Gift Guide: Culinary Culture

Founded in Brooklyn by Dr Maria Geyman ND, Masha Tea crafts healing, restorative brews that don’t compromise on flavor. For this calming tea, a combination of organic chrysanthemum, chamomile and lemon balm soothes while imparting lightly floral and earthy notes.

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Made in Catalonia’s Terra Alta comarca (or region) from 100% Macabeu grapes distilled with 150 local botanicals, herbs, walnuts and spices, Casa Mariol’s Spanish vermouth makes for a light, nutty and complex aperitif. Aged through a solera system, this fragrant vermouth concludes with notes of cola, candied figs and citrus.

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The Personal Popper

$20

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Crafted from premium, LFGB-certified silicone, W&P’s Personal Popper prepares four cups of popcorn in four minutes or under. Kernels can be measured in the lid’s cup and then microwaved in the bowl that doubles as a serving container. When done, the popper (available in red and black) collapses for easy storage.

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The 40-year-old vines growing at the Iole Rabasco estate in Abruzzo, Italy—where Cancelli Rosato is produced—are almost all montepulciano. They’re worked by hand and never treated with chemicals. The result is a low-intervention wine (no added sulfur and no filtering, with spontaneous filtration) that’s bright and lively, with notes of red currants and strawberries and just a little acidity. Slightly chilled, it makes for a …

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Available in three colors (dark grey, light grey or sand), this mug and saucer set from Brutes Ceramics is handmade in London in alluring textured stoneware, bolstered by a contrasting handle. The large mugs (which hold 260ml) are available with or without the saucer. Price is in Pounds.

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The One Nighter (50 Oysters)

$100

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Available to ship throughout the US, these oysters embody the fresh taste of New York’s Long Island. Harvested daily in Little Peconic Bay, they feature deep-cupped bottom shells (whose golden color palette evokes that of a croissant) that imbue the oysters with greater flavor. Their liquor (natural liquid) is bright and salty but not overwhelmingly so. Altogether, Peeko’s shellfish are balanced with a punchy brine …

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Chargrilled Sardine Loins in Pickled Sauce

$22

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These large, hand-cut sardine loins are grilled over an open fire of holm oak and then conserved in escabeche—a traditional Spanish marinade which consists of Arbequino extra virgin olive oil from Torre de Canena, as well as Acid for the House vinegar from Microbio Wines, onions and spices. With a subtle but fresh flavor, these juicy treats instantly evoke authentic Spanish vermouth.

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Nuanced and balanced, Gallery 2019 wine is a blend exclusively crafted from Chardonnay and Viognier vintages and bolstered by notes of mango, vanilla and melon. Made in sustainable small batches by family-owned winery Bedell Cellars in North Fork, Long Island, the wine’s salinity, minerality and bright acidity capture the maritime terroir from where it hails.

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Produced at one of the last remaining farms in Huntington, Long Island—Kerber’s Farm—this fig jam is sweet yet not cloying. Using California figs, the jam’s brightness is owed to the addition of balsamic vinegar and it’s given warmth and depth through the addition of vanilla extract, spice and light brown sugar.

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A ripened goat cheese, aged for about one year in wax rind, Summer Cloud is thoughtfully crafted at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic, Long Island. Firm, tangy and finished with a hint of lemon, this Caerphilly-style cheese makes for a crowd-pleasing provision—perfect for picnics or charcuterie.

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Cocktail Glasses

$28

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From MAMO (the design collaboration between Arley Marks and Jonathan Mosca), these hourglass-shaped glasses feature an elevated, function-forward silhouette. The smaller end holds two ounces, the perfect size for measuring out a pour of liquor, while the larger end receives seven ounces which is ideal for sipping wine or a cocktail. Available in a slew of retro colors and two-toned palates, these joyful glasses blend …

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“Please, No Requests” Apron

$58

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Made in Los Angeles by EVERYBODY.WORLD and embroidered by Philadelphia-based studio moderndaydreams, this apron from YOWIE works equally well for long-suffering DJs as it does home cooks. Crafted from 100% cotton, it comes in one size, but its neck and waist straps are adjustable. The apron also features two front pockets, for utensils—or a flash drive.

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