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What Chow do you ship to yourself??

Ok, chowhounds here's my question:

What food/food related items do you love so much that you ship them to yourself if they are not available in your immediate area?

I live in a part of the country where if you want anything out of the ordinary you have to find it and have it shipped in. So far, I've been lucky with citrus (www.lavignefruits.com), chocolate (www.chuaochocolatier.com), and a few other things.

I'd love to hear what you've successfully shipped to yourself for some new ideas and sources.


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  1. Joe's Stone Crab claws... straight from Miami! Have friends over and crack into them! Yumm!


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    1. re: SChalfant

      Oooh, those look terrific! What size do you like?

      1. re: ExercisetoEat

        Selects and Jumbos are the way to go. Mediums aren't even worth your time.

        If you're ever in Miami Beach, you have to go to Joes. But go at lunch to miss the insane dinner crowds. If you have kids like us, lunch is also the only time to go. It seems a lot of families hit lunch.


      2. re: SChalfant

        Thanks for suggesting the Stone Crabs from Joe's. I always go there when I am in Miami.

        How do the shipped ones compare? Do you think these kinds of crab are available anywhere else?

        1. re: Fleur

          We've always been happy with the shipped ones. We ordered from Joe's the first time, but for the past few years have been ordering direct from a place that catches their own. If you just want to buy stone crab by the pound, try Moore's Stone Crab in Longboat Key. No frills and much better prices than Joe's. We've also ordered great stone crab claws from Captain Billy, and this year we've ordered 6 lbs from a new one to us - http://freshchoiceseafood.com/florsto...

          Picture from our second annual visit to Moore's Stone Crab restaurant this year.


      3. After reading several posts about Wickles I knew I wanted to try them. My first order in November took a little longer then it should have but they made up for it with an extra jar of relish. My second order arrived today; 2 64 oz jars of Wickles (Wickedly Delicious Pickles). I knew I would have to share and wanted to have enough!!!

        1. Yup- love the stone crabs. I live in the Boston area, so lobster and steamers are plentiful- but when I go to visit my relatives in the mid west, I ship us a clam bake to enjoy with them.

          1. Lowell Farms jasmine rice -


            Wonderfully aromatic rice - love it.

            1. A former Chicagoan now living in the mid-Atlantic, I ship myself Fannie May Chocolates (specifically Meltaways and Trinidads) on occasion:


              I've also considered shipping myself Jeni's Ice Cream, but usually just pack the freezer with it after a trip through Columbus over the holidays:


              (Although I'm getting dangerously low on the toasted brioche special...)

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              1. re: spyturtle008

                holy crap that jeni's ice cream sounds unreal.

                now i'm drooling into my keyboard.

                1. re: annimal

                  Among my favorites are the Maker's Mark butter pecan, Cocoa zin, and Gravel Road (salty caramel w/ almonds). I'm really liking the cassis yogurt that she's got as part of her Marie Antoinette line, and hope she keeps that and the brioche around...

                  There's also a flavor she makes on occasion called 'Influenza' -- hyperfruity with a healthy dose of brandy. Got me through my last cold in one piece -- better than anything my doctor could've given me. (Comes in a non-alcoholic version for the kids, too.)

                  1. re: annimal

                    wow....i second that. i have to try these. this has always been my dream (to open my own ice cream line with crazy flavors) ugh!

                    these flavors sound great, but how is the texture? is it comparable to store bought brands such as ben and jerrys and haagen daaz? i use those examples because i think those are the best two textured ice creams readily available throughout the world. (although there ARE better ice creams not easy to find) thick and creamy? im about to buy this for gifts for multiple people and am afraid to blow it by spending hundreds of dollars without having tried it myself. :X

                    1. re: junglekitte

                      The texture is great -- especially for the ice creams and yogurts. She uses high percentage of milkfat in most all of her flavors, which makes them very creamy and not as 'hard' as most storebought ice creams. For instance, when I get them home and off of the dry ice, I have to wait for them 'warm up' in the freezer before digging in. The sorbets are also 'soft' -- I served some for some guests last night (pear riesling and blood orange / pomegranate -- yum!) and although they didn't necessarily look pretty in the dish (probably more due to my 'scooping technique' or lack thereof), they disappeared to raves almost instantaneously. I'll also note that these two sorbets were found in the back of my freezer from last Thanksgiving's trip, and held up absolutely fine over the year.

