Fergie’s Foodie Gift Guide

gift basketIt may be late in the game, but fear not. I am here to help you with a few suggestions for hostess, Secret Santa, and just maybe something you would like for yourself. Food is such a great gift because it is something that can be enjoyed by all ages.  Here we go..

not ketchupFrom the wonderfully crafty Erika Kerekes, its Not Ketchup. I have only tried the cherry chipotle so far. It is an explosion of flavor and will pep up the blandest of foods. It is perfect for dipping fries or chicken nuggests in. This ketchup is made from only the ripest fruits and has no artificial preservatives . It comes in this gourmet pack of four flavors cherry chipotle, blueberry white pepper, smoky date , and spiced fig. You can get them at http://www.NotKetchup.com

1 800 baskets com1-800 Baskets has everything you need for that special someone for Christmas, Hanukkah, new job, birth, any thing that requires a celebration. We got a really cute package called the” nice and naughty.” It is perfect for those office workers because it contains two gourmet chocolate covered pretzels that are sprinkled with confetti . Festive!

nice and naughty

chocolate dip delightsFTD is a name that brings back sweet memories for me for the holidays. With two brothers that couldn’t always make it home, they would send their mother a lovely centerpiece made up by FTD for her table. Today, FTD has some yummy surprises for your friends and family. They have several options and the best part is that you can go online or into any FTD store to pick one up . How is that for convenient? Here are some yummy strawberries and snowman cupcakes just right for that dinner on Christmas or Christmas Eve.

caja popcornIts no secret how much I love my popcorn. I especially like to eat it when I am drinking wine and watching my show like any good gladiator does. Here is a popcorn out of Atlanta called Caja Popcorn. I like it because along with the caramel corn , cheese mix we have here in Chicago, there are exotic flavors like strawberry, jalapeno , and BBQ. For the discriminating popcorn eater , its Caja.


chirstmas cookiesNeed some cookies quick… here are some yummy gingerbread ones with a European twist. Bahlsen has an entire cookie line but specializes with this Lebkuchen Mischung and Pfeffernuse cookies as well. Can’t think of anything better than these with some tea or hot cocoa. Can be found at Trader Joe’s.

wild hibiscus flowers in syrup Here is something that screams fancy and posh. These blooms are actually in a jar from the Wild Hibiscus Flowers and Rose Syrup. See how decadent they look in a flute of champagne. They add that special touch to any occasion and are perfect for weddings.wildhibiscus.com

honey ridge farmsOur final selection is from the folks at Honey Ridge Farms. It is a sweet balsamic honey. Perfect for drizzling over fruits and vegetables. It will actually get people to eat their spinach as I was very happy to find out .  From Honey Ridge Farms



About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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One Response to Fergie’s Foodie Gift Guide

  1. Not Ketchup says:

    Melanie, thanks for including Not Ketchup on your gift list!

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