MB Foodies: Celebrate festive get-togethers with these special Christmas dishes and gift boxes

Published November 28, 2021, 10:15 PM

by Rey Ilagan

‘Tis the season for good food and company

With restrictions on mobility and gathering finally easing up, this Christmas season might just offer a glimpse of a better normal for everyone. To get you on the right track in hosting a special get-together with friends and loved ones, here are our must-buy holiday platters and dishes as well as special gift crates to enjoy this season.

The Sugar-Free Bakery Holiday 2021 collection

Healthy holiday sweets

In the mood for something sweet yet healthy? Then The Sugar-Free Bakery is your new go-to culinary destination for guiltless holiday munchies. Share the love with their Luxe Crate (P1,500), Premium Crate (P1,250), and Holiday Cookie Crate (P550).

The Sugar-Free Bakery crates

The Luxe Crate includes one Keto Hazelnut Dream Cake, four Keto Lemon and Blueberry Muffins, four Merry Marble Brownies, three Keto Choco Butternut Krinkles, three Sugar-free Choco Chip Cookie, two Premium Ensaymada, one Jr. Keto Wonder Bread, and four Sugar-free Cranberry Star Cookies. For the Premium Holiday Crate, it puts together one Keto Hazelnut Dream Cake, four Keto Wonder Bread, and one serving each of Sugar-free Free Focaccia, Sugar-free Baguette, Keto Choco Hazelnut Spread, and Sugar-free Peanut Butter Spread. As for the Sugar-Free Cookie Crate, it has four servings each of Sugar-free Chunky Choco Chip Cookie, Sugar-free Cranberry Star Cookie, and Keto Choco Butternut Krinkle.

The Sugar-Free Bakery is located at 73 Dr. Natividad St, Ibayo-Tipas, Taguig City. Visit www.thesugarfreebakery.com to order online.

Premium gift-giving

After preparing a festive fare, the holidays also call for grand gift-giving. With this, Nono’s, as headed by Chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto, delights once again with sumptuous crates filled with the finest yuletide treats. Choose among its best-sellers including the Premium Treats Gift Box (P1,495), Deluxe Chocolate Gift Box (P945), and Nono’s Gift Bag (P675).

Nono’s gift box

Premium Treats Gift Box from Nono’s

For the premium crate, Chef Baba puts together an assortment of confections with Almond Crunch, Chocolate Chip Shortbread, Russian Tea Cookies, and Chocolate Covered Cornflakes. The Deluxe Chocolate Gift Box brings out the sweet tooth in you with Almond Crunch, Chocolate Crunch Bites, and Chocolate Covered Cornflakes, plus two medium-sized pieces of Sugar Cookies satisfying your cravings. Finally, Nono’s Gift Bag consists of Almond Crunch, Shortbread Cookies, and Chocolate Covered Cornflakes, housed in a dainty string pouch.

Nono’s is located at U.P. Town Center, The Podium, Three Central, Festival Mall, Glorietta, Nuvali, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, High Street South, and Rockwell.

Holiday creations

Noche buena holds a special place for delectable desserts. At Workshop Bespoke Bakery, they’re pulling out all the stops to deliver exquisite treats. This Christmas, the bakery is proud to launch two new cakes and two French flans.

French Flans from Workshop Bespoke Bakery

The Fruits and Yogurt Entremet (P3,600) is inspired by the love of dessert for breakfast as it features a mango and strawberry yogurt mousse, passion fruits gelee, matcha almond cake, and a whipped dark ganache. The Vanilla Bean French Flan (P1,900) exudes the classic taste of European desserts with its vanilla bean custard on a lemon sable crust. Other showstoppers include the Hazelnut Chocolate Cake and Tiramisu French Flan.

Workshop Bespoke Bakery by Le Petit Souffle is available via thegridfoodmarket.com, GrabFood, Foodpanda, and Pick-a-Roo.

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