You have less than two weeks until Christmas. If you haven’t found the perfect gift for everyone on your list (even after poring through the gift guide in our Holiday issue), we have gathered some easy to find yet still excellent items that will work for everyone—no matter their favorite kind of treat.
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What makes Japanese cuisine special?
"We don’t add many spices or sauces. We just try to make the food taste like itself. We eat a lot of vegetables, and most importantly, we eat seasonally. #Omotenashi is very important to Japanese cuisine—it’s about hospitality. It’s all about attuning to the needs and tastes of the guests — in the flowers, the dishes I serve food on, and the food.
After the second war, we didn’t have anything to eat. My mother’s generation had no food at all. So we really believed in #mottainai, which means no waste. If you use natural material, you shouldn’t waste anything, which is very unlike Western food."
— Japanese instructor Aiko
#japanesecooking #japanesefood #japanesecuisine #japaneseeats #lkladies
We’re consistent fans of the League of Kitchens classes. They offer daylong cooking immersions with recent US immigrants specializing in everything from Lebanese to Uzbek cuisine. Brooklyn Brainery also hosts a diverse food-centric class lineup (wontons and dumplings!) at a lower price point.
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@bluehillfarm and @grimmales, two of the most innovative food and drink makers around, collaborated to brew Field Rotation. The beer's an ode to the eponymous agricultural technique and you can read more about the brew, including where to find it, by following the link in our profile 👆#EBdailypic thx to @chefdanbarber 🍻
Buying something nice and special for the craft beer enthusiast in your life has never been easier. Check out the collaboration between Grimm Ales and chef Dan Barber (find it in Brooklyn via BeerMenus), or go for a growler from Other Half Brewing Company.
For someone who sips a daily a gin and tonic, we love Breucklen Distilling and Greenhook Ginsmiths. Definitely stuff any home mixologist’s stocking with the Cecil & Merl Bitters Sampler, and maybe make sure they have NeverSink Spirits Apple Brandy on their shelves. And of course we love Owney’s NYC Rum, if a Hemingway type is among your friends and family.
Hot Bread Kitchen’s breads and subscription services are ideal for any carb connoisseur—or maybe you even know someone who’d love a tortilla-making kit? Hot sauce fiends, on the other hand, must be given Queen Majesty’s Hot Sauce Trinity sampler pack. For the cheesier folks, go for a selection aged in Crown Heights’ own Crown Finish Caves; there’s a list of where to find them on their site. Saxelby Cheesemongers also has some delicious gift options including their Cheese of the Month Club.
You can’t go wrong with any of the amazing items at the East Village’s Confectionery, a place for macarons and innovative chocolates that all happen to be vegan and fair trade. Eat Chic and STAGG Jam & Marmalade collaborated on an incredible gift box that includes four jam and nut butter–filled chocolate cups and two jars of the latter’s amazing jams: Banana and Cherry Chai.
We also adore Raaka Chocolate for their single-origin, unroasted bars. Royce’ Chocolate’s Happy Selection “Christmas” offers a wide variety of flavors and textures, and its fun packaging is perfect for kids. For someone who loves animals, Rescue Chocolate is a great idea; all proceeds benefit animal-rescue organizations.