5 Gifts for the World Traveler
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the world traveler.
Heather Hoch Bento boxes -- for the culinary adventurer who has (almost) everything.
We all have that friend who jumps from Vietnamese pho shack to Russian deli to Mexican bodega effortlessly, always chasing new flavors and unique experiences. Shopping for adventurous eaters can almost be more daunting than picky ones, but there are a few hotspots in town that can inspire even the most well-traveled home chef.
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All Things Bento Box from House of Rice
Revolutionize your gift recipient's lunchtime regimen with one of House of Rice's adorable and functional bento boxes. This Japanese-style lunch box lends itself to creativity with pretty much any combination of meat or fish served with rice and pickled or fresh vegetables. Not only is it a healthy, cheap and unique alternative to fast food, whoever walks into the lunchroom with a bento box is assured to get an automatic +10 cool points. House of Rice sells an array of colors and sizes for $20 to $40, plus you can pick up the Just Bento Cookbook for $19.95 for some helpful hints.
Rose Water and Orange Blossom Water from Baiz Market
Heather Hoch Rose water and orange blossom water add unique flavor to everything from baked goods to cocktails.
Speaking from personal experience, these two bottles of floral essences can completely revamp baking doldrums. Commonly used in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking, the flowery flavor is slowly making its way on to more and more Western menus. We've experimented with rose water in frostings and cocktails and orange blossom water in chocolate cake, each time being pleasantly surprised with the result. Depending on your affinity for rose or orange blossom, you can easily vary the intensity by adding just a little more or a little less to any recipe. Plus, at Baiz Market, bottles of both can be bought for under $2, but your friend doesn't have to know that.
Indian Cooking Classes from The Dhaba
Heather Hoch Learn to cook delicious curry like The Dhaba.
Give the gift of culinary knowledge with cooking classes at The Dhaba. The five-session course includes lessons in spices, appetizers, vegetarian cooking, non-vegetarian cooking, and desserts, with a final student showcase at the end. With the next session beginning January 9 and continuing on Thursdays throughout the month, the timing is perfect for Christmas presents. Individual classes can be purchased for $49 or $20 if bought before December 22 or you can splurge for the whole series for $199 by visiting The Dhaba's website, calling in at 480-557-8800 or simply going into the restaurant.
3221 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