Local gift ideas for the foodie in your life


We all have that friend who’s obsessed with food. If there’s a new restaurant in town — you can bet they’ve already been there and have the Instagram photos to prove it. But what on earth do you buy that friend for the holidays? For the foodie who’s already eaten everything, here are a few local gift ideas that will tantalize their tastebuds.

Marcie Blaine Chocolates
108 S. 13th St.
Various prices

Located inside of the adorable boutique Verde, Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates are hand-crafted onsite in an open chocolate kitchen by Chef Marcie Turney. These local delicacies are made with fresh Lancaster country cream, butter and herbs, honey and other ingredients from nearby farms. They have a special Philly series with candies like Love Park (made with raspberry ganache) and The Soft Pretzel (made with peanut butter pretzel ganache).

Monthly Coffee Subscription
Rival Bros Coffee
2400 Lombard St.

You know what the worst feeling in the world is? Waking up to find that you ran out of coffee. To help the foodie in your life avoid this catastrophe, buy them a coffee subscription to Philly’s own Rival Bros Coffee. You can opt for one bag of freshly ground coffee delivered to their door monthly for an entire year for $205. Prefer one blend over another? Send Rival Bros an email for any special requests.

Alfajores gift box
Jezabel’s Cafe
2536 Pine St.

If you want to know a shortcut to a well-traveled woman’s heart, alfajores are the answer. No, you don’t need to hop a plane to Argentina — you just need to head down to Jezabel’s Cafe in Fitler’s Square. These shortbread cookies have a dulce de leche center and are rolled in coconut. Each set contains six alfajores. Que rico!

Brunkow’s Baked Cheese

Christmas Village at City Hall
1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
$6 each

Any day is made brighter with cheese, but imagine the look of joy on your favorite foodie’s face when you gift them with Finnish Juustalepia or “bread cheese.” The fresh cheese is baked to form a yummy outer crust that resembles bread and makes for great hors d’oeuvres. (Or if you’re Liz Lemon, night cheese for one). Brunkow came all the way from Wisconsin to sell their various baked cheeses at Christmas Village so best to go in person and stock up.

Mulled Wine

Chaddsford Winery
632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford

Nothing goes better with your baked cheese than a glass of hot mulled wine. Chaddsford Winery has two seasonal varieties — Holiday Spirit (a red spiced wine with cinnamon and cloves) and Spiced Apple Wine (an apple wine mixed with cinnamon). You can drink it cold, but heating it up is best. They are also at Christmas Village this year if you’re a city dweller and don’t feel like making the trek all the way out to Chaddsford.

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