The holiday season is drawing near and Team Finance Foodie has been hard at work trying to find the best of the best for your favorite foodie friends and/or yourself. It’s been a whole lotta work (and delicious fun), but we managed to whittle down the list to our Top Five Guide filled some good eats, some good drinks, and even something for good sight (to see all the treats, natch)!
Best for the Friend With A Sugar Addiction
Mochidoki mochi ice cream
MSRP: starting at $20 for 10 piece box
I’m a big proponent for eating dessert first and nothing satisfies my sweet tooth than the chewy goodness of mochi ice cream. That’s why when I heard about Mochidoki (www.mochidoki.com), an online purveyor of these little baby bubbles, I did a little happy dance!
|Box of Mochidoki - Assorted Flavors|
Best for the Caffeine Fiend
Ninja Coffee Bar
MSRP: starting at $149.99
I know I can’t get started in the morning without a nice cup of Joe, but spending $5 at my local coffee shop for that pick me up is something that feels super wasteful. With the Ninja Coffee Bar (http://www.ninjakitchen.com/ninja-coffee-bar-cf080/), I am able to make a customizable retail store quality cup of hot or iced coffee quickly and efficiently in my pajamas. The drip brewer style coffee bar uses what they call a “Thermal Flavor Extraction” technology, which delivers a variety of sizes and styles while achieving the perfect brew richness level every time.
|Ninja Machine with Milk Frother (included)|
Best for the Vision Impaired Foodie
MSRP: varies based on style
For all the Finance Foodies who read this site (like right now) and sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day, our eyes get quite the workout - and this is before we lay our eyes on our delicious food and drink. I know I don't want bad eyesight to ruin my visual experience while eating, so I wear glasses using Eyezen (www.eyezenusa.com) lenses.
|Eyezen Prescription Lenses with D&G Frames|
Best for the Charitable Snacker
Love With Food Monthly Snack Box
MSRP: from $7.99 / month
When 3pm rolls around at work, I get hangry for a snack. I can't stand the terribly unhealthy vending machine snacks in our office (cardboard Yellow No 5 cookies anyone?), so I'm glad I discovered Love With Food's (www.lovewithfood.com) monthly subscription snack boxes. Filled with an assortment of organic or all-natural, GMO-free, gluten-free items, these grab-and-go snacks give me the boost I need to power through the last few hours of the day.
|Love With Food Deluxe Box|
Best for the Busy Hostess with the Mostess
Crazy Cuizine Asian Style Frozen Meals
MSRP: from $6.99 at major supermarket chains
During the holiday season, I love to have friends and family gather at my place for a great meal but I hate the food prep. Spending all day in the kitchen cooking leaves me exhausted and in a foul mood - not ideal for when guests arrive! Therefore, I rely on Crazy Cuizine (www.crazycuizine.com) to fill in the blanks. Crazy Cuizine is a line of restaurant-quality family-sized frozen meals with global flavors, such as Chinese, Korean, Indian and Japanese.