Fab Finds Friday: 4 Food Items to Give as Gifts This Christmas

With Christmas only 5 days away, everyone is abuzz with Christmas shopping. Stressed with what to give out as gifts for the coming holidays? Food is a mainstay in the gift-giving scene, and with good reason: everyone likes receiving delicious stuff! But when giving away edible items, skip the normal fare -- what your family and friends normally buy for themselves -- and introduce them to new fabulous discoveries! Yes, drop that bag of Goldilocks polvoron and pick these up instead:

1. Cakes from Tous les Jours

With all the bakeries dominating the foodie scene nowadays, it’s hard to pick one to splurge your hard-earned money on. Tous Les Jours, a Korean-French bakery is another one to infiltrate the malls, and while most shops invite customers with cheery, girly, and homey interiors, Tous Les Jours does it better: by displaying their colorful, elaborately-decorated products. Tous Les Jours proves with their cute, intricately-designed cakes that “all-show-and-no-substance” doesn’t apply to them. What these cakes achieve in aesthetics, they also accomplish in taste. Aside from cakes, Tous Les Jours also sell a big assortment of breads and pastries. Pick up a variety for for foodie friends—I recommend the custard cream and cream cheese pastries, as well as the macarons!

Budget: Around PhP50 - PhP150 (breads and pastries), or PhP500 - PhP600 (cakes)

Macarons, PhP140/6 pcs. (assorted flavors)

cream cheese bun

assorted cakes -- told ya, they're so cute!
Tous Les Jours
Ground Floor, SM City North EDSA – The Block
North Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City
(02) 921-8972
Other branches: TLJ branches

2. Cookies and Pastries from The Green Baker

Ever eaten an ampalaya-flavored bread? What about a ginger-flavored cookie? Until I went to the World Trade Center Bazaar last week, I haven’t tried that too—a big thanks to The Green Baker for this really cool, inventive idea! Aside from the fact that they are perfect for the health-conscious, these cookies are surefire hits among people who like trying “weird” stuff. With their food science knowledge, The Green Baker aims to bring to the table healthy, delicious desserts. Trust me, you can finish an entire bag of goodies without even knowing there’s malunggay in it. Recommendations: Double Choco Orange, Ampalaya Loaf, Lemon Basil (my favorite).

assorted products from The Green Baker
Check out their store at SM Makati! You can also contact them from the details below to inquire or place your orders.

Budget: Around PhP100 - PhP250 per pack

The Green Baker
39-H Malingap St., Teacher’s Village, Quezon City
(02) 433-3741
Email: somade.orders@gmail.com
Facebook: So-made Foods

3. Chocolates from Sins

While I have used “sinful” as an adjective to describe chocolates once or twice in my lifetime, I honestly believe that binging on chocolates is not bad at all (as long as I don’t get diabetes). A technique I employ to prevent over-indulgence is buying high-quality, expensive chocolates—that way I can satisfy my craving and at the same time feel guilty about spending too much, haha! One such chocolate I splurge on is Sins—they have a small shop near my office that sell Swiss chocolate bars, pralines, and cupcakes. As an eternal worshipper of dark chocolate, I am instantly hypnotized by Sins’ products. Get some dark choco bars and Belgian chocolate cupcakes for your friends or family—the first thing they will ask you is, “how much is this?” Haha!

Budget: Cupcakes around PhP60 - PhP70 per piece; chocolates around P300-500 per box

assorted pralines (photo credit: Sins)
Dark Chocolate bar (photo credit: Sins)
Sins Chocolate Shoppe
G/F Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
(02) 211-3889
Facebook: Sins Philippines

4. Delicacies from Milky Way

I don’t know how Milky Way does it: creating no-fuss, incredibly delicious food. When they opened a branch in Tuscany, McKinley Hill, I was one of the excited ones to dig into their fabulous food—no-shit Filipino cuisine, lutong-bahay style. Everything they sell impresses, from the mains to desserts. Try their Silvanas (P28/piece, also available in a box of ten for P280)—their version is a combination of chewy, slightly crispy, and lightly sweet: perfect for a guilt-free indulgence! A chocolate-chip cookie junkie? Milky Way sells these chewy cookies you can’t stop munching on.

Budget: Around PhP100 - PhP150 (small) or PhP300- PhP400 (big), per product

small bag of chocolate chip cookies, P100

Milky Way of Malate
G/F Tuscany Estates, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
(02) 823-5088

What fabulous food discoveries have you had this week? Tell us about them in the comments section below!

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