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A Few Food Gift Ideas from The Alley

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Madexalli Cultural Coffee Bar in the Alley has plenty of gift ideas.

While strolling through The Alley on Bitters (formerly known as Artisans Alley), 555 W. Bitters Road, Saturday, I spied a few gift ideas for the food and wine lovers on your shopping list.

Drink mixes at Madexalli make great stocking stuffers.

At Madexalli Cultural Coffee Bar, there were plenty of stocking stuffers, such as hot chocolate mix and gingersnap chai, as well gift baskets to be had. You can get a basket with coffee-related items, of course, but you could also add a bottle or two of wine, which is also sold in the store. And then enjoy a latte with a jalapeƱo sausage kolache or a muffin while you're there. (For more on Madexalli, click here.) A neighboring shop with an idea on how to put that wine to good use is Painting with a Twist, a shop that lets you exercise your creativity by helping you get starting in the field of painting. You create a canvas using quick-drying acrylics. The "twist" is you can bring your own bottle to enjoy while you're painting. You can enroll someone in a class or indulge yourself in some fun. (Check out the details at paintingwithatwist.com. There's a second location on Bandera Road.)

Short-rib taco with kimchee at Bin 555.

Of course, you could always treat them to lunch or dinner at Bin 555. Jason Dady and his sous chef, P.J. Edwards, are cooking up some fine treats there. Also posted were signs of Bahia Azul coming soon to the complex. The restaurant promises Mexican seafood, also with a "twist." In this case, that means it will be in the style of Nayarit, which is on the Pacific coast. For more in The Alley at Bitters, click here. We plan on running more ideas of places to find unique holiday food gifts. If you are looking for something in particular or you know of an out-of-the-way place with great foodie gifts, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.

A few canvases hanging at Painting with a Twist.

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