                      I'm sure your guests will be thrilled with your gift! (How can I get on your list?!) I hope you'll post again with their reactions :) .

                      1. re: spyturtle008

                        wow thanks for responding so quickly! i will absolutely post with their reactions. i hope they love it. thanks for recommending it.

                      2. re: junglekitte

                        so i sent 10 flavors of this to my family for xmas...and they LOOOOVED them! thanks again for the rec. :D next time i hope someone sends these to me. hehe

                    2. re: spyturtle008

                      I visit Columbus a few times a year and buy several containers to take home with me. I pack the cooler and some ice packs and they've looked at me odd more than once when I ask to try five different flavors then end up taking home four pints of different flavors I didn't just try!

                      So far I've really enjoyed Honey Vanilla Bean, Thai Chili, and a Pumpkin Five Spice.

                      1. re: spyturtle008

                        I'm going to Columbus shortly, and this will definitely be on the itinerary. Thanks for the heads up.

                        1. re: Louise

                          Another place I stop at when I'm driving through Columbus is Graeter's, which is a regional chain that also has legendary ice cream. I'll confess though that I've only tried one of their flavors (most of the cooler space is taken up by Jeni's by the time that I get there), Buckeye Blitz (chocolate ice cream with peanutbutter cookie dough and big chunks of dark chocolate). We were sent there for dry ice the first time we were making a Jeni's haul since they'd run out, which is how we stumbled upon this place.

                          Also, when you stop at the market for Jeni's, save room for lunch. There are lots of great food vendors to choose from (including a Vietnamese vendor who usually has good bahn mi, although this last trip they were kind of sub par).

                          I usually end up with an armful of salsas from the salsa vendor there, too.

                          1. re: spyturtle008

                            Thanks for the tip. Actually a few years ago I brought back an assortment of Graeter's for my sister who missed it from the year she lived there.

                            I will try the banh mi and salsa though living 5 min from Fruitvale's International Blvd (Mexican *and* Vietnamese porkadelic delights), it may be like bringing coals to Newcastle.

                            And I'm really looking forward to knockwurst and spaetzle at Schmidt's.

                        2. re: spyturtle008

                          Now I wish I would have asked for that ice cream for Christmas! (pouting... :-()

                          1. re: spyturtle008

                            I think it's a very good thing that I've never had that ice cream, and I think I'd better not start now. Holy cow. I'd have to go to ice cream rehab.

                            1. re: spyturtle008

                              Spyturtle, thanks for bringing up Jenis! After ordering the Marie Antoinette combo pack, I am a huge fan! Thanks thanks thanks!

                              1. re: The Engineer

                                Excellent! Now I need to get in touch w/ Jeni to see if I can get her to start a referral program :). Out of curiosity, what were your favorite flavors?

                                1. re: spyturtle008

                                  Toasted brioche with butter and jam, star anise with candied fennel, and chestnut & honey yogurt blew me away. The other three were merely excellent...

                            2. Moosewood Farms maple syrups
                              Savannah Honey Company
                              Moveable Feasts Brownies
                              ...just to name a few

                                1. re: tlegray

                                  Oh, that's exciting! I have my first batch hiding in the back of my freezer for Christmas morning (my other half has a serious weakness for chocolate croissants). I'm glad to hear that they're worth shipping.

                                  1. re: ExercisetoEat

                                    I just love them too. Just remember to start the night before Christmas - a good twelve hours to defrost and rise.

                                2. Dartagnan's foie gras. They are having a special right now too. An order my be in the works real soon.

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                                  1. re: Candy

                                    Same here! Also from Dartaganan with my foie gras purchase:

                                    Foie Gras / Foie Gras Mousse / Medallion
                                    Urbani Truffle Oil set
                                    Duck Prosciutto
                                    Wild Boar Porciutto
                                    Truffle Butter

                                  2. Wow, what timing! Just this morning I took the plunge for the first time and shipped myself dried apples from Simply the Best in the Pike Place market. I decided to give up looking for a substitute after trying all the sad, sad versions from Trader Joe's, Whole Foods et al. and to just go for the real deal. Now they need to get here!!

                                    1. Heritage Foods, for "heirloom" Duroc Pork or Berkshire Pork Ribs, Turkeys and other lovely birds:


                                      Farm-2-market's fresh (not frozen) Louisiana Shrimp:


                                      Luckily I live in NYC so I can go to the corner store for D'artagnan fois gras or French butter. ;-) But those two items are really great and worth shipping.

