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Editor’s Picks: Party tray ideas for your holiday feasts

A guide to a stress-free and unique potluck

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For a lot of people, their favorite part about the holidays are the many parties and special meals you get to have with friends and family. But the fare is usually the same: lechon, pancit, and queso de bola. As each Christmas season goes by, you’re sure to get tired of the same meals. And you’re probably running out of ideas to bring to your next potluck party.

We’ve asked some of your favorite dining places, and compiled a list of some interesting suggestions. Whether it’s your annual get together at a college buddy’s house, or Noche Buena with the family, here are some ideas that can be great hits at the dinner table.

 

 

Bizu

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Roasts
Whole Roast Turkey (P8,500; Good for 10 to 15)
Roast Lamb Ham (P5,850; Good for 10 to 15)
Ten-hour Roast Beef (P6,720; Good for 10 to 15)
Porchetta (P6,500; Good for 10 to 15)

Special Holiday Edition Christmas Cakes
Lemon Walnut Cake (P2,250)
Chocolate Caramel Cake (P2,000)
Strawberry Rose Cake (P2,250)

BIZU IS AT GREENBELT 2, AYALA CENTER, MAKATI. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE, FOLLOW THEM ON INSTAGRAM, OR CALL 757-2086.

 

 

Aperitif.ph

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*Order three days in advance
Grazing Platter on 24 inch wood board (P6,000; 5 luxe cheeses, 4 kinds of premium Italian cold cuts and everything in between)
Porchetta with Creamy Liver Mushroom Sauce (P5,000 for 18-20; P4,000 for 8 to 10)
Seafood Paella with Shrimps, Clams, Mussels, Squid, Blue Crabs, and Cream Dory (P6,000 for 18 to 20; P4,500 for 8 to 10)
Paella Valencia with Chicken, Broccoli, Green Beans, Green Peas, Artichoke, and Bell peppers (P5,000 for 18 to 20; P4,000 for 8 to 10)

FOLLOW APERITIF.PH ON FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM, OR CALL 0917-573-7171.

 

 

Nic’s

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Turkey Party Package 1 (P7,750; Good for 6 to 8)
Maggie’s East Coast Turkey
Vegetable Lasagna
Traditional Caesar Salad
Free: Dulce De Leche Cake

Turkey Party Package 2 (P12,650; Good for 12 to 18)
Maggie’s East Coast Turkey
Vegetable Lasagna
Traditional Caesar Salad
Free: Walnut Torte

Relleno Party Package 1 (P3,850; Good for 6 to 8)
Chicken Relleno
Meat Lasagna
Barbeque Chicken Salad
Free: Assorted Fudge Bars

Relleno Party Package 2 (P7,100; Good for 12 to 18)
Chicken Relleno
Meat Lasagna
Barbeque Chicken Salad
Free: Red Velvet Cake

Assorted Chocolate Pastry Tray (P2,200)
Triple Chocolate Bar
Molten Dark Chocolate Lava Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
White Chocolate Bar

NIC’S IS AT UP TOWN CENTER, KATIPUNAN AVENUE, QUEZON CITY. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE, OR CALL 958-5574, OR 354-9081.

 

 

Tenya

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Kagayaki Ooedo Set (P895)
4 Black Tiger Prawns
4 Kani Sticks
2 Squids
2 Kiso
2 Sweet Potatoes
2 Eggplant
4 Green Beans
4 Rice
4 Miso

Hana (P1,055)
2 Bowls of Nikujyaga
Choice of any 4 appetisers
4 Rice

Yume Ooedo Set (P1,245)
6 Black Tiger Prawns
6 Kani Sticks
3 Squids
3 Kiso
2 Small Kakiage
3 Sweet Potatoes
3 Green Beans
4 Rice
4 Miso 

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE, FOLLOW THEM ON FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM, OR CALL 478-0655.

 

 

TWG

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Festive Set Menu (P995)
Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin with red wine jus and charred Asian pear poached in Christmas Lights Tea with mashed potatoes, braised kale, mushrooms, and truffle
Tea
Choice of Dessert
Christmas Lights Tea infused macaron PHP 60/pc

TWG IS AT GREENBELT 5, AYALA CENTER, MAKATI. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE, FOLLOW THEM ON INSTAGRAM, OR CALL 720-8667.

 

 

Racks

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Surf n’ Turf (P2,595; Good for 8 to 10)
Pork Ribs
Fish & Chips
3 any large Side Dishes
2 Pitchers of Coke

Racks Ribs & Chicken (P1,895; Good for 6)
Half Beef
Half Pork
Half Smoked Spring Chicken
2 any large Side Dishes
Pitcher of Coke

Southern Favorites (P1,485; Good for 4)
Half Pork
Half Chicken
2 any large Side Dishes
Pitcher of Coke

FOLLOW THEM ON FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM, OR CALL 837-5036.

 

 

Manam

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House Crispy Sisig (P780 for 10 to 12)
Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon (P1,520)
Crispy Bellylicious Kawali (P995)
Pancit Canton Special (P999)

MANAM IS AT NETWORK BUILDING, BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY, TAGUIG. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE, FOLLOW THEM ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM, OR CALL 332-9390.

