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Archive: Dec 2010

Gifts from the Strip (district, that is!)

  1. Gifts from the Strip (district, that is!)

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    Try our…Roasted Prosciutto Wrapped Snapper recipe.

    Ok, so you can’t give fresh fish as a gift, but you can give the gift of fresh fish.  And for anyone on your gift list who loves to eat (whether they cook or not), the Strip District is a one-stop shopping destination with endless options to please any palate.

    On a rainy Tuesday (just before our first snow) I visited ten of my favorite places in the Strip District to gather gift basket items for cooks and those who simply like to eat great food.  My first stop was Penn Avenue Fish Company for a gift certificate for fresh fish like the beauty pictured here (a Hog Snapper) for a cook’s gift basket including cool kitchen gadgets from In The Kitchen and tasty spices from Penzy’s.

    At the other end of the Strip I wanted to get a “party in a box,” so I stopped in to see my favorite family at Parma Sausage where you can pick up a box of Italian family love (their famous salamis) or have one sent to anyone in the U.S. while you pick up a variety of their charcuterie for your holiday parties.  (Oh, and don’t forget to order your holiday ham…the deadline to order is early December!)

    To add to my party in a box I stopped by Stamoolis Brothers for a variety of feta (sheep, goat, French, Greek, Bosnian), their delicious spreads and hummus, baklava, pita and Greek olives.  Then to Enrico Biscotti’s Cafe to grab a couple of Carlos Garage wines…YUM!

    If you’re not in the shopping mood, but want to get (or send) a fabulous foodie gift, Pennsylvania Macaroni has done the work for you.  Gift boxes galore can be ordered online, including their “Yinz Burgh” gift box for the Pittsburgher on your list near or far. And if you’re a cheeseaholic like me, send yourself the gift of their Cheese of the Month Club.

    For instant gratification, stop by Peace Love and Little Donuts for several dozen of their funkadelic little goodies and share the love with family, coworkers or anyone who will join you in the quest for peace and love … one (dozen) donuts at a time!  Oh, and wash those babies down with organic, fair trade java from LaPrima!

    Last but certainly not least, we can’t forget the chocoholics on our list.  For this I stopped by Fudgie Wudgie for some of their award winning all natural, low sugar line of premium chocolates and fudge made from butter and cream from local creameries.  Now that’s local goodness!

    Happy Holidays and a Bountiful New Year!!!