Food shorts: Valentine's Day offerings

Posted at 02/13/13 6:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Here are some special Valentine offerings for couples and even singles for the day of hearts.

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Mandarin Oriental’s ‘Time for Two’

White Chocolate Lips with Strawberry Filling and Raspberry Macaroons

The Mandarin Oriental, Manila offers a host of Valentine treats for couples from culinary delights to room packages and even gifts from the Mandarin Deli and Flower Shop, as well as jewelry by Marilou Jewellery.

Lovers of French cuisine can dine at The Tivoli on February 14, which has a special five-course menu created by Executive Sous Chef Remi Vercelli, priced at P3,900 nett per person. Paseo Uno, meanwhile, has a Valentine’s Day dinner buffet, priced at P2,600 nett. For diners who like a more Oriental flavor, Executive Chinese Chef Hann Furn Chen of Tin Hau has created exquisite set menus, starting from P1,388+++.

Those who dine at any of three restaurants on Valentine’s Day can join a raffle, where they can win a necklace with heart-shaped pendants set in 14-karat white and yellow gold from Marilou Jewellery.

The hotel also has a “Lovebirds” room package for couples starting at P11,400 ++ per night and inclusive of: buffet breakfast, a bottle of premium red wine, chocolate-dipped strawberries, one-hour massage for two persons at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Manila, complimentary Internet and local calls, and a bird cage to bring home. Those who stay in a Club Suite get a bottle of champagne, plus a luxurious Couple’s Bliss Spa Treatment at The Spa.

Those looking for gifts can check out The Mandarin Deli, Flowers by Mandarin Oriental at the Lobby Shop, and Marilou Jewellery, which all has exclusive offers this month.

Mandarin Oriental’s signature chocolates and flowers will also be available at the hotel’s display at the Rockwell Powerplant Mall until February 14 during mall hours.

Singles party at The Pen

The Peninsula Manila ties up with "They're Playing Our Song" for special room packages

The Peninsula Manila offers special menus for couples at The Lobby, Spices, Old Manila and Escolta on Valentine’s Day, while singles can head to Salon de Ning, which is holding a Black Valentines Singles Party. For P1,800 nett, guests can enjoy an open bar on Belvedere cocktails, Chandon sparkling wines, house wines and beers, while ladies will receive a long-stemmed red rose.

For gift ideas, The Peninsula Boutique offers wines, chocolates and premium gourmet items, while flowers can be bought at The Peninsula Flower Shop.

The Makati hotel is also offering a special room package tied with the romantic comedy musical “They’re Playing Our Song” until March 3. Highlights of the package include tickets for two to the musical, round-trip limousine transfer to the RCBC Plaza, a three-course dinner for two at Old Manila with a glass of Champagne and a bouquet of flowers, afternoon tea buffet for two at The Lobby and breakfast for two at Escolta. The package is priced at P16,500++ for a deluxe room and P20,500++ for a premier suite.

Romance in cool Baguio

A couple celebrate Valentine's Day amid the cool air of Baguio

If you’re planning to spend Valentine’s Day in Baguio City, The Manor at Camp John Hay offers a “Romantic Night Giveaway” until February 14. Guests may avail of a 20% discount on the room rates starting at P4,560 net per night inclusive of complimentary amenities like “Satin Night” room set-up, welcome drinks, free use of gym, jacuzzi and sauna, and free Wifi.

Couples may also have a romantic candlelight dinner at Le Chef on February 13 and 14, 2013 at P 1,500.00 per person. Live entertainment will be provided by On Call Vocals on February 14 from 7-10 p.m.

