Good Morning Indeed! 8 Coffee Recipes To Help Start Your Day Right

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There’s nothing like starting your day with a full plate of food and the perfect cup of joe. But the same old boring cup of coffee every single day won’t always make a day right! This is exactly why providers of catering in Manila provide a lot of options of menu: variety is important!

Every now and then, you’ll need to jazz your coffee up a bit to perk you up in the morning. Here are amazing coffee recipes you can try::

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

You don’t need to wait for Hallowe’en to have a cup of this amazing Pumpkin Spice Latte, and you certainly don’t need to wait for Starbucks to offer them. Why not make them yourselves!

Heat the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and freshly ground black pepper for 2 minutes. Then add the sugar, continue stirring until the consistency is thick. Put vanilla extract and pour in milk, make sure the heat is on medium and the mixture doesn’t boil. When the mixture is warm, place it in a blender, blend it until it’s frothy.

Now all you need to do is to make your coffee, add in the frothy milk mixture, top it with whipped cream, and pumpkin pie spice. You can add in cinnamon, or any spice of that will go well with your drink.

Viennese Iced Coffee

This is a recipe made by Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten.

In a blender, combine sugar, vanilla, espresso, and hot water. Don’t process yet, just stir it until the sugar dissolves. Once that’s done, put in ice and start processing until smooth. Microwave a dollop of ice cream for 15 seconds, put this into a glass, and then pour in the mixture.

Cafe Rumba

For the people who like strong coffee in the morning, this is perfect for you.

In a bowl, beat whip cream until it’s fluffy. Add in vanilla extract and sugar, and continue beating it until you see soft peaks. Make your dark roast coffee and add in rum extract. Combine your mixtures by putting the whip cream in a glass first before pouring in the coffee. You can sprinkle with a spice of your choice.

Peppermint Chocolate Coffee

Paula Deen made an amazing coffee recipe that only takes 5 minutes to prepare!

All you need to do is to put chocolate and peppermint syrup, and coffee in a mug. Mix it until their all completely combined. Top it with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

The best part is you can tweak it any way you want because it’s simple. You can use spices like cinnamon or nutmeg if you want a different taste.


Peanut Butter Mocha

Another coffee recipe that only takes a couple of minutes to prepare, perfect if you’re rushing out of the house for work.

In a blender, put in milk, hot chocolate mix, chilled coffee, creamy peanut butter, and vanilla frozen yoghurt. Process this until the consistency is thick and smooth. Pour in a glass, and top it with chocolate shavings or any spice of your choice.

This is great to drink with friends on a sunny afternoon, too!

Dressed Up Irish Coffee

Nancy Farmhouse from Farmhouse Rules concocted this 10-minute, easy-to-prepare irish coffee recipe.

Start by pouring hot coffee in a mug. Add sugar in it and stir until it’s dissolved. Then stir in the Irish cream, Irish whiskey, and schnapps. You can top it off with whipped cream, some chocolate shavings if you want, or you can opt to use nutmeg.

Iced Coffee

A classic way to prepare coffee. The great thing about this is there are many different ways to make Iced Coffee. One way is by mixing dark roast ground coffee and cold water at night, and leave it to steep. In the morning, use a strainer and pour the coffee in a mug, then add ice cubes and milk. Stir and then serve!

You can also put the coffee mix in a blender, add in sugar and milk. If you want flavour, you can also add in cinnamon or vanilla. Process until the consistency is smooth.

Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Ice Coffee

From Boy Meets Grill, Bobby Flay made a really quick and really easy coffee recipe everyone knows and loves.

It only takes 5 minutes to prepare this awesome coffee recipe. All you have to do is to combine espresso, melted chocolate, caramel syrup, and hazelnut liqueur in a heatproof pitcher. Cover with clear plastic, and refrigerate. Prepare a glass with ice, pour in the chilled coffee mixture, and top it off with whipped cream. If you want, you can even add cocoa powder on top, or any flavourings in the mix.

These are just some of the awesome ways to prepare your coffee differently. There’s always more to learn when you’re done with these! But for now, pick one a day and by the end of the week (and a day) you’ll be able to figure out which ones you like best!

