By Ishita Saha:
It’s that time of year again! Figuring out what to buy for the loved ones in your life. We’ve taken a bit of the strain away from you and have found a few gifts which could be perfect for your foodie friends or family! Sweet, Savoury, Something to whet the palate and tools for the kitchen too! A carefully curated feature full of tried and tested recommendations. Enjoy x
Bespoke Chocolate Bars
A bespoke Chocolate Masterclass with edible takeaways. Classic experience costs AED 250 and a Bespoke experience costs AED 300 and gets you four 100 gms bar of premium chocolates, complete with customised wrapping and signatures – envy my loot? In the latter, the experience begins with choosing your own chocolate (two types) flavours and toppings – definitely a special gift idea, at a good value.
Details : Boutique Le Chocolat, City Walk2 For more info: www.boutiquelechocolat.com
Chocolate & Wine Masterclass
A hidden gem in one of the oldest city hotels? Yes, we definitely think so.
What you get ~ An hour-long Chocolate & Wine masterclass with 5 different wines and paired with Lindt chocolate or cheese, you choose.
We enjoyed a private tasting of Italian wines which took us thorugh a journey across the different regions of Italy – Lombardy, Puglia, Tuscany, Venice, Peidmont and others. All wines were paired with Lindt chocolates and cheeses (the latter was specially for us – there is a separate Cheese & Wine Masterclass too, also a special Rosé Night). Fransisco Javier Martin Romo (Casa Mia Directoré) virtually transported us to the best vineyards of Italy. A gorgeous cellar, La Cantina , houses some of the best wines across Italy. My favorites? Amarone with Blackcurrant and Palazzina dessert wine with Bitter Orange.
Priced at AED 210/person for a selection of 5 fine wines and flavoured chocolates or cheeses, this is a brilliant festive gift for a selected group of 5 persons.
Details : Casa Mia Dubai
A Tailormade Chilled Caviar Gift Box
Caviar is associated with luxury and indulgence. Not many of us know much about what and how a good caviar should taste like, and what are it’s properties. A one-to-one maseterclass with Nicholas Narsavidze, the Partner at Amstur Caviar, gave us a lot of insight on Caviar ~ how to taste it, the conditions that allow the best flavors, the common misconceptions about Caviar… and also letting Caviar rejuvenate our skin, albeit for a short while!
Gift your loved ones with some delicate pearls of Caviar, all wrapped up in tailor made chilled gift set that can store fresh caviar for upto 8 hours? Make this epicurean experience even more luxurious by complimenting the gift set with customised engraved Mother of Pearl spoons!
Price of 30 gms can size of Amstur Caviar starts from AED 220 and ranges upto AED 897 depending upon the different grades in which they are classified – Royal, Organic Empress and Imperial.
Chilled Caviar Gift Boxes cost AED 80/box with a non-engraved Mother of Pearl spoon costing AED 20, while a custom engraved spoons cost AED 80 (minimum quantity to be ordered is 5).
For more info: www.amstur.com
Stocking Fillers – exploring the treasure troves of Deira ..
A #Rover’s Festive Gift Guide
Explore the treasure troves of Deira for affordable gifts handpicked by Rove Hotels… why not explore the atmospheric souks of Deira and discover Dubai’s hidden treasures? From Indian spices to Moroccan blended teas, Arabic coffee, frankincense aromas and leather stitched festive footwear, there’s a roving gift on offer for everyone.
For more info: www.rovehotels.com
A Pestle & Mortar
Perfect for the ultimate foodie, a must have kitchen accessory with blend of five colourful peppercorn varieties to create an aromatic rub for your festive meal. Price: Granite pestle & mortar (AED 50), hand selected pack of five peppercorns (AED 15)
Arabian coffee set
Deeply rooted within Arabic culture, coffee is a key aspect of local welcoming traditions.This beautiful copper pot, combined with Arabian coffee beans is ideal for the coffee aficionado. Price: Coffee pot (AED 40), fresh ground coffee (AED 30)
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