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What does a foodie want for Christmas?

I am trying to put together a shopping list for foodie type Christmas gifts. Last year was the year of macarons from all over Montreal... Maison du Macaron, Esprithé, Nocochi, Point G, Gastronomia. The year before brought chocolate from Les Chocolates de Chloé, Suite 88, Bouchées Gourmandes, Juliette & Chocolate, and Festin de Babette. I am thinking maybe a combo of things this year... perhaps some foie gras items... something with truffles...

I would love to hear your ideas... what would you like to find under your tree this Christmas?

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  1. Sorry, I don't have any brilliant ideas for you...but I love your previous themes and may just have to steal them! I myself would enjoy gourmet-type ingredients that I'm too cheap to buy - like fancy salt, really good balsalmic vinegar, vanilla beans...I've gratefully received smoked paprika and grains of paradise as gifts before.

      1. re: mainsqueeze

        How about a vinegar collection? Ice wine cider, ice cider vinegar, a good balsamic, champagne vinegar, raspberry, etc....

        1. re: mainsqueeze

          Great gift idea. They have awesome kits.

        2. Anything with Le Creuset on it...really!

          Truffle oil, finishing salts or something really simple like some very nice cheese and a loaf of very good bread.

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          1. re: bigfellow

            I saw sme really inexpensive and good sized Le Creuset at the Winners in Decarie Square. It was the "Second Choix" line but the defects were sooo minor, so worth the trip!

          2. A chef knife (or any knife), cooking pans (like All-Clad), new cookbooks or a dinner at a new restaurant.

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            1. re: Foie Gras Lover

              I'll second the knife idea. What I wouldn't do for a nice set of Henckels.

              If you're feeling flush - the new updated hardcover edition of Larousse Gastronomique (published October 09) would also make a fabulous gift.

            2. Nice ideas folks. My brother in particular is hard to shop for; he is a foodie that only eats at home once or twice a month... plus he lives in Vancouver, so carrying the items back is a challenge. I was looking for specialties made with truffles, foie gras, or anything else outstanding. Spices is a nice idea, and I may pick up a few unusual choices. Keep the ideas coming!

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              1. re: Andria

                Since your bro is in Vancouver, you could shop by mail for him. There are also gift cards to his favourite restos there.

                1. re: Andria

                  anything from Thomas Haas.
                  http://www.thomashaas.com/
                  i am dying for a chocolate sparke cookie. It is beyond doubt "the best cookie in the world".