Christmas is HERE!!! Have you thought of what you will be gifting your friends this holiday season? What about your Christmas spread? Almost always, we get pulled in all sorts of directions because we get in a tizzy during the busiest season of the year. Well, it’s time that we ENJOY the Christmas spirit & just let the experts do the baking & cooking so we can do the merry & stress-free gifting. Agree?
Here are my top 12 MUST HAVES for the holi-daze. For gifting, as well as for consuming (my favoritest!). And because I love you guys so very much, I am giving you a taste of all the things I love! <3 Ain’t Christmas great?
Do join my 12 Days of Christmas HOLI-DAZE GIVEAWAYS. Merry Christmas loves! :-* And thank you to all my wonderful sponsors for being my jolly Santas this Christmas!
Now I love all these purveyors (and their yummy goodies) equally, but I also know the importance of billing. So to be fair, here are my TOP 12 favorite food from my TOP 12 favorite purveyors, in Alphabetical Order! ;)
1.) Aggy’s Cakes & Sweets, 1 Choco Lava Cake
For your custom made cake inquiries please email AGGY VILLABONA at firstname.lastname@example.org Indicate date of event, design, theme, cake budget and contact number
2.) Baked by Anita, 1 dozen Bocaditos
I first tried Anita Li‘s bocaditos when she had a stall at The Urban Food Collective in Commerce Center Alabang. These round flaky pastry pockets are filled with a variety of fillings that make each bite a swoon-worthy experience that will leave you wanting for more. My family & I have been hooked ever since! And you will be too, I promise!
Baked by Anita Product List
Bocadito Flavors: P65.00 each. Available ready to eat or frozen. Pack of 4, 6, or 12
*Wild Mushrooms with gruyere cheese & white truffle oil. *Chorizo – Spanish chorizo with mozzarella & smoked paprika *Baby spinach with French goat cheese & toasted pine nuts. *Chicken w/ mushrooms, fresh herbs in Marsala *Spicy Italian Sausage w/roasted red bell peppers & cayenne pepper *Chile Lime Tuna with black olives
Bitch Slappin’Good Cookies P80.00 each
Flavor Choices: *Salted Caramel, *Parmiggiano, *Apple/Blueberry Oatmeal, Chocolate cookies – *Choco Choco Chip *Bacon Chocolate *Orange Sunburst *Chocolate Tropicalé (mangoes & coconut flakes) *Choco & Salted Caramel
*9″ cakes: single layer P1,300 (8-10 servings), Double layer P1,600 (12-14 servings), Triple layer P1,800 (16-18 servings)
*11″ cakes: double layer P1,700 (14-16 servings), Triple layer P2,000 (20-24 servings)
FLAVORS: *Red Velvet *Bacon Chocolate *Lemon Drop *Mango Tamarind *Orange N’Cranberries *Salted Caramel Choc Cake *Carrot Cake *Pistachio w/Lemon Buttercream Cake
FRENCH APPLE CAKE – 10″diameter x 2.” high P1,300, 10″ diameter x 3.5″ highP1,700
CHOCOLATE & BERRIES – Chocolate cake with a layer of cream cheese frosting & 2nd layer of Choc mousse topped off with dark Choc ganache & fresh berries.
– 7″ single layer is P1300 (extra berries add P200), 7″ double layer is P1700 (extra berries add P200).
– 9″ single layer P1,850 (extra berries: add P300 Serves 10-12), 9″ double layer P2,300 (extra berries: add P300) Serves 12-16, 9″ triple layer w/ extra berries. Serves 18-22 P3,500
8×8 Single layer P1,800 (extra berries add P250) Serves: 8-10, 8×8 Double layer P2,500 (extra berries add 250) Serves: 12-14
Cupcakes P65.00 each (Box of 6 or 12)
Red Velvet, Ultimate Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Lecheng Milk, Vanilla Confetti, Parmiggiano, Lemon Drop, mango tamarind , Nutella,
Biscuits Plain P45.00 each or 3/P125 Glazed or Flavored; P60.00 each or 3/165. Box of 8 assorted P440
*Original *Glazed *Spam & Chipotle cheese *Chorizo & mozzarella *Garlic Herbs & Cheese *Ham & Cheese *Spicy Sausage *Just Cheese *Bacon
Dips & Sauces 250 ml P275; 350 ml P350
* Savory: Mushroom w/Truffle Oil & Brandy, Spinach & Artichoke
* Sweet: Salted Caramel, Ultimate Chocolate Sauce, Lemon Curd
Gluten Free/Lactose Free Wicked Cornbread P80/slice; P420 6×8 tray (serves 6-8); P800 7.5×11.5 tray (serves up to 12) Made with polenta, Glutten free flour, fresh eggs, lactose free milk, saffron, spices.
