Why We Love Holiday Ham

Few things spell Christmas in the Philippines more than a smoked ham to join in the festivities. In a country where turkeys aren’t as easy to come by and roasts are expensive for the average household, a Christmas ham is a family favorite. The Baby Barangay girls were recently on the hunt for the best Christmas ham and after doing our research, we decided that Holiday Ham from CDO Premium came out on top.

Here are the reasons why we chose Holiday Ham for our Christmas festivities this year:

Reason 1 | Made from Premium Boneless Hind Leg: Holiday Ham is taken from a whole hind leg and not from other parts mashed together. You can tell from the way the fat is marbled into the ham that this is pure meat.

Reason 2 | Net Marks on Ham: It’s important to look for net marks when looking to purchase your smoked ham. Net marks means that the ham has been properly cured and smoked to perfection. Only whole meat hams can be smoked in a net.

Reason 3 | No Extenders: Holiday Ham is made from wholemeat so you don’t get any fillers in the ham like you would if you were purchasing a luncheon meat. Common extenders are fibers, flours, or starches; ingredients you shouldn’t be seeing in a ham. Thankfully, Holiday Ham is nothing but pure meaty smoked goodness.

Want to know how I personally love to have my Holiday Ham? I pan fry a slice in a little sugar and then put it into a pandesal with Queso de Bola. I then pan fry the pandesal again in a little butter until toasty and the cheese has melted.

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Food: Souv By Cyma

Amazing! That’s really the only word that could properly roll out of our mouths after trying Souv by Cyma last week. Chef Robby Goco’s latest restaurant takes all the good things he did with Cyma (one of my absolute faves) and brings it up a notch with premium seafood and meats cooked to perfection after being souv vide for hours. We went at 2:30pm and the restaurant was packed! Here are all the dishes we tried and some photos from this delicious afternoon:

MEZZE

• Cheese Saganaki
• Strapatsada (Greek scrambled eggs)
• Clams and Spinach Fonduta
• Greek Nachos – the best humus ever! A must order!
• Grilled Sous Vide Octopus – This octopus was a super hit with its smokey flavor and tender meat
• Sticky Chicken Wings – absolutely delicious! Definitely grab these too!
• Baked Feta SALATES
• Cranberry Grains Salad – This salad was finished till the last grain.
• Salata Kinoa

MAKARONIA

• Greek Tuna Roe (Avgotaracho)
• Seafood Yiouvetsi

BEST FOR LUNCH

• Chicken Salad served with juicy potatoes
• Pork wrap served with Oregano & feta fries
• Lamb bowl served with clams saffron avgolemono soup

MAINS

• Grilled whole fish (Lavraki) – absolutely delicious
• Angus Beef Short Rib – the meat was so tender it could be cut with a spoon
• 3 Meat Platter (Lamb, Chicken, Pork)

GREEK YOGURT

• Wildflower Honey
• Crumbled Baklava
• Carrot Jam
• EVOO with flaky sea salt – fantastic combination!
• Orange Saffron

SOUV by Cyma is located at Net Park Building, 5th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
They are open Monday-Sunday: 11AM-10PM
Mobile number: 09494819621

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Food: Sage Bespoke Grill at Shangri-La Makati

The Baby Barangay was recently offered to chance to experience Sage Bespoke Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Makati and I have to say, it was pretty glorious. Premium steaks, delicious sidings, topped off with desserts that would make you dizzy with joy. I think it’s safe to say that we had to be rolled out with out husbands after the meal.

Here is a brief writeup about Sage from the Makati Shangri-La website:

“Sage Bespoke Grill is set to redefine casual dining with traditional grilled meat and seafood specialties that can be tailored to one’s unique preferences. Cooked in a Josper Grill, which combines a grill and an oven in a single machine, your chosen dish can be grilled to perfection at Sage Bespoke Grill without the risk of overcooking, preserving its juiciness and texture to make it gastronomically balanced for the palate.” 

Here are more photos to convince you. Warning, don’t read while hungry:

Proof of how serious we were about showing you these amazing dishes. Haha.

Learn more about Sage Bespoke Grill and make your reservation through their: 

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