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Local food treats for Christmas gifts

creamydeluxe Dec 7, 2009 09:50 AM

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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    SeaCook RE: creamydeluxe Dec 7, 2009 10:00 AM

    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. OCAnn RE: creamydeluxe Dec 7, 2009 11:33 AM

      Mustard from Philippe's.

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        foodforus RE: OCAnn Dec 7, 2009 12:04 PM

        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


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          creamydeluxe RE: foodforus Dec 7, 2009 12:59 PM

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

      2. David Kahn RE: creamydeluxe Dec 7, 2009 04:50 PM

        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/angel...


        -- 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.

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          bad nono RE: David Kahn Dec 7, 2009 05:07 PM

          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?

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            David Kahn RE: bad nono Dec 7, 2009 05:32 PM

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

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              bad nono RE: David Kahn Dec 7, 2009 06:30 PM

              Thank you!

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            Emme RE: David Kahn Dec 7, 2009 09:11 PM

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

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            vickie2172 RE: creamydeluxe Dec 7, 2009 09:02 PM

            (available at Costco)

            1. J.L. RE: creamydeluxe Dec 8, 2009 02:04 AM

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


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                d_doubleyew RE: creamydeluxe May 24, 2010 08:56 AM

                In the past, I have sent (via mail):

                Mustard and pickled peppers from Philippe's

                See's Candy

                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

                Chichen Itza
                3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

                TiGeorges' Chicken
                307 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                Hollywood Farmers Market
                1600 Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

                See's Candies
                10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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