Title: 6 Types of Garnet Gemstones for January Celebrants

No woman can ever say no to diamonds. Not ever. Unfortunately, the average cost of a carat is around 3,250 dollars. That amount of money can still be used to pay for a lot of things; you can save up for your fiance’s wedding dress, her dream wedding catering service, or the dream house both of you wanted. You have to be frugal and wise in money matters because you and your partner’s future will depend on it so make practicality your first priority.

Thanks to innovation, you can still give something grand without having to spend that much money. Diamonds may be forever, but Garnet gemstones are close enough. Here are 6 types of Garnet gemstones that are perfect for expressing love and affection:



A distinguishing feature of the Hessonite Garnet is its colour. It has a bright honey-yellow to cinnamon brown colour, which is why it’s called the cinnamon stone or the kaneel stone. The gem quality of the hessonite gem can be transparent to translucent, in most cases where the gem is of low grade quality, it can be opaque.

In Vedic astrology, hessonites represent Rahu, the ascending node of the moon. Hessonite also represent success, longevity, and good fortune.



The Almandine garnet is the most common, most popular type of garnet. It’s colour can range from pure red, red-orange, to dark brownish-red. Almandine stones are translucent, but most are more opaque and rough.

Once in the ancient times, a person who dreams of almandine garnets means that he or she will discover the answer to all of life’s mysteries.



A Demantoid garnet is always green, thanks to chromium and ferric iron. The colours can range from yellow-green to deep green. The really deep green colours are most valued, but the lighter ones are considered to have more fire.

This is considered to be the rarest most valued type of garnet, and is typically found in small sizes. It can refract and disperse light better than diamonds.



From the greek word “rhodon”, meaning “rose coloured”, Rhodolite certainly represents the most popular representation of romance and love. It’s colours range from raspberry-red to rose-coloured red.

It has a glass-like appearance, and can be cut into various shapes. It has a high refractive index which means it can disperse light brilliantly.



Spessartine is derived from the Bavarian word “spessart”, which means forest. This is a mountain range in Germany where deposits of the spessartine gems were found in the 1880’s.

The colour can range from orange to red-brown. The most desired colour, however, is reddish orange, which is sometimes called “aurora red”. It has a glass like quality, and is transparent to translucent.



This garnet’s name came from the place where it was discovered by Scottish gemmologist, Campbell Bridges in 1967. The place is called Tsavo National Park in Tanzania, and it’s believed that this is the only source of tsavorite garnets.

It’s colours can range from yellow-green, blue-green, to deep green. The most desirable hue is a highly saturated green. It has a glass-like quality, and is transparent to opaque.

These are just some of the garnet stones you can give your loved one on their birthday this January. Check them all out and see which ones perfectly complement them!

“Eat like the Pope!” 5 of Pope Francis’ Favourite Dishes

A few days ago, the whole of the Philippines was abuzz and excited for the arrival of Pope Francis. Now that he’s here, everyone is updated with his every move, amused with his tendency to break protocol, and charmed and uplifted by his high spirit and seemingly endless kindness.

If you’re one of the people who are very keen on celebrating the pope’s stay in the Philippines, and are organizing a party in honour of it, we have a couple of ideas for your party menu. Here are some of Pope Francis’ favourite dishes that you might want to request from your chosen Manila Catering Services.

Dulce de Leche


Pope Francis definitely has a sweet tooth! The name Dulce de Leche literally translates to “sweet of milk”, and is a popular dessert in Latin America. This dish is rich with syrup, like that of caramel. The only difference is the syrup isn’t made from caramelized sugar, but from slowly heating sweetened or condensed milk. Dulce de Leche can be used in various ways, depending on what you want. You can use it to flavour, bread, cakes, cookies, or waffles. You can even add in cinnamon or vanilla if you want to tweak it a bit.

Spicy Empanadas


Empanadas are stuffed turnover pastries. It’s made by folding dough around various ingredients like cheese, vegetables, with your choice of meat, or fruits. The popular choices are meat or beef empanada. You can even have fish empanada for lent. But if you’re feeling adventurous, a Spicy beef or chicken empanada is a must try. This is usually served as starters or as part of the main course. Here in the Philippines, we love eating it for merienda.

Colita de Cuadril


This is just a really nice way of saying sirloin steak, and you know what? Pope Francis loves this!

You can prepare it many different ways, too. Cut it up and fry it, grind it to make burger patties, cube it and put them on a stick, grill them, broil them, smoke them, and roast them, it will still taste awesome. The meat acts like a sponge, absorbing marinade really well, flavourful and mety goodness in every bite.

