Thursday, December 19, 2013

Local Gift Guide, Part 2: Off the Grid Tees, Carmel Wine Walk, and Food Basket Magic

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click to enlarge Sirron Norris Triple Truck t-shirt
  • Sirron Norris Triple Truck t-shirt

SFoodie is bringing you gift ideas small and large for the food obsessives in your life.

Murals and juicy food from a truck: double love that. Now, there's a way to show off your love with some fashion sass. Off the Grid launched a line of wearables recently, which ups the wardrobe options for that next eating adventure. Stuff your stocking with a Triple Truck tee ($30 to $50) by famed SF muralist Sirron Norris, whose work you've likely seen in and around the Mission (his classes also come highly recommended, if you're looking for a twofer). Look good, feel even better: a portion of proceeds go to food entrepreneur incubator La Cocina.

See also: Local Gift List: Vegan Chocolate, Porridge Bread & Sous-Vide at Home

One of the most mellow and fun ways to spend a day is on the road, and Carmel delivers the added bonus of wine in one pretty, walkable area. The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ ($65) is a self-paced, self-guided stroll to the tasting rooms which are all within in the Carmel-by-the-Sea business district's idyllic city made famous it's prime location (yes, there's a chance you can still spot one-time mayor Clint Eastwood). You can do the walk in one day at these spots (use that spit bucket wisely): Blair Estate Artisan Wines, Caraccioli Cellars, De Tierra Vineyards, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Cellars, Scheid Vineyards, Shale Canyon Wines, Vino Napoli, Wrath Wines. It's just as fun to stay the night at the cute and cozy (dog-friendly) Carmel Country Inn, where a bountiful breakfast will help shake out the cobwebs.

I can still remember the year a friend gave me a giant basket filled with sauces, crackers, chocolates and meaty treats like summer sausage. That gift was amazing and fun and I enjoyed debating with myself how and when to use the goodies. Recreate some basket magic with something from the new Local Mission Market, where the culinary team makes hand crafted foods: caramel popcorn, almond brittle, apricot BBQ sauce, hot sauce, chipotle adobo, Dijon mustard, pickle relish, ketchup. Share the local chocolate love with treats from Poco Dolce, Hookers Caramels, Charles Chocolates, and Dandelion. 2670 Harrison Street at 23rd.

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