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Cute Gifts for Foodies

Buying gifts for loved ones right now is proving pretty difficult. The coronavirus pandemic means that many shops are closed and we’re unable to leave our homes to browse different options. On top of this, we can’t hand the gifts we settle on over in person, as social distancing guidelines prevent us from going to one another’s houses. At the same time, birthdays and other important days go on and you’re going to want to send that perfect gift to the person you love. Now, there are endless potential gifts out there for all different kinds of people. But for now, let’s focus on the foodies in your life. Here are a few different gift ideas you can have delivered straight to the foodies in your life…

Pretzel Gift Boxes

Who doesn’t love soft pretzels? They’re delicious. These come in a range of flavors, from cinnamon sugar to vanilla sugar to various options with melted chocolate, caramel or other dips. This is a gift that can be delivered straight to your loved one’s house in time for their birthday through esprovisions.com. They’re bound to bring a smile to your loved one’s face!

Edible Arrangements

Flowers are a popular birthday delivery. But why not offer an alternative that the recipient can eat? Edible arrangements are essentially lots of pieces of delicious fresh fruit, cut and prepared into the shape of flowers and arranged into a bouquet. You can get all sorts of different arrangements with different varieties of fruit and even chocolate dipped options. Yum!

A Snack Subscription

For the gift that keeps on giving, consider a snack subscription. This can see a box of delicious goodies arrive at your loved one’s house every single month – generally for six months or a year. There are subscription boxes suited to everyone out there. From chocolate lovers to vegans, people who are gluten free and much much more. Browse the wide variety out there and settle on the options best suited to your particular foodie. 

Edible Photos

There are companies out there who will print pictures of your choice onto the icing sugar of delicious treats. This is a cute and sentimental gift for those who are nearest and dearest to you. The image could be one of you together, a picture of a pet, or anything else that they might like!

These, of course, are just a few potentially great gifts for the foodie in your life. It’s important to still make an effort with people during these difficult times. It’s easy to feel alone – especially on dates where you’d usually be out celebrating with your friends, such as birthdays or graduations. Hopefully, one of the ideas outlined above will offer the perfect surprise to show a loved one they are thought about and loved!

Photo above via Eastern Standard Provisions

Dreamy.

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How gorgeous is the photography and styling on this blog? I don’t even care that it is written completely in French, I could scroll through it’s pages for HOURS. Le sigh. From what I can ascertain, whomever maintains this blog creates beautiful DIYS and cooks mouth-watering treats…and that’s all one really needs to know. Especially when each of these projects and recipes are styled so magically! Care to scroll? http://www.carnetsparisiens.com is the place for you! ❤

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(All photos via Carnets Parisiens.)

mid-week round-up

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Links to get you through your week, dolls. Keep paddlin’ up-river…the weekend is just ahead! ❤

I’ve always thought Elaine was the most “me” character on television.

Death and Facebook. 

Gossip Girl addresses feminism in Of Mice and Men.

Hilarious and perfect “WHOOPS!” reaction.

I love this song.

A letter to the girl who’s trying.

KITTENS!

The first bastions of online dating explained.

Enhance your Lego collection with a day at the beach.

Explore a centuries worth of Gourmet recipes.

Miss Idaho’s go-to accessory.

(Image via Shiny Starr Light.)

The Gluten-Free Debate.

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Over the last few years, working at my local co-op, I’ve encountered a lot of different fad diet do-ers, food restrictors and meticulous meal plan monitor-ers. No special dietary disciple, however, has picked up steam quite like the folk who believe going gluten-free will be the answer to all life’s troubles. Now I’m no virtuous eater. You gotta do you and eat what makes you feel good, I get that. I’ve just found it highly interesting to track this trend. I find it fascinating, when analyzing sales, that there are certain gluten-free products (english muffins, cookies, certain crackers, etc) which FAR outsell their gluten-filled counterparts. Now, a new study has presented evidence that non-celiac gluten sensitivity may not even be “a thing.”

From the article:

30% of people want to eat less gluten. Sales of gluten-free products are estimated to hit $15 billion by 2016. Although experts estimate that only 1% of Americans — about 3 million people — suffer from celiac disease, 18% of adults now buy gluten-free foods.”

The study:

“The subjects cycled through high-gluten, low-gluten, and no-gluten (placebo) diets, without knowing which diet plan they were on at any given time. In the end, all of the treatment diets — even the placebo diet — caused pain, bloating, nausea, and gas to a similar degree. It didn’t matter if the diet contained gluten.” (Read more about the study.)

Could all the self-diagnosed gluten-sensitive sufferers just be one humongous example of the nocebo effect in action? I know this could be a touchy subject for some but, absolutely no judgement, I’d love to have some folks weigh in on this debate!

Here, Michael Pollan weighs in. And I rather agree with him. Some of the highly-processed, gluten-free foods just look like a nightmare to me. Too many ingredients that I can’t pronounce!

In the end, my hypothesis about all the hot diet trends is as follows—

Fad diets often work because they force you to cook and prepare your own food with actual ingredients. So, my advice…MAKE IT YOURSELF. KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD CAME FROM. THE LESS INGREDIENTS THE BETTER. CUT OUT PROCESSED NONSENSE. …and if you still don’t want gluten soiling all the other stuff then by all means. 🙂