Baked Skinless Chicken


This is probably one of the easiest to prepare food Pope Francis loves to eat. White meat helps boost power so you have the energy to function for the day, and Chicken is the go-to white meat, and the parts used are usually Chicken breast or thigh.

There are many ways to cook baked skinless chicken. You can simply bake them, make them crispy, or marinade them.

Bagna Cauda


Bagna Cauda is simply an Italian type of dip. It’s the same as fondue, but is made of anchovies, garlic, and olive oil. There have been many ways this dip’s been made. Some countries prefer to make it with cream, others want to add nuts to it like walnut. You can serve it in fondue pots and dip raw vegetables, roasted, or boiled vegetables for a fun party appetizer.

Pope Francis is a man of simple tastes, and you can definitely see that his lifestyle and in the food that he eats! Go on ask your caterer if they can include these simple yet delicious dishes.

10 New Year’s Resolutions to Make with Your Significant Other

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Even the most disciplined people would have to agree that New Year’s resolutions tend to be hard to keep. Still, it would be nice to make a list that focuses on your relationships with other people. In that note, why not renew a few of your promises with your life partner?

It could be things that are as small as promising to actively tone down your annoying habits (don’t worry, we all have them), or as big as reaffirming your vows in a romantic ceremony, complete with family, friends, and the best wedding catering available! Let us help you start off with a few great promises both of you can make.

Make Time for Each Other

Time is the most precious commodity you have at your disposal, and every second spent should be spent wisely. While it’s perfectly okay to become very comfortable with each other’s presence, sometimes people in long-term relationships unintentionally start to take time with each other for granted. It’s time to remind yourself that you should actually make the effort to make time for each other, and not just when you both have nothing else to do.

Use Your Lips

Lips are important in relationships, and not just for kissing! Good communication is one of the secret ingredients for a healthy relationship. Have the kind of relationship where you’re comfortable telling each other both the good and the bad things, to compliment each other but also to communicate when something bothers you. Couple problems are always easier to get past if you work on them together!

Listen First, Talk After

In case you haven’t noticed, you have two ears and only one mouth. So alongside practicing how to speak up, exercise your listening skills as well. It always pays to properly hear out what your partner has to say.

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Attack Your Problems Not Each Other

There are times when you face problems both as individuals and as a couple. In those situations you shouldn’t lose your cool with each other; instead, confront the problem without taking your anger or frustrations out on your partner. Always ALWAYS focus on tackling the problem, and not being right.

Don’t Be an Island Couple

As previously mentioned, yes you and your partner should have lots of quality time together. That doesn’t mean though, that you shouldn’t interact with other people. Your family and friends are great sources of comfort and advice; you should cultivate your relationship with them as well! Plan group dates or spend time with each other’s families to better know the people around your significant other and vice versa.

Say Good Things About Each Other

The ‘lips are important’ fact is also true when you’re not around your partner. They say the tongue is the most lethal human body part, equally capable of raising people up or tearing them down. So for this year, you’d better tame it only to praise and compliment your significant other. You may forget the rough patches you and your partner go through, but if you tell your friends, they never will.


Do Small Things for Each Other

Saying good things isn’t enough if you can’t spice it up with action. Believe it or not, these small loving gestures that you took for granted in the past can endear you to your partner. You’d better develop (or re-develop) that habit.

Take On New Hobbies

Find something worthwhile to do with your significant other. Read books together, join a good and charitable cause, take up boxing or other sports. Not only will it be fun, but you’ll both learn something new and accomplish things. Growing together as individuals (but together… are we making sense here?) is a sign of a great relationship.

Make a Vision and Mission Plan

It may seem like an overly romantic idea, but it’s not. Seeing you and your relationship a few years from now as well as making plans for your future together can actually be a fun experience for you and your partner.

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Pray Together

No relationship can work without a Higher Power guiding and sustaining it. So whether your relationship is happy or not, don’t forget to pray to God since He always knows best! That way, your relationship will be on the Rock instead of on the rocks.

So there you go! These are 10 things you should add to your New Year’s resolution if you want to improve your relationship with the person you love. While it’s not so hard to write this stuff down, doing it is quite another story. Hopefully, though, you’ll stay faithful to your words. Good luck!

