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Christmas in our taste buds: ‘Paskong Pinoy’ recipes, flavors to try

Jan Milo Severo - Philstar.com
Christmas in our taste buds: âPaskong Pinoyâ recipes, flavors to try
Bizu's holiday Joyeux Noël 2021 collection, including Christmas cakesicles, holiday-covered pretzel, French truffles, chocolate bars, bonbons, breads and cakes will surely spark joy.
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MANILA, Philippines — Following more relaxed quarantine measures like increased dine-in capacity and kids now allowed outdoors, the food business is starting to get back on its feet just in time for Christmas.

Whether going out or staying at home, here are some food options to try to fully feel the warmth of the Filipino Christmas spirit: 

Joyeux Noël 2021: Give love with Bizu 

Let Bizu be your love language this holiday season, as you send out Christmas cards, spend quality time with loved ones and share thoughtful presents. Now is the time to express your love to family and friends and remind everyone how sweet and wonderful life can be during this time of year.  

Bizu specialty cakes will surely liven up your holiday table. Apart from popular classics featuring fresh strawberry, blueberry, mango, orange and dark chocolate, this year Bizu introduces the Noelle— a white chocolate ganache and pistachio mousse cake featuring a creme bruleè and strawberry jelly center with an almond shortbread crust topped with a delicate white chocolate ribbon.

Bizu also offers stunning, intricately assembled Towers of Joy made with glazed cream puffs or French macarons rising to a height of 12 inches. You can opt to send a chocolate surprise with a box of Truffle Pyramids, candy colored and bursting with distinctive flavors in every bite—including guilt-free varieties such as the sugarless Macadamia Honey (Macadamia nuts, dark chocolate ganache, acacia honey) and Dominique (dark chocolate ganache, dark chocolate couverture). 

Treat yourself to Bizu’s latest holiday macaron flavors - Pumpkin Spice, Orange Grand Marnier, and Chocolate Mint Macaron de Paris. Bizu’s Christmas cakesicles, holiday-covered pretzel, French truffles, chocolate bars, bonbons, breads and cakes will surely spark joy.

Christmastime is about savoring the sweet and the succulent. Splurge on popular savory dishes such as the crispy-skinned and tender Cochinillo, Prime Ribeye Roast Beef, Whole Roast Turkey, or 10-hour Roast Beef. Indulge in the rich, smoky, and salty layers of the Smoked Salmon and Black Caviar Pie and Baked Salmon Rockefeller, a tradition in many households. 

Time to kiss your cares away and give love on Christmas Day! To place your orders, contact or visit any Bizu branch, with last orders for December 24 to be made by December 21 and last orders for December 31 to be made by December 28. For roasted items, please allow three (3) days prior to ordering. All items in the 2021 Christmas Catalogue are available in-store or visit www.bizu.ph. You may also order thru text/call/viber at +639176273970.

Highland Park launches 15-year-old whisky

Highland Park Philippine Brand Advocate Adrian Tecson with Skye Executive Chef Migs Winternitz
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Orkney-based distillery Highland Park launches a new permanent 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Highland Park Viking Heart will be available in the Philippines by mid-November 2021.

Presented in a heavily embossed ceramic bottle, created in partnership with renowned specialists UK based Wade Ceramics; the inspiration of which came from ancient earthenware vessels which the whisky would have been stored a century or two ago at the distillery.

Created from casks hand-selected by Highland Park Masker Whisky Maker Gordon Motion, the 15 Year Old contains a high percentage of first-fill European oak sherry seasoned casks which delivers a warm, dry spicy note whilst first-fill American oak sherry seasoned casks back this up with notes of vanilla and crème brûlée. A small proportion of refill casks allow the DNA of Highland Park whisky to shine through, namely its gentle heather peat and lightly fruity character.

Gordon Motion, Highland Park, Master Whisky Maker, said: “Our insistence on specially constructed sherry casks delivers a richness of flavour. Vanilla and citrus notes lead and combine with the unique fragrant peat and creamy mouthfeel synonymous with Highland Park. The hand selection of quality first-fill and refill casks for Highland Park 15 Year Old delivers a rich colour which is 100% natural. Bottled at 44% ABV, this retains more of the compounds which deliver a whisky with extra body and enhanced mouthfeel.”

The Highland Park Viking Heart will be available for purchase from whisky retailers, specialty liquor shops and online retailers in Metro Manila as well as Boozy.ph, Clink.ph, Liquor.ph, Thirst.ph and Singlemalt.ph.

New holiday bundles, cheesecake flavors

The new Max’s All-In-One Tray (left) is a merry mix of dishes in one bountiful spread. The Holiday Bundles (right) are just right for parties of three or four.
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Max’s Restaurant, the iconic restaurant chain famous for its Sarap-to-the-Bones Fried Chicken, is welcoming the Christmas season with its new Pinoy Holiday offers. As the most wonderful time of the year draws near, Max’s is all set to give exciting new deals and treats for any upcoming festivities. May it be a face-to-face or virtual gathering there’s something that friends and families can indulge in. 

The new Max’s All-In-One Tray is a merry mix of dishes in one bountiful spread. It is composed of Max’s Fried Chicken Cut-ups topped on flavored rice. Customers can pick from 3 flavors to complement with the chicken – Tinola, Adobo, and Java. Tinola Rice has bits of garlic, onion, ginger, and diced sayote, giving it the taste of the signature Pinoy dish. Adobo Rice is mixed with adobo flakes, diced potatoes and spring onions. And the classic Java Rice is sautéed with corn kernels, carrots, and Baguio beans. 

