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My Foodie Valentine (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

I’m all about boutique eats. You know, the little guys. The local companies producing amazing and delicious products. The beauty is that they are not name brands; they feel like your own little secret that you just want to share with the world (or hoard all for yourself, depending on the day). There is a spirit, a passion in the food that you just don’t get with mass-produced products. As a small business owner myself I love supporting these companies. If that means using what little ‘juice’ I might have with this blog of mine, than so be it.

So when Maggie of EatBoutique got in touch with me about her new gourmet gift boxes, I just had to try.

And as soon as I tried, I knew I had to share.

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

This particular box is touted as a Valentine’s box. I know we all love our Valentine’s treats, but a box like this trumps a dozen roses and a box of ho-hum chocolates any day. Filled with locally-produced goodies from New York and Massachusetts, it really is a foodie’s wonderland. Bacon-coffee caramel popcorn, sea-salted caramels, chocolate raspberry cashews, melt-in-your-mouth snowball cookies, chocolate covered cocoa nibs, and a jar of deliciously sweet and spicy canned beets (that Taylor promptly claimed for himself). Oh, and Fluffy caramel chocolate chip marshmallow puffs; I may have died just a little when I tasted them.

While it is too late for Valentine’s Day, this gift box is not holiday exclusive. It’d be a great gift for any foodie in your life (or for yourself, for that matter!) and at only $55 (plus shipping), it’s a great value for the sheer amount of gourmet goodness that’s packed inside. Not to mention a truly personal touch (each box comes with a hand-written message). Even better, EatBoutique has plans for more holiday-themed gift boxes (can you say, Mother’s Day?), and boxes of year-round enjoyment. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

It’s giveaway time, lovebirds! Maggie of EatBoutique has so kindly offered a second EatBoutique February gift box to one lucky Love & Olive Oil reader! It’s completely up to you if you share it with your sweetie, or hoard it all for yourself (totally not judging you).

****GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your favorite Valentine’s day treat (homemade or otherwise)?

Entries open through Thursday, February 17 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner the morning of Friday, February 18th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from EatBoutique. Due to the perishable nature of this product this giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
I’m in love at first bite! I just entered to win a gourmet gift box from @eatboutique and @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/fpnS5N
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 48 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

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  1. 501
    Eunice
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    My favorite is without a doubt red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. YUM!

    Reply

  2. 502
    Debbie
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    My favorite treat is the Coffeehouse Crunch Cake at Cold Stone Creamery. It has chocolate cake…crunchies…coffee ice cream and fudge. To.Die.For. My favorite treat to make is for my Valentine…my husband loves chocolate….any kind of chocolate. So today I made him a fudge brownie…chocolate pudding…chocolate mousse…fudge sauce & whipped cream trifle. I know he will absolutely love it.
    Happy Valentines Day everyone!

    Debbie
    dkal85@aol.com

    Reply

  3. 503
    Ace
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    When I was kid growing up my dad always got me and my sister those giant hershey kisses that were the size of our heads. i loved storing it in the fridge and gnawing on it after dinner. sadly we don’t get them any more, but they always make me smile when i see them in the drug store.

    Reply

  4. 504
    Ace
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    oh, and i’m a facebook follower/liker/what-have-you.

    Reply

  5. 505
    Hannah
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I love the little Sweetheart Conversation hearts. I’m not crazy about eating them, but when I was a kid, my dad would always get me a little box of the on Valentine’s Day :)
    And I now follow you on facebook and twitter!

    Reply

  6. 506
    Rachael
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I think it’s about to be the meyer lemon custard pie we baked for tonight!

    Reply

  7. 507
    Anna Mkhikian
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    My favorite valentine’s day treat is chocolate covered strawberries. yummmm….

    Reply

  8. 508
    Anna Mkhikian
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    and i’m a fan on facebook!

    Reply

  9. 509
    Maria
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Homemade! And with extra love. :)

    Reply

  10. 510
    Maria
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I follow you on Facebook!

    Reply

  11. 511
    Kristin T
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Chocolate covered strawberries!

    Reply

  12. 512
    Melissa
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Cherry chocolate brownies…mmmmm

    Reply

  13. 513
    Allison
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I meant to make choc dipped strawberries, but I didn’t get around to it. I did get to make sugar cookies (my grandmother’s recipe)…which I call my version of crack. I can literally eat cookie after cookie…its super dangerous. I couldn’t make hearts though so I made bugs. I figured I could call them love bugs. They were VERY tasty love bugs and didn’t last long. Maybe I will make the strawberries next year…

    Reply

  14. 514
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    We had strawberries Valentines Day morning. They’re special because they’re not all that cheap this time of year. I wouldn’t turn down one dipped into chocolate, though!

    Reply

  15. 515
    Claire B.
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat are balsamic chocolate truffles!

    Reply

  16. 516
    Lis
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Dark chocolate peanut butter cups with sea salt….

