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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 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!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

2017 Christmas Home Decorating Ideas | SM Home

Decorating your home for Christmas is easier when done earlier. That’s my motto for this year and in fact, have started pulling out small decors one by one to hang on doors, place atop tables, etc. Christmas decorating can be overwhelming and at first glance, can be an enormous task for any mom.

My son and I have started a series of decorating every night, before we go to bed. It will eventually lead to bigger decors like the Christmas tree, but even that can be broken into a series of tasks instead of doing it in one blow. What’s even better is if you get the right inspiration, such as looking at or even adding these Christmas decors from SM Home.

There are also more than 500 Holiday ornaments to choose from, modern expressions of traditional holiday trimmings have an artisan touch that celebrate all that is creative and classic. With probably the widest assortment of décor in town, SM Home shares with us some tips of how to bring the holidays to our homes.

  • Classic Charm. Create a cozy and casual holiday living room with classic reds and greens that never go out of style. Add shades of white to create a refreshing theme, and don’t forget a bit of sparkle for added flair. Nutcracker toy soldiers, potted poinsettias and Christmas trees, carousel and candy cane ornaments, show globes, and miniature vintage villages will help showcase a traditional holiday scene at home.

  • Contemporary Luxe. Metallic shades make an elegant and polished holiday look. Mixing silver and gold – with a touch of antique brass and champagne – into your Christmas design adds warmth to your home, but with a luxurious feel.

  • Modern Opulence. Deck your halls with rich royal colors – amethyst, sapphire, tourmaline, and citrine – to create and chic and sophisticated holiday look. Make a beautiful and bold statement with glittering Christmas balls, jester mask ornaments, and oversized finial ornaments with ribbons.

  • Pretty Whimsical. Holiday décor can also be lighthearted and whimsical. Combine pretty pastels – baby blue, creamsicle, cotton candy, and chartreuse- with sweet dessert ornaments – gingerbread, cupcakes, ice cream, and doughnuts – for a playful spin that kids and kids at heart will definitely adore.

The latest Christmas Décor collection is available at the SM Home section at all SM Stores. Also, visit their largest Christmas Décor Display at the SM Home section in SM Makati.

Merry Christmas Mommy and Baby!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

SM Southmall Christmas Launch: Tale of Winter Forest

SM supermalls started lighting up their Christmas trees a few weeks ago, almost simultaneously! We were lucky to witness at least one of them this year while in SM Southmall.

Every year, each SM Supermalls will have different themes and this year, SM Southmall’s activity center was transformed into a magical winter forest – with two magnificent giant reindeers. When we arrived, light effects were not yet on but many shoppers were already taking selfies.

Kami din syempre! Ashton with Mamu Yeyey :)

A few minutes later, the orchestra started to play Christmas songs. The crowd started to gather and were rewarded with a magical short play entitled “Tale of Christmas Forest”.

Our kid really focused and enjoyed the entire play – and for free! The kid actors, actresses were from Stages. Shoppers that afternoon are very lucky. Aside from the story that highlighted the value of kindness, the Winter Fairy (character) also rendered two songs that signaled the official tree lighting.

SM Southmall’s tree is not the usual green, triangle-shaped tree but more of a forest that shoots upward and wide from the center of the supermall. It’s very beautiful and everything, especially the program really promoted the Christmas spirit and feelings of love and giving.

I am really very proud of the Filipino Christmas. SM Supermalls, has been a big part of this grand tradition for many years. It’s not all about shopping but spending time together with our loved ones.

Children from SOS Children’s Villages and Child Haus were the VIPs during the program and all the kids were given a special gift from SM Southmall after the short program.

Upcoming Christmas Events & Activities at SM Southmall

Here is the announced schedule of Christmas events at SM Southmall:

Santa Clause Meet & Greet
November 13 & 27
December 11 & 24

Christmas Carols
November 22-24, 26

These are just some of the many & easy ways to enjoy this Christmas, no matter how busy we are or despite problems (if any) – Christmas is a wonderful and magical time to celebrate love, hope, and peace with our family and friends.

Merry SM Christmas Mommy & Baby!


Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Oreo, Toblerone, and Cadbury Limited Christmas Edition

It’s only a few days before Christmas and more than ever – it’s harder to get through shopping isles looking for Christmas presents. It’s especially hard to look for last minute Christmas gifts for teachers, officemates, and unexpected Christmas guests.

Oreo, Toblerone, and Cadbury which are top food brands have released their limited Christmas editions for shoppers. I think these make nice & thoughtful Christmas gifts minus the hassle of overthinking and gift wrapping.

The Limited Oreo Selection – contains four Oreo flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate and Ice Cream Blueberry. Packaged in one special golden tin can.

Toblerone Holiday Gift Boxes
– these holiday gift boxes contain individually wrapped tiny versions of Toblerone Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and White Chocolate.

