47 days to X'mas: Marriott gives pan de coco a holiday makeover

Joko Magalong

Posted at Nov 08 2016 04:38 PM

Various Christmas treats from Marriott. Photo by author

MANILA -- The Christmas season is now in full swing at Marriott Manila, which has announced a magic-filled calendar of activities, as well as a train of treats from executive chef Meik Brammer.

The festivities kicked off on Monday with Marriott’s annual Christmas lighting ceremony with three Christmas trees set up in various locations in the hotel.

Fans of Marriott’s Gingerbread Train will also see the return of the life-sized wonder. 

Holiday goodies for gift-giving are available at the Marriott’s Café Bakery including stollen bread, dark fruitcake, and for something different, a gourmet sweet version of the pan de coco with Christmas fillings such as eggnog custard, pandan spice and red velvet. 

“The pan de coco will not break your wallet,” assured Brammer. 

Marriott's Christmas cookies and Christmas pan de coco. Photo by author

Other whimsical treats come to you in the form of assorted holiday cookies, a gingerbread man, and a delectable oversized cookie collection (chocolate crinkles, praline ring, pistachio, chocolate chip, almond honey, and red velvet).

For gifts to impress, there’s the Instagram-worthy Gingerbread Chalet or grab a collection of Christmas macarons in Marriott’s signature red box. 

Chocolate lovers of last year’s bestselling Chocolate St. Nicholas will be glad to know that the treats are back this year, together with milk chocolate almond Christmas trees, and chocolate angels. 

For very special people, stylish Marriott’s hampers come with wine, Christmas chocolate (Christmas trees, Big Belly Santas, cookies, Malagos chocolate) and various holiday breads. 

Marriott's food hampers. Photo by author

“I always give a German touch,” said Brammer, pertaining to the Gourmet Spiced Apple Jam also found in each hamper. 

PARTY PACKS 

Pot-luck? Marriott Manila also offers two gourmet food-to-go party packs, priced lower than last year’s offerings. 

A five-kilogram smoked bone-in leg of ham is the star of one pack with side dishes like a kilo each of herb roasted potatoes, buttered vegetables, rosemary glazed carrots, and a duo of potato salad. Sauces available include a choice between mushroom gravy or pineapple sauce. Pumpkin pie and apple pie are included as dessert. All these for P4,999. 

Executive chef Meik Brammer cuts the roasted turkey. Photo by author

The other has a five-kilogram whole roasted turkey as its focal point, with a kilo each of garlic mashed potatoes, rosemary glazed carrots, Brussels sprouts and pancetta, and just like the other pack, a duo of creamy potato salad. Choose between mushroom gravy, or cranberry sauce, and enjoy pumpkin and pecan pie for dessert. Priced at P5,999. 

THANKSGIVING AND NEW YEAR

But before celebrating the Christmas holidays, Marriott Manila will first mark Thanksgiving on November 24 with a special dinner at Marriott Café, as well as a special four-course Thanksgiving dinner at Cru Steakhouse. 

Then there is this year’s Marriott Manila’s Grand Countdown, which is set to be more magical than ever with a night filled to the brim with musical and comedy performances, club music and five-star dining and cocktails. 

Young children won’t be bored as they can enjoy their own New Year revel in the Grand Countdown Kids Zone with fun-filled activities just for them.