27 days to X'mas: Check out these holiday goodies


Posted at Nov 28 2016 04:12 PM

MANILA – Take a look at some of these holiday-themed food and drinks, from Quezo de Bola cheesecake or a Noche Buena feast for 50 people.

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Italianni’s holiday takeaway

Quezo de Bola Cheesecake. Handout photo

Make Christmas extra special this year with Italianni’s baked treats and exquisite wines in holiday packaging, which can be given as gifts or enjoyed at home or in the office.

Choose from the Tea Ring Bread (P545, P425 for Bistro Card holders), rich and buttery bread filled with custard and rum-soaked fruits; Quezo de Bola Cheesecake (P1,225, P950 for Bistro Card holders), sharp edam cheesecake drizzled with apricot marmalade; Bread Basket (P380, P295 for Bistro Card holders), loaves of assorted breads with Italianni’s signature oil and balsamic dip; and a selection of wines starting at P740 (P575 for Bistro Card holders).

Italianni’s holiday takeaway collection is available at the following branches: Greenbelt, Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center, Eastwood, Mall of Asia, Trinoma, Shangri-La, Midtown, Uptown, Glorietta, Newport, Nuvali, Marquee and Davao. The Quezo de Bola Cheesecake, meanwhile, is only available at Greenbelt and Bonifacio High Street.

Guests are advised to place orders in advance. 


Pan de Manila products in Christmas paper bags

Pan de Manila products in holiday packaging. Handout photo

Pan de Manila has released its 2016 Paskong Pinoy art featuring the work of young artist Bibsy Ann Torio on the bread chain’s Christmas paper bags, boxes and canvas tote bags.

Bring home the festive joys in colorful paper bags with warm pan de sal, or send the designed canvas totes with bottled jams and sardines as gifts.

Pan de Manila has branches in Metro Manila, North and South Luzon, Cebu, Iloilo and Bacolod. 


Holiday coffee at Caravan Black

Caravan Black’s Blitzen Coffee. Handout photo

Sip on some holiday cheer as Caravan Black introduces Christmas-themed coffee drinks.

Crafted using homemade syrups, these drinks are best enjoyed with a buttery cinnamon snickerdoodle cookie: Prancer (espresso, milk, orange syrup, cardamom, cinnamon); Dasher (espresso, milk, chocolate, raspberry syrup); and Blitzen (espresso, milk, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted graham).

Caravan Coffee is located at Net Park Building at 4th Avenue in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.


Festive treats at Costa Coffee

Butter Beer Cake. Handout photo

London chain Costa Coffee is getting everyone into the holiday spirit with new handcrafted drinks and cakes made with the warm, indulgent flavors of the season. 

Take your pick from these holiday drinks in Yuletide-themed cups: Hot Salted Caramel Cappuccino, Black Forest Chocolate Frostino, Chocolate Cookie Frostino, and Malted Honeycomb Hot Chocolate, with prices ranging from P135 to P175.

Also check out these four decadent cakes: Butter Beer Cake (P160 per slice), a moist vanilla cake soaked in butterscotch and layered with salted caramel and whipped butterscotch; Dark Chocolate Peppermint (P155 per slice), moist chocolate cake covered with peppermint cream cheese frosting; Chocolate Cream Walnut (P160 per slice), layers of moist chocolate cake, milk chocolate ganache and whipped cream topped with walnuts; and Crème Brulee (P155 per order), soft chiffon cake filled with whipped cream, topped with yema frosting and frosted with sugar.


TGI Friday’s holiday dishes

Bacon Jalapeno Mozzarella Burger. Handout photo

American chain TGI Friday’s is celebrating the holidays with a beefed-up menu.

Here are some of the restaurant’s new items: Bacon Jalapeno Mozzarella Burger, flame-grilled burger sandwiched between oven-toasted brioche buns with guacamole and chipotle mayonnaise and finished off with deep-fried mozzarella with jalapeno chunks and crispy bacon; Cajun Angels, bacon-wrapped grilled shrimps with rice pilaf, pico de gallo and creole mustard cream sauce; Spiced Honey Glaze Salmon, grilled fillets of salmon basted with spicy honey and served with rice pilaf and paprika-coriander cream sauce; Country Ribs, pork ribs smothered in apple BBQ or Jack Daniel’s sauce; Grilled Salmon and Artichoke Dip; Country BBQ Chicken Salad; and Banoffee Pie.


Christmas party packages at Solstice by Ilustrado

Some of the dishes at Solstice by Ilustrado. Handout photo

Solstice by Ilustrado is offering a unique dining experience through its Christmas party packages.

Lola’s Noche Buena Feast includes holiday favorites Christmas ham with Quezo de Bola and Hamon de Hacienda, and best-sellers like Paella Ilustrado, Callos Madrilena and Roast Stuffed Chicken a la Ilustrado at P1,575 per head for a minimum of 50 persons.

For P875 per head for a minimum of 50 persons, the Christmas Cocktails package includes canapes, croquettes and pasta. Other options include the Holiday Menu (P1,025 per person) inclusive of a full course meal and two desserts; Holiday Menu II (P1,075 per person) with enhanced main course options; and Holiday Menu III (P1,425 per person) which has a salad bar and a main course including iconic Ilustrado dishes.

The Carvery Package (P1,825 per person for a minimum of 50 person), meanwhile, is complete with carving dishes such as Baked Fillet of Fresh Atlantic Salmon en Croute, Roast Turkey with Holiday Stuffing, and Roast US Rib Roll of Beef. 

Solstice By Ilustrado is located at 8 Rockwell in Makati. For reservations, call (02) 802-1891.