Christmas Goodies (12/12/19)

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Discovery Primea

GUESTS LOOKING to stage holiday gatherings at home may bring a taste of Discovery Primea with them through the Festive Take-Aways. Offered is a selection of roast dishes, platters, and sweet endings, available the entire month of December. Holiday favorites include Slow-Roasted US Beef Short Plate, Mediterranean Leg of Lamb, Callos a la Madrileña, and other roast dishes and platters. For sweet delights, Discovery Primea’s Signature Ensaymadas, Christmas Cookies, and Quezo de Bola Cheesecake, are the perfect treats. For inquiries and reservations, call 7955-8888 or e-mail primea.restaurants@discovery.com.ph.

Andrew Café’s

COMPLETE YOUR festive Yuletide spread with Andrew Café’s featured Christmas Cake — the Heavenly Holiday Buttered Bundt. The butter pastry brings a festive twist through an additional surprise infusion of a generous red velvet layer. It is drizzled with white chocolate ganache and topped with Swiss meringue butter cream in shape of the classic green holly leaf, with generous servings of glazed cherries and red and silver dragées. Visit the restaurant at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Taft Campus, corner of Estrada and Leon Guinto Streets, Malate, Manila. Contact Andrew Café at 230-5100 local 1888 for pre-orders two days in advance.

M Bakery

M BAKERY has Christmas-inspired versions of the hit bakeshop’s classic treats, which can be ordered in advance for family gatherings, office parties, and gifts. There are Winter cupcakes, classic vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and snowflakes design; Christmas cupcakes, classic cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and festive Christmas decorations; Holiday Piped cupcakes, classic cupcakes decorated with vintage holiday designs; and the Ornament Box consisting of one dozen assorted vanilla and chocolate mini cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream and edible seasonal decorations. Other handmade desserts include Chocolate Crinkle cookies; Jammy Thumbprints, a twist on their classic pecan thumbprints cookies finished with raspberry jam; and Sno-Balls, buttery pecan cookies rolled in powdered sugar. For something more citrusy, M Bakery offers Iced Molasses, classic molasses cookies with orange or lemon glaze. Then there is the Gingersnap, the perfect combination of sweetness and spice. Customers can also choose from M-Bakery’s series of Christmas-themed cakes. Available for advance orders are the Snowman cake; Red Velvet cake, designed with white vanilla buttercream and decorated with a green border and festive holly confetti sprinkles; and Yule Log cake, available in red velvet, vanilla or chocolate with buttercream icing and finished with festive seasonal decoration. On top of all these, M Bakery is also opening a two-hour cupcake icing class on Dec. 21, with five to 10 participants for each class. Visit the store at Lower Ground, Unit #23 5th Avenue corner 28th Street, One Bonifacio High Street Mall, Bonifacio Global City or call 847-9829 or 0917-633-1718 to place advance orders.

New World Makati Hotel

New World Makati Hotel has Holly Jolly Holiday Hampers for worry-free gifting. Chock full of premium treats, the hampers come in deluxe and grand sizes for P4,288 and P6,888 nett, respectively. Guests can customize their hampers with an array of items such as pralines, mendiant, cookies, chocolates macadamia nuts, bourbon cake, cupcakes, nougat, Old English fruit cake, stollen bread, and more. For inquiries, reservations, and orders, call 8811-6888 or e-mail catering.manila@newworldhotels.com.

Diamond Hotel Philippines

Diamond Hotel Philippines has a catalogue of sweet and savory Christmas goodies. A go-to staple is the honey glazed leg of ham while a Filipino favorite is chicken relleno. There are also Porchetta or a traditional turkey with cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. For something sweet there are the hotel’s homemade panettone and a Christmas Log cake. For a take-home present, drop by the Lobby Lounge to pick up a box of seasonal delicacies, like French macaron, sea salt chocolate bonbons and artisanal pralines, or Christmas muffins. Then there are the Diamond Hotel’s Holiday Hampers, with gourmet food selections and gift items in elegantly wrapped baskets. To place an order for Christmas Goodies, Party Platters or Gift Certificates, call Diamond Hotel at 8528-3000 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays to Fridays; or e-mail restaurant_rsvn@diamondhotel.com.

New World Manila Bay Hotel

THE hotel has holiday goodies and sweets that are perfect as gifts. From chocolates, cookies and assorted treats, pack a basket full of holiday cheer at The Pastry Boutique. For bulk orders, place orders at least five days in advance. For details call 8252-6888.

