AS Christmas Day draws nearer, we start getting stressed about the gifts for family, friends and loved ones that we haven’t bought yet. After all, work does not slow down during Christmastime, but the holiday traffic eats up more time on the road than normal. Crowded malls also do not look all that attractive to go to. So, how on earth are you going to scout around for those presents that you need to buy—and you haven’t the slightest idea yet what to get them.
So, how about healthy Christmas gifts from Oliviers&Co., which has just unveiled its new Christmas collection?
From Oliviers&Co.’s gourmet universe comes these delightful holiday suggestions:
CHRISTMAS OLIVE OIL—Oleria Clemente, produced by Antonello Clemente, originating from Italy, is extra virgin olive oil in a bottle adorned with copper and white snowflakes. From a November 2014 harvest, it is very lovely on the palate, as it combines vegetal notes and a subtle spiciness, with scents of weet almond and white floweroverlapping with notesof artichoke and green grass. Great with vegetables, red meat and game, risotto and pasta, it comes in a 500ml. bottle (16.8 fl. oz.) for Php2,995 and in a miniature 50ml. bottle (1.7 fl. oz.) for Php795.
BEST OF O&CO.—An elegant gift set that consists of five olive oil and condiments in miniature bottles—1.7 fl. oz. Olive & Lemon Specialty, 1.7 fl. oz. Olive & Basil Specialty, 1.7 fl. oz. White Truffle Aroma Specialty, 1.7 fl. oz. Fig Flavored Condiment White Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, and 1.7 fl. oz. Balsamic Vinegar of Modena—it’s perfect for those who love Mediterranean flavors. Price: Php3,795 per set.
ORGANIC OIL & VINEGAR DUO—A Christmas limited edition gift set, the elegant duo reflects the warm copper tone of this year’s Christmas theme and makes good value for money—250ml. Organic Olive Oil Soler Romero, an Andalusian olive oil that’s entirely organic with complete traceability; and 250ml. Organic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, an Italian balsamic vinegar with the acidity of a wine vinegar and the sweetness of Modena’s balsamic vinegar. This set goes for Php2,395.
LEMON CURD—Made using traditional methods, Oliviers&Co.’s Lemon Curd does not contain any preservatives or coloring and owes its exceptional taste to the lemons harvested in Algarve. It’s a delicious product selected by Gilles Marchal, award-winning pastry chef, and is perfect on Christmas desserts, such as cheesecakes, macarons, fruits tarts, meringues, pancakes, cakes, scones or brioche. The 7.76 oz. jar costs Php695.
CAPPUCCINO-FLAVORED TRUFFLES—exceptional Cappuccino Truffles made using hazelnut pralines from Piedmont. They are great as final note for chocolate mousse, for cookies or as is with a cup of coffee, at Php595 per gift box of six truffle chocolates.
CHRISTMAS MELI-MELO—combines the freshness of Oliviers&Co.’s specialty olive oils with the rich flavor of the condiments. The gift pack, priced at Php1,590, consists of any 125ml. Specialty Oil and a 50ml. Condiment, plus a plastic pourer for the tin. A good pairing would be an Olive & Lemon Specialty with Honey & Ginger Condiment and an Olive & Mandarin Specialty with Honey & Ginger.
CHRISTMAS SPARKLE—includes a Christmas olive oil miniature, olive and truffle sauce, truffle salt, and white truffle olive oil.
CHRISTMAS MAGIC—a set of black truffle cream, olive & truffle sauce, truffle tagiolini pasta, truffle salt, summer truffles in olive oil, black truffle olive oil, and white condiment.
CHRISTMAS DELIGHT—a range of flavors to delight both the eyes and the taste buds, it includes Christmas olive oil, black olie relish, green olive relish and praline truffles from Piedmont, plus pistachio, cappuccino and stracciatella.
(Oliviers&Co. has stores at Central Square, Bonifacio High School; Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati; and Commerce Mall, Alabang Town Center.)