This list of Top 10 Sites for Mail-Order Delicacies, which appeared on my blog last Tuesday, may not help you for this holiday season; but tuck it away somewhere and bring it out next December. Or give yourself a gift: You deserve it.
Amadeus Vanilla Beans: for the serious cook, gourmet vanilla beans from Uganda, plus all sorts of vanilla extract. (AmadeusVanillaBeans.com)
Avocado of the Month Club: If your friend loves avocados as much as I do, this is the perfect gift. (AvocadooftheMonthClub.com)
Cajun Grocer: Here you can order a turducken (not sure why you'd want to), but also crawfish, gumbo, boudin, sauces and marinades and sweets. (CajunGrocer.com)
Great Alaska Seafood: Wild salmon, smoked salmon, king crab legs, shrimp and free shipping. (Of course, this isn't a budget gift.) (Great-Alaska-Seafood.com)
La Tienda: Spanish delicacies including cheeses, Serrano ham, chorizo, saffron, olives and sweets. (Tienda.com)
Liberty Ducks: This is one food gift I promise will not be duplicated: large, meaty ducks (the kind preferred by restaurant chefs) from a Sonoma County farmer. (LibertyDucks.com)
Mackenzie Limited: A Baltimore company that ships all sorts of gourmet treats, some of them local, including Smith Island cake. (MackenzieLtd.com)
Spice House: An impressive selection of gift boxes with themes, like the Curry Lover's Gift Box, the Peppercorn Gift Box and the Salad Veggie Lover Box. (TheSpiceHouse.com)
Sweet Maria's: Coffee aficionados should try roasting their own coffee beans, and this place has a huge selection of green coffee beans plus all the info and equipment you need. (SweetMarias.com)
Young Plantations: Pecan lovers will appreciate the variety on this site. You can send anything from premium pecans to pecan pies from this South Carolina company. (YoungPlantations.com)
For more good suggestions from readers, check out my blog at baltimoresun.com/diningatlarge.
Readers talk back
What? No Swiss Colony??? For shame.
Posted by: Greg
For years I have been sending goodies from Harry and Davids and Williams Sonoma, but this year was not thrilled with the selections. Mackenzie Limited looks like they have some great items and I like the fact that they are local. ...
Posted by: jjk
Suprised you didn't list D'Artagnan - the go-to place for hard to find goodies - like duckfat for fries. And a real find for the cook - real stock with no preservatives - all made using traditional methods -- Bonewerks. Expensive product but well worth it.
Posted by: EdG
Why the negativity on the turducken??? They are delish. Now, if we can only grow them that way...
Posted by: IW
I contributed one of the CG turduckens several years ago for Christmas dinner. I really enjoyed it, but the rest of the family just picked at it. I think it was the whole "unnatural" state that got to them, hahaha!
Posted by: Ruby