Food & Beverage Holiday Gift Guide

All Items are Sorted by Price - Most Expensive to Least Expensive

Nana's Temptations

Nana's Temptation's Chocolate Confection Bars are all natural, completely vegan, and absolutely delicious.

Nana, aka, Miriam Diamond, has been a pioneer and leader in the natural products industry for over 13 years. Even A-list celebrities are catching onto Nana's Cookies. 'Madonna used to call and order cookies FedExed to her in London,' she says. 'Now she can walk into a store there and get them.'

Celebrities aren't the only fans of Nana's products. Nana's latest creation, Temptations, have just wowed all of the judges at this year's Expo West, taking home the Best of Show Award, and most deservedly so. Nana's Temptation's Chocolate Confection Bars are all natural, completely vegan, and absolutely delicious. Temptations are available in 4 delectable flavors all of which are made with European chocolate. Not to worry!

Nana has not forgotten about her gluten free consumers, Temptations are available in two no-gluten flavors, Chocolate Rush and Chocolate Mint.

Website  www.healthycrowd.com 

 

Organic Green Tea Tzu 

 

Organic Green Tea Tzu The's T-Buddy is the perfect way to enjoy green tea anytime and anywhere!  The T-Buddy is an innovative, portable tea mug with a built in infuser perfect for brewing Tzu The's premium green tea.  Simply fill the T-Buddy with hot or cold water for green tea that is ready when you are!

And for those who prefer to eat their way to one cup of green tea per day, Tzu The's T-Bars are deliciously healthy green tea energy bars.  T-Bars are all natural, sugar and preservative free energy bars that are made with actual green tea leaves and pack the antioxidant punch equivalent to an entire eight ounces of green tea.  Available in three delicous flavors of: Green Tea, Natural Rice and Tropical Fruit, T-Bars are the perfect meal on the go or energizing snack for health conscious, green tea lovers everywhere!

Website: www.tzu-the.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITO EN Flights Of Fancy Teas

Flights of Fancy - Japan Take a sojourn through the millennium-old tradition of Japanese green tea. Savor the comforting taste of classic hoji-cha (roasted green tea) and genmaimatcha (green tea, roasted rice and green tea powder) while delving into the tea's subtleties with Uji Kabuse (a shade-grown tea from the Kyoto region) and Kagoshima Sencha, from Japan's southernmost tea region. The set also includes a tea-inspired confectionary and empty nylon mesh teabags for easy brewing anywhere. Presented in a two-tier bento box dressed in imperial purple washi and a gold origami crane. $75 

Website  www.itoen.com

267 Infusions -The first line of infused spirits with all natural fruit

267 Infusions carefully selects fresh fruit and blends them with ultra-premium spirits -- either vodka, rum or tequila.  No chemicals, enhancers, or artificial anything is added.  During the infusion process, the fruit juices, colors and essence become part of the spirit, creating a wonderful taste even better than the sum of its two parts.   The resulting 42 proof 267 Infusion can be enjoyed simply chilled or over ice. 

267 Infusions are packaged in a hand-crafted contemporary bottle with the luscious fruit inside clearly visible.  What you see is what you drink.  The flavor is truly what an orange or a mango or a bowl of cranberries actually tastes like.  And, when the final drop has been consumed, the fruit inside can be enjoyed as a spirited dessert, added to a favorite recipe, or just serve as a reminder to open another bottle.

 

 Skyy, Skyy90 and Campari

 

SKYY90 has the perfect gift. Bottle of SKYY90 and a set of martini glasses. The Modern Martini Kit -available at the Alpha store in LA and online  www.alpha-man.com. Retails for $90.00.

SKYY WALKING IN A VANILLA WONDERLAND
3 oz. SKYY Vanilla
.5 oz. Frangelico
.5 oz Triple sec
Splash of cream
Pour SKYY Vanilla, Frangelico, and triple sec over rocks in a low-ball glass. Add a splash of cream.

SKYY BAH HUMBUG
1-1/2 oz. SKYY Vodka
1 oz. Orange juice juice
1 oz. Campari
Shake with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh lime.

Campari's latest addition to its signature cocktails, La Stella Grande showcases Campari's bold and distinctive qualities perfect for the holiday.

La Stella Grande
1/2 ounce Campari
1 1/2 ounce SKYY Citrus Vodka
1/2 ounce Cinzano Bianco Vermouth
1 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
Pour ingredients over ice into a shaker. 
Shake & strain in chilled martini glass.
Garnish with an orange slice.

