There was a thread recently about bringing something "LA" to out-of-towners (SF I think), but I can't find the thread. Anyway, my question is a little different with apologies if it's been contemplated; can't find it in the archives.
*IS* there anything light-weight, interesting, tasty, and LA-ish to bring to out-of-towners? I think the lemons I haul along from the backyard are getting old, and are hardly light-weight besides (ours are 6"d minimum). Someone just mentioned "going to Surfas". but that's a tad inspecific. Besides, most of that stuff is interesting but not especially endemic. See's chocolates doesn't qualify because they're heavy, big and gross. My brilliant attempt at bringing Jin pastries ("cakes") was a complete disaster (posted elsewhere).
Anyone have some other suggestions? I'd appreciate especially locations on the westside for my imminent departure, but for the future, I'd also love to hear about portable, unique delicacies that are more far-flung too.
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OK, what's Vietnamese pho? I am sure the question marks me for chowhound infamy. And I've little doubt it won't travel well, but its' obviously something I need to know more about anon! Thanks! And the LA chef cookbook is a great idea; thanks. Though I think only 6 people in America ever actually cook anymore.
Pho is the marvelous Vietnamese beef soup (though there's also a chicken version called pho ga). Here's a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho
If you want to try some pho (and on a cold day like this one, I would think that you would), let us know where in the LA-area you reside and I'm sure someone can point you toward a bowl of steaming goodness.
Speaking of which, I think I'll have some for lunch.
I second the dates proposal. I'd say bring some Medjool. I alawys bring back some of them to France, because they are so plump and fresh here and in France they are always too dry.
if it helps, when I get back home to Paris, I bring in addition to the aforementioned dates:
dried black mission figs, meyer lemons, dried chiles, blue corn masa. I once brought
back some tomatillos.