    Reply

  17. 517
    Taylor
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I love dark chocolate and I love fruit. Chocolate-dipped grapes are so yummy!

    Reply

  18. 518
    Taylor
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

    Reply

  19. 519
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I used to go all crazy on Valentine’s day. I’d make cookies, candy, and whatever else I thought might turn my husband into a gooey pile of love. Now I’m just happy to be with him, and my favorite treat time with him (he’s currently working 80 hour weeks).

    That didn’t stop me from making double-chocolate mint brownies, though. :)

    P.S. I’m a fan on facebook.

    Reply

  20. 520
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    My all time favorite: brownies.
    They’re sweet, chewy, and just so hard to go wrong with! :D

    Reply

  21. 521
    Jan Griese
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Anything chocolate!! Flowers are nice, but chocolate is better!

    Reply

  22. 522
    Elizabeth S
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I’m a sucker for those cherry flavored lollipops in the shape of a heart! Just remind me of 3rd grade valentines made of construction paper in the best way possible!

    Reply

  23. 523
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 12:04 am

    a box of godiva truffles

    Reply

  24. 524
    carrie
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Warm chocolate lava cake, yum, yum!

    Reply

  25. 525
    Amanda Thompson
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I love to make mini cheesecakes ~ this year I made Kahlua Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes. :)

    Reply

  26. 526
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 12:57 am

    i’ll tell you what it’s not–those icky conversation hearts! not only do they say the stupidest things these days, but their taste is reminiscent of chalk. :)

    Reply

  27. 527
    Meghen
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 1:46 am

    I am not usually a Valentine’s kind of person, I usually call it Single Awareness Day, but this year I made some “moldy” heart sugar cookies (which means they had green icing) and they were a huge hit at my office. For mean, I think something along the buttercream, butter fudge variety is perfect for Valentines. When can you ever go wrong with butter?

    Reply

  28. 528
    Cristina B
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Chocolate covered strawberries are my absolute favorite!

    Reply

  29. 529
    Cristina B
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I am a fan of Love and Olive Oil on facebook

    Reply

  30. 530
    Kara K
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 6:47 am

    I love those grasshopper brownies you featured on your site!

    Reply

  31. 531
    Kara K
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I am a fan on Facebook

    Reply

  32. 532
    Gina
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Chocolate covered strawberries for sure!!

    Reply

  33. 533
    kristen powell
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I think I would go with dark chocolate and caramel – anything with that combo!

    Reply

  34. 534
    kristen powell
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I am a fan (‘like’) on facebook!

    Reply

  35. 535
    Carrie Frazer
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Anything with chocolate, especially dark chocolate.

    Reply

  36. 536
    Farrah
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Hearts & Darts. Used to get them every year when I was a kid, but hardly ever find them now.

    Reply

  37. 537
    Kaysee
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 9:48 am

    My fav v-day treat this year was homemade banana cake, with chocolate ganache filling, and peanut butter frosting! was delicious a bit different for the holiday!

    Reply

  38. 538
    Diana
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 10:03 am

    My mom’s heart shaped sugar cookies with buttercream frosting.

    Reply

  39. 539
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am

    well, i don’t like chocolate OR peanut butter (i know, I know) so a good creme brulee goes a long long way with me .

    Reply

  40. 540
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Definitely white cheddar popcorn!

    Reply

  41. 541
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

    And I follow you on FB. :)

    Reply

  42. 542
    danielle
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 10:42 am

    cherry pie!

    Reply

  43. 543
    danielle
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 10:47 am

    i like you on FB

    Reply

  44. 544
    Kendra
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Chocolate in all its forms!

    Reply

  45. 545
    Amelia
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Chocolate Covered Strawberries are my absolute favorite any time of the year, but especially on Valentine’s Day :)

    Reply

  46. 546
    kristin m.
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

    favorite vday treat? pretty much anything covered in chocolate, the darker the chocolate, the better! kristinmik at gmail

    Reply

  47. 547
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I love any homemade sweet treat on Valentine’s Day. Recent favorites include chocolate hazelnut lava cake, sweet and salty cake, and coconut cupcakes.

    Reply

  48. 548
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I follow you on Facebook!

    Reply

  49. 549
    kristin m.
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 11:41 am

    i already “like” you on fb! kristinmik at gmail

    Reply

  50. 550
    kristin m.
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 11:42 am
  51. 551
    Emily Y.
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I love anything chocolate covered, but especially oranges. Soooo good!

    :)

    Reply

  52. 552
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Chocolate covered strawberries! Yum!

    Reply

  53. 553
    Sara Wise
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    a poem from my love

    Reply

  54. 554
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Anything involving Olive & Sinclair chocolate or Dagoba, preferably homemade chocolate cups with coconut in the middle. YUM

    Reply

  55. 555
    Kara
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    My weak spot is big soft sugar cookies piled high with frosting — of course pink frosting and sprinkles for Valentine’s Day!