Guests can also choose two viands to partner with the chicken and rice combo. Choices are Sweet & Sour Fish Fillet or Tofu Fries and Lumpiang Shanghai or Tinapa Roll. Each order can be served with 1 liter beverage at P1,199.

A holiday meal wouldn’t be complete without sweets. This season, Max’s Corner Bakery is bringing back its well-loved Pinoy Cheesecakes for a limited time. It’s also introducing a new one to add to all the hearty meals. 

  • Malagos Champorado Cheesecake – Here’s something new on the menu! The country’s favorite merienda is now in delectable cheesecake form best shared with loved ones. It’s made with chocolate pastry crust, luscious Malagos Champorado and Classic cheesecake filling, topped with white chocolate swirl and candied dilis. 
  • Bibingka Cheesecake – The Christmas dessert that many customers have been craving for is making a comeback. It is made with soft and fluffy vanilla chiffon and smooth and silky cheesecake, generously topped with salted egg slices.
  • Puto Bumbong Cheesecake – Puto Bumbong always brings out the Christmas cheer to any holiday feast. So this cheesecake version is also back to be enjoyed by many. It is made with glutinous rice flour with ube flavor and smooth and silky cheesecake, generously topped with ube crumbs, desiccated coconut, and muscovado sugar.

It’s really the season to be jolly because Christmas means an abundance of food during celebrations. Max’s Holiday Bundles are just right for parties of three or four. Customers can choose from 2 Holiday Bundles that consist of different Max’s favorites great for any feast: Classic Holiday Bundle (P 2,199 only. Save as much as P 510) - Regular Whole Fried Chicken, Beef Kulma (spicy Mindanaoan curry dish), Lumpiang Shanghai, Chicken Sisig Salad, Buko Pandan tub for 5, Large Plain Rice or 1 Liter Sago’t Gulaman; Deluxe Holiday Bundle (P 2,099 only. Save as much as P 495) - Regular Whole Fried Chicken, Beef Kulma (spicy Mindanaoan curry dish), Regular Pancit (Choice of Canton, Bam-I, Chami, or Seafood), Chicken Lumpiang Shanghai, Chicken Sisig Salad, Buko Pandan tub for 5, Large Plain Rice or 1 Liter Sago’t Gulaman. For more information, visit the official Facebook page at @MaxsRestaurant. 

For hassle-free holidays

It’s the season to go shopping for presents and meal preparations for the coming holidays. If you’re not ready to face the crowds during the holiday rush, Foodpanda has "Gotchu This Christmas" with friendly riders who will take on the role of Santa’s helpers. 
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As Santa gets ready to go on his sleigh, jolly Foodpanda riders will take to the streets, delivering good cheer along with your holiday items such as grocery ingredients for your food preparations, gifts for your loved ones from a wide catalog of shops, and specialty dishes of different cuisines from thousands of restaurants for memorable family meals.

With one of the largest networks of restaurant delivery options, what better way to spread comfort and joy other than your favorite cuisines as the star of the holiday table? Enjoy the convenience of not having to worry about making four different dishes for a meal: simply tap on the app, choose a restaurant or cuisine and confirm your order. New customers can use the code SANTAPANDA until November 30 and take advantage of the P100 discount for a minimum order of P299.

Keep yourself worry-free until the guests arrive, check out Foodpanda’s pick-up option and save big on your favorite restaurant food to get you in the holiday spirit at home. Experience unli-savings from deals of the day, surprise discounts, and a slew of price cuts. Use the code PICKUPEVERYDAY and don’t miss the P50 discount for a minimum order of P250. 

Whether you’re behind on grocery shopping or find yourself missing an ingredient in your pantry, check out Pandamart to make your life a little easier. Order your everyday goods like baby care products, health and beauty brands, over-the-counter pharmacy essentials, and bakery items. Shop now and use STOCKUP100 until November 30 and enjoy a P100 discount for a minimum P1,000 order, valid to both new and existing customers. 

Since the holiday season is synonymous with gifts, Foodpanda shops offer an ingenious way to make sure everyone’s covered on your list. From grocery items, bakery, electronics to beauty and wellness, looking for cool and unique gifts now won’t feel like an impossible assignment. Plus, users both new and existing can enjoy as much as 30% discount with Jingle Deals for every P100 minimum order. 

Life is a triangle of chocolates 

Each Limited Edition Golden Toblerone Christmas Pack comes with a blank space to customize the pack in any way you want.
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Filipinos are natural givers. Giving presents is your way of showing how much that person means to you. Shopping for presents is a thrill, but the endless choices and time it takes to find that “perfect gift” during the Christmas shopping rush can leave you feeling tired and overwhelmed. It can get so stressful that you end up purchasing common gifts instead to get shopping done.

For any gift that you give, you always want it to be unique, thoughtful, and personalized. It’s always the thought that counts, not the price tag or the size. Since you’re giving a gift to someone special and unique, they deserve a gift that’s as unique as they are.

Personalized gifts make for the best presents, which is why the Limited Edition Golden Toblerone Christmas Pack makes for the most thoughtful gifts. Each Toblerone can be easily personalized with a quick video greeting, a heartfelt message straight from you to that special someone. Each Toblerone has a QR code that you can scan to bring you to a website, where you can film and upload your video greeting for the receiver of your gift. All the receiver needs to do to access your video greeting is scan the QR code, and they can watch you in action.

If you want to make it even extra unique, why not doodle on the Toblerone sleeve? Each Limited Edition Golden Toblerone Christmas Pack comes with a blank space to customize the pack in any way you want. Draw, doodle, or write a heartfelt message — whatever comes to mind, you’re sure the receiver will love it. 

