New England Pride - Gift Foods? [moved from Boston board]
I'm always scrambling for gifts to take when I travel, or for guests who come to visit. I find that regional foods are often great gifts. Can you share any ideas you have?
Just to give you an idea, some things which I've done in the past:
Lobsters on ice from Legals and others (great for really $pecial occasion$)
Bag of chowder from Legals (not the prettiest, but very effective)
My Grandma's Coffee Cake (I'm taking a dozen with me this weekend to Los Angeles)
Hood light cream (for amateur coffee drinkers like myself, there's nothing like light cream, which is really hard or impossible to find in many parts of America)
Some of the kinds of food I'm trying to find:
Great blueberry pie or Boston cream pie that can travel
Anything tasty with cranberries
I always buy jars of local honey and people seem to enjoy receiving that. In my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain there are a number of beekeepers and some of them sell their wares in local stores like City Feed and Gadgets.
I've had cranberry products from this local producer...Look further into the site to find cranberry chutneys, as well as the pepper jelly. They also do a cranberyy white chocolate bark. They're out of Lynn (I thought it was salem) and I know they asre sold at the Swampscot Whoole zFoods. Don't know about the others....
Seasonal: Good Mcintosh apples -- the ones packaged in their own little foam nests direct from the orchard. No comparison to the grocery store bags of macs.
Vermont maple syrup (maybe a sampler of the different grades) or maple sugar candy.
www.vermontcountrystore.com has a fun selection. (I have no idea why they carry canned Cincinnati chili.)