*Original with Cheese *Original with Duck Egg & Cheese *Original with Duck Egg, Cheese, & Jalapeños
Delivery Fee w/in the Metro P250
Baked By Anita currently does not deliver to Sampaloc/Binondo area, Marikina, Caloocan, Malabon, areas beyond Bulacan, & areas beyond Magallanes.
Pick up at:
340A Smuth drive Maytunas San Juan city.
On Wilson from unimart, pass p Guevarra intersection, stay on Wilson, at approx the 7th corner, M Marcos, turn left. When road splits, take right side (Smuth Drive) we are on the corner blue & grey duplex, across Palaise Royale Townhouses
Please note: Pre-order 3 days for specialty cakes and 1 day for all other products.
Payment upon confirmation of order via bank deposit. Please email: copy of deposit.
email@example.com Bank details: BPI Savings Acct#4239-0244-38 Acct name: Anita B. Li
Preorder 48 hours. Payment upon confirmation of order via bank deposit. Please email copy of deposit.
3.) Chorizo de Cebu PH – 3 Chorizo Packs
17-A Venus Street, Congressional Subdivision, Barangay Tandang Sora, Quezon City, Philippines
Phone: 0906 334 2404
You already know how much my family loves this breakfast food. We love it so much that we have it not only for breakfast -but lunch, dinner & in between as well. Time for you to give it a try as well! ;)
Available in Garlic Pork, Pork Hamonado, Spicy Pork (YUM!), Garlic Chicken (for you non-pork eaters!), Chicken Hamonado, and Spicy Chicken! 400php/kilo (pack)
4.) Fog City Creamery – 2 Pints Ice Cream
Email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
WHERE CAN YOU GET FOG CITY?
1. They have 2 Pick Up Points: Valle Verde 5 Pasig, and Focaccia Restaurant A.Venue, Makati.
2. You can contact their reseller in Bel Air, Anton Guerrero at (0917) 884 4111. He carries a number of FOG CITY ICE CREAM flavors at all times.
3. You can also have FOG CITY delivered to your door step please call or email The Green Grocer (0918) 959 -4220 firstname.lastname@example.org The Green Grocer delivers to Alabang, Makati, BF Homes, The Fort and select villages in Pasig and Quezon City
5.) Gracey’s Gourmet Kitchen – Mini Caviar Pie
Contact details: 8043123, 2157706, 0922 8945148-50, 09177945148
Whenever I have VIP guests over, I really make it a point to serve them Gracey’s majestic Caviar Pie. It really adds class to any spread, I’m telling you. I spread it on crunchy crackers or crostinis & serve it as appetizer. Voila, soshal na ako! ;) It’s also a great gift for your hosts, something different from the usual sweets given out every holiday season.
Grace Yambao-Go also has a catering service that’s sure to fit any budget. High or low. Midscale or upscale, Grace is the name to call. AND, she makes such great desserts too. Great for your office Christmas giveaways. My top favorite is her Ultimate Valrhona Chocolate Cake. It is THE BOMB and the mother of all chocolate cakes! <3 Do check out photos on her Facebook page. Drooool!
6.) Homemade Treasures – Box of 6 Ensaymadas
184 Manibaug, Libutad, Porac, Pampanga ; +63 928 5070928 ; (045) 3234149
Homemade Treasures is a made-to-order, home-based baking kitchen in Porac, Pampanga which I had the pleasure of visiting. CLICK HERE to read my previous post.
