Boston to Austin Food Blogger Gift Swap

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A couple of months ago, I joined the Boston Food Bloggers group and found out they were facilitating a holiday gift swap between Boston and Austin food bloggers. The idea was to come up with a gift that’s representative of your city and costs less than $30 to send to your assigned blogger. It sounded like a lot of fun, and I immediately signed up.

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I think I lucked out on this one, because I was paired with the wonderful Margaret Christine ofย From Maggie’s Farm. Maggie runs a virtual farmstand about an hour outside of Austin, and Maggie’s Farm is dedicated to using sustainable, organic practices to produce high quality artisan products, eggs, baked goods, and produce. If I lived around Austin, you can bet I’d be a frequent customer.

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Judging by the photos on her site, I knew I’d need to put together an awesome gift to even come close to competing with the items Maggie produces in Texas. I immediately thought of Taza chocolate and Boston Olive Oil Company. Both make some of the best chocolate and olive oil I have ever tasted. If you’re ever in Boston, definitely consider a chocolate tour and an olive oil tasting at each – you will not regret it.

For my gift, I selected the salt & pepper chocolate and wild mushroom & sage olive oil. Both are organic, unique, and absolutely outstanding.

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I also baked up a batch of my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies to send to Maggie, using pumpkin butter and a little pumpkin pie spice this time. They came out wonderfully, and I only hope they survive the trip to Texas. If not, crumbled cookies still aren’t half bad.

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I had so much fun putting together my Boston gifts, and can’t wait for my Texas treats to arrive this week! I’ll make sure to do a follow-up post and let you know what Maggie sends!

Are you participating in any gift swaps (foodie or otherwise) this month? If you had to choose a food that you feel best represents your city/town, what would you choose? Feel free to link away!

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  1. Oh what a FUN idea and I would eat those cookies in any way, shape, or form that they arrived in ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lee says

    The number one thing that comes to mind from Atlanta is a beer called Sweetwater that’s very popular down here. However, I have no clue if you can send beer in the mail!

    1. Amanda says

      I also don’t know if you can send beer in the mail. Good question…

  3. I love that Mexican chocolate! It has such an interesting texture!
    Your basket is great- and I just love the idea of sending a mixture of local things to represent where you live. Can’t wait to see what you get!

    1. Amanda says

      The Taza cinnamon one is probably my favorite, but the salt & pepper is so unique.

      I also can’t wait to see what Maggie sends from Texas!

  4. I am drooling right now. That cookie looks incredible.

    1. Amanda says

      I made sure to bake a big batch of them so I could keep a few. haha

  5. I live in the boston area and have never even heard of this oil- looks like I need to try it! what a great package you made!

    1. Amanda says

      They also make really awesome balsamic vinegar. I recently bought the espresso balsamic – it’s so good!

  6. Evan says

    That last photo is SCRUMPTIOUS looking – wow, wow, WOW. I stumbled on your blog from the comment section on Eat Live Run, and I’m really glad I did ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Evan! Looking forward to checking out your blog as well!

      And yes – those cookies are seriously good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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