 

SoCo Holiday Gift Set

The SoCo Holiday Gift consists of a 375ml bottle of Southern Comfort and two glasses with SoCo etched on the side. The packaging is metallic purple and is decorated with colorful, celebratory artwork by New Orleans artist Matt Rinard. It's the perfect way to start things up with friends this holiday season!

Enjoy a Holiday SoCo Limetini, Southern Comfort and sweetened lime juice with a festive touch of red sugar around the rim, with your friends.

Holiday SoCo Limetini
2 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
Splash of sweetened lime juice
Red sugar
Combine ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with red sugar. Garnish with a lime twist.

 

Flavia Fusion Drinks Station

The FLAVIA Fusion drinks station is the premier one-cup beverage system on the market.  With over 30 mouth-watering drinks, including the exclusive Milky Way Swirl, the FLAVIA Fusion drinks station offers the widest selection of beverages of any one-cup system. From teas from the Wellbeing line featuring Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng and Echinacea to flavored coffees, mochaccinos and chai lattes, the choices are endless. Best of all, the FLAVIA Fusion drinks station brews the perfect beverage in about 30 seconds and requires zero clean-up between brews. FLAVIA makes it possible to enjoy coffee shop-quality beverages in the comfort of your own home at a fraction of the price, between 38-75 cents a cup. The FLAVIA Fusion is available in three fashionable colors to work with any decor.

Website: www.myflavia.com

 

Star Ice... Australia's hottest new Celebrity!

 

Star Ice, it is a delicious malt beverage imported from Australia and bottled in a slim line bottle with a champagne fizz imported from the mystical land down under- Australia. It is available in today's hottest flavors such as Green Apple, Raspberry, Passion Fruit and Cranberry. It has an everlasting taste full of flavor.

"Star Ice" its a fresh new funky beverage, great tasting, fruity flavored drink for young hip adults who want to be responsible drinkers out there looking to have fun. As the 9.3 fl oz bottles, each is equivalent to one standard drink.

 

 

 

Plymouth Gin - Martini Lover's Gift

Three Step Martini Program featuring a cocktail for Christmas, New Years and the morning after.

PLYMOUTH HOLLY-BERRY The perfect Christmas concoction . Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1 1/2 oz. Plymouth Gin,juice of 1/8 fresh lemon, shake and strain into a martini glass. Top with raspberry juice and garnish with aspberries and a sprig of mint.

PLYMOUTH CHAMPAGNE-TINI Ring in 2007 with an unforgettable taste that will take you back to 1927. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add 1 oz. Plymouth Gin and 1/4 oz. Cointreau. Stir until chilled, strain into a martini glass. Top with 2 oz. chilled champagne and garnish with a burnt orange zest.

PLYMOUTH BREAKFAST MARTINI We all know how we feel the morning after a holiday celebration. The solution - breakfast in a glass! In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2 oz. Plymouth Gin and 1-2 tsp. fine cut marmalade. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a crisp toast point. 


 

Carousel Cakes  - Hand-signed, Delivered and Sealed

When it comes to holiday entertaining or gift-giving, add some sweetness with Carousel Cakes.  Carousel Cakes, a New York-based, family-run bakery founded in 1965, is just a phone call away. Dessert aficionados from around the country can relish in any of their 70 homemade cakes and pies (with delivery turnaround in 1-2 days). Each order is carefully wrapped to preserve freshness and presentation. 

No one can bake a cake as delicious as Carousel.  Their Chocolate Chocolate Chip, New York Black Out, Chocolate Truffle and Chocolate Outrage are simply heavenly. 

Once only enjoyed by patrons of the legendary Zabars, Katz' Delicatessen and Friar's Club and dozens of other high-end eateries, Carousel Cakes (which are Kosher certified) can be ordered toll-free at 1(866) 659-CAKE (2253) or online at

www.carouselcakes.com.Cake prices start at $36.95.

 

Think Green - Eating your vegetables just got easier

For the growing percentage of overweight Americans who don't get the right nutrients to sustain a healthy life and favor fast food over a well-balanced meal, Think Products (www.thinkproducts.com) is offering a solution with the introduction of Think Green superfood nutrition bars.  Think Green provides the greens a human body requires in a to-go, convenient bar and will be available in natural food retailers such as Whole Foods and Wild Oats as well as leading independent natural food stores nationally on June 1, 2006.  Each Think Green bar contains over 3000 mg of phytonutrients including foods that busy Americans are often resistant to take the time to prepare at home or allow to perish in the refrigerator before using them.  Think Green bars are transfat- and cholesterol-free and a source of fiber. 

