Saturday, December 22, 2012

Perk-up Your Holidays with Yummy Gardenia Treats!

This is the time of the year when the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the everyday gets transformed to something magical. You see it in homes already dressed up in glittering and bright lights, or in the warm feeling that wafts in the air during family reunions, or perhaps on how we uplift our character and mindset to become better persons. Indeed, the holiday season is a time to look with fresh eyes on all that surrounds us in our daily lives. Take the dinner table as an example. While we love to pile it up with all things special for this season like delectable hams or exquisite cheeses, it will not be complete without our bread to brighten up our dining experience and make it even more extraordinary and exciting. 

And if you’re one of the millions of households that chooses only the best in breads for your dining table on a day-to-day basis, then Gardenia will continue to remain part of your festive table. While Gardenia has already proven to be healthylicious with or without palaman, the season calls for turning the bread you love to eat every day into remarkable holiday treats. All you need are imagination, delight and bags of your favorite Gardenia bread to make the happy, festive change!  

Why not go delightfully retro with Gardenia Chocolate Fondue? Along with cubed apples, bananas and white marshmallows, pick up bags of Gardenia Double Delights Ube & Cheese Loaf and Choco & Mocha Loaf, along with Gardenia High Fiber Wheat Raisin Loaf. Cube the assorted breads and watch adults and kids have fun as they dunk them in a bowl of melted chocolate!

2 slices                  Gardenia Double Delights Ube &Cheese Loaf, cubed
2 slices                  Gardenia Double Delights Choco & Mocha Loaf, cubed
2 slices                  Gardenia High Fiber Wheat Raisin Loaf, cubed
1 cup                     Melted chocolate
1 piece                  red apple, cubed
1 piece                  green apple, cubed
1 piece                  banana, cubed
1 30g pack           white marshmallows

How to do it? Simply serve all the ingredients using a fondue set.

Or you can get into the amazing festive indulgence mode using any of Gardenia’s amazing loaves like Gardenia Black Forest, that decadent, succulently soft and moist chocolate bread heaping with rich chocolate filling and luscious cherries, or Gardenia’s Amazing Dates and Walnuts, the soft, juicy and freshly baked bread layered with a delectable mix of fruit and nut. If not, indulge on Gardenia's Butterscotch Loaf with its smooth-tasting caramel goodness with rich and flavorful butterscotch chips found in each slice.

Speaking of butterscotch treats, try the special Gardenia Butterscotch Loaf and tweak it a bit to become a rich teatime snack or a true morning indulgence.  In a loaf pan, simply layer the trimmed bread slices with sliced kiwi, almond and nut chocolate, cream and honey and then chill to make the awesomely delicious Gardenia Butterscotch Kiwi Cake. 

The Gardenia Flavored Loaves are available nationwide at leading supermarkets and convenience stores.

Friday, December 21, 2012


For special occasions, there’s simply nothing like a perfectly roasted turkey for the family. So this Christmas, serve this classic centerpiece fuss-free by leaving the job to our chefs. And at Marriott Manila, we also bring the same commanding presence on your very own holiday table with our Turkey to Fly. There’s nothing petite about this hunk of meat, from the good bones that give it stature to the perfectly marbled flesh and skin in the steer laden with giblet gravy. For only P7, 500 net bring home this package that can satisfy a family of ten and includes classic accompaniments from the freshest lettuce salad with Italian dressing, potato salad, buttered mashed potato, sautéed green bean bacon, and baked pumpkin. While these fixins already provide the robust flavors, the two loaves of fresh-from-the-oven corn bread is an equally marvelous pair--no one at the table will miss it with the turkey for sure! Since its executive chef Meik Brammer’s great hope that this package leaves anyone happier, save room for some apple and pumpkin pies. Oven baked and stuffed nothing but the goodness of all-natural fillings, its gentle sweetness and homemade charm make them a perfect foil for the Christmas feast.

Please call to order and allow 48 hours before pick up at the Java+. To know more about Marriott Manila festive season offerings, call 988-9980.

An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City. Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40" full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations.

Monday, December 10, 2012


Delightful Mochi goes well with a cup of coffee.

It is traditional for the Japanese to give out during the New Year boxes of sweet rice cakes known as mochi. It is believed that if you give mochi to your family and friends, you are wishing them good health and fortune for the coming year.

But something as delicious as mochi is just too delectable to be eaten once a year. Eventually, the Japanese made mocha an everyday snack, something you could enjoy at anytime of the year. On ordinary days, it is served plain with just a variety of condiments to flavor the rice cake. Popular add-ons include roasted soybean flour, crushed dried seaweed (nori) and even soy sauce.

This Christmas holiday, why not spread good health and fortune with your family and friends by giving them boxes of Tokyo Café’s Mochiya?

Just like the traditional mochi, these little rice cakes are made using glutinous flour that has been prepared just the way the Japanese do. Each order of Tokyo Café’s Mochiya comes in a decorative box of either 6 or 12 pieces. What’s more, all orders of Mochiya come with a free cup of coffee.

Tokyo Café’s Mochiya come with a variety of sweet fillings that will surely please your taste buds.

Those who like chocolate can choose from the Shirayuki (white chocolate with pistachio bits) and Koakuma (dark chocolate with rum). Only the best chocolate fills your mouth with each bite of these Mochiya.

For those who want fruit-flavored Mochiya, go for the Tenshi (lemon custard) or Asahi (mango cream). Think of summer and warm nights by the beach when you sink your teeth into these little rice balls.

For something unconventional, why not try the Himawari (sweet cheese) Mochiya? If you’re crazy about things cheesy, this is the Mochiya for you.

Flavored Mochi in box of six.

However, if you want something plain and simple, then the Ninja (sweet red bean paste) Mochiya is just perfect with coffee.

Tokyo Café’s Mochiya is available in gift boxes of 6 and 12 pieces, while a sampler of three is also available. They make perfect presents for all your friends.

All orders of Tokyo Cafe's Mochiya, whether dine-in or takeout, come with a free cup of hot or iced specialty blend coffee of your choice.

Tokyo Café’s Mochiya will be available until January 13, 2013 only.

Tokyo Café’s Mochiya is available at branches in SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, Go Hotels at Robinsons Cybergate, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, and Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill.

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