Once you’ve finished creating your video greeting and personalizing the sleeve, it’s finally ready to be given. Since you personalized each pack with a unique video greeting and written message, there will be no one else in the world with that same present. The packs are available in 100g (Php 106), 200g (Php 206), and 360g (Php 400). 

Holiday ham brings Christmas to the table

Carved at the table, the ham generously glazed with pure Palawan honey has a crunchy sweet crust and juicy, meaty interior.
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Because dining out remains a highly restrictive option for Metro Manila families, the search is ramping up for holiday food that emphasizes the specialness of the occasion but can be safely and easily prepared at home.

Seda hotels’ honey-glazed holiday ham tops the list of these festive foods that command attention at any celebration with no added sweat from the host. Carved at the table, the ham generously glazed with pure Palawan honey has a crunchy sweet crust and juicy, meaty interior. Paired with creamy pasta or spinach, mashed or scalloped potatoes, and oven roasted vegetables, Seda ham becomes a complete Christmas meal. But even when served only with Tsokolate Eh, it still commands presence at the holiday table.

Since Christmas 2014 when it was first served at the Seda BGC buffet, the ham has cultivated a loyal following. It is available only in the last quarter of the year to ensure freshness. Seda Hotels Executive Chef Romualdo “Pepe” Castillo revealed that it is made from organic pigs seven months old or younger to ensure an optimum fat-and-lean-meat ratio or tender, juicy hams. This means that even at the first quarter of the year, Castillo is already priming his suppliers so that deliveries can begin in October and for the balance of the year. The ham is ordered as a corporate gift by companies for their clients, but guests also order it for their own consumption or as presents to friends and family.

The ham’s curing process further adds to its enigma. The pork is brined for a week in a special mixture then carefully massaged periodically to ensure the even absorption of flavors. It is then steamed and boiled with more secret ingredients before it is molded. Finally, it is glazed with the subtle flavors of freshly squeezed oranges, pure Palawan honey and a sprinkling of sugar before being blow-torched to seal in all that goodness.

Throughout the entire curing and cooking period, Seda hotel safety standards dictate that processes follow the highest global industry standards. “People are willing to pay a premium not just for flavor, but also for the assurance of safety and consistency,” according to Seda Hotels’ senior group general manager Andrea Mastellone. The ham is available in Seda properties at BGC, Makati, Vertis North in Quezon City, Nuvali in Laguna, and Central Bloc Cebu.

In fact, the chefs and general managers of these Seda properties have put their heads together to share various way the Seda honey-glazed hams can best be enjoyed at home for the holidays. Seda Vertis North executive chef Kerpatrick Boiser recommends enjoying slices of the holiday ham with a grazing box of popular cheeses, crackers, nuts and dried fruits.

A thin slice of ham balanced with creamy Brie cheese and a crisp cracker makes a memorable mouthful. The ham takes on new taste profiles when paired with the more intense Edam cheese or sharp cheddar cheese. These are best finished off with dried apricots and nuts—which are also part of the Seda Vertis North grazing box, available from December 1 to January 5.

Seda Residences Makati Marc Cerqueda further noted that Seda’s holiday ham is also best savored with fine wines such as a dry pinot grigio or a rose. Consumed without its sauce, it goes well too with a pale Pilsen beer. And for other ways to enjoy ham, Seda Nuvali hotel manager Armand Angeles suggests Japanese croquettes, no-bake frittata, and Seda ham humba; while Seda Central Bloc Cebu hotel manager Ron Manalang says in Cebu, deep-fried cuapao is a perfect match to the Seda ham.

Served with an elegant dinner, a more casual grazing box or reincarnated as other dishes, Seda’s holiday honey-glazed ham indeed conveys the spirit of Christmas in any setting or circumstance. Orders for the ham (1.1 kg at Php1,500 in Metro Manila and Nuvali and Php1,100 in Cebu) are already accepted. Check out Sedahotels.com for more details.

Sebastian’s presents Christmas collection

Christmas has become a tradition for the brand to release special flavors to commemorate the holiday season, and this year continues that tradition with the unveiling of the brand’s limited-edition ice cream pints, the return of their Crinkle Cookie Chilly Burgers, and for the very first time, a Christmas Ice Cream Cake.
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This November marks the return of fan favorites and a newly reopened Podium Mall shop for local ice cream brand Sebastian’s. As such, the brand boasts of its flavors of the month: Malted Milkball, Coffee Jelly, Chocolated Salter Butter Caramel, Green Mango Sorbet with Chili Sugar, Flor Di Latte, Brownie Batter, Strawberry Supreme, and Sebastian’s Ice Pops in Kamias, Mango and Strawberry.

Christmas has become a tradition for the brand to release special flavors to commemorate the holiday season, and this year continues that tradition with the unveiling of the brand’s limited-edition ice cream pints, the return of their Crinkle Cookie Chilly Burgers, and for the very first time, a Christmas Ice Cream Cake.

