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Old. New. Borrowed. Blue.

December 14, 2010

It is present time. I got some Chanukah gelt—that’s money—from my family to spend on myself this year.  It’s burning a hole in my pocket, and I’m thinking about what I should buy myself.

Most people right about now are in a similar yet different bind.  You are likely trying to figure out what to buy for someone else.  After all, Christmas is only a week and a half away.  Now, I want you to have free time to attend this Saturday’s Tour de Hot Dog, so I’m motivated to help you solve your holiday shopping dilemmas.

To kick off the easy but meaningful potential present parade, I’m borrowing a device that has nothing to do with Christmas.  Well, maybe that’s not entirely true.  You get presents on Christmas and you get presents on your wedding.  How many brides have gleefully exclaimed when opening up their wedding presents, “This is even better than Christmas”?

I’m guessing at least one.

Something Old: A Suggestion From the Past
Last year I wrote about the best gift I ever received.  For those who only started reading in the past few months or who don’t commit all of my words to memory, I will share it once again.  Mail order caviar.

Seriously.  Not only is it expensive enough that most people won’t buy it for themselves, but it is also super-perishable.  That means that the recipients cannot sit on it thinking that it is just too precious to eat.

But it is so good, and such a rare treat, that the memory of the gift will provide a lifetime of pleasure.

Something New: The Idea I Had Just Last Week
I was thinking recently about something along similar lines after reading somebody else’s post about gifts for food lovers.  There were a few things on the list that got me thinking, and one of them was very good balsamic vinegar.

I’m guessing that this isn’t what Caroline had in mind, but it is guaranteed to knock the socks off any true food obsessive.

The only risk of course is that they find the vinegar to be so special that they never use it.  However, it is much more likely they will hoard it away in a dark closet somewhere, sneaking dainty little sips of the heady stuff, alone, where they will not be asked to share even a drop of their precious.

Something Borrowed: If Not Outright Stolen From Mr. Dave
I’ve written extensively about cast iron skillets, but I’m borrowing this idea from the one and only Mr. Dave.  He speaks highly of Griswold cast iron skillets.

You can’t buy them new, but you can buy them used.  And really, you don’t own a Griswold.  You take care of it until it is time to hand it off to the next generation.

Something Blue: Maybe Not Actually Blue
All Over Albany wrote about the gift of coffee yesterday.  And it’s a great gift.  One I can really get behind.  And no, I’m not going to suggest Jamaican Blue Mountain.

But my transformative coffee experience happened at the hand of the Blue Bottle Coffee Co.  This is an operation that is as serious about coffee as any I have ever seen.  And not only do they offer customizable coffee subscriptions, they offer ones based on brewing style.  So if you have a French press coffee lover on your list, you can be their hero.

They also carry brewing tools.  It’s taking all my willpower not to order this very special coffeemaker.

Really, it’s taking all my willpower not to order everything.  However, since I’m not in a rush to get anything before Christmas, I think I’m going to bide my time.  And in the meanwhile, if I keep tinkering with the coffee tools I have already, perhaps I can save my gelt for a vial of that vinegar.

My precious.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Elyse permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:32 am

    As a gift for my food loving husband I ordered duck confit and foie gras from d’artagnon.com- these are things that definitely can’t sit around for too long! I am excited to make some cassoulet with the duck.

  2. December 14, 2010 6:26 pm

    Just here for the LotR reference :D

    Another good gift, or rather something nice to have during the holidays with family everywhere, are croissants: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/croissant/?pkey=ccroissants-bread-pastries|fodbrdcro

    I readily admit they are not as good as croissants you can get locally at Mrs. London’s or Crisan (my work-pace bias aside), but since both of those places are not open on Christmas, these are a good alternative. They come out sort of wide and a bit flatter than those I’m most familiar with, but there is little to complain about when flaky pastry and butter are involved. They are also fun because they look like alien pods when you let them proof in the oven.

  3. Raf permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:42 pm

    Will you use that special coffee maker to brew your chock full o nuts?

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