Sunday, December 5, 2010

Finance Foodie’s Favorite (Foodie) Things: Holiday 2010

By: Finance Foodie

….Well, not really, as the unseasonably warm weather this year has left the grounds devoid of fluffy white power (thanks global warming :p). Regardless of the awkward weather situation, the holiday season has indeed snuck upon us. So trim that tree, light the menorah (or kinara), and get ready for some holiday gift exchanges!

Now, most of my friends are fellow “foodies”, but like with all generalized labels, there are many sub-sectors to think about. And especially during this hectic time of year, I know it’s obviously verrrry difficult and time consuming to find gifts suited for each personality. Therefore, I’ve scoured the web and stores far and wide to come up with this handy-dandy gift guide to address multiple segments of the foodie universe. It’s a hard job, but somebody’s gotta do it! You guys can thank me by commenting ;)

(In my best Oprah voice): So without further ado, here is:

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Finance Foodie’s Favorite (Foodie) Things for Holiday 2010


For The Environmental-ista Foodie
Pura Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Did you know that 38 billion water bottles end up in landfills every year AND that it takes up to 1,000 years for disposable plastic water bottles to decompose?? Well I didn't, but I'm sure all my environment saving crusader buddies are well aware of this epidemic. And that is precisely why I'll be gifting the Pura water bottle to those folks come Christmastime.
Pura Stainless water bottles were created with a simple vision - to make a difference by responsibly manufacturing toxin-free, durable, and cost effective alternatives to bottled water and other plastic reusable bottles. Their bottles not only come in a variety of trendy colors (probably to appease the fashion-ista environmental-ista), but are also 100% Bisphenol-a (BPA) and lead free. Truly the ultimate reusable bottle!

Cost: $17.99
Where to Purchase: www.purastainless.com

For The Over Indulgent Food-ista
Del Monte's “Rethink Your Plate”
As much as I try and maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet, I know there are times were I've slipped and overloaded the plate with pasta. Luckily, Del Monte created a plate to guide me (and other foodie with carboholic tendencies) in utilizing my plate to carry more veggies and lean proteins.
The dishwasher safe nine inch plate is imprinted with photographic images of healthy foods, sectioned into appropriate portions. This plate is perfect reminder for healthy meal, especially after an indulgent holiday season!

Cost: $9.95 (with free shipping!)
Where to Purchase: www.rethinkyourplate.com

For The Baker-zilla Foodie
Alice's Tea Cup Cookbook
When I lived in NYC, some of my favorite afternoons were spent sipping tea and nibbling on scones. My favorite tea spot was always Alice's Tea Cup on the Upper West Side; and now this fun and whimsical tea spot just launched it first ever recipe and entertainment how-to book.
The book contains unique recipes for everything afternoon tea -- from Cumin Carrot Sandwiches to Alice's Tea-jito (their tea twist on the mojito!) -- and also includes tips on how to host your very own tea party! A great gift for any baker or tea enthusiast.

Cost: MSRP $24.95
Where to Purchase: www.amazon.com, www.alicesteacup.com

For The Cooking-zilla (In Training) Foodie
Benihana “Be The Chef” Package
Most of my friends (myself included) aren't cooks. With the demands of work and the daily discoveries of new and exciting restaurants, it's super tempting to ditch the pans and head out for a dinner out the house. However, it's always fun to pick up the pan once in a while, especially if there is an opportunity to cook with and learn from a skilled chef.
And this is where Benihana steps in. This teppanyaki dinner theater of a restaurant's "Be The Chef" package for the holiday season gives the wannabe Top Chef recipients the opportunity to prepare a REAL MEAL for their guest (with master chef supervision, thankfully!). The package includes a Be The Chef holiday card announcing their gift, a training session for the recipient with one of our master chefs, followed later in the week by a special dinner performance by the guest chef and three guests where the recipient can show off their teppanyaki cooking skills, and a diploma certifying them as a "Master Teppanyaki Chef.

Cost: $140
Where To Purchase: Visit the Benihana nearest you www.benihana.com

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***Giveaway***
Congrats #2: Bianca@Confessions of a Chocoholic (cookbook) and #34 chenny (gift card)!