Unlike the competitor's engineered junk food energy and protein bars on the market today, The Think Green bar contains real food such as natural occurring vitamins, minerals and enzymes found in alfalfa, barley and wheat grass, spirulina, chlorella, spinach, broccoli, green tea, parsley, brown rice germ, carrot powder, almonds, cashews, walnuts, cranberries and more. Each 50 gram bar has only 180 calories with limited sugar and sodium - and because they are real food, they taste good.

Website: www.thinkproducts.com

 

Redcliff Liqueur


America's First Liqueur Rides Into Watering Holes Nationally

Redcliff. America's very first proprietary premium liqueur, is riding into the glasses of bar goers in cities nationwide with the most unique adult beverage to hit the palate since the abolishment of prohibition.  A liqueur on a totally different plain, Redcliff was developed with a unique flavor profile based in the All-American flavor of cola with distinct hints of vanilla, spices and other mysterious ingredients. Bottled in a signature, western-styled flask with vivid label artwork by Colorado artist, Stephen Reaves, Redcliff produces an uncommonly complex, warm and unforgettable taste.  Redcliff was developed by Franklin J. Arcella, former executive of Seagram's and creator of Corazon Tequila.  Redcliff is currently in approximately ten markets nationwide and is expected to be in most major U.S. markets by December, 2006.

"Ireland introduced Baileys. Germany pioneered Jagermeister. Mexico brought us Kahlua. France charmed us with Grand Marnier",said CEO, Franklin J. Arcella.  "The time was ripe to introduce something purely American; a product so sublimely obvious, that by some chance the big boys had missed it.  Redcliff is as unique as John Wayne was to the silver screen and will no doubt enamor bar goers with a swallow of something they can proudly say is as American as apple pie".

Website: www.redcliffusa.com


BevWizard Wine Smoother

Magnetic Pourer Smoothes Young and Sharp Wines into Older Tasting Vintages:
T'was the night before wine club and nothing to pour
Only the cheap bottles left in the store
What could I do I started to panic,
This year's Blackstone, Kenwood, Meriden, so tannic!
I began to accept my bad turn of luck,
and shamefully grabbed for the two-buck chuck.
When all of the sudden a flash of red
A large, pointy hat atop a familiar head,
Just as I turned toward the jolly old elf
That's when I saw it, right on the shelf!
A BevWizard pourer to soften the flavor
Making each bottle, one to savor.
Grabbing the magnetic magic gadget, I looked around,
But the mystery shopper was not to be found.
I laughed at myself, there was really no way,
Or did I hear the bells of a sleigh?


In line at the check out, I paused to look back
As Santa lowered the BevWizard into his pack,
And with a wink of the eye and a tilt of his head,
I knew that my guests had nothing to dread.
Suddenly a $5 bottle would taste like $10
What a magical discovery I'd found in the liquor store bin
'Merry Christmas' I shouted, as I laughed outright
But the moment I blinked he was out of sight.
Yet I heard him exclaim as his sleigh took flight
'Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.'
 

 www.bevwizard.com

 

 
Grass-Fed Beef - The Perfect Holiday Gift for "Foodies"
 

Grass-fed beef is the hottest trend in the food industry during 2006.  Whether the recipient considers himself/herself a 'foodie' or if that person simply enjoys good food and trying new things, a selection of La Cense Beef could be the perfect gift.   In time for the holiday season, La Cense Beef's 'Perfect Gift Pack' (2 Ribeye steaks, 2 Sirloin steaks, 1 London Broil, 4 Steak Burgers) is being offered at $86.85.  Visit http://www.lacensebeef.com
 
The Grass-Fed Beef Difference
Like a fine wine, artisanal ingredients are defined by the environment in which they are produced and the skill and experience of those who produce them.  This is the philosophy of La Cense Beef, a natural grass-fed beef and grass-finished beef, produced by master ranchers in Montana's renowned southwest cattle region.
La Cense Black Angus beef is natural and fed only grass -- never fed grain to 'finish' and produce rapid weight gain.  The introduction of any amount of grain to the diet of cattle can diminish the quality of the beef, reduce health benefits and real beef flavor.
 
Grass is the natural feed for cattle, not grain, which became the standard for beef production following WWII.  In addition to being difficult for cattle to digest, grain-feeding also produces beef that is high in calories, fat and cholesterol. The quality approach of La Cense master ranchers is designed to heighten taste and tenderness.  This process begins with the raising of select Black Angus cattle, the optimal breed for flavor and grass-feeding.
 
