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If you’re still thinking of what to prepare for this year’s Christmas feast, why not try some alternatives for your Noche Buena? Classics are really good, but it wouldn’t hurt to be a bit unconventional sometimes, right?
So you want to get rid of the same ol’ spaghetti on your Noche Buena table, but at the same time, you aren’t ready to let go of pasta dishes? We got you. Carbonara, lasagna and baked macaroni are great alternatives—but have you ever heard of creole pasta?
It looks a lot like spaghetti, but trust us, it’s a leveled-up version. Creole sauce contains Worcestershire sauce and spices such as paprika, cayenne, dried oregano, dried basil and dried thyme, making the dish more flavorful than the usual spaghetti sauce.
And you don’t have to bother searching for the recipe as Bigby’s Café and Restaurant offers creole pasta and chicken carbonara in party size. Now you can say bye-bye to Filipino-style and Italian-style spaghetti for a while.
Okay, hear us out: People always associate Christmas with bright colors such as red, green and gold—and most families like to incorporate these colors into their Noche Buena spread. Spaghetti for some reds, beef broccoli for some greens and queso de bola for some golds. But do you know which food has all three of them? That’s right, pita doner. Turks offers a chicken pita doner that has cucumbers (green), tomatoes (red), and cheese (gold). In case you’re not into chicken, Turks also has beef pita doner, hotdog wrap and kebab on rice, which are just as colorful.
Plus, pita doners have all the flavors and textures you’re looking for in a Noche Buena alternative: chewy (meat), crunchy (veggies) and savory with a little bit of spice. See, a very merry Christmas!
Does your family prefer boxed meals over family-style meals? If yes, then you might like Ribshack Grill’s backribs with rice meal. The meal includes a slab of backribs drizzled with backribs sauce, atchara and extra backribs sauce (in case the drizzle wasn’t enough). Ribshack Grill also offers grilled blue marlin with rice and atchara, Korean spicy pork with rice and kimchi, and a Christmas ham steak value meal.
Now you wouldn’t have to fight over the last piece of meat because everyone has their own. Besides, ordering individual meals is safer as it minimizes the risks of cross-contamination. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Frozen dairy dessert
Desserts like fruit salad and buko pandan are usually the highlights of a good Noche Buena feast. Some even skip the main course—too excited to get a taste of these creamy desserts. But what if we tell you we know some frozen desserts that are just as good (if not better) as the classic holiday mainstays?
Wendy’s just released the newest addition to its Holiday Frosty Overload series: the Choco Cookie Overload. It’s made with a chocolate dairy base, topped with chunky chocolate cookies, and drizzled with chocolate syrup. Other options include Black Forest Overload Frosty (vanilla dairy base, topped with chunky Oreo cookie bits and drizzled with strawberry syrup) and Rocky Road Overload Frosty (chocolate dairy base, topped with cracks of caramelized walnut and soft marshmallows then drizzled with rich chocolate sauce). But we suggest getting all three of them, TBH.
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