature dishes such as slow-cooked US striploin, baked potato and root vegetables, salmon en croute stuffed with spinach cream and Parma ham with tomato and chorizo rice, Vongole pasta, Grand Marnier chocolate cake, Christmas banana cake, French macaroons, and focaccia bread. Sheraton Manila Bay is accepting orders for pick-up and home deliveries, with an allowance of 48 hours before pick-up. For reservations, call 5318-0788, 0917-583-7294, 0917-583-7326, or e-mail reservations.manilabay@sheraton.com.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo Christmas meals

RICHMONDE Hotel Iloilo’s The Granary will offer Holiday Luxe Dinner Buffets on Dec. 24 and 31 to take care of holiday feasting. The eat-all-you-can holiday buffets will be from 6 to 10 p.m., for P1,350 net. Children six to 12 years old get a 50% discount and children five years old and below eat for free. As for party packages, rates start at P45,000 net for 30 persons, and include lunch or dinner buffet with a round of non-alcoholic drinks; five bottles of wine; four pool passes each good for two persons; and a gift certificate for an overnight stay for two persons in a Deluxe room with breakfast buffet; plus discount vouchers for room accommodations and food and beverage orders. For loved ones in other places, online celebration packages are also available. Choose between a Hybrid Event Package that combines a face-to-face banquet function with online attendees, or a Gourmet Meal Delivery Package for virtual events. Hybrid Event packages include function room rental with Zoom set-up and set lunch or dinner meals for event attendees at the hotel, and packed set meals for delivery to remote participants. All meal deliveries are limited to Iloilo City addresses. Rates vary depending on the chosen meal and the number of in-hotel and virtual attendees. The Granary’s collection of baked goods is also available, from the hotel’s signature ensaymadas (classic, ube, and pork floss) and buns (ham & cheese, coffee, sticky, and Hokkaido buns), to tasty breads (olive ciabatta, za’atar croissant, cinnamon raisin swirl, and sesame braids) and pastries (French macarons, peach Danish, and choco banana muffin). All holiday goods are available for takeout and delivery from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of December. For bulk purchases, orders must be made three days in advance for pickup or delivery any day of the week. Deliveries are limited within Iloilo City with applicable fees. For inquiries, reservations, bookings and orders, call +6333-328-7888, +63917-5633973 or sales@richmondeiloilo.com for banquet bookings, and +63917-563-3558 to order holiday goodies. Bookings and order of goodies may also be made online at Richmonde’s official website, www.richmondehoteliloilo.com.ph.

Celebrate the holidays at Hilton Manila

HILTON Manila at Resorts World Manila, celebrates the Yuletide season dining indulgences for the whole family.  At Kusina Sea Kitchens, indulge in a celebratory selection of premium Filipino and international end-of-the-year offerings. For December, enjoy a Surf & Turf premium buffet show casing Boston lobsters and prime rib of beef among other Christmas favorites. The Dec. 24 buffet dinner is priced at P3,200 per person, on 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. Hua Yuan Brasserie Chinoise welcomes patrons with an authentic Shanghainese Deluxe or Premium Set Menu. Highlights include Shanghai xiao long bao, The Emperor’s Flamed Chicken, and Shanghainese-style sweet and sour yellow croaker fish with pine nuts and broccoli, among other items. 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. Spread Yuletide cheer with Hilton Manila’s retro ‘90s Edition Crafted Hampers, inspired by 1990s Filipino sweets paired with traditional Christmas favorites such as Haw Haw Dipped Crinkles, Chocnut Banana Bread, and Ube Stollen Bread, among others. The 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 P900, and Straw Chest Box at P5,900 all filled to the brim. Hilton Manila also presents a colorful selection of traditional Holiday confectionaries available at Madison Lounge & Bar. Look out for early bird and Hilton Honors discounts. Meanwhile, the Vubble Dining Experience beside the Vega Pool, will have a Premium Christmas Menu presented under the stars in a private air-conditioned dome and coupled with the services of a private butler and chef. The menu highlights: Golden Tomahawk US Angus Steak, Reindeer Vanille Cremeux, and Waldorf Salad with Apple Mikkado, Caramelized Walnuts, Celeriac Puree and Confit Duck paired with premium wines. The deluxe menu price starts at P12,500 for two persons. To view Hilton Manila’s full Back to a Better Future: Retro Christmas brochure,  visit https://bit.ly/HiltonManilaRetroChristmas. For inquiries or reservations, call 7239-7788 or 0917-826-6442, or send a message on Facebook through m.me/hiltonmanila.

