Despite whatever issues plague our country, Filipinos are generally a happy bunch. Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s the food. Maybe it’s the fact that we begin celebrating Christmas in September!
As surprising as it may seem to people from other countries, it’s true. As soon as the -BER months arrive, you can expect to hear Christmas carols on the radio. Soon enough, parol (Christmas Lanterns) vendors, bibingka and puto bumbong (Christmas rice cakes) stalls, and Christmas tiangge (flea markets) follow, all heralding the impending arrival of this glorious season.
So to pay tribute to this calendar oddity, I’m throwing in my early Christmas cheer, in the form of a bento.
â€¢ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Sandwich. 😛 A sandwich layered with kewpie mayonnaise, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and mushroom lyoner. I absolutely love mushroom lyoner, the one I like best is from Santis delicatessen. The reindeer on the sandwich (a weirdly spotted one who looks like a dog :P) is made of more mushroom lyoner, a tomato nose, cheese eyeballs, and nori details.
â€¢ Green Tea-filled marshmallows
â€¢ Andes Creme de Menthe thins
Same sandwich in a less cute version for my mom:
Let me be the first person to greet you all: