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Discover Five Unique Gifts for Your Favorite Foodie

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Discover Five Unique Gifts for Your Favorite Foodie

Bacon and chocolate: irresistible gifts for the 2013 season. La Tienda introduces an array of new delights including Ibérico de Bellota Bacon and newly discovered organic chocolate bonbons from Madrid.

For more than seventeen years, LaTienda.com has been the top source for artisanal foods from Spain, and today announces the top seven new gift ideas for 2013. Throughout the year, members of the La Tienda team attend trade shows and travel to Spain seeking the very best gourmet items to introduce to the American market.

"We find that our customers are fanatical about Ibérico meats and traditional Spanish foods," says President Jonathan Harris. "We work with small artisanal producers based in Spain to bring these favorites to the U.S." From the Ibérico de Bellota Pancetta Thick Cut Smoked Bacon to the Orgániko Chocolate Bonbon Sampler, La Tienda brings the spirit and flavor of Spain to every home.

This year's best finds include:

1. Ibérico de Bellota Pancetta - Thick Cut Smoked Bacon
Rich, smoky, 100% Ibérico pancetta-style bacon by Fermín, this pork from Spain takes bacon to an entirely new level. These strips of decadent deliciousness have been slow smoked to create some of the finest bacon in the world. They add melt-in-your-mouth flavor to your favorite recipes and are excellent sprinkled on salads and baked potatoes. The perfect gift for the bacon lover!

2. Orgániko Chocolate Bonbon Sampler
A decadent finale to a special meal or just the right nibble for a quick chocolate fix, these premium, organic bonbons are nestled in elegant tins - perfect for gifting to the chocolate lover in your life, or better yet, keeping for yourself! Taste three captivating combinations in the Orgániko Bonbon Sampler: dark chocolate with olive oil, dark chocolate with natural mint, and milk chocolate with cinnamon, chili and vanilla. These award-winning bonbons are created by some of the most talented artisans in Spain.

3. Peregrino Traditional Paella Kit in Gift Box
No need to gift wrap this beautiful box! Paella is the famous rice dish that has been at the center of celebrations in Spain for centuries, prepared by farmers in the field and famous chefs alike. A fun, easy and delicious way to share the flavors of Spain with friends and family. Two classic recipes are included. La Tienda's Traditional Paella Kit includes: Calasparra Rice (2.2 lbs.) - the venerable strain grown in the mountains of Murcia; hand picked La Mancha Saffron (0.035 oz); the celebrated pimenton de La Vera smoked paprika (2.47 oz) which adds depth to your broth; all-natural fire roasted Piquillo peppers (7 oz) from Lodosa - scarce as they are flavorful; a 500ml bottle of Senorio de Vizcantar Special Selection extra virgin olive oil; and a 15-inch traditional steel paella pan.

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