New World’s festive experiences this season

Christmas has officially arrived at New World Makati Hotel with special menus, feasts, and gifts. These include an all-you-can-eat feast at buffet outlet Café 1228, premium set menu and all-you-can-eat dim sum at Chinese restaurant Jasmine, wine and a four-course dinner for a cause at The Glasshouse. Café 1228 is back with its signature western, seafood, Asian and local specialties for lunch and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays as well as lunch on Sundays. For Christmas Eve and Day, selections include US rib eye steak and honey glazed ham, Filipino favorites lechon and morcon, among many others. The promo includes one glass of sparkling, white or red wine and free-flowing soda, juices and iced tea. On New Year’s Eve and Day, the roast turkey replaces the honey glazed ham, with US rib eye still available. Mains include beef bourguignon and baby back ribs, while grilled, seafood and international items are the same as that of the Christmas menu. An add-on rate of P588 net pairs the hearty feast with free-flowing local beer and wines. The Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve lunch and dinner are priced at P2,250 net. On New Year’s Day the rate is P2,022 net. Jasmine has two sets of eight-course menus each for Christmas Eve and Day dinner. It also has vegetarian set menu options for the occasions. Jasmine’s Christmas Eve and Day Set Menus are available for dinner only and are priced at P2,288 and P2,488, respectively. Meanwhile, Jasmine’s bestselling dim sum and specialty dishes are available for its Christmas Eve/Day and New Year’s Eve/Day all-you-can-eat menus. Jasmine’s all-you-can-eat menus are available for lunch only on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, and are both priced at P1,588 net. Club Epicure members get a special rate of P1,388 net. Those who would like to celebrate the holidays at home without the stress and worry can opt for the Holiday Set Platters To Go. There are four sets to choose from. Each set comes with a salad, entrée and dessert and is ideal for a group of 10. Add-on items can also be ordered for an additional rate. Guests can also customize and combine their own set of platters, selecting a minimum of four platters that can be shared by 10 persons. The set menus range in price from P15,980++ to P22,656.48 net. There are also party packages at the hotel which come with a choice of private, safe, clean and flexible event venues for up to five hours use (7 p.m. to midnight), one round of iced tea juice or soda for all guests, three bottles of red or white wine, chill background music and use of the hotel sound system, use of LCD projector and screen, a two-pound Christmas cake, one centerpiece for each table, set menu cards, a guestbook and a pen. Guests can have their choice among eight set menus, each good for 20, 50, or 100 guests. Packages start at P40,800++. For the complete set menus, guests can view Page 10 of the Hope for the Holidays interactive brochure at www.bit.lyNWM2021holidaybrochure. Finally, The Shop offers freshly baked treats in holiday hamper sets or individual packaging. Club Epicure members get 10% off on all items from The Shop and a 48-hour lead time is required for each set of orders. There are three hampers to choose from, ranging in price from P3,500 net to P5,500 net. For detailed information on the above offers and more, visit the interactive holiday brochure at www.bit.ly/NWM2021HolidayBrochure or call 8811-6888 ext. 3679, e-mail fb.reservations@newworldhotels.com .

