He likes drinking espresso out of those tiny cute little espresso cups, which I have a magnificent ability to drop, knock over, or otherwise destroy. When we finally got down to one, I realized that part of his Christmas gift would be replenishing stock on those, with something I’d be able to get more of when I broke them (and I have), so I went to Crate & Barrel and got him some. Not an exciting gift, but useful and functional.
This year for his birthday, I got him something for both of us. There’s a European food importer about 30 minutes from our house, in South Seattle that carries Callebaut chocolate. Callebaut is sold in 11lb blocks, which is quite a lot of chocolate, so Pacific Food Importers (PFI) breaks the blocks into pieces and sells chunks of it for about $8/lb last time I checked. Every several months, I make the trip down to PFI, and stock up on bulk spices, high-end dried pastas, anchovies, olives, amazing cheeses, cocoa powder, mini tart shells, and of course, some hunks of Callebaut. When I get home, I usually hide a few. Craig likes eating chocolate, and has a taste for the good stuff. Hiding is my method of keeping some around for when I want to use it for cooking. He’s worked out my tricks though, and secretly eats the chocolate in my stashes, which I generally assume are safe until I go to pull out some chocolate for ganache and find none. It’s incredibly disappointing to say the least.
So I bought Craig a chocolate bar for his birthday. An 11lb block of high-end Callebaut. He never would buy it for himself, and is sure to enjoy it. Maybe not the most exciting gift (once again), but it will get consumed. And really, I mostly just needed an excuse to rationalize spending $70 on chocolate.