Gifts for food and drink lovers
These gifts are perfect for the foodies and drink lovers on your list.
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J.Q. Dickinson salt(Credit: J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works)
Sea salt, it's so 2015. J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works is a seventh-generation concern that hand-harvests salt in West Virginia's Kanawha Valley. (Technically, the salt is from the sea: the Iapetus Ocean, which, 400-600 million years ago, was where the Appalachian Mountains are now.) The grains have a distinct cube shape and a bright, clean taste. A 3.5-ounce jar is $9; a 1-pound bag is $25. There's also a finely milled salt for popcorn ($20 a pound) and coarsely milled salt for grinding ($25 a pound). More information: http://bit.ly/2cBZ67B
Wolffer 'Pink' Gin(Credit: Jason Tinacci)
It's the first season for Wolffer "Pink" gin from winemaker and partner Roman Roth in Sagaponack. The first of a fleet of his housemade spirits, this gin starts with rosé wine as the gin base enhanced with juniper berries grown on the property. Small amounts of anise, fennel, coriander, cumin and cardamom add to the bouquet. "Pink" gin is $34 a bottle. More information: http://bit.ly/2fRBbDq
Tea set(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)
In most Asian countries, making tea is a cherished ritual entailing all manner of ceremonial gear. The grand new Hmart in Jericho sells tea and tea-making accoutrements from all over Asia. This tea set from Ye Hwa (right, $19.99 for four cups and a pot) is hand painted with a traditional blue-and-white Japanese Nagoya design. The Hello Home electric tea kettle (left, $29.99) is rendered in tasteful white ceramic, and boils water in minutes, then automatically shuts itself off.
Gold-covered chocolates(Credit: zChocolat)
This holiday season, the French confectioner zChocolat is including gold-covered chocolates in some of its most decadent assortments. The Holiday Sapphire Gold collection includes one chocolate coated with 24-karat gold leaf (completely food safe) along with 14 others such as pistachio-almond marzipan, passion-fruit-mango caramel and Venezuelan dark chocolate ganache, all neatly packed into a mahogany box embellished with a Christmas tree. The price is 109.99 euros, plus shipping. (Upon ordering, euros will be converted into dollars. The cost is approximately $120.) More information: http://bit.ly/2fFOZ4C
Hand-hammered copper stockpot(Credit: Williams-Sonoma)
This show-stopping stockpot of hand-hammered copper is crafted by Ruffoni in the Italian Alps. Riveted handles are hand-cast brass, as is the sculptural artichoke knob on the lid. The pot is lined with non-reactive tin because copper, a terrific heat conductor, reacts with acidic foods. Nevertheless, you're probably better off serving from rather than cooking in something so beautiful. The stockpot comes in two sizes, 7½-quart ($425) and 12¼-quart ($475). Williams-Sonoma carries a wide range of Ruffoni copper and stainless steel cookware. More information: http://bit.ly/2e99nNP
Cantarelli Parmigiano-Reggiano gift box(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)
The Emilia-Romagna region of Italy produces some of the country's greatest foods, Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar among them. To be called Parmigiano-Reggiano, the cheese must be aged at least 12 months, but this gift box contains two 8.8-ounce vacuum-sealed chunks of Cantarelli Parmigiano-Reggiano, one aged at least 24 months, the other at least 30 months. Cantarelli, founded in 1876, is an upstart compared to the balsamic vinegar maker Acetaia Leonardi, established in Modena 1871. Also included is a 1.35-ounce bottle of 12-year-old balsamic vinegar. It's $39.99 at Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace in Port Jefferson Station, Smithtown, Massapequa, East Meadow and Port Washington.
