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Some Ideas for Non-Perishable "San Francisco" style food gifts?

Beandip4all Aug 4, 2010 12:47 PM

Just brainstorming here- to fill a "thank you" tote bag for a friend who is letting us stay in her house.

I'm sure this has been discussed before, however I couldn't find anything when I searched.

So far, I've been thinking:

- a local honey
- a good local wine
- some ollialaberry jam or something?
- Seas candies

any other ideas? I guess at this point I'll just go to the ferry building farmer's market and poke around.

Would love to hear some thoughts.

Thank you, Hounds. Cheers!

  1. Robert Lauriston Aug 4, 2010 12:51 PM

    A bottle from Anchor Distilling or chocolates from XOX would be more strictly local than wine or See's.


    San Francisco County honey:


    XOX Truffles
    754 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1 Reply
    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      Shane Greenwood Aug 4, 2010 01:03 PM

      Those XOX truffles are awesome but don't hold up so well when they get warm, so if you're putting them in a kit, make sure it doesn't sit in a car or anyplace hot for too long.

    2. CarrieWas218 Aug 4, 2010 12:52 PM

      Rancho Gordo Beans - available from the Ferry Plaza.

      Rancho Gordo
      1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

      1. JasmineG Aug 4, 2010 01:20 PM

        Definitely Rancho Gordo beans, and something from Recchuiti -- their burnt caramel sauce has been a hit for gifts, as has their chocolate sauce and some of the gift packs. June Taylor jam, local olive oil, and maybe some of the Rancho Gordo popcorn.

        Rancho Gordo
        1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

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          pauliface Aug 4, 2010 01:22 PM

          Local honey is usually easy to find at the farmer's markets, and I'm sure you can find at the ferry building.

          Also at the ferry building is a great mushroom store. They sell little logs you can grow mushrooms from. Depending on your host, that may be a good or bad thing.

          You might want to get them macarons from Paulette's in Hayes Valley.
          And across the street (almost) is True Sake, a great store that selss wonderful imported sake.

          1. g
            gordon wing Aug 4, 2010 02:38 PM

            From the Ferry Building - Frog Hollow preserves/jam are quite tasty. Or June Taylor jams are also very good. She's in Berkeley but I notice her products around at various stores.

            1. Cindy Aug 4, 2010 02:39 PM

              Coffee beans?
              Cookbooks from local chefs?

              And I don't know how non-perishable this would be (doesn't need to be refrigerated, but shouldn't sit out for several days) but this bread is GOOD:


              (you can get from several stores around here, including Whole Foods)

              1. wolfe Aug 4, 2010 03:14 PM

                Several day old sourdough loaf may be used as paperweight or door stop.

                1. PorkButt Aug 4, 2010 04:12 PM

                  Salumi from Fra'Mani or Fatted Calf or Boccalone

                  1. lexdevil Aug 4, 2010 04:34 PM

                    Crispy crack....I mean chicharrones from Ryan Farr at 4505 Meats.

                    4505 Meats
                    1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, CA

                    4 Replies
                    1. re: lexdevil
                      Mr_Happy Aug 4, 2010 05:48 PM

                      Second chicharrones, they are awesome and I don't think you can get them outside the bay area. Also maybe blue chair jam? Locally made and very good but a bit pricy.

                      1. re: Mr_Happy
                        grayelf Aug 5, 2010 08:58 AM

                        Per the comment below, if you are taking this tote bag out of the country, your 4505s may get deep sixed. Mum lost several packages of the Ryan Farr delicacy returning to Canada in March because they are technically considered meat (sigh).

                        1. re: Mr_Happy
                          thecreepingkid Aug 5, 2010 10:25 AM

                          Chicharron is common throughout the southwest, Mexico, and South America. Also in Spain, where it originated.

                          I'd stick with chocolate (maybe Tcho, or See's), coffee (Blue Bottle, Ritual), Frog Hollow jams & honey, and if it can be transported, Cowgirl Creamery cheese, which is truly a regional specialty that can't be replicated elsewhere.

                          1. re: thecreepingkid
                            wolfe Aug 5, 2010 10:33 AM

                            The ultra light 4505's are what may not be available outside the bay area not chicharrons by anyone else. It's the rice-bran oil.

                      2. pilinut Aug 4, 2010 07:43 PM

                        In which part of the country/planet does your friend live? Will you have luggage constraints, e.g., flying with only hand luggage, in which case, only a very small bottle of jam or honey will be allowed? But foraging through the Ferry Building should yield plenty of good stuff.

                        Enjoy your trip!

                        1. m
                          mlutsky Aug 4, 2010 10:15 PM

                          Kika's Treats are to die for. You can buy them at Mission Pie or Rainbow Grocery.

                          How about a container of tea from Samovar Tea?

                          Rainbow Grocery
                          1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                          Mission Pie
                          2901 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                            Ting Ting Aug 4, 2010 11:00 PM

                            I used to take locally produced Scharffen Berger chocolates & Joseph Schmidt truffles - both plants closed by Hershey's last year, of course...

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