Just like Oprah’s favorite things, it’s much more fun reading about cool products when there is an opportunity to win them! Benihana and Harper Collins, wants to give TWO lucky readers a present of their own.

Prizes up for grabs:
One (1) Alice’s Tea Cup Cookbook
One (1) $70 gift card to Benihana (its 2 $35 GCs )

There are THREE ways to enter:
1. REQUIRED In my comments section, tell me what gift you would like to recieve (the Behihana gift card or cookbook). Please leave an email address so I can contact you. 
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends December 10, 2010 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards that night!

Benihana and Harper Collins provided me with the prizes for the giveaway

92 comments:

slb3334 said...

I would like the cookbook.

slb3334@gmail.com

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Great list! I'd love to win the cookbook. I love baking and I love tea, it sounds perfect for me ;)

Hyosun Lee said...

Alice’s Tea Cup Cookbook

Cody said...

I would have to select the cookbook since I live in the boonies and am nowhere near a Benihana's, haha.

cody_endres(at)hotmail.com

Rebecca Graham said...

I would pick the Benihana gift card.

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Rebecca Graham said...

Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter; rhoneygee

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sweepmom said...

I would like the Behihana gift card.

Chip said...

I would love the the Behihana gift card. My husband and I haven't gone out on a date in a long time. This would be perfect.
chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

Chip said...

Follow you on Twitter @chipdip2010
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Laurah said...

I would LOVE to win the Behihana gift card! Thanks for the great giveaway!

carol said...

I would love the Benihana gift card...my husband and I love the restaurant..thanks for the great giveaway

Mamushi Love said...

I would love to receive the Benihana gift card. Thanks for the chance to win~!

freefoodboston said...

Oooh. It's a toss up. Can I say both? Maybe I'm leaning towards the cookbook.

Hetal said...

I would like to win $60 GC to Benihana.

Hetal said...

twitter follower
hminnesota

Hetal said...

http://twitter.com/#!/hminnesota/status/11865241323307009

AutumH said...

I would love to receive the Benihana GC as I've never eaten there yet and my friends say it's good.

autum22(at)gmail(Dot)com

AutumH said...

Follow Finance Foodie on twitter-@AutumH

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AutumH said...

tweeted this giveaway-http://twitter.com/AutumH/status/11869125156544512

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Courtney said...

I would LOVE to win the Benihana gifcard. Its one of my fave restaurants.

hebert024 at aol dot com

Simone Press said...

BENIHANA GIFT CERTIFICATE!!!! YAY :-)

Simone Press said...

I've shared this post with my Twitter & Fbook peeps!

Kelly said...

I would love the Benihana gift card... I lovvvvve hibachi restaurants!

krtrumpet [at] aol [dot] com

Curran said...

I would like the cook book.

Jamie said...

I would love the Behihana gift card.

tmoobc at gmail dot com

Jamie said...

I follow on twitter. @lolturtle

tmoobc at gmail dot com

toughturtles said...

cookbook

CheapBeets said...

I would love to win this cookbook. I've been on a real scones kick lately, and would love some new recipes.

Suz said...

I would love to win the Benihana GC.

txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

Suz said...

TWitter follower

sll1038

txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

Melissa said...

I'd love to win the cookbook! I had a fabulous brunch at Alice's Teacup during an NYC visit!

Bebemiqui said...

The Benihana GC would make for a fun date night!
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

Rain said...

i would love the alice's teacup cookbook! : D


rainelyn@gmail.com

Chenny said...

Benihana please - love that place!

chen1521Q at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Benihana gift card for me.
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Nickolay said...

The giftcard would be awesome!

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

Nickolay said...

Twitter follower

parkerozgood

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Nickolay said...

Tweeted

http://twitter.com/parkerozgood/status/12620391298105344

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fatseal said...

I would like the Benihana gift card
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fatseal said...

I'm following you on twitter and I'd love the Benihana's gift card
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Ben Bell said...

the Behihana gift card!!!!!

benjamin.lewis.bell@gmail.com

Robert said...

What a great give away! I would love to use the gift card to treat friends for a night out.

Robert said...

The cookbook would be excellent to have for my family!

Jenn S. said...

