Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies

Aside from the classic gift card to any number of amazing Bay Area restaurants for the foodie on your list, here are a list of great local(ish) places from which to procure yummy holiday treats for all the stockings you’re preparing to stuff.


TCHO Chocolate

Touting themselves as “The New America Chocolate“, this locally made and conscientiously sourced chocolate is a delicious treat anytime. For the holidays, they have a few great gift options that are as cute as they are yummy.

Lai "Ornaments" Holiday Chocolate Gifts - Starting at $6.95

Lai “Ornaments” Holiday Chocolate Gifts – Starting at $6.95


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Review: Otaez

Atmosphere: 4/5   ♦   Service: 3/5   ♦   Food Quality: 3/5   ♦   Value: 4/5
Times Visited:  Once   ♦   Will I Return?:  Not for the brunch

Otaez is a Mexican restaurant (with full bar, as noted on their site) with two locations: Oakland and Alameda.  My family had Sunday brunch at the Alameda location a couple weeks ago and had a decent experience.  Because we only had brunch, however, I’m not qualified to comment on the diversity of their menu or the speediness of their standard service, since we only received minimal buffet-style waitress visits.  Therefore, I write only of the Otaez brunch buffet.

Mexican brunch buffet is all the rage in my little life at the moment.  Never have I had so many Mexican Sunday brunches as I have in the last couple months (note: I’ve only had about four).  See my El Torito review for further notes on this fact.  Because El Torito is actually the only other restaurant where I have experienced the Mex brunch buffet, it’s hard not to compare one to the other.  And if I had to choose, I’d choose El Torito…. 

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