Alli411 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is certainly upon us; there's two more days left of Hanukkah and 8 days until Christmas. Alli411 has compiled the ultimate gift giving guide for foodies and non foodies, great products that are tried and tested, to fit all budgets, and all seasons. Give one or group them together. These gifts also make great hostess gifts too. Enjoy.

There's are different flavors to choose from: Bavarian, Hot & Sweet, Dijon and Mellow Yellow. Buy one or all 4 as a gift pack. Mellow Yellow is by far my fave. It taste like caviar mustard.

Morning Glory Confections Peanut Brittle $5 or $10 depending on weight

Morning Glory Confections artisan peanut brittle come in two ($5) and five ($10) ounce packages. Get the tasty peanut brittle at The Mercantile, Joan's On Third, or on their website is sometimes more reasonable. There are many delish flavors. My faves are:

The Fleur de Sel & Peanut Brittle: The name says it all. Salty sweet notes of classic peanut brittle are elevated to the sublime with the finest French sea salt.

The Chai Tea & Cashew Brittle: It taste like the holidays. Warm complex flavors of chai tea are combined with buttery cashews for the experience that evokes the coziness of winter nights.

Organic African Nectar

I've been drinking Rooibos tea for years. It's high in anti-oxidents, has no caffeine yet tastes strong enough so you feel something might be happening. My guests always are wowed when I serve Mighty Leaf's Organic African Nectar after a meal. The rooibos with a tropical fruit and blossoms is a real treat.

Bring a bottle of this honey instead of a bottle of wine and the recipient will be able to savor it for many weeks to come. One of the rarest types of honey, Tupelo honey has flavors of melon, creme brulee, butter and dried pear packed into one beautiful bottle. Great with tea, on toast, or even to add a little sweetness on its own.

"The James Beard Foundation is the single most important culinary organization in America" -- Daniel Boulud. The James Beard Foundation Friend Membership includes:

JBF Notes: a members only newsletter with behind-the-scenes insights, interviews with chefs, recipes

Beard Bites: A biweekly newsletter with events, restaurant news, recipes

JBF Online: Access to members only section of the website

$50 Coupon on first culinary experience at the historic James Beard House in New York City

Get Andrew Steiner's expert advice and passion for cheese delivered every month or whatever frequency you choose. For $40 you get a selection of three cheeses and a bunch of informations about the cheeses delivered to your home or office every month. If you live near the store they will deliver it for an additional $5. Out of town is about $25 extra because they ship next day air (or else it would be cheese soup of the month).

Andrew is one of LA's cheese authorities (find his cheese in many restaurants Sona, Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry..). He's also a really nice guy. You can go into the shop for samples or call in your order. He introduced my husband and me to one of our favorite cheeses, Monte Enebro, an award-winning, handmade goat cheese from Spain. A trip to his shop is a treat.

Cinemin $299

Cinemin sounds like a food, yet it is really a small miracle. Cinemin Swivel by WowWee , about the size of 3 iPhones, is a multimedia projector that hooks up to a device (iPhone, iPod, laptop, computer, TV, etc) in a few seconds. Cinemin (OK, I love the name too) allows you to project video or photos onto just about any surface. It's great for travel, work, I even use it instead of a television in my bedroom. I'm thinking a foodie would love to project cooking shows with little Cinemin in the kitchen. Tons of fun!

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