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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Savouries for your Sweet

by Jennifer Nachshen

Nothing says I love you like a heart-shaped box full of chocolates. But you don’t need to put someone in a sugar coma to show that you care.

We found five delicious gifts that that will tempt your true love’s tastebuds without sending them into sugar shock.

Savoury Gift Basket from Pellatt Cornucopia

You can find a basket to suit your special someone with a sweet tooth as well as salty-crunchy types on the site for this Montreal-based gift basket company. We love that the Piece of Quebec basket includes local faves like La Buchette goat cheese, Mme Clément Camembert and Périgord pâté with duck foie gras ($81.95). Add in a bottle of wine and you’ve got a gift that doubles as a date.

Available online at www.pellatt.ca

 

 

Tea for Two by Lorena Rossi

Montreal’s resident goddess of gifts, Lorena Rossi, has recently launched an e-boutique with as much charm as her St. Laurent Blvd store. We’re recommending this luxury tea set ($64) that comes with Marrakesh Mint and Citron Chamomile along with a silver-plated tea spoon, 25 tea bag sachets and 2 pretty glass tea cups. Tea for two? Don’t mind if we do!

Lorena Rossi, 6758, St-Laurent Blvd, 514 276 1110 and online

 

 

Heart-Shaped Loaf from Première Moisson

Say “I loaf you” with this delicious heart-shaped bread from Première Moisson. Bring eggs and saucily suggest slicing it up for some french toast for the next morning. Then wink dramatically. Subtlety never got anyone breakfast.

Find locations online

 

 

Fleur de Sel from Vasco da Gama

Spice up your love life with a lovely jar of Portuguese Fleur de Sel from the épicerie at Café Vasco da Gama. We love sprinkling a little on a piece of very dark chocolate for a sweet ‘n salty dessert.

Café Vasco Da Gama, 1472 Peel St., 514-286-2688

 

Buddha Nuts from Crudessence

Why not give a gift that’s actually good for the heart? Montreal’s raw food headquarters, Crudessence has a lot of healthy gift options, including the spicy Buddha Nuts. They’re gluten-free, certified organic and raw, so you can let your loved one know you’re simply nuts about them.

Locations listed online