posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

What do Cleveland’s food bloggers want for the holidays?

For our third annual holiday wish list, we approached those most passionate about the local food scene – our beloved food bloggers. If you have a food enthusiast on your list, take note! When asked, “What local food gift is on your holiday wish list and why?” these professional opinions make for quality gifts in any quantity.

Maria of Maria’s Bits and Pieces

As a self-professed chocoholic, I always put Malley’s chocolates right at the top of my wish list every Christmas. This year’s no exception. And as to not make it hard on anyone who wants to indulge me, I just want to make it perfectly clear that I’d be happy with any of their sweet confections. However, if pressed or tortured or both, I will admit that my absolute favorites are–in no particular order–their Pecan BillyBobs, Chocolate-Covered Pretzels (milk chocolate, please),  Bordeaux, and last but certainly not least, Heaven.

Oh, those gooey BillyBobs.

Oh, those gooey BillyBobs.

Editors note: Maria is also the author of In the Kitchen with Cleveland’s Favorite Chefs, which includes four recipes from our own Chef Ben Bebenroth. 

Michelle V. of Cleveland Foodie

It’s going to sound kind of lame because there are so many other options that are way cooler, but I’d love a copy of Cleveland Food Memories. Makes a nice stocking stuffer, don’t you think? It’s just one of those things I’ve never bothered to pick up for myself over the years, but would love as part of my collection. Going to the Silver Grille or Hough Bakery with my grandma as a kid was the best. And I am a sucker for any Cleveland nostalgia from that era — from my parents and grandparents childhood.

Who wouldn't love a little nostalgia in their stocking?

Who wouldn’t love a little nostalgia in their stocking?

Shannon of Discovering Cleveland

This may sound a bit cliché of me, but Great Lakes Christmas Ale (in any quantity) is always on my Christmas list! There’s just something about the tasty brew that screams the holidays to me. And there’s really nothing quite better than sipping a Christmas Ale (or two) during holiday gatherings!

It's not the holidaze without  Great Lakes Christmas Ale!

It’s not the holidaze without Great Lakes Christmas Ale!

Beth of Cravable Cleveland

A box of chocolates from Lilly’s always makes me happy. Since I adore anything truffle, I’ve been dying to try their Nut-N-Honey chocolate, with black truffle honey and black truffle salt. Sounds appropriately decadent to me!

Life is like this.

Life is like this.

Katrina of BiteBuff

The holidays in chilly Cleveland are all about indulging in our favorite comfort foods and special treats. Once December hits, I want the Mighty Macaroni Melt from Melt Bar and Grilled. It’s the sandwich of the month only once a year, and its gooey goodness just warms you from the inside out. Some of my favorite foodie gifts that I would love to see under the tree are decadent chocolates from Lilly Handmade Chocolates, a West Side Market gift card, macaroons from Coquette Patisserie, chèvre from Mackenzie Creamery, and tickets to a Dinner in the Dark event.

A sandwich so good, it's got its own poster.

A sandwich so good, it’s got its own poster.

So…what’s on your wish list this season? In addition to the aforementioned items, don’t forget your Spice gift certificates – available online or in house for both the restaurant and our 2014 Plated Landscape season. New this year – we also have t-shirts and hoodies for those special culinary nonconformists (or Spice fans) on your list.

Stay warm in Spice style.

Stay warm in Spice style.

Editor’s note: Photos found at these fine sources (in order of appearance)…

Spice Instagram
Malleys.com
WRHS.org
CleveScene.com
DeltaSkyMag.Delta.com
CoolCleveland.com

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