The foodie movement isn't going anywhere. Gone are the days of simply dining out- now it's a show. Food is a status symbol, the post modern Louis Vuitton or Chanel. "Have you tried (insert restaurant name)? No? Oh (insert faux surprised look). You must." Snackwells: Lame. Excessive calorie counting: Lame. Fast food...Don't even go there. Cooking fancy meals, dining out at the hot new place, or an old favorite, lingering over a glass of merlot with a stack of cookbooks and instagramming every delicious meal is the rage. Food is an experience, and most often shared with those you love most. With that in mind, some of our favorite Valentine's day gifts that speak to the trend.
1. Canopy Skincare, Himalayan Pink Bath Salts $18. So what if our first pick is not exactly edible (or, actually, not at all edible) but delicious in a totally different way that nods to food. These luxurious bath are mineral rich and detoxifying, perfect for a soak after a sodium dense sushi dinner on Valentine's Day. With rosewood and rose geranium essential oils you'll be feeling the love long after February 14th. The bottle is chic and stylish, it looks like something you'd fine in a super fashionable food bloggers spice cabinet. Best part; Christin Wingo produces her small batch products in Boulder.
2. BLT Lunch, Cafe Aion, $10. Nothing says "I love you" quite like bacon. More specifically, nothing says I love you more than a Cafe Aion BLT. The art of food is truly elevating simple dishes to new heights. Aion's BLT looks unassuming enough: Like a classed up sandwich. Yet, after one bite you realize this is not your average lunch fare. It's hard to describe what exactly makes this so amazing, it would be like explaining Bigfoot or the Bermuda Triangle. However, the bacon is cooked to perfection, the bread is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the veggies some how taste more organic. It's a lunch to be adored and admired.
3. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Chocolatology Class, $90. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Such is the case with chocolates. Sure, they're a nice gift, but once they're gone, they're gone. Nothing is sweeter than learning the fine art with your sig other (or best gal pal). The classes at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts are perfect for the home cook looking to up their game. Covered in the class: Chocolate ganache truffles, Mendiants, Chocolate Bark and Almond Rochers. This is a super sweet gift that keeps on giving.
4. Frisk Jewelry "Top Chef" Charm Necklaces, $32-$40. Who hasn't been lured in by one too many hours of the Food Network? (and by "one too many" we mean seven consecutive). We always try to evoke a sense of sentimentality in our jewelry. Whether a charm reminding you of your childhood, or a vintage piece similar to something your Grandma wore, our charm necklaces are no different. These fly out of the store and are often gifted to chefs, bakers or home cooking enthusiasts.