The year of the ox is upon us as we celebrate Lunar New Year 4707 (though some sites claim it's really year 4706). If you're looking for something more adventurous than a bottle of wine to bring to a dinner party between now and February 9th (the end of the 14-day celebration), we've got ideas. All sorts of foods and sweets are traditionally given during the festivities: fruits, chocolates, candies, and cookies.
L.A. Burdick has put together beautiful collections of handmade chocolates ($5 to $61) infused with smoky teas, complex layerings of Asian spices,and sweet citrus fruits. They are available in bamboo boxes wrapped in rice paper or wooden boxes sealed with a golden wax "Good Luck" stamp and tied with bright red and gold ribbon.
For something a little less sinful, consider an assortment of dried fruit from Bella Viva. The gourmet World Voyage fruit platter ($17) contains 24 ounces of flavorful, moist pears, plums, prunes, apples, apricots, mango, and pineapples.
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