La Cense Black Angus cattle are raised without added hormones or antibiotics to an age of 18 months. The cattle spend their lives grazing solely pesticide free, natural pastures.  The beef derives its unique sophisticated, robust taste - a truer beef flavor - from the grasses, plants and the minerals found in the soil in SW Montana.  The La Cense ranchers oversee quality production and adhere to strict standards for humane care.  La Cense Beef is dry aged for 19 days to round out flavor and enhance tenderness before being hand-cut and trimmed with care.  Each order is vacuum-packed and immediately frozen at the time of processing at a USDA certified plant, to ensure the highest quality.

Southern-Style Gift Giving

Glory Foods® the category leader in down home, Southern-style heat-and-serve products offers unique & savory southern-style holiday gifts. Glory Foods brings seasoned southern-style food to America's dinner table, offering convenience without compromising taste. The deluxe gift basket includes collard greens, string beans, blackeye peas, country cabbage, great northern beans, skillet corn, corn bread mix, muffin mix and a bottle of Glory Foods' hot sauce and peppered vinegar. The deluxe gift basket is sold online at www.GloryFoods.com for $38. A standard basket is also available for $33. The baskets can be purchased at www.GloryFoods.com

 Al & Pauls Butta-Bing Gourmet New York Toffee

An all-natural, gourmet toffee, made from the finest ingredients: semi-sweet chocolate, sugar, butter, California almonds and a touch of corn syrup. The secret ingredient in this 20-year old recipe is LOVE. An addictive concoction, this buttery, smooth, rich and crunchy toffee has no additives or preservatives to tarnish its harmony. Al & Paul's Butta-Bing!™ is a terrific treat and makes the perfect gift.

The confectionery market is filled with chocolates containing hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated oils. While adding ingredients like palm oil or coconut oil gives candy a longer shelf-life, it also adds trans fats to your diet. Al & Paul pride themselves in offering a traditional toffee made the old fashion way - with the finest, all-natural ingredients. Al & Paul's Butta-Bing!™ doesn't contain any additives or preservatives. Because of the pure ingredients, the shelf life is typically three months, although most fans will claim the toffee lasts less than a week and is often consumed in one sitting.

Al & Paul's Butta-Bing!™ is unlike the typical "so hard it can crack a tooth English Toffee." This candy has a nice soft crunch due to its high "butta" (butter) content. California almonds are stirred into the candy and then the toffee is covered in dark chocolate on both sides. A final sprinkle of almonds on top of the chocolate makes this toffee irresistible. After a sampling, all your troubles seem to melt away. There is something addictive about Al & Paul's Butta-Bing!™ and we believe it's due to our special ingredient, LOVE. Every batch is made with the same LOVE as the original first batch which was made in Al's kitchen almost 20 years ago. It is their LOVE for family and friends that permeates in every bite, making it the perfect gift.


Al & Paul's Butta-Bing!™ comes in three sizes:
1. Quarter pound - $5 (plus shipping and handling)
2. Half-pound - $8.50 (plus shipping and handling)
3. One pound - $16 (plus shipping and handling)

Offered in 2 types of packaging - Holiday and Everyday. Both make great personal and corporate gifts. Be sure to order a few extra. Many of our fans "forget" to send out their gifts when they can't resist the calling of Al & Paul's Butta-Bing!™. Make sure you treat yourself to a box or two when placing your gift order.

Currently, Al & Paul's Butta-Bing!™ is available online at : www.butta-bing.com. For corporate orders, please contact Al and Paul at [email protected].

Gallo Family Vineyards Sonoma Reserve, Twin Valley and Red Bicyclette brands

 Moscato

Winemakers Description:

Gallo Family Vineyards Twin Valley Moscato

Our Twin Valley Moscato is bursting with delicious flavors of peach, honey, and ripe citrus - in a delightfully light style. Enjoyable for any occasion, it's a wine that is as fun to share as it is to discover..

  Appellation California
  Alcohol Content 9
  pH 3.24
  Aging Potential 9 months
  Serving Temperature Cold (40 Fahrenheit)


Serving Suggestions:

The sweet fruity flavors of our Moscato make it the perfect wine to serve with any course during your meal from rich cheesy appetizers, to creamy pasta sauces, to spicy Asian entrees. For a special treat, try it paired with your favorite dessert.