These new flavors are now available for delivery and pickup at Sebastiansicecream.com:

  • Puto Bumbong - their very first kakanin ice cream returns again as our inaugural Xmas flavor. Puto Bumbong Kakanin Ice Cream made with glutinous rice infused with muscovado sugar and margarine, topped with grated niyog.
  • Cathedral Window - milk ice cream loaded with cherry, red grape, green grape, pineapple and orange jelly cubes, made with real fruit juice. Our take on the classic festive Filipino dessert. One of our most colorful Ice Creams ever, this flavor is a delight to the eyes and the palate.
  • Eggnog - A brand-new flavor, this ice cream is inspired by the western Holiday beverage. Custard-style ice cream made with egg yolks and cream, infused with brandy and nutmeg. The egg yolks and brandy give it a truly sublime mouthfeel and a warm flavor. 
  • Crinkle Chilly Burgers - introduced last year to a great response, we made our famous Chilly Burgers with Crinkles baked in-house. These were filled with holiday-themed ice creams to make a handheld holiday treat in three flavors: White Chocolate, Peppermint and Eggnog.
  • Bibingka Supreme Ice Cream Cake: Freshly baked warm Bibingka topped with grated coconut is the iconic Pinoy Christmas treat. Composed of five layers, we begin with a bottom layer of bibingka made in-house topped with salted egg chunks and grated cheese, brushed with butter. It is topped with a layer of Queso de Bola Ice Cream, a layer of Salted Egg Yolk Ice Cream, another layer of Queso de Bola Ice Cream, and a final layer of another bibingka, crowned with salted egg slices, grated cheese and brushed with butter out of the oven. The brand also baked it with banana leaves in the oven so the aroma permeates the cake while it bakes. 

Spread the cheer with curated Christmas goodies

 

Whether you’re craving for international flavors or a traditional Filipino meal, there is a basket ideal for your holiday feast available in all Metro Supermarkets nationwide and in Shop.themetrostores.ph.

The Metro Seasonal Favorites Christmas Basket is packed with international flavors and ingredients, carefully curated to complete a Noche Buena feast, from P149 to P1,499.

The Metro Stores’ “most awaited sale of the year” is back and just in time to make holiday shopping easier and self-gifting guilt-free. Known for its wide range of product assortment and superb deals, Metro knows exactly what customers need and want and gives it to them in the best way possible.  

The Cebu-based retail giant holds its annual four-day Crazy Sale from November 27 to 30 with discounts of up to 70% off and Buy 1, Get 1 deals on great finds in-store at all Metro Supermarket and Department Store branches nationwide. Metro shoppers and members can also enjoy all these exciting offers and more in the comfort of their homes by shopping online at www.shop.themetrostores.ph, while Metro Rewards Card (MRC) members are in for a treat with 3x more points earned for every purchase.

When it comes to crazy sales and big bargains, The Metro Stores is the gift that keeps on giving and this particular sale is dubbed as the “most awaited” for a reason. Think of it as the U.S.’s Black Friday counterpart — the Crazy Sale is Metro’s BIGGEST STOREWIDE SALE, offering the craziest deals and discounts on more items as compared to its previous sale events. 

Shoppers can bring home a recliner chair that costs P13,999 at less than P10,000; P5,000 off on a 55-inch smart TV; or a complete head-to-toe wardrobe for less than P700. It’s also the best time to fill up every family’s pantry for the holidays, with the lowest price markdowns plus freebies on kitchen staples, fresh goods such as meat and vegetables, snacks, laundry and cleaning items, toiletries, and more. These are just a sneak peek of what’s in store for customers during the Crazy Sale, and shoppers can expect nothing less than irresistible budget busters on the best picks from Metro Department Store and Supermarket.

Whether it’s a gift for the self, friends, family, or simply stocking up on personal and home essentials, the Crazy Sale is where Filipinos can buy the best items at the best prices. At The Metro Stores, everyone’s holiday bonus will go a long way. Customers can also avail of The Metro Stores’ Personal Shopper services through call, text, or Viber. Visit https://www.themetrostores.ph/orderonline/ for more information. 

‘Tis the season for good nutrition

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo
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Loyal fans and admirers of Prime Superstar Judy Ann “Juday” Santos-Agoncillo (JSA) have a new cause for celebration as she has been named as the newest Mega Sardines ambassador. The award-winning actress, restaurateur, and super mom now represents the country’s number one sardine brand as she remains one of the well-loved Filipino celebrities with her exemplary passion and attributes.

This event is truly a festive one as Juday, who is considered to be one of the country’s household names, forms a collaboration with Mega Sardines, a Filipino household staple loved by the Filipino people nationwide. Juday, after all, reflects the passion and malasakit of Mega Sardines. 

In celebration of this new milestone, JSA, in collaboration with Mega Sardines, hosted a virtual fan meeting with the media and her loyal fans on October 21. Aside from the opportunity to interact, hangout, and get updates from their idol, the fans also enjoyed an event packed with games, activities and raffle prizes exclusive for them. 

Furthermore, the attendees were also treated to new updates about Mega Sardines’ Sarap, Sustansya at Saya campaign which highlighted the nutritious benefits that Filipino families can get from a can of Mega Sardines, and the good taste that it can offer to ensure that everyone in the family enjoys it.

Mega Bigay Sustansya (MBS) is Mega Global’s CSR program that aims to support children from impoverished communities all over the Philippines to improve their health through sardine meals and other nutrition programs.

Nutella on-the-go

Shaped like a mini baguette, Nutella B-ready is filled with the creamy, hazelnut-y, and chocolatey taste of Nutella and a sprinkling of puffed wheat crispies. Once you try it, it's easy to see (or taste) how this multi-texture sensory delight has a cult following worldwide, including Europe, Australia, and Singapore. 
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Biscuit snackers were found to be contemplative and thoughtful. According to Hirsch's findings, biscuit snackers value their alone time and are most creative when given the time and space to think. Their biggest struggle is that all of their projects compete for their time and attention. If you love snacking on biscuits, you might want to plan your break times so that you can give your 100% to your work or studies. Nutella B-ready is the perfect snack for you as you don't have to worry about Nutella-covered fingers. You can snack and type at the same time.

You can also bring Nutella's goodness everywhere you go. You can simply pop a bar while waiting at the grocery, braving rush hour traffic, or waiting for the rain to stop. Nutella B-ready is an essential that you wouldn't want to be without. 

