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I’ve always been a sucker for holidays of any kind. The shops are filled with cute limited edition holiday themed sweets and gift ideas. No sooner are we over one holiday before another limited edition themed product range hits the store shelves.
Some people may find this overkill, and at times I do too (ie: seeing the Easter candy being put out on display on Christmas Eve!), but it gives me something to look forward to.
I’ve noticed that the Valentine’s Day range of products has been slow to hit store shelves this year. They’ve been trumped by the Easter range which is still 3 months away. And perhaps it’s because other holidays have a wider appeal, but the selection of Valentine’s products never equals that of the other holidays (aside from St. Patricks Day – except maybe in the States where it’s hugely popular). Over the past week or so I’ve really started to see some neat Valentine’s Day products emerge, especially in the food / baking department.
I’ve found a few new products that I really love, as well as a few favourites that have been seasonally rebranded. So without further adew, I give you my top 10 Valentine’s Day gifts for foodies. Feel free to share these with your significant other, you know – just in case they need a little help.
Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts For Foodies
1. Limited Edition Le Creuset Cast Iron Casserole Dish – What more can I say? I seriously LOVE this dish! Available exclusively online at Le Creuset UK, this “chiffon pink” casserole dish is limited to only 100 pieces, and retails for £145.
2. Peggy Porschen Valentine’s Day Cupcake Gift Box – An assortment of my two favourite cupcakes, the Strawberry & Champagne, and Chocolate Heaven cupcakes are decorated with hand made sugar roses and mini heart biscuits. £30 for six cupcakes. You can also add on a bottle of Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Champagne if you wish. Available for pick up and delivery from Peggy Porschen.
3. Charbonnel et Walker Truffle Kisses – How cute are these! Perfect little pink lips flavoured with Marc De Champagne and Raspberry. So much better than a Hershey’s Kiss! Available from John Lewis for £15.
4. Pink Tuscan Cake Stand – An absolutely gorgeous pale milky pink 9 inch cake stand. Other colours and sizes available. £65 from Liberty.
5. Heart Ravioli Pasta Cutter – Instead of going out, cook your other half a romantic dinner to remember with this ultra cute ravioli cutter. I first spotted this in Carluccio’s a year or so ago, and I’m glad to see they still have it. £4.95
6. Mason Cash Hearts Mixing Bowl – You can never have enough mixing bowls. Seriously. This would also make a great popcorn bowl if you feel like watching a movie after dinner. It’s the perfect size for sharing. £13.99 from Dunelm.
7. Laduree Macarons – Laduree has the best macarons, as well as the most stunning gift boxes. They’ve always got seasonal flavours – this month it’s a limited edition Nina Ricci Macaron covered in gold leaf that’s filled with a raspberry jam, and a hint of lemon juice and rose essence. Ah-maze-ing! Assorted flavours, boxes and sizes available from the four London Laduree locations.
8. Light My Fire Matchstick Biscuits – These are just so cute and unique. Perfect if you’re not into heats and pink! Available from Not On The High Street for £10, although I’m pretty sure you could make your own with minimal effort.
9. Emma Bridgewater Heart Mug – I’m not a massive fan of Emma Bridgewater, but I do love her heart pattern collection. These mugs are so classic, and beautifully British. You can also order a personalised version for £18 from the Emma Bridgewater website. I have one, and it’s great. No one can steal your mug at the office!
10. “I Love You A Latte” Coffee Stencil – These are actually personalised coffee stencils that you can customise to say whatever you want, but there’s a great selection of pre-made ones suitable for Valentine’s day. Really great fun for a Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed. £12.50 from Not On The High Street.
* My Top 10 Picks were independently chosen by me without any compensation or influence from the manufacturers.
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The final stop on our Paris Pastry tour was the infamous Laduree. As I’ve mentioned before, the best macarons and pastries in Paris can be found at Laduree. We had originally stopped by Laduree for afternoon tea one and of their delicious pastries – specifically the Religieuse – a puffed choux pastry filled with a rich chocolate cream, topped off with chocolate fondant. Unfortunately we (as well as several others) were turned away because they were “only serving lunch”, tea would only start to be served at 3:30. I’m not sure if I believe that or not, but we opted to wait in line and ordered our pastries and macarons over the counter to take away. I ended up eating my Religieuse pastry on my way back to London on the Eurostar – a far less glamours place than inside the golden gilded walls of Laduree.
If you’ve read my previous post about the macarons from Laduree, you’ll know that I’m totally obsessed with them, as well as their beautiful boxes. Several times a year Laduree releases specially designed limited edition macaron boxes, and I just happened to be in Paris while their Summer 2010 boxes were being sold. This years box was covered in pretty white daisies, and had a cute little butterfly attached to the top. I just had to have it!
While in Paris, we stayed in an amazing little hotel directly opposite the Arc de Triomphe called the Hotel Splendid Etoile. This hotel was so charming, I’d recommend it to anyone! Both the room itself and the view were amazing, and the breakfast was delicious! Lots of yummy breakfast pastries!