                                      I once also smuggled in real Italian salumi from an Italian website; they were really smart and labeled the box shipped to me as "pasta," but it was really carnivore contraband. Yum.

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                                      1. re: bengoshi

                                        Hi Bengoshi,

                                        I live in NYC too so I can get D'artagnan foie gras or truffle butter at Dean and Deluca. However, D'artangnan offers flat next day shipping for $25, so when I order other stuff like prosciutto I will order everything at one time!

                                        1. re: kobetobiko

                                          How nice! Sometimes the corner is just too far. Now I can just order. ;-)

                                      2. Boudin Bakery's sourdough bread, and Seabear.com's "By Reservation Only" wild Sockeye Salmon from the Copper River.



                                        1. mmmm. Stone Crab. Our traditional Christmas Eve dinner for the two of us. We usually order from Moore's Stone Crab in Longboat Key, but this year we've ordered jumbo claws from Fresh Choice Seafood in Key West.

                                          We also order from D'Artagnan 3-4 times a year. (BTW, this week's and next week's special is a free 6 oz. package of Duck Foie Gras medallions with truffles with any order over $100).

                                          This year I also ordered ice cream from Graeter's, raw flour tortillas from Del Comal in Houston (they freeze great), and some Satsuma mandarins. Ha - I opened the box and immediately ate 5 of them.

                                          And I've been eyeing these Scottish langoustines for a treat ever since I saw them in September's Saveur magazine:

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                                          1. re: Rubee

                                            Do you have a link for the tortillas? I googled and came up with nothing.

                                            1. re: bengoshi

                                              Relatives brought some with them when they visited last year, and we were hooked. They don't have a website, we called. The only downside is they will ship to you, but you'll have to order a case. So you'll either need a big freezer or friends to share with! They're fantastic though - hard to beat a fresh cooked flour tortilla. We use a hot cast iron griddle flipping and flattening them as they puff up...mmmmm...fresh and warm tortillas.


                                              Tortilleria De Arina Del Comal
                                              3805 Aldine Mail Rd, Houston, TX 77039

                                              1. re: Rubee

                                                Thanks for that! Do they carry corn tortilla as well?

                                                1. re: bengoshi

                                                  Not sure, we only get the flour tortillas.

                                          2. zingermans - get the whole dealy in one place- fedex it around- very sweet. try the parbaked breads- they are off the hook- and the antique sicilian chocolate is delish... enjoy fb


                                            1. Country Ham, pulled candy, country ham sausage

                                              I love living in the San Francisco area. But miss some of the southern foods.


                                                1. Being in a large Metro area, I have pretty good access to most things, but still order spices from


                                                  When Dad was sick, near the end, he did not have much appetite and we stuggled to get calories into him. To help, I would order Carnegie Deli cheesecakes for him as they were easy for him to get down and brought back good memories for him.


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                                                  1. re: Moonpie

                                                    That's sweet. Thanks for sharing the cheesecake memory.

                                                  2. Cincinnati ex-pats can order a box of local favorites (some combination of ribs from Montgomery Inn, ice cream from Graeter's, and Skyline Chili) from the Montgomery Inn website.

                                                    This is the only food I've ordered online for myself. It's packed with "chillows" for shipping and arrives in good condition. The price is very high though... you really need to have a bad case of Chili/Graeters fever (as I did!) to spend so much.

                                                    1. I order nearly all my pizza-making ingredients from


                                                      They have the best tomatoes for sauce (6 in 1), the best cheese (Grande), and the most wonderful pepperoni (Ezzo) none of which are to be found in Manhattan.

                                                      1. We do Joe's Stone Crab for hubby's birthday each year - it's his favorite.

                                                        I'll order the selects with the cole slaw(worthless) and key lime pie. I wish I could get their french fried sweets(sweet potatoes) delivered hot and fresh. YUM!

                                                        1. Usinger's sausages
                                                          Fresh bratwurst
                                                          Veal knackwurst

                                                          and more.


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                                                          1. re: zebcook

                                                            Holy smokes. Just checked out the Usinger's website. I always buy their brats for summer cookouts, but would LOVE it if I received any of the gift packages. The "snackers delight"? the "crowdpleaser"? Are you kidding me? Heaven!

                                                          2. Tennessee pork products, mainly from Early's. Stoneground grits, smoked country sausage, dry-cured country bacon. One of these days I'll have the money and desire together to get a whole country ham. They also have a wide range of jams, syrup, honey and pickle-type things, though I'm not particularly passionate about those.

