CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR THE FOODIE IN YOUR LIFE (OR YOURSELF)
The most wonderful time of the year can also become the most stressful when it comes to buying gifts. We may be biased but to us the best thing about Christmas is the FOOD, as well as the people we are so lucky to share the food with. So whether you need to buy a gift for the foodie in your life or need a bit of inspiration for what to feast on this Christmas, our edit of some of our favourite foodie things (which one lucky person will WIN in our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway) will help! Read on below for a list of the prizes that make up our epic giveaway and where to find them.
1. Meatsmith Rare Breed Traditional Leg Ham
One of our favourite suppliers of ethically raised meat, Meatsmith in Collingwood has been awarded best Christmas ham of 2016, taking out the highest score (79/100) in Good Food’s Christmas Ham taste test. Twelve of the 18 judges awarded this their highest score, putting it way ahead of its nearest competition. The ham is made from free-range Tamworth pigs whose legs are brined for 72 hours with salt, brown sugar, juniper, caraway, bay and cloves, then hot-smoked over beechwood. Meatsmith are sending their in-demand ham all around Australia and there’s only a few left! If you want to get one of these babies on your Christmas table, today is the last day to order so get to it! Think of all the left over goodness this ham would bring (we’re dying to recreate Primo’s vodka pineapple and Christmas ham pizza with ours!
Meatsmith – 273 Smith st. Collingwood
2. Smudge Eats’ Flavours of Urban Melbourne
We loved bringing you the Smudge Eats ‘Cook the Book’ series this year, hand picking recipes from Smudge Eats’ Flavours of Urban Melbourne – delivering ingredients for Rumi, Ladyboy and Uncle’s signature recipes featured in the book for you to cook easily at home. This coffee-table bible is the ultimate guide to Melbourne’s culinary culture and, with a recipe from every venue listed in the book, it’s the perfect gift for someone that loves eating out – we love the idea of ear marking the book to take the person on a series of dates in 2017 or, pick a few recipes to cook the recipient for some delicious dinners in!
Our giveaway prize also includes the Smudge Eats Specialty Coffee book (because #weheartcoffee) but the legends at Smudge Eats have a variety of culinary travel books that will make perfect gifts.
Peruse Smudge Eats’ online bookshop here.
3. Vino Mofo Christmas ‘Mixmas’ case of wine and sparkling
Nothing tops off Christmas cheer better than good food and drink but while we are all over the food, we like to leave the beverage selection to the experts. Enter Vino Mofo. Our giveaway includes 2 cases (24 bottles!) of their ‘Christmas Mixmas’ finest wine and sparkling selection valued at over $700! So whether it be for your own Christmas day or gift ideas for the wine lover (who you could never ever pick a bottle for) – Vino Mofo are your saviour!
Peruse their bottles or mixed cases at www.vinomofo.com
4. Milk the Cow cheese hamper
Give us ALL THE CHEESE. Our love of cheese is epic, so this just might be our favourite part of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. Just the ticket for a Christmas eve soirée or to kick off Christmas day feasting. The legends at Milk the Cow have a variety of Christmas hampers with names like ‘The Innkeeper, The Little Baby Cheeses (LOL) and The Virgin Mary – oh and then there’s the ones with wine (YAS).
The hamper in our giveaway is worth over $150 but prices start at $85. Check them all out here.
Milk the Cow Carlton – 323 Lygon st. Carlton, 3053
Milk the Cow St Kilda – 157 Fitzroy st. St Kilda, 3182
5. The Little Market Bunch
Okay this one isn’t quite food but it sure is festive PLUS who doesn’t love a fresh bunch of flowers in the house? This gift keeps giving and is especially good for those that might be apart from loved ones – include a note with each bunch of beautiful blooms to let you know you’re thinking of them!
Our giveaway includes a month (4 bunches) of flowers valued at $124. Available online here.
Cristina Toscano and her team are the ultimate gift bounty hunters who’ve collected the finest food, homewares and fragrances sourced from boutique producers in Australia and around the world. The hamper in our giveaway includes so many goodies.. shortbread, artisan nougat, Black Pantry marshmallows, chocolate (lots of it!) and our absolute favourite Panetonne made in Melbourne, made from the Toscano family recipe that’s been handed down from generation to generation – serious, fluffy goodness (and if there’s any left over – it makes the BEST bread and butter pudding!) Pop into their pop-up store, open right up until Christmas eve to create a bespoke hamper that will make any picky foodie a happy one!
Pop-up store: 911 High st. Armadale, Victoria – open 9/10am – 4-5pm – check Instagramfor daily opening hours.
7. Loving Earth Chocolate pack
Guilt-free spoiling for a sweet tooth, Loving Earth creates organic, vegan, gluten-free chocolate and treats! Our giveaway includes $200 worth of goodies hand picked by Loving Earth, but you can view their full range here.
It seems pretty much everyone is addicted to coffee in Melbourne, which makes Three Thousand Thievescoffee packs and subscriptions a no brainer for gifts! The Coffee Lovers Gift Pack is what we’ve included in our giveaway including a 3 month subscription, aeropress and a 3TT coffee mug – valued at $155. Browse their gift packs here.
9. Bahari – The Hellenic Palate $150 dinner voucher
A dinner voucher is our go-to present for the food-lover that has everything and we’ve picked Bahari to feature in our giveaway as it’s one of our favourite foodie destinations! Bahari embodies the ultimate shared style of eating with ever changing reinvented Greek classic dishes being Bahari’s signature, perfect for sharing with family and friends.
Also, our hot tip for those that don’t want to cook everything on Christmas day – outsource! Check out Bahari at Home – slow cooked lamb, moussaka, greek salads, dips – perfect for the lazy cook’s Christmas feast!
Bahari – 179 Swan st Richmond
We give you all the cheese in our givewaway and we also give you something to put it on! Specifically, Salt and Pepper’s ‘Parma’ board, dipped in striking black paint and paired with rose gold cheese knives. Yep, cheese board goals.
One of our favourite local loves are Melbourne spice merchants, Gewürzhaus – stepping into their store is like a lolly shop for adults, full of unique spices, herbs, flavoured salts.. the source for much inspo to a Tucker Street recipe! Our 12 Days of Christmas prize pack includes their Wellness Gift box, perfect for pampering the healthy foodie in your life (or treating yourself!) The pack includes the below.
Eva’s Organic Yummy Tummy Tea – 40g Jar
Turmeric Latte Spice – 50g Jar
Thai Tom Yum Spice – 42g Jar
Za’atar Spice – 57g Jar
Fressko Rise Flask – 300ml
Eggwhite Facial Soap with Chamomile Flower
$125, available here
This new kid on the North Carlton block is already one of our favourite coffee and lunch spots. Chef Ismail Tosun has created a menu that stands out from generic cafe fare and we can’t go past over-ordering from the Ottolenghi-style cabinet of salads, freshly baked pastries and treats!
The Babajan team go the extra mile when it comes to ingredients – almost everything is made from scratch, in-house. Chickpeas are shelled for hummus, pides and simit (circular bread topped with seeds) are baked daily, they make their own pickles, jams… you name it they do it. That’s why we’re stoked to feature their large hamper in our giveaway. Everything is authentic and made with LOVE. Babajan have two hampers available online which include a $50 voucher to their eatery.
You can buy their hamper here or pop in to their cafe – 713 Nicholson St, Carlton North VIC 3054