In 2008, Chona Ayson decided to follow her passion for baking and started selling delectable goodies under the name Praline Crunch. It was later renamed Homemade Treasures in 2010, after a well-received launch of her grandmother’s 1930s Ensaimadas.
Today, Homemade Treasures is known for top-notch, quality Capampangan 1930s Ensaimadas and Sansrivals. Other must-try’s are bestsellers Cheese Rolls, Food for the Gods, Mango Bars, Belgian Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cheesecakes, Cakes and Pies.
1. Ensaimadas and Cheese Rolls:
* Classic/Chili ensaymada 110 php/pc.| 465 php/4 pcs.| 660 php/6 pcs. | 990 php/9 pcs. | 1,320 php/12 pcs.
* Ube ensaymada 120 php/pc.| 505 php/4 pcs.| 720 php/6 pcs. | 1,080 php/9 pcs. | 1,440 php/12 pcs.
* Ham ensyamada 155 php/pc. (made with majestic ham).
* Greek ensaymada 140 php/pc. | 585 php/4 pcs.| 840 php/6 pcs. | 1,260 php/9 pcs. | 1,680 php/12 pcs.
* Cheese Roll 70 php/pc.| 420 php/6 pcs. | 840 php/12 pcs.
2. Sansrivals – Pastel Ruso, Honey Walnut, Cashew Sansrival and Pistachio Sansrival
3. Mango Bars and Food for the Gods, Brownies with Caramel & Walnuts, and Tablea Brownies
4. Belgian Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut (4-4.5 inches diameter), and Blueberries and Cream Cookies
5. Ube Jam 225 php/bottle (minimum order of 6 bottles)
6. Caramel Balls 250 php/bottle (minimum order of 6 bottles)
Made to order. A week’s notice is requested. By pick-up only.
I. For Pampanga Clients: Homemade Treasures – Porac, Pampanga.
II. For Manila Clients: For unrefrigerated goods only. Every Friday depending on schedule.
1. Makati Area : Focaccia Restaurant – Ground Floor, A. Venue Mall, Makati Avenue
2. Ortigas/Pasig Area : Astoria Plaza, Ortigas
*Goods maybe delivered to your doorstep thru LBC for Manila, Luzon and Vizmin clients. Please pm or call for info.
7.) Indulgence by Irene – Cheesecake Sampler
As if I’m not already overwhelmed as to which cheesecake is REALLY my favorite among all of her unresistable flavors, Irene added ANOTHER ONE to her growing assortment: Calamansi! FML, now my heart is really torn. So many choices, so little sugar quota!!! :'(
So. To make life easier for those of us who can’t decide which flavor to order, Chef Irene Co came up with a Christmas Sampler pack with your choice for 4 variants for P900 only. Now we can have a tiny piece of heaven. Why settle for anything less!
Or you can order individually any of your favorite flavors: Queso de Bola, Ube, Tablea, Chocnut, and Calamansi! One for every discriminating taste.
8.) Jamfoods – 2 packs!
Contact details: 02 6229740 ; 0197 5331371 ; email at: email@example.com
I’ve stressed again & again on my blog how important breakfast is to our family. And for someone like me who doesn’t cook, or who doesn’t go to the market, these pre-marinated handy packs are a godsend not only for a quick breakfast, but also for the million & one times that my kids come home with friends.
All Jamfoods products are good with rice for main meals, or with pandesal for when the kids have company and have forgotten to advice dear old mum that snacks are required.
Among Jamfoods many processed meats, my favorite remains to be the tender & juicy Beef Salpicao 680 php/pack and the Spicy Angus Beef Tapa. And now you get to try BOTH too! <3
9.) Kat’s Cafe – Cupcakes & Cream puffs (Box of 12 each)
Ground Level Garden Area, Robinson’s Place, Las Pinas ; +63915 7155287 & 02 8720263
Kat has finally moved to a place more accessible to most residents of Las Pinas. And in a mall too, at ROBINSON’s LAS PINAS! Kat’s Cafe was such a hidden gem in BF Resort, and couldn’t bring out its maximum potential. I’m so happy for Kat now that she is in a busy mall and her talent & yummy cupcakes (a steal at only 65 php/pop) are being discovered by so many people!
