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Christmas French Fine Dining at Impressions, Resorts World Manila

A quiet French Fining Dining gem in Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila where you can enjoy private, luxury fine dining with exceptional service that truly impress.

Experience and taste something different this Christmas season at Impressions in Resorts World Manila. Impressions is a French fine dining restaurant located at the 3rd floor of Maxims Hotel where you can enjoy the  Impressions Christmas Special set menu created by Chef Cyrille Soenen, the first and only Master Chef of France in the Philippines, and also the Director of Culinary Arts for Resorts World Manila.

Impressions Christmas Special

The Impressions Christmas Special is a sit down dinner with an elegant four-course set menu. It’ll be available from December 23-25 only at a special holiday rate of P2,500++.

Appetizer: Pork Terrine with Cherry Compote

The dinner starts with this Pork Terrine with Cherry Compote that serves as an appetizing beginning. Pork Terrine is a French forcemeat loaf similar to a pâté. It is served with crostini and on the side, is a very light Apple and Herb Salad with Cherry Puree.

It was my first time to eat a French Pork Terrine, it is similar to embutido but with a lighter taste and coarser texture that makes it a good companion for toasted bread. I wasn’t very excited with the Cherry Compote at first, but this preserve went very well with the Terrine. The natural sweetness of cherries and its creaminess complimented the savory texture of the pork.

Even my kid loved it and it was a very interactive plate to start our special dinner.

 

The next entree is the Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Fennel. This isn’t just an ordinary pumpkin soup, it is served with Foie Gras Mousse (oh yes) that transforms this dish into a different experience.

Your bowl arrives with the Foie Gras Mousse and the actual pumpkin soup is carefully poured onto the mousse. It was a delight and a luxury to experience, the soup smells and tastes like Christmas.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Fennel

The main entree is Impressions’ Braised Beef Brisket and Mushroom Gratin. It is more than just a slab of meat or an ordinary steak. This beef is cooked French-style and for over 5 hours to achieve the authentic French taste and tenderness.

Main:  Impressions’ Braised Beef Brisket and Mushroom Gratin

This dish’s portion and serving is so generous, I only managed to eat half of the delicious, savory, and ultra-soft, easy-to-chew beef. You’ll appreciate the mushroom gratin that compliments the meat flavors with its soft, starchy, and creamy flavor. I can only imagine how wonderful this braised meat would be with rice!

Desserts and Mignardise

Dessert is a festive Raspberry Panna Cotta with Red Crumble, Raspberry Spiced Ganache, Coconut Lady Finger, and White Chocolate Vodka Ice Cream. You can request for Vodka to be omitted from your ice cream especially if dining with young children, like my son for example.

My favorite among the assortment of desserts (and these are all for just one person) is the White Chocolate Vodka Ice Cream. It was also my first time to enjoy a French Mignardise. I didn’t even know how to pronounce it (min-yar-dees) but basically, a mignardise is a “bite-sized, pretty dessert that’s served at the end of a meal”.

Sharing the mignardise and talking about which dessert to pick from red and green macroon, ube cannele, to ginger spiced pralines made the dinner more social and engaging. It was such a break from the demands and lure of modern technology.

Book Your Christmas at Resorts World Manila

Experience this highly recommended French-themed Christmas Dinner Special at Impressions, contact the Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (02) 908-8833 or visit www.rwmanila.com to reserve a table. RWM guests will be treated to wonderful evening of music and magic with a Christmas Day Show at The Plaza in Newport Mall. The angelic voices of the UP Singing Ambassadors will fill the air with traditional Christmas hymns, while “Diamond Soul Siren” Nina will enchant audiences with contemporary carols. Santa Claus will also be on hand to delight children of all-ages.

Merry Christmas!

5 Tips to Keeping Holidays Fun and Healthy

December brings a crazy kind of busy for parents and children alike. At school, home, and work – the holiday season can be both fun and hectic at the same time. Here are some tips to keep the Christmas season fun like it’s meant to be while keeping the whole family healthy.

1. Plan and learn to say no – take a step back and review your family’s commitments, including your children’s upcoming exams and social activities such as reunions or parties. Be realistic about your limitations and take into consideration your family’s need to rest and recharge in between. Only say yes to things you can commit to and really deliver, it will be good for your own productivity, mood, and well-being.

The holiday themed play area at The Square of Lancaster New City

2. Keep your family active – the holidays might be a good break for you and the kids from school and work but sitting all day playing mobile games and scrolling through social media can make you and your family feel sluggish in the end. Take advantage of free Christmas attractions outdoors, take a break from the gadgets, and squeeze in physical activities through outdoor games or even just walking is better than sitting.