                                                            I was going to have to mail-order Martha White and/or White Lily flour and cornmeal, but I can get the latter from Surfas in Culver City (though the gas costs me about the same as the shipping from Tennessee!). And I just got a 5-lb. bag of Martha White self-rising cornmeal mix at one of the 99ยข-Only stores, if you can believe that!

                                                            Now, I wish those Amish guys in central Illinois who make the best Polish sausage I've ever had would start selling by mail...

                                                            1. I've had Virgil's Root Beer shipped to me direct. If you like Root Beer at all and you haven't been fortunate to come across a Virgil's go to http://www.reedsgingerbrew.com/order.asp

                                                              It is absolutely worth it.

                                                              1. California Pistachios from Senor Pistachio; ruby red grapefruit from Frank Lewis Alamo Fruit; chocolates from Harbor sweets and Burdicks; Chocolate Bread making kits from When Pigs Fly Bakery.

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                                                                1. re: emilief

                                                                  Thanks for the pistachio tip. I just ordered some and am hoping they get here before x-mas...my other half not only has a weakness for chocolate croissants, but becomes a human vacuum when pistachios are in sight. I'll be eager to try the few I can grab without losing a finger! I appreciate the grapefruit tip too. I will check them out next month when the season starts.

                                                                  1. re: ExercisetoEat

                                                                    Oh, I'm going to dissent here. There is no comparisson between California Pistachios and pistachios from the source -- true Persian Pistachios. Very difficult to find, and contraband until fairly recently, you can now get them at Kalustyan. Here is a link, but call and ask for the "xtra salt", which have a sheen and taste difficult to describe. The very best and worth the price:


                                                                    1. re: bengoshi

                                                                      Are the Persian pistachios very different from the Turkish, which are fairly ubiquitous? After you've eaten the Turkish, you'll wonder why anybody would bother with those tasteless things from California - yes they're twice as big, but chomping big tasteless nuts doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

                                                                      1. re: bengoshi

                                                                        Thanks for the Kalustyans link. What an awesome website! I just received a package of the "xtra salt" Persian Pistachios, and they do have a different taste. To me they seem to taste more earthy and have almost a long-roasted flavor in comparison to the California pistachios. Quite unique and enjoyable. I also was really excited to find Leatherwood Honey from Tasmania on their website. I haven't been able to find that anywhere else.

                                                                    2. re: emilief

                                                                      Just wanted to report back that the pistachios were delicious! They have pretty much been inhaled and were all quite easy to shell with big flavor. Thanks for the tip. I would order them again, though I may have to try those Persian ones next. The croissants from William Sonoma also turned out beautifully. Next best thing to having a french bakery within driving distance!

                                                                      1. re: ExercisetoEat

                                                                        Are the Persian ones the same as the Iranian ones? Is that the one you got?

                                                                        1. re: anzu

                                                                          Sorry for the very late reply, but yes, I believe they are one and the same.

                                                                    3. Chicago pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, Italian sausage sandwiches and hot dog kits from Malnati's, Portillo's, Buona, Beef Villa, Al's, Serelli Street, etc.

                                                                      They are all fabulous and come with all the fixings. including the bread, which can't be duplicated.

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                                                                      1. re: NoeMan

                                                                        Ordered my first Malnati's 'Roni' Pizza last week and am getting it tomorrow. If it's as good as people say it is then this certainly won't be my last one. You can read about how I found out about Lou's Pizzas right here.


                                                                        1. Koloszvari (Hungarian) bacon. Mmm, bacon.

                                                                          1. I live in Boston now and am from San Francisco and really miss the Hunan food from Brandy Ho's so last year on my husband's birthday my brother (who lives in SF) went down to Brandy Ho's with a cooler and had them cook and specially package:

                                                                            1. scallion pancakes (unlike any others)
                                                                            2. Hunan ham with garlic cloves
                                                                            3. Hot and sour chicken
                                                                            4. beef with wine and green onions
                                                                            5. harvest pork
                                                                            6. shredded chicken salad with spicy dressing

                                                                            He had it sent Fed Ex at 7 p.m. California time - arrived on my doorstep at exactly 9 a.m. went into the fridge and served dinner for 10 at 7 p.m. that night.

                                                                            Amazingly it travelled beautifully and the scallion pancakes - crisped up nicely.

                                                                            A treat - will do it again next year.

