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Ideas for holiday gifts - local pickup?

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  • krez Nov 19, 2007 10:58 AM
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Trying to be green here and avoid all the shipping for awesome mail order foodie gifts. There must be local finds for unique holiday gifts - things found only in LA that I can pick up locally and drive up to Northern California for the holidays.

I've been looking for something unique and found lots of chocolates and what-not from the east coast etc. But I don't know about local places like that. Ideas?

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  1. I just saw this at the Taste of Los Feliz a couple of months ago, they where very good. All she does is Brownies! Very F&^%@#G Good Brownies!

    http://www.sweetsforthesoul.com/

    1. Off of the top of my head (websites provided so you can look around online before you decide):

      http://www.valerieconfections.com/
      http://www.enstrom.com/
      http://www.jinpatisserie.com/
      http://boulela.com/
      http://www.op-stjoseph.org/nuns/angel...
      http://susinabakery.com
      http://www.lartisanduchocolat.com/

      I know there are plenty more places, but that'll give you somewhere to start looking.
      I often bring either the Italian cookie assortments from Susina or the chocolates by the weight from l'Artisan du Chocolat (it's fun to go to the store and pick a selection) as hostess presents, and they both go over well. I think this year I might do the toffees from Valerie, since that's a little different.

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      1. re: jacinthe

        Oops, when I put in Enstrom's, I really meant Littlejohn's.

      2. Two of my favorites are the absolutely kick ass English toffee at Little John's in the Fairfax Farmers' Market (http://www.littlejohnscandies.com/ ), and the wonderful pumpkin bread at the Monastery of the Angels in Hollywood (http://www.op-stjoseph.org/nuns/angel... ). The champagne truffles at Teuscher in Beverly Hills (http://www.teuscher-beverlyhills.com/ ) are pretty damn good too, but if you're trying to avoid shipping, that probably doesn't work. (They're flown in fresh from Zürich every week.

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        J&T Bread Bin
        6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        The Monastery of the Angels
        1977 Carmen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

        Teuscher chocolates & caf
        9548 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA

        1. Wow thanks there are some great links here! I have to say I was thinking of testing out Leda's for a Thanksgiving run (pumpkin cupcakes), but....

          "Thanksgiving Schedule

          We will be closed the week of Thanksgiving from Sunday, November 18 thru Monday, November 26. We will open again on November 27. "

          What up with that?