Christmas Cornucopia: Treats in All Forms to Warm Up the Holidays - LA Wine & Dine

Goodies in bagfuls, basketfuls, and bellyfuls are the secret to a joyful holiday season.

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Hilton goes old school

Hilton Manila is bringing back the 21st century with their retro ‘90s Edition Crafted Hampers. Find treats like Haw Haw Dipped Crinkles, Chocnut Banana Bread, and Ube Stollen Bread, among other goodies, brought together in handcrafted hampers made by local artisans from upcycled materials.

The ‘90s hampers are available in four varieties: Waterlily Basket at P3,500, Novelty Kit at P3,900, Abaca Basket at P4,900, and Straw Chest Box at P5,900. Hilton Manila also offers a selection of traditional holiday confectionaries at Madison Lounge & Bar.

On the more savory side, the Premium Christmas Menu at the Vubble Dining Experience presents private air-conditioned domes accompanied by a Vubble Butler and Chef.

The deluxe menu starts at P12,500 for two people. Diners can expect selections like Golden Tomahawk US Angus Steak, Reindeer Vanille Cremeux, Waldorf Salad with Apple Mikkado, Caramelized Walnuts, Celeriac Puree, and Confit Duck Le paired with premium wines.

Hilton Manila is at 1 Newport Blvd, Pasay. For more information, visit

Holiday finds at Discovery Primea

Discovery Primea is offering select menu items through the Holiday Platters good for 8 to 10 people. Customers can expect the hotel’s traditional fare like Cochinillo Asado, Lengua Sevillana, and Callos a la Madrileña.

Their similar line of Primea At Home kits boast spreads good for 4 to 5 people at P5,000. The Feliz Navidad kit, meanwhile offers Spanish choices like Croquetas de Jamón y Pollo, Cochinillo Asado, and Paella de Marisco.

Discovery Primea also offers gourmet finds through Festive Hampers, Holiday Hampers, and Yuletide Hampers ranging from P1,500 ro P5,000.

Discovery Primea is at 6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati. For more information, visit

Marco Polo is unhampered

Marco Polo Ortigas has an extensive selection of hampers including chest-type and basket-type.

These hampers, which cost as much as P6,980, contain the likes of red wine, pasta, extra virgin olive oil, chocolate bars, salt, bread, meat, cheese, and cheeseboards.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is at Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, visit

The Pen takes it to extremes

The Peninsula Manila went the superlative route with their line of Peninsula Boutique Christmas Feast Hampers, with the most expensive of three options at P19,500.

Gifters of the hamper can count on wines, cookies, chocolates, pates, hams, gingerbread chalets, preserves, and jams.

The Peninsula Manila is at the corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City. For more information, visit

All’s fair for The Tasting Club

The Tasting Club, in partnership with Power Plant Mall, continues its Holiday Fair at Rockwell from December 17 to 19.

The rare weekend-only event offers gourmet food items from a selection of 24 merchants. Visitors will be able to sample the selections through free tasting. Other special activities include cooking and carving demos, all against the backdrop of live music.

The Tasting Club Holiday Fair is at Rockwell Goes Streetside – Plaza Driveway (Zara Entrance of Power Plant Mall). For more information, contact The Tasting Club via Facebook or Instagram.

Hendrick’s Gin is in

Hendrick’s Gin for a limited time is releasing its Measurement Maestro Pack, which contains Hendrick’s Jigger and a 700-mL bottle of Hendrick’s Gin. The pack is available at S&R and will be introduced at The Marketplace from December 17.

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The liquor brand also sells Hendrick’s Gin & Tonic, Hendrick’s French 75, and Hendrick’s Hot Spiced Apple Punch.

Santa Claus meets Santa Ana

Santa Ana Gin is unveiling its take on the classic French 75 coined as Santa Ana 75. The original was named because “it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun.”

Santa Ana 75 is made by making a base of Santa Ana Gin, lemon juice, and syrup shaken on ice for 15 seconds, before being double strained and topped with champagne, then zested and garnished with a lemon twist.

Purchase a bottle by visiting

Celebrating a Negros Christmas

Home furnishing designer Christina Borromeo-Gaston of Hacienda Crafts has collaborated with the Carmelite nuns of CM Bamboo Craft Centre to launch a collection of Christmas tree ornaments. A total of 18 handcrafted ornaments are curated into themed collections for buyers to complete

Meanwhile, a patisserie in the heart of Kabankalan known as Kalamay serves cakes, pastries, bonbons, and tea all flavored with Negros pride.

Ayala Malls gives back with Bayanihan Bazaars

Ayala Malls is organizing Bayanihan Bazaars, a series of curated fairs in collaboration with home, food, and fashion vendors until year-end. The initiative seeks to support local businesses and community merchants by extending mall facilities.

Moreover, Ayala Malls is hosting parol installations and exhibits for the amusement of all visitors until the end of 2021. These can be found in multiple venues like Ayala Malls Circuit and Abreeza.

For more information, visit

Tequila sees Philippine sunrise

1800 Tequila has showcased its portfolio of 1800 Añejo, 1800 Reposado, 1800 Silver, and 1800 Coconut made from 100% blue agave sourced directly from Mexico ranches.

Together with the Manila House Private Members Club, the liquor brand presented their lineup during a virtual tasting and cocktail mixing event on December 10.

1800 Tequila is available at Lazada, Shopee, and Booze Shop.

Pocofino pours happiness in cups

Pocofino is replicating the Italian coffee-drinking experience with its Pop-up “Chiosco” (kiosk) Coffee Bar at Greenhills Promenade. The temporary coffee bar is open daily for the month of December.

Pocofino makes use of a range of classic and curated coffee selections along with their Easy Serve Espresso Pod coffee machines that are also on display.

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