Marks & Spencer line of Holiday Gourmet Gifts

Marks & Spencers line of Holiday Gourmet Gifts

There’s only a few days left before Christmas. If you’re still stressing out what gifts to give to your friends or family, food treats are more or less the best options to give away. Everyone enjoys good food. Look no further for Marks & Spencer line of gift gourmets. Delectable food treats that are neatly packed and ready be placed under anyone’s Christmas tree. Recently, I had a chance to try out some of these yearly favorites and limited seasonal offers.

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Lamisaan at Holiday Inn Baguio

Highland Greens ala Nicoise

The table is set for Baguio’s bounty and the highlands flavors

The crux of international hotel chains lies in the homogeneity of its offerings – it’s good when it comes to expectations regarding service and facilities.  However, it’s less than welcome if we’re talking about food.  At a time when locavore eating is encouraged, it’s a pity that oftentimes when you eat in different branches of a certain hotel or restaurant chain, you get more of the same flavors, same dishes, same offerings.  It’s even more lamentable when we’re talking of Baguio as a branch location, as the city offers a bounty of produce as well as traditional food from the highlands.

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Onn Kee Restaurant for Ipoh’s Signature Hor Fun Delicacy

Onn Kee restaurant signature dishes

Ipoh is a popular day trip destination from Kuala Lumpur. This Old Town that flourished through mining is a two to three hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. Ipoh White Coffee may be commercially known and widely available but it is only in the old town of Ipoh where one can take sample a favorite delicacy the local hor fun (kuey teow), taugeh (beansprouts) and Hainanese-style steamed chicken. There are a couple of restaurants to go to but a lot of locals pointed us to Onn Kee Restaurant.

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Kafe Panglima Dua Lima Good Old Town Ipoh Coffee

Ipoh coffee and ambience

The old town of Ipoh is known as one of Malaysia’s best coffee producers. The “Old Town” coffee brand is a popular present for visitors coming from Malaysia. It is one of my favorite instant coffee due to its sharp strong yet rich flavor. Recently, I found myself back in Ipoh for a fam tour. While strolling through one of the famed concubine lanes in Ipoh, we chanced upon Panglima Dua Lima. A charming little cafe housed in an old shophouse serving freshly prepare Ipoh white coffee.

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Saucy-liscious Reyal Litson Manok

Reyal Litson Manok

In this season of many gatherings, the Filipino’s iconic litson manok (roasted chicken) is ever present. Aside being a much healthier alternative to fried chicken, roast chickens are widely available and at reasonable prices. Adding to the many choices out there, Reyal Litson Manok is steadily making itself known in the roast chicken market. I’ve seen some stalls in Laguna and have been curious on how their taste fare. Especially with the tagline “mas masarap ‘pag may sauce (more delicious with sauce)”

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Asakusa : Home of Tempura opens at Ayala Vertis North

Samurai Tempura Set

Asakusa (pronounced as ah-sahk-sah) is a district in Tokyo renowned for its bustling Japanese tempura shops scene. This is where couple, Chef Jacob and fashion designer, Celine found their most memorable tempura experience in Japan. The tempura from a small and simple shop in Japan served by an old couple were one of the best they tasted that they were inspired to bring it in Manila. Hence, Asakusa: Home of Tempura was born in 2015 with its first branch at the Grove by Rockwell. Establishing itself as the tempura specialty house enjoyed by people in Pasig. Two years after, Asakusa opens its doors at Ayala Malls Vertis North to serve northerners in the Metro.

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