Saturday, November 24, 2007

Shopping for the Gourmet in Your Life: THG's Holiday Tip #1

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us it's time to turn our attention to the gift-giving season that's rapidly approaching. For the last couple years I've made suggestions of various stocking stuffers for your food- and drink-loving friends and family and this year is no exception.

Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing some great items that I've enjoyed (or am currently enjoying) as well as some stuff I'd love to try.

First up, though, is my recommendation for a great on-line gourmet goodies shop. Back in September I was desperately searching around to find Vosges gourmet chocolate bars for Chris's birthday. The company's own website was out of the most intriguing ones – like the Bacon Bar – and with the new addition to the family it wasn't as easy to parade all over town looking for a retailer that carried them.

After much looking around I finally discovered The Meadow, a Portland-based gourmet shop specializing in salt, chocolate and wine that also had an on-line store. I had some questions about the bars and the response I got was friendly and informative. I ordered the items and they were shipped quickly and well-packed, arriving in plenty of time for gift giving.

The website is informative without being pretentious and prices are in line with what you'll pay elsewhere on the web.

1 comment:

John said...

Oy, I don't even want to begin thinking about Christmas yet. But gourmet gifts sound like such a great idea! Lately my family just asks each other what we want and then pretend to be surprised. This way I really can surprise them with tasty food! I just hope nobody asks for a Nintendo Wii (which I would love to have).