5 Food-Related Filipino Superstitions on New Year’s Eve

One of the best reasons why you should hire Manila catering to do the cooking for your New Year’s Eve celebration is because they have so many dishes in their repertoire and are more flexible and accommodating to your needs, so you will never be stuck with food you don’t like. For example, you might be one of the people who believe in the numerous Filipino superstitions when it comes to the food served in celebration of the coming year, and that must be taken into account.

We have quite a list of superstitions associated with the New Year, influenced by Chinese culture as well as others. Here are a few food-related examples;


Long-NoodlesLong and continuous noodles represent longevity in Chinese culture. That’s why most of them enjoy a few bowls of hot and tasty noodles on their birthdays. They usually fry it to keep it from snapping and shortening, but they also have other recipes we might like. Somehow, this belief got passed on to us Filipinos, and we not only do the same on our own birthdays (we often have pancit or spaghetti in the menu) but we also include it in other celebrations, including New Year.


round-fruitsThese include apples, watermelons, grapes, melons, longans, plums, pears, oranges, mabolos, peaches, cherries, lemons, lanzones, pomegranates, santols, rambutans, star apples, blueberries, aratiles, and any other round-shaped fruit you might think of. Choose 12 among these delicious fruits to represent each month of the following year; Filipinos believe that having a bowl of 12 different round fruits displayed on your table welcomes prosperity to your home. Moreover the round shape of each fruit somewhat resembles coins, ushering in financial abundance as well!


round-grapeThis superstition probably has its roots from the Twelve Grapes of Luck (Las Doce Uvas de la Suerte), a Spanish tradition dating back from 1895 where people each a round grape for each bell strike at midnight of New Year’s Eve bring luck and prosperity to the partaker as well as protection from witches and other evil entities. Spaniards also do this on Christmas Eve. Filipinos, as well as Mexicans, also adopted this custom, albeit modified to some degree.


chicken-or-fishSome superstitious Filipinos don’t recommend serving poultry and fish in their New Year’s celebration, associating it with the scarcity of food since both animals scrounge for food themselves. However, most Filipinos still enjoy it on New Year’s Eve as well as the day after, preparing it in various recipes that can make anybody forgo their beliefs even just for the night. Filipinos include native rice-based delicacies on their table for New Year’s Eve not only because it makes a delicious and mouth-watering treat, but also because they believe that eating these treats before the year’s end can make good fortune stick to you. These delicacies include suman, sapin-sapin, kutsinta, and countless more.


You have to admit that even if you don’t believe any of these traditions it’s still fun to follow. Besides, it wouldn’t hurt you to try. And while you’re at it, why not practice the other traditions as well, like scattering coins all over your house, wearing polka dots, jumping at least thrice to get taller, and setting off some fantastic fireworks for yours and others’ entertainment.

Zodiac Lover: The Personality and Relationship Traits of Sagittarius People


Before you hire the best Manila catering services you can find, keep in mind that most of the month of December is special for us Sagittarius-born since many of us are born on one of those days. So better make sure that the caterers who’ll handle the food at your parties know our favorite dishes and beverages. Don’t worry; we’re not as overly picky with our food as some people tend to be. In any case, it’s best if you know what’s great about us and what’s not; that way you’ll be able to better serve us in our catering needs.

Positive Traits


Simply put, we’re always hungry for adventure. We’re willing to do almost anything, no matter how risky it is, to keep our lives exciting and invigorating. And that includes trying out exotic dishes we’ve never even seen before.


Our inherent intelligence is matched only by our enthusiasm. Not only are we interested in many things, but we are also very knowledgeable of them. We tend to amaze people during conversations, and our knowledge when it comes to food can put anyone to shame (that’s why people born under Sagittarius make great culinary artists).


Just because we’re intellectuals, though, doesn’t mean we’re cold and mean at heart! In truth, we’re very generous to others, always willing to help them out in their times of need and sometimes even going the extra mile just to make sure you achieve your goals.


Socrates once said that if you get a good wife you’ll be a happy person but if you get a bad wife you’ll become a philosopher. Well, you can bet that if you marry a Sagittarius, you’ll be both! We love to discuss moral and spiritual issues, and we have a strong sense of right and wrong. So better ready your takes on important stuff in case you’re planning to marry one of us.


