No Time To Cook Noche Buena? Then Consider These Christmas Offerings

In today’s times, both parents have jobs or run a business to earn and meet their family’s needs. This causes a disadvantage of having less quality time with your loved ones, especially during the holidays. Personally, I see it as not having “Time” and “Space” at home.

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Yes, there are solutions especially during holidays. For example, people nowadays tend to do online gift shopping instead of going to the malls, at least naka-save sila ng time, effort, and energy. All they have to do is click and click, pay, and wait at their doorstep for the delivery.

But how about food to serve on holidays when hard earners are also busy during holidays at work? How can they serve food specially prepared during holidays?


To live practically in the metro is to make everything compact. Majority of us now live in a small house or small condo unit.

But during holidays, when preparing traditionally done or special food to serve at your dinning table needs large equipments ie, oven, multiple gas stoves, large sink? meaning, you need space only during on holidays! So how’s that?

Below are some offerings by our bongga friends, hoping to help you find specially-prepared food to serve on your dinning table this Noche Buena.

Marios-LogoNo one else combines family tradition and good food than Mario’s. This Christmas season, Mario’s once again offers holiday favorites Paella Valenciana with the rich mix of seafood, chicken, pork and sausage – it is indeed Paella Perfection!

paella valenciana

Try Cochinillo; Roast Beef; Callos Madrilena; Pastel de Lengua; Prime Rib; Chicken Relleno; Chicken Galantina; and the popular Roast Turkey with Cranberry and Gravy either with American Style Bread Stuffing or Spanish Style Relleno or Plain Roast.

Mario's prime rib and roast turkey

For sweet respite, try Mario’s very own Toffee Sans Rival with layers of cashew nut meringue, butter cream filling and toffee; or Sugar Free Apple Pie with a cheese crust filled with cinnamon glazed apple slices. You can also choose from Dark Secret Chocolate Cake, New York Cheesecake, Carrot Cake and Banoffee Pie.
Mario's Toffee Sans Rival

For reservations and orders, visit Mario’s at 191 Tomas Morato St., Quezon City, 415-3887, 372-0360, [email protected] and 16 Upper Session Road, Baguio City, (074) 442-4241, [email protected] or like them on, and follow them on


Try Bizu’s newest offering, Porchetta, slow roasted pork belly marinated in garlic and fresh rosemary with crisp crackling skin in a duo of Arugula Pesto and Apple-Mango Chutney sauces.

All time favorites Whole Turkey Roast with gnature stuffing of apples and chestnuts and melt-in-your-mouth US Beef Belly Roast top the menu. Ssimoked Salmon Caviar and Baked Salmon Rockefeller are sure hits.

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Christmas is not complete without Bizu’s holiday sweet offerings. Caramella Salé is a salted caramel cake with layers of croquantine, choco caramel glaze and topped with petit truffle honey macaron and malt pearls; Sticky Date Cake has dates and raisin topped with caramel sauce and malt pearls; Chocolate Mint Popcorn is mint infused dark chocolate gourmet popcorn in a tin can reminiscent of a French carousel, wind it up and hear the music of The Nutcracker; Salted Caramel Brownies are chewy Belgian Dark Chocolate Brownies with a Caramel and Sea Salt Glaze; and a special edition macaron Noél with the exquisite aroma of Black Truffle infused with French Honey.

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There is a long list of utterly decadent and luxurious French Gâteaux like Samba, Roca, Nirvana, Opera, Amour, Tiramisu, Sugarless and Flourless Jolie, Sugarless Naomi, Blueberry Chiboust, Fresh Strawberry Chiboust, Fresh Mango Chiboust, Mango Soleil, Strawberry Shortcake, Yoga.

Bizu, is, of course, synonymous with Macaron de Paris. New flavors to try are Caramel Fleur de Sel (salted caramel), Crème de Citron (lemon butter custard with lemon peels and candied ginger), Ispahan (raspberry, rose and lychee) Alpaco 66% (floral notes of Jasmine with bitterness and woody aromas), Tanariva 33% (milky and caramel notes), French Earl Grey (fusion of tea leaves, bergamot and corn petals), Espresso con Panna (Lavazza espresso infused with cream), Dulce de Leche, Blueberry, Raspberry, Italian Pistachio, Madagascar Vanilla and Mint Chocolate.

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Classic favorites are always present like Chocolate Truffles; Chocolate Clusters Chocolate Revel Bars; Mendiants; Gourmet Popcorn; Pretzel; Cookies; Tuile; Ensaymadas in Dark Chocolate, Classic Cheese, Almond Praline, Ube, Cheese and White Chocolate; and newcomers Cinnamon Rolls Classic and Orange and Dark Chocolate.

Gift packs are also available. Order now. Visit Bizu Patisserie at Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Makati, 757-2498, 903-6340; Greenhills Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, 724-2498; One Rockwell, Rockwell Center, Makati, 478-7755, 779-5044; St. Luke’s Global City, 823-6621; Alabang Town Center, G/F Corte delas Palmas, 809-2498; The Podium, 631-5946; Eastwood Mall, Robinsons Magnolia, 664-5904. Go to their website, like them on, follow them on and

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