Whoops. It's already Valentine's Day Eve and you forgot to pick up a gift for your special someone. No fear, San Francisco is full of great places to get chocolate, whether you're looking for the hyper local (as in chocolates from a shop in front of the factory where they were made) or need to double task (like at a market that sells wine and has a great chocolate assortment.)
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I've already shared a list of DIY truffle recipes, but if you'd rather buy than bake, here are some suggestions. There's some great chocolates, of course, as well as a few cute-yet-functional items that just may lead to getting breakfast in the morning. (I'm talking about heart-shaped pancake molds. Sheesh.)
There are a lot of chocolates in New York City, but not all of them will get you...brownie points on Valentine's Day. From well-executed classics for the purists to more unusual flavor combinations for adventurous chocolate lovers, any one of these 7 choices would make a deliciously thoughtful gift. This year, if you're going to gift chocolate, do it right.
The Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker heats and stirs jam or jelly for you. Dedicated jam-and-jelly makers may scoff at this machine because of the small batches, but folks who want to make a few foolproof jars at a time will love the simplicity.
The idea behind this ice cream maker is to make a quick batch of ice cream—it took about nine minutes to churn most of the recipes I tried—and then just dive in with a spoon. If you've got the ice cream mixture ready ahead of time, that's just enough time to clear the table of the dinner dishes and be waiting with that spoon in hand.
I've used the Ninja at least once a day since it arrived, blending everything from frozen Margaritas to iced coffee to milkshakes and smoothies, along with the test batches of dough, whipped cream, and mayonnaise. So far, I haven't found anything it can't do. Finally, a blender that I like. It's about time.
The Stem Gem by Chef'n is designed to remove the leaves and cores from strawberries—and is exactly the type of gadget I would scoff if I saw it at a store because, of course, I can do that with a knife. Surprisingly, though, it works really well, not just on strawberries but also on tomatoes.
The world of specialty tumblers seems to be growing exponentially, so how do you discern between the junk and the golden nuggets? We've already identified a great coffee option in the form of a portable press tumbler, but this tea infuser version by Aladdin ($18.99 at shopaladdin-pmi.com) offers a more gently caffeinated morning jolt.
Himalayan rock salt on its own is most certainly not a gadget. But what about an entire slab of it? Sur La Table thinks it counts, so I gave the heavy rock a whirl.
Taking your French press to go seems like a brilliant idea—spare me four more minutes in my morning and I'm yours—which is why I jumped at Bodum's new French press travel mug.