                                                                            1. Saw this featured on the Foodnetwork last year. Great stuff!


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                                                                              1. re: Brioche57

                                                                                I grew up on Modern Pastry and being from the Boston area there is no better place to go (don't be tricked into going to Mike's they are good but nothing compares to Modern)

                                                                              2. I once had some Montreal smoked meat shipped to me from Lester's for my birthday.

                                                                                Not myself, but at Xmas time relatives usually ship me a care package from Gold Cup Farms in Clayton, NY: River Rat Cheese (hopefully the 3-year old cheddar, "Hot as Hell" Mustard, Cheddar Cheese/Horseradish spread, maybe Croghan's Bologna.

                                                                                1. 1) Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate 2) black walnut meats, both plain and chocolate-covered, from Hammon's 3) Fralinger's almond macaroons 4) See's chocolates

                                                                                  1. where to start....

                                                                                    Betty's Best Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies (Hawaii)

                                                                                    They have the perfect proportion of nuts to chocolate to cookie. btw, these are a crispy rather than a soft/chewy cookie.

                                                                                    Fruit Butters and Conserves from June Taylor. (San Francisco)

                                                                                    JT is sold in a few shops here in NYC but most only carry the marmaalades.

                                                                                    Cherry Pie from the Grand Traverse Pie Co. (Michigan

                                                                                    I know folks who thought they didn't like cherry pie who changed their minds after a taste of this truly excellent cherry pie.

                                                                                    Honeybells, a juicy, flavorful citrus fruit that is only shipped in January and makes winter in NYC bearable.

                                                                                    Luckily TimTams are now sold in NYC so I no longer need to ship those in.

                                                                                    Now back to my search for a Clambake to send as a gift.....

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                                                                                    1. re: was_bk

                                                                                      Thanks for that tip on cherry pie. Tho it's a good thing (I think) that Grand Traverse Pie Co isn't taking any more Christmas orders - I would have ordered too many (hmmm, cherry pie for my husband, but he loves blueberry too, and I love cream pies, and....) Thanks for that link though, I will be ordering from them I'm sure - they look fantastic!

                                                                                      1. re: Rubee

                                                                                        I've had several pies from GT. fwiw, my favorite is still the cherry.

                                                                                        The blueberry was good but iirc, somehow the smaller size of the blueberries (somewhat adversely) altered the total balance of crust to filling. Then again, maybe i'm just a bigger cherry pie fan...

                                                                                        fyi, GT's apple was a totally different type pie than what I'm used to eating. Instead of chunks of crispy apples it was a bit too "applesaucy" for my traditional tastes.

                                                                                      2. re: was_bk

                                                                                        Those Honeybells are making my mouth water! I'll definitely have to order a box in a few weeks to counter the winter doldrums of January. Have you tried their Ruby Red grapfruits as well? Thanks for all the great links.

                                                                                        1. re: ExercisetoEat

                                                                                          Nope, I'mve never ordered Ruby Red grapefruits. Sorry...I'm not a grapefruit fan.

                                                                                          That said, I still MUST have my honeybells each January. Yes, I know that the honeybell is a cross between a Darcy Tangerine and a Grapefruit. But to me it totally tastes like an orange...a wonderfully sweet, very juicy and virtually seedless orange.

                                                                                          Most, if not all FL citrus growers sell honeybells. I ordered mine back in Oct and PB Groves had a 10% discount then and may still do. iirc, Cushmans's (http://www.honeybell.com) has a 10% promo code (SR07) that's still valid.

                                                                                          1. re: was_bk

                                                                                            I happily received my honeybells yesterday (they were right when they said delivery may take up to 10 business days). Thank you, thank you for the recommendation! They are like candy...like an orange should be but just never is...wonderfully juicy and sweet, no seeds, and very little pith. Now I wish I had ordered two boxes! This will definitely become an annual treat around our house. Thanks again!

                                                                                            1. re: ExercisetoEat

                                                                                              Thanks for the review. They really do put all other oranges to shame. Funny thing is I just had one myself. It's my mid afternoon pick me up. Plus I like to see if I can unpeel the honeybell in one long strip. <s>.

                                                                                              Thanks forr the review. I'm just curious about where you ended up ordering them from? This year instead of Palm Beach Groves , I used Cushmans and was able to select the week of delivery.

                                                                                              They totally make my January!

                                                                                        2. re: was_bk

                                                                                          Where have you found TimTams in NYC?!? I've been looking everywhere, and have only settled on the bare substitute: Penguins.

