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Dec 7, 2009 09:50 AM

Local food treats for Christmas gifts

Would love to hear some recommendations for gift baskets utilizing local food specialties. I'm travelling back to Chicago and would love to bring the fam some local nuts, dried fruit, candy etc...what treats are super special that you all would include?

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  1. Try E. Waldo Ward & Son in Sierra Madre.

    It has been in business over 100 years and they use only local ingredients. They have tasting room in 100 + farmhouse. It's really cool.

      1. re: OCAnn

        Here are a few yummies that I have given as gifts and received rave reviews;

        -Little Flower Candy Company, Sea Salt Caramels
        Go to their store to purchase in Western Pasadena or see the list. I have also purchased them at Joan's on Third and Leonidas on Larchmont

        -Morning Glory Brittles, all are good
        I purchase at Cube on La Brea, right at the counter

        -Little Next Door preserves, I love the Blood Orange, and the homemade Dulce de Leche spread
        I purchase right at their shop

        -Valerie Confections are always delicious, unique flavors
        I purchase right at the shop

        -Compartes. So imaginative and delicious! Jonathan is master!
        Again either at the shop or online.

        -Jin Patissere. Kristy does super macaroons, cookies and chocolates.
        Shop on Abbot Kinney or online


        1. re: foodforus

          Ooo, thank you!!! These are some lucky dogs getting this good stuff!

      2. Two of my favorites are:

        -- The wonderful pumpkin spice bread from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in the Hollywood Hills (See:


        -- The unbelievably delicious toffee from Little John's in the Farmers Market on Fairfax. (See:


        Both are the type of thing that make you feel like you've discovered a hidden historic Los Angeles gem.

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        1. re: David Kahn

          Thanks for the monastery recommendation, it's one of those things I always thought I should try and never think about doing. Any idea how much those pumpkin spice bread sell for?

          1. re: bad nono

            Last time I was there, I think it was $9 a loaf. (And cheap at twice the price!)

          2. re: David Kahn

            i was going to rec Little John's as well!

            1. A tin of freshly baked famous Diddy Riese cookies from Westwood.