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TAGAYTAY TWIN LAKES: Celebrate the Season of Sharing with Gourmet Gifts and Delicacies at Tagaytay Twin Lakes

The Holiday rush is now in full swing and it could only mean one thing – tis’ the season for gift giving. And one way you can melt your loved ones’ heart is by warming their tummies. These gift ideas from Tagaytay Twin Lakes will surely guide you in sharing a merrier and more delectable Christmas to the people you love.

Located along the main highway of Tagaytay-Nasugbo Road, Tagaytay Twin Lakes has become a popular destination among foodies and diners who love to pamper themselves with great food and a stunning view of the world-famous Taal Lake.

But more than being an ideal family getaway and dining destination for the Holidays, Tagaytay Twin Lakes also has the goods that can feed your need this gift giving season.

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GREG’S FRUITCAKERY | Twin Lakes Tagaytay | All rights reserved

First stop is Greg’s Fruitcakery where the fruit is always fresh and the cake is always sweet. It offers different mouth-watering goodies that would be best given to your family to enjoy this Christmas. From custom-made cakes and bread to their most unique cakes and pies, Greg’s Fruitcakery is a heavenly place for your Holiday sweet cravings. Topping of the list of recommended gifts at Greg’s Fruitcakery are its famed Cinnamon Buns and Chocolate Mango Caramel Praline Brittle. But if you’re feeling a little extra generous, get one of its Christmas baskets or vintage gift packs, which is filled with delightful surprises and is sure to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces.

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GREG’S FRUITCAKERY | Twin Lakes Tagaytay | All rights reserved

Next stop is La Creperie’s, a French-inspired modern café. Give your friends and loved ones a slice of France by getting its excellently-crafted, chewy and tasty crepes including its deliciously sweet Nutella dripping crepe filled with fresh mango. Another must-buy is the La Christine made with balsamic glazed strawberry and filled with strawberry jam and topped with generous amount of whipped cream.

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SANTI’S DELICATEESEN | Twin Lakes Tagaytay | All rights reserved
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SANTI’S DELICATEESEN | Twin Lakes Tagaytay | All rights reserved

Also in Tagaytay Twin Lakes is Santi’s Delicatessen, a high-end shop that offers excellent quality gourmet products from all over the world, a perfect destination for extra special Christmas gifts. Santi’s houses a large selection of wines from different parts of the globe. From different kinds of Merlot to the classy Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay from Europe and places as far as Australia, wines are perfect Christmas gifts that never go out of style.

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AMIRA’S BUCO TART HOUSE | Twin Lakes Tagaytay | All rights reserved
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AMIRA’S BUCO TART HOUSE | Twin Lakes Tagaytay | All rights reserved

Last stop is one of Tagaytay’s most famous destinations for sweets and pasalubong buys, Amira’s Buco Tart Haus. Homemade tarts made with love and no preservatives are definitely a winner for the tart lovers and those who with a sweet tooth. The All-Year favorite Buco Tart is a great piece to add to one’s Noche Buena table and for afternoon tea and coffee breaks, thus it makes for a perfect present for your boss or your colleague.

Head on over and shop for delicious gourmet gifts at Tagaytay Twin Lakes this Holiday season.

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CHEESE PLATTER: Sharing basics on this 2015 food trend

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A Cheese & Fruit Platter is a wonderful fare to any party (that is, for the non-lactose intolerant). Or if you’re having an intimate gathering or just want to unwind, here are some basics acquired from our family celebrations.

KINDS OF CHEESE (one of each stocked on the fridge goes a long way):

Firm Cheese – Monterey Jack, Provolone, etc.

Soft Cheeses – Camembert, Brie, etc.

Aged Cheeses – Swiss, Gouda, etc.

Blue Cheeses – Gorgonzola, Stilton, etc.

*Tip: Burrata – is all the rage these days. Its a fresh, hand-formed mozzarella ball filled with bits of fresh mozzarella and luscious heavy cream. Best served over grilled baguette slices.