3. Protect your kids from infectious diseases with Vitamin C – serving your family nutritious food helps in keeping them fit and healthy but busy work and school schedules, add to that the holiday season, makes it a challenge to ensure everyone’s getting the right dose of vitamins such as Vitamin C. Vitamin C can help protect your child from infectious diseases that are easily transmitted during the holiday – think Christmas parties, gatherings with lots of people, children playing indoors and outdoors, all the traveling, etc.

Pack toys and activity books to keep kids busy when traveling during the holidays and when braving the traffic.

The holidays are the worst time for anyone to get sick and miss all the memorable family moments. I always pack Vitamin C (together with some first aid medicines for fever, etc.) whenever I travel with my son. You can buy them in small bottles for traveling then just get the big ones to use when you stay at home.

FERN-C kidz comes in a delicious orange flavor at Php62.00 per 60mL bottle and Php119.00 per 120mL bottle. FERN-C kidz is also formulated with Zinc which further builds their resistance from illnesses and common diseases.

4. Keep things simple – Christmas is a great time to be creative and bring out your best decors, outfit, or family recipes. However, it doesn’t hurt to make things simpler. Simple might be even better if it means you get more time with your family especially your children. Remember that the holiday season is not a competition and at the end of it all, it’s your family that matters.

5. Enjoy – Believe it or not, this hectic but wonderful time of the year will end very fast. Christmas will end before you know it and 2018 will begin as swiftly. Family time is precious and Christmas is the best time to invest in memories that you and your child will forever cherish. Don’t forget to pause and make sure that you and your kids are enjoying the holidays in your healthiest shape by boosting your kids’ immunity.

Have a merry and healthy Christmas, Mommy and Baby!

Lumina at Resorts World Manila + Christmas Attractions & Shows

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Lumina at Resorts World Manila is the newest Christmas attraction to experience with the family. Lumina is an extraordinary tunnel of colorful LED lights. It’s the first of its kind that my son and I have ever seen and we enjoyed it very much!

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Lumina, is the newest holiday attraction at the Newport Mall made with thousands of LED Christmas lights. It is the brightest and longest lighted indoor corridor in the country.

Anyone can come in and experience Lumina at Newport Mall, take photos, and share selfies on the gram. This is just one of the attractions that Resorts World prepared for the holiday season. Continue reading.

Grand Christmas Tree at Resorts World Manila

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Resorts World Manila lit up their Christmas tree with a huge spectacle and showcased the events, shows, and top performers they prepared for 2017.

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These are the Icarian Duo who will perform at the New Year’s Eve Countdown. Their stunts are breathtaking! Both kids and adults were awestruck during their performance.

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The cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Manila gave a preview of their performance which will run starting February 2018 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

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Ashton met Pororo himself during Resorts World Manila’s Grand Christmas Countdown. Follow Resorts World Manila on Facebook for weekend activities they have in store, Santa Claus and Pororo with Friends might be around!

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Here are more details about the Pororo and Friends show.

A Wonderful Christmas With Pororo

Parents, here’s a Christmas experience for the whole family. The beloved kids characters Pororo and Friends are coming to Manila. A Wonderful Christmas with Pororo show is on the following dates and at the Newport Performing Arts Theater:

December 16, 2017 – 3:00PM
December 17, 2017 – 3:00PM

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Now that’s a whole lot of reasons to come and experience Christmas at Resorts World Manila. I suggest coming on weekends this December when you can expect activities at the Newport Mall Activity Area. The entire Resorts World looks so magical this year.

When you get tired of all the walking and malling, my personal tip is to drop by Maxim’s Cafe to relax and recoup your energy. They also have cute Christmas hampers you can treat yourself with or to give to family and friends.

Have a spectacular Christmas everybody! :)

What’s cooking? A hearty and homey partnership, says NutriAsia, Avida, and Amaia

NutriAsia’s Homecooking Starter Kits given to Avida and Amaia homeowners are special packages that contain essential NutriAsia products that will aid them in preparing homey and hearty meals.

What could a leading condiment manufacturer and a top-of-mind real estate provider have in common with each other? And what could a tie-up between these two industry leaders bring to the table?

As part of their unique partnership, NutriAsia welcomes new Amaia Land homeowners during turnover of properties with Homecooking Starter Kits

For NutriAsia, Avida, and Amaia, it is about forging a unique partnership that aims to cultivate—and celebrate—the Filipino’s sense of family and community.

Dang de Leon, corporate marketing consultant at NutriAsia, avers that the collaboration will allow the two brands to serve their common objective of uplifting Filipino families’ quality of living through an exciting lineup of projects.

“One might say that a partnership between the Philippines’ top condiment producer and the country’s leading property developer was, until recently, quite unlikely. But if you look closely as we did, you will note that NutriAsia, Avida, and Amaia both aspire to make Filipino families happy and content through its quality product offerings,” de Leon explains.

