Do you need a gift for a discerning historic gastronomist this holiday season? Well, I got ya covered. Here are two stores that will please the palate of your favorite foodie.
The Meadow is a fine food store that specializes in salt, chocolate and bitters. In fact, that’s pretty much all they sell. Trust me, it’s awesome.
They’ve got outposts in New York and on the west coast, but you can order online here. For this holiday season, they recommend:
Scrappy’s Bitters Gift Set – For the cocktail connoisseur, Seattle based bitters producer Scrappy’s has assembled the perfect gift sets, $28 each.
- 4-Pack Mini of Lime, Orange, Celery, Lavender. Here>>
- 4-Pack Mini of Orange, Chocolate, Cardamom, Grapefruit. Here>>
Xocolatl de David Raleigh Bar – The best stocking-stuffer for candy lovers who happen to be grown ups—a sort of Snickers bar made with superb ingredients and serious love. Classic, bacon, and bourbon varieties available. Get the El Dorado, all three, wrapped up nicely for $9. Here>>
A few more suggestions are below.
From a store that sells three things to a store that sells everything: Next time you’re in New York, check out Kalustyans. I’m not sure how to describe this place; perhaps as an ingredients store? The sell candy, bitters, sauces, flavorings, spices, flours, dried fruit…it’s a wonderland of delicious, often hard-to-find foods. They were even recommended in the new book Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All as the go-to place for exotic spices to make cocktail bitters. You can also shop online here.
Anything purchased here is sure to please the historian, cook, or gastronome in your life. But if you’re still at a loss, sign up for the Brooklyn Brainery’s DIY Gifts for Your Foodie Friends workshop, and make your own holiday treat!