Shaped like a mini baguette, Nutella B-ready is filled with the creamy, hazelnut-y, and chocolatey taste of Nutella and a sprinkling of puffed wheat crispies. Once you try it, it's easy to see (or taste) how this multi-texture sensory delight has a cult following worldwide, including Europe, Australia, and Singapore. 

The good news is that you don't have to go to Europe or enlist the 'pasabuy' services of an international shopper to get your favorite snack. Nutella B-ready is now widely available in supermarkets and grocery stores in the Philippines.  With Nutella B-ready, snacking while working or chilling at home just got more interesting.

Brighten up your holiday cravings

Cravings aims to make your Christmas luncheons and dinners extra memorable this season with its classics menu and fresh creations from the kitchen.
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With so much that has happened this year, there is no doubt that the holiday season will be different. But there are still many things which we should be thankful for – one of which is the chance to celebrate the holidays with loved ones that can symbolize hope for new beginnings, new wishes, and new blessings.

Even in a pandemic, there are still a lot of things to do and accomplish. Why not “invite” Cravings over to help you prepare a hearty feast for the entire family? Cravings guarantees a picture-perfect holiday set menu that will be memorable for years to come.

Cravings aims to make your Christmas luncheons and dinners extra memorable this season with its classics menu and fresh creations from the kitchen. You can order Cravings’ potluck dishes fit for 6 to 8 persons with a lot of selections to choose – from seafood to meat lovers, as well as charcuterie board if you’re feeling fancy.

For starters, if you want something light and healthy, you can have Cravings’ Classic Caesar Salad, or for something creamy with a hint of sweetness, you can opt for the Macaroni Salad.

For the main course, Cravings has prepared a variety of delightful dishes to share over the holidays. First on the list is its famous Roast Beef – slow cooked to perfection with mushroom sauce and truffle mashed potato. Cravings also offers Lengua Con Champignon with mushrooms, bell peppers, and olives laced with spices. For something hearty, Cravings’ Callos A La Madrilena is a treasured family dish.

For the perfect tender pork spareribs baked in sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, order Cravings’ American Baked Spareribs. For giving out, you can never go wrong with Chicken Galantine – a steamed chicken breast roulade with Chinese ham, chorizo, and pork stuffing.

Cravings also offer two kinds of Roast Stuffed Chicken, one is generously stuffed with aromatic paella rice, while the other is with flavorful stuffing of raisins and chorizo. Lastly, try the Roast Pork Belly that is awesomely crispy and juicy in every bite, which can serve 12 to 15 persons.

For pasta lovers, choose from Pasta Amatriciana, Truffle Mac & Cheese, or the crowd favorite Lasagna that is good for 12 to 15 persons.

For your seafood cravings, enjoy the Prawns Ala Thermidor, the Almond Crusted Fish Fillet, the creamy Three Cheese Salmon, or the divine Salmon Wellington.

For something fancy, advance order now Cravings’ specially curated Charcuterie Board that includes cured meats, cheeses, and accompaniments such as fruits, nuts, and chocolates. There’s also an assortment of spreads that goes well with your Charcuterie Board. You can order Chicken Liver Pate, Boursin, or the Truffle Goat’s Cheese Dip.

Cravings also prepared a special Christmas hamper that includes a pasta sauce, pasta, mango tomato salsa, and organic root chips – perfect as a holiday gift to be delivered to the homes of relatives and friends.

To make it convenient for families who wish to have a menu with a specific meal set, Cravings got you covered with its Christmas Set Menu that can serve 4 to 6 persons.

For larger festivities such as company holiday celebrations, online celebrations, or just any jolly occasion, Cravings also assembled a ready-to-eat Christmas Party Box. Chefs from CCA Manila created five set menus suited to various tastes.  There is a minimum order of 10 boxes, while discounts are available for bulk orders of 50 and above.

Cravings would certainly brighten your holiday season with its classic and new creations from the kitchen. For orders and inquiries, visit cravingsbakeshop.com or follow @cravingsphils on IG and @cravings.philippines on FB for more info. You may also join Everyday Cravings Viber Community. Contact 0908-1693422 or 8277-2436 one day ahead to place your orders. You may pick up your orders at Cravings located at 287 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

K bites and other mealtime, snack choices 

For those looking for a hearty all-day breakfast meal, tap on iHop. Make great days happen with pancakes, waffles, and French toast that are ready for convenient delivery through an exclusive partnership between foodpanda and Dine Brands.  
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If you’re craving to try something new, check out the menus on the Foodpanda app.  Fortunately, there are four new food brand offerings that are available for convenient doorstep delivery through foodpanda this holiday season and beyond. Fill up on juicy burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, and flavorful appetizers at foodie favorite Applebee’s that is exclusively available on the foodpanda app. Turn a weekend meal into a family feast with American comfort food favorites from steak, fried chicken, pasta, to chocolate desserts.

For those looking for a hearty all-day breakfast meal, tap on iHop. Make great days happen with pancakes, waffles, and French toast that are ready for convenient delivery through an exclusive partnership between foodpanda and Dine Brands.  

If it’s K-town faves that you crave, choose from the Korean street food offerings of KBites. Your tastebuds will be transported to Myeongdong with their crowd-pleasing Korean Corn Dogs that have delicious fillings encased in a happy crunch.