“For over 25 years now, NutriAsia has been steadfastly helping to provide authentic Filipino meals at the dining table, which in turn sparks happy bonding moments among family members. We know we can do more to celebrate the Filipinos’ love for family and we can’t think of a better partner than Avida and Amaia bring this about,” she adds.

Tess Tatco, Avida Land’s head of corporate marketing, affirms this, saying that the partnership with NutriAsia is meant to encourage shared interests among members of the community and inspire a delightful and wholesome family life through hearty meals and quality homes.

“We have been excited about this collaboration because we know that with a brand like NutriAsia we can do more together in building better and inspired communities,” says Tatco.

NutriAsia seals a homey and hearty partnership with Avida Land, starting with the successful Datu Puti Perfect Adobo Challenge during Avida’s Grand Neighbor Day.

“With the tandem of Avida and NutriAsia committed to providing thoughtfully conceived homes and quality food products, we look forward to more productive endeavors in the coming times,” she adds.

To jump-start their exciting tie-up, Avida Land successfully held its Grand Neighbor Day last Oct. 28 in its various communities nationwide, with NutriAsia adding more flavor to the special event through its Datu Puti #PerfectAdobo Challenge, wherein contestants came up with their most creative and innovative versions of adobo using the newest Datu Puti Adobo Series Sauces.

“We at NutriAsia believe that adobo evokes the warmth of a Filipino home in the same manner that the dish embodies the values that Avida communities hold dear—adherence to tradition and a sense of harmony between different ‘flavors’,” says de Leon.

To spice up the Grand Neighbor Day event, NutriAsia also brought its Joy Ride! Food Truck and served Avida homeowners with delectable Filipino comfort dishes made using quality NutriAsia products.

NutriAsia will likewise welcome new Avida and Amaia Land homeowners at the turnover of properties with Homecooking Starter Kits—special packages containing essential NutriAsia products that will aid them in preparing homey and hearty meals.

“Moving into their dream homes is a significant time for Filipino families,” de Leon says. “NutriAsia would like to make this important milestone more memorable for Avida Land’s new homeowners by gifting them with our Homecooking Starter Kits, which contain essential cooking ingredients that they can use in whipping up delicious meals for their families.”

NutriAsia is a powerhouse of beloved, timeless, and iconic Filipino food brands, including Datu Puti, UFC, Silver Swan, Papa, Jufran, Mafran Mang Tomas, and Golden Fiesta.

Sofitel Manila Holiday Promo: Christmas Staycation + New Year Countdown


One of the Christmas booths at Sofitel Manila’s Christmas Walk

The holidays are upon us once again and if you’re looking for a stress-free celebration that you can truly enjoy, look at these offerings crafted and curated by Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. It is a dream come true for all ages, children enjoy the festive atmosphere and activities while adults can relax and get the holiday break they deserve.

Here’s a toy I bought at the Christmas village, each house offers something unique such as Christmas treats, toys, and decor. This Santa Pen is so cute and just P100. Perfect Christmas sock stuffing for kids. The Christmas walk is open to all Sofitel guests. I recommend visiting this attraction then enjoy a meal with the at family Le Bar, Spiral, or the Sunset Bar.

C’est Noël Sofitel Manila Christmas Staycation Package

Superior Room – P7,000 / night
Luxury Room – P8,450
Luxury Club Millésime – P12,250
Sofitel Suite – P15,600


Christmas lobby of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, also known as Christmas walk

Promotional featured inclusions:

– Breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children (11 yrs old and below) at Spiral
– Complimentary in-room daily movies
– Le Spa voucher worth P500
– Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle voucher worth P1,500

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s 30-ft Christmas tree with musical decorations and Spiral staircase designed as a piano

Bonne Année Sofitel Manila New Year Staycation Package

*same promotional inclusions with Christmas package but higher accommodation rates + Children’s program for young VIPs at Spiral’s New Year’s Day Breakfast

Superior Room – P10,300
Luxury Room – P11,750
Luxury Club Millésime – P15,500
Sofitel Suite – P18,850


Virlanie Children’s Choir sings Christmas Carols at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

New Year Special with Spiral Breakfast and Tickets to Saint-Tropez Soirée

Saint-Tropez Soirée is Sofitel Manila’scountdown party that welcomes the New Year in a magnifique mix of indulgent gastronomy, musical performances and exciting raffle prizes. The Saint-Tropez Soirée wil be held at the Grand Plaza Ballroom with the rate set at P5,200 nett per person. The following package already includes 2 tickets for this Soirée. Grab this offer now before it’s gone.