For us, there’s no point in focusing on a bad things in life so instead we always look at the bright side. This attitude has helped us a lot in countless difficult situations. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’re not realistic; in some situations we face the facts head on.

Straight Forward

We never refrain from speaking the truth even if it hurts (that’s why our zodiac has a bow and arrows). We’ll tell you straight to your face whether or not the dishes you or the caterers prepared are delicious. And we’ll mean every word of it!


Negative Traits


However, our adventurous, intellectual, and straight forward nature makes us careless about others at times. And not only that, we also sometimes tend to make risky moves that aren’t really necessary in the first place.


We admit it; we tend to get over confident often. Sometimes we get so cocky that we screw up in situations that we initially thought of as easy play.


We’re also very impatient on things and people; that’s what too much intelligence does to you. Waiting is not our thing (so don’t make us wait for the food), and we need our energies constantly channeled to the right activities in order to keep us from being restless.


Although we have a huge amount of enthusiasm for a certain passion or pursuit, our drive is short-lived; Filipinos call that Ningas-Kugon. If ever you’ll rate our work performance, you’ll get mixed results.


Unlike some, we care about looks. We’re not the type of guys who don’t judge a book by its cover; for us, books with dull covers aren’t worth buying or reading. The same goes for food and drinks; if what the restaurant serves doesn’t look delicious then we’ll go elsewhere.


As mentioned above Sagittarius-borns are very straight forward. However, it also makes us very blunt. Couple that with our carelessness to other’s feelings and you get a really tactless party guest!

Don’t let our bad side discourage you from being friends with us, though; you’ll regret it if you did! We Sagittarius-borns are great people to have in your lives.

Dinner with Jose Rizal: Some of Our National Hero’s Favorite Filipino Dishes

Filipinos everywhere commemorate the 30th of December as Rizal Day. It marks the day Jose Rizal was executed by Spanish authorities at Bagumbayan, which help bring about the Philippines’ independence from Spain. So why not celebrate this historic event by enjoying some of our national hero’s favorite dishes? You can either prepare it yourself or you can ask assistance from the best Manila catering available.

Ginisang Munggo

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This Filipino-famous dish is made of stewed green mung seeds and other ingredients such as garlic, onions, tomatoes, malunggay leaves, ampalaya leaves, little chunks of pork meat, and a few grams of tiny fresh shrimps. Jose Rizal used to enjoy this meal with his wife Josephine Bracken during his exile in Dapitan, Zamboanga.

Tinolang Manok

Tinolang Manok

Chopped garlic, onions and ginger are heated over a pan at medium temperatures. Once properly sautéed, chicken cuts are added to the ingredients and cooked for a few minutes. Then water is added and once boiling, you can add some chopped sayote or vegetable pear, pepper leaves and seasoning. Apparently, Jose loves this dish so much that he even mentioned it the first chapters of his book Noli Me Tangere.

Sinigang na Ayungin

Sinigang na Ayungin

One of the most popular dishes you can get from Philippine cuisine, this stew derives its sour yet savoury taste from tamarind. Recipes vary according to the meat or fish used, with pork, chicken and milkfish as the most popular. However, Jose prefers it with ayungin or silver perch, a native freshwater fish that used to be plenty during his lifetime (today, it’s a rare delicacy). Like tinolang manok, he also mentioned it in Noli through Tia Isabel.

Tuyo, Tinapa at Kamatis

Tuyo, Tinapa at Kamatis

Salted and smoked fish served with chopped tomatoes makes it to Rizal’s list of favorite breakfast. Eaten with rice fried with garlic, it makes a delicious and satisfying morning meal indeed! He might even ask for it sometimes during lunch and dinners whenever there’s ginisang munggo on the table (those two dishes make a remarkable combination) as some of us are wont to do.



Rizal also enjoyed a bowl or two of some malagkit rice and chocolate stew (a favourite comfort food among Filipinos), with a few small pieces of tuyo or tinapa on the side, as his breakfast during the rainy season. He might have even added in a few cups of milk and spoons of sugar for extra flavor!

Suman at Tsokolate

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Made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk and wrapped with banana or palm leaves, this rice cake goes great with sugar and shaved coconut meat. It’s one of the most popular snacks in the Philippines, and recipes vary from one province to another. According to many sources, Jose Rizal enjoyed this regularly after school when he was a kid, sometimes served with a steaming mug of hot chocolate drink.

