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Noche Buena for Carnivores

Skip the ham and go with these brawny and delicious centerpieces.
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Lamb Leg from Blé 

Festive, fall-off-the-bone, and worthy of space on your special table, this Greek style lamb leg is rubbed with herbs and spices and comes with either marble potatoes or orzo cooked in jus. 

Notes: It's priced at P1,800 per kilo (minimum of 2.5 kilos). Orders must be placed two days in advance. Contact Blé at 0917-721-7588; [email protected].

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Roast Beef from Josiah's 

Roast beef has been Josiah's crowning jewel for almost 30 years. Let it be the crowning jewel of your party, too. Its perfect ratio of fat and beef keep it succulent all throughout. Though always unfailingly moist and flavorful, it's a must with the gravy.

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Notes: It's priced at P1,540 good for 10 people. Orders are coursed through Josiah's Food To Go.


Smoked Rack of Ribs from Smoke'n Sweets

We could probably eat their smoked bacon every day, all day, but special occasions require extra weight. Their fork-tender smoked ribs are ideal for a light-hearted Christmas reunion. 

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Notes: It's priced at P900/rack. Contact Smoke'n Sweets at 0908-368-0430; [email protected] for pick-up and delivery details.


Applewood Smoked Turkey from Mister Delicious

Consider this a holiday crossover. Mister Delicious introduced this shiny beauty last Thanksgiving, but apparently the power of turkey goes beyond seasons. Jeremy Slagle's applewood smoked turkey comes vacuum-sealed and fully cooked, waiting to be unwrapped like a gift at your banquet. Add-ons include cranberry relish, black pepper gravy, and rye bacon apple stuffing.

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Notes: It's priced at P6,500 for 4.5 kilograms. For orders, contact 0947-990-3747; [email protected]; www.mrdelicious.ph/christmas.


Pastrami from The Plaza

The Plaza's famous ham has been a starrer in most Pinoy Christmas celebrations, but you might want to shake up the party this year. This 50-year-old enterprise recently introduced a certified USDA Angus beef encrusted with black peppercorn. With its perfectly biting horse radish condiment, it'll be a scene-stealer for sure. 

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Notes: It's priced at P2,800/kilo (a slab weighs six to eight kilos). For orders, contact 729-0003, 890-8446, 0917-587-4267.


Bai's Lechon

What is Christmas feast without some roast pork? A whole pig might seem too much for a simple and elegant situation, so how about something more subtle but with just as much impact? Bai's offers Cebu lechon-style porchetta. Complete with crispy skin and stuffed with tanglad, no sauce is necessary.

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Notes: It's priced from P675 to P2,700. For orders, contact 0917-582-5333.


Mojama from Kapeng Mainit

Brawny proteins don't just include pork and beef. In the rare case that you're going light for the holidays, Chef Bryan Francisco came up with a wonderful mojama, which is similar to prosciutto but made with fish. Tuna is the default, but he changes it up every now and then. 

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Notes: Price varies depending on fish, expect it to be between P300 to P400. For orders, contact 0917-557-3375.

 

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Sasha Lim Uy
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Sasha eats to live and lives to eat. For five years, she handled SPOT.ph's food section and edited the last two installments of its Top 10 Food books. She also recently participated at the Madrid Fusion Manila as curator.
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