Have you picked anything out for mom yet? Mother’s Day is just around the corner….
Of course your mom deserves a day to be celebrated, but somehow every year Mother’s Day creeps up on us quicker than anticipated. Everyone wants mom to feel special - and sending flowers year after year can become a bit repetitive. Below are Bite’s top suggestions for anyone whose mom is a “foodie”, who loves to cook, bake or just to eat!
For the mom who loves tea, create a “bouquet” of floral tea. You can give her both flowers and her favourite drink with one gift! Dried floral teas include jasmine, lavender, hibiscus, rosebuds and chamomile. Create your own blends - we recommend chamomile, lavender and mint leaves. This combination looks stunning together, and the floral flavours with the refreshing hint of mint creates a very soothing, delicious, caffeine-free drink. Check out Grosche Tea Boutique in downtown Guelph for pre-made blends.
What do you give the globe-trotting foodie mom? A selection of world salts! Include sea salt from Bali, pink salt from Australia and the Himalayas, and red Alaea sea salt from Hawaii! This is an affordable taste of the world, and the nutritional wealth of these naturally harvested, unprocessed salts includes vital minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, bromide, chloride, iron, copper, and zinc among other beneficial elements. These natural minerals are valuable for healthy functioning of the body. Visit The Flour Barrel in downtown Guelph or Nature’s Salt Cave in the York plaza for your selection.
For the gourmet mom, create a box full of small-batch, artisan condiments. Premium mustards, dressings, salsas, pickles, preserves and spreads can be sourced out at our Guelph Farmer’s Market. Gourmet oils and vinegars are a great idea as well, perhaps presented in a wooden salad bowl.
For the coffee-loving mom, the ‘Rafino' takes the art of coffee drinking to the next level! Created by Marek Krupa, it is designed to offer micron-level precision for coffee drinkers. Coffee grounds need to be the perfect consistency in order to make the right cup of coffee, so after coffee beans have been ground they're meant to be placed in the 'Rafino' and for the whole unit to be given a quick shake. This forces the coffee grounds through the sifting system that will eliminate clumps of beans, turning your ordinary grounds into one extraordinary cup of joe. It’s a gift she’ll enjoy for years to come, and you can pair it with some delicious fair trade blends from our local Planet Bean.
For the foodie Mom who also loves to garden, why not get her starter plants for her herb garden? A quick snip of lovingly grown herbs into an equally lovingly prepared dish adds a level of completeness you just can't get from a jar. Herb plants can be enjoyed both indoors and out for a year round gift that keeps on giving. Perennial herbs such as mint, oregano, thyme rosemary and sage will come back in your garden year after year.
Of course the best gift for the foodie mom is breakfast in bed! Sam Zajdlik, owner and head chef here at Bite Guelph, grew up making his mom eggs Benedict almost every Mother’s Day. Now he makes breakfast for many other deserving Guelph moms. Don’t be like Sam, make your mother breakfast!