When snack time calls for fresh, hot flavored French fries as a comforting break from a busy day, check out the offerings at For Fries Sake. Their choices of affordable fries also go well with your next video streaming marathon. With foodpanda, you don’t have to break the bank to take a break from cooking. Celebrate the holidays in high spirits as foodpanda kicks up a notch not just with food offerings but with irresistible deals on the daily. Check out what’s in store today at foodpanda Facebook and foodpanda Instagram pages. Bon Appetit!

Christmas treats from Visayas and beyond

In Bacolod, good life means good food all the time. The Felicia’s experience promises that you will keep coming back for the good life! Most travelers, who fly out from Bacolod, hand-carry Felicia’s products to bring home to their families.
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The Commissariat Manila is a purveyor of the finest goods and delicacies under the entrepreneurial skills of siblings Gino Asensio Lopez and Monique Lopez Ong who hail from the Visayas (Iloilo and Bacolod). They believe that "good food must never be kept secret and should be experienced by everyone." 

The Commissariat Manila opened its doors in July 2020 during the early days of the pandemic. As the country went into lock down period, there was a rising need for good food to be delivered to people’s homes.  It was established to fulfill everyone’s need for first-class goods from Visayas, particularly Bacolod City, the place that Gino and Monique both know has unrivaled pastries, cakes, chorizos, and seafood. 

Many of their sought-after delicacies come from Negros Occidental’s Felicia’s Pastry Shop. These pastries come from the kitchen of the three Lacson sisters namely Sony Lacson Cometa, Fely Lacson Montelibano, and Margie Lacson Macasa. Their pastry kitchen was established in the 1970s, and continues to be passed on from one generation to the next. They have been whipping masterpieces such as the famous Felicia’s Ensaimadas, Cheese Rolls, and many other favorites. 

In Bacolod, good life means good food all the time. The Felicia’s experience promises that you will keep coming back for the good life! Most travelers, who fly out from Bacolod, hand-carry Felicia’s products to bring home to their families. These beloved Felicia’s pastries are baked fresh, and air-flown from Bacolod to Manila every week beginning November 13 to December 18.

The Commissariat Manila has prepared a lineup of limited edition Christmas sets featuring their Felicia’s Ensaimadas that come in a box of 6 (P1,215) or a box of 12 (P2,430), Felicia’s Cheese Rolls box of 16 (P1,420), cookies in can variants such as their Almond Crisps (P490), Lemon Thins (P425), Almondettes (P475), and their yummy Pili products such as their Pili Crumble (P675) and Turron de Pili (P585).  

Felicia’s also released their outstanding cake line in Metro Manila and Cebu. These best-loved cakes in cans such as their notable heirloom Potato Cake (P975), Sans Rival (P995), Swiss Chocolate Cake (P980), Classic Chocolate Cake (P995), and Butter Cake (P850) are all available on-hand.    

Other top-rated Bacolod brands are also found at The Commissariat Manila such as Casa Carmela’s “Bacolod in a bottle” line, which are known for their best-selling gourmet bottles such their Crazy Rich Crabs (P500), Sexy Squid (P375), Chorizo Pudpud (P375), and their signature Papa Daniel’s Bangus (P365).

Another crowd favorite that never fails to satisfy everyone’s “breakfast all-day” palate is the Ereñeta-Manaloto Chorizo Recado or Hamonado Bilog, and their newest addition to their Chorizo line, the Chorizo Mozzarella or “Muchorellas” which are a total hit with the kids! (All variants for P395/ pack of one dozen).   

Moreover, The Commissariat Manila offers some of their own products such as The Commissariat Flat Quillos (P185), and seasonally, The Commissariat Bantayan Bay half-shell scallops (P675) which are harvested from the deepest parts of Bantayan Island and flown straight to The Commissariat freezers.

Due to the influx of orders, we advise that you plan and put in your pre-orders ahead of time to make sure that you get on the delivery list early.  For advance placement of orders, please refer to the social media links below for the Felicia’s In Manila delivery schedule. 

For Felicia’s fresh air-flown pastries and limited edition Christmas sets, the pre-order cut-off for each week is on Wednesdays by 7 p.m.  All late pre-orders will carry over to the next available shipment date.  Deliveries for Metro Manila begin every Saturday of each week until December 18, their last shipment for 2021.  

All on-hand products such as Felicia’s Cakes in cans, Casa Carmela bottled goods, Ereñeta-Manaloto Chorizos and The Commissariat Flat Quillos will be available for delivery until December 23 (Thursday) before Christmas Eve, and will continue to be available from December 27 to 31 before the New Year’s countdown. Fresh air-flown Felicia’s Ensaimadas and Cheese Rolls will resume on January 8 (Saturday) when The Commissariat Manila opens their first shipment for 2022. To know more, you can visit and order from www.thecommissariatmanila.com.  

The joy of food: 91 years anchored on tradition, flavor, and celebration

King Sue's history starts with its  founder, Mr. Cu Un Kay, who traveled from Fujian province in China to the Philippines, and painstakingly perfected the handcrafted process of the Chinese Ham Bone-in that you know and love today.
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Sharing food has always been an important part of human history. Beyond basic survival, food allows you to make friends, forge connections, and symbolizes shared blessings.

Among all the meals that you’ve probably had and shared, none is more tied to tradition and memories than ham. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it. Family celebrations, from birthdays to anniversaries, often serve it as the festive meal centerpiece. Ham is a symbol of joy, anticipation, and festivities--and for 91 years, one brand stood the test of time and celebrated every joyous occasion along with us: King Sue Ham.

Whether you need to pack a sandwich for lunch or serve a breathtaking main dish for a special occasion, the distinctive flavors that King Sue Ham is known for have long been the go-to for discerning palates. The brand’s goal was simple and its tagline says it all, ”Taste Fit For A King.” Through the years, its signature products have remained staples across households because the brand maintained the quality and flavor that they were first known for.

