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Holiday Gift Guide for the Foodie

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The Holiday season is finally here! And, if you still do not know what to offer to this person who has all the latest kitchen accessories, and who also tried every new gourmet product out there… here is a Holiday gift guide for the foodies.

For the lazy cook : Vitamix 

Versatile and dependable, the Vitamix A3500 blender is equipped with five program settings (smoothies, hot soups, dips & spreads, frozen desserts, and self-cleaning) which allow the ease of walking away and letting the machine do all the work. Perfect for holiday entertaining and everyday use throughout the year! ($819.95)

For the sparkling water lover: Soda Stream 

Whether you’re trying to cut back on sugary sodas or simply drink more water, SodaStream’s new FIZZI One Touch is the appliance every wellness guru needs in their kitchen. Easily transforming still water to sparkling, the FIZZI One Touch allows you to choose your level of carbonation with the touch of a button. Not only does SodaStream sparkling water provide you with an innovative alternative to bottled and canned carbonated drinks, it will also motivate you to stay hydrated throughout the day. ($179.99). See them compared against each other See them compared against each other here.

 

For the nostalgics : Metro Les Irresistibles Holidays Collection

Designed with the chocolate and egg nog connoisseur in mind, Metro Les Irresistibles Holiday collection are the perfect Christmas treats for you and your loved ones (it also makes great hostess gifts). As an example, the assorted Belgian cookie box contains a variety of 15 chocolate cookies. From the white chocolat, coffee caramel filling on croquant base, to the milk chocolate with soft crème brulée filling, each cookie is crafted with quality ingredients and comes in a Holiday “gift” box. ($15.99)

For the apprenti-cook :a membership to new Cook It “Eco-friendly” Kit

Cook it, a ready to cook meal solution is launching a pilot project that aims at lowering its impact on the environment. In addition to being on a mission to reduce food waste, Cook it is committed to offer the option of a Sustainable Kit exclusively made out of reusable containers by the end of November. The new kit come in a recyclable and paperless kit, and the recipes can be found online.  This Holiday season, take part in a completely eco-friendly ready to cook experience! ($67 for 2 people/3 meals per week)

For the fancy one: Marché Artisans “The Best of” Basket 

For those who enjoy first-quality products and local flavours, let Marché Artisans choose the perfect gifts for you with the Signature Holiday Basket from Marché Artisans.     The “Best of Artisans” basket includes: two confits, two jams, Artisan’s famous granola., three assorted seasonings, two spiced jellies, one olive oil and large Artisans shopping bag. Custom baskets can also be made on request ($109.00)

For the chocolate lover: Cacao70 Fondues  

If you love chocolate, the Cacao70 fondues is the perfect gift for you or your chocolate-lover friends. The funky and colourful packages include decadent fondues that are fun to share with family and friends this Holiday season. Flavours include: matcha, milk, coffee, dark chocolate, chai, sesame, etc. (12.00$)

For the coffee lover: Nespresso Origin Collection 

This gorgeous set of two mugs from the new Nespresso Origin Collection turns every coffee moment into a little Christmas ritual. Keeping your beverage in a cocoon of its own, each cup is made of double-walled porcelain. Designed by India Mahdavi, their form is inspired by the coffee bean, with a matte white exterior and a varnished coloured interior.
This Holiday season, you coffee moments are going to take you back in time. ($38.00)

For the tea aficionado : Kusmi Tea Holiday box

This year Kusmi Tea’s Christmas Tea, Tsarevna, comes in a Limited-edition tin, elegantly decorated with arabesques inspired by the masterpieces of Russian jewelry. The warm scents of Christmas spices are softened by delicate notes of orange peel, vanilla, and almond. The perfect Holiday gift for the tea and infusion-lovers. (39.99$)

For the champagne enthusiast: Chef Martin Juneau’s special edition 

The Duval-Leroy Cuvée Sur Mesure program offers the great names in gastronomy the opportunity to create their own unique and personalized Champagne, to matches their unique cuisine. This year, Martin Juneau, Chef-owner of restaurant Pastaga  in Montreal, created a limited special edition of champagne that will be available at the SAQ as of December 11th for the Holidays. ($ 69.50)

For the sweet tooth: pastries from Olivier Potier

A new pastry shop just opened, right in time for the Holidays! Coincidence? There is no such thing ! Pastry chef Olivier Potier, formerly of La Durée, creates decadent and unique compositions such as the golden square, the lemon pie (his signature dessert), home made chocolates and other sweet delicacies that can be ordered individually or for a group… let’s say for a Holiday dinner.  (6.50$)

 

For the wine lover: the perfect Holiday bottles 

What better way to celebrate and say “thank you for inviting me” than to bring a nice “passepartout” bottle of wine or bubbly? This Holiday season, choose one that is offered at an affordable price (aka less than 20$) and easy to drink (that goes well with everything). Here is a small “Holiday” section of wine bottles for every occasion : Seaside Chardonnay, Ruffino Prosecco, Robert Mondavi Carbernet Sauvignon ($16 to $21)

 

 


by Catherine Maisonneuve, Food & Lifestyle Editor
catherine@mtltimes.ca
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