Category Archives: Gift

May Love With Food Box

I’m excited about May’s Love With Food box.

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There are key lime cookies from J&M, sweet potato chips from One Potato Two Potato, Revolution herbal teas, tarallino from Terre Di Puglia, sea salt caramels from Le Caramel, tropical peach drink mix from Flavorz Organic, Giddy Up & Go granola, and flavored sea salts from The Spice Lab.  These are all things I enjoy.

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10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies

If you’re looking for a Christmas or holiday gift for the foodie in your life, look no further!  I compiled this list from my web travels of gifts that I would like, as a foodie, or that I think would appeal to other foodies.  And yes, I got #3 as a gift, and I love it!

1.  Molecular gastronomy kit from Uncommon Goods–A great way to play with your food!

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

2.  Wrapping paper personalized with name and recipe from Minted–This is great to wrap your holiday gifts in or to give as a gift.

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photo used with permission

3.  Pierogi scarf from What on Earth–If you love pierogis or know someone who does, this is a cute and comfy scarf!

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4.  Sushi food pillow from What on Earth–There are other food pillows for cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, s’mores and pizza, but I like the design and shape of this sushi pillow.

5.  Handcrafted oak kitchen tablet holder from If It’s Wood and More on Etsy–Cooking from a recipe on your tablet just got easier with a handy holder!

6.  QOOQ tablet from Sur La Table–A mess-proof tablet for kitchen use!

7.  Silicone bark pan from World Market–Easy, non-stick way to make peppermint bark for the holidays!

8.  Recipes from American museums with accompanying music CD from Sharon O’Connor’s Menus and Music–What better way to wow guests with dishes from favorite museums.

9.  Ramen T-shirt from CafePress–This super cute T-shirt lets everyone know what your favorite meal is.

10.  Ugly sweater cookie kit from World Market–They look better to eat than wear!

Two for Tuesday: Lip Balms

Now that the weather is getting cooler, we will be needing lip balms.  I’ve found some fun foodie lip balms.  From Soapopotamus on Etsy, I got an Italian sausage lip butter.  It’s flavored with the essential oils of basil, star anise and black pepper.  She has some other fun flavors including Elvis Sandwich, Snozberry, Big Dill and Pixxa (pizza flavored).  I really like it.  It does taste like Italian sausage but mild sausage, pun intended.  And she’s spot on about the texture.

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If these flavors are a little out there for you, how about good ole’ Girl Scouts cookies from Lip Smackers?  A set includes Thin Mints®, Coconut Caramel Stripes, Trefoils®, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter.  I’m not a big fan of chocolate-flavored lip balm or chocolate-scented candles, so the chocolate ones are not my favorites.  However, I do like the Thin Mints®.  My favorite is the Trefoils®.

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5 Fun Fall Foodie Gifts

photo used with permission of Nordic Ware

photo used with permission of Nordic Ware

1.  Platinum harvest mini loaf pan from Nordic Ware–How cute are these with fall designs like leaves and pumpkins?

photo used with permission of Nordic Ware

photo used with permission of Nordic Ware

2.  For Mid-Autumn Festival, September 19: Godiva Mid-Autumn Festival Gift Box–The chocolates in this assortment sound divine–apricot and peach ganache with a hint of ginger–I’m there!

3.  Stonewall Kitchen Apple Cider Doughnut Mix from Sur la table–I’ve always wanted to try apple cider doughnuts. It would be fun to make my own!

4. Owl Cookie Jar with frosted buttercream cookies in the shape of leaves and pumpkins from Cheryl’s–I love owls, and this jar is so cute! I like Cheryl’s buttercream cookies, and she even has maple buttercream for fall.

5.  Spiced pecan pumpkin pancake and waffle mix from Williams Sonoma–What better way to enjoy a cozy Sunday morning?

Day Trip: Cold Spring, New York

Cold Spring sign

Cold Spring, New York is a short ride (a little over an hour) on Metro North from Grand Central Station, but a world away from New York City.  Step down from the train platform and be transported.  This is a perfect place to go for the carless New Yorker.  The town is right off the train stop, and everything is within walking distance.  On weekends, this is a popular destination.

Welcome to idyllic small town America, complete with flag-draped gazebo.

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Known for its antique shops, Cold Spring’s main drag is the appropriately named Main Street, lined with cute storefronts selling antiques, flea market goods, gifts and more and many restaurants to choose from.  I liked The Country Goose, a charming shop with gourmet food products, soaps, children’s items, tea, products from the British Isles and more.  The owner is a charming woman who also makes gift baskets.

