The Gentleman always wrings his hands with agita when he has to get me a birthday present. I’m more the present-giver in the family – I take great joy in finding the right thing for someone. So when I woke up on my birthday and he eagerly said, “Ok do you want your present?” I was a little surprised.
It was incredible!
You may remember that I participate in the foodie penpal swap at The Lean Green Bean. Every month, a stranger sends me a box of food worth $15, and I send a different stranger the same thing. In unrelated news, I have been missing NYC, and talking about how I need to go there. (I need to go there!) Well, the gentleman decided to get me a foodie penpal box, but do it ultra high-end with products from NYC. Think ultra-precious made-in-Brooklyn-by-someone-with-a-beard. He even put it in a post office flat rate box like the real thing. Whaa!
Mast Brothers chili pepper dark chocolate bar
Brooklyn Hard Candies, aka “you want me to pay $8 for a bottle of hard candy?” And he got me two.
Sir Kensington Ketchup, spicy flavor
Empire Mayonnaise, paprika flavor
Oliviers and Company finishing oils, garlic and chili
I’m very much a “it’s the thought that counts” type of giftee, and I would love him even if he didn’t get me anything. But damn – the Gentleman did very well!