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Dec 6, 2010 01:12 PM

SF-flavored Xmas gift for a foodie?

My sister's a huge foodie and her boyfriend is a young but very handy chef in Texas. They're young and live like college students, so the best cooking they get to do is at the restaurant, rather than at home.

Any SF-specific gifts I should think of getting them for Christmas this year that would keep well over a flight or two? I'm already bringing them some local and homebrewed beers they requested in my checked luggage, but I have room for a lot more in my bag. Some rare ingredients, something San Francisco-flavored, or just really special would be nice - whether food or food-related.

Any ideas? Thanks, guys.

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    1. Not rare, just delicious:
      Hit any of the farmers' markets for California grown nuts, honey, and dried fruit. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and candied versions of the same.

      Take a look at the various La Cocina companies, either at the farmers' market or at a place like Canyon Market in Glen Park. I'm very fond of Sabores del Sur's alfajores with dulce de leche, but there are a lot of other homemade sweets like Claire's Squares, Kika's Treats, etc.

      Canyon Market
      2815 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA

      Sabores del Sur
      712 Bancroft Road Suite 236, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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      1. re: Windy

        I second La Cocina companies' treats. As a matter of fact, if you are around on Friday they are having a gift fair in the Mission

        I also like to steam a few large dungeness crabs if I'm heading to visit someone non-West Coast during crab season. They are easy to transport once cooked.

      2. Maybe some exotic Rancho Gordo beans.

        Local liquor booze from Anchor, Hangar One, or St. George.

        Rancho Gordo
        1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

        1. Crab and sourdough from Alioto Lazio

          440 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA

          1. The gift of booze is a spiritual thing. I like it.
            A nifty fall-back position is a pair of rt Jet Blue/whatever tickets: Somewhere in Texas airport to SFO.
            If you can't bring San Francisco to the Texans, then bring the Texans to San Francisco. They should like this.