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With just 10 days left until Christmas, we’re all scrambling to find gifts for our loved ones. Fortunately, Sac Bee food critic Blair Anthony Robertson has come up with gift suggestions for those who love food.

Here’s one on his list that I own:

If you're after the best and simplest – and practically the cheapest – coffee you can imagine, go with the AeroPress. In a matter of moments and with minimal elbow grease, you can produce a near-perfect cup – crisp and clean on the palate, brimming with complex flavor notes. It costs less than $30 and is available online and locally at select coffeehouses and, among others, Emigh Hardware. A pack of 350 filters costs $5 and could last you years. I rinse mine and reuse them multiple times.

I’ll admit that the coffee’s good, but I like having coffee ready for me when I wake up. This requires that I wake up and do some work before getting my first hit of caffeine. With that said, if you really like coffee or don’t mind the work on days you get to sleep in, it’s a great gift.

Read his entire list in the Sac Bee.

Do you have any food-related items you want from Santa? Let us know in the comments.

More News:

The Kitchen and Carpe Vino make Top 100 restaurants list - The sound of clinking glasses and congratulations continue on the local food and wine scene. Fresh off the news that four local wineries made Wine Enthusiast magazine's list of the Top 100 wines, The Kitchen and Auburn's Carpe Vino were both ranked in OpenTable's "diner's choice awards" for Top 100 Best Restaurants in the United States. OpenTable, the popular online restaurant reservation system, compiled the list from more than 10 million reviews submitted by OpenTable users over 12,000 restaurants. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Ambience of Carmichael also makes Top 100 restaurants list - File this one under: Oooops! In yesterday's news about The Kitchen and Carpe Vino of Auburn making the list of OpenTable's "diner's choice awards" for Top 100 Best Restaurants in the United States, yours truly overlooked Ambience of Carmichael also making the cut. Like The Kitchen, Ambience specializes in prix fix menus, which in this case are $55 for five courses or $75 for seven courses prepared by executive chef Morgan Song. Carlos Macias in the Sac Bee.

Local wineries make Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 list - 2011's winding down, which means it's time for lists honoring the best wines of the year. And in this bit of good fortune, four local wineries received accolades in Wine Enthusiast magazine's "The Enthusiast 100." They are (cue drum roll)...Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

You say carnaroli, I say cannaroni - I wanted to clarify and correct a clumsy slip in Sunday's review, out of respect for Rick Mahan and the crew at The Waterboy, as well as our many eagle-eyed readers. In a short section about the dessert served at a special Thursday prix fixe dinner, I referred to carnaroli as a pasta rather than a rice. I apologize for getting it backwards. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Check it Out: Konditorei Austrian Pastry Café - I had forgotten how lovely the pastries were at Konditorei bakery in Davis until I stopped in recently and was wowed by the selection. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.


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