December 3, 2008

christmas came early-ish

Starbucks Bearista Bear Gingerbread Boy and Girl with a "Candle Cake", a light and crumbly gingerbread-like cake filled with cream cheese and apple pie fillings, frosted to resemble a candle with a flame. Got holiday spirit?

Last weekend I got back home in Tokyo after what seemed like years, to a stack of packages from friends all over the place. None was intended to be a Christmas present, I guess, but they nonetheless contained Christmas-themed goodies, most of which, if not all, were food or food-related. God, they know me!

The treasures I acquired include: a Panettone (or should I say Panettoni as I actually got two!) from Loison of Italy; Peppermint Bark White Chocolate Bars from funky Trader Joe's grocery store; a set of Advent calender chocolate (minus, um, calender) in wrappers with old-fashioned Christmas-themed pictures on from England; Texas Trash, or a "custom blend of cereals and pretzels mixed with fancy pecans drenched in a creamy white chocolate flavored coating" from Susie's South Forty Confections in none other than Texas; almonds coated in dark chocolate infused with chili from upscale Waitrose supermarket; and a Ghirardelli boxed chocolate assortment. And trust me, I got a lot, LOT more stuff than those, Christmas-y or otherwise.

What I thought was interesting was that I received a holiday issue of Food & Wine and Bon Appetit magazines from two different (and unrelated) friends. Now we can find these American foodmag bignames relatively easily in Tokyo, and while I often sample them at a bookstore, I find myself almost always picking Gourmet; I'd get more than one if they didn't cost ten+ bucks per copy, but oh well. So these two good people in the States, one on the sunny left coast and the other on the down south, somehow each picked a food magazine that I'd love to read, without overlapping the one I normaly get myself. Now they really know me!

So I almost feel like I've gotten all Christmas presents for the year - and they all came early! Now the question is, would I manage to save at least some until Christmas? Well, you know me.

love y'all x


Anonymous said...

Have you read "Cooks Illustrated"?

Shalum said...

that's so nice!

J. said...

chika, your pictures gave me such warm fuzzy feelings! happy holidays to you. -J.

Daniel Koontz said...

Hi Chika,
I just discovered your blog today and I'm having fun catching up.

This post gave me some great inexpensive gift ideas--thank you! What cook wouldn't love a holiday issue of Bon Appetit, or any other good quality food magazine? You get months and months' worth of great recipe and cooking ideas for a not-too-expensive price. A gift that keeps on giving!

Casual Kitchen

JM Loke said...

Hi Chika,

I just discovered your blog today and I must say you have very good pictures!

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