De Buyer's carbon steel frying pans(Credit: De Buyer)
Last year, cast iron was all the rage in cookware. This year, it's carbon steel. Like cast iron, the indestructible surface is perfect for searing and can be seasoned to virtual non-stick-ness. But the pans are much lighter and more maneuverable. For millennia, Chinese woks have been made from carbon steel. Turns out the French have a comparable tradition, and one of the best manufacturers is De Buyer, founded in 1830 and based in the Vosges. De Buyer's Mineral B frying pans come in four sizes: 7.9 inches (about $45), 10.2 inches (about $60), 12.6 inches (about $80), and 14.2 inches (about $90). More information: http://bit.ly/2e38h6k; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/2fwrf6k
Yummy Yogi cutting board(Credit: Yummi Yogi)
Yummi Yogi is a New Jersey-based business that specializes in yoga-posture cookie cutters. This year, founder Amy Dube introduced a cutting board in an unmistakable tree posture. Cutting and serving fruit would seem like the most appropriate use, but cheese or sausage will also work. The board is made of oil-finished ash and measures 18 by 16 inches. More information: http://bit.ly/1Reaxia
Chocolate pizza(Credit: Chocolate Pizza Company)
It is an unbeatable combination, chocolate and pizza, which the Chocolate Pizza Company, based in New York's Finger Lakes region, exploits deliciously. This 11-inch pizza, $31.95, made with milk or dark chocolate and English toffee, is topped with pecans, almonds, walnuts and a drizzle of white chocolate. And it comes in a custom pizza box. More information: http://bit.ly/2cJbrKP
Jefferson Vineyards Bordeaux blend(Credit: Jefferson Vineyards)
Perfect for cooler winter months, the Meritage 2014 wine from Jefferson Vineyards is a Bordeaux blend like those Thomas Jefferson favored. The elegant bottle features the president's signature -- a trademark owned by the vineyard ($29.95). More information: http://bit.ly/2diuixE
La Bella Valentina Panettone(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)
Panettone, the rich, sweet yeast bread, is an Italian Christmas tradition. This one, from La Bella Valentina,is shorter than some other towering loaves, which makes it an even better candidate for French toast. The red-and-white-wrapped panettone is stuffed with chocolate; the green-and-white one, with dried fruit. It's $19.99 at Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace in Port Jefferson Station, Smithtown, Massapequa, East Meadow and Port Washington.
Joe's Stone Crabs from Florida(Credit: Joe's Stone Crab)
Sweet, flaky, Florida stone crabs are a treat worth waiting for -- and shipping. During the October-to-May harvesting season, they're among the most sustainable seafood around, since they're plucked for the claw and returned to the sea, where they grow new pincers. Consider sourcing these luxurious eats via Joe's Stone Crab, the iconic Miami restaurant that will overnight claws door-to-door within two business days of an order. Medium, select, large and jumbo claws, mustard sauce and bibs for two start at $128.95 for one pound or eight medium-sized claws per person. On the upper range, a 10-person option for $1,173.95 delivers 1.5 pounds or four jumbo claws per person. For $10 to $20 more a head, the "Claws of Celebration" packages offer the same items plus a cracking board, mallet and cocktail forks. More information: http://tinyurl.com/hahl5z3, 800-780-2722 or 305-673-9035 for shipping.
RBT Collection decanter(Credit: RBT Collection)
An Oprah Winfrey-approved gift, this wine decanter from the RBT Collection is one of her favorite items of 2016 for its strainer that removes sediment and offers design that allows for one-hand pouring. Wine pours down the sides of the bottle as it aerates the wine in what looks like a waterfall-effect. The coaster it comes with catches drips. The decanter is $99.95 plus shipping. For more information: http://bit.ly/2fLa1AJ
Suede potholders(Credit: Great Useful Stuff)
We've tried potholders made of every material, from loop-loomed cotton to Space Age silicone. But nothing beats suede: It's naturally grippy, machine washable and resists even cast-iron heat. Great Useful Stuff, a home-organization site, is selling seven-inch square potholders (they also function as trivets) and matching suede handle holders, for pots whose handles get too hot to handle. Choose from mustard, slate, eggplant or hunter green. Two potholders are $25; two handle holders are $20. More information: http://bit.ly/2fpsCi8
Kerber's Farm pantry gift crate(Credit: Kerber’s Farm)
In three years since Nick Voulgaris III revitalized Kerber's Farm in Huntington, the farm stand has moved way beyond baked goods and jams. The "pantry gift crate" contains an eight-ounce jar of blueberry preserves, two cookie mixes (chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin), a one-pound bag of ground Colombian coffee and a Kerber's mug. Packed in an attractive wooden crate, the collection is $96 online or at Kerber's Farm, 309 W. Pulaski Rd., Huntington. More information: http://bit.ly/2e3cOFG
Jacques Pépin-inspired ceramics(Credit: Sur La Table)
