5 Gourmet Play Kitchens for Kids, Gift Suggestion #13

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Red Retro Kitchen Collection from Pottery Barn Kids, $699. I only wish my own kitchen were this nice!


You buy the best gourmet groceries, and seek out superior knives, pots and pans, and other kitchen hardware for yourself -- shouldn't you purchase the finest gourmet play kitchen for your offspring? Here are four hilariously expensive play kitchens for rich kids, and one priced lower, but less tasteful -- along with some of the advertising copy. The underlying meaning of at least one of the texts is, Get the kids as far away from me and my real kitchen as possible!


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Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg's Wine Pairings for Candy Canes and Gingerbread Houses

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Fancy some Moscato d'Asti with your candy canes?

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's are just around the corner, meaning holiday feasting is soon upon us. And with holiday eating comes holiday boozing. Now, some holiday celebrations call for downing whatever bottle of bubbly is in the fridge, but for a perfect gourmet pairing, we got in touch with Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, authors of The Flavor Bible and What to Drink With What You Eat. Their most recent tome, The Food Lover's Guide to Wine, is a handy compendium and reference guide encompassing everything you need to know about vino and wine producers around the world. We gave them five favorite holiday treats and asked them what wine they'd pair with them and why.


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Chocolate 'Enrobed' Baguette Slices From Pain Quotidien, Gift Suggestion #12

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With their chocolate covered baguette slices, P.Q. has found a way to turn shit into Shinola.


Just because we're making Xmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa gift suggestions doesn't mean we can't make fun of the very gifts we're recommending. We're schizy that way. And here's a case in point.


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Stoner Food for Rich, High Foodies, Gift Suggestion No. 11

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Yummier and yummier
Trying to shop for that stiletto stoner or chichi cannabis fan -- who has a refined palate -- and just can't think of what to get?

Well, look no further than Enchanted Chocolates' "Stoner Food" when it comes to upscale -- and pot-themed -- holiday treats.

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Sushi Crochet Patterns, Gift Suggestion No. 10

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Wasabi not included

For the foodie urbanite who lives up to yet another hip stereotype -- crafting -- this sushi crochet pattern is perfect for that guy or girl in your life who's as into dashimaki as doilies.


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Bryant Park Holiday Shops: the Best Eats

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Lauren Shockey
What to eat while admiring the neon-blue Christmas tree?

Of all the holiday markets in the city, the one at Bryant Park offers the most entertainment. You can go ice skating, ride a carousel, play chess, and much more. Food-wise it's a little hit-or-miss, though it's certainly better than its neighbor, the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair, which is completely devoid of food. At Bryant Park, you'll encounter several eateries you'll find at the other markets, like the MMM ... Enfes Turkish stand and Wafels & Dinges, which has hit up nearly every market. Some spots were also big disappointments (sorry, Dumpling Soup House and 'Wichcraft Hot Chocolate), but we found a few edible gems in the rough. Here are our four favorite stalls.


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Olio Verde Novello (Green Olive Oil) at Buon Italia, Gift Suggestion #9

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Note that "E.V." on the sign stands for "Extra Virgin," not "East Village."


What's cloudy and pine-tree green? Olio Verde Novello, sometimes called New Olive Oil or Green Olive Oil.


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Stay Puft Caffeinated Gourmet Marshmallows, Gift Suggestion No. 8

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This candy is neither artisanal nor locally sourced, but will certainly appeal to a different kind of foodficionado -- the type who likes cult flicks and frozen pizza.


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Biology-Themed Teapot at David's Tea, Gift Suggestion #7

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Package includes teapot, infuser, and two mugs. It's a tea party in a box.


Sold at Canadian chain David's Tea, which recently opened a branch on Bleecker Street, the Bubble brand teapot also comes with a tea infuser that fits in the top of the pot, and two teacups.


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Twister Wine Aerator at Williams-Sonoma, Gift Suggestion #6

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It looks very scientific on its display stand, doesn't it?


Experts vary on the need to aerate wine before drinking it. Many are happy to simply decant the wine into a flask (often a very expensive and easily breakable flask, we might add), and then let it sit for a half hour or so, in order to let certain unidentified volatile elements escape as gases.


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