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One of my school friends lives in Grand Rapids, MI and she tells me great things about G.B. Russo & Son, a store selling beer, wine & spirits, grocery, and specialty food. Her sister-in-law is Italian, and the selection is enough for her not to miss anything.
Of course, I got interested. I went to the website and saw that they make gift baskets starting at $35 and ship them nationally. Unfortunately, there was no description (just a few enlargeable pictures) and I had no idea what gift baskets contained before I called them to place an order (yes, it’s the only way to order a gift basket there).
After a few minutes of consulting, I opted for a gourmet gift basket with Zachary thin mints, Gato Negro sauvignon blanc, Bellagio chocolate truffle cocoa mix, Creme de Pirouline wafers, blueberry yogurt pretzels, a Toblerone milk chocolate bar and Havarti cheese. It was not cheap and cost about a hundred dollars, but I really wanted to try all those goodies.
About 4 days later, I received my much-anticipated package. Although I had many helpers who assisted me in eating this delicious gift basket, I managed to try every item and remained more than pleased. Piroulines were great with coffee, the Bellagio cocoa tasted good, the Gato Negro from Chile had a nice finish, and the Havarti cheese was smooth and creamy. The only thing I didn’t quite like were the Zachary thin mints with an extremely grainy texture of the mint.
I’d really like to visit G.B. Russo & Son one day in Michigan, but it’s been a good experience so far. However, there are a few things they need to do ASAP – put up the list of items in the basket and make it possible to order through their website, not over the phone.