25 Dec2014


From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful Holiday Season! This was the setting for our Christmas Eve meal this year…


…and after dinner when the guests had left, and we were putting away the plates and crystal… we decided to leave Santa a more “adult” tray of refreshments as he zooms around the planet at warp speed. In the past, he’s been offered hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies, here, a Diet Coke and chips, broas and chocolate eh, etc. :) This year, he had a choice of red wine or champagne and some fresh nuts (protein), dried fruit (golden cherries, apricots, strawberries, figs and dates) and home-baked cookies (gingerbread, chocolate shard with cacao nibs, raspberry jam filled cookies, chocolate chip, etc.) and he was kind enough to snap a photo of the tray with the Santa present for Marketman in the background…


…before he sat down at the dinner table to take a quick pause (seventeenth millionth of a second) to enjoy a sip of some nicely aired red wine in an appropriately celebratory crystal goblet. Yes, there is a Santa. Seriously. Happy Christmas to all!



  1. Dragon says:

    Happy holidays MM. May you and your loved ones be blessed with peace, good health, properity and joy.

    Dec 25, 2014 | 12:11 am


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  3. det says:

    Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to you and your family!

    Dec 25, 2014 | 12:16 am

  4. lookie says:


    Dec 25, 2014 | 1:16 am

  5. Susan says:

    Merry Christmas MM and family! Thanks for a wonderful year of food, travels, & fun!

    Dec 25, 2014 | 3:38 am

  6. Natie says:

    Merry Christmas, MM and family, and to the chocolate Lab.. The Tree!

    Dec 25, 2014 | 5:19 am

  7. tisay says:

    Maayong Pasko MM and family.

    Dec 25, 2014 | 6:17 am

  8. scott says:

    A smile on my face Christmas morning, thank you MM, Merry Christmas to you and your family

    Dec 25, 2014 | 6:51 am

  9. Al says:

    Happy Christmas Santa.

    Dec 25, 2014 | 8:06 am

  10. saney says:

    I am one of your avid readers (have to catch up on past posts) but not a commenter. I just want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year! Thank you for giving us unending good reads.

    Dec 25, 2014 | 8:19 am

  11. rosyrose says:

    Merry Christmas, po. Thank you for sharing your culinary world!

    Dec 25, 2014 | 8:33 am

  12. edee says:

    Happy Christmas!

    Dec 25, 2014 | 10:58 am

  13. Julianne says:

    Merry Christmas MM and family. I love your Christmas tree!

    Dec 25, 2014 | 12:36 pm

  14. marilen says:

    Merry Christmas and happy new year to MM and family. You have also been such a generous Santa this year !! Looking forward to all your posts in the coming year. Thank you always,MM, for your generosity of spirit.

    Dec 25, 2014 | 12:54 pm

  15. May says:

    Merry Christmas….

    Dec 25, 2014 | 1:33 pm

  16. Khew says:

    A sip from a Baccarat goblet no less! Merry Christmas!

    Dec 25, 2014 | 2:08 pm

  17. Migs says:

    Merry Christmas!

    Dec 25, 2014 | 3:25 pm

  18. EbbaBlue says:

    same to you.

    Dec 25, 2014 | 3:50 pm

  19. Juliana says:

    I’m probably the most ‘quiet’ reader of your notable blog. You’ve been so generous in sharing your culinary knowledge and I want you to know that you’re very much appreciated. As a Pinay housewife of a Jewish/American, I have tried quite a few of your recipes and my husband love all of them.

    Merry Christmas, MM and your family.

    Greetings from the Big Apple :-)

    Dec 25, 2014 | 4:27 pm

  20. Marvien De Leon says:

    Merry CHRISTmas po, Marketman & family! Be blessed po!

    Dec 25, 2014 | 8:43 pm

  21. Connie C says:

    MM: If you say Santa stopped by, did RUDOLPHA bring him? You see,

    According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game,
    “while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year,
    male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter,
    usually late November to mid-December.

    Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.
    Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer,
    EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl.”

    We should’ve known……

    “ONLY women would be able to drag a fat old man in a red velvet suit
    all around the world in one night and not get lost.”

    Merry Christmas and a blessed season to all!

    Dec 25, 2014 | 9:05 pm

  22. Marketman says:

    Connie C, HAHAHAHAHA!!! I love Christmas trivia like that. Love it. But couldn’t Dancer, Prancer or Vixen be female? Almost certainly the last one, no? Hahahaha. :)

    Dec 25, 2014 | 10:27 pm

  23. Connie C says:

    Whoever named the reindeers probably caught on and figured it is safer to have a Dancer, a unisex Prancer and definitely, a Vixen!!!:)

    Dec 25, 2014 | 10:40 pm

  24. corrine says:

    Merry Christmas to MM and family and cheers to a generous sharing of culinary and travel experiences. I J
    hope to win even one contest next year. Lol. Merry Christmas to everybody!

    Dec 25, 2014 | 11:12 pm

  25. Betchay says:

    @ Connie C: so funny!!!

    Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat!!!!

    Dec 25, 2014 | 11:59 pm

  26. netoy says:

    To MM and family and to the MM readers community – maligayang Pasko at mas manigong bagong taon para sa lahat!!!

    Dec 26, 2014 | 2:42 am

  27. Greens and Blossoms says:

    Merry Christmas to you MM and family….and to the Marketmanila community!!!

    Dec 26, 2014 | 9:04 am

  28. millet says:

    …so what did Santa bring you, MM? was it for being naughty or for being nice?

    Dec 26, 2014 | 10:58 am

  29. Andrea says:

    Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat!

    Dec 26, 2014 | 1:50 pm

  30. linda says:

    Merry Christmas to all!

    Dec 26, 2014 | 5:27 pm

  31. Chinky says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, MM, as well as to the Marketmanila community!

    Dec 26, 2014 | 5:59 pm

  32. EJ says:

    Happy Christmas to all!

    Dec 26, 2014 | 7:11 pm

  33. alexishyne says:

    Malipayong pasko marketman,mrs. Marketman,teen,inyong banay ug mga kauban!

    Dec 27, 2014 | 2:25 pm

  34. Rochelle says:

    hahahaha! I love that trivia Connie C! :)

    Dec 27, 2014 | 8:43 pm

  35. sophie says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

    Dec 28, 2014 | 1:29 am

  36. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    A belated Christmas grettings!!been busy lately spending time in Vegas..my hubby and I belong to Nomadic tribe now..loving it .Love your holiday postings,the community interactions..Love Connie’s trivia.

    Dec 28, 2014 | 10:18 am

  37. Irene says:

    Merry Christmas, MM!

    Peace, good health and abundance to all in 2015!

    Dec 29, 2014 | 12:43 pm

  38. Meg Abalos Mationg says:

    Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

    Dec 30, 2014 | 11:26 am


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