'Tis the season for gourmet treats, so here are a couple of my recent finds.
I spotted some organic eggnog from Strau dairies last night and immediately took it home to sample it. It's not as rich as homemade eggnog, but the flavors are wonderful and pure (lots of organic nutmeg). No artificial flavors, colors or corn syrup as found in most commercial eggnogs. It was $3.99/qt. at my local organic foods market.
Also, I dropped into the newly opened The Candy Store on College the other day. Although most of their stock is pretty uninteresting (the kinds of things you can buy at Cost Plus for a lot less), they carry Leonidas chocolates from Belgium ($27/pound). I got one each of all the dark chocolate-enrobed flavors. I really liked them a lot. The chocolate shells are much thicker and had more of a snap than most European chocolates, but I actually preferred this style (I find most European or European-style chocolates, i.e. Godiva and Neuhaus, to be too oily). The fillings were very fresh tasting and delicious. They will hand-box an assortment for you at the store.
The Candy Store on College
6311 College Ave., Oakland (the same block as Ver Brugge, La Farine, Grasshopper, etc.)