Gifts from Houston, with love. By Molly Glentzer. Houston Chronicle.

Houston has talent.The Bayou City is home to a wealth of artisans and designers whose products - from gourmet foodstuffs and fashionable luxuries to simple, practical home goods - make meaningful, out-of-the-ordinary gifts.Buying local helps reduce your carbon footprint. And while Houston's economy is healthier than that of many other cities, every little bit of stimulus helps.According to a recen...

Delish Gourmet Online Food Gifts. By Tanji Patton. Houston Chronicle.

It truly is more rewarding to give than to receive, BUT it’s pretty darn cool when you receive a gift that you can enjoy right then and there – something delicious! Gourmet food gifts are always popular for the holidays, plus they’re so easy to send, since you can do it all online! I’ve put together some great ideas to make your gift giving really simple, savory and sweet:Goode Co. Brazos Bot...

Family shares love of chocolate. By Sarah Tressler. Houston Chronicle.

If you step into the Araya Artisan Chocolate shop on The Grand Parkway, you might see Silvana Susi, a soft-spoken Venezuelan native in cook's whites, standing over a stainless steel table, sweeping a layer of thick liquid chocolate over its cool surface.She is tempering the chocolate, a process where it's heated and then cooled in order to align the cocoa butter molecules to produce a product that...