 

 

 

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Darleen Sy
Darleen Sy is a freelance multimedia artist and aspiring creative director. An old soul at heart, she enjoys having long and deep philosophical conversations. If she's not cooking up vegan dishes, she's probably out exploring new things to do and places to visit. You can find her on Instagram at @darleensy.
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Editors’ Picks: Illuminate your world with these men’s fragrances

These vibrant new scents are great for you, or the men in your life

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This represents the third pillar men’s scent for the French brand, and is made for a younger Azzaro man.
Notes: Lemon, Ginger, Lavender, Mint, Guatemalan Cardamom, Juniper, Apple, Geranium, Haitian Vetiver, Tonka Bean, and Amberwood
Available at SM Makati, Ayala Center, Makati; 810-7777

L’Occitane L’homme Cologne Cedrat
The second iteration of the Cedrat line features watery notes, making you imagine a seaside life.
Notes: Citron, Mint, Lavender, Violet Leaf, Black Pepper, Ginger, Pink Pepper, Cedar, Amber, and Musk
Available at L’Occitane en Provence-Rustan’s Makati, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati; 816-4453

Jimmy Choo Man Ice
This third men’s fragrance under the British fashion house is a lighter take on Jon Snow’s former signature scent.
Notes: Mandarin Orange, Bergamot, Citron, Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedar, Apple, Musk, Moss, and Ambroxan
Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Ayala Center, Makati; 813-3739; rustans-thebeautysource.commen's-perfume-1Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Platinum
Alessandro Michele reimagines their popular Guilty line with Orange Blossom middle note and a bottle redesign.
Notes: Lemon, Lavender, Orange Blossom, Cedar, and Patchouli
Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Ayala Center, Makati; 813-3739; rustans-thebeautysource.com

Issey Miyake Nuit d’Issey Bleu Astral for Men
The latest from Issey Miyake takes it’s inspiration from the “radiance of the stars” and the “attraction of opposites.”
Notes: Lime, Coriander, Leather, Amberwood, and Woody Notes
Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Ayala Center, Makati; 813-3739; rustans-thebeautysource.com
mens-perfume-3Jo Malone London English Oak and Hazelnut
This refreshing combination from the fragrance house includes a patriotic ingredient: resin from the Elemi tree, which is native to our country.
Notes: Hazelnut, Cedar, and Oak
Available starting in September at Jo Malone London, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati; 757-4853

Uomo Salvatorre Ferragamo Casual Life
Coffee, a traditional Italian ingredient, is at the heart of this dynamic fragrance, a “vibrant representation of masculinity.”
Notes: Lemon, Violet Leaf, Cardamom, Coffee, Ambroxan, Geranium, Cashmere Wood, White Cedar Extract, and Musk
Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Ayala Center, Makati; 813-3739; rustans-thebeautysource.commens-perfume-2
Photography by Renzo Navarro
Art Direction by Mags Ocampo

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Jacs T. Sampayan
He's the current Editor of the The Neighborhood, Managing Editor for Rogue, and an editorial consultant for a top public relations firm. In his spare time, he helps run a volleyball training camp, hosts trivia nights, channels all sorts of drama into whacking a tennis ball, walks along major highways to surpass his FitBit goals, and sleeps as little as possible. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @jacs_do_it.
style by Alyssa Castillo

Road Test: Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables

We checked if Swimmables™ by Cargo Cosmetics lives up to its promise

On-the-go girls like me can’t be bothered with makeup and touch-ups. We don’t want to worry about accidentally rubbing anything out of place because sometimes, the label “smudge-free” is misleading. And in humid Metro Manila, who can trust their painted face to stay that way anyway? But when Cargo Cosmetics, a brand that professionals all over the world swear by, recently released water-resistant, long-wear product line Swimmables, it caught my attention. A road test was in order.cargo-2The Longwear Eye Shadow Stick in Sandy Bay is a quick way of injecting some color into your look. It’s satisfyingly pigmented that it only took a swift glide or two on the lids and a tap to blend the cream before it set. I was done in 20 seconds. I then matched this with the Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick in Portofino. I was doubtful at first because of the bold shade and the horror stories about bleeding. But true to its claim, I found that it really doesn’t smudge or transfer even after many cups of tea. Also, with such high coverage, I couldn’t believe how light it felt. There were no fine lines, cracks, or reapplication even after four hours.

At the end of the day, there weren’t creases on my eyelids nor cracks on my lips. There were even lesser mirror checks than usual. As I wasn’t about to run around the city in the rain, I went home to do a final test. I splashed my face with water thrice. It didn’t budge. This one’s a keeper.

Art by Mags Ocampo

CARGO COSMETICS IS AVAILABLE IN BEAUTY BAR STORES LOCATED AT CENTRAL SQUARE IN BONIFACIO HIGH STREET CENTRAL, ALABANG TOWN CENTER, EASTWOOD, GLORIETTA 2, GREENBELT 5, POWER PLANT MALL, SHANGRI-LA PLAZA, AND TRINOMA. VISIT BEAUTYBAR.COM.PH, FACEBOOK.COM/BEAUTYBARPH, OR FOLLOW @BEAUTYBARPH ON INSTAGRAM FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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Alyssa Castillo
Alyssa Castillo is a freelance writer and is concurrently Rogue Media's Editorial Assistant for The NBHD. She reads for fun, writes for a living, and wastes too much time entertaining the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. Find her on Instagram as @alyssakcastillo.