Holiday Dining Traditions

It’s hard to imagine the holidays without thinking of mom’s cooking and those special dining traditions that take us back to our childhood during Christmastime.  No wonder food is always at the center of our holiday celebrations.  While the chef’s at M Resort are busy whipping up their special menus in Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood, Burgers & Brews and Studio B Buffet to celebrate this joyous season, we decided to take a look at holiday dining traditions in other parts of the world.

In the Philippines it is tradition to eat a sweet coconut and rice flour cake called Bibingka.  The cake is lightly sweet and moist and made with rice or cassava flour and traditionally cooked over charcoal in a clay pot lined with banana leaves. Bibingka, with tasty toppings, is popular during the Christmas holiday season and is eaten after Midnight Mass on Christmas Day.

The national dish of Poland, Bigos is an amazing mélange of meats and sausages slowly braised over a bed of mellow sauerkraut. Bigos is a popular cold-weather dish that provided a handy way to use cabbage that was harvested before winter.  Bigos is a favorite meal for the day after Christmas and is also popular in Lithuania and Belarus.

Dresdner Stollen is the famous fruitcake from Dresden that is sold throughout Germany during the Christmas holiday season. Dresdner Stollen is made from rich yeast dough mixed with candied fruit and almonds.  Loaves are folded to symbolize the Christ child in swaddling clothes.

Conquito is a popular Christmas beverage in Puerto Rico. It has similarities to American eggnog, but the use of crème de coco or coconut milk gives it a unique island flavor.  A version with eggs, known as ponche crema, is a favorite in Venezuela.

Back in the States, our dining traditions may vary by geography as well.  Whether you are in the Pacific Northwest, sunny California or are blessed with a white Christmas in the east, our holiday food traditions bring us to the table with family and friends.  We invite you to join us at the M Resort to enjoy one of our special meals or take some of our holiday cooking home with you and enjoy our Christmas Feast to Go. Be sure to order yours by December 19!

We look forward to welcoming you to our table at Christmastime!