The brand’s history starts with its  founder, Mr. Cu Un Kay, who traveled from Fujian province in China to the Philippines, and painstakingly perfected the handcrafted process of the Chinese Ham Bone-in that you know and love today.

For nearly a century, the brand has been welcomed into homes and been part of celebrations because they stayed true to their heritage of quality and flavor. The brand has been a huge part of your family and your family history and they are honored to have the opportunity to build more memories in the years to come.

As the brand continues to establish itself as a staple in modern households, the company consistently innovates to introduce new products to its line. It has sought to offer options that are delicious and flavorful, that’ll surely create such interesting compliments to home-cooked meals and restaurant offerings as it seeks to innovate and expand its portfolio. And like its original, signature product, its entire line is developed one product at a time, following the meticulous methods of its founder to ensure flavor, quality, and consistency.

The company combines traditional processes with the latest technology to create products. From its signature ham to its growing range of meat products, it innovates and explores ways to increase production and ensure that all products stay fresh longer, without sacrificing taste.

It’s no surprise why in addition to its Sweet Ham and Hawaiian Ham, its gourmet sausages, Chorizo Bilbao, Pork and Chicken Tocino, and Corned Beef are all must-haves in every Filipino household today, whether it's for major celebrations, holidays, or everyday pantry essentials. 

Easy fried meals made more nutritious with rolled oats

While overnight oats and more breakfast meals are popular ways to take oats every day, did you know you can also add oats to your favorite home-cooked dishes to make them more nutritious?
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For the past year and a half, health has been our top priority, leading us to adopt various practices in tune with an active, healthy lifestyle. More than just working out or staying fit, we have also tried to watch what we eat and make sure that every meal provides proper nutrition. This means we’re always on the lookout for ingredients that are good for our bodies, so we can include them in our everyday meals. 

Among the heart-healthiest grains available are oats. Quaker Oats, touted as the world’s number 1 oats brand, has been a staple in many homes. Quaker Oats have up to 7x more fiber* for digestion, 1.7x more protein than white rice for energy, and beta-glucan to help lower cholesterol - all these combined make eating oats regularly a delicious way to keep your body in good health and strong, especially while we’re staying safe at home. 

While overnight oats and more breakfast meals are popular ways to take oats every day, did you know you can also add oats to your favorite home-cooked dishes to make them more nutritious? Quaker Rolled Oats provides many ways you can explore to make more meals beyond breakfast more nutritious. Even Filipino fried classics can get a nutritious upgrade, thanks to Quaker Rolled Oats. 

Quaker introduces a variety of sweet and savory recipes to show how oats can go beyond breakfast. Substituting ingredient for oats, or adding it to the recipe will surely change the way you see your oats at home, so you can get much-needed nutrients during every meal. 

Quaker Rolled Oats are now available in all leading supermarkets and groceries nationwide, as well as through e-commerce platforms like Lazada and Shopee. To learn more of the delicious and nutritious recipes from Quaker Oats, follow Quaker Oats Philippines on Facebook and visit www.quakeroats.ph/recipes. 

Oat Crusted Pork Chops

Ingredients:
6 pork chops, fat trimmed (you can also trim off the bone)
1 tsp salt
1 large egg, beaten
Oats Crust:
1 cup Quaker Rolled Oats, toasted and ground fine
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried Italian seasoning (optional)
1/8 tsp pepper

Marinade:
6 pork chops, fat trimmed (you can also trim off the bone)
1 tsp salt
Egg wash: 1 large egg, beaten
Canola oil: To fry or grease pan

Procedure:

1. Oats Preparation: Oats - 1 cup (mix of ground oats and whol grain rolled oats)
Divide 1 cup of Quaker Rolled Oats in 2. Grind half of the oats using a blender, food processor, or a coffee grinder. Toast the other half as whole grain oats in a pan. Finally, mix together ground oats and whole grain oats.

2. Seasoning: Season pork chop with  ¼ tsp salt. Create crumb mixture with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried italian seasoning and pepper. Beat the egg and put in a separate bowl, dip the pork into the egg, crumb mixture, then let rest.

3. Frying: Pour ¼ cup oil and heat the frying pan over medium heat. Add the chops & fry 3-4 minutes on each side.

4. Baking: Preheat oven to 218.3?C, heat baking dish (do not use glass) in the oven for 15 mins. Brush oil onto the dish & bake each side for 10 mins.

Oats Coated Fried Chicken 

Ingredients:
1 ¼ kg chicken cuts (drumsticks, breasts, thighs)
Oats Crust:
1 cup Quaker Rolled Oats, toasted and ground fine
1/2 cup flour
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp garlic powder
1 ½ tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp turmeric
Marinade:
1 cup Milk
1 tbsp white vinegar
Egg wash:
2 large eggs
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp ground pepper
Canola oil: For frying or to grease pan

Procedure:
1. Oats preparation: Oats -1 cup (mix of ground oats & whole grain rolled oats).
Divide 1 cup of Quaker Rolled Oats in 2.
Grind half of the oats using a blender, food processor, or a coffee grinder.
Toast the other half as whole grain oats in a pan.
Finally, mix together ground oats and whole grain oats.

2. Marinade: Add vinegar to milk, stir & let sit for 10 mins. Place chicken in a plastic bag & pour mix to coat. Squeeze out air and seal. Massage the chicken in milk mix to coat well. Keep in ref for 2-3 hours then remove from marinade.
3. Seasoning: Beat egg, salt, and pepper then coat chicken evenly. Dredge each chicken strip in the oats & seasoning mix & set it on a large tray. Rest for 15 mins.
4. Frying: Heat an inch or two of canola oil in a pan before cooking on medium-low heat. Takes about 12 minutes.
5. Baking: (*Option): Preheat the oven to 218.3?C, heat baking dish (do not use glass) in the oven for 15 mins. Brush oil onto the dish & bake for 12 minutes.

