Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
Flickr: Jim, the Photographer
Daddy-o's the best. He taught you how to make a mess in the kitchen, throw back a tequila shot, and grill meat. Hell, he even cooks better than Mom. (Shhh, don't tell her we said that.)
For the dad who enjoys all things food, give him something he'll actually use. Here's to the end of ties and cologne.
Large Pistachios Gift Box With Opener
- What is it about dads and pistachios? Think back for a moment -- there always seemed to be one in his hand or open shells all over the car. You probably even ate your first pistachio with him. You thought he was weird. Now, the foodies think it's all the rage. Upgrade his pistachio love with the ultimate
pistachio kit wrapped in a nostalgic box and fitted with an opener for easy shell popping.
The Smoking Gun
- Handheld guns are fun. Smoking guns are even better. In flavors like hickory, applewood, and mesquite, Dad can sneak a smoking to just about everything, even fruits and veggies. Plus, the smoke isn't hot, so it won't mess up the food.
John Boos Cutting Board
- When it comes to cutting, chopping, slicing, and dicing, make sure Dad's got the best surface on his side (well, below his side). The boards are extremely hygienic, easy to clean, durable, and beautiful to look at. The industry's top pros use them. Not yet convinced? They were even featured on Top Chef
Salumi Artisan Cured Meats
- Mario Batali knows good food, but did you know he also knows good salumi. Yes! His dad owns a butcher shop in Seattle called Salumi, where hoards of patrons line up around the block for a taste of the salty goodness. Don't worry, you don't have to stand in line for Dad's gift. Now you can order all of their products online and have them delivered to your doorstep. Easy, peasy.
YO BEER GUYS - These local dudes provide most of South Florida with home-delivery kegs, taps, ice, beer baskets, and craft beer. He bought you your first six-pack behind your mom's back, why don't you return the favor big time? Trust us on this one: He'll like it.
Bourbon Spice Gift Set
- Do we really need to explain this one? It's bourbon-smoked spices (paprika, pepper, and sea salt). We suggest that you buy three of them, as we're sure Dad's going to go through them quickly.
- Olive oil is so delicious, and we specifically think the Italians do it best. You can buy Nudo Italia's artisanal products, made by small producers in Le Marche and Abruzzo, online. Want to go bigger? You can also adopt an olive tree from one of the farms and every couple of months have the final product (i.e., olive oil from your very own olive tree) delivered to your house. Extreme bragging rights are included.
Botran Solera 1893 Rum
- The new trend in rum is to age it in the solera system. Mostly used for aging sherries and whiskeys, the unique aging system that greatly utilizes blending adds tons of dimensionality to the nose and tongue. What's so special about this Guatemalan rum? Aside from the rare solera aging, the rum was just recently reintroduced into the United States. The Solera 1893 is a blend of rums aged five to 14 years and has subtle hints of vanilla, honey, and spice flavors.
Indoor Herb and Spice Pots - This is the perfect gift for the dad who has a green thumb and the dad who doesn't have a green thumb (it's hard to kill these things). Whether used in the cooking process or as a garnish, nothing beats the taste of a freshly picked herb or spice. It's the gift that keeps on giving, and it'll serve as a constant inspiration and reminder of his great skills in the kitchen (meaning more free food for you -- duh). Pots can easily be found at Whole Foods and other local markets.
Hurry up! You've only got four days left. Tick-tock, tick-tock.
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