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Foodie Gifts to bring back from Moscow, Budapest, and Warsaw?

nissenpa Feb 26, 2007 05:20 AM

Husband is going on a business trip. He has brought be back chocolates from Belgium and Duck Confit from Paris. What should I have him get from Warsaw, Budapest, and Moscow?

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  1. The Chowhound Team RE: nissenpa Feb 26, 2007 07:46 AM

    Hi, please note, there is a separate board for Russia, please post the Russian portion of you query on that board which you will find here: http://www.chowhound.com/boards/47

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      pittsburgher RE: nissenpa Feb 26, 2007 09:47 AM

      I brought back goulash paste from the market in Budapest. Absolutely incredible stuff -- my only regret is that I gave away the additional tubes that I purchased as gifts, rather than keeping them for myself! Also got garlic and paprika paste in tubes, but the goulash mix was definitely superb!

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        nissenpa RE: pittsburgher Mar 13, 2007 01:26 PM

        What did you use the goulash paste in? Do you have any recipes you could share. DH is going next week and I think he will bring some back.

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        Jeserf RE: nissenpa Feb 27, 2007 11:20 AM

        From Hungary - some Zwack Unicum! Hungarian liquor. Great little bottle, very unique gift.

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          nissenpa RE: Jeserf Feb 27, 2007 11:58 AM

          I've never heard of this---could you describe it to me a little.

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            igj RE: nissenpa Feb 27, 2007 02:50 PM

            Zwack Unicum is known for its anarchist bomb bottle. I thought the stuff tasted pretty vile when I lived in Budapest, but many love it. It is sort of a less sweet Jagermeister, with a pronounced bitter aftertaste.

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              nissenpa RE: igj Feb 28, 2007 04:24 AM

              Interesting---might be worth having him pick some up just to try.

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                Jeserf RE: nissenpa Feb 28, 2007 06:01 AM

                that, and it's a very unique hungarian gift!

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                  igj RE: nissenpa Feb 28, 2007 06:49 AM

                  Worth it just for the bottle methinks - that ad I posted above appeared all over the place and the bottle alone made me want to try it.

          2. ballulah RE: nissenpa Mar 2, 2007 12:14 PM

            From Warsaw a bottle of Zubrowka (pr. zhoo-broof-ka) and/or a bottle of "kosher" vodka. Otherwise everything I would recommend is not exactly legal to bring in...sausage, cheese, produce, etc.

            1. gini RE: nissenpa Mar 7, 2007 12:20 PM

              From Budapest I'd bring back marzipan and various paprikas - including those in a paste.

              1. dimsumdoll RE: nissenpa Mar 8, 2007 12:42 PM

                Assuming your husband has some local guidance in Warsaw, ask him to bring back as dried wild mushrooms, (prawdziwki). They are in an entirely different league than even imported porcini. We've never had any problem bringing them home. Alternately, he might go to Blikle on Nowy Swiat Street (left side of the street looking north). There is a cafe with tables and a delicatessen in which to go wild with packaged goodies.

                Smacznego (bon appetit in Polish)

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                  ballulah RE: dimsumdoll Mar 8, 2007 01:46 PM

                  Actually I totally second the mushroom, if you can do it. I was going to recommend it when I recommended the vodka, but I wasn't sure about customs and produce and the legality of bringing them in.

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                  coco puff RE: nissenpa Mar 13, 2007 01:37 PM

                  From Budapest, definitely bring back paprika and bottles and bottle of their plum brandy and apricot brandy...they are potent...they are aperitifs....my fave is the apricot...

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                    Sponge RE: nissenpa Mar 14, 2007 02:53 PM

                    don't forget about krówki (cream fudge) - traditional soft milk candies, creamy in the middle, very sweet, available in various tastes - original, cocoa, poppy seed, sesame...
                    Try żurek - sour soup with marjoram, laurel, served with hard-boiled egg. Available as liquid concentrate.

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