Thursday, November 8, 2012

Global Food Shopping Ideas Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Although I can pretty much find anything I want in Manhattan, I love the idea of world cuisine being shipped directly to my door.  And, if you live outside of NYC, this is a way to experience the culinary treats of the Big Apple as well.  From Manhattan dessert treats to the finest Alaskan seafood to Spanish wines and oils, you’ll enjoy global treats, just in time for Thanksgiving, too.

Here are some of my favorites:

           
If you salivate over tapas from Barcelona or olive oils that are some of the freshest in the world (my favorite is the very grassy Arbequina), you’ll want to know about DeliShop.  This Spanish food shop features everything from the finest of Spanish cooking oils to essential pastas, sauces, spices and more.  Not only does Delishop deliver to your door after just a few online clicks, but it also has an extensive list of traditional recipes for make-it-yourself world cuisine.  Some Spanish favorites include a classic paella entrée, típico cocktails and the ever-delicious tres leche cake.  Although not limited to those found in Spanish meals, selections largely draw upon an Iberian-based diet of oil, seafood, starch and more oil.  DeliShop also offers cooking classes at its four Barcelona locations, a potential vacation activity for the foodies and cravers of a bit of onsite Spanish culture.  Check out recipes, locations and food order options at www.delishop.es.
           
For sweeter treats to indulge yourself or your friends & family, Cookie Panache is a solid go-to.  Its bestsellers include the likes of Dulce de Leche and Red Velvet Vanilla chewy cookies, as well as Brownie and Blondie bites.  Perfect for special occasion planning, the website filters results based on the event theme.  From birthday gifts, to thank you acknowledgements, to get-well-soon packages, a wide range of sweet snacks are available.  Located in Manhattan, this gourmet bakery will alleviate any “I Miss New York” pangs. Order at www.cookiepanache.com.           
       
There are no false promises when it comes to Wisconsin’s delivering as the Dairy State, especially when it comes to its selections of meat and cheeses.  Figi’s has specialized in this combination of smokehouse favorites since 1944.  The variety packs are a definite win if you’re looking for a mix of new and old tastes, combining the best of all flavors into an assortment of snack-sized cuts of Colby-Jack and Cheddar cheeses, Smokehouse Summer Sausages, and buttery Cashew and Mixed Nut Add-ins among others.  Try the Salami- or Bacon-flavored cheese if you’re feeling daring.  Order at www.figis.com

Sick of the grocery store’s mediocre seafood section of same-old, sad hunks of fish?  Alaska wants to change all that.  From Halibut to King Crab, Snow Crab, Shrimp, Scallops, Smoked Salmon, Rockfish, Sablefish, Black Cod and more, you’ll love the choices Coal Point Seafood offers.  Fare is purchased directly from Alaskan fishermen and shipped to your door.  Coal Point even has a same-day-caught-blast-frozen policy!  You can choose from individual samplers to variety packs, and different ounce options are available.  Halibut is the Alaskan fish of choice, so that is always a good start if you’re not sure what to buy.  Order at www.welovefish.com or call 1-800-325-3877 to order direct.  

Zabar's

Anyone who visits Manhattan knows that Zabar's is a must-visit, one-stop shop for all deli items.  And now’s the perfect time to order goodies for Thanksgiving, from main courses like roasted turkeys and sides such as honey roasted yams, to non-Thanksgiving but typical Zabars treats like rugelach, smoked salmon and bagels (for the day after when you’re sick of turkey), or their famous coffee beans.  You’ll spend lots of time online perusing their site at www.zabars.com,  or call 800-697-6301 for help in selecting the perfect menu.

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