At a loss as to what to give for the holidays? Never fear, it’s the annual Eat the Love 2015 Holiday Gift Guide!
The holidays are here and as always, I’m still trying to figure out what to get folks for Christmas. And if you’re anything like me, you’re still trying to figure out what to get your loved ones as well! So if you still haven’t had a chance to go shopping yet, here’s a few ideas! I present to you, the annual Eat the Love 2015 Holiday Gift Guide!
Stick around to the end because I’m also doing an awesome giveaway for some of these items too! [SORRY folks, the giveaway is done!]
I’m a big fan olive oil as a great host present when you get invited over for dinner. The Mezzetta California Extra Virgin Olive Oil comes in both an “intense” and “delicate” flavor, making them perfect as finishing oil for dishes. I’m partial to the intense version, with it’s green grassy peppery flavor but the delicate version is a nice buttery finish, perfect for drizzling over delicate fish or other dishes where you want a more subtle flavor that won’t overwhelm the other ingredients.
A bottle of vodka is always a welcome gift for most folks. ABSOLUT has a couple of cool infused flavors like Vanilia and Äpple, both which are versatile enough to be used in cocktails without being too oddball flavored, but fun enough to not be boring. A simple vodka and soda becomes an adult dry vanilla cream soda with the ABSOLUT Vanilia. And using ABSOLUT Äpple is a great twist on the traditional Moscow Mule, giving it a Fall wintery feel.
For those folks who don’t drink, the mixer Owl’s Brew is a pretty nifty gift. Designed for cocktails, this tea mixer is also perfect for those who want to make mocktails or non-alcoholic beverages for company. Or for yourself! After all, why should people who don’t drink alcohol always be stuck with drinking seltzer or soda? Owl’s Brew is versatile pre-made tea mixer that is equally comfortable mixed with vodka, rum, beer, wine, seltzer or juice. Plus it comes in a gorgeous matte black bottle.
You’ve probably know about sous vide cooking, the method of slowly cooking ingredients in a warm water bath. Fine dining restaurants use it a lot for steaks, eggs, vegetables and grains and there a cookbooks and websites dedicated to the technique of sous vide cooking. With the advent of new (and more reasonably priced) technology suddenly sous vide is something home cooks can do at home. Nomiku, a local San Francisco company, has a really reasonably priced immersion circulator that is insanely easy to use. They’re also offering a discount to all Eat the Love readers who want to try out sous vide with their Nomiku product. $50 off their classic Nomiku (use the check out code EATTHENOM) and $20 off their new WiFi version, which is on pre-order (use the check out code EATTHENOM20)!
My partner, A.J. and I are often feeling snacky but sometimes you just don’t want to reach for that same bag of potato chips. I love the idea of Love With Food (<– that link will give you all a 40% discount), a subscription box of snacks that gets delivered monthly. With the option of a small tasting box (8+ items), a larger deluxe box (16 to 20 items) or the gluten free snack box (10-15 items) all boxes are organic or all natural, GMO-free with no artificial junk. I was able to sample some of the snacks in the gluten free box when I was in Chicago at the BlogHer Food conference and it’s quality stuff! Plus, who doesn’t feel snacky now and then?
Years ago I worked as a barista in a coffee shop and drank so much coffee that I couldn’t have any for years afterwards. I’ve slowly been falling back in love with coffee lately and I forgot how much I not only miss it, but also miss all the random paraphernalia that comes with it. From the grinding of the beans, to the making of the coffee to all the cool mugs and cups you can use! My recent discovery is the cute Joco coffee cup, which is reusable glass cup with a silicon heatproof sleeve and reusable lid. I’m smitten with it, as it even comes in a bunch of fun colors (I only have the black one right now but I kind of want a bunch more in different colors!). One of the best thing about it is that I can bring it with me to the local coffee shop and have them make the coffee drink directly in the glass, as they come in standard barista sizes.
If you have followed my blog at all you’ll know that AJ and I love to travel. We did a road trip in 2013 across the country, from San Francisco to Miami and we did a shorter truncated trip in 2014 from California to Colorado. We camp a lot but one thing we didn’t have was a nifty set of travel knives. WÜSTHOF solved that with their CLASSIC 7-Piece Traveler Set, which include a small 6″ cook’s knife, a 3 1/2″ pairing knife, a 5″ serrated knife, scissors, corkscrew and mini knife sharpening! It tucks into a super nice zip-up travel case. I’m actually contemplating bring it back with me to Indiana when I visit AJ’s family for Christmas. Or is that too OCD of me? I mean, I plan on checking a bag anyway….