Limited Edition Cadbury Dairy Milk – the limited edition Cadbury Dairy Milk comes with witty messages like “I can’t think of anything else to give you,” perfectly describing the struggles of a Christmas shopper.

Mommy Lace tip: If you want to avoid being caught empty handed on Christmas by your guests or godchildren (inaanak), it’s a good idea to stock some of these Christmas edition food items. They’re easy to enjoy as a treat and won’t be a problem in case you are still left with some after Christmas.

This Oreo can is beautiful, it begs for a nice photo by the Christmas tree. Here’s one I took with the first Oreo selection we got.

My favorite is the Limited Oreo Selection, I tried one tin can first which my son and I enjoyed beside our Christmas tree and with a glass of milk. I am getting some more as emergency Christmas gifts for visiting family & friends. Christmas shouldn’t really be about rushing and stressing but the spirit of gifting and caring :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Meet & Greet Santa Clause, Hi-5 at Resorts World Manila

Christmas is here and every year, families look for the grandest Christmas experiences that all family members can enjoy. We are lucky to be in a place where shopping malls and hotels offer free features, performances, and merry activities. Just like Resorts World Manila who launched their Grand Fiesta with a bang.

Watch this video I took of the thrilling Grand Fiesta experience in store for everyone:

Musical performances including the UP Singing Ambassadors

Resorts World Manila - media appreciation party 2015

Acrobat shows are just one of the thrilling experience at Bar 360 this Christmas.

Resorts World Manila - media appreciation party 2015

Resorts World Manila - media appreciation party 2015

Lights and sounds show/parade that will roam the Resorts World Manila complex during this Christmas season. This is a MUST-SEE and MUST-EXPERIENCE in Resorts World Manila. The first time I saw this show I thought it would be the usual people wearing LED lights, but no – they have absolutely new technology even I can’t explain and it brings the show to a whole new extraordinary level.

Resorts World Manila - media appreciation party 2015

Meet and greet Santa Clause (plus free Christmas candy treats!)

For parents out there, here is the Resorts World Grand Fiesta schedule for your convenience:

December all weekend – Santa Claus meet and greet every weekend
December every Saturday and Sunday– UP Singing Ambassadors and Arthur Manuntag

December 31 – The Grand Countdown at Marriott Grand Ballroom featuring Zsa Zsa Padilla, Charice and Martin Nievera. Also featured Jon Santos, El Gamma Penumbra, RWM acrobats, Universo Robots and Mark Mabasa and friends.

December 31 – Rock to Midnight at The Plaza, Newport Mall featuring: Yeng Constantino, Rivermaya, The Dawn, Spirit of 67 and Fanzy Notes

Most of the activities happen around 6pm when Resorts World Manila is bustling with diners, shoppers, and hotel guests. It might be a good idea to have lunch at one of their restaurants, watch a movie at the Resorts World Cinemas or catch a performance at the Newport Theatre (including Hi-5!), then enjoy the Grand Fiesta activities at night.

Hi-5: House of Dreams Schedule

Friday, December 18, 2015 – 2:30pm
Friday, December 18, 2015 – 6:00pm
Saturday, December 19, 2015 – 11:00am
Saturday, December 19, 2015 – 2:30pm
Saturday, December 19, 2015 – 6:00pm
Sunday, December 20, 2015 – 11:00am
Sunday, December 20, 2015 – 2:30pm
Sunday, December 20, 2015 – 6:00pm
Monday, December 21, 2015 – 2:30pm
Monday, December 21, 2015 – 6:00pm

See you at Resorts World mommies & babies! :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Christmas Carnivale Weekend on Nov. 21-22 (Alabang)

If you want to avoid the traffic but still want to spend quality time with your kids & family this upcoming APEC long weekend, then please visit Zonta Club Alabang’s unique Christmas Carnivale. The event promises to be a unique and more than the typical Christmas bazaars. More than shopping, the Christmas Carnivale happening inside the airconditioned Filinvest tent, want to focus on providing a memorable Christmas experience for the whole family.

Watch this video compilation of previous Christmas Carnivale events:

Entrance is FREE and just by going to the event – we already help Zonta Club Alabang support their advocacy which are targeted towards women’s and children’s welfare, learn more about these projects here.  The moment you walk through the doors of the bazaar, you will be greeted by a variety of colorful circus performers.

Christmas Carnivale will be held on Nov. 21-22, 10 AM – 9 PM at the Filinvest Tent, Spectrum Midway, Muntinlupa City.

There will be magicians and bubble shows for the little ones while Mom and Dad shop in the comfort of the air-conditioned Filinvest Tent. Older kids can head to the Go-Kart track for a little racing fun. Then the entire family can meet at the Food Court to fill their tummies with delightful dishes from Boneless Bob’s, El Chupacabra, Felicia’s, and Wit’s Granola, among other dining options.

Mommy Lace tip: Check out the Christmas Carnivale’s FB event page and click attending to get real-time updates straight from the organizers.

See you there Mommies! :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.