Gift Guide: Foodie Finds

What do you pick for the picky eater? Will your foodie scoff at something from a big-box store, and laugh at your selections from the Whole Foods cheese section? Foodies are notoriously discriminating when it comes to what they will deign to eat, but, good news! Fabulous and artisan foods are huge right now, as are offbeat flavor combinations and exotic treats. People are taking creating (and eating) interesting, different and delicious foods very seriously these days. The even better news is that this trend translates into unrivaled YUM all around. Here’s a list to get you started. Stock up and always have something awe-inducing on hand to wow (and silence) the foodie in your life.

Follow Me on Pinterest | Posted: 29 Mar, 2011 by Rene

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  • Spice Rub Collection


    Why pick just one when you can give your favorite foodie Dean & Delucas’ entire collection of nine spice rubs? If they’re feeling Cajun or Moroccan, or anything in between, their meat is covered. Stand by the grill and reap the tasty spoils of your gift.

    $60 at Dean & DeLuca | Buy

    | Posted 05 Apr, 2011 by Rene
  • Caracas Cookies


    Mix up the traditional tea time assortment with some tropical flair. Elsylee’s scrumptious poppy seed thumbprint cookies are buttery and delicious with sweet mango-pineapple yumminess in the center. Give a gift of a dozen Caracas cookies to a foodie looking to stretch their sweet sensibilities, and reward yourself with a few for being oh-so thoughtful.

    $9 at Elsylee | Buy

    (price is for 12)

    | Posted 04 Apr, 2011 by Rene
  • Mean Beans


    Substitute Mean Beans for pickles and be pleasantly surprised. These spicy stringbeans are pickled in cayenne and dill and add plenty of zing to a Bloody Mary (forget the boring celery) or to any dish that needs a little heat and oomph.

    $10 at Ricks Picks | Buy

    | Posted 04 Apr, 2011 by Rene
  • Sel Gris French Grey Salt


    Himalayan Pink Salt is sooo last year. Sel Gris (grey salt) from Brittany is where it’s at- perfect for seasoning your foodie’s leafy greens and grilled veggies. Ooh la la.

    $6 at DAS Foods | Buy

    | Posted 04 Apr, 2011 by Rene
  • Les Moulins Mahjoub Wild Mountain Capers


    Capers aren’t popular in the States, but they are ubiquitous in Europe. Maybe 2011 will be the year capers make it big across the globe. Help spread the trend with the good stuff- hand picked in Tunisia and then coated in sea salt. Capers instantly adds depth to sauces and gravy, or can even liven up tuna fish salad. Your foodie will thank you.

    $10 at Sur La Table | Buy

    | Posted 01 Apr, 2011 by Rene
  • Chocolate Chilli Cashew Biscotti


    A foodie certainly isn’t dipping Chips Ahoy into his coffee. Give that distinguished diner something truly delicious to dunk, like rich chocolate biscotti. The subtle heat from the chilli and the nuttiness of the cashews elevates this snack time treat into palate-blowing greatness.

    $6 at Whimsy & Spice | Buy

    (Price is for 10)

    | Posted 01 Apr, 2011 by Rene
  • Hair Bender Coffee & Jar


    Need a little pick-me-up? No wait, make that A LOT of pick-me-up? The Hair Bender will get your motor running like no other coffee. A blend from different growing regions and embodying chocolate and caramel flavors, this cuppa is meticulously crafted by the folks at Stumptown. Shoot a cup back and conquer your morning.

    $30 at Stumptown Coffee | Buy

    | Posted 31 Mar, 2011 by Rene
  • Wasabi Horseradish Cream Sauce


    Make your mouth go zing and clear those nasal passages with this intensely delicious cream sauce. Wasabi and horseradish are a match made in fiery heaven and this creamy sauce can be used as a spread, in dips or marinades or wherever else a foodie finds it to be a tasty accompaniment.

    $6 at Stonewall Kitchen | Buy

    | Posted 31 Mar, 2011 by Rene
  • Chocolate Covered Bacon


    Where two guilty pleasures collide, there is chocolate covered bacon. So wrong, yet so right.

    $7 at Marini's Candies | Buy

    | Posted 30 Mar, 2011 by Rene
  • French Macarons


    Treat yourself to an after-dinner delight you’ll hardly be able to wait for. These handmade macaroons are the real deal, made fresh daily and available in a range of mouth watering flavors, from the simply delicious lemon or caramel, to the eyebrow raising violet cassis and earl grey tea.

    $19 at Paulette Macarons | Buy

    (price is for 12)

    | Posted 29 Mar, 2011 by Rene
  • Asiago & Cracked Pepper Popcorn Seasoning


    Full bodied, smoky pepper and cheese (because cheese makes everything better) adult-ifies popcorn into a sophisticated, savory snack. Definitely worth smuggling into the movie theater.

    $6 at Urban Accents | Buy

    | Posted 29 Mar, 2011 by Rene