DINING: Boxing Day and last-minute gifts

Boxing Day — a traditional English holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas — will be marked with a special dinner on Sunday (Dec. 26) at the Crown & Anchor British Pub, 1350 E. Tropicana Ave., and the Little Crown & Anchor, 4755 W. Spring Mountain Road. The dinner of prime rib with roasted potatoes, green beans, carrots, Yorkshire pudding and, for dessert, English Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, or sherry trifle, is $19.95 per person. …

Looking for a few last-minute Christmas gifts? Food items generally are welcome, and there are plenty of them out there (some even on sale, since the holiday approaches shortly). Among the possibilities: Las Vegas-based Sweet Ruby Jane has a variety of holiday packages, including a wreath of chocolate-covered pretzels and a huge box of various treats. It’s online at, or call 648-1000. …

Taste Specialty Foods, 3945 W. Reno Ave., has a huge selection of foods (including caviar) and has recently added a line of truffle-flavored olive oils, sea salts and butters. Visit or call 733-6789. …

And of course See’s Candies and Ethel M have their holiday collections. See’s includes boxes of chocolate-covered peppermints, white mint truffles, a snowman box, foil-covered balls, chocolate collections and much more. Ethel M is featuring a peppermint collection, holiday cocktail collection, holiday pie collection and lots more.


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