Gift Ideas for the Foodie

BY Epoch Times Staff TIMEDecember 3, 2013 PRINT

If you’re anything like us, delicious gifts that warm the belly also warm the heart. From coffee to chocolate to olive oil, there’s no shortage of gifts for the foodie in your life.


Eataly’s Olive Oil Lover Gift Box

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Olive oil is so good, and so good for you. Yet the quality of what you find on supermarket shelves is a pale (and probably stale) shadow of what real olive oil should be. Eataly knows olive oil, right down to the Italian families who have been making this liquid gold, often going back many generations. Includes extra virgin olive oils from Liguria, Umbria, Puglia, and Sicily. $99.80;


Fairway Prime Meat and Fish Gift Sets

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For the steak lover, these gift sets offer the juiciest, finest USDA prime beef—butcher-perfect porterhouses, strips, cowboys steaks, and more. Fish lovers aren’t left out with Chilean seabass, ahi tuna, and Scottish salmon. Delivered to your door. Prices vary, $99–$399;


Pacari Chocolate 

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One of best chocolates we’ve come across this year, Pacari was the run-away winner at the International Chocolate Awards in London. Choose the single-origin collection to experience Ecuador’s varied terroir; Andean flavors like lemongrass or merkén chili; or tropical fruits like goldenberries.

Added bonus: these chocolate bars will make you feel virtuous in every way. They’re 100 percent organic, and Pacari works directly with 3,000 farming families. $19.99 for a collection of four bars;


Sweets From Dominique Ansel Bakery


Chocolate Message in a Bottle

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You can always count on Dominique Ansel to create sweets that will create a buzz. For a stocking stuffer, this bottle blends three types of Valrhona dark chocolate with chocolate seashells. A floating ship holds the instructions: add steamed milk, and slowly shake to make a decadent and frothy hot chocolate. $9.75, 14 oz bottle;

 S’mores Tree

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Courtesy of Dominique Ansel Bakery

Revelers young and small won’t be able to resist the promise of golden, melt-in-your-mouth marshmallows, and chocolate squished between graham cracker triangles. Makes about 30 s’mores. 16 inches tall, $75;


Stumptown Coffee Subscription

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Give some coffee love to family and friends—delivered right to their doorstep. Stumptown offers two coffee subscriptions: Roaster’s Pick, which rotates every month, or a coffee of your choosing (including Hair Bender, Ethiopia Duromina, among others). You can choose the quantity, frequency, and duration of the subscription. $14–20 for each 12 oz bag plus shipping;


Brooklyn Brew Shop

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Introduce friends to a new hobby (and maybe get them to invite you to taste the results). Brewing beer used to be done at home for years until Prohibition hit. Brooklyn Brew Shop offers a convenient kit that includes everything needed to turn out a gallon of home-brewed beer. Popular choices include: Warrior Double IPA, Oatmeal Stout, and Everyday IPA. 1-gallon kit, $40;


Epicerie Boulud’s Charcuterie Selection

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Daniel Boulud comes from Lyon, a city that holds considerable street cred for all things charcuterie in France. For those who have a savory tooth, his shop Epicerie Boulud offers a great introduction to French preserved meats. The gift box includes a duck liver mousse flavored with Sauternes and Cognac, pâté campagne (a rustic style coarse pork pâté), pâté Breton (a pork jowl pâté with mushrooms, apple, and bacon), cornichons, Dijon mustard, a brioche loaf, and a pain campagne. $169;

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