Fare & Ware
First, we sampled various foods and beverages crafted by Michigan entrepreneurs. After pronouncing their creations superb, we then sent these culinary specialists on a treasure hunt in search of finding products to complement their delectables. The results? A stockingful of gift ideas for discerning foodies.
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What: Arbor Teas’ holiday gift set (top image) includes holiday spice organic Indian black tea (5.5 oz.), tea-infused chocolate truffles (four pieces), and tea-infused smoky caramels (five pieces), $29/gift set, from Ann Arbor, arborteas.com
The Lowdown: The organic Indian black tea — with its flavors of orange, cinnamon, and clove — combine the scents of the season in one delicious cup. The tea comes with a guide for brewing and a compostable bag. The caramels have a distinct smoky flavor, while the tea-infused chocolate truffles are to die for, especially the Earl Grey variety and its creamy, silky texture with a floral-citrus finish. (What’s next: The owners recently launched an organic tea farm in Ann Arbor!)
Local Package Pick-up: Arbor Teas is celebrating their 10-year anniversary this year and, for the first time, they will briefly open their doors to the public (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri., and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., through Dec. 23.), 1342 N. Main St., Ste. 4, Ann Arbor.
Pro's Pick: Stressless City high-back recliner (far left) in Vanilla Palmoa leather, $2,895, Bright Ideas, Royal Oak. “This chair promotes something that all tea-lovers crave — a calm, comfortable moment to slow down, reflect, and enjoy the seasons,” says Aubrey Lopatin (right), co-founder of Arbor Teas.
Editors' Picks: The Kati tea-brewing system (middle left), with an integrated infuser, will brew loose tea; the double-wall construction keeps it hot, $15, Write Impressions, Royal Oak.
Editors' Picks: Good luck, wealth, progeny, and long life are all represented on the Purple Abundance cast iron teapot (middle right), $150, Teavanna, multiple metro Detroit locations.
Editors' Picks: Everyday Magic Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude (far right), by Kim Weiss (Health Communications), $11, amazon.com or barnesandnobel.com. Captures a year’s worth of inspiring photographs matched with meditations, passages, poetry, and contemplations. A portion of the proceeds benefits Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.