Richmonde Hotels

The Richmonde Hotels have a trove of baked goodies for holiday celebrations and gifts. There is the Richmonde’s famous ensaymada which is available at all the Richmonde Hotels (Ortigas, Eastwood, and Iloilo) and also comes in ube flavor. Limited-edition holiday variants of salted egg and quezo de bola are for sale at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas. There is also the Richmonde Chocolate Cake which gets a holiday makeover. It comes in 4”, 6” and 8” sizes. Richmonde Hotel Ortigas has classic baked goods like Food for the Gods (P380/10 pcs), Revel Bars (P330/10 pcs), Rhum Cake (P170), Lemon Cranberry Pound Cake (P185) and assorted cookies of white cranberry, rocky road, and peanut butterscotch (P225/15 pcs). There is also freshly baked bread like Pistachio Double Cream Cheese, Banana Walnut, Cinnamon Cluster, Salted Swirl, and Panne Bianco. These baked Christmas goods are available until Jan. 10. Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s holiday collection includes Santa’s Little Helper (cranberry oat cookies, P195/7 pcs), Christmas Sugar Cookies (P265/4 pcs), Richmonde Sampler (set of brownies, chocolate caramel sable, and peanut butter tart, P675), Avocado Sansrival Log Cake (P695), and a Gingerbread Wagon (P495). There are also Hockey Pies, a set of puck-sized pies with assorted flavors — matcha terrine, pecan maple, apple cinnamon crumble, and chocolate duo — priced at P185 for 4 pcs; the 8” Portuguese Pie (custard-filled croissant pie, P545); and the Honeycomb Brickle (chocolate-covered honeycomb, P365). For something savory, there is sourdough bread (P185) paired with Eastwood Richmonde’s home-made Liver Pâté, Tomato Jam, and Onion Marmalade (from P165 for 130g). These holiday goodies are available now until Jan. 5. Richmonde Hotel Iloilo has carrot cake which comes in 4”, 6” and 8” sizes (P325, P850, and P1,150, respectively); Choco Banana Loaf (P325) and Banana Walnut Loaf (P345); Fruit Tart Clafoutis (P1,050/8”), Vanilla Custaroons (P350/6 pcs), Handmade Napoleones (P495/6 pcs), Mini Cheesecake (P500/6 pcs), Pineapple Turnover (P350/6 pcs), and French Macarons (P500/6 pcs); and the custard-filled Iloilo Paris Bun (P250/6 pcs). These season’s treats are available until Jan. 5. For a nominal fee, all these can be packaged in holiday boxes trimmed with Yuletide ribbons. All orders must be placed in advance with a 50% deposit and a 48-hour lead time prior to pick up. To order from Richmonde Ortigas, call 8638-7777 or e-mail rhofbsec@richmondehotel.com.ph. To order from Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, call 8570-7777, or e-mail ecafebar@richmondehotel.com.ph. To order from Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, call (6333) 328-7888 or send an e-mail to rhireservations@richmondehotel.com.ph.

Bizu

BIZU has both sweet and savory treats this Christmas which one can order from the A Bizu Christmas Feast: The 2019 Christmas Catalogue. The savory items include Angus Rib-eye ready for carving and served with horseradish cream and au jus on the side; Whole Roast Turkey, stuffed with Bizu’s signature blend of crunchy apples, chestnuts, and sausages; and two Norwegian salmon dishes: Baked Salmon Rockefeller with creamy spinach and Parmesan, and Smoked Salmon Caviar, a terrine topped with dill cream cheese and black caviar. On the sweet side there are Macaron de Paris in flavors of the season Quezo de Bola, Salted Caramel, and Malagos Chocolate. Bizu Patisserie has also intricately assembled dessert towers resembling 12-inch-tall Christmas trees with either twining ribbons or edible ornaments in seasonal colors. The Macaron de Paris Tower contains up to 200 macarons filled with chocolate ganache; the Strawberry Tower is made from 160 strawberries; and the Truffle Tower contains 140 dark chocolate truffles dipped in white chocolate, with a gilded chocolate star as a topper. Then there are Bizu’s specialty cakes: Chocolate Caramel Cake, Strawberry Rose Cake, and Salted Caramel Cake. Bizu is also offering smaller cakes that are perfect as gifts: Orange Almond Butter Cake, Noisette and Raspberry Cheesecake. There are also boxed treats such as Salted Caramel Bonbons dipped in dark chocolate, handcrafted Nougats, and buttery Caramel Chews; Pretzel Joie dipped in both white and dark chocolate; and Mendiants, a traditional French confection made from Belgian chocolate in white, milk, or dark variants. To place orders, contact or visit any Bizu branch, with last orders for Dec. 24 to be made by Dec. 21 and last orders for Dec. 31 to be made by Dec. 28. For anything roasted, allot three days prior to ordering. All of the items in the 2019 Christmas Catalogue are available in store or visit www.shop.bizupatisserie.com to place an order online.

