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Monday, December 15, 2014

Six Last-Minute Gift Boxes to Send Your Out-of-Town Relatives

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Gift boxes from Luke's local have everything from fresh fruit to a eucalyptus bouquet. - LUKE'S LOCAL
  • Luke's Local
  • Gift boxes from Luke's local have everything from fresh fruit to a eucalyptus bouquet.

Guys, I hate to break it to you but you can now count down the days to Christmas on your fingers. This means that time's running out to buy presents for all your aunts and uncles, in-laws and maybe-could-be-future-in-laws, neighbors and family friends and cousins whoever else you have to get things for but don't really know well enough to give a personalized gift.

That's okay! That's what gift boxes were invented for. And instead of giving some waxy Harry & David pears or a lame basket of jams and olives and other stuff that will sit in their fridge/pantry until the end of time, share San Francisco's culinary wealth with a gift they will actually eat.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Caffeine Scene: Give the Gift of Matcha This Holiday Season

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 4:44 PM


Green tea is forecasted to be a continuing hot trend to drink and eat, and matcha, known widely as the mother of all green tea, is especially hot. Matcha traditionally is tea leaves that are selected and ground; the powder from these whole tea leaves is then carefully measured, sifted, scooped and whisked with water that is not hotter than 80 degrees.

It can be frothy fun, and Oakland-based author and food poet Annelies Zijderveld is a tea expert; look for her new book Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea (Andrews McMeel Publishing) next April. Zijderveld helped suss out some hot holiday tea finds, sharing her matcha wisdom along the way.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Haven't Started Christmas Shopping? 21 Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

If you haven't begun searching for presents for your friends and loved ones yet, we're not going to judge you exactly, but man, you better get on it this weekend. Luckily, you have us to help. All December SFoodie has been coming up with ideas for local, food-related presents and hostess gifts that the culinarily obsessed in your life will love, and we've rounded them all up for you in one tidy post. Have a great holiday!

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- Read all Gift Guide posts.

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Fatted Calf Has Last-Minute Meat (That's Better Than It Sounds)

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

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

Even after two years of business in San Francisco, Fatted Calf Charcuterie (which began in Napa) still flies under the radar of some of the city's meat lovers. Like its counterparts at Boccalone and 4505 Meats, the shop offers many gift-worthy meat products at an affordable price point that will blow away those plastic-packed Gallo joints that show up at all the holiday parties.

See Also:

- Meat Monthly: Sign Your Beloved Up for Boccalone's Salumi Society

- Treat Your Favorite Carnivore to the Gift of 4505 Meats

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Shopping Last-Minute? Even Apartment Dwellers Appreciate the Gift of Herb Plants

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Florida citrus tree at Flora Grubb. - MARY LADD
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  • Florida citrus tree at Flora Grubb.

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

Whenever someone gifts me a plant, I'm charmed and happy that my friends notice I have learned how to nourish and keep delicate and even beautiful plants alive in my modest Mission dwelling. Whether your giftee has the greenest of thumbs or is more of a "wait and see" shy gardening type, it's off to the solar powered Flora Grubb Gardens you go. The space is in Bayview District and sports easy-peasy parking, Ritual Roasters coffee and Black Jet Bakery pastries to keep your shopping energy from flagging. Flora's boasts a nice sale running now through December 24.

See also:

- Give Sound Bites With Turntable Kitchen Merch

- Make Road Tripping Tastier With These Food-Navigating Presents

- 479° Popcorn Fires Up a Holiday Special

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Give Sound Bites With Turntable Kitchen Merch

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Headphones and whisk tea towel by Turntable Kitchen. - TURNTABLE KITCHEN
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  • Headphones and whisk tea towel by Turntable Kitchen.

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

San Francisco-based blog Turntable Kitchen understands how hard it is to choose between music and food when it comes to having a first love and offers cute and original products that mix the two. There are tea towels with headphones and a whisk (as well as ones that say "Tasty Tunes") and gift bundles that contain records, a T-shirt, and recipes.

See Also:

- Meat Monthly: Sign Your Beloved Up for Boccalone's Salumi Society

- Humphry Slocombe Suggests Your Loved Ones Get Topped

- Local Foods Wheel Keeps You in Season

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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.

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

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Monday, December 17, 2012

479° Popcorn Fires Up a Holiday Special

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Dark chocolate and peppermint caramel corn by 479° Popcorn. - 479° POPCORN
  • 479° Popcorn
  • Dark chocolate and peppermint caramel corn by 479° Popcorn.

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

It can be ridiculously hard to find the right treat for the person who keeps on top of every cool local food product that comes out, but one way to surprise them is to get them something that is a limited edition holiday special that has never been made before. If this is the kind of gift-giving need you have right now, consider the seasonal flavor currently being offered by San Francisco's 479° Popcorn, a dark chocolate and peppermint oil-infused caramel variety.

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-479° Popcorn is Hot

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Humphry Slocombe Suggests Your Loved Ones Get Topped

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Get Topped by Humphry Slocombe. - SEAN VAHEY
  • Sean Vahey
  • Get Topped by Humphry Slocombe.

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

Tis the season for the cheekily named "Get Topped" gift set by Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream. What, you were expecting modesty from the people who brought you the Tranny Smackdown sundae and Fetal Kitten ice cream?

See Also:

- A Closer Look at Humphry Slocombe's Jesus Juice

- Twitter-Size Recipes: Frosted Peanuts by Humphry Slocombe's Jake Godby

- Humphry Slocombe Challenges Ice Cream Conventions

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Umami Mart Helps Mix It Up For Drinkers

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM

The Goldfinger Set at Umami Mart. - UMAMI MART
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  • The Goldfinger Set at Umami Mart.

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

Oakland's Umami Mart (815 Broadway) has a ton of gifts for the mixologist in your life -- the one who hates the term mixologist. The online and physical shop both carry an array of Japanese strainers, mixing glasses, carafes, jiggers, bitters bottles, and more specific tools for making stylish drinks.

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-Japanese Kitchenware Site Umami Mart Readies Oakland Shop

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