Christmas time is just around the corner, and if you're anything like me you're crazy excited and totally stressed at the same time. LOVE the cheer and the egg nog, HATE the crowds and the endless list of gifts I need to purchase. Between the family and friends, the significant others, and the 3+ miscellaneous yankee swaps we'll all be partaking in over the next few weeks, it seems like the usual number of errands has reached a daunting high. To ease a little bit of your pain, I've thrown together a small list of some of my favorite foodie finds this season. Universally appealing, beyond delicious, and totally affordable your Christmas shopping just got that much easier.
Dancing Deer Bakery Gift Baskets: Struggling to find the perfect gift for your favorite choco-lovah? Why not send them a gift basket stocked with sweets, but not just any sweets, we were thinking America's best tasting brownies kind of sweets. According to a blind taste test held at Boston's City Hall Plaza, beating the other contenders by more than a landslide, Boston's own Dancing Deer Baking Company was recently named America's #1 tasting brownie. Coming in three different flavors, their Chocolate Chunk, Caramel Pecan, and Peanut Butter Brownie are rich, decadent and beyond delicious. The gourmet bakery specializes in all natural, baked-from-scratch sweets including a variety of cookies and cakes, all of which are available in a variety of adorably-packed gift baskets ranging in price from as low as $20.
Bully Boy Booze: Nothing says Merry Christmas like some locally-distilled booze. Thanks to brothers Will and Dave Willis of Sherborn, MA, Boston got it's first and only craft distillery just a few months ago. Inspired by their family farm back home, Bully Boy Distillery focuses on producing premium spirits in small batches, putting an emphasis on traditional techniques and local ingredients. Performing every part of the distilling process by hand, their white rum, whiskey and vodka have been taking our small city by storm. An essential ingredient in any Bostonians liquor cabinet, you can pick up a bottle at any one of these local retailers.
Soda Stream: Not a big booze drinker? Maybe you're friend would prefer a Soda Stream, which turns virtually any liquid into fizzy goodness in a matter of seconds. Not only is it a desirable food appliance but it also doubles as one of the most addicting toys ever. Pretty soon you'll be drinking bubbly everything. Sparkling crimsonberry ice tea? Yes please!
Boston Dining Cards: Another great find, these Boston Dining Cards go for just $20 and are filled with $10 coupons to over 50 restaurants around the Boston and Cambridge area. Some of the participating restaurants you'll find include The Friendly Toast, Tasca, Tupelo, Grasshopper, Lord Hobo and Ginza. Have friends who live beyond the city borders? They've also got decks for Buffalo, Phoenix, and Indianapolis, with more locations on the way.
(photo via KenOringer.com)
Tour-de-Ken Oringer: The "gift certificate" of all gift certificates, 6 dinners for the price of 2, which conveniently enough is going on sale today! Visit Travelzoo anytime between now and December 15 for one of the best deals of the year. If you're from Boston and you love dining you've undoubtedly heard of Ken Oringer. If you haven't, then hurry up and google him. He's only the mastermind behind some of Boston's best eateries, and now you can sample all six of his famed restaurants for just... (drumroll please)... $299. No, I'm not lying. The deal gets you an exclusive four-course tasting at Clio, Uni, Toro, Coppa, KO Prime and La Verdad. If you do the math, it comes out to a little under $50 a dinner. It's borderline insanity. You'd be an idiot not to get it (and if you want to grab me one too that's totally cool).
If you're the type who prefers to peruse shelves for tangible gifts, while indulging in a few tastings along the way, then these artisinal shops may be just what you are looking for. Stocked with anything and everything to take ones kitchen to a whole other level, they're great for finding the perfect gift for your food-inclined friends.
268 Shawmut Ave.
613 East Broadway St.
South Boston, MA
Once you've purchased all your gifts, be sure to wrap them up in this...
(via Gift Couture)
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About the authors
Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.