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Sick of chocolates. What else to send for Valentine's? [moved from Boston board]

galka Feb 7, 2011 06:44 AM

Looking for something different, maybe not traditional or sweet. Any ideas for the Boston area?

[NOTE: although this post asked for Boston-area suggestions, the majority of advice that has been posted has been advice that would help people with the same question in any area, which is why we've moved it here. -- THE CHOWHOUND TEAM ]

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  1. hiddenboston Feb 7, 2011 06:57 AM

    Truffles? Saffron? Oysters?

    1. viperlush Feb 7, 2011 07:02 AM



      1. justbeingpolite Feb 7, 2011 07:14 AM

        All good.
        How about caviar? Little Pearl is based in Somerville, might be able to go there, or on line they have packages:

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          Blumie Feb 7, 2011 07:25 AM

          A fruit bouquet from Edible Arrangements perhaps. I've never found the fruit quality to be particularly high, but it's not bad and it's usually a well received gift. They have a bunch of Boston-area locations.


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          1. re: Blumie
            Stride Feb 7, 2011 09:14 AM

            Their chocolate-covered strawberries are delicious. Okay, so it's chocolate...but it's a bit of a twist on the traditional chocolate gift.

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            skc Feb 7, 2011 07:33 AM

            Bacon. But really nice bacon.

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              Blumie Feb 7, 2011 07:45 AM

              Marge: Oh, Homer, remember you promised you'd try to limit pork to six servings a week?
              Homer: Marge, I'm only human!

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                mtm7654 Feb 7, 2011 08:19 AM

                Homer to Bart: "Butter up that bacon, boy!"

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                  hyacinthgirl Feb 8, 2011 01:47 PM

                  "Bacon up that sausage!"

              2. re: skc
                Locutus Feb 7, 2011 12:57 PM

                Chocolate covered bacon


              3. bigmackdaddy Feb 7, 2011 07:40 AM

                If you don't mind mail order then loose Organic Jasmine Tea (3rd Grade) from Ten Ren.

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                  treb Feb 7, 2011 08:47 AM

                  A week-end getaway, sans the snow and cold!

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                    tdaaa Feb 7, 2011 09:03 AM

                    I loved the dozen flours idea from "Stranger than Fiction".

                    It would be difficult enough to assemble that you get points for that, and I certainly would like to have them all to play with. Need to pick the recipient carefully, though, many would just think it wierd.

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                      gourmaniac Feb 7, 2011 09:12 AM

                      How about beef heart, cuz nothing says "be mine forever" more than raw organ meat! , Seriously, sweets and roses are traditional so here is an offbeat take on this idea. Sevan bakery has a housemade turkish delight redolent of pistachios and rosewater. It's pliable enough to be shaped using a heart-shaped cookie cutter and then dusted with powdered sugar.

                      1. srsone Feb 7, 2011 09:30 AM

                        i make my wife filet mignon...

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                          LeoLioness Feb 7, 2011 09:32 AM

                          Booze works for me.

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                            galka Feb 7, 2011 10:43 AM

                            so excited by all these awesome suggestions. I think lobster is my favorite for now. It is red, right? I will report on how well it was received. I have to confess that it is for my daughter- always send her something delish to remind her that she is special.
                            Thanks, hounds, you are the best, as always!

                            1. re: galka
                              justbeingpolite Feb 7, 2011 11:15 AM

                              Lobster's only red after cooking.

                          2. Science Chick Feb 7, 2011 10:56 AM

                            *you* might be sick of chocolate, but I'll bet your recipient isn't!

                            1. sagerussell Feb 7, 2011 12:03 PM

                              I was blown away when someone gifted me this for Christmas:
                              Adopt an olive tree or vines. You get a picture and description of your new tree or vines and you get the fruits of the harvest through out the year. It's a great way to give boutique agriculture a chance against Monsanto.
                              My favorite is olive oil through NUDO... http://www.nudo-italia.com/

                              1. srsone Feb 7, 2011 03:32 PM

                                this also might be a silly question...but have u asked her (i assume u mean a her) if she wants anything else?

                                1. missmar79 Feb 8, 2011 11:18 AM

                                  a red velvet cake from theri favorite bakery..delivered to their office

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