Five Food Gifts for the Global Traveler
The holiday season evokes memories of family dinners, fruitcake, fragrant pine cones, warm spiced wines, and never-ending sweet treats. It is the perfect time to surprise friends and family with unique food gifts. Here are five gift ideas for the global foodie that are available for online purchase and doorstep delivery:
Sustainably produced in a Balinese bamboo chocolate factory, this vegan chocolate is USDA certified organic and is the perfect gift for the fit and eco-conscious. Made from raw cacao powder and sweetened with coconut sugar, this indulgent treat has many health benefits. Raw cacao is a superfood with tremendous antioxidant properties. The chocolate arrives packaged in a compact disc and must be chopped into pieces or broken into chunks. It has a distinctively grainy texture and is best enjoyed at room temperature. It can also be added to homemade raw energy bars and trail mixes. 8.8 oz. disc for $12.82 on Amazon
Imported from France, this preserve by Les Confitures a l’Ancienne is made with delicate rose petals and sweetened with cane sugar. Following culinary traditions, it is cooked in old fashioned copper basins. The preserve has sophisticated yet subtle floral notes and is unusually versatile. It pairs beautifully with hard cheeses and can dress up any holiday cheeseboard. I especially like to serve it with chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano. The spread can also be used between layers of vanilla or chocolate cake, baked into cookies, spread on crackers or buttered toast, drizzled over ice-cream, and even mixed into hot tea or creamy milkshakes. 9 oz. jar for $14.95 on Amazon
This treat is made of flaky pastry layered with a variety of nuts like pistachios, cashews, almonds, and walnuts and is sweetened with honey. Well known for its authentic Middle Eastern desserts like baklava and mamoul, Shatila’s in Detroit also makes delicious cookies and pies. Their assorted baklava tins make excellent gifts for friends and family and can also be served at holiday gatherings and potluck parties. I highly recommend the Baklava Sugar and Almond Mix and the Decorated Mixed Pastry tray. Starts at $20 a tray
Zabar’s Chocolate Babka
Babka is an Eastern European yeast cake of Jewish tradition made with either chocolate or cinnamon. Zabar’s Chocolate Babka is a soft, lightly sweetened, dough that is rolled and braided with chocolate, topped with streusel, and baked until it is crusty and golden. It is the perfect treat for frosty winter mornings by the fire and is usually enjoyed warmed or toasted. Chocolate Babka tastes delicious with espresso while cinnamon babka pairs well with almond-milk hot chocolate. 22 oz. Zabar’s Homestyle Babka for $11.98
Haldiram’s Sweet and Spicy Indian Chiwda
Haldiram’s Khatta Meetha Chiwda is a vegan snack made of a sweet and spicy blend of gram flour noodles, puffed rice, crunchy green peas, and roasted peanuts, flavored with Indian spices. It is relatively mild and the perfect counterpoint to the abundance of holiday sweets. It is traditionally served with milky, Indian chai. It also pairs well with fruity wines and can be served in place of chips or party mixes at holiday celebrations. 7.06 oz. bag for $2.99 at your local Indian Store or on Amazon for $18.89 for a pack of 5 bags
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gia Coelho was born in India and holds an MBA in Marketing. She lived in Toronto and has traveled extensively in India and Europe. She now lives outside Washington DC and pursues passions that include wildlife conservation, writing, culinary adventures, painting, and creating colorful Zentangle art that she sells on her Etsy site at www.etsy.com/shop/giacoelho.
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