Food & Drink

Formaggio Kitchen's Epicurean Goodies

honey sampler!

Some gifts are meant to last forever. Others should be inhaled within minutes of reception. Satiate the foodies on your list at first-rate gastronome resource Formaggio.

Domestic Honey Sampler, $40
Your holistic-minded (i.e., obsessed) mother-in-law has forsaken all artificial sweeteners (as she never stops reminding you). Give her morning tea some natural yet fanciful options with four different nectars sourced from stateside apiaries as close as Carlisle and far away as Hawaii.

Mas de Bories Olive Oils, $28-$33
Personally, you’re fine with a big vat of supermarket EVOO, but your chichi boss would sooner cook with engine oil. Treat her to a bottle of gourmet huile olive originating from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Worried about your job status? Throw in a Switzerland-sourced Poschiavo pasta sampler ($22) for the kiddies.

Cheese of the Month Club, $205.50-$740
Pretentious Cousin Dave fancies himself a bona fide fromage connoisseur (though you have photographic evidence of his Velveeta days). Challenge his cheesy presumptions with three, six, or twelve months of incredible delicacies carefully selected according to season.

Fleur de Sel de Guerande, $14
You’ve borrowed more than your share of sugar from the salty downstairs neighbor. Repay the favor with intensely flavored sea crystals harvested off the Brittany Coast. If the dude has exceeded his snow-shoveling duties, add in a ceramic salt pot ($40) with olive wood spoon ($6) for serving.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake, $15
Don’t become family gossip fodder by showing up empty-handed (again) to the grand holiday morn. Proffer a delicious confection — then politely demur when Nana Gertrude asks exactly what’s in it.

Formaggio Kitchen, 244 Huron Avenue, Cambridge (617-354-4750 or formaggiokitchen.com); South End Formaggio, 268 Shawmut Avenue, South End (617-350-6996 or southendformaggio.com).

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268 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118
244 Huron Ave
@ Appleton St
Cambridge, MA 02138