Gift Guide: Eat Drink Cook
Cheese, please. Whether it’s a locally made Gouda or a triple cream from France, the recipient will be most pleased. We always include a box of cheese paper, which really does help keep the Stilton or Jarlsberg fresh. Formaticum makes several types. Check your local grocer or go to the company’s website. formaticum.com
For those who say they want “nothing,” food is always the answer. Killer Pecans are a holiday staple, and we like the spicy kick they give cheese boards, salads and more; find recipes on the website. The nuts are grown in Texas orchards, and the company makes its own spice blends. Domain XCIV in Fort Worth carries a couple sizes. At Eatzi’s, we found a chocolate version that is the result of a collaboration with Dallas’ Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Prices start at $8. killerpecans.com
Gift cards don’t mean you’re too lazy to shop; they mean you’re smart enough to let the recipient choose what they want. We treat friends to cards from our local butcher, so they can indulge in a tomahawk or tenderloin whenever they’re ready. (As a special touch, we wrap a box containing the card in the shop’s special butcher paper.) In Fort Worth, The Meat Board and Burgundy Pasture Beef are our go-to spots.
While a favorite bottle of cab always is appreciated, we like surprising our adventurous friends with something a little different. Hit up The Holly in Fort Worth to see what natural wines are all about. Don’t expect big Burgundies or heavily oaked chards, but it’s a fun place to experiment thanks to wine flights and tastings (ask them about their Scar of the Sea wines). Or check out Tricks of the Trade for interesting tequilas and mezcals. It also stocks a good selection of mini bottles and gift boxes, such as this combo pack of three gins ($23.99) that includes a rye version from St. George Spirits in California. We picked out a couple tequilas, too, including this Don Fulano blanco (it retails for about 62 bucks) after learning a lot about the family business and how they make their spirit. While bar peanuts are good with a beer, we could eat marcona almonds all day long. Give the gift of snack deliciousness to someone you love, along with a bottle of wine (or really good beer). The nuts are a bit pricey but worth every penny. Find them at grocers and liquor stores.