Food lovers in Toronto shouldn't be too difficult to please this holiday season, as there are exciting and scrumptious options aplenty. Whether they like to cook or eat (or just stare at food), there's a host of food-focused gifts to grab from Toronto spots this year.
Here are some holiday gift ideas for the Toronto food lover on your shopping list.
Culinary gift box
Why cobble together your own gift box of goodies when Present Day Gifts has already done all the work? The Culinary box ($65) is geared towards food enthusiasts, with a curated selection of Canadian artisan pantry staples, including Kozlik's mustard, Vancouver Island Salt Co.'s all-natural garlic sea salt and H.O.T. sauce from Damien's Handmade Sauces.
Short Stack cookbook
Fans of the Short Stack series (a magazine-cookbook hybrid, each eye-catching volume offers a variety of recipes focusing on one key ingredient) will definitely want its first cookbook with 150 new recipes featuring 18 essential ingredients, from apple to winter squash. Individual editions ($16 each) can be found at Northwood General.
Cheese/charcuterie cutting board
Who doesn't need a quality cutting board or way to display one's good taste in cheese and/or charcuterie? No two boards are ever the same at Seesaw Cafe, as each depends on the type of wood owner Katie Reed uses to make these beauties ($45-$60). Another option: a Toronto-shaped serving board ($88) from the Spacing Store.
Sweet or Spicy stuff
More pre-assembled gift sets await at the Drake General Store. For those with sweet teeth, there's the Hey Sugar Sugar ($44.95), with Turkish Taffy, Squish gummies, caramel corn, maple syrup and a chenille lollipop patch; those who crave heat may enjoy the Hot Holiday ($49.95): 2 hot sauces (jalapeno, habanero), spiced nuts, a chili pepper lolly and enamel pin.
Forget sandwiches. Let food lovers assemble their own onigiri with this mould ($25) made from magnolia wood in Japan. Get it from Abokichi along with special nori wrappers ($17) and Okazu ($10 each) for a DIY onigiri starter kit.
Bobbette & Belle recipe book
Popular patisserie Bobbette & Belle has released a book ($20) containing over 100 of owners Allyson Bobbitt and Sarah Bell's favourite recipes, like Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies and Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie. From cookies and (cup)cakes to loaves, scones, tortes and macarons, this is baking heaven (and hopefully you will be duly rewarded with a taste).
Gelato delivery membership
Discerning dessert snobs need a Death in Venice gelato home delivery subscription (4 pints/month for $40/month). Go with the chef's choice and be prepared to blow minds with seasonal, next-level flavours (and plenty of vegan sorbet options) that have included Mexican Chocolate Mole, Turkish Coffee and Pecorino & Porcini Mushroom (trust me, it's delicious).
Gendai Gallery has been running a year-long seasonal food-art project called MMMMM...Gendai Kitchen, where subscribers receive four limited edition, culinary-themed art multiples ($250 + shipping) that "explore the social, historical and material dimensions of cooking and eating practices from critical, convivial and culturally specific perspectives."
A T.O. Z Foods of Toronto prints
What better way to display one's 6ix food pride than some prints from this A T.O. Z Foods of Toronto collection ($10-$30) by Sali Tabacchi? If you choose only one, go with the Complete Alphabet (16" x 20" for $30; also available at Good Egg).
Toronto tea towel
Tea towels are a kitchen necessity, so they may as well gather compliments while they're there. This blue Toronto tea towel (US$18) from Brika is printed with eco-friendly ink on a linen-cotton blend, and will certainly get the job done.
Know of a cool gift idea for the Toronto food lover out there? Let us know in the comments.
by Christina Cheung via blogTO