Holiday Gift Guide
Japanese Farm Food
by Nancy Singleton Hachisu
Part cookbook, part memoir, Japanese Farm Food offers a unique window into life on a Japanese farm through the simple, clear-flavoured recipes cooked from family crops and other local, organic products. American born and raised, Singleton Hachisu lives with her husband and teenage sons in rural Japan.
$25.20 | amazon.ca
Kelli has been our go-to holiday card source at The Bulletin for the last few years. Her cards are beautifully assembled collages and/or individually handpainted on archival, acid free paper. Check out her new cards using her own drawings and other fun and fabulous finds on her website.
Cards, $3-$6 each, sets available
nandemo kandemo + friends
Join local artists Asa Mori, Cindy Mochizuki and others at their holiday sale. Crafters can look for Barb Yamazaki’s pretty bias tapes (www.etsy.com/shop/merrigoroundandme). It’s also a rare chance to snap up Lindsay Sung’s famous Coco Cake Cupcakes since she’s been on hiatus. Winter music by Mimi’s Ami.
Saturday, December 1, 11am-4pm, Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue
Tucked inside Izumiya in Richmond, this little chocolate shop is run by a husband and wife team from Japan. Taka Chiwata and Kayoko Hamamoto met at Meiji, a large candy company, where they honed their skills, and opened La Chocolaterie in 2010. The most popular flavour is green tea, but they also carry yuzu, red bean, black sesame and traditional dark chocolate bars and ganache.
Ganache cups, $3.99 | coconama.com
Know someone who loves sushi, but might want to try something a little different? Minami in Yaletown, like its sister restaurant Miku, offers the Aburi style of sushi. The fish for nigiri is seared with a torch and served with specialty sauces instead of soy sauce or wasabi resulting in more complex flavour.
Gift cards up to $250 | minamirestaurant.com
Lucky Monkey Home
Tien is an interior designer and Feng Shui consultant, but this Powell Street Festival craft booth favourite also produces spring water mists and all natural soy candles, which he claims can inspire love, wellness, prosperity, stillness and glee. Can’t confirm that, but they smell pretty darn good.
Mists, $11, candles, $22, sets, $28
Republica Coffee Roasters
It’s fair trade, organic, sourced from family farms and packed in a biodegradable bag. How can you go wrong with Republica for your favourite coffee lover (snob)?
Various roasts and blends, 1 lb, $17-$24