Food & Wine Hampers – Gift Ideas For Any Occasion

Who doesn’t love a gift filled with all of their favorite top quality nibbles and great wine? That’s precisely why food and wine hampers are the best gifts you can give your friends, relatives or even co-workers and the boss. They’re excellent for any occasion!

If you’re looking for a perfect gift to show someone how much they mean to you or really want to stand out at the company function, why not surprise them with a food and wine hamper? Choosing a top quality gift hamper takes the stress out of making that special someone’s day brighter.

Typically, when you decide to buy a gift hamper, you will get the perfect gift assembled with the absolute finest quality products and goods on the market. Is this special someone not keen on wine? Maybe the occasion calls for something a bit more personal – luxury hampers filled with indulgent self care products, or an assortment of lovely additions for the home, are sure to impress even the fussiest of recipients.

Does your friend or family member absolutely adore their pets? You’ll find a wide range of lovely gift hampers specially tailored for their four legged friends as well. Their furry companion is sure to enjoy the specially designed toys and tasty treats that aren’t full of fluff and fillers, but carefully selected healthy snacks and toys that are good for their diet and teeth.

There are many people that never know what to get a person for just about any occasion – you are not alone, that’s for sure! Instead of just giving something that feels thoughtless, like a gift card or cash, you’ll find a gift hamper is a much better choice and takes the guesswork out of gifting.

Don’t get stuck wondering what to give that special someone, giving a gift hamper will always be a good choice. Sure, you could get them credit on the Play or Apple store, but they will probably just leave it in their wallet or purse and forget they even have it. However, giving a gift hamper full of lovely cheeses, tasty nibbles and wine is something they will surely enjoy.

Does someone you care about have a birthday coming up? A great gift idea for a guy or girl’s birthday is a self care or home apparel hamper. These specially crafted presents offer a variety of excellent bath and home products such as:

  • Face & body wash

  • Beauty masks

  • Hydrating body butter

  • Scented candles

  • Potpourri

  • Hair care products for men and women

  • Fragrant room sprays

  • Essential oils

  • Top quality shaving kits

  • Jewelry cubes

  • Heat pillows

There are simply too many combinations to mention. So you can see that it’s easy to find the perfect gift hamper – for anyone, on any occasion including:

  • Weddings

  • Anniversaries

  • Birthdays

  • Gender reveals

  • Baby showers

  • Company functions

  • Christmas

  • Mother’s Day

  • Father’s Day

There is literally a gift hamper for everything to please even the most discerning of your friends, family members or coworkers. So next time you have something coming up and you just don’t know what gift to give, think about choosing a high quality gift hamper – they won’t be disappointed.

California’s Best Coffee and Where to Get It

Legend has it that, way back in the 9th century, a group of goat herders saw their goats ‘dancing’. On investigating, they discovered that the goats had eaten the fruit of a particular plant. A local monk then made himself a drink with the substance, and he was awake the whole night! Which plant do you think this is? It’s coffee, of course!

Why should you Drink Coffee?

Like the monk, many of us consume coffee daily to stay awake and finish that dreaded assignment. However, coffee has several benefits beyond improving energy levels. Caffeine, one of the key substances in coffee, is known to enhance physical performance and burn fat. Research conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests that a cup of regular black coffee brewed from ground beans contains just two calories.

This makes coffee an excellent option for weight loss and maintenance. Furthermore, it can even reduce the risk of developing diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even certain types of cancer. Coffee is rich in a variety of nutrients, and research suggests that people who drink coffee actually live longer!

Where to find the best coffee?

However, it is important to consume coffee responsibly. This does not refer just to consuming coffee in a regulated manner, but also purchasing quality coffee from safe places. At Common Room Roasters, we provide you options of both single-origin and blended coffee from across the globe. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, we now operate from California. Our aim is to provide you with specialty coffee of the highest quality.

Why Common Room Roasters?

Common Room Roasters (CRR) source the coffee beans in a transparent and ethical manner from reputed and sustainable farmers around the world. Our roasting process is meticulous and uses premier equipment. After the beans are roasted, we employ a variety of brewing methodologies using the most sophisticated machinery in the coffee industry. We also equip our baristas and wholesale partners with the tools and knowledge to make the best cup of coffee for you.