Crimson Hotel serves up a festive feast

CRIMSON Hotel Filinvest City has several Yuletide food promotions. Proceeds from this year’s Christmas promotions will be for the benefit of SOS Children’s Villages Philippines, a non-profit organization dedicated to reuniting abandoned children with their families or finding them a truly loving and caring home. It’s a fantastically French Nöel over at Baker J this year with traditional items like brioche, kouglof, fruitcake, and gingerbread biscuits, as well as decadent chocolate truffles made in-house and chocolate Santas. Those looking for a selection of sweets for a gift are spoiled for choice with three types of gift boxes: L’esprit de Nöel (P1,650); De Fête (P1,900); and De Cadeaux (P3,000). Customers may also consider products from the Christmas Goodies menu which consists of a cookie assortment, gingerbread loaf, cashew praline brioche, a selection of homemade jams, and a French deli gift set. For custom boxes, one may also choose to add a Baker J signature tumbler or a bottle of wine or gin. For kids, there is a Gingerbread House DIY kit that includes cookies and icing to create the perfect edible scene. Baker J also offers a selection of seasonal drinks like the Caramel Cinnamon Latte, Mint White Chocolate Frappe, and Gingerbread Cold Brew. For a banquet at home without the stress, turn to Café Eight. This Season, Café Eight offers its Christmas Home Indulgence selections with dishes ranging from Beef Wellington and Salmon Coubillac to Kilawing Tanigue and Slow-roasted Lechon Bell, and Peking Duck, and much more. Café Eight also offers Roast Carving selections good for a party of five, as well as Party Platters good for four or eight diners. Plus, be sure to check out the Espresso Mintini, this year’s Yuletide Libation, a mix of vodka, coffee liqueur, peppermint syrup, and cold-brewed coffee. For more information, visit www.crimsonhotelfilinvestcity.com, call 863-2222, or e-mail dining@crimsonhotel.com.

City Of Dreams’ dining treats

FOR the holiday season, City of Dreams Manila indulges guests with gustatory choices from premium restaurants, an array of custom-made holiday goodies, and other exciting offers. Curated holiday menus for festive celebrations await diners at the award-winning signature restaurants Crystal Dragon and Nobu Manila. Crystal Dragon’s premium five-course Festive season set menu showcasing premium Cantonese and regional Chinese specialties is available from Dec. 20 to Jan. 1 for lunch and dinner at P3,600++ per person. Nobu Manila, apart from its Sunday Brunch exclusively available for the month of December, offers six-course Christmas and New Year Omakase menus for P5,600++ per person on Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 respectively. Al fresco dining is available at Nobu’s scenic cabanas and patio, while two private rooms are also offered for indoor dining. Café Society highlights holiday traditions with an array of neatly packaged treats and gift ideas, available until Dec. 31. These include handcrafted chocolate Santa Claus confections, chocolates in Christmas tree-designed boxes, and other fancy chocolate creations. Holiday cakes, breads, cookies, and pastries like gingerbread towers, gingerbread figures of boys and girls, apple-cinnamon glazed cake loaf, chocolate truffle loaf cake, almond babka bread (fluffy brioche dough), fruit mince and mini pies, and stollens (cake-like bread with its origin in Germany), are other unique offers. For inquiries and reservations, call 8800-8080 or e-mail guestservices@cod-manila.com or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com.

McDonald’s store has bike-friendly features

THE NEWEST McDonald’s Green and Good store in Mandaluyong City isn’t just built with sustainability in mind, it was also designed to cater to the growing population of cyclists in Metro Manila by offering convenient bike-friendly features. The new store, McDonald’s Shaw Wack Wack, features a Bike and Dine area where cyclists can enjoy their meals in the company of their bikes. The innovative outdoor dining area features racks integrated onto the dining ledge itself, ensuring bikes remain upright, safe, and secure.  McDonald’s also partnered with eSakay, Meralco’s green mobility company, in the deployment of a public electric vehicle (EV) Charging Station for two- to three-wheeled EVs. This is the second McDonald’s store to offer this feature, the first can be found at UN Del Pilar. The charging stations are coin-operated and can handle two units at a time. Part of this initiative, customers can simply plug-in their e-Bike and e-Scooter for a minimal fee of P1 for five-minutes’ worth of charging; 25 minutes with a fee of P5 and P10 for a 50-minute charge. For inquiries on EV Charging Station needs, contact eSakay at inquiry@e-sakay.ph. The new Green and Good store also has a Bike Repair Station that includes the basic tools cyclists would need to carry out basic bike repair or maintenance. Other stores equipped with a Bike Repair Station are McDonald’s stores in Alabang West, McDonald’s P. Oliveros in Antipolo, and McDonald’s Clark Gate in Pampanga. McDonald’s Shaw Boulevard Wack Wack is now open for 24 hours to serve customers via dine-in, take-out, ride-thru, and McDelivery. Visit the Green & Good Store in Shaw Boulevard Wack Wack at 555 Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City. Meanwhile, McDonald’s Happy Meal now features Pokémon toy collectibles with eight different designs in the new Pokemon-themed Jungle Survival Kit. They are available with McDo’s festive, ready-to-gift, and limited-edition Christmas-themed Happy Meal Boxes. Through the Add-On promo, customers can get a bigger bang for their buck when they add P50 to any meal to avail of an additional Burger McDo Happy Meal with a Pokémon toy collectible.

