Sweets for your Sweetie
Confituras has special jams available at the SFC Farmers Market this Saturday in Republic Square Downtown and they are very appropriate for the season. Chocolate Strawberry Jam is an exalted version of chocolate covered strawberries, but better. Spread on top of pancakes, waffles or pound cake. Blood Orange Campari Marmalade is as decadent as it sounds and is perfect spread on toast or over cheese. Strawberry Rose Petal Jam is a blend of strawberries and rosewater and pairs nicely with biscuits or scones,
Delysia Chocolatier has truffles, chocolate bark and drinking chocolate in their Valentine's gift section. Always delicious. They can all be ordered online (deadline for Saturday delivery is today) or picked up at various local retailers.
Chocolaterie Tessa has a new location on Burnet Road where you can shop for chocolates, or you can go online and purchase. I especially love the box of 8 truffles (your choice of dark or milk chocolate) that come in an edible heart shaped box.
Maggie Louise Confections recently opened a shop on E. 6th Street. Her very creative delectables (some are messages of love) are all available online to order, but to ensure them for the 14th, drop by the shop.
Dolce Neve wants to help you make your Valentine happy with a special custom gelato cake. Other Valentine themed treats also available. Call to pre-order.
Tiny Pies has heart shaped pies in different forms and flavors (like cherry-filled with lemon glaze). Give them a call.
La Patisserie makes amazing macarons in a variety of seasonal flavors (heart shaped are available too). They also have heart shaped cookies and champagne truffles. Stop by their shop on W. Annie.
Austin Winery has a nice selection of wines made here with grapes from various regions. I recently had a bottle of their Old Vine Zin and thoroughly enjoyed it. Available at a handful of local retailers or online. You can also book a visit for 2 to their winery for a tasting.
Zhi Tea has a collection of teas that create a romantic vibe. White Rose, Vanilla Rose, Rooibos Provence, and Cacao Chai (the latter was spotted at Whole Foods Downtown yesterday). Order by noon online for same day shipping, visit their store for the greatest selection, or check various retail locations.
Spartan has a splurge gift for the cocktail enthusiast. A copper cocktail shaker that is designed for a firmer grip and more balanced shaking. Your drinks will never be the same.
Love at First Site
The following should be ordered immediately for on time delivery (check each site for delivery details): Marimekko coffee/tea mug, Gold Dust champagne flutes from Terrain, Hand Built Porcelain Tumbler from taylorceramics, or a Stitched Porcelain Vase from taylorceramics.
How about a mason jar filled to the top with red hots (a symbol of your relationship status)? Or try making these Toasted Almond Truffles or Snickerdoodles, Make it with love and the message will not be lost.