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Valerie Confections’ super cho-co-food
Dried fruit, nuts and chocolate ¿ a favorite combination. A collaboration between L.A. chocolatier Valerie Confections and design group Commune Design, these are bars of caramel-y darkened milk chocolate with dried pears, apricots, golden raisins, macadamias, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds and peanuts.
$60 for a set of three bars, 3360 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, (213) 739-8149, http://www.valerieconfections.com (Valerie Confections.com)
Profumo del Chianti
Powder-fine seasoning salt from Tuscany’s master butcher Dario Cecchini, scented with wild lavender, rosemary and bay. It is pretty much the Platonic ideal of finishing salt for most grilled meats, but we also like to toss freshly popped popcorn with a tiny pinch of this and a few drops of the best olive oil.
$19.95, http://www.formaggiokitchen.com (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Moxie Original elixir
You either love it, hate it or have never heard of it. But Moxie is a strong, earthy soda long favored by grandmothers living in the Northeast. Relive the romance of those days with a six-pack of the stuff. For a more mellow flavor, mix it with milk.
$1.95 per 12-ounce bottle at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, 5702 York Blvd., Highland Park, (323) 255-7115, http://www.sodapopstop.com (Soda Pop Stop.com)
Miracle Mile bitters
Give that kooky cocktail fan a basket full of handcrafted small-batch bitters by local artisanal bitters maker Miracle Mile Bitters Co. Led by mad mixology scientist Louis Anderman, Miracle Mile makes flavors to take your cocktails to next-level places. Try gingerbread, sour cherry, yuzu and chocolate chile.
$25.95 per bottle, http://www.facebook.com/miraclemilebitters (Miracle Mile Bitters)
Sqirl Jams
Jessica Koslow makes jams, marmalades, chutneys and fruit butters from her edge-of-Silver-Lake production space in flavors such as Santa Rosa plum chutney and wild blueberry and tarragon jam.
$10 to $25. 720 N. Virgil Ave., No. 4, Los Angeles, (213) 394-6526, http://www.sqirlla.com; also available at specialty shops throughout L.A. (Sqirl Jams)
Trufflebert Hazelnuts
Toasted hazelnuts are delicious. Toasted and salted Trufflebert hazelnuts are something beyond that -- hazelnuts with a flavor that approximates what wine geeks are getting to when they talk about the hazelnut notes in a $120 bottle of Meursault.
$15 per 1-pound jar at Mozza2Go, 6610 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 297-1130; or $9 per pound plus shipping at http://www.trufflebertfarms.com (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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