                                                                                          1. re: lso202

                                                                                            Lately the best place to find a good supply of TimTams is a small grocery on St. Marks btwn 1st & A. It's closer to A and on the South side of the street. fyi, the grocery carries mainly Israeli items but they stock a sizable supply of original and dark chocolate TimTams.

                                                                                            another fyi, they are $6/package which is not cheap but is actually the same price as mailorder TTs when ya add in the shipping.

                                                                                            A much less reliable source is Tuck's the meat pie shop with 2 locations (1st St btwn 1st and 2nd Ave ) and their other shop in the West 40s.

                                                                                            The guy at Tuck's told me that the movie theatre on Houston also carries TTs but I've never checked that out.

                                                                                            good luck and sorry for the late reply

                                                                                        3. New Mexico Roasted Green chile. Can't get it here in NYC.


                                                                                          New Mexican style tamales from Posas. We used to stand in line for hours on new years eve hoping they wouldn't run out!


                                                                                          1. Ortiz Bonita del Norte tuna in olive oil, Nunez de Prado EVOO and Valor drinking chocolate all from LaTienda.com.

                                                                                            Turkish Antep pistachios from Zenobia.

                                                                                            Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from Sacred Grounds coffee roasters.

                                                                                            Sea salt caramels from Little Flower Candy Co.

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                                                                                            1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                              If you like good tuna, you should try www.tunaguys.net They line catch all of their tuna in the cold Pacific NW waters with two boats. All of it is sashimi grade and canned in its own juices, so when you open the can you have a beautiful chunk of cooked tuna, so flavorful I sometimes eat it right out of the can. Everyone in my family now ships this stuff to themselves and can't go back to "regular" canned tuna.

                                                                                              1. re: ExercisetoEat

                                                                                                I remember seeing a few threads about these guys on this site. Definitely something I will have to try. The canned Dungeness crab is intriguing as well.

                                                                                                1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                  The Dungeness crab is pretty good, but I've been spoiled because I grew up eating it a few hours after catching them myself. It's kind of hard to get used to crab in a can. Though here in the Midwest, it's far better than anything I can find at the supermarket. I think you can order a sampler case of the tuna that also has a few cans of the crab and salmon thrown in to try.

                                                                                            2. Always had great succes with these guys for Maine Lobster

                                                                                              For Crabmeat try this site

                                                                                              1. Flying Pizza NY Pizza and Vosges Chocolates. I'm dying to order some Stone Crab but DH is allergic to shellfish so I might just have to order it for myself and pig out!

                                                                                                1. Rum Jumbie. I hardly ever drink, but this stuff is just so darned good, I ended up ordering it from Sam's Wine and Spirits online, and got it today.

                                                                                                  I'm being a *very* good boy, though, and I haven't cracked it open yet. One bottle is a gift to the folks who introduced me to it, and one bottle is destined for New Year's Eve.

                                                                                                  I am *so* looking forward to NYE now. ;)

                                                                                                  1. I get meat from Allen Brothers (the ribeyes ae great, and the bouillabaise is pretty good, too); Alaskan seafood from Fisherman's Express; New Orleans food from the Cajun Grocery; and prepared meals from Home Bistro.

                                                                                                    I've tried more than 30 meals from Home Bistro and found most of them too bland. The ones I really like are the BBQ ribs, poached halibut, rack of lamb, lemongrass shrimp and bison chili.

                                                                                                    1. Michel Cluizel chocolates

                                                                                                      1. Repulsive boyfriend demands a Swiss Colony Beef Log at Christmas... so this is what I ship chez nous.

                                                                                                        He is otherwise charming, with excellent taste in food - and a hideous wine and cocktail snob.

                                                                                                        Yes... he also loves South Park.

                                                                                                        1. I grew up in Seattle, but before I was born my parents lived in SF and loved the hot sauce from Yank Sings (called 'delightfully hot' in my house, since that what it says on the label). It was available in Seattle until the early 90's, when it suddenly dissappeared! Originally we called them every year or so and had them ship them up to us (and out to us kids when we were at college) though I think you can now get them online.

                                                                                                          Best hot sauce EVER

                                                                                                          1. For Christmas - a Missouri country ham cured five or six months from Esicar's Smokehouse in Capr Griardeau MO.

                                                                                                            If you try it, BE SURE to order it cooked: it's a real hassle to do it yourself. It's just $2 extra. I got a 16-pound ham this Christmas and it came to $54.00 including cooking and shipping.


