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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Make Road Tripping Tastier With These Food-Navigating Presents

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Give them these and send them on their way. - SASQUATCH BOOKS/NANA JOE'S GRANOLA
  • Sasquatch Books/Nana Joe's Granola
  • Give them these and send them on their way.

All through December, SFoodie is bringing you local gift ideas for the food obsessives in your life.

Sending a fruitcake this year just ain't gonna cut it, it's time to step up the gift-giving by being a bit more thoughtful and creative -- which, luckily, does not necessarily entail spending a lot of cash. One idea for the friends in your life who have that unquenchable wanderlust: Arm them with the tools to have a great-tasting road trip.

Before taking on the delicious job of being SF Weekly's restaurant critic and SFoodie's editor, Anna Roth released an excellent book called West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food from San Diego to the Canadian Border. Having lived as far south as Los Angeles and as far north as her native Seattle, she's had a lot of experience sussing out what's most edible even in the long stretches of boring highway that separate those locales.

See Also:

- Meet Anna Roth, SF Weekly's New Lead Food Critic

She might even be slightly embarrassed that we asked her if we could recommend the book to readers, for she is not inclined to be a huge self-promoter. [Ed. note: It's true.] But she's seriously got the goods here -- like, did you know there is a Ghirardelli outlet in the 209?

It might be cruel to gift a book that's all about road food without pairing it with a snack to sustain the recipients until they get to their first eating stop. Given this region's reputation for being hippie-friendly, you probably could have made up the fact that the Bay Area has been going through a granola renaissance of sorts in the past year or two, as evidenced by a number of really good companies that have sprouted up. One of the best is Nana Joe's Granola of San Francisco, which is available at these locations (the company is taking a holiday break and not fulfilling online orders from Dec. 20-27). Consider accompanying Roth's book with a bag of Nana Joe's Granola in flavors like cashew white peach and orange cardamom walnut. The company also makes a product called Tony's Trail Mix, the proceeds of which support brain cancer research.

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