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Kansas/ Kansas City food souvenirs

Okay, wake up Kansas City-ians!! We are headed to Canada (British Columbia, to be exact) here in a little bit, and I'm hoping to take some special gifts to people there that represent Kansas/ Kansas City well. I had originally wanted to take barbequed meat and such, but I just don't think the logistics of that will work well. These are the things that I've thought of or bought so far:

- Gates and Jack Stack sauces
- Christopher Elbow Chocolates
- Boulevard Beer
- Z's or PT's coffee
- honey + homemade soaps from my mom's friend who is a beekeeper
- I thought about apple cider too, but I know they have a lot of orchards in the area we're going to, so I don't know if that would be somewhat offensive or not? (Reese's Fruit Farm (Topeka) has the best, in my opinion!)

This might be a good resource for visitors as well, so I'm hoping that you all come up with some wonderful ideas!!

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  1. Valomilk.
    Cherry Mash.
    I'd hit a variety of Sauces, since you can get em cheap.
    Out here, a Rosedale or Quicks, a Zarda, Etc. would be priceless.
    A loaf of Povitca.
    Dorothy Lynch French Dressing.
    Otts Dressing.
    I'll think of some more.

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    1. re: bbqboy

      Excellent bbqboy! Keep 'em coming! (I forgot about Dorothy Lynch!)

    2. I moved away from KC and whenever I am able to get back I have to pick up some Scimeca's Marinara sauce and Hereford House dressing, I love them both, and miss them so much!

      1. An assortment of Roasterie coffees
        Velvet Creme or Topsy's popcorn
        Something sweet from Andre's
        Chocolates from Annedore's (truffles are terrific)
        Laura Little's fudge
        Russell Stover's Pecan Roll
        Panache chocolate popcorn
        Bogdon's Reception Sticks
        Olde Westport Spice Co. spices and herb blends
        Williams Seasonings
        The Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook
        Lost Trails Root Beer, Sarsaparilla, Cream Soda
        Three Dog Bakery treats for the dogs
        Fritz's salami
        Stephenson's Apple Butter and assorted relishes
        Silva's salsa and chips
        Pasta LaBella pasta
        Louisburg Apple Cider Jelly and assorted snacks, jellies, cider, etc. (Fun place to visit!)
        Wolferman's English Muffins
        Val-O-Milk
        Cherry Mash (the bags of mini-Mashes will go a long way)

        I'm not fond of Strawberry Hill povitica. It's quite dry and tasteless to me, not at all like the real povitica I used to get up on KCK's real Strawberry Hill. I much prefer povitica from Kobe House Bakery in Sugar Creek. Really nice people and a fun place to visit.
        http://www.kobehouse.com

        When is your trip?

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        1. re: KCJ

          I'd agree with your assessment and memory of the povitica, but compared to zero, it's good.
          Williams chili seasoning is true. That's another one we get sent.

          1. re: bbqboy

            You can order the Kobe House povitica on the website given above. Have it delivered right to your door when you need a fix. :)

          2. re: KCJ

            Williams Country Gravy mix is without question the best there is. I didn't know it was a KC thing. I can find it here, although not everywhere.
            While I'm a huge LC's fan, I'm not a fan of the sauce. I brought home a bottle anyway, and my brother swears it was made by God for his personal use. I think he'd move to KC just have it readily available.

            1. re: Bobfrmia

              I can find some Williams things at Winco out here in Oregon, and the Western Family Mixes available here as house brand are made by Williams, EXCEPT for the Chili. That's what my sister sends me.

            2. re: KCJ

              Wow, Jane! Thanks for all the great ideas! We leave Aug. 30th!

              1. re: Katie Nell

                Katie - Seems to me that McGonigle's Market on Ward Parkway used to have a nice section of "made in KC" food items right across from the meat counter. Haven't been there in a while so not sure if they still have it.

                Since I don't have a big Hen House near me, I don't get in them often but seems they also had a lot of KC products, but scattered all over the store in their appropriate food category aisles.

                Oh, forgot Bilardo Bros. sauces and mixes, too.

                Which route you taking? I often head west in late August/early September and always found I-80 (from Lincoln, not Omaha) across Nebraska to be an easier and cooler summer drive for me than I-70 across Kansas. Anyhow, whichever route you take, I bet folks here can help you find stops in the Midwest for meals and other Chowhound boards can help you in the west and Pacific northwest.

                Have a great trip!

                1. re: KCJ

                  KCJ...
                  We're actually flying up to the Okanagan Valley and shhh, don't tell, but we're eloping the next day! I'm wanting to take some thank you gifts to our "wedding planner" and the owner of the orchard we're getting married at (the food editor of Vancouver Magazine, so there is a little bit of pressure there!) All of your suggestions are really helpful, and many that I had not heard of! I'm sure it will be a fantastic trip and you can read all about it on the Western Canada board when we get back! Thanks for all your help!

                  1. re: Katie Nell

                    Okay, Katie, I'll keep the secret! I won't tell a soul! Will keep it just between you and me! :)

                    And congratulations! What a great reason for a trip.

                    Oh, so you're flying, huh? Hmmmmm....that might well rule out a lot of the bottled products with the luggage weight restrictions and such. And the cargo hold will probably get seriously warm so chocolate and other items susceptible to the heat might not be a good idea.

                    If it wasn't off-season (due to heat) for shipping chocolate, I'd suggest you order goodies shipped directly from some of those fine candy makers to yourself at a safe destination in Vancouver. You could certainly have the povitica from Kobe House shipped there.

              2. re: KCJ

                Nice list! I've heard of everything on it except for Fritz's salami. Could you fill me in on what it is, I love salami, especially volpi salami from the other side of the state in STL. Thanks in advance.

                1. re: KCJ

                  I agree velvet creme popcorn. Orange. Delicious.

                2. Katie - You might want to check to make sure any food product you take into Canada will make it through customs. I know when I mail food to Canada, there are some restrictions on meat. I also can't send alcoholic beverages. Don't know how that applies to crossing the border with these items in your vehicle.

                  It would be rough to pack up all these goodies and then find out you can't take them into Canada. The restrictions and prohibited items lists changes from time to time but I'd think you could find information online so you don't waste your money.

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                  1. re: KCJ

                    Yes, I've definitely been reading up on that, especially with all the new concerns!

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