Aside from these meals, the recipes of which he might have brought along with him on his journeys around the world, Jose Rizal also enjoyed a lot of foreign food. These dishes make wonderful meals for special occasions and regular days alike. You can even serve it on your New Year’s Eve party if you like; your guests will definitely enjoy these wonderful Philippine culinary masterpieces!

Different Eggnog Recipes You Should Try Out This Christmas

Feeling the Christmas blues? Then have a large mug of tasty and satisfying eggnog to lift your spirits! In case you didn’t know, eggnog is a sweet beverage made with milk, egg, and sugar. Sometimes, it’s spiked with spirits like brandy and rum to for a special ‘kick’; Manila catering services and homemakers alike do this to give it a more distinct flavor.

Either way, it makes a fine and delectable treat, and you can enjoy it in parties as well as in the comforts of your own bedroom. Itching to make one now? Here are a few recipes you might like.


Classic Eggnog



6 eggs

3 cups cream

2 cups milk

¾ cup sugar

Freshly grated nutmeg

Additional Ingredients

½ cup bourbon

¼ cup dark rum

¼ cup cognac


  1. Put egg yolks in a large bowl and beat until thick and pale, gradually adding sugar. Add 2 cups of cream and 2 cups of milk and then whisk (Optional: You can also add the spirits). Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and then fold it into the eggnog.
  3. Whisk 1 remaining cup of cream until stiff peaks form and then fold it into the eggnog.
  4. Sprinkle the nutmeg on top.


Creamy Chocolate Eggnog



6 eggs

3 cups milk

2/3 cup cream

¼ cup sugar

Pinch of salt

6 ounces chopped dark chocolate

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

Whipped cream

Freshly grated nutmeg

Additional Ingredients

½ cup bourbon


  1. Put dark chocolate in a medium bowl and the cream in a measuring cup.
  2. Whisk together eggs, sugar, salt, and milk in another medium bowl. Pour the mixture into a saucepan.
  3. Gently heat the mixture at medium or low temperatures, stir constantly, and remove when it reaches 160°F.
  4. Pour ½ cups of the hot egg mixture in the bowl with dark chocolate; the rest goes back to the whisking bowl. Add the cream to the whisking bowl with the rest of the egg mixture and stir.
  5. Whisk the egg and chocolate mixture, staring from the center and working in small, circular motions until a smooth texture is formed. Add the egg and cream mixture.
  6. Whisk in vanilla extract and ground nutmeg (Optional: You can also add the bourbon), and then refrigerate for a few hours.
  7. Add whipped cream on top and sprinkle with grated nutmeg.


Eggless Eggnog



1 quart milk

1 pack instant vanilla pudding

½ cup vanilla ice cream

½ teaspoon rum flavoring (You can also use real rum)

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Whipped cream


  1. Shake together ½ cup milk 1 pack vanilla pudding. Leave for 5 minutes until the mixture settles.
  2. Add the rest of the milk, the vanilla ice cream, and the rum flavoring (or real rum), and then refrigerate.
  3. Add whipped cream on top and sprinkle with nutmeg.


As mentioned earlier, you can also spike these eggnog recipes with alcoholic beverages such as if you like. Just make sure you do it before refrigerating the eggnog for it to mix properly (It’s already in the procedure). Oh and by the way, drink moderately; eggnogs with spirits can pack quite a punch!

Christmas Dishes that Make Striking Table Centerpieces

Looking for the perfect centerpiece to put on your Christmas table? Then you might as well use the main courses you’ve either prepared from the comforts of your kitchen or ordered from Manila catering instead of opting for the usual ornaments like miniscule Christmas trees, chandeliers and glass sculptures. For one thing, it makes every other food laid on it look more appetizing. Besides, nobody’s going to pay attention to those elaborate ornaments once they’ve sat down and started on their plates!

There are many dishes you can use as your table topper, courtesy of the various countries whose unique customs have contributed to the beauty of the Christmas season over the years. Here are a few suggestions:


Suckling Pig


Who wouldn’t want a decent piglet on the table, cooked whole and roasted to a crisp, with an apple on its mouth and stuffing on the inside? Lechon de Leche is one of the most popular party dishes in the Philippines, ideal not only for Christmas but for other big occasions as well! Just keep in mind that you can’t prepare this on your own at home (unless you have your own lechon business or a really large fire grill). Don’t worry, though, you can still order a suckling pig or two from caterers.

