CHKN Not Chicken
Plant-based meat alternatives are becoming more and more popular. CHKN Not Chicken has four different eight-ounce packs available for under $10 each. The Mexican-inspired Fiesta and Asian-inspired Zen are two popular flavors. They come pre-sliced, which makes them ideal for tacos, poke bowls, or even as a protein for your papaya salad. Each serving contains 20 grams of protein.
You can order online via GFTO it’s vegan. 15% off online orders is the current promotion.
Counter Culture Coffee
From Durham to the Bay Area, Counter Culture Coffee is committed to providing sustainably sourced, single-origin coffees. The more than a dozen different blends that they offer all year round span four different continents. And they also offer seasonal blends and subscriptions. Their iridescent winter blend has hints of chocolate and berries, while the 25th-anniversary blend has hints of stone fruit and tangerine (like the Led Zeppelin song). They’ve recently launched a coffee club with NPR as well.
12 oz. boxes start at $15.25 on their website, where they also have a holiday gift guide. You can purchase via Amazon as well. Also, check out their certified barista program.
A League of Kitchens Gift Card
The League of Kitchens is an immersive culinary experience which connects curious foodies with immigrant cooks from around the world. Argentine, Bengali, Lebanese, Nepalese, and Uzbek (to name a handful) immigrants invite guests into their homes for intimate cooking workshops. Some even take you shopping with them beforehand. And they’ve recently started offering online classes. They start at $60 per device, plus the cost of groceries. Before you sign up for an online class, you can check out the list of items you’ll need. Gift cards are available for the exact amount of an online, taste of, or immersive class.
For other in-home dining experiences, check out Bonappetour.
Macarons (and chocolates) from Thierry-ATLAN
Theirry-ATLAN has a prime location in Lower Manhattan. The small boutique near the intersection of West Broadway and Prince is a must-visit stop on any NYC confectionary tour. But anyone can place an order through their online store.
Macaron boxes range from $21 to $78, which chocolate boxes start at $27. You can choose from six different flavors when designing your own macaron box. If you want to have all the options that walk-in customers at the New York location have, get one of the macaron towers.
They are currently offering free shipping on orders over $175.
Milkboy Swiss Chocolates
The MilkBoy brand started more than 100 years ago in the Swiss Alps. Their online store has more than a dozen different milk and dark chocolate bars, all of which are ideal stocking stuffers. The gift box comes with five different bars. And don’t forget to try their Swiss Chocolate drink, to which you only need to add milk or water. Gift cards are available as well.
You can also check out the MilkBoy Amazon store.
These gourmet seasoned sourdough pretzel nuggets come in eight different flavors, which are a mix of sweet and savory. The company was started in 2014 by a mother-daughter team from Pennsylvania. Anyone who has been to the southeast corner of the state knows that pretzels are taken very seriously. That is true from Philadelphia to Lancaster County.
Garlic is the flagship flavor and Chesapeake Spice is a nod to PA’s proximity to Maryland, but all eight flavors are available on Amazon. You can also order directly from their website, where they are currently offering free shipping on orders $40 or more.
Painterland Sisters Organic Skyr Yogurt
This thick, almost cream cheese-like Icelandic-style yogurt is produced in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, just below the New York border. The 5.3 oz single-serve cups come in five different flavors, including blueberry lemon, vanilla bean, and strawberry. It’s an ideal alternative to Greek yogurt as each cup contains 16 grams of protein and is low in sugar. The sweetness comes from naturally from the berries and also from cane sugar.
There’s currently no online store, but Painterland Sisters Organic Skyr Yogurt is readily available in most states. That’s especially true for California, Maryland, Texas, and the eastern half of Pennsylvania.
Ponti Vinegar dates back almost as far as the United States of America. This ninth-generation Northern Italian brand is one of Italy’s top sellers and you can order online via igourmet. There are several different options. If you need help deciding which one(s), check out the recipes section of their website. If you’re looking to save on shipping, look for Ponti product at your local (if you’re lucky enough to live near one) Eataly.
If you prefer to do your shopping on Amazon, check out Modenaceti.
Sciabica Olive Oil
This fifth-generation California olive oil producer has a tasting room in Modesto as well as an online store with an extensive collection, including several gift pack combinations. Those bottles are 100 ml, while the others range from 250-1,500. And the product line extends to pasta, sauces, vinegars, and even soaps. If you’re having trouble deciding which bottles are best for you, check out the Sciabica cookbook.
Yoma’s Peti Tea Dressing
Thawdar Kyaw and her husband opened Yoma in 2007 to serve the Boston-area student population. Their tea leaf salad became so popular that, in 2013, it inspired them to open a Burmese grocery store in the same space as the restaurant. They started by selling the main ingredients you need to make lahphet thoke (tea leaf salad).
Everything in their store is available online. If you’re new to Burmese food, we recommend starting with their tea salad kit. You can buy the other ingredients in any grocery store.
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