Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

My family and I usually eat out during Christmas Eve most especially when dad was still alive. It has always been a tradition every year. As the years go by, we still do eat out but with less people. Some of my siblings have other activities at church and for this year's Christmas Eve dinner, it's only me, my mom, my brother Anthony and his wife Christine. We had a buffet dinner at Senju, a Japanese restaurant at the Edsa Shangri-La Plaza Hotel. This is actually the first time I brought my camera to take food photos at the restaurant. I was using flash at first but I noticed that some people were looking at me, so I decided not to use them. Here are some random photos of the food, but not all, that we had for tonight.


Cucumber Salad




Edamame - My favorite












My Teppanyaki Plate


Sukiyaki


Ingredients for the Sukiyaki


There's nothing green on this plate. :D Other dishes in random order: agedashi tofu, chicken karaage, grilled gindara, prawn tempura, chicken terriyaki, tofu and radish stew.


Chicken Teppanyaki







Agedashi Tofu


Pastries


Japanese Sake Wine Jelly (it looks like black sesame seed jelly with red beans to me)


Green Tea Chocolate Fondue


Green Tea Mousse


Coffee Jelly


Banana Zen Zai

While Christmas is commonly associated with family and friends, food and gifts, Christmas trees and lights and other activities, the most important part of Christmas is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Have a meaningful and hopeful Christmas to everyone.

38 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous meal and a lovely Christmas Eve tradition. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas with family and friends.

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  2. it all looks wonderful! have a very merry christmas and thank you SO much for sharing at fws~

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  3. I love Teppanyaki! The green tea dessert looks awesome too!
    Merry X'mas!

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  4. Oh my! All of this food looks fabulous!
    Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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  5. Merry Christmas, Pe. I'm glad I found your blog this year.

    This meal makes me miss Japan. Sigh...

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  6. Oh my gosh...that's all soooooo delicious! I think I better join you for Christmas Eve next year. You will take me to this Japanese restaurant, right? Wishing you a very Blessed Christmas and New Year too.

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  7. wonderful tradition of eating out and the food looks wonderful........Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.......

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  8. Merry Christmas! Hope you have a good one Divina. I am glad to have "met" you through blogging. Take care.

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  9. Japanese foods are delicious and attractive!

    Yeah, I couldn't agree with you more. When we enjoy the company of family and friends, chatting over yummy food, we have to remember Christmas is the time to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  10. That's a lot of food :) Happy holidays to u too, Divina!

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  11. Great pics! I betcha the restaurant would want them too! I love seeing through your eyes as it so reminds me of our time there. Bless you and have a wonderful Merry Christmas.... pls give your family a hug from me! :)

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  12. merry christmas!such a great photos!

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  13. Wow...what a post, Divina! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU TOO!

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  14. This is really a 'great' dinner.
    Merry X'mas!

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  15. MERRY CHRISTMAS DIVINE! the spread looks sumptuous! we were supposed to have dinner there last Monday but was postponed...can't wait to finally eat there after new year! great shots pa rin :)

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  16. Wow what a spread! merry christmas Divina! And just to let u know that I made and blogged about your bonito crusted tofu! It was fabulous and Iloved it...my hubby n daughter were eating like non stop!! it was so good. tq for the recipe n I linked u of course :)))happy new year to you!

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  17. Merry Christmas Divina! What a lovely meal :)

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  18. Merry X'mas Divina. What a sumptous spread! Lovely pics.

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  19. Looks a great meal together with the family.
    Merry Christmas!

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  20. Happy Holidays! That looks like a wonderful feast!

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  21. It's great to keep a family tradition going, even if there are not as many people. All of the food looks great. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

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  22. Edamame is my favourite too! I hope you and your family had a wonderful evening and a very Merry Christmas. I just want to grab each and every one of those desserts! :D

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  23. everything looks splendi to me but my favourite would be the green tea chocolate fondue
    have a great season holidays
    Pierre from paris

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  24. I know that looking of people around you in a restaurant while taking pictures of foods. So disturbing! That's why unfortunately,I rarely take my camera to restaurants.
    These pictures are all so gorgeous! It sounds like you had a real fest there.
    Happy new year to you and your family!

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  25. Beautiful! And what foodie courage to take photos amid adversity (aka, people staring, wondering what the heck is going on). The best gift on Christmas Day can be not having to spend it in the kitchen! I cooked for the first time this year, as normally I just help out at my parents' house, but I skipped the holiday visit and decided to stay at my own home with friends this year. Traditions both old and new are what the holidays are all about!

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  26. Green tea chocolate fountain looks wonderful.

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  27. Hope you had a great Christmas! All the food looks delicious. I miss sukiyaki!

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  28. I hope you had a great day - you deserve it, you know.

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  29. Oh wow, that food looks delicious. That sushi looks so happy and perfect, makes me crave sushi!

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  30. What a great traditions. We should go out too next year.
    I know I'm a little bit late but Happy Holidays also to you Divina :)
    haven't been much on computer those days, but now I'm finished with all xmas recipes.

    Have a wonderful New Year's!

    Margot

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  31. Those desserts look so refreshing. Many there I've never tried. Edamame is my favourite, too. Could eat and eat and eat it forever.

    Happy new year to you and your family. :)

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  32. Stunning photos....have a blessed season and I'm sure most of us can understand the strange looks received when taking photos...

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  33. What a wonderful spread of goodness!!! I especially like the sushi pictures...I am drooling here. Happy Holidays by the way.

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  34. great food love the Edamame love ya and your amazing blog and cooking talent

    Rebecca

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  35. I feel very embarassed to click pictures in a restaurant. You managed quite well to capture the spread! I'm sure all of you had a great time!

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