Wasn’t it just last Christmas? This time of year sure does creep up quickly! It’s been fun year of food discoveries and I’m excited to share my favourite edibles, kitchen tools, cookbooks and other food-related gadgets with you here and on CTV Morning Live. I hope these gift ideas eliminate your holiday shopping-related stress.
SPUD does an amazing job of curating Vancouver’s best, small-batch artisan edibles. Skip the Lifesaver Candy Book stocking stuffer in favour of supporting local this year. Here are a few of my absolute favourite products:
The Lemon Square
ZIMT Artisan Chocolates
Pikanik’s Gluten Fricken Free Focaccia
Glutenull Buckwheat Bread
Soyganic Smoked Tofu
It’s Not Bacon by Everyday Superfoods
Jules Fuel Whistler Superfood
Kits Kitchen Spreads & Cranberry Sauce
Prima Fruit & Nut Bars
The Juice Box Almond Milk & Cold Pressed Juices
Spread’em Kitchen Dips & Spreads
Sugo Sauce (Pasta Sauce)
Isadora’s Go Nuts Veggie Burgers
49th Parallel Coffee
Owner and Japanese knife fanatic Kevin Kent heads to Kyoto a few times a year to source new, top-quality blades, described as “chef knives”. This is one of five Knifewear stores across Canada and the only in BC. If you’re stumped on a gift for the cook in your life, consider a Knifewear import, like the super sexy, handmade Masakage Kiri, crafted with VG-10 high carbon stainless steel and a magnolia and pakka wood handle.
3. KitchenAid copper 10-piece set
Kitchenaid’s copper pot and pan set is as beautiful as it is functional. This three-layer design (stainless steel, aluminum and copper) makes for even heating and cooking. Other features include etched measurement markings, riveted handles and glass dome lids. This is a great gift idea for the next several Christmases as pieces are sold separately — buy your partner a new piece or two every year! Full set price: $1299.
Hide Ebina’s Japanese-fusion pottery plates (discovered at Torafuku Restaurant) are show-stoppers. Made in his tiny Mount Pleasant studio, this Japanese artist sells out quickly, but he’s promised more in time for Christmas. He also offers ceramics classes. Check his site for details.
Made in Summerland, BC, this limited edition release will see only 1,000 cases produced and it will not be available again next year. This is a food-focused sparkling wine with notes of black cherry and spice. Find it at many wine shops, including Legacy Liquor Store.
6. Cookbooks: The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook by Emily Von Euw and Super Fresh by Ruth Tal & Jennifer Houston
The Rawsome Vegan Life Cookbook: Whether you’re a vegetarian, a raw vegan, avoiding dairy, a meat-lover just looking for something new and delicious or you want to lose weight and cleanse, Emily von Euw, author of the bestselling Rawsome Vegan Baking and newly released100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks, has creative recipes for savory, mouthwatering main dishes and meals. Source: Amazon
Super Fresh: As partners in the award-winning Fresh Restaurants, founder Ruth Tal and chef Jennifer Houston have been using whole, natural ingredients to create craveable and vibrant vegan meals, juices, and smoothies for almost two decades. In Super Fresh, Ruth and Jennifer share over 200 delicious and energizing plant-based recipes that are bursting with natural flavours and pure goodness. We all need food to fuel our bodies, so why not cook with natural ingredients with a high nutritional value? Source: Amazong
The perfect pair of stretchy pants for the cat lover in your life, also ideal for an evening of Christmas feasting. Find them at Stretch Yoga in Chinatown above the Vancity Bank (180 E Pender). A gift certificate for some yoga would be nice, too.
Urban Cultivator is a fully-automated kitchen garden that gives you access to fresh, organic microgreens and herbs year-round. The seeds are non-GMO, and no sprays or chemicals are added in the growing process, of course. You’re getting 100% organic, healthy food. A wide variety of microgreens and herb seeds are on offer. You can try lesser known greens and incorporate them into your cooking.
Flowers for the everyday and the most important days. Weddings, events and just because.
“Why sleep in when you could be chasing your dreams?” Love Your Mornings founder Alice Ko asks. Ready to make your life healthier, happier + more productive? Join The Morning Movement. Rise + hustle bitches. LYM is proud to donate 10% of all profits from product sales to the Breakfast Club of Canada so that kids can go to school hungry for knowledge, not for food.
From cheese boards to your rustic tablescapes, these Alder slices are an excellent addition to any West Coast space. The smooth honey-toned wood is encircled by a warm grey bark that adds texture and style to your setting.
Did you notice the pretty table cloth in my CTV Gift Guide segment? It was actually a multi-functional Turkish towel from sweet local company, Sunday Dry Goods.