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Birthday Shopping - Gourmet Food, Quirky Kitchen Appliances/Dishware

SaraASR Sep 26, 2011 05:22 AM

I have a friend's 30th birthday coming up and I'd like to buy him some off-centered gourmet food, quirky kitchen stuff, and/or dishware. The only thing is that he literally has EVERYTHING! Any particular shops in Boston/Cambridge/Brookline accessible via MBTA? Already explored Kitchen Arts, Christina's, and thinking of heading over to Cambridge today... gift necessary for Saturday PM.

THANK YOU! You guys are the best.

  1. itaunas Sep 27, 2011 08:32 AM

    You can get Portuguese clay casseroles, serving vessels, and other items from a few stores. Girofle on Cambridge Street (this used to have the largest selection, but seems to be slowing going toward mostly religious items) and Fernandes Fish Market across the street have the best selection. Plenty of food gifts at Fernandes too. You could inquire at Muqueca's if they are selling "panelas de barro" (clay pots), although I think they stopped several years ago. You can continue up Cambridge street to check out the Haitian/Caribbean store across from Christina's for a few unusual things (not huge selection), check out Christina's and some antique/vintage stores around there too.

    The True Value in the North End is something easy to get to with some unusual items and Eastern Baker's supply is nearby if you go on a weekday. If you go to Davis for Boston Shaker, check out Sessa's --- some of their stock hasn't moved for years, but for kitchenwares this isn't a big deal and they may negotiate a bit on price if you try.

    The China Fair in Needham has slightly better stock than Cambridge, but as striperguy indicated you can always find something there and its close enough to TAGs (and I find walkable to Davis).

    1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

    414 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

    China Fair
    2100 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

    The Boston Shaker
    69 Holland Street, Somerville, MA

    Fernandes Fish Market
    1097 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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      Berheenia Sep 27, 2011 04:38 AM

      I know it's a chain but Sur La Table in the Chestnut Hill Mall rocks. I've never left there empty handed and there are bargains to be had as well as pricy french stuff that all cooks love.

      There is a bus to the mall from Kenmore.

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        FoodDabbler Sep 26, 2011 10:19 PM

        Abodeon on Mass Ave, across from Boca Grande and near the Linnaean St. intersection, has very interesting dinnerware and cookware. It has stuff from the 1950s (to your left as you come in), as well as more contemporary stuff. It's expensive, but it's truly stuff you cannot get anywhere else.

        Boca Bar & Restaurant
        11 Pine St, Waltham, MA 02453

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        1. re: FoodDabbler
          dulce de leche Sep 27, 2011 08:03 AM

          Love that store!

        2. opinionatedchef Sep 26, 2011 11:46 AM

          formaggio in so. end. chinatown markets> get him an aluminum 2 tier steamer- very useful.buy at kitchen supply store corner harrison and beach.

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          1. re: opinionatedchef
            SaraASR Sep 26, 2011 01:56 PM

            both of these suggestions ROCK! thank you!

            1. re: SaraASR
              opinionatedchef Sep 26, 2011 10:04 PM

              my pleasure,sara!

          2. StriperGuy Sep 26, 2011 10:50 AM

            China Fair near Porter has some pretty wacky stuff.

            I got oyster and clam knives and a weird cocktail stirrer, etc. etc.

            China Fair
            2100 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

            1. yumyum Sep 26, 2011 09:48 AM

              Does your friend do cocktails too? Because Boston Shaker in Davis Square would be a fun place to pick up some tiki mugs and / or other fun items. If you strike out there, you can make your way to Dave's and get a nice little basket of delights.

              The Boston Shaker
              69 Holland Street, Somerville, MA

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              1. re: yumyum
                SaraASR Sep 26, 2011 01:57 PM

                love boston shaker! thanks!

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                dulce de leche Sep 26, 2011 09:40 AM

                If you come into Harvard Square, you should hit Cardullo's (overpriced gourmet goods from all over the world and local, always something really interesting though), Black Ink (not strictly kitchenware, but always really cool things and def worth the look), and there's a new store called Follow the Honey, which has numerous kinds of honey and bee-related things.


                1. SeaSide Tomato Sep 26, 2011 07:27 AM

                  Is there a Homegoods accessible by T--Medford Maybe?

                  They have great cookware, dishes and some unusual treats.

                  I'm jonesing for my next visit just writing this!

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                  1. re: SeaSide Tomato
                    Allstonian Sep 26, 2011 08:44 AM

                    There's a new Homegoods in Allston, next to the Super Stop & Shop. Best public transit access is by bus - the 64 goes right there but doesn't run very often; you can also take either the 57 or the 66 to Union Square Allston and it's about a half-mile walk.

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                    food_lubber Sep 26, 2011 07:04 AM

                    Also, Savenor's Market in both Cambridge and Boston will have gourmet food gifts.

                    Savenor's Market
                    92 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

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                      czarp Sep 26, 2011 06:59 AM

                      Pretty much anything you get at Formaggio will be great. Cheese, sausages, wine, jams, chocolates. Some teas and coffee beans as well.

                      It's a longish walk from Harvard Square, or you can take the 72 bus (stops a block away outbound, and right in front inbound).

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                        food_lubber Sep 26, 2011 06:21 AM

                        Boutique Fabulous in Inman may have some cute dishware and other quirky kitchen items.

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