August 24, 2012
We had a fun Thanksgiving Dinner with our foodie blogger friends at Chef Bambi Sy Gobio's private dining place. Eating turkey has somehow become a symbol of appreciating our relationships with family and friends, and a celebration of thanksgiving for all our blessings.
It was inspired by the Thanksgiving dinner in the US celebrated every last Thursday of November.
In Manila, the dinners are usually held on a Thursday and not necessarily in conjunction with a special occasion. You can hold it at your own house or organize a private dinner.
Life is short, so it's best to celebrate your relationships now with your friends and family.
Here's our Private Thanksgiving Dinner at Chef Bambi Sy Gobio's beautiful Swiss Chalet home...
She opened her "Damaso Residencia" home for intimate private dinners with friends of friends.
I liked the unique twist to the water flavored with cucumber, ginger and lemon interestingly called "Tubig ni Maria Clara" -- a refreshing and healthy alternative to juice.
We started the meal with soup that resembled monggo soup. The chicharon balat ng manok paired nicely with it.
I enjoyed the home-cooked goodness of the Baked Fish. It was quite easy to tell that it was prepared with love.
The beef stew was a meat alternative (although most of us were reserving our stomachs for the turkey).
Maybe if you organize your own meal, you could have a serving of vegetables instead of beef.
To conform to the Thanksgiving theme, sweet yam (Manila version) was included in the menu. This was like non-fried camote cue with sweet sauce. Sarap!
We appreciated this healthy serving of brown rice.
Chef Bambi is known for her Roasted Turkey with her signature chorizo stuffing, which is based on her family's heirloom recipe. :)
My personal favorite! It's like eating baked raisin bread with hazelnut flavor. I was tempted to order it ala mode (vanilla ice cream, in particular). :)
This looked really good but seemed a bit too rich.
I loved the truffled balls and candied orange toppings but I just thought the ganache was too much already.
You've got to have this to complete the Thanksgiving theme. (I'm not much of a fan of pumpkin pies, though.)
We loved the Turkey with Chorizo Stuffing, the classic private dining home ambiance, the buffet of cakes to end the dinner, and especially Chef Bambi's hospitality. It was great experiencing all that in the company of food blogger friends. :)
(Tip: You can organize your own private Thanksgiving dinner for P1,250-P1,500/head for a group of 10 to 20 people. There's really no fixed set menu but Chef Bambi would be happy to customize the private dinner for you. She only accepts one group per night and the schedule depends on her availability.)
Chef Bambi Sy Gobio's Damaso Residencia Private Dining
311 Ortigas Avenue, Swiss Chalet House
Second to the last house before Connecticut.
Red Roof, Green Shutters, Brown Gate, Parking Inside.
Mobile: +63 917 848-0620
Telephone: +632 502-0106
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Full Disclosure: Our Thanksgiving Dinner was courtesy of Chef Bambi Sy Gobio.
P.S. Chef Bambi only opens Damaso Residencia to friends of friends. Feel free to tell her that you are friends of Our Awesome Planet.