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Tasty gifts in Sonoma or Mendocino counties?

wintersweet Mar 20, 2013 12:31 PM

We're taking a trip this week up to Fort Bragg. We also owe thank-you gifts to a few people, and I don't really know their tastes. If I were buying in-town here, I'd go to the local old-world bakery and get a dozen cookies for each of them, but a) I won't have time and b) maybe there's something more interesting in Mendocino/Ft. Bragg/along the way. (We can go across either through Willits or Boonville.) Any suggestions? I know about the jam place in Ft. Bragg, but it might be hard to choose something the recipients would like...

We can buy on Sunday (if places are open) and give the gifts on Monday, if it's something more perishable.


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    pinotho RE: wintersweet Mar 20, 2013 01:17 PM

    The Downtown Bakery & Creamery in Healdsburg (east side of the square) has some pretty famous sticky buns, plus lots of other delicious sweets. Nightinggale Bakery in Forestville has some seriously tasty breads, tho' no sweets. Perhaps these things might work.

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      wintersweet RE: pinotho Mar 20, 2013 01:55 PM

      Thanks :)

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        Melanie Wong RE: pinotho Mar 21, 2013 01:01 AM

        Note that Nightingale is closed on Sundays.

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          wintersweet RE: Melanie Wong Mar 22, 2013 07:52 PM

          Ah, thanks!

      2. PolarBear RE: wintersweet Mar 20, 2013 01:59 PM

        Sonoma County is discussed on the SF Board, post your request there for more information if interested in that area.

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          Pius Avocado III RE: wintersweet Mar 21, 2013 10:27 AM

          If they're beer people, a stop at the North Coast Brewing Co. is in order. A few weekends ago they still had 2012 Old Stock Ale as well as this year's. At the Anderson Valley Brewing taproom I picked up a bobblehead of their mascot "Beer."

          Roundman's Smokehouse in Ft. Bragg is a must. My last haul included brats and their house "German brand" sausage, turducken sausage, a beautiful piece of local albacore, Cotswold and pepper jack cheeses (all smoked at Roundman's) and beef jerky. The vacuum packs keep for upward of a month.

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            wintersweet RE: Pius Avocado III Mar 22, 2013 07:52 PM

            I wish I knew if they were beer people! And we really like Roundman's. Some of their smoked cheese was a huge hit with my co-workers last year. Thanks for the good ideas :)

          2. Delucacheesemonger RE: wintersweet Mar 22, 2013 07:55 PM

            Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino has a panforte, an italian sort of fruit cake like that is wonderful.

            1. Melanie Wong RE: wintersweet Mar 22, 2013 10:06 PM

              If you think they'd like smoked fish, I can recommend Katy's Smokehouse in Trinidad.

              Not so crazy about the smoked scallops, but just as well, as they're pricy. But I loved the albacore, and especially the smoked albacore belly.

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                PolarBear RE: Melanie Wong Mar 23, 2013 08:22 AM

                Katy's has become our source for canned tuna, small size line caught, not cheap but great quality.

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