A Gift Guide Synopsis...
I have been completely smitten this year with the Swedish Perfumer By Redo. When I was in Stockholm, I had fifteen minutes to spare before leaving for the airport. I made mad dash for the shop (literally running down the street!). They are definitely on my to give list for the holidays. The perfumes and candles are so lush and layered, and luckily are now available on-line and at Barney’s New York. For the little ones in your life, check out the newly launched, organic, European inspired, children’s underwear line, Goat Milk. I am forever a fan of The Mast Brothers, who we were lucky enough to photograph again this year for French GQ. Stop by their newly renovated chocolate factory in Williamsburg where they will be working around the clock, like elves, making chocolate for the holidays. Don’t miss out on a little whiskey for your pocket flask from Brooklyn’s own King’s County Distillery. Brooklyn gets a little more love from me with a shout out to the Diner Journal and to my rainy day haven Bellocq Tea Atelier, in Greenpoint. Start the year off looking divine in some new Warby Parker glasses. Catch up on the last 400 years of food writing with Penguin's, The Great Food Series (you will be needing those glasses about now!). The Nontron knife, from one of France’s oldest knife companies, makes for the perfect small gift. You can’t go wrong with Mauviel copper pots or the brilliant cutting boards of Andrea Brugi for the Gastronome in your life! Anything from Nigel Slater will do just fine. Last but not least, if you can wait a while.... a knife from Cut Brooklyn, destined to become a treasured hierloom.
Happy Holidays From Hungry Ghost!
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Gypsy Water is a glamorization of the Romany lifestyle, based on a fascination for the myth. The scent of fresh soil, deep forests and campfires illustrates the dream of a free, colorful lifestyle close to nature.
Top: Bergamot, lemon, pepper, juniper berries
Heart: Incense, pine needles, orris
Base: Amber, vanilla, sandalwood
Eau de Parfum
Originally a picnic spot outside of Mumbai, Chembur is the place where Ben Gorham's mother was born and raised. Ben visited Chembur many times as a child and returned after almost 15 years to find the area developed. Lingering still, however, was the evocative incense from a Hindu temple.
Top: Bergamot, lemon, elemi
Heart: Ginger, temple incense, nutmeg
Base: Labdanum, amber, musk
Fragranced Candle/Bougie Parfumée, 255g/9 oz
Burning time: 60h
Top: Juniper berries, clove buds
Heart: Tonka bean, hyacinth, fir
Base: Vanilla, black amber, patchouli
4. Nontron French Knife/ Copper Hewitt National Design Museum
5. Warby Parker Glasses
6. Swedish Vegetable Brush
Made by hand in Sweden, this brush gets the dirt and wax off of your vegetables, while allowing you to leave the vitamin laden skin intact. Perfect for cleaning young and organic vegetables, as well as potatoes, carrots, beets, and other scrubbable fruits and veggies.
7. White Enamel Cutlery
a limited quantity also available at Love Adorned
Also available at ABC HOME
9. Grey Staub
- Something for every food lover
Throughout the history of civilization, food has been more than simple necessity. In countless cultures, it has been livelihood, status symbol, entertainment - and passion. In the Great Food series, Penguin brings you the finest food writing from the last 400 years, and opens the door to the wonders of every kitchen.
11. Hugo Guiness drawing at John Derian
12. Diner Journal
14. Nigel Slater Tender British Version
American Version at Amazon
15. Mast Brothers Chocolate
16. Kings County Distillery
17. Bellocq Tea Atelier Afghani Chai
No. 18, Afghani Chai
A hand-crafted evocative blend of Organic Assam black tea, organic red poppy flowers, green cardamon, star anise, ginger, clove and black pepper. Invigorating and warming, Afghani Chai may be either steeped or traditionally boiled in water with milk (add a handful of chopped fresh ginger for additional heat, if desired) and sweetened to taste. Fragrant and seductive, chai is perfect to enjoy anytime and makes your home smell utterly divine.
18. Copper pot
19. Cut Brooklyn Knife