Experience and Buy

The best feature of CRR is our tasting room, which offers a coffee menu that employs a variety of brewing methods. This way, you get to taste the flavor of seasonal and contemporary blends any day. This tasting is complemented by locally sourced small bites, which offer you an authentic experience with coffee. We also offer a number of wholesale options which are sure to place your business’ coffee program at the top. If you are a coffee-lover, looking to enjoy a cup of coffee in the comfort of your home, we have the option of monthly subscriptions for you too.

As California’s top coffee roasters, we source rich and quality coffee sourced from the farms of Colombia, Ethiopia, and Venice, we also sell a range of equipment such as grinders, drippers, and kettles. Our coffee merchandise is a vibrant collection of tote bags, shirts, books, and even fun books that reflect our love for coffee. So visit California Coffee Roaster and update your coffee box right now!

Piña Colada Protein Shake

As the sun starts to re-emerge and the days get a little longer, you better believe we’re reaching for warm weather flavors. We’re craving the tropical vibes of pineapple, coconut, and vanilla in the form of a pina colada.

While you may associate pina coladas with boozy, relaxed afternoons, we’ve got a healthy alternative.

Here’s a pina colada shake recipe you can enjoy as an energizing breakfast or post-workout snack. This blend gives you the decadence of this classic tropical drink without the guilt (but hey, if you want to add a splash of coconut-flavored rum, we won’t judge).

Thanks to premium ingredients, this smoothie is packed with nutrition and taste. Here’s a peek at what’s in store:

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Have Your Treats and Eat Them Too with DOLCIA PRIMA® Allulose

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When the New Year arrived, most of us developed a wellness routine. This routine may be to help us either stay on track or reset our bodies on the path towards a healthier self. My goal for this year is to maintain the results that I saw with kicking the sugar habit last year. But it has not been easy, especially with having two young children who love sweets and all kinds of treats that are not so forgiving on the waistline. Continue reading

Cheers to the Season with Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig®

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Happy Hour at home is as easy as the push of a button. Time always seems to be more precious around the holidays. Shopping trips, gift wrapping, addressing season’s greetings, and baking for large parties is very rewarding, but it does not happen with a simple snap of the fingers.

The Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig® is the first of its kind making a splash into the appliance scene. A perfect complement to celebrating the season with family and friends, simply prepare your favorite cocktail or range of ciders at the touch of a button. A brilliant concept that everyone should snag this holiday season, whether for yourself or a gift for that special someone (or both)!

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The Local Gourmet Kitchen and Market

The Local Gourmet Kitchen and Market, located in Southbury, CT, is a great stop for meticulously crafted comfort food, specialty food, and deli favorites made with the freshest ingredients available. Browse the well-curated selection of snacks, juices, meals to go, and baked goods while you wait for your custom creations from the deli. The casual yet lively atmosphere of The Local Gourmet is hard to ignore, always abuzz with the traffic of busy professionals and parents seeking a meal that is comforting, nourishing, and well suited for an on-the-go lifestyle. Continue reading

LaCroix Sparkling Water

LaCroix Naturally Essenced Sparkling Water has been a Hamptons staple over the past few years. In addition to several activations across the East End, New York City, and even at the 2019 South Beach Wine and Food Festival, LaCroix activated at the 2nd Annual Hamptons Interactive Brunch in East Hampton on Saturday, July 20th.

LaCroix has created so many fun activations on the East End, including an interactive photo booth with plenty of props, a bubbly mixology station with plenty of color straws and accessories, and more. I particularly love their koozies and key chains. During the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, LaCroix had a super fun, beachy display with plenty of beach balls and stacked LaCroix boxes that provide a simple yet colorful and eye-popping backdrop.

Some of my favorite summer cocktails that I like to make with LaCroix include Moscow Mules, Mojitos, and Aperol Spritzes. I personally love to make a Cucumber Mojito with the Key Lime or Pamplemousse flavor with fresh mint and a cucumber or grapefruit slice garnish.

For summer parties, a very simple yet cheerful display is a placing the cans in a simple ice bucket at different points throughout the party with colorful straws, stirrers, and napkins nearby. You can also have a create-your-own cocktail station and even pair the experience with a perfume/essential oil blending station to match your new perfume and or essential oil blend with your sparkling cocktail, inventing a food meets beauty collaboration.

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LaCroix Sparkling Water flavors include two dozen flavors and varieties such as Mango, Lemon, Key Lime, Peach-Pear, Orange, Pamplemousse (grapefruit), and Passionfruit. My particular favorite is the Key Lime though I still have to try all of the flavors.

