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

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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. Truffles? Saffron? Oysters?

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

        1. 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

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

          2. Bacon. But really nice bacon.

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            1. re: skc

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

              1. re: Blumie

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

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

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

                  1. 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.

                    1. 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. i make my wife filet mignon...

                          1. re: LeoLioness

                            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!

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

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

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