A gourmet holiday season

Published November 18, 2021, 10:34 AM

by Philip Cu Unjieng

Dough & Grocer (D&G) is one of those specialty food stores that transport you to a mini-Fouchon or Harrod’s Food Hall. Initially an online purveyor of specialty foodstuff from France and Italy, it has wonderfully expanded its selection to include items from Japan. What is a guarantee is the high quality of the merchandise they carry, and how the selection has been personally curated by proprietor Alyanna Uy and Paul Bocuse-trained Chef Hiroyuki Meno.

There’s a physical store that you can visit on Sct. Gandia, Quezon City, right in front of the Prologue restaurant, which is a sister company. But as it’s still essentially an online market, it doesn’t matter if QC is geographically a distance for you. Their website and social media assets put ordering on the tips of your fingers. My first exposure to D&G was when I saw they were bringing in the Beurre Plaquette from France, considered the raw milk butter specialists. This is butter from another planet, as they have variants of white or black truffles, and tarragon.

Alyanna Uy at Dough & Grocer

Just recently, I dropped by the Sct. Gandia store to ask Alyanna what was up for D&G this holiday season. She was proud to show me their gift boxes, and how these boxes could be customized according to the type of food items to be found within, with consideration for price points, and the shelf life of what you’ll find inside the box.

French-themed gift box

Italian-themed gift box

Coffee Special gift box

For those special friends, or for special corporate gifts, it’s always nice to present a food gift box that’s really special, something that isn’t available in any supermarket or grocery store. And that’s where D&G can come to the proverbial rescue, as their items are on any gourmand’s dream wish-list. It’s part of the D&G service, to put these gift boxes together, and they can be French-themed, or Italian, or high-end Japanese items. It’s all about making your choice, and leaving D&G to assemble the gift box with food-related goodies that will make the recipient’s eyes pop – wondering if you flew in from Tokyo, Milan, or Paris.

The D&G Angelina section

The visit to their physical store was not without its advantages, as I spied how there was a section devoted to items from Angelina Paris, the iconic tea house on the Rue de Rivoli, that has been there since 1903. Their legendary teas, pastries, and hot chocolate are stuff every discriminating tourist in Paris marks on their itinerary.

The Cluizel Assorted Christmas Treats

D&G also carry Chocolat Marc Cluizel, a gourmet bean-to-bar handcrafted chocolate making company that was founded in Normandy, and has been around since 1948. I loved how there were even Christmas-themed gift balls of their delightful goodies. There were just so many things catching my eye.

Head to their digital platforms to learn more. Me, I’m just happy that there are online stores of this nature, as they help make the world smaller, and allow us to indulge, every so often, in the comfort of our homes. Gourmets rejoice, D&G is ready to provide.