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What "indulgence food experience" could I buy with a $200 William Sonoma gift card?

smilyfoodcritic Mar 14, 2008 10:14 AM

Received a $200 William Sonoma gift card from my boss who knows I love to cook as a birthday gift. I have pretty much all the gadgets I need for cooking and dining, so I wouldn't mind using this gift card to indulge myself with "non-your-typical-daily" gourmet food or kitchenware (it is meant to be my bday gift after all). Would appreciate any scoops from you William Sonoma connoisseurs out there!

1. No alcohol and wine-related glassware/gadgets, because I don't drink.
2. No knives or cutlery as I do not plan to replace my Shun Ken Onion 8-Piece Knife Block Set, which was bought from William Sonoma too, any time soon (if ever).
3. No coffee or espresso machine as I am happy with what I got for Christmas gift - Anita by Quick Mill (and yes I've gotten all the gadgets and the burr grinder I need for making a decent cup of espresso) and I've located an excellent local coffee roaster.

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    lmoy RE: smilyfoodcritic Mar 14, 2008 10:50 AM

    What an awesome gift! I'm so jealous...

    A few ideas (based on things that I would get myself):
    - solid wood cutting block
    - cookbooks (they make some very good ones)
    - Le Creuset dutch oven
    - silicone spatula set
    - mandoline
    - microplane
    - baking stone

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      LeahinBologna RE: smilyfoodcritic Mar 14, 2008 12:07 PM

      Have you thought about getting a really nice balsamic vinegar? try the Villa Monadori, its produced by a very famous chef from Modena. It's $40, but I can guarantee that a drizzle of a REAL balsamic vinegar will make even a bland piece of meat memorable. It's not meant for salads but more as a condiment for special occasions.

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        lmoy RE: LeahinBologna Mar 14, 2008 02:09 PM

        A friend of mine once served fresh strawberries with real balsamic vinegar for dessert... I said, "who ever heard of eating strawberries with vinegar?" But the combination was DIVINE -- I can't recommend it highly enough. An excellent introduction to what real balsamic vinegar is supposed to taste like!

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          stellamystar RE: LeahinBologna Mar 15, 2008 11:17 AM

          I agree w/ getting unique food stuffs. I actually REALLY like their cake mixes, brownie mixes, pasta sauces, oils & vinegars. Soaps & lotions are also nice...and who runs out of tea towels or dish towels? I always need those! I have also bought their cake pans - like castle shaped, snowman caked - they are nice and heavy duty. Maybe a nicer tablecloth. The copper idea is great.

          Most importantly - spend it on YOU and don't fritter it away. I seem to do this with large gift cards sometimes. Happy shopping!!

        2. The Dairy Queen RE: smilyfoodcritic Mar 14, 2008 12:12 PM

          I love my Williams Sonoma grill-top pizza stone--there's a post about it on Cookware, I think, if you want me to dredge it up. I think it cost about $100.


          1. Gio RE: smilyfoodcritic Mar 14, 2008 12:34 PM

            What a super gift! Happy Birthday..
            If I had $200.00 to spend on food indulgence at WS here's where I'd knock myself out:

            The French Cheese Collection.....72.00
            Di Camillo Cracker Gift Box.....25.00
            Dry Salami Collection, Set of 4.....34.00
            Agave 15 Margarita Mix....set of four.....67.80

            That leaves you $1.20 to send a thank you note to your boss. Happy shopping!

            1. amanda3571 RE: smilyfoodcritic Mar 14, 2008 01:08 PM

              2 things I've gotten from WS recently and really have a lot of fun with......the Bialetti stovetop cappucino maker & also a Le Crueset tagine. The tagine in particular - I had no idea what it was when I opened it (for my b-day) but we've had fun experimenting with it and made some pretty extraordinary meals.

              That's a great gift - enjoy!!

              1. c oliver RE: smilyfoodcritic Mar 14, 2008 05:03 PM

                A panini grill. I use mine for making croutons, also toasted bread for dinner. Brush with olive oil, grill, and then slice for whatever use. What a great gift.

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                  ziggylu RE: smilyfoodcritic Mar 14, 2008 07:01 PM

                  If a $200 GC fell into my hands from any kitchen store...I'd put it towards a piece of copper. I've been collecting but don't have everything I want yet but with copper demand and the weak dollar am concerned it's going to be even harder to afford in the not so distant future.

                  Your mileage may vary on this one though...

                  1. trolley RE: smilyfoodcritic Mar 15, 2008 11:48 AM

                    a few ideas...
                    -give the card to me ;)
                    -one of those fun bundt or specialty cake pans. i like the one with bug
                    -i heard the pre-baked chocolate croissants are divine!
                    -expensive balsamic
                    -belgian waffle iron
                    -mandoline-brought my cooking up a notch after i got one of these...
                    -ice cream maker. you'll use it once a yr but that day you use it will be a memorable day.
                    -nice kitchen soaps

                    1. roxhills RE: smilyfoodcritic Mar 15, 2008 12:31 PM

                      We love the mail order croissants-- regular and chocolate.

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