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Whether it's showing up to the farmer's market with the cutest tote in tow or keeping the pantry stocked with artisanally crafted condiments to whip up an expert snack platter, foodies in this town seem to have a way of making culinary duties look cool and effortless—and we know you've likely got at least one friend like that (damn her!).
If you've got a giftee on your list who's more likely to crave a stunning set of locally made ceramic bowls than a designer handbag, or a bottle of small-batch hot sauce over a trendy tube of lipstick, then you're in luck. We headed to the sweetest little curated market and shop, Arroyo General, to sniff out four gift ideas that will make her gourmet heart happy.
Flavorful Fire in a Bottle
El Machete "Mexican Molotov" hot sauce, $10
Because for your foodie friend, a bottle of Tabasco will simply not do, snag one of the microbrew concoctions from local hot sauce brand El Machete. The store stocks rojo and verde varieties, both of which pack nuances of flavor that beg the use of adjectives that you'd normally attribute to a fine wine.
The Artful Instrument
Knotwork LA large walnut serving spoon, $120
Your giftee takes cooking seriously, which means that her tools should be a) able to take a lot of mileage b) look super great, since they'll be in heavy rotation. The wood pieces from local line Knotwork LA are so stunningly beautiful, your girl will want to have them displayed like her kitchen was a museum. Since this piece was created around the wood's natural knot, it happens to be super useful as a slotted spoon. Making poached eggs has never been so pretty.
For Pretty Presentation
Yen Works bowl, $55
The gourmet guru in your life is just as serious about the way she presents her dishes as she is about what she puts into them. Arroyo General stocks an impressive list of locally made ceramics like these beautiful bowls by Yen Works. Since the line is somewhat minimal in design, these pieces go with practically anyone's kitchen decor. Plus purchasing one means supporting a local artist, and we know she loves that.
Super Cute Carrier
Study Hall squash tote, $20
You giftee is no amateur, so you're not going to find her running around her local farmer's market clutching a billion plastic bags. She needs a reusable (because, duh, she's all about saving trees) tote that's just as practical as it is attractive—after all its still an accessory! This canvas bag by Study Hall was just made for grocery-getting in style and the hand painted squash design has a cool Pop Art vibe.