I'll start with my favourite first- my new food crush! Maison Cote Vancouver. ( http://www.maisoncote.com/ ) Jean-Pierre is the sweetest, happiest man I have ever met! Check out his web site, check out his blog (his work wife Angie is too freaking cute!) and buy his products! God knows I did.
Let me break down the mouth watering goodness for you. Left to right...
White Truffle Olive Oil (I KNOW!!), White Peach Balsamic Vinegar (I KNOW I KNOW!). 3 bottles of each (lucky you if you're getting a set for Christmas, don't hold your breath though, you know I only enjoy a handful of people). 3 packages of Raspberry/ Rosemary salt...not that pussy iodized shit from the grocery... I'll just be licking this out of the bag. Actually I'm making chocolate butter truffles tonight and am going to sprinkle a few with a speck or two of salt. Right in the middle of all this is a box of Mulling Spices. The smell when you squeeze that packet... I get the sensation I'm on a snow covered mountain,with the wind blowing... oh sorry...that's a York Peppermint Patty ad from 20 years ago. Anyhoo...Christmas smells like mulling spice in my mind. Lastly... a chunk of Himalayan rock salt with a grinder and little dish. WHY did someone not think of this sooner? Why didn't I buy more than 5? Tomorrow is another day- and sadly, like the stalker I am I will be going back to buy more.
Next: Buddha Bowls
How cute!! I love them, I love them so much- I'm buying more as well. I really like the smaller size, I think because it's more practical for me and my little hands, but I bought a big white one for someone...I'm not sure who is getting it yet- but someone. The yellow one is mine, and tomorrow it will be filled with delicious coffee and cream while I try and force myself awake.
Next: Leo Rising Penny Pincher Change Holder
Sooo keeping one, just haven't decided which yet. http://www.leorising.ca/ I really thought the woman working the booth was super cute and nice! And I loved her hair!
Time for Chocolate: http://www.organicfair.com/
I know, I'm a bad photographer. Oh well... I can't wait to try these...I had to buy two of each because I need to test them...for quality and poison!
Noel- Dark chocolate with gingerbread, cranberries and mandarin
Forte- VERY dark chocolate, louder and stronger for serious chocoholics
Purist- Dark Chocolate for those who like it straight up
Little Italy- Dark Chocolate with Espresso Chunks and Lemons
Chiapas- Dark Chocolate with cinnamon, cardamom and Chipotle chile (YUMMM!)
And missing from all of this is a 1/4 pound bag of vanilla beans! Soft and glorious smelling. I used one tonight. I seeded it, chopped up the pod and simmered a couple of cups of cream with it. I then used it in a cake. I'll not be tasting this cake as someone bought it, but I'll be making more. Soon.