Find LaCroix Sparkling Water throughout the Hamptons, including at Stop & Shop, King Kullen, Walmart in Riverhead, and CVS. You can also purchase LaCroix at wholesale on

Brew Dr. Kombucha: The Hamptons Summer Refresher

Brew Dr. Kombucha, which is making a splash across the Hamptons this summer, celebrated with East End Taste at the 2nd Annual Hamptons Interactive Brunch last weekend, held at The Maidstone Hotel. I first met Brew Dr. at Long Island Radio Broadcasting’s late spring party on their lawn in Water Mill just two months ago. I instantly fell in love with Brew Dr. Kombucha’s on-site activation aesthetic, which included a food truck, bicycles, pop-up games, a photo booth, and more. At the Interactive Brunch, guests enjoyed their own cans of kombucha while creating fun photos with the many props at hand.

Brew Dr. Kombucha is organic and 100% raw, with a wide variety of flavors including but not limited to Strawberry Basil (my favorite), Ginger Turmeric, Lemon Ginger Cayenne, Spiced Apple, Power Flower (limited release), and more. Their kombucha is lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar. Brew Dr. is also non-GMO and gluten-free.

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Brew Dr. Kombucha is a Certified B Corporation and 1% For the Planet member that is committed to continually lessening our impact on the environment. Their kombucha is packed in glass bottles, aluminum cans, and stainless steel kegs. They are also proud to partner with 5 Gyres, a thought-leading organization that uses first hand scientific research to drive change and implement solutions to solve the global plastic pollution crisis.

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Brew Dr. Kombucha is a leading Portland-based kombucha brand well-that will continue to bring kombucha, kombucha popsicles, and kombucha slushies to the streets of New York City as well as to more pop ups across the East End.

Learn more about Brew Dr. Kombucha by clicking here and discover where to find Brew Dr. near you. In the Hamptons, for example, you can find Brew Dr. at Sagtown Coffee, Cavaniola’s Cheese Shop, Berry & Co, Schiavoni’s Market, Cromer’s Market, King Kullen, L&W Market, Harbor Market & Kitchen, and more.

Serendipity Brands Launches Ice Cream Line

The iconic Serendipity Brands has an ice cream line that is 65 years in the making, which was also featured at the 2nd Annual Hamptons Interactive Brunch in East Hampton on July 20th.

Serendipity Brands premieres a new line of super-premium ice cream, based on the iconic NYC restaurant, Serendipity 3, founded in 1954. The decadent line of ice cream is now available at participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide as well as other select retailers. Eight fantastical flavors, inspired by the restaurant’s signature sundaes, include Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, Strawberry Fields Sundae, Forbidden Broadway Sundae, Birthday Cake, Café Espresso Chip, and Outrageous Banana Split. With a history that spans almost 65 years (and always a line out the door), Serendipity 3 restaurant has entertained the appetites of children, adults and famous celebrity personalities alike.

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Serendipity 3 is most famous for their Frrrozen Hot Chocolate (also available in Peanut Butter and Mint), the Outrageous Banana Split, Drug Store Sundaes, Strawberry Fields Sundae, and of course the Golden Opulence Sundae, the $1,000 sundae with three scoops of Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream, edible gold, and many more grand toppings that requires at least a 48 hour advanced notice as the ingredients “must be flown in from different parts of the world,” according to owner Stephen Bruce.

“One of Serendipity 3’s long-time customers Andy Warhol once said, ‘The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting’, and that’s exactly how our team feels about the launch of our new super premium line of ice cream,” said Mark Smolin, CEO of Serendipity Brands. “The wait is finally over, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that for the first time our fans outside of New York City and across the United States will now be able to enjoy these iconic flavors right from their own freezer.”

In addition to their line of ice cream, Serendipity 3 sells a variety of snacks, merchandise, and apparel on their website. These include a Serendipity 3 glass goblet, Tiffany Lampshade mugs, baseball caps, Living Royal Socks, and more.

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Serendipity 3 in New York City is located at 225 E 60th St and is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until midnight. // 212-838-3531

Child and Young Adult Friendly Products Discovered at Expo West

Looking for the perfect lunchbox treat to give your family a healthy head-start into the spring season? Here we share five child and young adult friendly standout products discovered at Expo West that are ideal for taking to school, on road trips, or anywhere their adventures take them.

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