    Reply

  56. 556
    Kara
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I’m also a fan on Facebook :)

    Reply

  57. 557
    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm
  58. 558
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I tweeted and liked you on Facebook…fingers crossed!

    Reply

  59. 559
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I love chocolate-covered strawberries – they seem like a special Valentine’s Day indulgence.

    Reply

  60. 560
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I just liked you on Facebook. :)

    Reply

  61. 561
    Alexandra
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s treat are Godiva’s dark chocolate covered macaroons. Who doesn’t love chocolate & macaroons & what’s more decadent than Godiva? :)

    Reply

  62. 562
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Definitely chocolate-dipped strawberries!

    Reply

  63. 563
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I like to make mini chocolate bowls by dipping small balloons in chocolate bark. When the dry, pop the balloon, fill with no-bake cheesecake and top with berries. Yum!

    Reply

  64. 564
    Alison
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    A homemade dinner with my kids and husband.

    Reply

  65. 565
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    tweeted!

    Reply

  66. 566
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    And “liked”

    Reply

  67. 567
    reva skie
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Peanut butter brownies!

    Reply

  68. 568
    Ryan
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Anything chocolate!

    Reply

  69. 569
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    The best treat is when my valentine does the dishes after I have used every pot in the house!

    Reply

  70. 570
    Amber
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    My favorite valentine’s day treat is red velvet cupcakes!

    Reply

  71. 571
    Michelle Henderson
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I love macaroons for Valentine’s day. My sweetie makes them for me every year!

    I also tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/PDXMichelleH

    And I like you on facebook!

    And I adore your blog. Keep it up!

    Reply

  72. 572
    amanda sakovitz
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    my favorite valentine’s treat is chocolate covered peeps!

    Reply

  73. 573
    amanda sakovitz
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm
  74. 574
    amanda sakovitz
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    like love and olive oil on fb as amanda s

    Reply

  75. 575
    Circeo
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    My husband makes heart-shaped pancakes for myself and our dog every year for valentine’s. :)

    Reply

  76. 576
    Misty
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    TIRAMISU! And not the frozen grocery store junk either….the real good stuff!

    Reply

  77. 577
    rocio
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    my favorite valentine’s treat is the Love potion No. 9 1/2 from a local chocolate store called lillys (http://lillytremont.com/chocolate-confections/). it’s dried strawberries, aged balsamic vinegar, love, & milk chocolate. it’s soooo good!

    Reply

  78. 578
    rocio
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    i also follow you on facebook!

    Reply

  79. 579
    Christina
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    chocolate truffles!!

    Reply

  80. 580
    Christina
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I liked Love and Olive Oil on Facebook!

    Reply

  81. 581
    Claire
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Red Velvet Cake!

    Reply

  82. 582
    Claire
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I’m your fan on Facebook!

    Reply

  83. 583
    Delilah
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    ANYTHING chocolate!

    Reply

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    Delilah
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I liked Love and Olive Oil on Facebook too!

    Reply

  85. 585
    Reagan
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    My favorite Valentines treat is Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

    Reply

  86. 586
    Court
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Sugar cookies!!!!

    Reply

  87. 587
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Anything chocolate!

    Reply

  88. 588
    Allison
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Rose petal ice cream!

    Reply

  89. 589
    Allison
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    :D I liked your blog on Facebook

    Reply

  90. 590
    Sharon
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Molten Chocolate Lava Cake!

    Reply

  91. 591
    Sharon
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I follow you on twitter @sharonjo2
    Tweet: http://twitter.com/sharonjo2/status/37730267296698368

    Reply

  92. 592
    Sharon
    Posted On February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I like Love & Olive Oil on facebook.
    (Sharon Olivier)

    Reply

  93. 593
    tasha
    Posted On February 16, 2011 at 12:56 am

    oh yum! definitely chocolate chip heart-shaped pancakes with strawberries! true love. Now also following you on facebook!

    Reply

  94. 594
    Edie
    Posted On February 16, 2011 at 2:26 am

    I love chocolate!

    Reply

  95. 595
    Alex
    Posted On February 16, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Anything chocolate, but my favorite are chocolate covered strawberries… yum!

    Reply

  96. 596
    Alex
    Posted On February 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I also like you on Facebook!

    Reply

  97. 597
    Emily Ward
    Posted On February 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat would have to be chocolate covered strawberries and homemade chocolate chip cookies with valentine’s day m&ms! I am also a fan on facebook!

    Reply

  98. 598
    lola
    Posted On February 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    dulce du leche gelato

    Reply

  99. 599
    Posted On February 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I LOVE nutella and Oreo-crusted cheesecake. My BFF made us some and we totally had a stay-at-home Valentine’s.

    Reply

  100. 600
    Posted On February 16, 2011 at 9:21 am

    My favorite Valentine’s treat is anything chocolate…followed by a sweet kiss :)

    Reply

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