Ideas for holiday gifts - local pickup?
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?
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....
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?
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/angels/gift-shop.htm ). 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.)
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
Off of the top of my head (websites provided so you can look around online before you decide):
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.