Food & Drink

San Francisco’s Most Delicious Holiday Gifts

December 5, 2012 5:00 AM

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San Francisco is a city full of self-described foodies. What better gift to give this holiday season than fine food from some of the city’s best establishments? Here are a few options that will delight and impress your nearest and dearest.

Boccalone
1 Ferry Building, Shop 21
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 433-6500
www.boccalone.comSpice up the holidays this year and give the gift of artisan meats. San Francisco’s Boccalone combines sustainable pork, Italian sea salt and fresh spices with small-batch, hands-on methods to deliver flavorful, high-quality salami. Choose from a variety of gifts like the Salami Sampler with orange and wild fennel salami, soppressata, brown sugar and fennel salame and salame pepato or the Piglet Gift Box with Boccalone salame, a Boccalone shirt and a jar of Boccalone’s whole-grain mustard. Or give the gift that keeps on giving with a Salami Society Subscription and have a variety of treats delivered for three, six or 12 months. Gifts can also be purchased on Boccalone’s online store.


Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Shop
1 Ferry Building, Shop 17
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 362-9354
www.cowgirlcreamery.comWhat is more decadent and universally loved than cheese? Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Shop is a full-service, European-style cheese shop offering domestic and European cheeses as well as its own cheese that is made locally in Point Reyes Station and Petaluma. Its Ferry Building location is a popular stop for locals and tourists alike. Give the gift of cheese with one of its gift boxes. Choose from a variety of options like the Cowgirl Deluxe, which includes four of Cowgirl’s award-winning cheeses – Red Hawk, Mt. Tam, Chimney Rock and Wagon Wheel – with locally made olive oil and sea salt Cowgirl Creamery Crackers and packed in a wooden cheese safe.

Related: 10 Awesome Bay Area Eats Under $10

La Cocina
1 Ferry Building (kiosk)
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 729-4565
www.lacocinasf.orgIn the spirit of supporting local food businesses every year, La Cocina puts together gift boxes of artisanal, handmade products from the entrepreneurs of its incubator program. People can choose from three classic boxes filled with salty and sweet snacks that range in price from $35 to $100. The gift boxes feature treats like truffles from Neo Cocoa, chocolate-covered baked goods by Kikas Treats and caramel-shortbread-chocolate bars from Clairesquares, to name a few. For the foodie in your life, choose the Best Gift Ever which includes a specially curated selection of goodies. The gift boxes can be purchased in La Cocina’s online store.


Miette
1 Ferry Building, Shop 10
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 837-0300
www.miette.comThis holiday season, send best wishes with samplings of cookies and confections from San Francisco’s most charming pastry shop, Miette. Considered one of the foremost pastry shops in the world, this is a gift that is sure to delight. The Miette Classic Gift Box features sables chocolate shortbread (inspired by the famed Pierre Herme of Paris), walnut shortbread, caramels and its popular ginger snaps. Packaged beautifully in a box and tied with a satin ribbon, a hand-written card is also included. Impress family and friends this year and order Miette’s gift boxes online.


TCHO
Pier 17
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 981-0189
www.tcho.comIn a city like San Francisco, there is no shortage of artisanal chocolate shops, but TCHO has carved out a niche and is offering what it calls new American chocolate. Focusing on the flavor profiles innate to chocolate in different regions of the world, it positions them on a flavor wheel by characteristics like nutty, fruity and citrus. Variety is the spice of life, so give the PureNotes™ sampler with TCHO’s single-origin dark chocolate or the dark and milk sampler. Each comes in a sleek, modern gift box that is indicative of this new American chocolate. TCHO gifts can be purchased at its store on the Embarcadero or online.

Related: 5 Favorite Food Finds Near AT&T Park 

Jenna Broughton can frequently be found exploring the streets of San Francisco looking for her next adventure and gastronomic delight. She has traveled far and wide, from Paris to Savannah, GA, to satisfy her adventurous palate. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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