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Dec 2, 2006 01:14 PM

[MSP] Shopping for Chowish gifts in the Twin Cities

'tis the season. What are your favorite places to shop for chowish gifts in the Twin Cities?

I had terrific luck at Midtown Global Market (on Lake Street in Mpls), including make-it-yourself bubble tea at United Noodle, tea and pistachios at Holy Land Deli's shop, jerk chicken sauce (I can't remember the name of the shop, I'm afraid), wild rice pancake mix and blueberry syrup at Birchberry. Also, it looked like Jakeeno's is selling gift baskets and, if you buy one, you get a $10.00 gift certificate.

I think you can get some good Midwestern products at Golden River & Fig on Grand Avenue in St. Paul:

I like the grocery attached to Caspian Bistro on University in Minneapolis for unique and chowish gifts.

What other chowish treasures have you found out there and where did you find them?


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  1. One of the best presents I ever got, which was for my wedding shower, was a nice platter along with a selection of cheeses and wine from Surdyks. Of course it's time sensitive so you'll have to be giving the person the gift within a day or two but wow was that a great surprise.

    1. how about a loaf of bread from the Birchwood? Atom is an awesome baker. you can buy it sliced, or not.

      1. Panettone, from Broders deli. I hear that they just got their shipment yesterday, and they're wrapped, pretty, and ready to go.

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        1. re: Chris Mitra

          Panettone is such a great idea for a gift. I don't know why it never occurs to me. And, like you said, they are already wrapped and pretty. Good suggestion!


        2. For great tea, I think TeaSource in St. Paul is really good and has knowledgable staff. They also have nice tea accessories...

          1. get some serious wild rice at one of the co-ops for $7/lb or
            so and know it's $27 for the same thing in Zingerman's latest
            catalog. It's way beyond that paddy rice that most places use
            and call wild rice.