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?
In the past, I have sent (via mail):
Mustard and pickled peppers from Philippe's
Persimmons from the Pershing Square Farmers Market (in season)
Dried dates from the dates guy at the Hollywood Farmers Market
Tortillas from Grand Central Market
Habanero salsa from Chichen Itza
Almond Honey from the Our Lady of Angels Cathedral store (downtown LA) - (this may not be technically local, I later found out...)
Haitian Coffee from TiGeorges
Saltwater Taffy from Fosselman's
Philippe the Original
1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fosselman's Ice Cream Co
1824 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007
307 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Hollywood Farmers Market
1600 Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Two of my favorites are:
-- The wonderful pumpkin spice bread from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in the Hollywood Hills (See: http://www.op-stjoseph.org/nuns/angels/gift-shop.htm)
-- The unbelievably delicious toffee from Little John's in the Farmers Market on Fairfax. (See: http://www.littlejohnscandies.com/)
Both are the type of thing that make you feel like you've discovered a hidden historic Los Angeles gem.
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