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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.

photo used with permission

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!


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!

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?

Neighborhood Watch: Columbus Circle

Columbus Circle is named after famed explorer Christopher Columbus.  The 75-foot-high statue was created by Italian sculptor Gaetano Russo in 1892 for the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America.


New Yorkers recently got to see Columbus face to face in the Discovering Columbus exhibit by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi where a scaffold was built to get to the head of the statue where a “modern living room” was constructed.  Guests were invited into the living room to see the sculpture’s face up close for a different perspective on Columbus.

Columbus Circle

The vicinity of the Circle is a foodie oasis, with a plethora of places to visit for quick bites or grandiose meals.  With the famed Time Warner Center and its Shops at Columbus Circle on the west side of the Circle, there are a number of options, including the pinnacle restaurant, Per Se.  For culture, Jazz at Lincoln Center, is also nearby.  For accommodations, ever hear of the Trump International Hotel and Tower?  (You may recognize it as the site of Ben Stiller’s Tower Heist movie.)  There’s also the Mandarin Oriental hotel, which has a piece of Dale Chihuly glass sculpture in the lobby.  (I love Chihuly’s work.  I volunteered at the Orlando Museum of Art’s Chihuly exhibit back in 2004.)

Time Warner Center

Time Warner Center houses luxury shops, as well as a Whole Foods and a Williams Sonoma for some foodie-related shopping.  The dining options include Bouchon Bakery (also owned by Per Se owner Thomas Keller), A Voce, Masa, Landmarc and Porter House.

Per Se

cookies from Per Se

I’ve eaten at Per Se, which is the restaurant to dine in NYC, with a perfect view of Christopher Columbus and Central Park.  Here, you experience luxury dining at its finest.  I’ve also eaten at A Voce for high-end Italian

cheese, fava beans and olive oil from A Voce

cheese, fava beans and olive oil from A Voce

and Porter House for classic American fare.

Scottish salmon

Scottish salmon from Porter House

Bouchon Bakery is one of my favorites for many sweet treats, including the best raspberry macaroons!

But there is more to Columbus Circle than the Time Warner Center.  At the east side of the Circle is the USS Maine National Monument. This is the gateway to Central Park where you can walk off all this extravagance. During the holidays, this is the scene of the Columbus Circle Holiday Market.


the USS Maine National Monument

On the north and east sides, the legendary Little Italy bakery Ferrara has outposts where you can get their famous pastries.


On the south side of the Circle, visit the Museum of Arts & Design.  On the ground floor sits the gift shop with many interesting jewelry and home decor pieces.  I saw a Judy Chicago exhibit here once.


If you want to dine with one of the best views in the city, go to the top floor for the museum’s restaurant, Robert, and the food is excellent too.

ricotta pancakes from Robert

ricotta pancakes from Robert

A block to the west is the fairly new Sur La Table for cooking items and cooking classes, if you’re game.  Or stroll down Broadway to Grom for some gelato if it’s warm outside or some hot chocolate if it’s cold out.

Grom hot chocolate

You won’t be disappointed with the rich chocolatey drinks and gelato made with Italian ingredients.


If you’re not a coffee drinker, look no further, there’s an Argo Tea where you can get any number of tea concoctions.

Argo Tea

A block down is Francois Payard‘s bakery of French-style delights.  If you read my blog, you know I’m a Payard fan.

macaroons from Francois Payard

macaroons from Francois Payard

What to Eat:  macaroons from Bouchon Bakery or Francois Payard bakery, pastries from Ferrara, gelato from Grom, luxury dining at Per Se, classic American fare at Porter House, sushi at Masa, dining with a view at Robert, tea at Argo, high-end Italian at A Voce.

Where to Shop:  Time Warner Center for luxury shops and Williams Sonoma, Museum of Arts & Design gift shop, Sur La Table, Columbus Circle Holiday market (in season).

What to See:  Columbus monument, USS Maine monument, Museum of Arts & Design, Time Warner Center, Central Park, Chihuly sculpture at Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Holiday Gift Guide

I’ve put together a list of cool holiday gifts for the foodies on your list.  I have some of these and some of these are on my list this Christmas!

Recipe rock from Architec–magnetic rock holds your recipe so you can cook! I have one and love it!

Split decision pie pan from Chicago Metallic–bake two different flavors in one pan!

Bacon and egg spatulas from Sur La Table–cute-shaped spatulas to brighten your breakfast.

Chicago Metallic batter dispenser from Sur La Table–makes filling baking pans and sizing cookies easier.

Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Plus folding cutting board from Sur La Table–one stop chop and scoop into your soup!

Nordic Ware red cake pop pan from Sur La Table–make perfectly round pops in a snap!

Publish a personal cookbook at Blurb

Foodpod from Fusionbrands–boil eggs or potatoes without burning your hands.

Brown sugar bear from Taste of Home–keeps your brown sugar from becoming a brick.  These really work; I have them.

Reindeer shortbread pan from King Arthur Flour–no need to decorate holiday cookies!

Peppermint crunch from King Arthur Flour–great for decorating cookies or cakes or adding to your hot cocoa!  I love having this during the holidays.