Our favorite homegrown restaurants are serving potluck specials over the holidays. They deliver, too! From roast turkey to the hybrid Brookie, here’s Super’s list of food items for stress-free parties—just make sure to order two days ahead.
Nic’s Park Terraces
A whole roast turkey is a sure crowd-pleaser, and Nic’s massive Maggie East Coast Turkey comes with stuffing, buttered corn, cranberry sauce and gravy guaranteed to keep guests excited and busy. For smaller groups, the chicken relleno filled with ground meat and quezo de bola is always a hit.
Nic’s menu is a collaboration between the mother-and-daughter team of Rina Silayan-Go and Nicole Thorp. They recently hosted a Thanksgiving lunch featuring Nic’s classics: Parmesan Wheat Crisps with Seven Herb Cheese Dip, Charcuterie Platter, Traditional Caesar Salad, Truffle Mushroom Pasta.
We ended the lovely meal with Quezo de Bola Apple Pie, Key Lime Pie and Oatmeal Fudge Bars.
For gifting, check out the Lifestyle Best Desserts Yema Cake and Parmesan Ensaymada, and crisp-and-dip sets. Nic’s Park Terraces, Makati City; tel. 0999-333231; Nic’s UP Town Center, Quezon City, tel. 0999-9933234; @nicsph
Whole Chocolate Mousse Cake and Queso de Bola Cheesecake are also available in the OG Cebu coffee shop, as well as boxes of biscotti, carrot bar, white chocolate and coffee nibs bar.
Bo’s “Give Love” campaign recently introduced the Sagada reloadable card, 2020 planner with weave cover and new holidays Froccinos: Dark Mocha Macadamia, Mocha Hazelnut and Almond Buttercrunch.
Bo’s Coffee on Facebook, Bo’s Coffee app
Slow-roasted Cuban-style Lechon Cubano highlights Gringo’s Sancho Board which also includes boneless Lechon Cubano, Whole Original Chicken, BBQ Rib, Adobo Blackmole Soft Tacos, Cream Dory Soft Tacos, Mexican Rice, house-brewed iced tea and Ube de Queso cake.
Gringochickenribs on Facebook; @GringoPH
Arc & Vine Café
We’re sharing a secret: Arc & Vine is a boutique café on a residential corner in Makati, and it serves affordable comfort food.We recommend the Winner Winner Chicken/Porky Dinner Platters that comes with rice, gravy and side salad, and the Honey Butter Fried Chicken with kimchi.
Potluck choices for 10: Bacon or Spam Fried Rice (a recipe by chef Ninay Zamora’s Chinese great aunt), Warm Bacon Salad or Asian Salad with roasted sesame dressing, Garlic Mashed Potato (P299 for two kilos of whipped potato), Smoked Christmas Ham and pastas.
Sansa Cakes are mini calamansi cakes inspired by “Game of Thrones.” Don’t forget to order the Brookie, a cookie and brownie half-and-half, and the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake—both awarded Lifestyle Best Desserts.
Tel. 0917-8920824, 0995-3021402; free delivery in Metro Manila for orders P2,000 and up; @arcandvine
Gallontea delivers a gallon of Classic Milk Tea for P500. Other flavors: Wintermelon and Chocolate Milk; pearls, nata and egg pudding are sold at P100 per container.