Friday, November 27, 2009

The 2009 Holiday Gift Edition

Welcome back Dear Readers.

Nice to be with you again.

Today is Black Friday

and in honor of this,

I thought I'd begin my

2009 Holiday Gift Edition.

Goodies here for that special someone.

To start things off, a couple of suggestions for that dreamer in your life:

1. Federico Fellini - The Book of Dreams

From The New Yorker

"In the early nineteen-sixties, under the influence of a Jungian analyst, Fellini started keeping a dream diary. His films, always fantastical, soon took a distinctly oneiric turn, and he eventually filled some five hundred sheets with drawings and descriptions of his dreams, here reproduced in facsimile with English translations. Fellini archetypes (chiefly, gargantuan women in various states of undress and arousal), characters, and collaborators abound. The actor and playwright Eduardo di Filippo performs his own death onstage to rapturous, if insincere, acclaim; Pope Paul VI, who, as a cardinal, had condemned La Dolce Vita, ascends with Fellini in a balloon basket and points excitedly to a blimp-sized beauty in a bathing costume whose exhalations, he explains, create the clouds in the sky. As a child, Fellini named the four corners of his bed after movie theatres: The show started as soon as I shut my eyes."

And BTW,

Fellini fans will not want to miss the upcoming film


Check it out.

It looks spectacular!

And continuing with dreams...
how about a little recently released treasure from:
2. Carl Gustav Jung - The Red Book
Wikipedia has this to say about that -

"The Red Book, also known as Liber Novus (The New Book), is a 205-page manuscript written and illustrated by Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung between approximately 1914 and 1930, which was not published or shown to the public until 2009. Until 2001, his heirs denied scholars access to the book, which he began after a falling-out with Sigmund Freud in 1913. The book is written in calligraphic text and contains many illuminations."

To soothe you or your loved one while reading these fascinating works,
how about a stunning cup of

3. First Flush Darjeeling from the Puttabong Estate.
Order from Peet's where this is described as having -
"the bright, greenish, floral flavor of great First Flush tea, yet with the rounded Muscat grape notes and brisk flavor of a classic Darjeeling."

And if tea isn't your thang...
How about a nice cup of Joe?
A rich & succulent, rather rare
4. Kona Peaberry perhaps?
I've received wonderful coffee from KOA Coffee.
Here's what they have to say about this delicious nectar -
"When we pick our kona coffee (by hand) most coffee cherries contain two coffee beans nestled face to face. That's why coffeebeans are flat on one side.

But, about 3-5% of coffee cherries hold just one small oval-shaped bean instead of two flat-sided beans. These small oval beans are called "peaberry" beans.

Peaberry kona is rare simply because nature makes it so. Out of every 100 bags of Kona coffee produced at our plantation, only 3-5 bags will be Peaberry.

Peaberry beans roast up wonderfully; full bodied and smooth -- with just a hint of bite. Connoisseurs have dubbed Peaberry the "Champagne of Kona"."

I've ordered from KOA on numerous occasions.
The people there are wonderful.
The product sensational.

Aframomum melegueta

Another way to add color to your palette...
experience a rediscovered spice.
Many chefs and food personalities
have been using and enjoying -

5. Grains of Paradise.

It is not a pepper BUT it is peppery.
It has a warmth to it that reminds me of cardamom.
The bitterness reminds me of lime.
Great with peppers crusted on a steak!
A nice gift for the foodie in your life.

Another possibility for that foodie...

6. A Buffalo & Elk Combination Pack
from Jackson Hole Buffalo Meat Co.
I've been grilling up Buffalo recently and have been loving it.
It is very tender and flavorful.
A New York that I grilled rare had the texture of a filet
or sashimi for that matter.
Like buttah.

This gorgeous offering from Cowgirl Creamery is a seasonal one,
so you'll want to grab their
7. Pierce PT as soon as it becomes available.

"Made from organic whole milk from the Straus Family dairy, PIERCE PT is washed in a muscato wine and rolled in dried herbs from the Tomales Bay coastal region. The result is a delicious cheese - semi-firm yet creamy, complex yet never overpowering - that you'll recall longingly when it's out-of-season."

All of their cheeses are spectacular and a wonderful way to end a meal.

And if you're like me,
you may want to wash that down with one of -

8. Navarro's delicious Gewurztraminer or Pinot Noir juices.

These juices have all the magnificent complexities you'd expect
from an award winning wine
"The Gew├╝rztraminer juice is floral and golden and will make you think you have a honeysuckle blossom in the glass. The Pinot Noir juice is a striking garnet color and reminds us of rhubarb-strawberry pie."
and none of the alcohol.
Great for those lucky kiddies
as well as for those who simply don't want a buzz.

back to fantasy here.
For that artsy friend or family member
how about this vision of perfection.
9. The Fantasy Collection
Jaime Hayon
for Lladro -
this is
Family Portrait.
I don't know about you,
but this sure looks like my family.
You can find these amazing porcelain pieces
at Unica Home.

one of my greatest pleasures this past year or so,
has been exploring the world of incense.
There are so many great fragrances,
it has been a real
nose opening experience.
Shoyeido is one of the premier producers of very high quality incense.
Everything they make is fantastic.
My favorite though,
and a timely one for the Holidays,
is their wonderful

10. Nan-Zan
or Southern Mountain.

This frankincense is a warm
and luxurious scent that will not break the bank.
I burn it all the time.
I'm burning it now in fact.
It will give a lovely glow to your home,
to your holiday,
to your friends
& family.
You can find it at
Japan Incense
where Jay and his colleagues could not be nicer.

Happy Gift Giving To All!


  1. You have exquisite taste, David. I'm putting The Book of Dreams on my list right now!

  2. Hey Willow, There you are. Glad to see you! Yes, that Book Of Dreams looks fantastic. I sure would like a copy! Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Hello yellow !
    so how is your move going...all settled already or still among boxes like me ? :-)

    Hope all is going well...I'd love to see some of your work with Japanese calligraphy..
    and..what is exactly the 1st pic...i'm entirely fascinated by it !
    Have a great week..
    all the best

  4. Hi Lala!

    So nice to hear from you! My move was tough. I still have boxes in the dining room and bedroom. Just don't know what to do with some stuff. I'm assuming you're in a similar situation. Well we'll just have to endure.

    Would love to show you my art work sometime. Sadly not much of it is scan able. I used to create pieces inspired by Japanese calligraphy and automatic writing etc... Came up with nice characters which I'd blow up into compositions. It was fun. Would love to become more involved with that again. Who knows.

    The first pic was just an example of a gift that I found thanks to Wiki.

    All the best to my favorite Lala who's ears must've been tingling as I raved about her to a friend today over lunch.


  5. "and..what is exactly the 1st pic...i'm entirely fascinated by it !"

    It's Japanese gift envelope, often it will hold money as the gift.