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Indigenous treats?

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.

TIA hounds!

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  1. I'm not sure how well they travel, but when I think of LA, I would think of In N Out burgers, Philippe's French Dip sandwiches, Roscoe's chicken n waffles, or maybe some good vietnamese pho...actually come to think of it, I'm sure they won't travel well.

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    1. re: kingkong5

      OK, In 'n' Out Burgers, French Dips and Roscoes would not travel well... But pho? It's soup. Throw it in a thermos and you can carry it whereever. If you're worried about the noodles, you could take them out and put in a tupperware.

    2. La brea bread?

      Breadbar bread?

      How about dates from the Santa MOnica Farmer's market?

      What about a cookbook by a famous LA chef like Goin or someone?

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      1. re: Diana

        La Brea bread is everywhere now - last time I was in Nashville they had it at Harris-Teeter!

      2. 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.

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        1. re: aliris

          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.

          1. re: ElsieDee

            I think I'll have some for dinner! ;-)

        2. 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.

          1. Two things that come to mind are:

            Pumpkin bread from the Monastery of Angles in Hollywood (http://www.op-stjoseph.org/nuns/angels/ ); and

            Little John's English Toffee from the Fairfax Farmers' Market (http://www.littlejohnscandies.com/ ).

            1. Tamales from East LA

              1. I thought that said "intravenous treats." at first.

                I guess intravenous treats would be on the not about food board.

                1. Mitsuwa Market has the most amazing treats - candies, crackers, cookies with that fantastic Japanese packaging. I myself have traveled with loads of it as gifts - it's stuff you usually can't find in other cities unless they have a big Japanese market.

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                  1. Here are a few ideas that come to mind:
                    -delicious handmade choclates from
                    L'Artisan Du chocolate
                    3364 West First Street
                    Los Angeles, CA 90004
                    (can also be purchased at CulverCity and Palisades Farmer's market, call first


                    -dried fruits, nuts or honey from the Hollywood Farmer's market
                    (I love the dried apricots, flame raisens at the Peacock family stand)

                    -box of tiny exquisite Italian cookies from Susina Bakery.

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                    1. re: ostudio

                      You can also get L'Artisan Du chocolate at the Thursday South Pasadena Farmer's Market.

                      1. re: WildSwede

                        And at the Tuesday Culver City Market! :)


                    2. Thank you all for some lovely ideas! Now; who delivers....? <joking>.

                      1. I think I approach this question differently. When I think of bringing food to someone as a "treat," I think more about well-prepared, often artisinal products. I don't worry as much about how indigenous an item is, unless the product is widely available at my destination (coals to Newcastle...). So, when I think of wonderful products that we can present as gifts to people elsewhere, I think of California wines, cheeses from the BH Cheese Store, Jin Patisserie chocolates, hot mustard from Phillippe's, tamales from Mama's Hot Tamales, pickles from Langers, fruit from our farmers markets, etc. Few of those products would be considered indigenous, but this is LA, some I am not really sure if anything is indigenous.

                        1. This was suggested on an earlier post on the subject- the sea salt caramels from Little Flower candies. I took a bunch home at Christmas and let's just say they were a huge, huge hit with the family.
                          You can get them at Surfas along with a million other great treats.

                          1. I think the title of the topic you are looking for is, "Great Food Gift To Take To San Francisco From LA." Look for it under postings from January 26.

                            I second Mitsuwa - the one in Torrance.

                            1. Aliris,

                              Found the posting you were looking for... by Babette on January 24.

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                              1. Honey's Kettle in Culver City sells packaged pancake and biscuit mix ... they are very good ... and transport easily.

                                1. I always love to send a Bag of Cookies and Palais de Tes tea from Jin (Palais' only outpost in the US is in BH! :))


                                  1. I also reccomend maybe a bag of any kind of Leda's Cookies from Leda's bake shop, or her scones.