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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Enjoy Filipino christmas favorites at IHOP

Tis’ the season for IHOP pancakes

It is only in December that we get to taste the famous bibingka, puto bumbong and hot chocolate. After the festive month, we have to wait for another year and several midnight mass to partake of these traditional filipino delicacies.  This Christmas season IHOP is putting its stamp on popular Filipino holiday classics with its special limited edition offers.

Last December 4, IHOP launches three Christmas specials for the holidays: the Bibingka Pancake, Dulce de Leche Pancake and the Malagos Chocolate at IHOP. BGC.

Bibingka Pancake
Dulce de leche Pancake
Bibingka Pancake tastes delicious with its creamy pancake mix, whole duck egg,  garnished with muscovado sugar and sprinkled with parmesan, cheddar cheese and desicated coconut, with a scoop of butter on top. This is heavenly good. All I have been thinking is this should be in the IHOP menu all year round. It will definitely going to be a cheat day every week for the rest of December for those who love bibingkas.

Their Dulce de leche pancake is as good as their bibingka pancake, those whose craving for chocolate should try this one. It is bibingka with a twist. Two buttermilk pancakes filled with fresh bananas, spread with dulce de leche, topped with a drizzle of dark chocolate syrup, and topped with whipped cream. It reminds me of my favorite banana crepe. With these two bibingkas, I chose Bibingka Pancake over Dulce de leche.  When I took a bite of bibingka,  it brought up christmas memories attending midnight mass during my college years.

Whenever I feel low or stressed up.  I find myself heading to the nearest coffee store and have a cup of hot chocolate. It is one of my comfort drink. IHOP's Malagos hot chocolate is made with all-natural, single origin beans grown and harvested by Davao’s amazing farmers and cheerfully prepared at IHOP’s kitchen.  Malagos Chocolate is single-origin made from ethically grown and processed beans that have been carefully graded (according to international standards). The hot creamy chocolatey taste is perfect for their two bibingkas.

“Holidays are a big part of our campaigns,” said Archie Rodriquez, President and CEO of Global Restaurant Concepts Inc., which owns and operates IHOP in the Philippines. He added: “We are proud to celebrate this joyous season with our diners with a Filipino touch.”

IHOP is adding three Christmas specials for the holidays: the Bibingka Pancake, the Dulce de Leche Pancake, and the Malagos Chocolate. Rodriguez says, “We are very sure that these items bring back childhood memories of a more traditional way of celebrating with family and friends in every bite.” 

These tasty treats combine IHOP’s classic recipes with Filipino flavors, giving holiday diners the best of both worlds.

IHOP also has new mouthwatering gourmet burgers and desserts to make your dining experience even more delicious

All burgers come with IHOP’s own secret sauce along with a choice of seasoned fries or onion rings, while the desserts are made with ingredients to satisfy sweet cravings.

Western Hash Brown Burger
Unleash your inner cowboy with this bad boy made of hash browns, American cheese, tomatoes, and bacon.

Sunrise Burger
Have a taste of sunshine with this burger made with sun dried tomato pesto, red onion rings, American cheese, and sunny side up egg.

Pot roast pasta

Italian Chicken pasta

Western hash brown burger

Carbonara pasta

Bread and Butter Pudding
A thick slice of warm bread pudding topped with a generous drizzle of banana caramel sauce, vanilla sauce, honey pecan nuts, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Stuffed and Rolled Chocolate Crepe
Chocolate crepes filled with cream cheese and choco hazelnut spread, topped with vanilla sauce, dark chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, a side of strawberries, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

In 2014, IHOP opened three new branches in the country as Filipino diners continued to embrace what the brand has to offer—scrumptious food for afternoon meetings or a heavy dinner after the day’s work.

“We launched new food choices in our menu with more hearty options to serve more diners seeking a great place to dine in during the afternoon for meetings or for dinners after work,” Rodriguez says.

Recently, IHOP Philippines was awarded the International Franchise Operator of the Year Award during the IHOP International Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona.

The popular all-day dining chain is looking to sustain this success for the oncoming year, as it aims to further strengthen its presence in the Philippines. IHOP is slated to open another store in Fairview Terraces, which would be its seventh branch in the country.

To date, IHOP has been serving complete perfect dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner across its branches located in Bonifacio Global City, UP Town Center in Katipunan Avenue, SM Mall of Asia, Century City Mall in Kalayaan Avenue, Makati, Filinvest City in Alabang, and Araneta Center.

These branches are open from 7 AM until 11PM on weekdays and until 12 midnight on weekends. The good news is, the flagship branch located at the Bonifacio Global City will be accepting orders 24/7 from December 16 to January 3, 2015.

IHOP caters

Aside from in-house food servicing, IHOP is pushing forward its catering services for consumer and corporate events in onsite and offsite locations.

“At IHOP, Filipino diners get to enjoy all-day dining from original buttermilk pancakes to sandwiches to rib eye steaks,” he concludes. “The brand has been serving delicious food for more than five decades, from breakfast to dinner, and we are proud to create new moments and memories with our diners here in the Philippines.”

Apart from IHOP, Global Restaurant Concepts, Inc. also operates Ramen Iroha, the award-winning ramen house from Japan, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), P.F. Chang’s, Gyu-Kaku, and Morelli’s Gelato.

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