Chef Katrece Gamo also makes custom made cakes that can fit any budget, and meet the most active of imagination. For my Christmas giveaway, Kat is compiling 12 of my favourite cupcakes (Death by Chocolate, Mango Dulce, Classic Red Velvet, Midnight, Cheesecake Crumble, Cookie Dough, and Cheesecake to name a few) for one lucky winner to try! <3
10.) Nikko’s Baking Studio – Chorizo Empanada (Box of 5)
59-A Paseo de Roxas, Urdaneta Village, Makati (across Mandarin Oriental, near cor. Buendia)
+632 8871711 ; email at firstname.lastname@example.org
When I first stepped inside Nikko’s Baking Studio, I felt like Gretel, shell-shocked looking in a house filled with so many delectable goodies. It was virtually a foodie’s haven with cakes upon cakes, pastries upon pastries, and other delectable meryenda offerings laid out on the table -all lovingly & painstakingly baked by Chef Nikko Buendia, who also happens to hold baking classes, in case you’re interested (Do check her Facebook page for the class schedules).
I was mesmerised by all her cakes & pastries, but what struck me the most was her CHORIZO EMPANADA, or what she calls “kaliskis”, 425 php/box of 5. These are melt-in-your-mouth, buttery, flaky crust similar to a croissant filled with savory pieces of chorizo inside.
11.) Pink Wasabi – Kashi Maki (Box of 18) & Reinbo Profiteroles (Box of 12)
Did you know? The Marian Rivera gave away Kashi Makis for her nth bridal shower? Oh yes. Chef Anna Chua has gone a long was from selling at bazaars. She is now legit baker to the stars! And I couldn’t be more proud of her. So I’m happy that you can also win a box of 18 of her famous kashi makis to try. Artista levels na rin tayo #6degreesofseparation ;))
Chef Anna is also supplying desserts for a number of restaurants now. Busy busy bee, that’s what she is! Pretty soon, she’ll be anther Penk Ching in the making & coming up with fabulous wedding cakes for big named personalities. I bet you my bottom dollar. Mark my words -it WILL happen!
12.) The Plaza Ham – Premium Baked Ham Leg
And of course, Christmas is not christmas without a good chunk of ham on our table! <3 And I’m not talking about just any ham, I’m talkin’ PREMIUM ham!
THE PLAZA may be the longest catering service in existence in the Philippines as it was established by husband and wife tandem of Jose Cruz Reyes and Imelda Albano, in 1965. Since then, The Plaza has established the Delicious Premium Items/FOOD TO GO to answer the needs of the busygen (busy generation) of young yuppies, party-going bachelors, & harried moms with no time on their hands to bake a home-cooked ham.
Outlets are located at: SM Mega Mall, Petron Square Dasmarinas, Rustan’s Makati, Rockwell Powerplant Cinema Snack bar.
Karla Reyes, proprietress of The Plaza, was so gracious to gift us with a Ham Ball worth 2,250.00 for one winner!
But aside from Ham, The Plaza also has:
* Roast Turkey P1,200 per kilo. With available sizes of 5 to 6 kilograms good for 30 pax.
and a choice of the following stuffings:
* Corned Beef P250 per 100 grams. A full slab is about 5 to 6 kilograms. For this big a serving, place your orders 3 days in advance.
And that completes my 12 Days of Christmas HOLI-DAZE Giveaways with a total grand worth of over 11,000.00!!!
How to win:
1.) Choose which goody you like the best (top 3, rank from 1st to 3rd choice). Write it down below in the comments section with your email address so I can contact you if you do win. Make sure you “LIKE” your chosen purveyor’s Facebook page (highlighted) – I will check. And while you’re at it, won’t you like mine too please? :P
2.) I will use RAFFLECOPTER for this giveaway so make sure you enter!
3.) The raffle ends at December 13 (Saturday). I will email the 12 lucky winners on December 15, 2014 (Monday).
4.) You must be able & agreeable to pick up your prizes. I will give your names & contact details to the Purveyors. They will contact you and you will be the one to make the necessary arrangement with them for the claiming of prizes.
That’s it. ENJOY! <3