Superior room P14,000
Luxury Room P15,000
Luxury Club Millésime P19,000
Sofitel Suite P23,000

Plus the following inclusions:

– 2 Tickets for New Year’s Eve Dinner at Saint Tropez Soirée
– Breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children (11 yo and below)
–  Children’s program for young VIPs at Spiral’s New Year’s Day Breakfast
– Complimentary in-room daily movies
– La Boutique voucher worth P500
– Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle voucher worth P1,500


My son will love these Christmas-themed #cutefoods

 

A Merry Little Christmas at Spiral

Sneak peak of Sofitel’s festive offerings—stuffed turkey, suckling pig, leg of ham 

• Christmas Eve Dinner is set at Php5,500 nett per person available from 6pm to 11pm
• Christmas Day Champagne Brunch is set at Php4,900 nett per person available from 12pm to 3pm

According to Sofitel, children on the nice list can expect special treats as Santa makes his jolly rounds on the 24th of December from 7pm and at 12.30pm on Christmas Day.

Book your Christmas holiday staycation plans early

Sofitel offers activities and luxury Christmas and New Year staycation packages and events that will surely make anyone’s holiday merry. It must be one of the most extensive offers in the metro, if not the most. Christmas and New Year are very important, memorable events that everyone wants to be perfect – insert all the holiday horror stories you have here. Why not try a luxury Christmas holiday at the Sofitel?

Christmas selfie with Sofitel Manila’s Giant Christmas Tree. Is this the biggest in Manila?

I have yet to experience a Christmas in Sofitel but I am absolutely considering it because moms deserve to enjoy Christmas and New Year too!  Accorhotel members are also entitled to discounts for the staycation packages.

Contact Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on Facebook or visit www.sofitelmanila.com

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I was invited  by Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila to their Christmas Launch and Tree Lighting Ceremony where these offers were previewed to all media guests.

Shopping Wish-List for 11.11 Singles Day + Black Friday Sale

The largest online shopping days are upon us! These are the 11 11 and Black Friday sale events. Thanks to the Internet, everyone can join the biggest online shopping events no matter where you are. In the Philippines, you can expect 11.11 deals on shopping sites like Lazada and Zalora but I also know savvy shoppers who’re able to shop from sites like Alibaba, Taobao, eBay, and Amazon.

I don’t think I need to go far (in cyberspace) because I already have a wish-list for November 11 and most of them are from Lazada. Lazada also already features items from Alibaba and Taobao – hello China! It is during the 11.11 sales that I really allow myself to buy things online that I personally want because of the savings and discounts. It pays to be prepared with a list and here’s some of the items in mine.

Christmas Shopping Wish List for 11/11 Online Shopping Sale

It was only a few years ago that I was introduced to what 11.11 Sale is all about. In China, November 11 is known as single’s day and simultaneous to the celebration of being proud and single, shopping malls and ecommerce sites such as Alibaba would also hold their largest online shopping sale.

#1 Cute Unicorn Adult Onesie P1,222 – Life is short and we all need to let out our playful selves once in a while! I want to get this Unicorn Onesie to wear on Christmas or whenever I’m just chilling in our bedroom watching YouTube. It looks so soft (I wish it really is) and so Instagram worthy too!

#2 Vivo V5 Silicone Buckle Glitter Phone Case P186 – I am using Vivo V5 at the moment which is fairly new but the silicone casing has turned yellowish and I’d really love a new glittery phone case to enjoy! It’s also in rose pink which is the same color as my phone. The buckle will let the mobile phone stand on its own when you’re watching online videos and I also like inserting my finger in it when holding the phone up, it prevents slips and falls! My phone ring has also gone missing so I hope to get this one too.

#3 Clear Dustproof Makeup Brush Storage Case P1,001  – It was only this year that I learned how to use makeup brushes and I now have a few Real Techniques makeup brushes. I have a hard time keeping them dust and dirt-free even when I wash them on a weekly basis. This clear makeup brush case will solve the problem! I like the idea of putting pearls to make the brushes stand up.

#4 Hanging bag organizer P439 – I only have a few hand bags and I want to keep them dust-free. It’s also important to retain the shape of hand bags so they remain attractive and stylish even after a long time. This hanging bag organizer will keep my bags off the floor and somewhere I can easily see them from.

#5 Classy hotel-style bathrobe P1,232 – Something to wear on weekends or when getting dressed for a big event? Bathrobes or wardrobes can be used in several ways but I dream of just being in it for an entire day doing nothing.

November 11 is the largest online shopping day sale

Don’t forget that the biggest online shopping event is on Saturday, November 11. I’m sure you have wish lists of your own or if you’re looking for gift ideas then I hope the items on my wish list helped you! So it helps to be prepared. So do check out websites like ShopBack for not only information and deals on the 11 11 sale but also on Black Friday deals!

Mommy Lace tip: Make use of the like, love, or add to wish list features on your favorite online shopping sites. This will help you save time from looking for your items again. They should automatically reflect the reduced prices on November 11.

 

Happy online shopping everyone!