Wrapping up Flavor

December 15th, 2006

Another year of tasting and traveling is almost behind us.  The packages have been wrapped and sent to our near and dear ones in distant spots around Europe and North America, but I’m still subject to last minute gift ideas - an almond torrone or perhaps a Spanish fig cake might delight a special friend.  Delinostrum to the rescue!  Ordering gifts of food specialties from their web site, www.delinostrum.com takes the hassle out of shopping and shipping. The quality of their products is always high, and the range is very well chosen.  This is my quick-shopper stop for Spanish almonds, with a tantalyzing selection of artisanal torrones (a Spanish almond and honey confection), and packets of Marcona and Llarghetta almonds straight from my favorite foodie nook in Barcelona: Casa Gispert. If I can’t zip south to the Catalan capital, Delinostrum saves the day, just short of the real experience of poking around in the ancient grocery while the aromas of roasting almonds or coffee fill the air. Almonds only begin the list of Delinostrum shipable specialties…their olive oils and vinegars are excellent, too.

For Italian food specialties, I turn to www.gustiamo.com, whose site is a wonderland of products and information. For Sicilian sweets and jams or the lightest, sweet loaves of Panettone, this is an excellent gift source. If not for Christmas, gustiamo’s savory and sweet temptations solve the hostess-gift puzzle.  Beatrice Ughi, whose spirit and savvy shines through in the gustiamo forums, is the manager and contact at gustiamo.  Gifts are dispatched with alacrity from gustiamo’s warehouse in the US.  It is difficult to choose from such a wide range of specialties.  Any (or many!) would be a great introductory taste for friends planning travel to Italy in the upcoming new year. And why not sample a special morsel while toasting the old year and ringing in 2007?

1 Comment »

  1. Jose Sánchez says

    Ibergour.com is another place where you will find a complete selection of premium quality spanish ham (pata negra).

    February 23rd, 2007 | #

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