Looking for the perfect gift is never easy, and if you’re searching for something special for the foodie in your life, you know just how hard it can be. There are so many different types foodies out there, from those obsessed with finding new flavors, to those who love to indulge in gourmet meals. What’s common for all foodies is their adoration of food: talking about food, eating food, and seeking out new styles and cuisines.
If you’re looking for a memorable and unique gift this holiday season, we’ve got the ultimate culinary experiences right here, from gourmet cooking classes to exclusive food tours.
There are regular foodies and then there are those willing to get up early on weekdays and go out on a hunt for enchanting spices, fresh ingredients, and exotic seasonings. For the adventurous foodie in your life, check out the VIP Early Access Tour of St. Lawrence Market. The Culinary Adventure Company offers them Tuesday to Friday from 8:30am to 10:30am for $79 per person. From coffee and croissants to the famous Toronto’s peameal sandwich, it’s the ultimate experience of all the St. Lawrence Market has to offer.
#2 – Super fancy Toronto brunch tour
Give your the foodie in your life the royal treatment on a fabulous brunch experience with Toronto Food Tour’s West End Sunday Brunch Tour of King & Queen West. The tour is organized on Sundays from 11:30 to 3:30, and it’s perfect for two people who love to indulge guilt free. (Brunch, after all, is breakfast and lunch, so you can eat twice as much as you usually would.) At $99 per person, the tour includes Asian breakfast, classic New York–style pizza, quality meat from one of Toronto’s best butcher shops, and eggs Benedict, of course, topped of with classic Caesars and mimosas.
#3 – Sushi for beginners at Sushi Making for the Soul
Sushi foodies will enjoy one of Sushi Making for the Soul’s beginner cooking classes. Chef Sang Kim, who organizes this fun workshop out of the Aphrodite Cooks kitchen on Weston Road, likes to start the class with a history of sushi and fun facts about sushi etiquette. You’ll make four different makimonos, carefully assembling this delicious treat while enjoying excellent company. You can buy your friend or partner a holiday gift certificate for $51. The classes are held on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 9:30pm, which gives you plenty of time to make your four rolls: cucumber, seafood, spicy salmon, and California.
So stop thinking about the aquamarine Cuisineart Mixer. Your friend won’t thank you for sacrificing all their counter space to that beast. The best gifts are those that we enjoy together—they give us that warm glow of remembrance that lingers long after the moment is passed—and they don’t take up any space on the counter.
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