Personalized service from Winery.ph

WINERY.PH is offering a personalization service for Moët & Chandon bottles until Dec. 31. Prices begin at P2,995, for the Brut Imperial 750 ml to the Brut Imperial Magnum (1.5L) at P7,290. These will go well with their gift hampers, which range in price from P1,190 for the Value Gift Hamper (includes Dealto Rioja Crianza 750 ml, Barilla Dry Pasta 500 gm, Barilla Pasta Sauce 400 ml, and Molinera Pitted Black Olives 330 gm) to P4,990 for the Luxury Gift Hamper (includes Dealto Rioja Reserva 750 ml, Aimery Cremant de Limoux Grande Cuvee 1531 NV 750 ml, Theo & Philo Dark Hot Chocolate 325 gm, Barilla Dry Pasta 500 gm, Barilla Pasta Sauce 400 gm, Molinera Olive Oil 500 ml, Molinera Apple Cider Vinegar 500 ml, Molinera Sun-Dried Tomatoes 300 gm, Molinera Spanish Chorizo 350 gm, Coren Pate 125 gm, Hero Marmalade 350 gm, Molinera Pitted Black Olives 330 gm, Crackers 190 gm, and Piacelli Amarettini Cookies 200 gm). Visit winery.ph to shop.

Selecta’s Christmas promo

THROUGH a 12 Ways of Christmas promo, Selecta is committed to helping Filipinos show appreciation for the people who add happiness to our lives. To join, purchase Selecta Gifting Bundles through any partner retailer and send them to loved ones through online delivery apps. On an online post, tag the loved ones you wish to share ice cream with. Use the hashtags #ShareHappinas and #GiftHappinas. Each use of the hashtag creates a pin that will appear on the Selecta Happinas Map on the Selecta Facebook page. For more information on Selecta’s 12 Ways of Christmas, visit SelectaPhilippines.com/Happinas to view happy moments across the country.

Filipino holiday feast with The Maya Kitchen

THE MAYA Kitchen has put together a selection of easy-to-make yet celebration-worthy, and, most importantly, Pinoy-approved recipes with Maya products that make holiday preps easier and these dishes more delicious. These recipes and more can be found at www.themayakitchen.com. A Filipino celebration is never complete without Pinoy Style Spaghetti. This one’s a richer, creamier, and sweeter style of spaghetti — thanks to the addition of banana ketchup. It’s also made meatier by adding in not only ground lean beef or pork but also hotdogs. Missing all those Simbang Gabi treats? Satisfy bibingka cravings by whipping up some at home. The Maya Kitchen suggests you make Oatmeal Bibingka Waffle, which gives bibingka a healthier spin by using Maya Think Heart Oatmeal Pancake Mix. Butterscotch Walnut Praline is another sweet treat, reminiscent of those panaderya favorite butterscotch bars, this time made with Maya Butterscotch Brownie Mix.  And finally, complete the Filipino-inspired holiday spread by combining two Maya mixes — Decadence Red Velvet Premium Mix and Oven Toaster Banana Cake Mix — to create the festive Banana & Red Velvet Walnut and Cream Cheese Loaf. This recipe calls for fresh lacatan bananas. Like and follow The Maya Kitchen on Facebook @MayaKitchen and Instagram @TheMayaKitchen1. For more recipes, visit www.themayakitchen.com.