Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Foodie

Muñeca Mexicana
- Homemade Goodies from Muñeca Mexicana

The Valley is flush with Mexican cuisine, but when it comes to packaging its authentic flavors, finding the good stuff isn't easy. That's why your foodie will appreciate an exquisite, home made creation or two from Muñeca Mexicana.

Courtesy of Minerva Orduño Rincón, who researches and tests generations-old Mexican recipes as foundations for her exclusive selection of products, gift selections can be savory or sweet. Choose from exceptional Mexican delights such as cajeta de Celaya using goat milk sourced from a small goat farm in Buckeye, Arizona, to piloncillo-stuffed pastries known as coyotas made with heritage wheat flours locally grown and milled by Hayden Flour Mills, to a stellar mole poblano sauce using over 25 ingredients.

Muñeca Mexicana products can be purchased at Bodega or through Rincón's website.

Jamie Peachey
Aravaipa Farms dining area.
- A Trip to Aravaipa Farms

Has your foodie been extra good this year? If so, you'll want to send them to Aravaipa Farms, a truly unique experience of travel and culinary delights.

Located in Winkelman, Arizona, (two-and-a-half hours southeast of Phoenix) and next to the Aravaipa Wilderness Preserve, this exclusive, out-of-the-way escape is owned by Phoenix food legend Carol Steele, a 1992 inductee into the Phoenix-Scottsdale Culinary Hall of Fame and former owner of a gourmet cheese and coffee shop in Scottsdale.

Along with savoring Steele's memorable farm-to-table meals, your foodie can enjoy a relaxing stay complete with bird watching, hiking, or simply taking in the scenery of the 300-acre property.

Read more about Carol Steele here. For details on the property or to make a reservation, go to the Aravaipa Farms website.

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