Written By Gary Hynes Places / Vancouver / Victoria Nov 5, 2015 November/December 2015 EAT Magazine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestSearching malls and big box stores for Christmas gifts can not only be exhausting, it can send money out of the community. So this year, I will be doing the holiday up DIY-style—and either making as many presents as possible or shopping at locally-owned stores to find unique and unusual handmade items. The pleasure comes, from not only making the gifts, but also going around and dropping them off—and if I’m lucky, I might be offered a wee tot of something good to drink.One year my family and I made our own candy—almond butter crunch toffee brittle covered in chocolate and Persian-style nougats with pistachios and rosewater. We really got into it and bought a large, 4’ x 6’ piece of white marble. (When hot candy is poured on a marble slab, it cools more quickly and this makes it easier to work with.) We also bought small, white boxes and filled them with several layers of our candy separated by parchment paper. Of course, there was beautiful ribbon to tie up the boxes. As a final touch, we hand-painted ceramic Christmas tree ornaments and tied them to the ribbon. It took us a few days and, by the end, we were so sick of the smell of chocolate we had to get out of the house and eat out for a few days. Read OnlineMerry Christmas and have a Happy DIY Holiday. – Gary HynesEditor SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ... Read More You may also like Restaurants / Victoria March 29, 2017 Yalla: Middle Eastern Street Eats THERE’S A NEW KID ON THE BLANSHARD street “food block,” a funky little spot called Yalla with a menu of fresh and inspired Middle Eastern ... Read More Culture / Events March 27, 2017 Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy at Terroir, May 29, 2017 This year marks the 10th annual Terroir Symposium in Toronto, described as “a gathering of dreamers, disruptors and international luminaries in the ... Read More First Look / Restaurants / Victoria March 24, 2017 First Look: Café Mexico Café Mexico is a busy local cantina with a brand-new look and feel. The café’s roots reach back to the 1980s and the original Tex-Mex trend, when ... Read More Elsewhere / Travel March 23, 2017 April: Up Island News “The French say; “you never grow old at the table”, so let’s sit down, savour wonderful food together- and stop time.” ... Read More Events / SH March 17, 2017 Summer Dreaming at Linnaea Farm Imagine a tranquil setting, close to nature with spectacular scenery. The air is clean and filled with birdsong and the water tastes sweet. ... Read More Destinations March 16, 2017 Tofino – Ucluelet March Food Buzz Welcome to spring from the west coast. This time of year means the return of migrating whales past our shores, and the event that welcomes them – ... Read More Comments are closed.