                                                                                                            1. I will ship Enstrom's almond toffee to myself http://www.enstrom.com/ and the alderwood smoked king salmon from Pikes Market http://www.pikeplacefish.com/ in Seattle. Both are the best of breed as far as I'm concerned.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Ellen

                                                                                                                My Aunt has a tradition of sending out Enstrom's toffee as christmas gifts every year. It never makes it until Christmas around our house! Even the crumbs are used on top of vanilla ice cream...mmmm. Good stuff.

                                                                                                              2. Macaroni and cheese from www.beechershandmadecheese.com in Seattle.

                                                                                                                My wife swears by chicken pot pies from www.twinhens.com.

                                                                                                                  1. Mostly everything is available in where i am in New York but,

                                                                                                                    You cannot beat the chum salmon roe at http://www.peterpangr.com/

                                                                                                                    And the beef is excellent and reasonably reasonable at

                                                                                                                    1. When I lived in the States whenever my Dad was going to the UK on business us kids used to get him to bring us home lots of stuff like Lemon Barley water, Ribena, Bourbon Creme Biscuits. Now that I am in Vancouver, BC I can find most everything I want. Although I still crave good mushy peas. Not that I would want those via mail LOL

                                                                                                                      1. I live in MA, but not near the good parts. I've actually driven to some of these places, but they are not at all convenient, and when you don't have days to spend driving around, well, you buy online! So I buy a lot of stuff online. I've ordered:

                                                                                                                        Penzy's (cinnamon and paprika are a must) - but the store is 1 hour away
                                                                                                                        Peet's Tea (chai) - but the store is 1 hour away
                                                                                                                        LA Burdick's chocolate - but the store is 1 hour away
                                                                                                                        Garrison's confections - but the store is 1.5 hours away
                                                                                                                        Hauser Chocolates - but the store is 1.5 hours away
                                                                                                                        chocosphere.com (I recently got Dofin and Green & Black's chocolates)

                                                                                                                        I think I need to move an hour east!!!!!! I wish I could afford to!

                                                                                                                        1. I just received a bottle of Leatherwood honey from Tasmania, and had to revive this thread. Gourmet magazine ran a wonderful article on this honey last fall, and I've been daydreaming about traveling to Tasmania ever since. I finally found the honey online, and it has such an incredible depth of flavor I had to share! To me it tastes like the essence of honey; earthy, complex, dark, and exotic. It has been wonderful straight out of the jar by the spoonful, and was terrific in a recipe for Chinese 5 spice honey roasted chicken. Here's the link to find it online:

                                                                                                                          1. I'm a Philly girl now living in Durham, NC -- with not a TASTYKAKE to be had :(

                                                                                                                            When my mother is tired of shipping them to me, I have to nab some online to fulfill my cravings!


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                                                                                                                            1. True Swedish Gevalia Coffee from Sweden, for my parents who love it. And I always end up adding on a couple of items for myself.... salty licorice, here I come!

                                                                                                                              1. My husband's from Virginia...so we ship in Hubs unsalted peanuts. They are super tasty, have a great bite and are larger in size than most peanuts available for sale in CA. http://www.hubspeanuts.com

                                                                                                                                1. I'm glad this thread was revived!
                                                                                                                                  For sashimi grade fish & roe I use


                                                                                                                                  I finally bought som real wasabi rhizomes from


                                                                                                                                  Next time (probably after I win the lottery) I might try


                                                                                                                                  1. If I could I would ship Elite Israeli Chocolate with popping candy....delicious stuff but they don't sell it on their website! I just got a package from my cousin though!

                                                                                                                                    1. I do live in a good food part of the world - that said, we still regularly order:

                                                                                                                                      Nueske's bacon, ham, sausage, and just tried delish smoked duck
                                                                                                                                      Penzey's spices (can't handle the traffic to the local store)
                                                                                                                                      Heritage Foods USA heritage pork
                                                                                                                                      Kopp's frozen custard
                                                                                                                                      (husband is a Wisconsin expat)

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Splendid Spatula

                                                                                                                                        Like you, splendid, we live in NYC burb but I order my tea from www.specialteas.com and my spices from Penzey's. The closest Penzey's is about forty minutes away and when I do go there I fill my bags like Columbus sailing to the Orient for spices.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Splendid Spatula

                                                                                                                                          Oooh, does the Kopp's keep with shipping? I had their strawberry once and I still can't get the memory out of my head.

