Gifts for Foodies
Oakland foodies just know. They know where to guzzle down the best cocktail and pull up a bar seat for dinner service, who to talk to to get the off-menu items, and how to track down the ramen with the most bangin’ broth. So what to get the foodophile who already knows everything and has all of the accoutrements? We’ve got some gifty ideas for you from local shops that are sure to delight even the most finicky of foodies.
Ramen is Rad Hat, $24
This trucker hat states the obvious. Ramen lovers will want to rock this cap in search of the perfect noodle bowl. Adjustable back. $24 at Bella Vita
Fellow Stagg Kettle, $149
Whether you're a coffee aficionado or a brewing beginner, Stagg EKG will be your countertop partner in the pursuit of a ridiculously good cup of coffee. $149 at Awaken Cafe
O2AA Plant Nursery CSA, $90/mo
Know of someone who needs a steady supply of fresh, unique, colorful, locally-grown... vegetables? Feed their roughage addiction with this new community-driven CSA from O2AA in West Oakland. $90/mo at O2AA
California Roll Itamae Kitchen Set, $30
Fun but also practical, this kitchen set comes with an apron, a tea towel, and a pot holder all packaged together to form a giant California maki. It’s a perfect gift for sushi lovers. $30 at Nathan & Co.
Spice Napkin Set, $45
This set of four handmade linen napkins has four types of whiskey embroidered onto each piece. Every piece is handmade one stitch at a time right here in Oakland with a high quality embroidery floss. $45 at Bizentine Creations
Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook, $30
Brown Sugar Kitchen, the cookbook, stars 86 recipes for re-creating the Oakland restaurant’s favorites at home, from Shrimp Gumbo to Macaroni & Cheese, and Caramel Layer Cake to Summer Squash Succotash. $29.95 at Nathan & Co.
Eat Something: Wise Sons Cookbook, $29.95
From nationally recognized Jewish brand Wise Sons, this cookbook is packed with 60 homey recipes and relatable humor; it is as much a delicious, lighthearted, and nostalgic cookbook as it is a lively celebration of Jewish culture. $29.95 at Nathan & Co.
Elderflower Tonic Water Kit, $28.50
Create delicious and natural tonic water with this kit, which has all the spices and botanicals you need, plus a recipe for making a syrup. $28.50 at Oaktown Spice
Copper Spoons, $34
With a burnt finish, these hand-forged copper spoons are approximately 7″ long and come in a set of 4 with a drawstring bag (each one will vary). $34 at Nathan & Co.
The Baja California Cookbook, $30
A joyful exploration of the cuisine of Baja California–hailed as Mexico’s Napa Valley–with 60 recipes celebrating the laidback lifestyle found right across the border. $30 at Nathan & Co.
Grand Lake Shake, $5.75
Rich, peppery, salty and a wee bit sweet. Rub liberally on meat or poultry, or shake into dips, on potatoes or eggs. Also try in your Bloody Mary instead of celery salt. $5.75 at Oaktown Spice