Fall in love with Boracay

The Indigo Restaurant of Discover Shores Boracay

For those who want a beach romance, Indigo Restaurant at Discovery Shores Boracay has prepared a special four-course set dinner menu on February 14, from 7 p.m. for P2,500 nett per person. The dinner begins with Homemade Red Beets Ravioli Salad with the famous Malagos goat cheese, tarragon and micro-greens, followed by the Roasted Tomato Soup with pesto crostini au gratin. The main entrée offers a choice of Poached Palawan Lobster with lemon and asparagus risotto, wilted arugula and basil oil, or Grilled US Prime Beef Tenderloin with champ potatoes, cromisques de foie gras and periqueux sauce. End the meal with the Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate

Museum Café and Kabila

Applewood Smoked Duck Breast & Mesclun

 Musem Café and Kabila at the Greenbelt complex in Makati are featuring a four-course meal for lunch and dinner from February 14-16 for only P1,500 nett.

The special meal starts off with Dried Conpoy Broth with Wintermelon & Blue Swimmer Crab Dumpling soup. This is followed by Applewood Smoked Duck Breast & Mesclun Salad with Pickled Plum Dressing. The main course is a choice of Seared Seabass ,Grilled Tiger Prawn, Herbed Butter Gnocchi, Lemongrass Beurre Blanc Topped with Black Caviar or Grilled U.S Beef Petit Tender, Potato Terrine, Asparagus with Truffled Shimeji Beef Jus. Culminating the meal is Salted Chocolate Cake, Pili nut Florentine & Fresh Raspberry.

2 menu choices at Momo Cafe

 Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Syrup

Momo Café in Eastwood, Libis and Ayala Triangle, Makati offers two Valentine set menu selections for lunch and dinner from February 14-16.

Set A, priced at P699++ starts with Tuscan Onion Soup (caramelized onions, leeks & smoked bacon) followed by Grilled Artichoke and Tomato Salad (Mesclun, Feta Cheese, Edible Flowers, Passionfruit Vinaigrette). The main course is Herb Crusted Merlot Braised U.S. Beef Short Ribs (Roasted Baby Potato, French Beans, Cherry Tomato Confit with Red Wine Jus). Capping this set menu is Apple, Cinnamon & Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert.

Set B, at P650++, begins with Saffron Citrus Honey Mussel Soup (Blue Mussel, Smoked Bacon, Fresh Herbs) followed by Grilled Seafood Salad (Mesclun, Mixed Seafood, Artichoke, Asparagus, Lemon Lime Vinaigrette). Herb Marinated Poached Salmon (Mashed Potato, Grilled Asparagus, Kalamata Olive Relish, Orange Beurre Blanc) is the main course. Dark Chocolate with Raspberry Syrup (Vanilla Ice Cream) completes this set.

Heart healthy food at Sugarleaf

This coming Valentines’ Day, why not go for food that promotes heart health? Sugarleaf, with branches in San Juan and Makati, features organic and natural ingredients such as the smoked salmon sandwich, which can also be topped on homemade fettucini wth organic basil pesto. Complement the meal with a Goody Kefir smoothie with super food chia seeds or acai powder and for dessert a slice of blueberries kefir cheesecake or a serving of Jello’s triple chocolate probiotic ice cream with raw cacao, a potent antioxidant and mood enhancer.

Valentine sweets at Krispy Kreme

Heart-shaped doughnuts at Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme rolls out its Valentine’s offerings—the Strawberry Kreme, Caramel Kreme and Dark Chocolate Kreme Doughnuts -- until February 14.

The heart-shaped Strawberry Kreme Doughnut features strawberry cream filling, and coated with dark chocolate, then topped with white drizzles and a red heart sprinkles. The Caramel Kreme Doughnut, meanwhile, is filled with rich caramel cream topped with dark chocolate icing and more caramel as drizzles. Finally, Krispy Kreme’s Dark Chocolate Kreme is a heart-shaped doughnut iced, filled and topped with dark chocolate icing and drizzled with red syrup.

Cakes from Goldilocks

Goldilock’s offers an array of cakes and pastries for Valentine’s Day, including the Double Dutch and Chocolate Caramel Decadence premium cakes. Specially designed for Valentine’s Day, these sweets feature a blend of rich chocolate and creamy flavors. Another bestseller for couples are the new Red Velvet Bites. These are available for delivery.