*Tip: Place a different cheese knife for each cheese so that the flavors don’t mix

KINDS OF BREAD:

Water Crackers –  if serving strong cheeses

Salted or Saltine Crackers – if serving mild cheeses

Baguettes – preferably pre-sliced if serving soft cheeses

*Tip: Remove the crackers from its packaging just before serving for it to remain its freshness

KINDS OF FRUITS:

Apples – preferably soaked in lemon-water to prevent it from turning brown and pre-cut thinly

Grapes – washed and served in its stems

Pears – preferably soaked in lemon-water to prevent it from turning brown and pre-cut thinly

Dates, Raisins,  – you can also serve dried fruits or candied fruits

*Tip: Remove fruits soaked in lemon-water and pat dry just before serving 

THE NUTS:

Cashews, Almonds, Macadamias, Pecans, Peanuts and Walnuts

*Tips:

Pecans, peanuts and walnuts are prone to spoiling so purchase a few days before the party

Cashews and almonds are least prone to spoiling as well as unsalted nuts

Nuts in shells like pistachios keep longer

THE WINE:

This is basically a personal preference.

COFFEE OR TEA: 

We serve the cheese platter before and after meals (translation: it stays on a side table or so you can enjoy all throughout the party) so we also serve coffee or tea.

So, that’s it! Hope this post helps a bit for the cheese platter ‘virgins’; don’t be intimidated, cheese – food is for everyone!

 

 

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URMAJESTYSIRE’S RECIPES: Buko Pandan recipe

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BUKO PANDAN
INGREDIENTS:
2-3 cups shredded coconut meat, drained
1 pack all-purpose cream
1 can condensed milk
1 pack pandan flavored gulaman, cubed
*Tip: Use the coconut water in forming the gulaman for added flavor

You may also add:
1 jar nata de coco or kaong
1 cup sago

Substitutes:
– 1 can green gulaman jelly, cubed

– 1 tsp. pandan essence

PROCEDURE:
– In a large bowl, mix all ingredients

– Chill in the fridge for at least one hour before serving

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CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP: The Bunny Baker’s version made my tummy and sinuses happy

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Wonky weather, feeling under the weather (again). To be safe wore shirt & shorts for quick thingy, because it rained then arid again.

Long story short, sinuses acted up so instead of having delicious cupcakes or gelato at #thecutestcafe had chicken noodle soup.

The strips of chicken, fusili and (perfectly) poached egg (for lack of a better term because its simple yet so yummy) made me feel ‘happy’ in a jiff! Will review preps & details of thingy later..(sorry not paying attention) busy smiling haha! 🍜🍴😜

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URMAJESTYSIRE’S RECIPES: ‘Pinangat na Isda’

‘PINANGAT NA ISDA ‘ (Fish Soured in Tomato and Calamansi) *Pinangat is a Filipino dish that’s a cross between ‘Sinigang’ (Filipino Sour Soup Stew) and ‘Paksiw’ (Filipino dish simmered in vinegar)

INGREDIENTS:
3-4 pcs. mackerel, sapsap or galunggong, cleaned and gutted
1 thumb ginger, peeled and sliced
1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2-3 tbsps. squeezed juice from calamansi or calamondin
water, enough to cover the fish
cooking oil
salt & pepper to taste

Substitutes ( for souring):
– sampaloc or tamarind

– kamias or bilimbi fruit

– hilaw na manggang kalabaw or unripe large mango

PROCEDURE:
– In a pan or pot place half of the the ginger, onions and tomatoes

– Place the fish on top and plae remaining half of th ginger, onions and tomatoes

– Slowly add the water and calamansi juice and season with salt & pepper

– Let it boil then add a sprinkle of cooking oil

– Let simmer until the fish is cooked or half of the water has evaporated

– Best served with steamed rice and some patis or fish sauce dip

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BIDA FILIPINO KITCHEN: Bagnet Chips is bida sa sarap!

Bida’s Bagnet Chips, plain rice, Sampaloc Iced Tea and Guava Lime Shake
I’ve been meaning to try out Bida Filipino Kitchen since it opened at Ayala Fairview Terraces last December 2014. My sister and I dropped by the mall for errands and finally squeezed in the chance to try out a few from their menu.
The first, unanimous choice is their Bagnet Chips of course! Its thinly sliced (how do they do it?), crispy but not oily goodness served with a refreshing salsa that you’ll ask for a cup or two of rice! If they sell these in bags – here, take my money!
Bida Filipino Kitchen’s Bagnet Chips up close!
We also had their Sampaloc Iced Tea which is has the right balance of sourness and their Guava Lime Shake, which is a new one for me.
I highly recommend to try it out but don’t blame me if you get hooked and crave for Bagnet Chips in the middle of the night!
BIDA FILIPINO KITCHEN 02 7209593
Central Garden, Lower Ground Floor, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Maligaya Road Corner Quirino Highway, Fairview, Quezon City