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Tucson: Holiday Food Gift Ideas

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Foodie Gift Ideas

It’s getting close and if you still don’t know what to get for some foodies on your list, consider these:

Tucson Originals gift cards. One card and you can use it any of the 52 participating independent restaurants.  You can buy these cards at Feast or Pastiche.

Many of the restaurants – Tucson Originals – and others have deals that when you buy $50 or $100 worth of gift cards, you also get a bonus of $20 for yourself. Can’t beat that. It pays to have a generosity of spirit.

At Xoom Juice, when you buy a $5 mug, they give you a $5 gift card. One can never have too many mugs.

For people who like to cook or want to learn how to cook, what about cooking lessons?

The Organic Kitchen offers  a variety of classes at Whole Foods Market, in a private Sam Hughes home, and at Mercado San Agustin. Learn how to cook for one or gluten free; learn fabulous desserts and greens and things, and how to cook on a budget.

Donna Nordin Cooks (former owner of Café Terra Cotta) offers classes in the Foothills.I took one of her classes earlier this year and it was deliciously informative.

Janos also holds cooking classes at the Foothills location where each class lasts 2.5 hours. The next class is Jan. 21. Mixology classes are also held at Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails. While as of this writing no classes are listed yet for 2012, I’m sure more will appear as they are wildly popular.

For the wino in your life, CataVinos Wines offers gift certificates, the best variety of bottles $15 or less, and an assortment of wine accessories plus wine tasting, wine tasting, wine tasting and a perfect venue to host a private party or fundraiser.

Indulge your chocoholic friends at Sabino Chocolates. Truffles, anyone? Their website needs a lot of work but their Facebook page looks yummy.

For caffeine fiends, pick up some locally roasted coffee at  Raging Sage, Ike’s, Le Buzz, Java Edge, or any of the locally owned coffee emporiums. Conversely, Seven Cups has an assortment of bulk and packaged teas as well as tea filters, tea pots, and tea accessories. Buy a gift certificate for an enlightening tea ceremony.

For foodies who like to cook and have an adventure to cook globally-inspired food, put together your own gift basket with items from Roma Imports or pastries from Viro’s (Italian), Lee Lee Market or G&L Imports (Asian), Babylon Market (Middle Eastern) or simply throw caution to the wind and cruise through 17th Street Market where you can buy produce, clothing, musical instruments, and must-have this & that.

Did I forget anything? What are your suggestions?

If you don’t live in Tucson, look around your city or town for how to patronize local food markets, farmers markets, and restaurants for foodie gifts.

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