Roasted Turkey (or Chicken)

Christmas Turkey

Roasted turkey may be cliché, but you have to admit that it still makes a fine Christmas table centerpiece! Plus, it’s juicy and delicious enough to satisfy yours, your family’s and your guests’ appetite. Several countries find turkey a marvelous main dish, and they like it filled with stuffing and eaten with corn, potatoes and other sides. For countries where turkey is scarce like the Philippines and Japan, chicken makes a wonderful alternative, albeit smaller. Sometimes we even lay out several roasted chickens to compensate for its size.

Christmas Ham

christmas ham

Ham is another classic dish you can set on your table. It’s said that this pork meat was eaten by early Germans and Norsemen as a tribute to Freyr, the Norse God of fair weather and phallic fertility. Eventually, the early Christians adapted this tradition in order to verify the sincerity and authenticity of the new converts from Judaism (Jews consider pigs and its meat unholy). Today, there are many ways you can prepare Christmas hams, with many sources available to get tips from. You can even get a few from Game of Thrones and other literary works!

Christmas Cake

christmas cake

If you think roasted pork or poultry are too cliché as star dishes for Christmas, why not change it up a little and bring out a decent cake instead? You can either bake your own or you can call a professional and have one made! You can even go to the nearest cake shop and get a ready-made cake in case you’ve run out of time. To make it even more interesting, don’t just settle for one cake; buy two or more different cakes. That way, your guests can choose which to enjoy.

Make your Christmas celebration unique and unforgettable by having one of these dishes on your table. Better yet, why not have it all and invite everyone! Make your table brimming with so much food that your guests will leave the party very satisfied indeed!


“Hanukkah Sameach!” Traditional Foods Enjoyed During Hanukkah

Several Manila catering services are preparing not only for Christmas, but for Hanukkah as well in order to better serve the Filipino Jewish community. Also known as the Feast of Lights, Hanukkah is the Jewish event also celebrated around Christmas.

It commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century B.C., which resulted in Israel’s brief sovereignty before Roman conquest. It is an eight-day celebration normally starting on the 25th day of Kislev of the Hebrew calendar, a month that coincides with November or December in our Gregorian calendar.



According to Rabbinic tradition, there was only one small jug of sealed uncontaminated oil found in the Holy Temple after the rebel’s victory. Though only enough for a day, it miraculously lit up the temple for more than a week. Today, Hanukkah celebrants use a unique eight- or nine-branched candelabrum in memory of the miracle.

Hanukkah is also known for its traditional Jewish cuisine. Most of these dishes come in bread and pastries that are fried or baked in olive oil (again in memory of the small jar of oil found in the Holy temple), although there are exceptions. Here are a few, in case you’re dying to try out some of them.



This is the Jewish version of potato pancakes. Made from potato, flour, eggs, seasoned with onions and garlic and deep fried in olive oil, it makes quite an enjoyable dish. It need not be always be made from potatoes, though. In fact, many Jews use other types of vegetables, cheese, starch and other ingredients, depending on its availability in the market. With this in mind, you can tweak your own recipe accordingly to create the potato pancake that will satisfy your taste buds.



To complement the often salty latkes, why not make some sweet Jewish doughnuts as well? It became so popular that it somewhat replaced the then in-demand latkes as the top Hanukkah food. In case you want to try making a batch, you can use as fillings various fruit jams and jellies as well as chocolate and vanilla cream, caramel, cappuccino and many others.

Sufganiyot is glazed on the outside with powdered sugar. Some recipes use honey in place of the sugar, or use both evenly top produce a really delightful treat. Still, others add a few more toppings like nuts, and chocolate chips to make their Hanukkah celebration as unique as possible.




You can also make some fritters in addition to the potato pancakes and doughnuts. Like pontshkes, it has fillings inside; however, you can use meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables in place of the fruit jams and jellies used in the doughnuts.

Each of these dishes is deep-fried and cooked to perfection, giving you a set of treats so mouth-watering that you won’t get enough of them. So if you want to enjoy these snacks this month, better start cooking in the kitchen now. Or better yet, call the best caterers in town who know their Jewish cuisine.