Cold Spring street

Not far from the train station is a the trolley stop where you can board and head to Boscobel House. There’s a little park here where a band plays big band music while people eat ice cream cones outside on park benches. The Village Scoop serves up ice cream in fun flavors like cannoli (made with mascarpone) and cherry pie.

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If you walk west toward the Hudson River, you’ll see the gazebo and the historic Hudson House, built in 1832 and one of only two accommodations in town.

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The accompanying restaurant has scenic patio dining.  The bread is of note–a popover with strawberry butter.

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I got the lobster and avocado roll.  I enjoyed the unique addition of avocado.

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Next door is the popular Moo Moo Creamery with creamy vanilla ice cream. The long lines are worth the wait.

Moo Moo vanilla
The nearby park has lovely views of the Hudson River and mountains.

Cold Spring mountain

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What to Eat:  ice cream from Moo Moo and the Village Scoop, popovers and classic American fare from Hudson House, artisan ice pops from Go-Go Pops.

Where to Shop:  The Country Goose for gourmet food and gift baskets, The Gift Hut for unique toys for kids, Back in Ireland for goods made in Ireland.

What to See & Do:  The 1928 gazebo, the Hudson River view, Hudson House historic inn, Boscobel House and Gardens, Putnam History Museum, kayaking.

7 Etsy Foodie Shops

I compiled this list of 7 cool shops on Etsy that have food-related goods.

1.  Cutting boards in the shape of your favorite state from AHeirloom.  Yeah, that’s mine.

New York-shaped cutting board from AHeirlooms.  Photo used with permission.

New York-shaped cutting board from AHeirlooms–photo used with permission

2.  AJ Sweetsoaps, my favorite Etsy shop, with soaps that look real enough to eat! Look just as good and a lot less calories!

Banana cream pie soap from AJ Sweetsoaps.  Photo used with permission.

Banana cream pie soap from AJ Sweetsoaps–photo used with permission

3.  Get your grandma’s recipe in her handwriting on a kitchen towel at Small Home Design.

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Grandma’s recipe on a tea towel from SmallHomeDesign–photo used with permission

4.  Custom kitchen canister labels from Kreative Corner.

Custom canister labels from Kreative Corner.  Photo used with permission.

Custom canister labels from Kreative Corner–photo used with permission

5.  Funny pin-up recipe cards from Istria Design.

Pin-up recipe card from Istria Design.  Photo used with permission.

Pin-up recipe card from Istria Design–photo used with permission

6.  Personalized recipe on a bamboo cutting board from Marcellas Engravables.

Custom engraved cutting board from Marcells Engraveables.  Photo used with permission.

Custom engraved cutting board from Marcellas Engravables–photo used with permission

7.  Heidi Schweigert’s illustrations at the redcruiser shop on Etsy–These cards, calendars, prints, tea towels and journals give you an easy way to get your veggies.

Greeting card from redcruiser.  Photo used with permission.

Greeting card from redcruiser–photo used with permission

Good Enough to Eat

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Looks great, doesn’t it?  Flecks of rice, milky cream, dark raisins and sprinkle of cinnamon.  You’re probably thinking, enough with the rice pudding already.  Well, you’d be right.  I’ve had my full of rice pudding, but now I can use it in a different way.  In the shower!  This is rice pudding soap from AJ Sweetsoap, my favorite shop on Etsy.  Not only does this look authentic, it smells authentic too with a creamy cinnamony smell.

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Look at the holiday struffoli, complete with candy decor and honey syrup.  The balls are a little bigger than edible struffoli but better for the bath!  The honey syrup has a honey smell!

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Fruitcake soap smells fruity and rumy just like real fruitcake!

240sweet marshmallows 50% off today only!

I got an email from Chef Alexa, that in honor of her birthday today, all 240sweet webstore items are 50% off.  Use the code ALEXABIRTHDAY at checkout. S/H not included in discount.  Not valid with any other offers.  Offer expires at 12:01 am EST on March 15, 2012.

Also, good news for the ladies.  Their Salty Caramel Swirl marshmallow was featured in O, the Oprah Magazine‘s first food issue.

Foodie Holiday Gifts

I am addicted to these fun foodie soaps that are perfect for holiday gifts.  They are made by AJ Sweet Soap.  My favorite is the banana cream pie:

Who can resist the krispy marshmallow treat?

I’ve bought many of these including jelly cookies and black and white cookies:

and s’mores and macarons:

When my aunt found out she was diabetic, I sent her a bunch of her favorite foods as soaps.  I figured it was a way she could still enjoy them!  Some of these are too cute, I haven’t had the heart to use them yet.  I think they make a great gift and surprise for your favorite foodie!