Cheese Pairings:

Brie: The smooth, medium-bodied texture and sweet fruit flavors of our Moscato complement the mild flavor and creamy texture of brie.
 
Gorgonzola: The sweetness of peach, honey and citrus flavors in our Moscato contrast with the sharp flavor and enhance the creamy consistency of gorgonzola.

Merlot

Winemakers notes:

Gallo Family Vineyards Sonoma Reserve Merlot

Our Sonoma County Merlot showcases the softer, fuller and richer side of Merlot. The aromas are warm and inviting with hints of crushed berries, vanilla and spice. These aromas are followed by dark and deep flavors of blackberry pie, wild berries and jam, with a lush, round mouthfeel.
Destemmed but not curshed, our merlot grapes were cold soaked for 24 hours prior to fermentation. Minimizing bitterness and allowing for complete extraction of the red wine color and flavor a combination of upright, rotary and punchdown fermenters were used. 100% of this wine completed malolactic fermentation, then was aged in French, European and American oak barrels for an average of six months to impart subtle hints of oak flavor.
Enjoy this wine with many foods, including beef, lamb, and pastas.
Varietal Content: 92% Merlot;
                               4% Cabernet
                                     Sauvignon,
                               3% Malbec,
                               1% Mixed Varietals
Varietal Origin: Sonoma County
Residual Sugar: 0.22 g/100ml
Titratable Acidity: 0.58g/100ml
pH: 3.49
Alcohol Level: 13.9

Serving Suggestions:

Merlot is best served with turkey or pork but is also excellent with beef, lamb or veal with an herb dressing or a heavy mushroom sauce.

Sonoma Reserve Merlot is also great to pair with Spaghetti.

Cheese Pairings:

Smoked Cheddar: The velvety smooth character and rich cherry fruit flavors of our Merlot bring out the smoky character and enhance the smooth texture of smoked cheddar.
 
Smoked Jack: The velvety smooth character and rich plum fruit flavor of our Merlot provide a good match for the slightly sweet yet smoky character and creamy texture of smoked jack
 
Provolone: The full-bodied nature and rich plum fruit flavor of our Merlot bring out the smoky flavor and complement the semi-firm texture of provolone.

 

Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir 2005


Tasting Notes

HARVEST:

Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir

In 2005 winegrowers waited through a cool winter and spring for the warm summer in the south of France.  Once the temperatures began to rise warm days were followed by August storms in the Languedoc-Roussillon which hydrated the vines and allowed them to flourish.  During the harvest in early September, warm, dry winds blew across the vineyards for two weeks ensuring excellent conditions for the grapes to ripen.  As such, our reds were able to achieve full ripeness and our whites matured to gain an optimal balance between acidity and sugar.  The combination of temperature and rains created wines characterized by fresh fruit aromas and full, delightful fruit flavors.

WINEMAKER NOTES:

Our 2005 Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir was sourced from the flatter, windy plains of Gard and Herault.  The Gard's stoney soils make it famous for producing powerful, rich, red wines, whereas the Herault produces medium-weight reds with long palate structure.  The combination of Pinot Noir grapes from these areas gave Red Bicyclette's first vintage of Pinot Noir characteristics of red fruit, vanilla, and smooth tannins.

TASTE PROFILE:

Color: Cherry red with ruby hues
Bouquet: Light aromas of plum and raspberry
Palate: Strawberry jam middle palate with bright, smooth texture
Finish: Full, soft tannins and light berry finish

SUGGESTED PAIRINGS:

Pairs well with salmon, seafood, salads, and grilled chicken.  Mild cheeses are another excellent choice.

 

Keep Life Fresh with Easy Italian Recipes from Buitoni cookbook.

Emmy award-winning Food Network host and chef Michael Chiarello, along with the culinary team at Buitoni, created this collection of 30 Italian-inspired recipes and entertaining tips. With more than 70 pages of recipes and beautiful photography, this cookbook makes a great gift.

Perfect for that special host, the perpetual entertainer, or even a busy mom, this brand new cookbook offers culinary inspiration and fresh ideas for every night of the week. And the best part is, the recipes really are easy, with most of them taking less than 20 minutes to prepare! From Bruschetta with Garlic Shrimp to Sweet Italian Sausage Tortelloni with Caramelized Vegetables, the recipes in the Keep Life Fresh cookbook are sure to please.

I am happy to send you a sample booklet featuring a handful of the recipes and information your readers will find in the full-sized cookbook, which is now available for pre-purchase at Buitoni.com/cookbook or Amazon.com for just $9.95.

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