Oats Tuna Hash Brown

Ingredients: 
1 cup Quaker Rolled Oats, toasted and ground fine
1 can Tuna Flakes in Vegetable Oil, drained very well
100 grams potatoes
¼ tsp onion powder
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley 
2 tsp sesame oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp canola oil

Procedure:
1. Oats preparation: Oats -1 cup (mix of ground oats & whole grain rolled oats).
Divide 1 cup of Quaker Rolled Oats in 2.
Grind half of the oats using a blender, food processor, or a coffee grinder.
Toast the other half as whole grain oats in a pan.
Finally, mix together ground oats and whole grain oats.

2. Patties: Grate potatoes & squeeze out excess liquid before placing in a bowl.
Add remaining ingredients into bowl & mix well. Mold into patties & dip into the oats.

3. Frying: Heat canola oil in a pan. Cook both sides for 5-6 mins until golden brown. 
If using an air fryer, cook for 6-8 mins.

Merry munchies

Free limited-edition tote bags
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Are you tired of the daily grind? After almost two years of working and/or studying from home, the days can feel draining and boring, so we sometimes lose motivation to do things. But that hasn’t stopped us from finding exciting ways to reward ourselves to turn our bland days around. One way is with a flavorful bag of Calbee chips.

Japanese snack brand Calbee has a range of authentic and premium flavors—there’s something for anyone looking for comfort snacks to munch on.

Potato Chips and Ripples, which come in familiar flavors like classic salted and sour cream & onion, respectively, are great for those quick snack breaks in between classes and/or meetings. The unique flavor kick of Wasabi and combination of cheddar and sour cream can provide that much-needed motivation to finish that project you’ve been putting off. Lastly, don’t forget to treat yourself to the indulgent sweet-salty flavor of Honey Butter and the authentic Japanese taste of Nori because you deserve it.

You can grab the Calbee totes at select Robinsons Supermarket and The Marketplace branches. 

Mother knows milk is the best

“Mother knows best” is more than just a saying. From your best friends, to your favorite food, to your hobbies and even your favorite celebrities – your mom knows them all. They may not be the most in touch with current trends or technology, but when it comes to their children, mothers have proven time and again that they surely know best.

This is true for nutrition as well. Because of the pandemic, moms had to wear different hats these past few months – educator, cook, and even amateur nutritionist. And while providing proper nutrition remains a top priority for them, it has become more of a struggle for many moms recently, which is why Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink launched its “Super Sulit Pack” to help make nutrition more affordable amidst the pandemic.

During the virtual launch event for Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink “Super Sulit Pack,” celebrity mom Rica Peralejo shared her concerns and personal experiences in providing nourishment to her children.
“The pandemic has made it harder to plan meals for the family. It’s difficult because your movements are limited and you can’t go out freely to buy groceries personally and think of nutritious food pairings that your kids will like,” Rica said.

“It takes a whole lot of creativity to actually make nutritious foods appetizing to kids,” she answered when asked about how she changed her children’s eating habits. “It’s all about variety at the end of the day. Children want to taste and experience different things, which is challenging for moms. Before, we could go out and eat at places that offer a variety of nutritious foods, but now you have to do it yourself at home...You have to consider things like plating, the set-up of your dining area, just so it would be a different kind of experience from day-to-day.”

Rica also shared her experience in encouraging her children to drink milk. “Actually, milk is one of the easiest things to give to our kids…Sometimes it’s overwhelming for moms to think about what nutrients we can add to our children’s diets, so thankfully we already have milk drinks with the additional nutrients that our kids need. Milk is honestly a godsend for me and for moms because of its affordability, nutrition value, and of course, its kid-approved taste,” she said.

Kiddie crew back online

As kids attend school from home, it is important that they are able to continue learning and explore their creativity, even outside the virtual classroom. By exposing them to everything that sparks their interest, we can encourage them to bring their curiosity to life and keep them active.

In a first for McDonald’s Philippines, kids can look forward to having fun-filled afternoons with the return of the Kiddie Crew Workshop – now serving smiles and learnings online. A well-beloved event of McDonald’s spanning over 29 years, kids and parents alike have looked forward to the McDonald’s Kiddie Crew every year, providing them with not only fun activities that impart values such as discipline and teamwork, but also precious bonding time together.

In helping address kids’ needs as they continue to grow and explore the world around them, McDonald’s Philippines is once again bringing back the workshop in an exciting digital set-up.

Spanning the weekends of November 20 to December 29, each McDonald’s Kiddie Crew online Workshop will be a 2-day session, each lasting 90 minutes in the afternoon. Housed through a website, children will be guided as they go through a virtual McDonald’s store.

Various points in the digital area will let children hop from one activity to another – from dancing, to singing, to playing fun games where they can learn more about the different Kiddie Crew values of discipline, hard work, teamwork, sharing and responsibility, and active play. Even better, attendees will also be accompanied by Ronald and the Gang throughout, making their online workshop experience even more exciting
For a registration fee of only P499, customers will not only get access to the 2-day online workshop, but also a 1-day Workshop Meal (Happy Meal 1-pc. Chicken McDo with drink) and their very own Workshop Kit (Chef's Hat, Apron, Bag, and Cap) with a FREE Kiddie Crew T-Shirt and Lanyard. 

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