Legendary cooking teacher Jacques Pépin has long illustrated his cookbooks with his whimsical paintings. Now Sur La Table has created a line of Italian-made ceramics inspired by his designs. The collection includes tableware, serving pieces, cookware and kitchen textiles. We were taken with the 4½-quart baking dish (11 by 8 by 3 inches), ideal for lasagna or roasted vegetables. The red earthenware casserole, $50, features a white interior inscribed with one of Pépin's menus and is embellished around the sides with his colorful chickens. More information: http://bit.ly/2d3MpXg
Cream Nuts Peanut Butter Clusters(Credit: Koeze Company )
Koeze Company has been making Cream Nut peanut butter in Grand Rapids, Michigan, since 1925. For the company''s Cream Nuts Peanut Butter Clusters confections, the peanut butter is blended with white chocolate, poured onto a bed of pecans and enrobed in milk or dark chocolate. The delightfully retro gift box with eight clusters is $16.95. A glass canister containing about 20 clusters (milk chocolate only) is $40.50. More information: http://bit.ly/2cdtSYT
'Ingredienti,' by Marcella and Victor Hazan(Credit: Newsday/Lorina Capitulo)
When Marcella Hazan died in 2013, the cooking world lost an inimitable voice. Authoritative and uncompromising, it was a voice that taught two generations of Americans how to cook Italian food. After her death, her husband Victor collated and edited her writings on selecting and using ingredients and earlier this year, "Ingredienti" (Scribner, $20) was published. "I have never boiled an artichoke," she writes in the first entry. "There are cooks, I understand who have never made artichokes in any other way. What a pity." Of zucchini: "Size is important. Very large zucchini are watery and bland, while the appeal of a baby vegetable is prevalently ornamental." More information: http://bit.ly/2cRSsuH
Saishikomi soy sauce(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)
One of the joys of shopping at the immense new Hmart in Jericho is the opportunity to sample exalted versions of Asian staples that most Westerners view as commodities. Case in point: Saishikomi shoyu (soy sauce) from Shoda Ltd. Shoda has been making soy sauce since 1873 in Japan's Gunma prefecture. "Saishikomi," means "twice brewed" and denotes a shoyu that is fermented twice, resulting in a clear, refined elixir that is used as a finishing condiment, never as a cooking ingredient. It's $12.49 for 17 ounces.
Fabbri wild cherries in syrup(Credit: Fabbri)
Among the fruit syrups and confections that Fabbri has been making in Bologna since 1905, the most famous product is Amarena: sour cherries in syrup. The blue-and-white glass jar is too pretty to store in the cabinet, and the sweet-tart cherries add an elegant flavor to ice cream, yogurt, pancakes or even cheese. The 21-ounce jar is $24 at Red Maple Market in Roslyn. More information: http://bit.ly/2chQJ3H; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/2cznGHT
Zerroll ice cream scoop(Credit: Zerroll)
Here's an ice-cream scoop that you'll be able to pass down to your children: the original Model 1020 from Zerroll ("providing the world with commercial quality smallwares since 1935"). Developed for ice cream retailers, the aluminum scoop has an oval bowl that forms perfect spheres. When you grip the comfortable handle, a heat-conductive fluid within it warms up the scoop to make it easier to penetrate even the frozen-est ice cream. $18.50. More information: http://bit.ly/2cJbZ3x; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/2cC3G5W
Breads Bakery babka(Credit: Brian Kennedy)
It didn't take long for Uri Scheft to make waves. In 2013, he moved from Israel to open Breads Bakery near Union Square and within weeks he'd catapulted to the top of the New York bakery heap. (He's since returned to Israel; the bakery continues to bake at a very high level.) Breads' chocolate babka is a wondrous loaf, braided with French butter, Nutella and Belgian dark chocolate and burnished to a shiny nut brown. Packed in individual bags, the babka stays fresh for up to a week. A package of three loaves is $44.95. More information: http://bit.ly/13ykqqb
Süss Sweets caramels(Credit: Süss Sweets)
From Nashua, New Hampshire, come these tender Süss Sweets caramels: hand-cut, wrapped in parchment and tied with a grosgrain ribbon. At nearly a foot in length, they make an elegant presentation whether purchased singly ($7) or in a burlap gift bag that includes three rolls ($30). Choose your flavors from original vanilla, sea-salt caramel, pecan, pumpkin-sea salt, gingerbread, cinnamon-apple, cappuccino, maple-pecan, bourbon caramel. More information: http://bit.ly/2d1K4tf
Lal Qilla basmati rice(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)
Harvested in the foothills of the Himalayas, basmati rice is cultivated and processed so that the fragrant grains cook up long and slender, dry and fluffy. Lal Qilla, from Amritsar in the Punjab, is one of the best brands, but it is an affordable luxury: the 10-pound burlap sack sells for $13.99 at Maharaja Farmers Market in Hicksville.
RedSaff saffron(Credit: RedSaff)
Buying saffron is a bit of a crapshoot. It's the world's most expensive spice, and for good reason: The delicate threads are hand-picked from crocuses, and each flower has only three threads. But too often the consumer doesn't know where the saffron is from, or when it was picked. Brilliantly scarlet and aromatic, RedSaff is grown in Afghanistan, picked and processed according to tradition and packed in heavy-duty glass jars with an airtight seal. Each 3-gram jar bears the date it was packed. $35.99 at Mr. Sausage in Huntington. More information: http://bit.ly/2chN6uJ