Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Lauren's Picks

The holidays are right around the corner so it is time to start thinking about finding the perfect gifts for the ones you love.  I'll continue adding more products as I review them.  If you'd like your product considered, please email me at  Happy Holidays!

Local Picks:

If you don't have a copy yet, get one for yourself and one for all of your friends.  The Capital Cooking Cookbook is only $20 from now until Christmas by using this code:  5KCP7TEC.  Perfect for present to make special cooking memories!

Wine and Beer Lovers:

Graham’s Six Grapes Old Vines Special Edition Port (SRP $42) is a reflection of this timeless symbol of excellence.
A Little Sparkling Wine
For the Wine-Drinking Fashionista

From the all-female Italian wine-making team, wines for women with taste, STLTO Prosecco $15

For the Wine Student

These are delicious, traditional, and varietally correct

From the historic and traditional Rioja winery, Bodegas Franco Espanolas Rioja Bordon Reserva $15

For the Mixologist:

Unique and delicious for the home-mixologist

The Bitter Truth (spices for your cocktail) is perfect gift to pair with John B Stetson Bourbon 

The Bitter Truth Bitters Traveler Kit $20

John B Stetson Kentucky Bourbon $27

King Arthur Flour Cookie and Cake decorating kit



State Shape Cutting Boards – Retail Price Range: $24.99 -$29.99

Epicurean is expanding their State Shape cutting board line to include the entire U.S. (with the exception of Hawaii). The State Shape boards not only represent the United States visually, but are made in the U.S. as well. Additionally, they are eco-friendly, dishwasher safe and NSF approved.  Show your home state love with a cutting board!
PASCHA CHOCOLATE is a connoisseur of the cacao bean devoted to creating decadent chocolates with a minimalist perspective.  Delicious!
Hahn’s Old Fashioned Coffee Cake Company treats!
J.D. Gourmet Barrel Aged Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar adds some rich chocolaty sweetness to any dish. 

MarDona Specialty Products make fabulous gifts.  The White Truffle Oil and Salt are great on popcorn.

Coffee Lovers:

Peet’s Connoisseur Coffee Collection: One half-pound each of Holiday Blend, Major Dickason’s Blend, Garuda Blend and Uzuri African Blend. Price: $32.95
Holiday Blend (Exquisite, Complex, Celebratory, Dark Roast): Each Holiday, we seek the year's best beans to create a unique, celebratory blend to share with your family and friends. Our 2014 blend is an elegant, smooth, and refined roast with delicious hints of dark chocolate and brown sugar. The beans come from Guatemala, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sumatra to create our annual celebratory cup!
Major Dickason’s Blend (Rich, Complex, Full Bodied, Deep Roast): Conceived by one of the first Peetniks, retired army officer Key Dickason, and refined by Mr. Peet, this premier blend is our all-time bestseller.
Garuda Blend (Gutsy, Earthy, Full Bodied, Deep Roast: A blend of the finest single-origin Indo-Pacific coffees that celebrates the diverse flavors of the islands.
Uzuri African Blend (Beautiful, Dark Berry Notes, Deep Roast): A beautiful, fully sustainable coffee that helps small-scale farmers improve their lives.

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