My boyfriends brother is a really good cook and is always talking about how amazing truffles are. He typically uses truffle oil but for Christmas we were thinking about giving him the real thing as a gift. I know he would be super excited, but my question is, is this possible and a good idea? I've never dealt with fresh truffles before but it seems like they have a very short shelf life. Also, is there somewhere in the Chicago area that you would recommend that we purchase it at? Because of the time constraints, I'm thinking it would be best to purchase it in person instead of ordering it online. I'd appreciate any advice anyone has. Thanks!