Speaking of traveling, I’m in LOVE with my new Samsonite hard case Omni PC suitcase. I never thought I’d like a hardcase bag. After all, I’m more of a soft case, pack as much as you can and have the bag bulging wide, kind of guy. But the Omni PC bag is not only durable and scratch proof but pretty to boot (I got the teal color, it’s subtle but still striking)! It has those awesome rolling wheels that roll in every direction and it super lightweight (yay!). Plus the hardcase means I can go shopping for breakable items like dishes and plates when I travel and not have to worry about them getting smashed if I have to check the bag. Sorry AJ. I know I don’t need more cake stands but now that I have this bag, I might be buying some in Indiana.
I’m a HUGE proponent of Microplane and their rasp zester. I’ve actually hand sold them to friends before, after I told them how amazing they are. Once in a bar, I made a friend of mine take out her smartphone and buy one on Amazon while I was there watching. That’s how hardcore I am about them. The new Microplane Elite series zesters and graters are even more convenient now because they come with protective covers that also can double and slide onto the back to catch the grating so you can measure how much you grate as you go. I love it when kitchen tools are redesigned to be more helpful!
Anyone that’s been to this blog in the past couple of months knows that I’ve been working with Anolon to create recipes using their products. But I’m going to state right now that I adored their cookware before I even started to work with them. I won a saucepan at a pie contest years ago when I first started this blog and I realized cookware really does matter! Their bakeware is equally awesome. Anolon’s 5 piece bakeware set comes with 2 8-inch cake pans, an 8–inch square pan, a 10×15-inch cookie sheet and a 9×14-inch cooking rack and is the perfect starter kit for those of you who want to upgrade your bakeware to something a little more durable and premium.
Finally, San Francisco bay area author Dana Velden (and contributor to The Kitchn) wrote the book Finding Yourself in the Kitchen and it’s a great gift for those folks who go to the kitchen to find comfort and to escape from the hectic life we all lead. Though there are a few recipes included in the book, this isn’t cookbook but rather a meditation on how to deal with all the craziness that modern life throws at you. The subtitle of the book is Kitchen Meditations and Inspired Recipes from a Mindful Cook and it couldn’t be more apt a description.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
If you’ve stuck around this long I have a treat for you! I’m giving away THREE items from this holiday gift guide! One winner will get an Anolon 5-piece bakeware set, one winner will receive a set of the Microplane Elite Series graters and zesters and one winner will get a WÜSTHOF CLASSIC 7-Piece Traveler Set. Woo hoo! These are all awesome gifts and I’m thrilled I can offer it to you all. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below by Friday, December 18th, 2015 9am PST and tell me your favorite holiday memory! I’ll pull three names and randomly assign winning items to each of the winners (sorry, I can’t give you all three items, you’ll only be getting ONE of the items). Good luck and happy holidays! The fine print – PLEASE READ
By leaving a comment below to enter, you are agreeing to the Official Rules.
▪ NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
▪ VOID WHERE PROHIBITED
▪ You must be over the age of 18.
▪ This contest is only open to U.S. Citizens. Sorry non-US people!
▪ The contest starts as of today, and will run until Friday, December 18, 2015, 9am PST.
▪ The retail value of the prizes range from is about $49.99 to $409.
▪ Only one entry per person please. Any additional comments by the same person will be discarded in the final selection process.
▪ The winner will be chosen by a randomly selected comment. All comments will be numbered and I will use Random.org to pick a random number.
▪ The number of eligible comments below determines the odds of winning.
▪ If there’s a problem with contacting the winner, I reserve the right to award everything to someone else randomly chosen. So in other words, make sure you type in your correct email address if you want the cookware and respond within 72 hours to me when I contact you or I’ll give everything to someone else.
▪ The prize is being delivered directly from Anolon, Microplane or WÜSTOF (or their PR company). If they have not delivered the prize to you within three weeks of me notifying you of winning, please reach out to me again and I will do follow up to make sure everything is OK. Please keep in mind we are all human and things happen. I will do everything within my power to make sure the prize is delivered in a timely manner.
A special thanks to Nomiku for providing a sample for review and for providing special discounts codes for Eat the Love readers.
Though I received all the products mentioned above, I was not monetarily compensated for this post and all opinions are my own and not the views of the products or brands above.