Marriott Hotel Manila

Marriott’s Christmas offers include cake in can which comes in various flavors such as Carrot Cake in Can (P550), Chocolate Fudge Cake in Can (P550), Dark Fruit Cake in Can (P450), and Banana Bread with Walnuts in Can (P450). The Marriott Café Bakery has opulent 120g Christmas Baubles (P300), truffles filled with salted caramel, strawberry or pistachio ganache and 30g Holiday Hemispheres (P70 for a set of two) which are hollowed milk and white Belgian chocolates. There’s also a Christmas Praline Selection (P550 for a box of 9), and 120g Christmas Chocolate Blocks (P300). Then there is the gingerbread: a 715g decorated Gingerbread Chalet (P780), a 60g Gingerbread Man (P65), and a 70g Gingerbread Carabao (P90). There is also spiced bread: 350g Cinnamon Wreath (P300), 350g Pecan Maple Leaf (P300) studded with pecans and maple frosting, the 250g Christmas Raisin Bread (P300) and 500g German Christmas Stollen (P500). There are rich chocolate cakes with a hint of citrus flavors such as the Lemon Hazelnut Praline (P900) and the Mango Vanilla Gianduja (P900); Chocolate Buche de Noel (P900). Other flacored cakes are Maracaibo Green Tea (P900), and Carabao Milk Cheesecake (P2,200). Christmas-themed chocolates include Santa Claus in Sleigh, Chocolate Christmas Tree, Big Belly Chocolate Santa, and Chocolate Christmas Elements. There are also Holiday Nougat Bites. Start filling up your Christmas baskets with these treats until Dec. 26. For Christmas party packages, the hotel has Whole Roasted Turkey (P6,680 nett) and Smoked Bone-In Ham (P5,700 nett) package that comes with sides dishes for 10 to 12 persons. Orders should be placed for a minimum of 48 hours. Packages are available until Jan. 1. Manila Marriott’s festive hampers make gift giving easy. Choose from a Grand Hamper (P4,888++), the Deluxe Hamper (P3,688++), or create your own hamper and fill it with handpicked items from Marriott Café Bakery. All are available until Jan. 1. For more information on Marriott’s Christmas offers call 8988-9999 or visit www.manilamarriott.com.

City of Dreams

CAFÉ SOCIETY at City of Dreams is offering Christmas favorites such as puto bumbong bread, Christmas cookies, fruit cakes, Panettone favorites, and other Christmas homemade items. Traditional Christmas hampers and create-your-own holiday hampers are also offered. At The Garage’s Chocol8, handcrafted chocolate Santa Claus confections and other playfully themed chocolate treats are available. Café Society’s and Chocol8’s sweets are offered until Dec. 31. For inquiries, call 8800-8080 or e-mail guestservices@cod-manila.com or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

AS part of the hotel’s ongoing commemoration of its 5th anniversary, Café Pronto presents the latest addition to its Artisanal Chocolate Bar Series, the Golden Crunch which highlights the Albay region’s pili nut. Combined with salted caramel, it is enveloped in classic milk chocolate. This “gilded” snack is ideal for Holiday indulgence, or a take-away item for balikbayans to remind them of home. The Artisanal Chocolate Bar Series has three original variants, each featuring Filipino ingredients that are crafted carefully by the pastry and dessert chefs of the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. Albay’s siling labuyo or “bird’s eye chili” shine in every bar of Chili Caramel; the citrus of dayap and calamansi are the focus in Zest & Zing; green mango and rice crispies are the highlights of Green Mango Delight. Each bar comes in bespoke, oil painting-inspired designs, making the individual bars a collector’s item. The whole Artisanal Chocolate Bar Series is available at Café Pronto at the ground floor lobby of the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. For details call (+632) 7720 7720 or e-mail restaurant.mnl@marcopolohotels.com.





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