                                                                                                                                          I ship Capogiro gelato to myself and I rarely share. I'm a greedy little girl :)

                                                                                                                                        2. Stone ground grits
                                                                                                                                          Head Cheese

                                                                                                                                          If anyone knows where I can order Vienna hot dogs, I'll add that to my list.

                                                                                                                                          1. Two items I can't find in local markets but can't function without are:

                                                                                                                                            Johnny Harris BBQ sauce from Savannah:


                                                                                                                                            Martins Pretzels from Pennsylvania:


                                                                                                                                            1. I just used this post and its replies to figure out what to send to a friend (FYI, I picked Honeybells) so I wanted to reciprocate and list a couple of items I have shipped or have been shipped to me.

                                                                                                                                              Kringles from Bendtsen's Bakery in Racine, WI. A filled, flaky pastry ring. I've only tried the pecan kringles but they have quite a variety. Great for brunches. There are other kringle bakeries, too, but I've given and received these and everyone has loved them. www.bendtsensbakery.com

                                                                                                                                              7-layer caramel cake from Caroline's Cakes in Annapolis, MD. Fabulous. Someone sent one to us to serve at a dinner party (were they questioning my baking skills???) and we had it with sliced peaches. To die for. It arrives frozen in a tin and also refreezes well if you don't finish it the first time around. The 7-layer Southern Chocolate is also good, but not as good as the caramel. www.carolinescakes.com

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: newfound1

                                                                                                                                                Caroline's 7-layer caramel cakes are works of art! I've been trying to duplicate them for years, but I can't beat the real thing. I'm not usually a huge dessert fan, but this cake is irresistable.

                                                                                                                                              2. ExecisetoEat thanks for starting this great subject...there are some great links here. Can't wait to try the stone crab when my ship comes in...
                                                                                                                                                Here's my favorite cracker which is a Australian brand named Arnotts, found at Costco once, never to be seen again there, sometimes you can find the water crackers in gourmet shops but the best is the buttery crisp Jatz in peppercorn...or plain. Third cracker from the bottom:

                                                                                                                                                For great parmesan and my favorite Italian perfume Acqua Classico Borsari...


                                                                                                                                                1. I've ordered tea from Murchie's in Vancouver BC, matsutake mushrooms from Aux Delices de Bois, truffle paste from some Italian company I can't recall, and game birds from Dartagnan. I've thought about ordering chilis from Hatch NM, crabcakes from Faidley's in Baltimore, and some exotic seafoods from other places.

                                                                                                                                                  1. My family likes Southern. We order: Poke Sausage from Early's (declared best in America by Esquire), Spring Hill, TN; Speckled grits from Hoppin John (once Charleston, SC, now New York City), unsmoked country ham from Benton's (Madisonville, Tennessee), real churned buttermilk from Cruze Dairy; Strawberry Plains, TN; ice cream from Wright's, Alexandria, AL; Pawpaws from Integration Acres, Albany, Ohio; Johnson's Sorghum Syrup, Limestone, TN; Steen's Cane Syrup, Abbeville, Louisiana; Clemson Blue Cheese, Clemson University; Clover Honey from Loveless Motel, Nashville; Tupelo Honey from Savannah Bee Company; Sourwood Honey from Great Smoky Mountains Association; Maple Syrup from H&H Country Store, Monterey, VA; Black Walnuts, Hammonds, Stockton MO; Spudnuts (donuts made from potato flour), Charlottesville, Va; Mississippi Mud Pies from the Little Pie Co. of New York City; Muffaletta sandwiches from Central Grocery, New Orleans; Apple Butter from the Apple Barn, Sevierville, Tn; Moon Pies from Chattanooga; White Lily flour (now made in Ohio); Creole Cream Cheese and Fleur de Teche from Bittersweet Plantation in Louisiana; small curd clabbered cottage cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, Washington, D.C.,
                                                                                                                                                    Sources for all listed at www.southernfoodsconnection.com.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Rancho Gordo beans. Just cooked up a pot of beans and rice with some of the Ojo de Cabra beans today -- incredible!

                                                                                                                                                      1. I like Shields Date Crystals (and other Date products) from--


                                                                                                                                                        1. In the past we have sent king cakes, Elmer's CheeWee, Zapp chips and pralines from New Orleans. I have also bought stuff from www.nuts.com and See's