I would love either but if I had to choose , I would choose the Benihana gift card. I have been wanting to go try it out.

jas8929 at gmail dot com

Jenn S. said...

Following on twitter: jashelep
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jessica a said...

I would like to win the gift card.
Thanks for the giveaway!
imjessica(at)mail(dot)com

Hotsnotty2 said...

I would pick the Benihana gift card, thanks!

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

Hotsnotty2 said...

Following on Twitter (@Hotsnotty2) Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

I would love the Benihana gift certificate-I've never been there!

amycastellano74(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

The Benihana Gift Card would be my choice!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

Julieh said...

I'd like the benihana gift card! honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I would love to have the Benihana gift card!

stormraven at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would like the cookbook

jim.coyne2@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I follow Finance Foodie via Twitter

@JCoyne1031

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Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I follow on Twitter (@psychotichouse)

stormraven at gmail dot com

karen said...

I collect cookbooks, but I love Benihana, so either would be perfect. Thanks for the giveaway.

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semtaylor said...

I would choose the gift card to Benihana. This is such a fun place to go. semtaylor(at)yahoo(dot)com

Trina said...

I would like the gift certificates to Behinhana.
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Rudy said...

I would love Benihana, oh mama!

rudymangual @ gmail . com

pjgirl74 said...

I would loooove the Benihana gift card. It is one of my fave restaurants. Thanks!
pjgirl74 at aol dot com

Jinxy and Me said...

I would LOVE the Behihana gift card

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Jinxy and Me said...

I'm following you on Twitter (I'm @LuckyJinxy).

Jinxy and Me said...

tweet http://twitter.com/LuckyJinxy/status/13117644932653056

Angelene said...

i would like the benihana gift card
angukena at hotmail dot com

Angelene said...

i follow you on twitter
@angukena
angukena at hotmail dot com

Angelene said...

i tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/angukena/status/13147800250359808
angukena at hotmail dot com

susansmoaks said...

i would choose the gift card, i follow on twitter and i retweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/fdp4life/status/13177964166381568

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brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...would love to win a Behihana gift card !

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brianpiero said...

Following you via Twitter: @brianpiero

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brianpiero said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/brianpiero/status/13190976654807041

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Tracey said...

I'd like to win the Benihana gift card. I've never eaten there before.
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susan1215 said...

I would pick the Benihana gift card

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susan1215 said...

Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter susan1215

susan1215 said...

http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/13269578654154752

Nancy said...

I'd adore the Benihana gift cards!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Rosa said...

Alice’s Tea Cup Cookbook
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Cindy said...

i would pick the gift card. yum
Familytiesandgrowingpains@gmail.com

Cindy said...

follow on twitter
@FAMILY_TIES

Familytiesandgrowingpains@gmail.com

Gianna said...

I like both but if I had to choose I'd pick the Benihana gift card. I just looked up their locations and there are 2 nearby. I haven't been to one is so very long it would be nice to go back for a date night :)

Pamela S said...

I would be happy with either, but I'd probably rather win the Benihana's since there's one near me. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

purango said...

I would like to receive the Benihana gift card. garrettsambo@aol.com

Renee @ Eat.Live.Blog said...

OK- If you know me at all you KNOW I am obsessed with High Tea...so cookbook please!

Renee @ Eat.Live.Blog said...

I am a follower...not literally, but on Twitter!

Renee @ Eat.Live.Blog said...

I tweeted the contest

dvice said...

I'd like $70 gift card to Benihana
danvice[at]yahoo[dotcom]

Elena said...

I would love to get the Benihana gift card.

Diane52 said...

I would pick the Benihana gift card, please. I love to eat at Benihana, but rarely get a chance due to the prices.
Thank you,
Diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

Stefanie said...

I'd love the Benihana gift card!

Mommy With Copper Sense said...

I would love to receive the cookbook. Sad to say there isn't a restaurant anywhere near me. :-(

ceemlovee at yahoo dot com

Mommy With Copper Sense said...

I tweeted this
http://twitter.com/#!/hminnesota/status/11865241323307009
ceemlovee at yahoo dot com

Mommy With Copper Sense said...

I followed you on Twitter as UwonderIknow

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barblong said...

I would love the Benihana gift card.

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