Monday, 10 February 2014

B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocers, Valentine's Hampers, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Mix Your Own Gourmet Gift Hampers at B.I.G

Gift Hampers, B.I.G, Ben’s Independent Grocer


Ever looked at those attractive gift hampers in shop windows and thought that if you could just substitute a few items with something else it would make a perfect present? Well, with B.I.G, Ben’s Independent Grocer, there is no need to compromise. You can design your own gourmet gifts from scratch - a chocolaty indulgence for the cacao lover, a basket of organic fresh produce for the environmentalist, or a caffeine packed bundle for the coffee addict. You have an entire grocery store of gastronomic goodies from which to choose.

I never know what to get hubby for Valentine’s Day. He’s a gadget freak and I have no (zero, nada, zilch) knowledge about the ins and outs of any device that might be of interest to him. My eyes go blank and my head starts to spin at the alien language of bytes and RAMs and ROMs. There’s no way I’m even nearing that danger zone.

He also claims to be a fashion guru (this is the man that used to run an aesthetic centre serving a number of Miss Venezuelas, but also thinks it’s okay to wear black socks and shoes with shorts). I’m just not going there either…

So what else is there? Food. Drinks. Yes! In recent years he’s changed from a coffee buff to a tea freak. So a tea theme it is. B.I.G has what seems like a warehouse full to select from, but this is a special gift, so I’m zooming in on the deluxe items.

Keep Calm and Carry On Tea Kit (RM43.90) is a pretty pink (Valentine theme right) tin containing black leaf tea bags and a packet of shortbread biscuits. Looks good! He can use the tin to store one of his gadgets, or fashion accessories when done. ;-)

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Keep Calm and Carry On Tea Kit
Provence d’Antan Tea (RM91) is my attempt to get hubby to buy a bit more ethically. The tea is organically grown and the company has an excellent program supporting their local community by training and hiring over 50 handicapped people. Yes, it would be better if the product was organic, socially responsible and local, but it seems it’s hard to find all three.

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Provence d’Antan Tea 
Ideal for Malaysian weather, T2 Iced Triple Treat (RM92.90) is a fetching pack of three fruity tisanes made for pouring over ice. Strawberries and Cream, Southern Sunrise and, Spring flavours are accompanied by a mesh infuser so he can get steeping instantly.

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T2 Iced Triple Treat
Hubby is also a bit of a sweet tooth. He loves to try any new liquid, especially if it looks fancy and is saccharine in nature. Elixia, The Gold Lemonade (RM48), is intriguing with edible gold flakes of 24 carats floating inside the bottle. I’m not sure if he will be drinking this one or straining the precious metal. Either way, it will be fun to watch his reaction. It’s goes in the hamper too.

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Elixia, The Gold Lemonade  
Stonewall Dark Chocolate Toffee Sauce (RM20.90) looks rich and decadent. I imagine it slightly heated and poured over creamy vanilla ice cream or plump red strawberries. Yum.

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Stonewall Dark Chocolate Toffee Sauce  
Lastly, a few bars of Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat (RM8.90 per 24g - okay, I had to sneak something in there for me!), make the mix. Varying in percentage from 70 – 80%, I was drawn by the ingredients (or lack of a huge number of them) on the packaging - no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, numbers or unrecognizable creations from the lab - just cocoa butter and sugar. This one’s for me.

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Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat
Happy advance Valentine’s greetings to all. Wishing you a day (life) or friendship, love and happiness.

The Yum List…

Reason to visit: Pick your own gourmet gift hampers.

B.I.G, Ben’s Independent Grocer
B4-5-1 Solaris Dutamas/ Publika
1 Jalan Dutamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 6209 2200


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4 comments:

  1. I just want the Gold Lemonade!
    Precious little thing.

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  2. Wow! All of it looks awesome!

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  3. Cool stuff, that gold lemonade definitely stands out to me!

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  4. Tea and chocolate, can't go wrong really.

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