Valrhona holiday bonbons
$29.99 for a 16-piece box; Whole Foods and other retailers; www.valrhona-chocolate.com
French chocolatier Valrhona contracted fashion designer Christian Lacroix to design the boxes for its line of limited-edition, seasonal chocolates. The packaging shows shades of haute couture with Lacroix’s signature lace pattern. The chocolates themselves – dark and/or milk – come in tempting flavors including cappuccino, salted caramel and Earl Grey tea.
Sukhi’s Chicken Tikka Masala Samosas
$6.99 for 10-ounce box; Nugget and other retailers; www.sukhis.com
Those looking for a fast Indian-food fix can pop these in the oven for a mildly spicy but wholly satisfying snack. Each triangle is filled with a mix of hormone-free chicken and a creamy tomato-based sauce.
“The Wild Mushroom Cookbook: Recipes From Mendocino”
$25; Barefoot Naturalist Press; 274 pages; www.wildmushroomcookbook.com
Alison Gardner and Merry Winslow met at a mushroom-identification course a few years ago, compared notes and ultimately wrote “The Wild Mushroom Cookbook: Recipes From Mendocino.” The book is stuffed with nearly 300 mushroom-centric recipes for appetizers, dips, soups, sides, entrees and more. For the uninitiated, the Mendocino and Fort Bragg areas offer a bounty of wild mushrooms that attract mushroom-hunters from around the world, and host a well-attended mushroom festival each November.
Glunz Family Winery Vin Glogg
$12 for 1 liter bottle; Nugget and other retailers; www.glunzfamilywinery.com
Nothing says winter quite like glogg. Made from California port and dry red wine, this traditional Scandinavian drink is spiced with cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and more – just warm it up and enjoy.
Suzie Burger 1,000 Burger giveaway
11 a.m. Jan. 1, 2016; 2820 P St., Sacramento; www.suzieburger.com
Help Suzie Burger celebrate its 8th anniversary with this New Year’s Day event. Bring in a gently used or new blanket – which will be donated to local non-profit Loaves & Fishes – and receive a free cheeseburger, fries and drink. Available to the first 1,000 customers.
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